AutoMate 7 :

Aug 2009

AutoMate 7.1 is a recommended update for all users. It adds the new Send IM and Twitter actions. A new adjustable Task Isolation feature allows for faster task startup times. The dramatically improved Performance Trigger supports all available performance metrics in Windows. The task import engine has been revamped. Improved compatibility with Remote Desktop for remote administration of AutoMate installations (in most scenarios). Text action speed has been improved plus hundreds of miscellaneous fixes make this the most capable version of AutoMate yet.

In This Update


Twitter Action
 - post updates and more to a Twitter account
Send IM Action
 - send an IM using ICQ, AIM, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger or Google Talk
Event Monitor
 - startup and recovery now fully compatible with Remote Desktop
Performance Trigger
 - now supports fully all performance metrics on the target system
Twitter Action
 - added many new features for interacting with Twitter
Get E-mail Action
 - added DateReceived field to the returned dataset
 - expressions are allowed in the If Newer Than and If Older Than options
 - can now filter based on read/unread status
 - added option to retrieve HTML mail as raw markup
Send E-mail Action
 - Customizable X-Mailer
HTTP Download Action
 - customization User Agent
Get Process Information Action
 - added ability to retrieve process list from a remote computer
FTP Actions
 - now optionally returns a dataset of all processed files
FTP Logon Action
 - added ability to use both public key & password for SFTP authentication
FTP Upload Action
FTP Download Action
 - improved speed
AD Get Property Action
 - now supports retrieval ObjectSid
Create XML Node Action
 - added option to specify the location of the node to be inserted
Edit XML Node Action
 - can now edit all nodes as opposed to just the first node
Define Type Action
Create Object Action
Execute Web Service Action
 - now supports Web Security.
Cryptography Actions
 - added support for legacy IDEA keys when using OpenPGP
Exchange Action
 - allows moving objects between folders
 - added support for web-based authentication through WebDav
Task Administrator
 - added "Error Stack" that allows jumping to any failed subtask via the Error dialog
 - Task Errors tab of System Options should includes a statement indicating that error emails are not sent when running a task from the Task Builder
 - updated folder browse buttons to use Vista style folder image
Task Builder
 - added filtration capabilities to the Action Palette dialog
 - update folder browse buttons to use Vista style folder image
 - update Expression Builder button image to a percentage sign icon
 - task errors can now be traced down thru multiple levels of subtasks
Event Monitor/Agent
 - added version and build number information to the About dialog
Text Actions
 - over 80% speed improvement when using variables that contain a large amount of data


