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Workflow Designer tips

Posted by FlowWright on Apr 21, 2019 4:37:00 PM

FlowWright's workflow designer is a fully graphical web based designer for designing workflow definitions.  The workflow designer is in its 3rd generation, and is built using the latest technologies such as HTML5 for powerful features and performance.  v9.5 of FlowWright completely changed the underlying graphics library to provide many new enhancements and features.

So, what are the workflow designer tips:

  • Click the mouse right click button and hold it down, then move the mouse to move PAN the design within the designer.  If you click on the designer, you will also see a boxed PAN window within the properties windows, as shown below:

    Workflow Designer PAN feature
  • Document parts of your workflow design using inline comments. Just drag and drop a comments from the toolbar into the designer canvas.

    Inline comment toolbar
    Once dropped, click on the comments and change the comment text.  Comment will look as follows:
    Inline comment displayed within the workflow designer
  • Hover over a step, the step will show 4 arrows around the step, drag them to connect, or click on them and it will automatically make a copy of the current step and place it in the direction it was clicked and connect the new step to the original step.

    Workflow step with arrows
    newly created step connected to the original step
  • Add a step to the canvas, fill its properties and make a template out of them step for future use. 
    Create a template step from an existing step
  • Create a template from a bunch of steps and connections.  Select the steps and connection, right click for the context menu and create a template.  Give a custom name for the template steps.

    Create a template using multiple steps and connections
  • Take a snapshot of the workflow definition before changing, you can easily do that using the toolbar button:

    take a snapshot of the workflow definition
    Later, you can also restore a previously created snapshot, also more advanced snapshot functionality gives snapshot comparison.
  • For faster operations, don't forget to use the standard key strokes

Above are some of features that make the FlowWright workflow designer easy to use for automating processes.  The latest designer is built around performance.  Large workflows need high performance, given that it's all running inside a web browsers, FlowWright outperforms most workflow designers on the market.

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