RPA Recorder is one of the main Intelligent Automation Cloud – Express and Business – components which provides an ability to automate web, desktop, and mainframe applications in a natural macro-like way without any coding or scripting.
By default, RPA Recorder uses object recording approach as a primary mode where the bot captures object properties with their values of active elements while recording and tries to find the same elements and click on them while script execution. At the same time, surface-based (image-based) automation where the bot captures images of active elements while recording and tries to find the same images and click (hover, drag, scroll) on them while script execution, is used as a fallback to support.
Additionally, some system actions can be added when editing a workflow, e.g., opening applications, switching to a specific window, manipulating Excel files, working with Clipboard, etc.
RPA Recorder main window
The Recorder main window consists of the following sections.
The toolbar contains a group of buttons to perform main operations with the recording.
|The library contains all the actions that can be added to Actions Flow without recording them. See Actions Library for more details.|
The window appears as soon as you have created a new recording, or after you have finished the recording process. You can play, rewrite, append, or publish the recording to Control Tower.
The window displays all the recorded steps with their main parameters. Actions can be nested inside each other, each action having a unique number showing its execution order.
The window contains a detailed view of the currently selected action with all the parameters that can be edited.
The section includes a list to define the recording variables. Refer to Recorder Variables for more information.
The media files tree presents the explorer panel to display all the recordings from your project. Each recording represented as a folder contains a recording script and screenshots (if there are any).
Right-click on the project in the tree to open the context menu.
General operations with media files are intended to manage selected files within your project. The list of options is available via the context menu on right-clicking.
Import and export options allow to import/export a wide variety of objects, projects, configurations, bot tasks, etc. For these purposes, specific import/export wizards are used.
You can publish a recording to Control Tower as a new Bot Task for a Business Process (the Business Process will be created automatically) or update a Bot Task exported before.
Update Business Process
If you have already exported a Bot Task to Control Tower, you can update it with your recent modifications.
Publish to Control Tower as New Business Process
You can also create a new Business Process in Control Tower.
Available from RPA Express 2.3.0.
On the Components tab, you can perform the following actions.