Designer allows to create processes and paths of document approval. You can save and upload schemes in the XML format.
Activities and Transitions are the key elements of a process scheme. Activities are process stages at which the engine stops and waits for exposure. Each Activity also contains Actions that should be performed as soon as the process moves to this Activity. Besides, you can see State items on the scheme. Unlike Activity that indicates the physical condition of the process, State depicts its business status. Activity is an obligatory item, while State is optional. Hereafter we will explain, how to use these items, in the meantime, please, consider that every Activity corresponds to a particular State.
Transition connects two Activities and defines the process execution pattern. Transition is run by a Trigger.
Here are some more details on working with Designer and its components.
Manage Instances allows to manage workflow instances. To change the state of a process, press SetState and specify the name of the Activity, which a process state should be set to. To change the state of an instance, press Set instance status and choose one of the following states:
You can find more details on the process lifecycle here.
You can create a new workflow instance via the admin panel. To do that, press the Create button on the main form and specify the ProcessId (the value of the parameter is generated automatically; you can change it to any other value with the GUID type) and Scheme.