 Task Administrator

 - version and build information was missing from the About dialog
 - using the Evaluation dialog to extend trials was not working
 - serial number was not displaying on the About dialog
 - New button was still enabled when the Task Administrator was disconnected
 - certain task security settings were incorrectly preventing task deletion
 - folder drag and drop was not working properly
  - right click menu was missing View | Tile option
 - subtasks were not including the failed step number in the AutoMate Event Log
 - some Sample tasks could not be opened
 - some Sample tasks would prompt to be saved when open and closed in the Task Builder even if no edits took place
 - SQL Connections control exceeded the lower boundary of the tab (Vista only)
 - importing an AutoMate 6 task that contained disabled steps caused blank comments to be placed after the disabled steps
 - edit buttons were one pixel too far to the right on the Holidays tab of System Options
 - when Details View was enabled and column order is changed. the column sizes were not being remembered corrected
 - Help | Check for Updates was using the wrong version number in the URL
 - time-out messages would occur intermittently when disabling or enabling a large number of tasks over a slow connection.
 - Options | SQL Connections now has a button to bring up the connection string builder dialog
 - Cut, Copy and Paste now supported for Task Folders
 - restoring an Automate 6 backup would not always work correctly
 - entries can now be sorted by step number column in the AutoMate Event Viewer
 - enabled state of a constant is now properly reflected in the constants list
 - importing multiple tasks causes the "import triggers?" dialog to come up for every task, despite clicking "Yes to All"
 - registration message was inaccurate when serial number is padded with spaces
 - renaming a managed task from the properties dialog (as opposed to single clicking) would not rename the underlying task file thus breaking the link
 - milliseconds are now added to each event in the AutoMate Event Log to enable proper sorting of events that occur with the same second
 - Default Task path is now properly added to task path when task file is missing, allowing more reliable searches when a broken task link is encountered
 - restarting the AutoMate 7 Task Service while Task Administrator is running would causes the Task Administrator to permanently disconnect
 - Properties button was enabled when Task Administrator was disconnected
 - New toolbar button can remain disabled after editing a task name without changing it
 - AutoMate Log would always report "Code 0" on any task or step failure
 - clicking the task name hyperlink on the AutoMate Task Execution Error dialog would not open Task Builder and highlight the offending step
Task Service
 - task execution speed value was being ignored
 - when a task is set to use a specified user and that specified user has different privileges than the currently logged on user, tasks would stop executing after 32 instances
 - the error message when default logon user is not specified has been changed
 - corrected issue that cause AM7Task.exe to not be able to located some task files
Task Builder
 - custom folders under Available Actions were not being retained
 - auto-format of steps was not occurring properly in all cases
 - AMTB Attachments menu state was not reflecting correctly based on the selected attachment
 - saving from the menu in Task Builder with multiple tabs open would sometimes saves changes to the wrong task
 - Insert Comment dialog was not using Segoe 9 point font under Vista
 - Tools | Editor Options dialog was not using Segoe 9 point under Vista
 - pressing the Save and Close button while a task is running would cause AMTB to crash
 - pasting script examples with comments from the help file now works correctly
 - modifying an Error Action on the On Error Tab would not always show the correct text
 - sorting steps and then selecting Undo would cause the step to be deleted
 - Task Builder no longer allows files to be dragged onto it while in Managed mode
 - subtask step numbers are now correct when reported in the Output window
 - windows that are unpinned were not saved and would be pinned next time Task Builder opened
 - creating a task with the Recorder would create an invalid task file that could not be opened for editing after save
 - attempting to close task properties window while Task Builder is open would display a misleading dialog box
 - Find (CTRL-F) on a multiple line comment corrupted the display of carriage-returns
 - default location of the Task Builder causes the window to display as split across dual monitors
 - Expression Builder was not using Segoe 9pt font on Vista
 - Expression Builder was not using the correct icons
 - no longer leaves temporary files in the user's Temp directory
  - attempting to run an encrypted managed task could causes a crash
 - windows that are deselected from viewing were not saved and would display next time Task Builder opened
 - extra white space on the bottom of the Task Builder has been removed
 - right-clicking a function within the Expression Builder now properly displays the correct help file topic
 - wrapped text in comments and tasks was obscured if the scroll bars width was set larger than the system default
 - with all document tabs closed, pressing CTRL-V would cause an access violation.
 - Expression Builder button was barely visible on edge of Error Action form
 - version and build information was missing from the About dialog
 - serial number was not displaying on the About dialog
 - using the Evaluation dialog to extend trials was not working
 - Expression Builder button was not always visible on the edge of the On Error page
 - CTRL+A does did not select all in multiline text edit controls
 - pasting multiple AM6 steps when one or more of those steps did not contain a \> would cause steps from that point to not be pasted
 - using the Expression Builder on combo box fields would improperly overwrite the previous contents
 - version and build information was missing from the About dialog
 - serial number was not displaying on the About dialog
 - using the Evaluation dialog to extend trials was not working
 - Expression Builder button was not always visible on the edge of the On Error page
 - CTRL+A does did not select all in multiline text edit controls
 - pasting multiple AM6 steps when one or more of those steps did not contain a \> would cause steps from that point to not be pasted
 - using the Expression Builder on combo box fields would improperly overwrite the previous contents
 - no longer allows blank action names when renaming a custom action
