Moving on from /designer

Are you ready for a single unified design experience? Check out Appian Designer - it's your modern design environment that makes building, testing, troubleshooting, and managing your applications easier than before. We've improved the speed and ease of app design, object management, process monitoring and troubleshooting. We've added things that you've been asking for and will continue to make building and managing applications in Appian even easier. With the removal of our old application design experience, this page highlights how to do some of the things you used to do in /designer in the new modern Appian Designer.

Finding Objects

Finding objects in Appian is faster and more flexible than ever before. In Appian Designer, you can view all the objects on your system or browse objects by navigating to the contents of a specific application, folder, or group. Within each of these views, you can search and filter its contents by an object's:

  • Type
  • Name and Description
  • When the object was last modified
  • User who last modified the object
  • UUID or ID of the object
  • Expressions defined in the object
  • Namespace (for data types)

You can learn more about these options on the Search in Designer page.

Viewing Process Activity

You can view all of the process activity on your system from the Monitoring view in Appian Designer.

The new Monitoring view has notable advantages over the old Processes tab in /designer. Now you can:

  • View both processes that are paused by exception and action process that have errors on unattended nodes.
  • Filter to processes that currently have errors
  • View, filter, and search specific error details directly per process, per application, or for the entire system
  • Improved filtering of process instances
  • Monitor process activity on a per-application basis
  • Bulk selection and action of processes based on filter criteria
  • One-click navigation to the process instance or its process model

All Processes Report

The All Processes report from the Processes tab can still be accessed by clicking the "Go to Customizable Report" link in the Monitoring view of Appian Designer.

If you need to debug a particular process model, there is a new Active Instances dialog in the process modeler that reports on every process instance for the model you are currently viewing. This report can be customized to assist in troubleshooting, for example, you can add the value of a particular process variable of the process model to the report to see that variable's value across all of the model's instances.

All other out-of-the-box system process reports are still available on the system and can be found by searching for them in the Objects view in Appian Designer.

Viewing the Details of a Process Instance

Clicking on a process instance no longer takes you to the Process Details page for that instance. Instead, the process will open in the process modeler. From the modeler, you can open the new Process Details dialog which includes all the information the Process Details page used to display as well as new information about all the errors that have occurred on that process.

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Viewing Legacy Alerts

The new Monitoring view allows all users with the appropriate access to view and search for process errors directly. This is meant to enhance and replace the Alerts view from /designer and it is no longer necessary to navigate to this page to view your alerts for process errors. Appian recommends still configuring your process model alert settings so that the appropriate users receive emails when errors in the process occur. These alert emails will link you to the Monitoring view.

The list of portal alerts sent to a user (and configuring those alert settings) can still be accessed by going to the legacy Application Portal suite/apps URL and clicking on the Alerts link in the upper right-hand corner.

Being able to view process errors in Appian Designer and the process modeler are new features released in Appian 18.2. Any errors that have occurred prior to being upgraded to 18.2 will not be available in these views. If an alert was configured and hasn't yet expired, the error can still be viewed on the Alerts page.

Viewing Users and Groups

Clicking on a group in Appian Designer will open the group view which allows you to view, search through, and manage a group's membership and attributes. An important new capability of this view is the ability to filter a group's membership by members that were added directly to the group, inherit membership through other groups, or were added by membership rules. A user's properties can be viewed and edited from this view as well.

Users can also be edited and viewed from the Users view in Appian Designer. User management is still done from the Appian Administration Console.

Viewing the Tasks of a User or Group

You can view the tasks assigned to particular user or group by opening the appropriate process report directly. Navigate to the Objects view in Appian Designer and search for either the "Tasks for User" or "Tasks for Group" process reports. When opened, the report will ask you for which user or group to report on.

Updating Working Calendars

Process calendars can now be managed from the Objects view in Appian Designer. Learn how to configure them here.

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