Workflow Preview

I think it would be awesome to have a workflow preview action. I imagine this action would generate the type of workflow you set (like PDF), then displays it in the app with options to download, share, print, email, save, etc.
What do you think?

You can accomplish this, it’s just not as straight forward as flipping a switch.

You can create files using workflows, and save those files inside your associated file source. (I’ll stick with Google Drive for this answer.)

Then inside your app, you can use the “File” column type and insert the relative file path for that file (that was just saved inside your Gdrive) into a record - which you can then click on in the app and open that file.

How To...

You need the following elements to make this work:

  1. An action to write the filepath into the file column
  2. A workflow to make the file and save it in your drive
    • which contains a second step of enacting that first action.

https://help.appsheet.com/en/articles/2848514-save-file-archiving

https://help.appsheet.com/en/articles/2848415-creating-and-saving-a-file-from-a-workflow-rule-or-scheduled-report


But I think this will be fulfilled when they new PDF creation facility is made public.

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Yes, I agree. This would be very helpful from the developer side, and add to the UI/UX.

I’m hoping the iframe view will support this once it’s released. Seems like it could be added as part of the iframe view that’s already being developed, instead of it’s own feature.

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Good suggestion and I do this in one of my apps. I still think it would be cool if we can “preview” the workflow before it writes and file path or archives/saves anything.
I imagine it working like a print preview. You can see what the page will look like before it actually prints.
If we stick with the printer analogy, your suggestion (although a great one which I use in other apps) will print the paper and then you look at the paper.

I am not really looking for a solution here, just thought it would be a cool idea.

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