Available Objects Pane

The Available Objects pane encompasses the major building blocks used to build a workflow. It also contains the Repository button which allows users a convenient way to access the Repository in order to add pre-existing objects to the current workflow.

 

Available Workflow Objects


Available workflow objects are grouped into 5 separate categories. Below describes each category and provides a link to related topics.

Tasks

Tasks are the workhorses of workflows and provide the instructions for automated execution on agents. They are built using the Task Builder, which allows you to drag and drop over 230 actions without having to write code. For more details regarding the Task Builder, see Task Builder Quick Tour.

Flow Control

Flow Controls are decision-making tools used to connect tasks, conditions and other objects together to make the workflow a cohesive unit. They can also determine the path the workflow will take. For example, if the result of a task is successful, it will proceed to the object that a Success arrow is pointing to. If the task failed, it will proceed to the object that a Failure arrow is pointing to.

Events

A one-time occurrence that can initiate a workflow. For example, in the Schedule event, once a date or time or other interval occurs, the event starts the workflow. For more details, see

Conditions

Similar to events, conditions affect workflows, but also capture state changes that events typically produce and direct the workflow according to the state. Unlike an event, which is a one-time occurrence and then it is over, a state has duration once it has been reached. For example, the appearance of a file in a network share is an event, and the existence of that file is a state. Both the event and the state are conditions – the event is "when the file exists" and the state is "if the file exists." Thus, conditions can be used to initiate workflows (i.e., start workflow A when file X appears), wait for certain events to transpire before an active workflow is permitted to proceed past a certain point (i.e., after workflow A is initiated, wait for the Notepad Window to appear before continuing), or to make a decision and conditional branch within the workflow (i.e., after workflow A is initiated, evaluate whether the Notepad Window is open – if yes, execute Task 1; if no, execute Task 2).

NOTE: Conditions can perform dual tasks depending on the settings of the Behavior tab. See the individual Conditions for more information.

Misc

The Miscellaneous section contains the Workflow object and Process object.

Repository Button


Once you create a workflow, task, event or condition, the system stores these objects in the Repository for re-use. The Repository button allows you to view and select existing repository objects to add to the current workflow. For more details, see repository.

See Also

WFD Ribbons & Toolbar

WFD Main Workspace

WFD Output/Shared Objects Pane