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Kapow 9.4 New Features


This article contains the highlights of the new features in Kapow Katalyst 9.4. 12535

What's New in 9.4

  • KappZone™
    • Kofax Insight Dashboard Single Sign-On Link
      Kapow delivers information from many sources to the Kofax Business Intelligence and Analytics Insight Dashboard, enabling business users to quickly visualize their information, driving greater process efficiency and improved decision making. Using Kapow Kapplets, business users can quickly access Insight dashboards with a single click of a button. The new Dashboard link in KappZone™ enables creation of a Kapplet that opens the Kofax Insight Dashboard in a new browser tab. The combination of Kapow and Kofax Insight enables customers to rapidly deliver advanced visualizations of the data collected with robots directly to end users in easy to use Dashboards provided by Kofax Insight. With single sign-on enabled, access to individual dashboards can be controlled with the Kapow User Management and/or standard Active Directory/LDAP.
      Availability of this feature requires the purchase of both Kapow Katalyst 9.4 and Kofax Insight.
    • Kapplet OAuth Support
      A Kapplet can now be authenticated with Kapplet users' specific credentials when using robots to access OAuth enabled REST services such as Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Dropbox, etc.
      The authentication is individual to the user and protected by the built-in User Management. The user has full control of the authentication and can see and revoke granted access under Settings.
  • Kapow Katalyst
    • Create and Update Excel Documents within a Robot
      Develop integration flows that create and modify Microsoft Excel documents, aggregate data to analyze patterns and discover insights, deliver real-time reporting, and exchange data between business applications, groups and partners. Traditionally, a lot of manual work goes into creating and updating Excel documents with the most recent and accurate data, often that involves copying and pasting from a multitude of data sources to get consolidated up-to-date information.
      With 9.4 it is now possible to create and update Excel spreadsheets within robots. We have added a number of new steps specifically to insert and modify data in spreadsheets. This makes it easy to automate updating of Excel spreadsheets with data from the web or other sources directly in the robot.
    • Web Page Screenshot
      Automatically capture a screenshot of a web page at any given point in time, and deliver to a content repository, database, or as an email attachment. Using this new capability, organizations can take the captured web page, and incorporate into compliance and regulatory review processes that require frequent monitoring of corporate and third party partner sites.
      This is the capability to take a picture (png, jpg, bmp, tif) of a web page. It is a new Extract Screenshot step, which can extract an image of a full web page or, by using a tag-finder, any visible part of a web page.
      This feature is available when using the Default Browser Engine.
  • Additional Features and Improvements
    • CSV Preview and Tabular Data View
      The new CSV Preview makes it easy to import and extract CSV data in robots. It provides a visual configuration of the CSV extraction, with separator characters and other formatting. This replaces the Extract CSV step, with a visual and easy to use method to extract CSV data directly from a tabular data view.
    • Monitoring of Running Robots
      With 9.4 the ControlCenter application is retired and replaced by similar functionality in the Management Console Clusters tab. This allows a direct view of the operational parameters of running robots and their current status.
    • Profiling
      Profiling provides detailed run-time information on robot execution at the step-level. It is typically used to analyze and troubleshoot system performance, such as KCU consumption and remote server wait times.
      From version 9.4 profiling can be enabled and disabled on the fly. In previous versions the RoboServer had to be restarted for the change to the profiling setting to take effect.
    • Call robots as SOAP
      All robots in the Repository on the Management Console can now be exposed as SOAP services as well as REST services. Each project, with services enabled, will have a dynamic WSDL-file with the robots and robot signatures as SOAP services.
    • Headless configuration of RoboServers
      We have added three executables to handle passwords in configuration files.
      Passwords can no longer be stored in clear text in the configuration files, so they have to be entered either via the RoboServer Settings application or using the following command line executables:
      • ConfigureRS: Sets the JMX password in the RoboServer settings file (roboserver.settings).
      • ConfigureMC: Sets Management Console administrator and certificate passwords in the mc.settings file.
      • igureRSUser: Adds and removes users and updates user credentials in the rsusers.xml file. Information in this file is used to authenticate API requests.
  • Support End of Life Notices
    With the release of Kapow Katalyst version 9.4 we have the following support end-of-life notices.
    • EOL for Operating Systems
      • Windows XP is no longer supported.
      • In the releases following version 9.4, Windows Server 2003 will no longer be a supported platform.

Please refer to the What's New in 9.4 section in the Kapow Katalyst version 9.4 online help for details. The online help can be accessed from within the Kapow 9.4.x product.

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