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The last release of SAP Build Process Automation introduces a new tool to help you while creating and running your automations: the Screen Tester! 

Created to help you debug and troubleshoot your captures and automations better, the new Screen Tester will help you understand things that go wrong during the design and execution of your automations. Let’s take a tour and discover all it has to offer. 

(Agent version used: 3.15.44)


Test your captures

After capturing applications and screens, and declaring elements, you need to add criteria to them. Not sure about the criteria you used? The Screen Tester will let you know if the screen or the element is recognized.

From the Studio, open a captured application and click on the Run button on the top left of the screen: 


A small package will be created and downloaded by your Agent, so that it will be able to open the Screen Tester with your project loaded. After few seconds, you should see the Screen Tester open.

The first tab lets you quickly see if your captured applications are recognized or not.
You can also navigate through its captured screens. By clicking on a screen, you get access to all its declared elements. 

You can quickly see if a screen is recognized (with a green mark) or not (with a red mark):


When the Screen Tester is opened, you can navigate manually through your application screens. As soon as a screen or an element is recognized, you will see it in the Screen Tester. This is useful if you want to understand why your page is recognized when accessed directly and not when accessed through another screen for example.


Execute activities

Before creating your automations, it can be useful to test which activity will work on your screen or element. 

With the Screen Tester, you can execute all activities available for your screens or elements: Click, Set, Wait… A lot of activities are available directly next to your declared elements:


You don’t see the activity you want to use? Try to execute it using a script!
A code editor is embedded in the Screen Tester, letting you write the line of code you want to test, or the sequence of activities you want to execute.


Access to Timeline 

When your Agent is in Design Mode, the new Screen Tester is also available during the execution of your automations. To open it, open the Agent menu, click on the last button Tracer and then Open Screen Tester.


The Screen Tester will stay open until you close it manually. You can now run your Automations directly from the Studio, and the Screen Tester will display the Timeline of the execution:


From this view, you can see all events detected by the Agent, such as LOAD events, UNLOAD events, executed activities with their corresponding input and output, and more. 

Your automation is stuck? Open the Applications tab and you will quickly see if the element your bot is waiting for is detected or not. 


Screen Tester for attended and unattended executions 

The new Screen Tester can also help you better understand and troubleshoot your automations deployed in attended and unattended mode. 

To open it, you need to enable the Support Mode for your Agent. By doing this, you will have access to the Screen Tester directly in your Agent, in the Tracer menu


When a package is executed by the Agent, the Screen Tester displays the timeline of the execution and indicates whether a page is recognized or not.  

With the Screen Tester, you now have a powerful tool to better troubleshoot attended and unattended executions. 



Finally, the Screen Tester integrates some options to help you customize its behavior. 

With the last tab Settings, you can change the layout of the Screen Tester, but also change how it acts: 


All preferences are saved for next runs. 


With the new Screen Tester, Developers and Citizen Developers have now the perfect tool to understand why an automation fails, both in Design and Runtime mode. 

Ready to troubleshoot your automations with the Screen Tester? Give us your feedback in the Comments section! 


If you want to know more about the 2304B release, read the blog post of my colleague Eshita! 
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