UI and Navigation Basics
One of the great things about AutoBlocks is the simplicity of the UI. While the app can accomplish some seriously impressive things, there are relatively few locations to learn about.
Here's a high-level look at each of the AutoBlocks sections, which you can always find on the main panel at the left of the page:
A workspace is where you put blocks together to build automations.
Click Workspaces to either create a new workspace or to view the existing workspaces you've already created. Each workspace can be configured with one or more block libraries, which contain all of the blocks you need to build automations. You can link one or more Git repositories to a workspace to import and/or export your workspace data, too.
Once you're in the Workspaces view and building your automation, a few important options appear in the upper-right corner of the screen.
Click to open the customer documentation in a new tab, where you can browse and search for information about AutoBlocks.
Looking for something you can't find in the documentation? Let us know by clicking a rating option at the bottom of any documentation page, then dropping us a line in the feedback prompt that appears.
Click to toggle the Activity Log, which details the activity of your deployed and undeployed workspace in real-time. Use the Activity Log to troubleshoot issues with your workspace deployment. Many details are contained in the log, so select the filters at the top if you want to limit the type of feedback you see.
Workspaces, by default, are inactive until you click Activate. Inactive workspaces and automations are considered in progress and don't interact with a connected service until activated.
Once a workspace is activated, it is active within your selected service/instance. If you experience any issues, review the workspace Activity Log or the Reporting dashboard.
Learn more on our Workspaces page.
A connection is a link between you, the AutoBlocks user, and a third-party service that AutoBlocks manages on your behalf.
Click Connections to either create a new connection or to view the existing connections you've already created.
AutoBlocks currently offers you the ability to connect to the following services:
- Bitbucket Cloud
- Bitbucket On-Premise
- Confluence Cloud
- Confluence On-Premise
- Git Storage
- Google Sheets
- HTTP Endpoint
- Jira Cloud Platform
- Jira On-Premise
- Tempo Timesheets for Jira Cloud
Each connection authorization process is unique to the third-party service demands. Once you select a service to connect to, a wizard leads you through the setup/authorization process.
Delete a connection at any time by clicking the workspace tile, then Delete this connection on the Manage Connection modal. If you'd like to restore a previously deleted connection, select Show Deleted from the connections filter, then reauthorize the connection.
Learn more on our Connections page.
When your AutoBlocks workspaces are deployed and set to work, reports are constantly generated so you can track what's happening behind the scenes.
Click Reports to see the reporting dashboard, your high-level view of all deployed-workspace activities. You can view everything all at once, or you can refine the reports using filters, such as workspace, report type, and date.
Reports for your deployed workspaces generate for the following types of feedback:
- Debug - Finely detailed information about automation events, which can be used to trace and fix issues that exist in deployed workspaces
- Info - High-level details on event progress, such as successes, failures, start-and-stop details, transitions, etc.
- Warn - Warnings about anything that could potentially cause an issue with your deployed workspace
- Error - Errors about conditions that prevent part of a workspace from running properly; errors require intervention
- Success - Logs of completed, successful operations and events
You can also search for specific invocations using the unique invocation ID.
Learn more on our Event Logs and Reports page.
Settings and Administration
Click your username at the bottom-left of the AutoBlocks navigation panel to expand the section.
- Click Account & Settings to view and/or manage the following:
- Profile tab options
View/edit your display name, view/copy your UserID, and view your associated email address
- Billing tab options
View the details of your current AutoBlocks payment plan, and/or change your plan
- Profile tab options
- Click Sign Out to log out of AutoBlocks.