We have released our UiPath Community 20.4 Stable Release
Among other things, it contains some cool new experimental features!
I’m excited to announce one of the most transforming features for Attended Automation since, well… Attended Automation itself : Picture in Picture . This enables you to execute an Attended Process without giving up control over your mouse , keyboard or screen . You are now able to continue your work while your Robot is running automation in an isolated session.
How can I use it?
Note: the first time you use Picture in Picture you’ll be asked to activate it. Also, before you log in to Windows again, you’ll be asked to enter your credentials every time you start a PiP process. After the next login, you’ll not be asked about your credentials anymore.
- Go to a process’ contextual menu
- Press the "Multitask with PiP (Experimental) button
- Now, your process runs in PiP
- In a project, go to the Debug ribbon
- Activate the Picture in Picture (Experimental) toggle
- Debug or Run your project
- In a project, go to Ribbon
- Expand the Run dropdown
- Press Run in PiP button
How does it work?
Picture in Picture works by creating a new session for the same user on the same machine. It behaves like you would log in to Windows again and start the UiPath process from there.
Why Experimental? (Limitations)
Although we just figured out how to do it, we didn’t want to keep it for ourselves but wanted to share it with you and get feedback. However, sharing it so early means we didn’t have the time to fix all the issues we encountered. Here is a list of known issues and we would like you to share with us other issues that you may find:
- Chrome and Edge Chromium cannot be opened at the same time in both sessions (main Windows session and PiP session). We suggest using one of them for personal use and the other for automations, if possible.
- There isn’t any notification for the user when the process needs their input.
- You may encounter strange behaviors if you try to work with a file in the same time as the Robot
- UiPath Assistant crashes in the PiP session on Windows 8
- Mouse cursor is moved while hovering on PiP preview window
- If you are using a PIN in order to log in into the main Windows Session, whenever you start a Picture in Picture session, you’ll be asked to enter your credentials. This does not happen when you log in to Windows with your password.
Let us know what you think, how you would improve it, and if you found any other issues. Thanks a lot!