AutoMate 8 :

Feb 2011

AutoMate includes various action enhancements and addresses issues that were introduced in This is a recommended update for all AutoMate users.

In This Update


- Added preview handler for AML extensions
- Added filter for AML extension

Task Builder (AMTB)
- Changed the Redo Icon to be the Reverse of the Undo icon
- Changed 'Editor Options' parameter/window to 'Preferences' which better fits its functionality
- Set the Default Task location for unmanaged tasks to a location one user choose in the references
- Added 'Rename Region' to the Right Click Menu for the Steps pane
- Inserted comments will now be automatically indented if necessary

Dialog action
- Message box activity will show a full text description in Visual mode. Age box will scroll the text if it's not large enough to fit the screen. Next or Prev Search will jump to and make visible the appropriate step. Adjusted the Wrapping to be accurate and account for vertical Scroll bar. Enables adding a variable using Expression Builder when there is no Steps panel.

Run action
- Additional details in 'Visual' mode
- Folder launching support
- Piped (|) command line support for Run commands

Execute Web Service action
- Added proxy support

SharePoint action
- Added 'Describe List' activity

Web Browser action
- Web Browser - Set activity now supports optional encryption of field values
- Additional details appear for Web browser activities when set to 'Visual' mode
- Now supports auto-expansion of modified expander sections

System, Dialog & Web browser actions (General)
- Replaced all combo and password boxes with framework's latest version

FTP action (General)
- SFTP now works with Password-based keyboard-interactive login
Loop File Contents and Read From File actions
- Added encoding option to support ANSI and Unicode


- On Error Send Email would be sent to the sender e-mail address instead of the recipient e-mail address in some actions
- Using an embedded expression to call a task function when that embedded expression is expressed within an AML attribute would cause undefined behavior in the calling function
- Corrected several memory usage leaks in AMEM and AMEngine

Task Service
- Logon/Unlock would not work correctly on some operating systems, notably Server 2003
- AMEMAutoStartMode was not being written to the registry
- TerminalServicesUser was not being written to the registry
- Changing "Use Authentication" for SMTP System Settings from on to off state was not being retained
- Corrected issue that would cause tasks to fail with "Error Code 8" after tasks were run thousands of times
- When failover is configured, the agent will properly fail over to the secondary server but hang or refuse to reconnect to the primary once it becomes available again (BPA only)
- Restoring an AM7 or AM6 backup file into AM8 when default user, service user or SMTP user properties were involved would put invalid characters into the registry, causing "Invalid XML character" errors to occur in AMTA when trying to access system preferences

Event Monitor
- Corrected issue that could cause the process to lock up or hang under heavy load

Extended Functions
- Fixed issue with RndInt not returning a valid value
- Fixed issue with RndFloat locking up the task

Task Administrator (AMTA)
- Fixed issue with System | Options | Constants allowing a constant to be added with a blank name
- Fixed holiday exclusion functionality in Schedule trigger
- Properly set the Default Task Location for managed tasks to match the location entered in System Options
- Fixed importing of AM5/6/7 tasks containing certain non-ASCII characters

Schedule trigger
- Fixed holiday exclusion

SNMP trigger
- Corrected issue wirh Authentication User list only remembering one user

