21. FAQs Frequently Asked Questions

21.1. Workflow Main

How do I access the Workflows Application?

Click on the application menu in the upper left hand corner. Then, choose the Workflows icon which by default will be the 3rd one down in the first column.

How do I filter through all my workflows?

Filter through workflow records using the options at the top of the Workflows main page. Choose to view owned and/or shared workflows and sort via new to old (or vice versa) or A to Z (or vice versa).

How do I create a new workflow?

On the Workflows main page, click on the blue button at the top right corner of the page that says “+ New Workflow”. A fresh new workflow canvas will then open.

21.2. Importing Data

How do I add inputs to the START worker?

Click on the START worker to configure it. Drag-and-drop inputs from the left onto the form-builder. Then, add data for each input manually, using sample data or uploading local files.

How do I Add Sample Data To Curve Workers?

Under a curve worker, we can add sample data by clicking on “Choose from sample” under the drop box for the curve input. Then, we’ll pick our x and y ranges for our curve in the excel viewer.

How do I Import A Workflow File?

From the workflow canvas, go under the File menu and click Open. Choose which file to upload from your local machine. If you are uploading a file while already having a workflow on the canvas, you will be prompted to replace or merge the new file with the existing workflow.

21.3. Building and Configuring

How do I Access the Worker Library and find necessary workers?

Click on the cog icon on the left side panel menu. From here, we can search for workers at the top or use the filters under the filter icon to the right of the search bar to find the correct worker we need.

How do I Add Workers?

Add a worker onto the canvas by dragging-and-dropping anywhere onto the workflow, using the add options or running the wizard.

How do I Configure A Worker?

Click on a worker to configure it in a separate modal window. For each input, choose how to get data, either by inputing local data, using data from previous worker or getting it from the workers list.

How do I Delete Workers & Lines?

Right-click on a worker or worker line to delete it.

How do I Set Up A Decision Worker?

Add a decision worker or hub from the Shapes menu in the left side panel options. Click on the worker to start configuring it. From here, we’ll make sure to choose the max amount of iterations in the input tab. Then, we’ll click over to the validations tab to tell the decision worker how to continue the worker execution. Then, we’ll add rows to populate our validations.

How do I Set Up The Report Generator?

Under the shapes menu, click and drag the PPT Report onto the workflow right before the end worker. Then, click on the worker to configure it. Here, we’ll configure our report manually by clicking on this button under Template Layout. This gives us a preview of our Simlytiks Report layout. We can drag-and-drop inputs or outputs onto page sections to create our desired layout. Here, we’ve added all the outputs to their own page section as shown with Curve Digitizer. Finish by clicking Apply and saving the worker.

How do I Clone A Worker?

Right-click on the worker you want to clone. Then, choose this option under the right-click menu.

How do I Configure the END Worker?

Click on the END worker to configure it. Sift through workflow outputs on the right side panel by expanding workers. Click the add button for any outputs you would like to have visualized in the END worker. Finish by clicking Save.

21.4. Saving and Sharing

How do I Save A Workflow?

Choose which way you want to save under the File Menu. If it’s a new workflow, you’ll be prompted to give it a name and description.

How do I Save Part of a Workflow as a New Workflow?

Click on the Select Multiple button at the bottom right corner. Drag to select the part of the workflow you would like to saved as a new workflow. Then, right-click on the workers, and choose the Save As New Workflow option under this menu. Give it a name and description in the prompt window before hitting Save.

How do I Export A Workflow?

Click the Export button at the top right and choose between a JSON file or a fully packaged ZIP file which includes all input files.

How do I Share A Workflow?

Sharing a workflow can be performed on the Workflows Main Page under the worker options for a particular worker. Click on the 3 dots next and then “Share” to get started. In the next window, we’ll choose the type of sharing for our workflow: Public Share, Team Share and User Share. Public sharing gives us a link to give to anyone. For team share, we get to choose a team we are associated with on the d3VIEW and share to all. The user share allows us to choose specific workers from our team(s).

21.5. Executing

How do I Run A Workflow?

To execute your workflow, open it in run mode. Then, hit ‘Run’ on the top right. Make sure the Workflow is performing from START to END and click ‘Run’ again. Upon successful execution, the status will be at 100% with the message ‘Executed END successfully’.

How do I Test the Execution of a Worker?

In edit mode, click on a worker to bring up the configuration modal. Then, click on the Test Execution button at the bottom right of the modal window. View the output on the right hand output panel.

How do I Execute a Worker in Run Mode?

While in run mode, you may want to only execute on worker. We can do this by right-clicking on the desired worker and choosing the Execute option. There are also a few other execute options under this menu which include executing with child nodes (workers that follow) and starting the execution from the worker.

21.6. Viewing Data

How do I View Results?

Under the eye icon in the left-side menu, we can view all data inputed and extracted from our execution.

How Do I View Curves?

Under the eye icon in the left-side menu, we can view all curves which includes all input and output curves.

How do I View The Generated Report?

Open the Report Generator Worker. Click on “View Report” (1) to see an overview of the report via the PowerPoint Builder that can be downloaded as a PPT or PDF. Or, click on “View Simlytiks” (2) to study and interact with the report via the Simlytiks Application.

21.7. Iteration

How Do I Set Up Iterator?

Click on the worker that will be iterated to get started. We’ll turn on the iterator by clicking the switch at the top right corner of the window. From here, we can add iterations by clicking on the blue button. Then, we’ll add other desired inputs for the iterations in the second column.

21.8. Parallelization

How do I Parallelize A Workflow?

Click on the Select Multiple option at the bottom right corner. Then, we’ll drag-select the part of the workflow that we want to clone. Finally, we’ll right-click and choose the “Clone” option. Finish by connected the cloned parts to the start and end workers.

21.9. Curve Digitization

How do I Digitize A Curve

Step 1: Upload image in curve input field. Step 2: Click on X min (1), pick the X min point on the curve (2) and enter the X min value (3). Step 3: Workflows will auto switch through X max, Y min and Y max. Select points for each to assign values. Step 4: Hit automatic selection or manual to select more points. Step 5: Click on Extract Data (1) and Save (2).