Introduction to the Studio
- Updated On 07 Dec 2020
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The Studio is where all of the development happens in Decisions. Designer Elements like Flows, Forms, and Rules are created and configured to work with one another in order to perform an entire process. Once the application is created, the administrator can set permissions for which accounts can view parts of this process in the Portal. Switch back-and-forth between the Studio and Portal using the Portal | Studio buttons in the bottom-left corner.
The top right corner shows the current user account that is signed in to the environment. Select the person icon to show a user menu where features like Account Settings, About Decisions, and Logout options can be found. The bell icon is where notifications appear, often this is utilized with Tasks, Assignments, Code Compiles, Errors, and more.
All folders are stored on the left side, this is referred to as the Folder Tree. Within the Folder Tree are the following out of the box folders: My Documents, All Assignments, Getting Started, Inbox, My Apps, and System. When a Folder is selected, the contents and any other details are displayed on a page in the Studio View. When a Folder or element is selected in the Studio a list of actions can be seen on the right side. This view shows actions that can be taken on the selected folder or element as well as all element details. Located at the bottom of the page, in the Designer Studio is an action bar that displays all of the elements that can be created within the Decisions Studio.
Select the plus icon next to FOLDERS to add a new Folder or Designer Folder.
A Designer Folder will only hold other Folders or other Designer Folders. All elements that are created in Decisions can be created and stored in a Designer Folder. The elements are created by selecting from the action menu displayed at the bottom of the Designer View. As elements are created and stored in a Designer Folder the contents are organized by category and the title can be seen above the created element. For example, after a Flow is created the Flow will be saved in the Designer Folder under the category called “Flow”.
The contents of a Folder will be different from that of a Designer Folder. A Folder holds other Folders, Designer Folders, they are used for displaying dashboards, and they hold data that is stored in Decisions.
Folders and Designer Folders have permissions. These permissions are settings that give rights to specific users for a Flow or a Folder. The permissions grant a users level of access to the specific folder. This is used for design purposes and securing the security of the Designer Folder.
Decisions contains a folder called the App Store. Within this folder are example projects that can be installed to serve as examples. Clicking on the Details button will display a landing page that summarizes the app, and its associated Decisions elements.
Select the System folder from the FOLDERS list on the left. This folder contains a Dashboard splash page of some important metrics related to the Decisions environment. Within the System Folder, are several nested folders that contain a multitude of different configuration options for the environment, as well as performance tools, account management sections, scheduled job sections, and much more.
Searching the Studio
Above the FOLDERS list is a global search bar for the Decisions environment. As shown in the screenshot below, searching for 'Example' in a crowded Decisions environment returns all of the Designer Elements/Decisions Objects related to the keyword. This search is available within each folder as well. The user is able to conveniently access the Action Menu of a line item in the global/folder search results so that tasks can be performed immediately.