2018.3 output window not showing writeline during normal execute

apparently now you have to start from “debug” to get writeline output? The problem is when I run in debug the following works fine
in an assign activity
where pensionAmount.toString shows as 999,999.99 pensionValue is intended to be the decimal value and I have had to strip the in the past
what I’m getting is input string is in the wrong format. This never happened before the upgrade and the robot has operated 100 times or more.
so 2 questions: why the error only when I run in regular execute and not in debug
and can i get the output window to show writeline output during regular execution like it used to.

Hi @billpennock

Could you provide a sample new project that isolates the issue? It would help a lot.