Task Builder (AMTB)
- "Run from Here", "Run Selected" options now work with regions
- Fixed problems occurring with attaching big files
- Menu Toolbar locations are now set appropriately
- Fixed alphabetic sort of Action folders to be case insensitive
- Updated dataset field name to what it was in previous version
- Fixed Task Builder start menu entry issues
- Ctrl + Left now resets the cursor to the beginning when editing steps
- Fixed importing of AM5/6/7 tasks containing certain non-ASCII characters
- Prevented flickering when Inserting multiple variables into the steps panel
- Saving Bookmarks along with Breakpoints in a separate xml file
- Activate the F2 Edit Button Mode when switching to the AML mode in all cases
- Change "Editor Options" to Say "Preferences" Instead
- Set the default location in which to save tasks to a valid directory accessible by the currently logged on user
- Added new Default Task Location parameter in AMTB preferences to allow user to select a location in which to save unmanaged tasks
- Forced AMTB to be in the foreground when using "Minimize on Run" option
- Removed the Red & Black Themes (which caused visual problems) from the list of Color Themes in AMTB Preferences
- Fixed issue with cursor behavior occurring after "Delete Step" operation was performed
- Displayed Splash screen with progress bar when launching AMTB from AMTA to address delay issues (temporary fix)
- Prevented last opened task to incorrectly write to the registry even if there were no changes made
- AMTB now saves all open tasks, not just the active one, which will enable users to reopen all tasks from previous session or reopen selected tasks
- Resolved issue in regards to "Select Step" option preventing the selection of steps

Actions / Activities
- HTTP & AS2 actions no longer missing in AMTB Available Actions pane
- Updated HTTP, AS2 and SharePoint action datagrid to open expression builder properly

FTP (General)
- Fixed IllegalParameter error by forcing TlsVersion

FTP Advanced activity
- Updated combo boxes and password boxes to match the function and appearance of textbox

FTP Upload activity
- Corrected problem concerning "Upload local file(s)" parameter opening folder browser instead of file browser

FTP - Synchronize activity
- Fixed "Permission Denied" error that would occur when "Exact Copy" parameter was selected
- Fixed Sync activity skipping files for servers that supports MLSD
- Corrected an AMTB runtime issue in regards to errors being generated upon the execution of the FTP Synchronize step

If Compare File(s) activity
- Fixed typo in description

SharePoint (General)
- Fixed typo in authentication error text

SharePoint - Get List Items activity
- Fixed issue with missing fields in created dataset

Exchange - Move Objects
- Fixed move objects activity failing under WEBDAV

Execute DLL action
- Fixed DLL Invocation issue

HTTP Post activity
- Auto Fill in HTTP Post is now working properly

Move Window action
- Resolved issue in regards to an error being thrown when attempting to move the window to coordinates that reside outside the primary monitor on a multi-monitor setup

Wait For Terminal Text action
- Improved algorithm used to identify text being waited on so as not to hit false positives if the text being waited for had previously been sent to the terminal

Wait for Process action
- Shrunk the ComboBox in the Wait for Process action to make room for EB Icon along the browser

Run action
- Performed bug fixes and improvements to the action's stability

Decrypt action
- Fixed problem with incorrect error code being returned for Open PGP option

Vmware action
- Running action with custom server settings twice in debug mode is crashing AMTB

SNMP Walk action
- Not all OIDs were being translated to their string counterparts when accessing the Name property

Active Directory
- Corrected issue with Container picker not showing forests or sub domains.

Send Email action
- Added missing Expression button to the Attachments property

Dialog activities
- Updated combo boxes and password boxes to match the function and appearance of a textbox
- Fixed a control's loss of focus when clicking an empty area of the Action Editor window
- Fixed tooltip persistence over the Expression Builder dialog
- Fixed textbox's file browser crashing of AMTB on WinXP
- Fixed order of columns for Selection dialog grid
- Performed other minor tweaks to improve memory leakage in low isolation mode

SQL Query action
- Columns returned as large number formats, especially derived fields from mySQL, could not be accessed in the dataset results even though the column name was present and accessible

Web Browser action
- Closing a browser will now close the associated session
- Fixed infinite duplication of attributes resulting from activity switching
- Removed the 'non-empty string' requirement for SetValue (unchecking checkboxes will now work)

If action
- Fixed issue with action not retaining the use of complex expressions when Complex was explicitly selected in the UI

Connect To Terminal action
- UI would ignore if the regular expression option for the default prompt was turned off
- Default prompts were always treated as regular expressions
- Fixed issue with waiting for the default prompt not working properly in some situations


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