DriveWorks Pro Admin Stages Explained – Specification Control

Article by GoEngineer on May 17, 2018

In this blog in our series on the stages of the DriveWorks Professional Administrator interface, we will be going through the four areas, Specification Settings, Specification Properties, Specification Macros, and Specification Flow.

DriveWorks Pro Admin Specification Control

Figure #1 – DriveWorks Professional Administrator Dialog

Specification Settings:

The specification settings task provides the ability to control the naming and folder location of specifications which are created by running a project (see Figure #2).

DriveWorks Pro Admin Specification settings

Figure #2 – Stage: Specification Control – Specification Settings

The settings controlled in this section are the following:

  • Specification Name – Gives each specification a unique name.
  • Specification Path – This setting defines the location from which the DriveWorks specification files will be stored. This must be a location unique for each specification made.
  • Specification Tags – Used when multiple Autopilot machines are in use.
  • Additional Folders – Set up rules for additional folders used in the specification.

Specification Properties:

The specification properties task provides the ability to have additional columns of information appear in the Specification Explorer for specifications created from the active project (see Figure #3).

DriveWorks Pro Admin Specification Properties

Figure #3 – Stage: Specification Control – Specification Properties

The settings controlled in this section are the following:

Specification Macros:

Specification Macros can be applied to Macro Buttons on the user Form or triggered from the Specification Flow, Specification Timers, or Drive3D Click Macro Entities to run set Tasks that can have parameters passed into them using Rules or Connections (see Figure #4).

DriveWorks Pro Admin Specification Macros

Figure #4 – Stage: Specification Control – Specification Macros

Several macros are provided for you to use via the Toolbox on the right side. You can add, edit, rename, delete, copy/paste, and categorize the macros to make it easier to manage if you have a large number.

Specification Flow:

The specification flow task provides the ability to customize the behavior of specifications created by running a project. It allows the creation of the navigation buttons that appear on the user forms.
Furthermore, you decide which Users or Teams have permission to perform actions on a specification.
It is possible to completely replace it with a custom one of your own design to gain complete control over the specification process (see Figure #4).

DriveWorks Pro Admin Specification Flow

Figure #5 – Stage: Specification Control – Specification Flow

This section consists of the following items:

  • States – Denotes the status of a specification and can be Running, Paused, or Automatic.
  • Operations – Actions that happen when either entering or leaving a state.
  • Transitions – Used to move from one state to another.

Please see the following links for more information on this stage and the tasks within it.

Specification Settings:

http://docs.driveworkspro.com/Topic/ProjectEditorSpecificationSettings

Specification Properties:

http://docs.driveworkspro.com/Topic/ProjectEditorSpecificationProperties

Specification Macros:

http://docs.driveworkspro.com/Topic/ProjectEditorSpecificationMacros

Specification Flow:

http://docs.driveworkspro.com/Topic/ProjectEditorSpecificationFlow

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