Starting processes using start points
Start points represent the invocation of a process and
appear as the first item on a process diagram.
Start points enable the use of the following tools to invoke
Users open a form or Guide from the Start Page to create
a task. The process is invoked when users submit the task. Typically,
Workspace start points are used to invoke human-centric processes.
Users open a Guide from the AEM forms Mobile applications
to create a task. The process is invoked when users submit the task.
Typically, AEM forms Mobile start points (Deprecated) are used to
invoke human-centric processes.
Users send an email to the AEM forms Server to invoke the
process. When processes require document values as input, the values
can be provided as file attachments. String, number, and Boolean
values can also be specified upon invocation. Other complex, list,
or map values cannot be provided using email.
Users copy a file or folder to a watched folder to invoke
Each file that is copied to the watched
folder invokes a process. The file is used as the input for a document
Each folder that is copied to the watched folder invokes
a process. Each file in the folder is mapped to a document value
that is required as input.
and Boolean values can also be specified upon invocation. Other
complex, list, or map values cannot be provided using watched folders.
Custom AEM forms client software:
Java and web service applications, as well as applications
built with Flex, can invoke processes. Custom client software can provide
the value of any data type as input to the processes they invoke. Programmatic
start points enable client software to invoke processes.
a process does not include a start point, only other processes can
Start points on a process diagram are equivalent
to the endpoints of a service that is part of AEM forms. When a
process is deployed, the AEM forms Server creates a service for
the process. The server also creates endpoints for the service for
the start points that the process contains. The endpoints enable
the service to be invoked.
Endpoints can also be created using
Endpoints that are created
using administration console do not appear as start points on process
Changes to start points in the process do not affect endpoints
that are created using administration console.
Endpoints that are created from process start points can
be modified using administration console. However, if the process
is redeployed, the start point configuration overwrites the configuration
that was applied using administration console.
can use the New Process wizard to add a start point when you first
create the process. Use the following procedure to add start points
to the process diagram. You can add as many start points as needed.
After you add the start point, configure it.
can also be configured as start points, which listen for events
that can cause a process to start.
Add and configure a start point:
Drag the start point
icon onto the process diagram.
Select the type of start point to add and click OK.
Click the start point and provide values for properties in
the Process Properties view.