Importing Tasks

AutoMate supports the import of task files which contain an AML (AutoMate Markup Language) extension. A task can be imported using the Task Administrator or steps of a task can be imported using the Task Builder. Additionally, you can export AutoMate7 and AutoMate BPA Server 9 tasks and import them to AutoMate 9. Tasks can be imported via "drag and drop" or by use of the Import option. When a managed task is imported, triggers, priority, logon, security and other task properties will be included. When an unmanaged task is imported, it automatically becomes a managed task. For more on managed and unmanaged tasks, see Managed vs. Unmanaged Tasks.

Importing Tasks into Task Administrator


Task files with a .AML extension can be imported onto the Task Administrator using the "drag and drop" method.  An Import option is contained in the Task Administrator that can be used to import tasks as well.

To import tasks using Drag and Drop method:

  1. Open Task Administrator

  2. Drag the desired AML file(s) from its original location and drop them into the Task Administrator's main window pane. A new icon will appear in the main window pane representing the newly imported task.

NOTE: When a managed task is imported, triggers and other task properties will be included. When a non-managed task is imported, it automatically becomes a managed task.

 

To import tasks using the Import feature:

  1. Open the Task Administrator

  2. Select File -> Import or right-click anywhere inside the Managed Tasks window and select Import from the right-click menu. A dialog titled Select Task opens, as shown below:

  1. From the Task Administrator's Navigation pane, press the Tasks button

  2. Right-click anywhere inside the main window pane and select Import from the menu that appears. A dialog titled Select Task opens, as shown below:

  1. Navigate to the directory where the AutoMate Task (.AML) file(s) you wish to import are located.

  2. Select the desired file(s) and click Open. To select more than one file, hold down CTRL during selection.

  1. The Task Administrator becomes populated with the newly imported tasks. When a managed task is imported, triggers and other task properties will be included.

Importing Task Steps into Task Builder


AML file types can be imported to the Task Builder using the Drag and Drop feature. Doing so will import the steps of the task onto the Task Builder's Steps pane.

To import task steps onto Task Builder using Drag and Drop:

  1. Open the Task Builder

  2. Drag the desired AML file(s) from its original location and drop them into the Task Builder's Steps window pane.  

  3. The Task Builder's Steps pane becomes populated with the newly imported task steps.

  4. Edit the steps as necessary and go to select Save from the Ribbon's Application button to save the task.

To import task steps onto Task Builder using the Import option:

  1. From the Task Builder ribbon, select the Application button and navigate to Tools -> Import Steps. A window titled Open AutoMate Task File will appear (as shown below).

  1. Navigate to the location of the task (.AML) file you want to import and click Open.

  2. The steps of the selected task are loaded onto the Task Builder's Steps pane.

  1. Edit the steps as necessary and go to select Save from the Ribbon's Application button to save the task.

See Also

Exporting tasks

Introduction to AML

Introduction to the Task Builder