Overview of Show message Action

Automation Workshop includes Show message Action, that is designed to mediate basic human interaction with automated Tasks when necessary.

Action displays a message in a custom titled window. Both message window title and contents can be preconfigured or generated automatically by using dynamic variables from Triggers, other Actions or text files. An icon of Information, Warning, Error or Question types can be assigned to message window. Show Message Action can be run as one of the Actions, but also permits stopping Task, switching to particular Action within Task or even producing an error.

Features & highlights:
  • Can display Task outcome results, general data, text file or Variable Wizard values.
  • Can open the information window, which does not interfere with background automated processes.
  • Message window can expire after a specified amount of time, automatically removing themselves upon becoming redundant.
Usage examples:
  • Show IP address, username, short text file or virtually any other data each time the system is started or user logs on.
  • Display Task outcome results, Trigger and Action information, file contents, system data and more by combining fixed text with dynamic Variable Wizard values.
  • Large message window size with noticeable icon can draw attention to necessity for human intervention in automated process.

Show message

Action propertiesDetails
DialogChoose message window title and text message to display. Both message title and text can be either fixed values or dynamic variable wizard values whose contents depend on the context of Task execution including Trigger and Action performances.
BehaviorSpecify message expiration time and whether the Task will be continued normally, with particular Action or stopped (optionally, with error).
OptionsSelect message window icon if necessary or choose to replace icon with more message text.
ErrorsChoose Action errors that will lead to On Error behavior.
On ErrorSet Action retries performed upon error; specify report email From and To addresses, run a different Task, switch to another Action of the same Task or stop the Task entirely.
Additional notes and resources:
Show Message
Show Message
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