One thing I like about UBot is that it’s constantly evolving into a better product. UBot 4.0 is no exception, and there are a lot of exciting new features in the latest release that just came out a couple of weeks ago.

The big thing that I’ve noticed while playing around with UBot 4.0 is that it has become a lot easier to use. UBot has always been a little bit quirky in the way it does things, but Seth has done a good job in making things more intuitive.

Here are some of my favorite features of UBot 4.0.

UBot code view – Now you can switch between the default drag and drop interface (UBot’s Visual Scripting Language) and the text based version of the commands (Uscript). Why is this cool? Because having a text based view makes it much easier to view (and edit) bigger bots, as well as making it easy to clone different parts of your code.

UBot4 Code View

Easy Element Selection – Selecting items and operating on them used to be a two-step process with previous version of UBot. UBot 4.0 is now a lot smarter, and all you need to do now is drag over specific elements into the scripting area.

Better Debugging – Debugging your bots with UBot used to be a pain. Ubot 4.0 now includes a built-in debugger window that allows you to see your variable values. Plus there is the new Step button in the UI that allows you to step through each part of your code which makes debugging much simpler as well.

Better Performing Bots – UBot is a lot faster than previous versions. It now uses a faster built-in browser (instead of Internet Explorer), supports multi-threading, and you have the option to turn off images, css, javascript and flash in the bot’s browser window to make your bots run much faster.

If you are an existing UBot user, make sure to check out the new UBot 4.0 tutorial videos that Seth and Lily have put together. They do a good job of demonstrating most of the new features that have been added, and more and more videos are being added all the time.

Upgrading to UBot 4.0

One source of confusion for many previous customers (and for me to) is the UBot upgrade policy. Unfortunately, the UBot team, in my opinion has not done good job detailing this.

Currently, when you buy UBot, you get 12 months of free updates. After that, you need to pay $4.99/mo to get future updates.

What annoys me a bit is that while I bought the original version of UBot in 2009, I did pay $325 to upgrade to UBot 3.5 in December 2010. It seems reasonable to me that paying so much for the upgrade should at least reset my 12 month upgrade window.

Alas, this is not the case and I still ended up having to pay the $4.99 fee to use my copy of UBot 4.0. Even though the upgrade isn’t much, it’s still kind of lame if you ask me.

With that said, UBot 4.0 is still a worthwhile upgrade. If you’re interested in creating some automated bots, then check it out.

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UBot 3.3 Beta was just announced today on the main UBot Blog. There are a ton of cool improvements and it looks to be an exciting release. Under the hood, Seth has completely reworked the UBot infrastructure which will make it easier for him to make changes to UBot more easily moving forward. Hopefully this should result in less bugs popping up with each release, and UBot becoming more stable in general.

The biggest changes though in UBot 3.3 is the new UI. You will notice that UBot now has a new 3 column interface. On the left, is the Toolbox which contains all the available commands. Now you can just drag the commands from the toolbox into the center column to construct your bots instead of using the context menu system. There is also a handy search field in the toolbox which allows you to find the command you want very easily.

New UBot 3.3 UI

The UBot browser has also been revamped to make coding simpler as well. There’s a new Form commands context menu in the browser which contains common operations for filling fields, clicking buttons, etc. Previously, it took a couple of steps to do these commands, but now they can all be done with a single operation. The UBot browser also supports dragging fields from the browser window into the coding window and it will automatically set everything for your properly. As any UBot developer knows, filling out forms is a very common task and UBot 3.3 really streamlines the process for you.

Currently this release is in private beta. I was lucky enough to get on the beta list, so I am really excited to play around with this new version of UBot. If you are interested in seeing UBot 3.3 in action, make sure to check out these 2 UBot preview videos that Seth put together.

UBot preview video 1
UBot preview video 2

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UBot 3.1 Released – Create More Modular UBots

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Looking For A UBot Coupon?

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Getting Started With UBot

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