3 key differences between UiPath Studio and StudioX

If you have heard of the new UiPath StudioX, you may be wondering how this differs from the original UiPath Studio? 

I did the same project on both the Studio and StudioX to find out for myself. I would like to share the project I did and how you can try them out for yourself.

Let us start with the differences between these development environments.  

UiPath Studio vs StudioX

StudioX is UiPath’s effort to build a development environment for people with no prior software background or coding skills. Whereas, UiPath Studio, the original development environment is meant for developers to build more complex automation. With more libraries being added in UiPath Go!, the amount of code required is decreasing in Studio too. 

That said, here is a quick summary of the differences: 

Studio X Studio
Audience  Citizen developers RPA developers
Specialty  No Code! Intuitive labels & error handling Low Code. Power to create complex Automation
Interface Easy to find and use Automation activities A bit more technical but has a lot more activities 
Recorder Easier but less capable Full-fledged recorder
Focus Attended Attended and Unattended
Current Ver (As of Jan 2020) Preview Oct 2019 2019 Fast Track, April 2019

As you can see, each of these development environment is positioned for different audiences. Let us see take a bit more detailed look at the top three differences.

Top 3 differences

Based on the project I did, here are the top differences I could find.

Interface

You can see that the interface on the left – StudioX- has no “code” unlike the Studio on the right. With StudioX, you can intuitively choose the activities and data you need through drop-downs. For e.g. You would pick the “Outlook Card” and then choose the data for the activities from the dropdown. In the Studio, you would generally write some code to extract data and the activities are more detailed and code-like.

Recorder

The recorder in StudioX is pretty basic right now compared to the Studio which has multiple recorders. In StudioX, it is attached to the respective activity (e.g. application card) and split up into each function so that it is easier to use. An improved StudioX recorder should give the most improved experience for targeted Citizen developers.

No-Code

This is one of the best features of StudioX compared to Studio – You do not need not grapple with any code. As you can see in the screenshot on the left, you can choose the Excel column from a dropdown.  To do the same thing in Studio, you have to write some code as you can see on the right.

Those were the key differences. Let us now see how we can install StudioX and try it out.

UiPath StudioX download and install

You can download the UiPath StudioX from the UiPath Community website. The installation file for both Studio and StudioX is the same. 

If you need help installing, you can find videos for the installation of both UiPath Studio and StudioX here

StudioX Project tutorial

If you would like to try out StudioX, here is a video of the project I did on StudioX. Here is the same project with UiPath Studio (needs some code).

No-code Automation

While StudioX is a great effort, we should see better no-code automation tools. Automation Anywhere A2019 is a pretty good Low-code tool.

A better no-code Automation interface is probably going to come from outside the current RPA vendors though. The best no-code tools would come from people from the no-code movement. There are a few already which are not very capable but it is just a matter of time before we see capable tools in the lineage as well. Exciting times ahead!

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