What? Another cool tool on labs, you say?

Yes. Yes we do say. We here at the Adobe Education Technologies blog love labs. Whenever we feel like facing a new challange and playing with some cool, new tools, we drift on over the Adobe Labs (link to Adobe Labs) and check it out. A new tool we found there got us very excited, so we wanted to share it with you.

Adobe WorkflowLab (beta)

It can be used for planning out project tasks and overall workflow and organize thoughts for project post-mortems or to learn about best practices using built-in workflow starting points. Go grab it for yourself and have a look (link to the WorkflowLab beta)


Read on for more details. . .

WorkflowLab includes the following new features:

  • Custom Tool Support: Author workflows using customized tools from a selection of types including applications, frameworks, libraries, services, vendors, people or resources
  • Categories: Classify workflow tasks or activities using color coded customizable categories
  • Duration Grid: Overlay tasks on a customizable duration grid to add temporal context to workflows
  • Completion Status: Monitor and track your workflow progress by applying completion statuses to your workflow tasks
  • Rich Text Editing: Enhance your workflow task annotations with rich text editing capabilities and inline web links
  • Command Bar: Improve your efficiency in creating workflows using the new command bar for point and click authoring capabilities
  • Associated Link: Associate web links with workflow tasks for additional task background or to associate with related content on the Internet or internal networks
  • Search for Tool: Search within the Adobe tool list for fast selection of related tools to associate to tasks
  • Updated Workflow Starting Points: Revised workflow starting points that take advantage of new Beta features
  • Status Bar: Get additional feedback within the application through the new status bar
  • Collapsible Details Panel: Maximize your workflow authoring workspace by hiding the detail panel.
  • Duplicate Task: Quickly take an existing task and duplicate its associated tools, categories and annotation to speed up task authoring

WorkflowLab was created with Flash Catalyst, Flash Builder and the Flex 4 framework. We’ll be posting more information on how we made WorkflowLab over the next few weeks, and you can submit feedback on WorkflowLab to the Adobe Labs forum <http://forums.adobe.com/community/labs/workflowlab/> .

Also check out my previous posts on the features of WorkflowLab:

Please try out the new beta. Workflows that are build with the beta and are submitted to me may be included in the final release as a workflow starting point for 1.0 that is in development right now.

WorkflowLab has a Twitter account @WorkflowLab, and also has a page on Facebook.

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