Power Automate update for December 2020

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There are several updates that have taken place regarding Power Automate Desktop, whose details are described below.

Here are the Summary Points and one description for the same.

Execution logs are now available for console runs

The execution history is now available in the Power automate for the stand-alone executions too via console. You are able to inspect these execution logs by selecting a desktop flow and clicking on Details.

New trials can be started from within Power Automate Desktop

New users are able to start their trial directly from within the Power Automate Desktop console, without needing to navigate to the portal to do so.

Input variables of sensitive text type are now available to be used

You are now able to select Sensitive text as the data type of the input variables you create. This option will encrypt the values of the respective inputs, thus offering security on sensitive data.

Password fields now support the use of variables

In addition to direct sensitive input, password fields in the respective actions can now also accept previously defined variables.

The flow designer and the recorders support handling direct encrypted input in certain actions

You are now able to give direct encrypted input in the following actions that provide text input to target fields:

  • Populate text field on the web page
  • Populate text field in the window
  • Send keys
  • Set text on a terminal session
Sensitive text input variables

Password fields now support the use of variables

In addition to direct sensitive input, password fields in the respective actions can now also accept previously defined variables.

The flow designer and the recorders support handling direct encrypted input in certain actions

You are now able to give direct encrypted input in the following actions that provide text input to target fields:

  • Populate text field on the web page
  • Populate text field in the window
  • Send keys
  • Set text on terminal session

The above functionality is available when manually creating or editing a flow, however, it is also supported via the web and desktop recorders, thus allowing you to protect text data that should not be visible on the screen.

Recorders now support the use of input method editor (IME)

You are now able to use an IME within the web and desktop recorders, which allows you to generate characters that are not natively available on your keyboard. This is possible via right-clicking on the respective field while recording and selecting the last option in the context menu.

New group of PDF related actions

A new PDF module is now available, providing you with four new actions that allow you to read text from PDF files or otherwise manipulate them.

  • Extract images from PDF
  • Extract text from PDF
  • Extract PDF pages to new PDF
  • Merge PDF files

Additional conditional operators are now available

Within the ‘If’ and ‘Case’ actions, apart from the traditional mathematical operators that were already there, new conditional operators have been added like ‘Is empty’ or ‘Starts with’, letting you implement more sophisticated conditions.

Wait actions include a timeout option

Wait actions now include a timeout option, to optionally force an error after a specified time period of waiting for the respective element has passed.

These are the updates in the power automate december 2020.

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1 Comment

Divyang

Dec 12, 2020, 2:16 pm Reply

Nice article

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