 - no longer allowing the same action to be added more than once to a category
 - renaming an action using the same name will suggest a different action name
 - Reset Interface now will set the Available Actions to its default
 - added an AutoMate 7 theme to the Editor Options \Colors.
 - corrected Add Attachment dialog's icon
 - corrected Access Violation that would occur if an AML steps was being edited and AMTB was closed
 - changed the popup menu option from ‘Alphabetical’ to ‘Sort’
 - added more options to the Available Actions popup menu
File Trigger
 - fixed issue that would could occur if more than 20 file triggers attached to the same file on 64-bit machines
Exchange Action
 - type filter property now properly allows AutoMate expressions
 - PropertyName and PropertyValue fields now support AutoMate expressions
AutoMate Script Action
 - highlighting a command in the BASIC IDE and pressing F1 would not redirect to the correct help file topic
 - process descriptions for some of the AutoMate executables were not correct in Windows Task Manager
 - several actions generated incorrect AML when using If Older Than or If Newer Than options
 - Browse button would not work when the associated text field contained a drive and path with no trailing slash
 - WindowClass element was missing from trigger object
 - On Error Continue option was ignored in subtasks
XML Node To Dataset Action
 - referred to Xpath location as 'Xpath Xpath location' in visual mode
Create Variable Action
 - was not correctly barring Dim and Name as variable names
SNMP Trap Trigger
 - renamed from SNMP Trap Watcher trigger
Print Action
 - filenames with brackets in the name prevented the file from printing
SQL Query Action
 - SQL queries against Excel caused the worksheet to be locked until the task that executed the query ended
Terminal Actions 
 - Timeout and Error Causes values were not populating correctly when editing an existing terminal step
Wait For File Action
 - now works correctly with multiple files and file masks
Send E-mail Action
 - corrected invalid text error on certain files when used as mail body
 - would not correctly error if an invalid expression was found in the body parameter
Exchange Action
 - was incorrectly flagging email deleted when retrieving all messages using Get Messages option.
 - selecting an existing PropertyName would resets the associated PropertyValue
 - "(Please Enter Text)" text would be stored in the step's AML if the OK button was pressed but the values were not changed
Create Variable Action
 - editing an existing Create Variable step in AML view did not always make the variable available in Task Builder dropdowns
 - output message had the Type and Object strings reversed
If Text Contains Action
 - improved reliability especially when using AutoMate variables
Send E-mail Action
 - the To: field is now automatically selected when the step is displayed
 - would not send extended ASCII characters when body is from a file
 - variables in Send Email Action email body were not evaluating on subtasks
 - corrected issue with server timeouts when certain anti-virus software is installed on the user system
 - now correctly handles sending authenticated email without specifying credentials on domains where the user is already authenticated
FTP Logon Action
 - in non-compatibility mode, user can now specify a password when using SFTP and a Public key file
Terminal Actions
 - were not retaining parameters when an existing step was opened for editing
SQL Query Action
 - querying an Office 2003 MSAccess or Office 2003 Excel file could cause the step to hang
 - UPDATE and INSERT queries would not change execute correctly when the datasource was an Excel spreadsheet file
 - using predefined connection string would not work in subtasks
Set Date and Time Action
 - the server field's Expression Builder button was being covered by Port field
Create Object Action
 - would not allow a Property Value to contain an AutoMate expression
FTP Advanced Action
 - using Get Short List was returning extraneous data with short file list
 - using Get Long List did not work with wildcards on SSH connections
FTP Upload Action
 - corrected "500 Invalid command" errors that occurred with some FTP servers
Synchronize Folders Action
 - invalid folders were not properly treated as errors
Replace Text Action
 - using the Regular Expression option with certain invalid expression would cause the step to hang
Create XML Node Action
 - now allows creating a node with an empty namespace
Cryptography Actions
 - now properly supports multiple input files
 - now properly supports AutoMate variables as parameter values
Delete File Action
 - would not correctly delete files when an exclude mask was specified
FTP Change Folder Action
 - would throw an unhandled error when specified folder had no leading slash
Message Box Action
 - would not auto-press on intervals lower than 500 milliseconds
 - expressions resulting in a floating point value would not display leading zeros correctly
Calculate File Checksum Action
 - generated MD5 checksums were sometimes incorrect
Decrypt Action
 - OpenPGP passphrases were not working
Loop Files Action
 - the include filter would be lost when importing or pasting a Loop Files step from AutoMate 6
FTP Rename Action
 - would incorrectly strip subfolder information from the file, essentially moving files to the root folder upon rename
Wait For Window Action
 - timeout options were missing from the Advanced tab
If Action
 - "complex" option was reset to "simple" when editing an IF step regardless of whether or not "complex" was originally selected
Ping Action
 - no longer requires elevation to work correctly on Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008
Interactivity Actions
 - Window selector was allowing controls in the tray to be selected
 - editing a control from the Contents page would sometimes edit the wrong value
File System Trigger
 - renamed from File Watcher trigger
Key Trigger
 - when using AutoKeys with "Erase text after triggering" enabled, the text would be deleted even if the associated task was disabled
Schedule Trigger
 - custom schedule would only triggers the first time
 - exclusion on a specific time range was being ignored
 - weekly and monthly exclusions in schedule trigger could cause corruption of ATL file and caused CPU spike
 - corrected misleading error message regarding XP SP2
 - IsNull() was not properly identifying null value against MDB field
 - Random would always generate the same value
Event Monitor
 - Running Task Window sometimes showed percentages greater than 100% if a subtask had more steps than the parent task
 - corrected issue that made it unable to change task interruption hotkey

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