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Scenario

Overview

A Scenario is one or more Processes executed in a sequence. You can use a Scenario to organize multiple Processes or alter how a Process executes by passing arguments.

Creating a New Scenario

From the Command Ribbon, click the File tab to open the Backstage Menu, select the Home tab if it is not already selected, and click the New Scenario button. This will open a new, blank Scenario Editor like shown in the red box below:

New Process Editor

Note: The example screenshot above is from a pre-release version of AutoBloks and may differ slightly from the current product.

Opening an Existing Scenario

From the Command Ribbon, click the File tab to open the Backstage Menu.

File Open

Note: The example screenshot above is from a pre-release version of AutoBloks and may differ slightly from the current product.

On the Home tab, recently opened scenarios will appear in the Recent Files list (1). Alternatively, click the Open command (2) to open a standard File Open dialog to select the file to open. A Scenario file is stored on the file system using the .abscenario file extension.

Tip!
You can use the Pin (3) to pin any file to the top of your Recent Files list for easy access.

Scenario Editor

The following screenshot shows an example of a Scenario that has been opened in the Scenario Editor:

Scenario Editor

Note: The example screenshot above is from a pre-release version of AutoBloks and may differ slightly from the current product. User customization may also display the Instructions on the right instead of at the bottom.

Process Calls

The Process Calls (1) that will be performed when executing the Scenario are displayed at the top of the editor. The following columns display information about the Process Call:

Process
The name of the Process that is being called.
Input & Output
A list of any significant Input or Output Arguments and their corresponding values. An Argument is significant if a value has been defined or if the corresponding Parameter is required.
Options
A list of any non-default options that might impact how the Process is executed.

Instructions

The Instructions Pane (2) is displayed at the bottom of the editor (by default) for the selected Process Call. This is where you provide the details needed by the Process during execution. The tabs along the left of the Instructions Pane organize the details into these categories:

Identification
How to identify the process being executed.
Arguments
The values being passed as Input and Output Arguments to the Parameters defined by the Process.
Options
Additional options related to the Process Call.

Interface Customization

The Scenario Editor provides several features to customize the user interface to meet your individual needs or tastes.