We are here to help you get familiarized with RAX EDITOR and its interface. First off, we would be going through the different sections of the application which would be the initial step of your RAX EDITOR RPA journey.
Getting to know RAX EDITOR and its interface
The menu bar would allow you to perform several operations on the application such as:
- under File, you can open a new file, open an existing file, save the current file you are working with, an option to either show the notifications of RAX EDITOR or not, and more;
- upon clicking Record, you would be able to use the Recorder feature;
- under Workflow, you can execute, debug, or terminate a workflow;
- under View, you can select the different panels of the application which are Toolbox, Output, Attributes, and Outline;
- under Extensions, you would be able to download the RAX EDITOR Chrome Extension;
- and under Help, you can view the version and license number of your installed RAX EDITOR.
The toolbox would serve as the building blocks for your automation scripts. From the toolbox, you can choose from a wide array of Activities, which would serve as the "blocks" to create your automation "skyscrapers".
The most common activities used would be involving Mouse, to click on web or desktop elements, Type Text, to input on text boxes, and Open Application, to open an application from a specified file path. You would just have to drag and drop an activity inside the Workflow area. You could then add sequentially to the initial activity based on the process that you are recreating through automation. This would be discussed further once you have reached the next section of this guide.
We also have activities that are categorized inside the toolbox for Files, Excel spreadsheets, Word documents, Mail fetching and sending, among a handful of other categories specific for your needs. You can also use the search box to find a specific activity.
The workflow would serve as your working area on creating your automation scripts. A default Sequence activity is placed inside the workflow area where you can drag and drop an activity depending on the script you would like to create. You also have an option to collapse and expand some activities by clicking the Collapse All or Expand All at the bottom right corner and to thoroughly navigate to an activity by double-clicking it with the path displaying as breadcrumbs in the header of the workflow area.
The Attributes panel would allow you to view and change the attributes of a particular activity. The attributes vary depending on the activity, but commonly, you can change the DisplayName of the activity, Continue On Error, to specify whether to continue executing the remaining activities even if an error occurred, and Result, to enter the variable where you want to store the gathered data of your activity.
The attributes could also be sorted alphabetically or you can use the search box to easily look for a specific attribute.
The outline panel shows the whole project hierarchy which would be useful if you are working with large automation scripts. You can highlight a specific activity by clicking it in this panel.
The output panel would enable you to display the output of the Log Message and Write Line activities.
While executing and after an execution of a workflow, any Error, Warning, Trace, and Info tagging added within the workflow would be displayed on this panel with timestamps. You also have an option to Clear all the information displayed on the output panel. Additionally, you can use the search box to find a specific info displayed.
Creating Your First Automation Script
For your first script, we will create a simple Hello World!. This script will only require you one activity. To start, search for the Write Line activity in the toolbox.
Once you see it, drag the activity towards your workflow area and drop it inside the default Sequence activity.
You will notice an input field for Text. Since we want to display a simple Hello World!, let's type "Hello World!" in the Text input field.
There you go! Your first script is now complete. To see the result, execute your workflow by clicking Workflow from the menu and selecting Execute. The output should look like this:
Congratulations on creating your first RAX EDITOR workflow! To try more complicated scripts, go see more of our tutorials here.