The Workflow Designer's Workspace (illustrated below) is positioned in the top-right section of the interface. This is the actual canvas used for designing and creating automated business processes which are represented as high-level graphical flowcharts. Depending on the developer's preference, design can remain at a normal level where tasks are added and a triggering event connected, or it can be a more detailed and intuitive construct where multi-machine execution is specified, tasks, processes and embedded workflows are developed and connected with conditional objects and error handling utilized.
New objects can be easily added to a workflow by dragging the desired object from the Available Objects pane onto the workspace. Pre-existing objects can be added by clicking the Repository button, navigating to the desired object and dragging it onto the workspace. When running a workflow from the WFD, for debugging purposes, the object that is currently in a running state becomes highlighted in green. An object that fails or generates an error will momentarily become highlighted in red. At which point, workflow execution comes to a halt and information regarding failure is generated in the Output tab. For more information about creating workflows, see About Creating Workflows.
Object specific operations are enabled upon selection of a specific object from the workspace. These options are located in the Selection tab of the WFD's Ribbons panel. Right-clicking a particular object also presents the same options from a pop-up menu.
Enter a unique name or rename the object
Select the Agent in which to run the object.
View or edit the properties of the object.
Connect the object to other objects with the use of flow control arrows.
Manually execute the object (depending on the type of object).
Enable/disable an object.
Associate the selected object with an existing object in the Repository.
The "look and feel" of the workspace pane can be modified in a number of ways. An alignment grid can be added to easily align workflow objects. Additionally, objects can be "snapped" to the alignment grid. The workspace options are located in the Options tab of the WFD's Ribbons panel. See WFD Ribbons & Toolbar for more details.
A Zoom slider is located in the bottom right section of the Workflow Designer, directly under the Output/Shared Objects pane. This slider can be used to zoom in and out of the current workflow.
When a sub-workflow object is added to the workspace, a new tab with the sub-workflow's assigned name will appear directly above the workspace canvas, next to the parent (or primary) workflow tab. This provides an easy way to view or edit the objects contained in the embedded workflow as well as switch back and forth between the parent and child workflow. The workspace area becomes populated with the workflow of the selected tab. Multiple sub-workflows can be accessed by simply selecting the tab representing each workflow.
Additionally, selecting the icon associated to that workflow from the workspace adds a new Preview tab in the Output/Shared Objects pane. This provides an easy way to preview the contents of the embedded workflow without actually opening it. The preview image is displayed in the Output/Shared Objects window pane.
WFD Ribbons & Toolbar
WFD Available Objects Pane
WFD Output/Shared Objects Pane