TestComplete v15.56 software saving string variables with Base64 encoding
I've had a few reports from our testers, about persistent variables in the .mds file being saved as what appears to be a Base64 encoded string, in our case it affects our test process currently, as we're expecting them as plain text/we're not decoding Base64, we run the tests in Azure DevOps via the Visual Studio test task.
I've determined this appears to have been a change in v15.56 as I wasn't able to replicate the same behaviour in v15.55, though I'm waiting for one of the testers to confirm the same results (to rule out any extension issues).
The change/behaviour I've described above is not listed in the release notes though - https://support.smartbear.com/testcomplete/docs/general-info/whats-new.html
Can it be clarified if this is an intended change or a bug?
If it is an intended change is there anyway we can override this so string variables are saved as plain text in the .mds file?
Whether that's via a program/GUI setting or a bit of code/scripting?