This page describes what you can do in the Objects view in Appian Designer.
To access this view, click Objects in the navigation pane at the environment level.
The Objects view displays all design objects and plug-ins present in your Appian environment. This view is useful for finding a specific object quickly, so you can view and edit the object, or add the object to your application.
The following image highlights the elements that make up this view:
Learn more about the header bar.
Learn more about the navigation pane.
Go to the following tabs:
Each tab features a filter pane and a grid.
Search and filter objects or plug-ins in the grid.
To view the objects grid, click Objects in the navigation pane. The ALL OBJECTS tab is open by default.
The first column of the grid enables you to select an object, and the second column contains an icon indicating the object type. The other columns in the grid include the following:
|The name of the object as a hyperlink to open the object. A preview icon displays next to the name of any interface object. Hover over this icon to view a preview of the interface.
|The description of the object. The display truncates descriptions longer than 96 characters. Hover over the description to see the entire description as a tooltip.
|The default sort field of the grid. Shows the developer who last modified the object and when.
You can change the grid list as follows:
Some less-common object types are combined into one type of filter:
In the ALL OBJECTS tab, you can perform the actions described below.
To open an object, click the object name in the grid.
In the Objects view, you can add objects to any application for which you have at least Editor permissions.
To add objects to an application:
In the Objects view, you can adjust the security of any object for which you have at least Administrator permissions.
In this view, you can change security for one object at a time only. To edit object security in bulk, use the Security Summary.
To change an object's security:
In the Objects view, you can view the relationships for any object where you have at least Viewer permissions.
To view the relationships for an object:
Learn more about object relationships.
Some object deletions require the system administrator role:
To delete an object in the Objects view:
You can edit properties for any document, folder, or group object for which you have Editor permissions.
To edit object properties from the Objects view:
You can edit the properties of other object types by opening the object.
Versions are only supported for a certain set of objects. To see which objects are supported, see Managing Object Versions.
To view object versions from the Objects view:
If you upload a new version of a document in the Objects view, the new version of the object will retain the same local ID, but will point to a different file.
To upload a new document version:
In the Objects view, you can rename the following objects:
If you rename an object in the Objects view, the system also updates any expression that's calling the object with the new object name.
To rename an object:
You can rename other types of objects elsewhere in Appian Designer. Learn more about renaming objects.
To download documents in the Objects view:
To view a process model documentation report:
Learn more about process model documentation.
All plug-ins are use-at-your-own-risk, and their functionality is not guaranteed by Appian. All plug-ins should be tested thoroughly. For more details about individual plug-ins, visit the Appian AppMarket.
Plug-ins are pre-configured to offer specific functionality in your application. Developers in the Appian community create plug-ins and make them available in the Appian AppMarket. Plug-ins can be very useful in building applications, but because Appian doesn't create plug-ins, we can't guarantee them. We recommend that you thoroughly test any plug-in you plan to install in your environment.
Plug-ins can be composed of Appian design objects or custom code. You cannot modify plug-ins installed in your environment. Your system administrator may need to update a plug-in if the creator releases a new version in the Appian AppMarket.
To view the plug-ins grid, click Objects in the navigation pane, then go to the PLUG-INS tab. The grid is sorted alphabetically by default.
The information in the plug-ins grid is provided by the plug-in manifest file when you install a plug-in.
If a user changes the access to a plug-in, then there will be an audit log message that will track the username of the user making the change, the previous value, and the new value.
In the plug-ins grid, the first column enables you to select a plug-in. The other columns in the grid include the following:
|The name of the plug-in.
|The version number of the plug-in.
|The description of the plug-in as written by the plug-in creator.
|The modules that the plug-in contains, categorized by the following types: Components, Connected System, Data Types, Functions, Servlets, and Smart Services.
You can change the grid list as follows:
You can also view the plug-in list in the Appian Administration Console.
In the PLUG-INS tab, you can perform the actions described below.
Dependents are design objects that rely on the plug-in and its modules to function.
To view a plug-in's dependents:
For Appian Cloud customers, the system automatically verifies your installed plug-ins against the applications listed in the AppMarket. The system then displays the results of this verification as version status indicators in the Version column of the plug-ins list.
Version statuses include:
|Indicator in List
|Not listed in AppMarket
|The system could not find the plug-in listed in the AppMarket. This means that either the plug-in was removed from the AppMarket or it was custom built by your organization. If your organization did not build this plug-in, we recommended removing it from your environment.
|The version installed in your environment is different than the latest version of the plug-in listed in the AppMarket. We recommend updating the plug-in to take advantage of security updates and enhancements.
|The version installed in your environment matches the latest version of the plug-in listed in the AppMarket.
To filter the plug-ins list by version status, use the VERSION STATUS filters in the filters pane.
This option is only available if you have enabled connected environments.
To compare a plug-in across environments:
Learn more about comparing objects across environments.
You can also compare plug-ins across environments in the Appian Administration Console.
Only system administrators can delete plug-ins. To delete a plug-in:
You can track deleted plug-ins in the deletions log.
Only system administrators can update plug-ins. To update the plug-in to the latest AppMarket version:
Make sure to regression test the latest version update with your application and environment. If you need to revert your plug-in for any reason, you can do so within three months of the update.
Only system administrators can revert plug-ins. You can only revert to the previously installed version of the plug-in, and can only revert within three months of updating the plug-in.
To revert the plug-in to the previous version installed in this environment:
Note that you can only revert a plug-in to the previous version within three months of updating a plug-in.