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Hi everyone! Chris here from the Ultima Labs team. We’re pleased to announce that we’ve hit a new major release milestone with our IA-Connect product for Microsoft Power Automate, now at version 9.4. This was a larger release than usual, as the team have been focusing on adding significant improvements as well as new features.
As always for all our releases, we concentrate on three core areas; new features, improvements to existing features as well as bug fixes.
Web Browser Automations Now Made Easier
For this release, a significant new feature is the ability to perform web mouse inspection of the different elements that make up a website or web-based application that might be part of your business process automations. This feature was first realised through customer feedback to have the ability to quickly locate and identify elements and their type via mouseover with the IA-Connect Inspector tool. This massively improves and shortens the time taken when trying to look through all the elements available on the page.
Another core area has been how IA-Connect handles dynamic web pages that load in a potentially inconsistent manner or where not all of the page loads at exactly the same time. IA-Connect now provides the ability to wait for certain known elements to appear on the page where it’s known that this may occur.
Multi-monitor and Automatic Scaling
A big area for IA-Connect has been to improve on the different ways our customers setups impact on how they perform their business process automations using IA-Connect. That also means where customers are running IA-Connect locally with more than 1 monitor connected. Usually, multiple monitors cause havoc with robotic process automation (RPA) products where application UIs can end up being placed between monitors with sometimes imperfect resolutions and scaling.
This version introduces full support for multiple monitors as well as options around mouse movement and calibration, where IA-Connect can now automatically detect the number of monitors, their relative positions and resolution scaling on each display. IA-Connect in addition provides tweaking options for this for Java and SAP GUI applications specifically.
Desktop Applications Get New Additions
When interacting with tables in desktop applications, there have been significant improvements made over this release, especially in applications that house large amounts of data.
For applications with large amounts of table data, IA-Connect is now able to read the available rows of table data father faster than previously and compared to the competition. This means that the process being automated can complete faster as a whole.
9.4 also provides improvements where some desktop applications house a very large amount of rows within a table, again with improved speed.
For applications where the element cannot be selected through the usual means, a colour picker action has been added. For example, a drop down may highlight text background in a certain colour, where IA-Connect can then select the element based on the colour defined and perform an action.
And lastly, like our web browser automations where we can inspect elements with the mouse, UI and SAP GUI applications also see an improvement in this area, where the mouse can be used to identify the elements themselves rather than just rectangle boxes. This massively improves the useability to automate elements within the UI.
On top of that, the following are also either new or improved areas that are found with version 9.4
- Improved Web search functionality.
- Significant improvements throughout the Inspector.
- New fast Win32 API actions.
- Agent threads, allowing some actions to run in parallel.
- Integration of all IA-Connect actions into a PowerShell module.
- Many more Microsoft Office actions.
- Improved Power Automate actions for error handling.
- Running IA-Connect PowerShell from a Power Automate flow.
- Task filtering and batch operations in the Orchestrator.
- Orchestrator login history.
- Enhanced worker interaction from the Orchestrator.
- Orchestrator support pages.
- Additional JML authentication options.
- New JML actions
With continued thanks to our community of customers using IA-Connect, as well as our developers, version 9.4 includes 16 bug fixes for the core product, as well as 9 bug fixes for the IA-Connect Orchestrator.
A complete breakdown of these bug fixes, as well as additional details for all our new and improved features can be found in our detailed release notes document, found here.
As always, if you do have any questions or queries, please feel free to contact the team via email@example.com or browser our Microsoft Power Automate connector documentation via the Microsoft Learn service: