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Features and Usability
RPA Express is a platform with server and desktop-based components. Though if desired, it can be run completely from a desktop.
The only budget considerations for running RPA Express would be infrastructure costs for the server where it would be installed, if a server deployment is desired (RPA Express can also be installed on a desktop).
RPA Express can be downloaded, installed, and operated without getting IT resources involved. Business users will find RPA Express intuitive to use thanks to online tutorials, drag-and-drop configuration, a prebuilt action library, a recorder for capturing bot actions, and connectors to familiar MS Office products.
RPA Express has everything an enterprise needs to implement RPA, similar to competitive products that charge software licensing fees. In addition, RPA Express offers built-in business process management with drag-and-drop configuration, a library of prebuilt actions, the ability to include the management and distribution of manual tasks, built-in OCR, and a recorder for capturing bot actions.
Control Tower allows you to create and manage business processes, operate Bots (start/stop/restart), schedule automation, and get a complete audit of actions performed. It is included in RPA Express. You can learn about all components included in RPA Express here.
SPA comes with BPM capabilities, which let you design, create, run, manage, and audit business processes which automate workflows on your end. We ship these capabilities in RPA Express as well.
Yes, it is included and it has a UI.
RPA Express includes our WorkSpace capability which can be used to handle unstructured data using manual tasks. In SPA, you can use Cognitive Automation to work with unstructured data.
No. RPA Express relies on the 3rd party terminal emulators in your environment.
Yes. RPA Express supports mainframe based application automation.
Citrix and other Remote Desktop emulators stream applications as an image, making it impossible to access the underlying details like screen objects and their corresponding element ID's. RPA Express utilizes image-based automation
RPA Express includes the following key features:
|Bot Development||Automation Management |
|Management Information |
|Technical Architecture||Security, Governance, |
User Interface Integration
|Citrix Support||Access Control and Authentication|
Bot Design Tools
|Automation Scheduling||Dashboards||Virtual Machine Support||Bot Governance and Audit Trail|
|Exception Management||Reporting and Benchmarks||Desktop Deployment||Online Documentation|
|Manual Task Integration||VM Deployment||Online User Community|
Business Process Management
|Virtual Desktop Integration|
RPA Express does not introduce any limitations on the number of bots used. By default, you have 5 concurrent bots and can add more.
RPA Express offers both functional and technical control towers for monitoring automation. The functional control tower displays the progress and status of all bot activity across all processes configured in RPA Express. The technical control tower monitors the technical performance of all connected nodes including bot volume and utilization.
RPA Express is a business user-friendly tool. You do not need to know programming to use it.
No. RPA Express uses proprietary automation framework.
RPA Express does use Selenium protocol for communication with bots but does not require a user to know Selenium.
We support native integration with SVN and Git. For those who do not use version control repositories, WorkFusion captures an audit trail of what has changed and has the ability to roll back.
RPA Express does not expose the API or allow for API-based integrations at this time. Please note that you can use APIs with SPA.
WorkFusion can process a range of languages. However, if OCR is being used, there are 180 languages that are supported. You can find the list here.
Yes, RPA supports Chinese characters and all UFT-8 characters.
Yes, RPA Express can handle Flex UI through surface based automation.
Yes, you can continue using Excel in this case. However, you cannot be using the same file that the RPA script is using during run time.
You receive 1,000 pages with RPA Express Starter and 10,000 when you buy RPA Express Pro.
To view the number of OCR pages left to be processed under your current OCR license, go to Platform Monitor > Components and click the info icon next to OCR. Make sure that OCR is enabled in the tray menu.
Control Tower offers role based security scheme. Full encryption at rest and in transit is available in SPA only.
RPA Express is fully GDPR compliant. We gather usage statistics only if you accept this option while you're installing RPA Express.
No Internet is needed for the application to function.
Download, Installation, and Upgrade
Yes. RPA Express is free and anyone with a laptop or desktop running Windows can download and use it.
