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Recorder package

  • Updated: 9/21/2021
    • Automation 360 v.x
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    • RPA Workspace

Recorder package

Recorder package captures a series of tasks in a process and then automates them. You can automate your business applications (for example, desktop, Web, SAP, and Java applications) using the Recorder to capture actions performed on application objects such as a text box, button, table, radio button, combo box, and list view.

You can use two recorders in Automation 360, the Universal Recorder and AISense Recorder.

When to use Universal Recorder and AISense Recorder

Universal Recorder
Use Universal Recorder when you want to record interactions such as click, read, or write with user interface objects on your business application. After you have captured the object, you can specify your requirements in terms of the action to be performed on that object.

For example, if you capture a hyperlink, you can select an action to click the link or to retrieve the link text. Similarly, if you capture a table object, you can specify to either retrieve the total number of rows from a table object or retrieve each row one by one and perform any actions on it. This is the most reliable form of automation because it is performed on user interface objects rather than coordinates, images, keystrokes and so on.

AISense Recorder
Use AISense Recorder when you are building and automating your bots on applications that are exposed over Citrix or accessed over RDP. You can also reduce the time spent on building and automating your bots for legacy applications where object-based automation is difficult.

The recorder's resiliency to screen resolution, browsers, and user interface alterations reduces limitations and obstacles when recording tasks across your business applications.

Capture action

Use the Capture action to capture an interaction with a user interface (UI) object. The action enables you to add a single interaction when building your bot
Note: The Capture action replaces the Object Cloning command from Version 11.3.

Using the Capture action

Object properties

When you select an object to capture, the Universal Recorder collects data on the object's properties in order to identity the object during run time. You can do the following with the object properties:
  • Verify that the captured object properties match your intended object.

    For example, when capturing a table from a website, ensure the Control Type and HTML Tag values are TABLE.

  • Retrieve a property value.

    For example, to retrieve the text of a link, use the Get property action and enter HTML InnerText in the Property name field.

  • You can select a combination of properties for the bot to search the object in your business application window uniquely.

Actions performed on captured objects

After capturing the object, specify the action for the bot to perform on the object at run time. For example, when you capture a hyperlink, you can select to click the link or to retrieve the link text. To see table of all objects and possible actions, see Actions performed on objects captured with Universal Recorder.
Note: If you encounter an error when running a bot that captures an object from Internet Explorer and the error message is about Google Chrome, see Your Chrome Plug-in is either not installed or disabled (A-People login required.

Background processing

Background processing enables an automation that involves interacting with an application in the foreground (such as mouse clicks) to run in the background. We recommend that you use the option to run in background to increase the visibility of the target object and improve bot accuracy. The following actions support background processing:
  • Click
  • Set Text
  • Get Text

Secure recording

When secure recording mode is enabled, bots do not display the target object images after capture. This ensures that sensitive data is not shown.
Note: Although the bots do not display the target images after capture, the images are still stored in the Control Room because they are required to run the bots.

When you record a task in secure recording mode, the Preview window temporarily shows an image of the captured area. This image is hidden after you navigate away from the Bot editor window or refresh it.

A user with admin privileges must enable this setting. See Manage settings.

Proxy support

If your device is configured with a proxy, all outbound requests from this package are routed through the proxy server. See Connect Bot agent to a device with a proxy.

Use cases on how to use recorder

Use these example tasks to become familiar with the use of the recorder in building bots.

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