Editing or Creating Workflows
Concept Procedure Quick Reference
 
 
 

To edit an existing workflow

  1. In the Tool-based Ribbon Workspace, click Tools tab Workflow panel. Select a workflow from the drop-down list.

    If the workflow you want is not in the list, click Open Workflow From File at the bottom of the list.

  2. In the Tool-based Ribbon Workspace, click Tools tabWorkflow panelEdit.
  3. Pan or zoom the Workflow Designer as needed.
  4. If necessary, expand the activity to edit.

    For example, to change the settings for the feature classes that are compared in the Overlay workflow, or the activity that creates the Display Manager layers for these feature classes, click the plus sign in the Parallel Activity at the top of the workflow.

  5. To set the parameters for an activity, do any of the following:
    • Double-click the activity box.
    • Click .
    • Right-click the activity and click Set Up Parameters.
  6. To bind an activity to the output of a previous activity, do the following:
    • In the activity input dialog box for the activity, click for the parameter to bind.

      For example, to bind an Add A Feature Source Layer activity to a preceding Connect To An FDO Data Store activity, click for the Connection ID parameter.

    • In the flyout that displays, expand the activity to which you are binding.

      For example, expand the Connect To An FDO Data Store activity in the flyout.

    • Click the property to bind to.

      For example, click the ID property.

    To unbind the parameter later, click .

    NoteThere is a shortcut for adding an activity and automatically binding it to the previous activity. Right-click an activity and click the activity to add. For example, right-click an Overlay activity and click Add A Feature Source Layer to create a new Display Manager layer that stores the output of the Overlay operation.
  7. Optionally, do any of the following:
    • To add an activity, drag it from the panel on the right to the desired position in the workflow diagram.
    • To delete an activity, click on its box.
    • To turn the run-time prompt for an activity on or off, click on its box.

      When the run-time prompt is on, anyone running this workflow must provide the input for this activity. For example, the person running the workflow must provide data store connection information for a Connect To An FDO Data Store activity.

    • To disable or enable the activity, click on its box.

      Disable an activity temporarily if you are trying to resolve problems with a workflow. If you are not sure which activity is causing the problem, disabling them one at a time when you run the workflow can help to isolate the issue.

  8. Save any changes to the workflow by clicking at the top of the Workflow Designer window.

    To save your changes as a new workflow, click instead.

  9. Click to run the workflow from within the Workflow Designer, which validates the activities.

    As each activity executes successfully, a green check mark appears at the top right corner of the activity box. If an exclamation mark appears instead of the check mark, the activity has failed. Click the exclamation point to see information about the reason for the failure. Click the link in the Workflow Status area (at the bottom of the Workflow Designer window) to see the log file.

  10. Optionally, click to print the workflow.

To create a workflow

  1. In the Tool-based Ribbon Workspace, click Tools tabWorkflow panelNew.
  2. To create a workflow that uses multiple data connections, add a Parallel activity.
    • Click the System panel header on the right side of the Workflow Designer.
    • Drag the Parallel activity to the diagram area in the Workflow Designer (where you see Drag And Drop Map Activities Here).

      Each connection should use a separate Sequence activity. By default, the Parallel activity has two of these. If you need more, drag them into the Parallel activity.

    • For each connection, drag a Connect To An FDO Data Store activity into a Sequence activity.
    • To create a layer for these connections, drag a Add A Feature Source Layer activity just below each Connect To An FDO Data Store activity (within the Sequence activity for that connection).
  3. To create a workflow that uses a single data store, do the following:
    • Drag the Connect To An FDO Data Store activity to the diagram area in the Workflow Designer (where you see Drag And Drop Map Activities Here).
    • Optionally, create a layer for the connection by dragging a Create Layer activity just below it.
  4. Add any other desired activities.

    For information about the available activities and their parameters, see Workflow Activity Input dialog boxes.

  5. Save the workflow by clicking at the top of the Workflow Designer window.
  6. Click to run the workflow from within the Workflow Designer, which validates the activities.

    As each activity executes successfully, a green check mark appears at the top right corner of the activity box. If an exclamation mark appears instead of the check mark, the activity has failed. Click the link in the Workflow Status area (at the bottom of the Workflow Designer window) to see the log file.

  7. Optionally, click to print the workflow.