It is available for anyone who registers for RPA Express with a business email.
RPA Express can be installed via Desktop, Server, or Server & Desktop deployment1.
1 – please refer to Deployment Diagrams
Please refer to System Requirements for detailed information.
You can download the latest versions from https://www.workfusion.com/rpa-express/ and run the installer. It will walk you through the upgrade. From version 2.0 onwards, you do not have to uninstall RPA express before upgrading.
RPA Express is not available in the form of Docker container(s) yet.
Currently, RPA Express can run on Windows only. Depending on the feedback we receive from the user community, we can consider adding Mac and Linux support in the future. We encourage our users to vote on feature requests and enhancements on forum and help drive the direction of this product.
RPA Express has a wizard-based installer which allows for quick installation without the involvement of IT resources.
You will be able to download and use RPA Express in Development or in Labs, as well as in production without having to pay for it.
Like with any software used in Production environment, there should be procedures in place for change management in case of an error or issue. WorkFusion and its partners offer professional consulting services that can be utilized to implement best practices specifically around the use of RPA Express.
RPA Express can be installed on a server and used centrally, or installed on a desktop for individual use.
There is one version of RPA Express which can be used by professionals and enterprise clients alike.
You can export to code and see how RPA Express script translates into groovy. If needed, you can also edit the groovy code
Yes, RPA Express relies on some open source libraries. WorkFusion makes sure that those dependencies allow you to use the software without any limitations other that in EULA.
It has MySQL and Postgre databases underneath.
No, it doesn't.
Comparison: RPA Express Starter, RPA Express Pro, and WorkFusion SPA
Please see our Features Comparison table.
Machine learning is the critical difference. WorkFusion SPA learns from historical and realtime work how to do work that people can do, which RPA cannot – like unstructured data. RPA Express is a free version of WorkFusion software with select features that allow individual users to start automating everyday tasks on their laptop or desktop. SPA is focused on automating business process in the enterprise from simple data entry to complex workflows using AI-powered cognitive intelligence. For more information, refer to the Features Comparison table.
No. RPA Express does not depend on any other products.
The path typically begins with RPA, followed by the adoption of more intelligent automation solutions that can deliver increasing amounts of value to the enterprise. WorkFusion Stairway to Digital Operations looks as follows.
Yes – and you do not have to rebuild anything you’ve already built. Any automation created in RPA Express is compatible with WorkFusion SPA.
Enterprise-class means that RPA Express has everything an enterprise needs to implement RPA, similar to competitive products that charge software licensing fees. RPA Express is not a term-limited free trial or functionality-limited community software product.
All bots built using RPA Express can be seamlessly upgraded to WorkFusion SPA when a client is ready to take advantage of capabilities offered as a part of WorkFusion's Intelligent Automation software products (e.g. machine learning or cognitive automation).
RPA Express Support
WorkFusion service provider partners will have the opportunity to certify on RPA Express so they can deliver training, implementation, and support offerings to their customers.
RPA Express will allow service providers to cut costs, eliminate errors, and increase efficiency in the work that they do for their clients.
RPA Express is not open source.
No. You retain the intellectual property for any RPA you develop with RPA Express.
RPA Express Pro Trial
With the initial download and installation, RPA Express includes a 30-day introductory trial of Pro capabilities, which include multiple bots, multiple machines and 10,000 complimentary OCR pages. At the end of the trial, users will be limited to Starter version capabilities.
When the trial of Pro capabilities expires, users will still be able to use RPA Express. Pro features include:
- multiple bots on one server
- multiple processes on the server simultaneously
- ability for multiple development workstations to create bot tasks that can then be published to the server when ready.
After the trial period, if users do not subscribe, they will still be able to use the RPA Express Starter version, which offers:
- one bot on the machine where RPA Express is installed
- ability to run consecutive business processes on a local machine
- access to the full functionality of WorkFusion Studio, Control Tower, and other RPA Express components on a local machine.