Workflow Designer

Use the Workflow Designer to create or edit a workflow. The name of the current workflow appears in the title bar.

To edit an existing workflow

To create a workflow

Click Tools tabWorkflow panelEdit. At the Command prompt, enter MapWorkflowEdit.

Workspace Controls

The tools at the top of the Workflow Designer control the appearance of the design space, provide clipboard functions for activities, and let you open, save, and print workflows.


Create a workflow definition.


Open an existing workflow. The Open dialog box displays the location of the most recently opened workflow.


Save the current workflow. Workflows are saved with a .xoml extension. You must save a workflow before you can run it.

Save As

Save the current workflow with a new name. You can alter some activity parameters to save different versions of a workflow, for example, to overlay different features.


Print the diagram for the current workflow as it appears in the design space. Expand any activities that are closed if you want them to appear in the printout.


Use a workflow clipboard to cut, copy, and paste activities. You can copy an activity from one workflow and paste it into another workflow.


Run the current workflow. If you have unsaved changes, you are prompted to save them. Running a workflow from within Workflow Designer validates each step, displaying a green check mark if the activity is successful and an exclamation mark if it is not.

Pan/Magnify/Show The Entire Workflow

Change the display of the workflow within the Workflow Designer design space.

You can also click to fit the workflow in the design space.

Show/Hide Activities Panel

Display or hide the panel that lists the activities you can add to a workflow.

Show/Hide Settings Panel

Display or hide the panel that shows the parameter values for the selected activity.

Refresh Design Surface

Redisplay the workflow.


Display this Help topic.

Activities Panel

The panel at the right side of the Workflow Designer window contains all activities that you can add to a workflow.

System Activities

Insert activities that are not AutoCAD Map 3D-specific. These include:

  • Parallel: Activities that enclose sets of serial activities. Each set can run independently of the other. For example, when adding connection activities, add them inside a parallel activity. That way, if one connection fails, others can still execute.
  • Sequence: Activities that enclose sets of activities. Each set is performed in sequence, and if one activity in the sequence fails, the others cannot execute. For example, if a connection fails, a subsequent layer-creation activity that requires that connection cannot execute.
AutoCAD Map 3D Activities

Insert activities that are specific to AutoCAD Map 3D. These include activities for connecting to data stores, creating layers, listing current connections, layers, and feature classes, performing overlays, and running another workflow. For details about the parameters available for each of these activities, see Workflow Activity Input dialog boxes.

Workflow Design Space

The area containing the activities for the current workflow is the design space.

Place activities below this icon. It is the starting point for the workflow.

Workflow Activities

Double-click an activity box to see its parameters. Each activity box displays the following:

  • An icon indicating whether it is a command, a layer, a description, or a link to another workflow.
  • The activity title. By default, this is the name of the activity in the Activities Panel. All activities have an optional Display Name property. If you change that property, the new name appears.
  • Parameters. To change the parameters, double-click the activity box or click . See Workflow Activity Input dialog boxes.
  • Command panel. Hover over an activity box to see its command panel. For each activity, you can edit parameters, delete the activity, temporarily disable or reenable the activity, and toggle the prompt that allows you to replace parameters at run time.

Place activities above this icon. It is the end-point for the workflow.

Settings Panel

In the Settings panel, you can view and edit values for the parameters of the current activity. To show or hide the Settings panel for the selected activity, click

Status Area

The area at the bottom of the Workflow Designer window is the status area.

Workflow Status

While a workflow is running, the Workflow Status displays the command that is executing and any errors that occur. When the workflow is finished executing, click the Workflow Status link to see a workflow log file.