The Platform Access library is discontinued with AutomationDesk 5.3 from dSPACE Release 2016-B. This is caused by the discontinuation of the rtplib2 Test Automation Python module which the Platform Access library is based on. As an alternative, AutomationDesk provides the XIL API Convenience library with similar automation blocks as the Platform Access library. The library is based on the XIL API library that represents the dSPACE implementation of the ASAM AE XIL API standard. It is therefore a modern, state-of-the-art library to simulate not only platform access, but also, for example, failure simulation.
Furthermore, using the XIL API provides functional enhancements, such as stopping captures and accessing ASAM Measurement Data Format (MDF) files.
The description in the following is valid for AutomationDesk 5.0 or later. It lets you migrate your projects to XIL API in advance, before you migrate AutomationDesk to 5.3 or later.