1. Introduction to Applications and Macros

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Applications and Macros

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In this lesson you will be introduced to the Alteryx interface tools, learning the difference between an Analytical App and a Macro. The different types of macros are also discussed.


  1. Alteryx File Types (00:19)

    Alteryx has three different files types. The standard workflow is denoted by the extension .yxmd. We’ve used this file type up until now. The other two file types are for Analytical Apps and Macros.

  2. Analytical Apps (00:40)

    Analytical Apps have the file extension .yxmz. They are self-contained programs designed to perform specific functions. They provide an interface allowing users to interact with the underlying workflow, resulting in more dynamic workflows. The app interface can be more intuitive and approachable to those who aren’t familiar with Alteryx.

  3. Macros (01:42)

    Macros have the file extension .yxmc. Macros are standard workflows that have been packaged up as a tool to be used in other workflows. There are four types of macros in Alteryx: Standard, Batch, Iterative, and Location Optimizer

  4. Designing Apps and Macros (02:15)

    Workflows used to design apps and macros make heavy use of the tools found in the Interactive tab on the Tools Palette. These tools connect to different parts of the workflow and allow you to toggle variables in standard Alteryx tools.

    Macro Input and Macro Output tools connect to each end of a workflow, allowing users to turn a standard workflow into a Macro that can be used on future workflows.