Designer 2.5 and 'raw' serial protocol

I’ve been tinkering on-and-off with OpenRemote in my free time, slowly putting together a home automation / home entertainment controller for some time.

Can anyone confirm if the ‘raw serial’ protocol has been removed from Designer 2.5? It doesn’t seem to be available in the dropdown menu anymore. ( on )

If it’s just a temporary oversight and it will be added back soon, would it be possible to add to the designer window the same regex parsing options present when, say, creating telnet commands?

In the same line, if serial protocol support is restored, does it support ${param} yet or is that on the to-do list?