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You just finished making a workflow, now how do you share it so your colleagues can also use it but with their own inputs? Make an Analytic App! To start the process, simply drag an Interface Tool onto the canvas.
In this example, we will take a workflow that converts one file type to another. To change the workflow from a Standard Workflow to an Analytic App, drag a Browse Tool onto the canvas. This is how users will specify what file they would like to input:
You will notice that once an Interface Tool is placed on the canvas, small lightning bolt anchors appear over the tools. This allows you to connect an Action Tool to the appropriate tool in the workflow; only Interface Tools can connect to these anchors. Connecting the Q (Question) anchor to the lightning bolt anchor (shown above) automatically adds the necessary Action Tool to the canvas. The Interface Tool and Action Tools will need to be configured in order to tell the workflow what needs to be updated. Here is a walkthrough of what each tool does for our example:
For more specifics on each of the Interface Tools, please refer to the Help Documentation .
Configuring the Interface Designer:
Now that we have configured all of our Interface and Action Tools, we need to configure what the App looks like to a user. Open the Interface Designer by navigating to View -> Interface Designer (or Control + Alt + D).
The Interface Designer contains 4 views (these correspond to the 4 small icons to the left of the window):
Layout View: Here you can add tabs, group inputs together, add text, and rename the inputs
Test View: Allows for testing and debug mode
Tree View: A hierarchical view of the Interface tools and Actions
Properties: Allows for configuration of Outputs, views, and the ability to “chain” applications together
For more specifics on the Interface Designer and the various views, please refer to the Help Documentation .
Configuring the Workflow Settings:
As we saw above, adding an Interface Tool to the canvas automatically changes the “type” of workflow from a Standard Workflow to an Analytic App. If for some reason you need to manually do this, you will need to go into the Workflow Configuration settings.
To get here, click on any blank space on the canvas. In the Configuration window, select Workflow -> Type.
Publishing to the Gallery:
From the Designer, you can publish to the Gallery by going to File > Save As and selecting the Gallery of your choice. When published in the gallery, users will only see the App interface of the tool and not the underlying workflow.
*It is not necessary that you publish an Analytic App to the gallery. These are workflows that can be shared just like a Standard Workflow. Users can utilizethe App interface by selecting the Magic Wand icon next to the Run icon in the toolbar.
Analytic Apps are saved as a .yxwz file type
When you double click to open an Analytic App, the App interface will automatically open
You can encrypt Analytic Apps so the underlying workflow is not visible to users.