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SAP Process Automation –Screen auto capturing capability in Recorder

Introduction 

Hello everyone. In this blog post, I am going to explain about a new feature in the recorder Auto capturing of screens 

In earlier versions of the recorder, when the screen changes in the application, the recorder shows a capture hint. This reminds the user to capture a screen. After that the user clicks on the camera icon to capture a screen. Now, the recorder is enhanced such that, as and when any screen changes are detected, it automatically initiates the capture and captures the screen. This enhances the user experience while using the recorder. 

Prerequisites  

The minimum version of SPA Components required to use this feature 

Desktop Agent: 2.0.30.45 / 3.8.45 

Chrome / Edge Extension:  2.0.30.47 

SDK:  1.30.45  

Here are the steps to auto capture of a screen while recording: 

Open SAP Process automation application. 

Create a new task automation project in Cloud Studio. Once the project is created, a new tab will be opened. 

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Fig 1: New Project

Click on Create to start with a new Application. All the applications running in our system will be listed down. Fig%202%3A%20Create%20Application

Fig 2: Create Application

Choose the application to record and click “Record” button. I am using SAP GUI for Windows application to explain this feature. 

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Fig 3: Choose Application to record

Once the recorder appears, press “Record” button and screen capture is initiated. The capture mode of the recorder is shown at the top right region of the recorder. 

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Fig 4: Start recording

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Fig 5: Recorder’s Capture mode

Now I will provide a transaction codexd01 in the SAP Easy Page which will take me to the new screen. Once a new screen appears, the recorder detects the screen change and initiates the screen capture immediately. 

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Fig 6: Screen change detected

First, the recorder waits for the screen to load. Once the screen loads completely, the recorder starts capturing the screen data with green border around the application and capture progress in the recorder. 

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Fig 7: Capturing the screen

If the recorder encounters a screen which can be captured automatically, it changes its capture mode to automatic. Similarly, if the recorder encounters a screen which cannot be captured automatically, it changes its capture mode to manual. This behavior can be seen while recording web applications 

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Fig 8: Automatic Capture mode change

Supported technologies and frameworks: 

  1. Windows applications 
  2. SAP Win GUI For Windows 
  3. Web 
    • SAP Web GUI for HTML 
    • SAPUI5
    • SuccessFactors 
    • ARIBA
    • ByDesign 
    • Concur

User can change the capture mode at any point of time in the recorder which is present under the dropdown of the Capture button.  Fig%209%3A%20Change%20Capture%20mode

Fig 9: Change Capture mode

After performing all activities in the application, stop the recording and press “Export” button to export the recorded activities to cloud studio. Once the export to cloud studio is completed, the automation is ready for execution. 

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Fig 10: Automation Editor

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Fig 11: Application Editor

Conclusion:

We have seen how auto capture can be used to capture screens automatically while recording the applications. Please refer below resources for more information on screen auto capturing capability.

Useful resources:

For more information on SAP Process Automation, please refer to the following sources:

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