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Alteryx Designer Ideas

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Documentation Idea: Anchors for Lines

Problem: The visual nature of Alteryx is one of its key selling points. The idea is to make work flows understandable. But when you're building something complicated, the lines cease being a helpful visualization and become a confusing mess instead. Lines cross each other. Lines cross out annotations. I know that there's wireless connections, but using too many of those makes the data flow hard to trace. So I spend time moving tools and boxes around, trying to get lines to cooperate, instead of chasing that thrill of solving. 

 

Solution: Users should be able to click the line and place an anchor which affects the line just like a tool would, but without doing anything to the data. It would just be a little point, not a full tool.  That way I could make the lines dodge my annotations without placing needless select tools or moving everything around. It could be located in the Documentation tab. 

 

Thanks for reading,

BG

4 Comments
Alteryx Alumni (Retired)
Status changed to: Under Review

Hi @bgrab,

 

This is a great idea.  We have advocated doing this kind of thing with Select tools as kind of a data feed organizer, but the select tool has limitations when used this way.  A small multi-in, multi-out tool that can be used to organize the lines would be a nice addition to the workflow documentation process.  We will bring this up during design sessions and see if we can fit it in somewhere.  Not likely short term, but we will consider it.

 

Thanks,
Ben

Meteor

+ 1 on this idea. Definitely useful when it comes to arranging complex workflows. The tool can in lay man's term be used as 'cable ties' to tie together all the lines and place it neatly. This can improve visibility and also give us more space on the canvas. 

Alteryx Alumni (Retired)
Status changed to: Not Planned

This is an interesting idea, but we don't have it planned during the next year. 

Atom

I'd also like to add my voice to this topic and say that this a good idea.  Often, the workflows we build in Alteryx are tactical solutions to larger problems, and we must "sell" these solutions to decision-makers.  If the confusing appearance of the workflow lines (caused by inability to forcefully arrange them in the simplest appearance) leads to lots of questions from those decision-makers, the idea gets shot down.  Or worse, it leads to less confidence in Alteryx on their part, overall.