We’re excited today to have fully launched our visual workflow editor. The visualisation tool had crept into the system about a month ago, as of today the tool can handle the majority of key workflow configuration tasks, vastly simplifying the config process.
The main benefit to users is that you can now fully create a workflow in the visual workflow editor, on a single screen, you no longer need to jump between the elements tab (to create a stage) and the routes tab (to link the stages together). It is vastly simpler which should improve the experience for both our existing superusers and anyone trialling Glide and looking to learn the key concepts.
The creation of new stages is now, where required, an automatic consequence of creating a step. To the end user it is a single button click and pop up to complete.
When adding a new step or editing an existing step you’ll see a new option for the to stage which is labelled Create new stage. If you choose this then, in addition to creating the step, the system will also create the new stage. The system asks you to confirm which two stages it should sit between (for order value purposes) and will automatically detect the order value and stage group.
You then simply need to create one or more steps going from this stage so you can join it up, or in the case of a new workflow system – continue until you reach the completion stage.
The switch to a visual representation of the workflow is really important. As you are configuring workflows you can instantly see a logical representation of what you have achieved so far, any omissions or errors are obvious.
Equally important is the ability to share the visual with colleagues. Bring up the visual on a large screen in the boardroom and you can talk colleagues through what you have configured, perhaps progressing a job in another tab, rest assured their comprehension will be vastly better than if you were showing them the older text based editor.
Here’s a couple of example screenshots:
First a nice simple one…..
and something a bit more complex…..
You can see the new visual editor on our Vimeo channel too.