Questions and Answers on Recorders in Automation Anywhere

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Questions and Answers on Recorders in Automation Anywhere
« on: July 06, 2017, 01:19:55 PM »
1.How do I record a task using Automation anywhere?

Recording and running simple automation tasks involves three basic steps.
  1. Record
  2. Save
  3. Run
Click “RECORD”, perform the activities on your computer that you want to record. Click Stop and then “SAVE” the recorded activities to a task.
You can playback your recorded actions by selecting the task and then click the “RUN” button..
NOTE: you can edit the recorded tasks using Task editor

2.What are the different recording options available in Automation Anywhere?

Three recording options to satisfy any specific organizational need
  1. Web Recorder
  2. Smart recorder/Object recorder
  3. Standard Recorder(now Screen recorder)

3.How to select a Recording method?

In most cases, the recorder you select will be based on the type of process that you want to automate.
For example , for a process that is based on web applications to extract data from websites, you would select the web recorder.
NOTE: you can record tasks in Internet Explorer 9 and above only

4.What is web recorder?

It understands all web controls. Hence applicable when recording  web-only tasks. If website controls on a page move location, the program can locate the correct controls and adjust the task to run without error. If the properties of the web controls change, the automation task can be updated to ensure that the task runs successfully.
NOTE: you can edit web recorded task using Web Recorder command in Task editor

5.Explain about common use cases of Web Recorder?

Most people use the Web Recorder to perform the following actions:
  1. Repeatedly extracting data from multilple web pages
  2. Extracting data from tables on web pages
  3. Web form filling
Use the Web Recorder when you want to automate the following processes (tasks):
  1. Opening web pages
  2. Logging into a website
  3. Navigating through searching
  4. Entering data into forms and submitting them
  5. Extracting data and updating database records
  6. Using a Web-based ERP(Enterprise Resource Planning) system
  7. Extracting web data to a local file
  8. Testing an online application

6.What is Smart/Object Recorder?

The automation anywhere Object Recorder is a special automation recorder that understands and captures windows objects and controls such as:

  1. Text from drop-down menus
  2. List boxes
  3. Buttons
  4. Status from radio buttons and check boxes
  5. Mouse click actions

Smart recorder captures UI controls/objects for a variety of frameworks. This allows it to be more resilient to automation obstacles such as screen resolution changes. It offers more flexibility while recording tasks that use different technologies – Silverlight, Java, html, WPF and Flex. It can also be record tasks for legacy as well as web-based applications.

NOTE: In version 9.0 it is Object Recorder where as in 10.3(latest version) it is Smart Recorder

7.What is Screen Recorder?

You can use Screen Recorder(known as Standard Recorder in versions less than 10.0) to record a task or a series of actions on your computer when:

  1. Building simple tasks for process that involve mouse clicks and keyboard operations.
  2. You plan to run the automated process(the recorded task) on the same computer on which it was recorded. This ensures that the screen display coordinates are the same as they were when the task was recorded.

8. Can Automation Anywhere work if computer is locked? Can I record a task to unlock the computer?

Yes. Automation Anywhere offers secure Auto Login technology. Auto Login allows scheduled tasks to run even when computer is locked. When you schedule a task you can enable Auto Login capability. If Auto Login in enabled, and if computer is locked, Automation Anywhere will unlock the computer, run the task and lock it back.

9.What is the purpose of Secure Recording Mode in AA?

While automating any business process when you use Automation Anywhere recorders, the commands generally capture important details such as object value, image, text, inner HTMLs etc. Although for environments such as BFSIs (Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance); while automating a task, capturing these sensitive data (e.g. customer account, IDs etc.) may pose a security risk. The ’Secure Recording’ feature reduces the risk by not capturing any sensitive data.

NOTE: You can use Secure Recording mode on all the three prime recorders: Web Recorder, Smart Recorder and Screen Recorder.

10.List down the commands in task editor that supports Secure Recording Mode?

  1. AAE Task Editor
  2. App Integration
  3. Delay/Wait
  4. Error Handling
  5. If/Else Command
  6. Image Recognition
  7. Insert Mouse Click
  8. Manage Windows Control
  9. Object Cloning
  10. OCR
  11. Screen Capture
  12. Web Recorder

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