posted on June 10, 2011 00:38
Automise 4 has finally arrived! This article covers some of the new feature that you will find in Automise 4.
Automise 4 IDE
The new IDE allows multiple projects to be opened for editing (as opposed to Automise 3 which only allows a single project to opened at a time). To complement this feature the new IDE includes docking which will allow you to re-arrange the tabs to your taste.
Automise 4 IDE (click to enlarge)
A number of other improvements have been made throughout the IDE to improve the experience of creating and maintaining your Automise projects. These improvements include:
Improvements To Variable Manipulation
Automise 4 allows you to cut, copy and paste variables. Multiple variables can be cut, copied or pasted in a single operation when using the Variable Editor Dialog.
Copying multiple variables at once from the variable editor
When editing variables from the Project Tree, you can only cut and copy single variables at a time, however you can copy a group (containing multiple variables from the tree) and paste multiple variables at once using the project tree.
Variable Renaming Support
In Automise 4 when you rename a variable, all references to the old variable name will be updated, to save you digging through your project in an attempt to find where you used your variable.
Remove Unused Project Variables
Automise 4 will allow you to remove any project variables that are not referenced throughout your project.
A number of changes went into the Automise Core for version 4. These changes will affect both the Automise IDE and ATCMD.
Automise is now compiled with a Unicode aware compiler. This was a big change which now allows us to support unicode formats. You may notice that some of the text file actions now include options to specify the encoding to be used when creating the file, this was previously not possible with Automise.
In previous versions of Automise all variables were implemented as variants, which are a flexible type that allow you to store value of various types. In most cases variants are sufficient, but in some cases they are not so practical. For instance if you wanted to store a string "03" in a variant, you need to wrap the value in quotes otherwise the value will be interpreted as a number and next time the value is retrieved, we will get 3 (rather than 03). In Automise 4 you can specify a type for a variable for those cases where you want a specific data type to be used.
Creating a new variable of the Integer type with a format string
When a typed variable is created, you also have the option to also provide a format string. This can be used to ensure that whenever a specific variable is retrieved it will be in the desired format. Say you had a variable of type integer that you always wanted to padded to 4 digits, setting the format string to %.4d would allow this.
Automise 4 introduces local variables which allow you to create a variable for temporary use. Local variables are ideal for situations where you only need a variable to store data for a small operation of a few actions.
Defining a new local variable
The Action Group action has an additional property page that allows you to define local variables. Any variables you define for a particular Action Group can only be referenced by the child actions of the action group. Local Variables are designed for temporary use only and cannot be persisted or used as environment variables.
Using a local variable
The following new actions are included for the initial release of Automise 4:
- FTPS Actions - Perform FTPS operations.
- EC2 Actions - Manage EC2 instances from Automise.
- Secure ZIP Actions - Archive files using 256-bit AES encryption.
- Hyper V Actions - Manage your Hyper V virtual machines.
- SSH Actions - Run SSH Commands.
- WBAdmin Actions - Perform advanced backup and recovery operations.
- FTP Mirror Action - Mirror files and directory structure from local directory to FTP server or vice versa. Also provides the option to overwrite files that exist in both source and destination based on file size, file date and file CRC (where FTP server supports CRC).
- Exit Loop Action - Exit out of a loop action before the loop condition is satisfied.
- XML Node Exists Action - Check whether a node exists in an XML document.
- Improvements to CD/Burning/Imaging Actions - Changes to CD Burning/ ISO actions to provide full Unicode support.
Try It For Yourself
You can download the Automise 4 from the downloads page to start exploring the new features.