I am not a big fan of the previous versions of Task Recorders. A big deal for me is that you have to have a perfect run through for the task to be valid. You get a lot of nice screenshots, but there are better tools to do that with then Task recorder 1 or 2.
The new AX has a great task recorder that is very easy to work with brings a very easy way to create interactive user guides called “task guide”.
1. You find the task recorder in the settings menu (the gear icon) to the right on the top menu bar.
The task guide pops up a bar to the right in the window.
2. Give the new task a name an description.
A bar on the top is shown and the bar on the right is ready for your input.
3. Go click around and the list starts filling up.
4. Click add sub task if you need it.
You can add multiple sub tasks, but only in one level.
5. You can also delete steps that are unnecessary.
This is for me probably the biggest improvement. You can also undelete them until you save it.
6. You end your recording by clicking “Stop” in the top menu bar.
You can then download the task, save it to LCS, export as a word document or save it as a developer recording.
After recording and saving a task, you can go and edit the task by clicking “Change recording text” from the main task recorder menu.
You can also download the file to your PC and I guess there is an editor there somewhere. The file format is “.AXTR”, so you can probably do some type of transformation and then upload it back onto the server.
During the recording you can put in developer place holders. I’m unsure what the developers process will be, but I believe that you can download the xml file after completed recording and send it to your developer to run through it. Nice!
Export of the word document is still here, and it is much simpler then the former task recorders. It does not contain the screenshots that it did earlier and some of you might miss that, but this task recorder is much more generic and using screenshots is kind of not generic if you do the recording on non demo data. The task guide weigh up for that anyways…
The task guide is an interactive user guide where the user is guided in the interface to run through the process. It shows a step by step process. You’re prompted with an overlay task. When complete, the box wobble and then move/transform to the next action. AWESOME!
All in all the task guide is vastly improved.
You can edit, delete steps, download, upload and do developer commentary.
The task guide is awesome and brings a whole new paradigme to end user training.
The word export has now actual numbered list which bothered me endlessly in previous versions, but you don’t get the screenshots.
I can live with that. Two thumbs up!