{"__v":8,"_id":"575818008abb520e00ea7b82","category":{"project":"55f0432035803d230000a9c2","version":"575818008abb520e00ea7b61","_id":"57584d29f71f5c19002d17ef","__v":0,"sync":{"url":"","isSync":false},"reference":false,"createdAt":"2016-06-08T16:51:53.330Z","from_sync":false,"order":6,"slug":"actions-and-automations","title":"Actions and Automations"},"parentDoc":null,"project":"55f0432035803d230000a9c2","user":"55f0431435803d230000a9c1","version":{"__v":11,"_id":"575818008abb520e00ea7b61","project":"55f0432035803d230000a9c2","createdAt":"2016-06-08T13:05:04.736Z","releaseDate":"2016-06-08T13:05:04.736Z","categories":["575818008abb520e00ea7b62","575818008abb520e00ea7b63","575818008abb520e00ea7b64","575818008abb520e00ea7b65","57582f278abb520e00ea7c10","575838ddf71f5c19002d1787","57584357163a4f2b002c75ed","57584d29f71f5c19002d17ef","575850cc163a4f2b002c7621","575850f1f71f5c19002d17fa","575851066a65ec0e004153e7","575a923ad5797e0e007518cf","575eae598be8aa0e00f59ceb","575eb065e7089c0e006d0cdf"],"is_deprecated":false,"is_hidden":false,"is_beta":false,"is_stable":true,"codename":"","version_clean":"2.0.0","version":"2.0"},"updates":["58d8c4f8450eb40f0094d40c"],"next":{"pages":[],"description":""},"createdAt":"2015-11-29T15:25:37.175Z","link_external":false,"link_url":"","githubsync":"","sync_unique":"","hidden":false,"api":{"results":{"codes":[]},"settings":"","auth":"required","params":[],"url":""},"isReference":false,"order":0,"body":"Quadro features several kinds of actions to operate with your computer:\n\n***[Applications](http://support.quadro.me/docs/application)***: Menu (mac only) and shortcut commands for any application\n***[Contacts](http://support.quadro.me/docs/contact-actions)***: Send mail and messages to your contacts. \n***[Files](http://support.quadro.me/docs/define-and-manage-files)***: Define and manage files on your computer\n***[Flow Control](http://support.quadro.me/docs/flow-control-actions)***: Interrupt your flow inserting a wait until you tap or until a defined time elapsed.\n***[Media](http://support.quadro.me/docs/media-actions)***: Control of media and media players\n***[System](http://support.quadro.me/docs/system-actions)***: Operative system actions\n***[Text](http://support.quadro.me/docs/text-actions)***: Edit, manage and transform text\n***[Web](http://support.quadro.me/docs/web-actions)***: Open pages and perform specific researches on web\n***[Windows](http://support.quadro.me/docs/windows-actions)***: Manage windows on your desktop\n***[Scripting](http://support.quadro.me/docs/scripting-actions)***: Launch URL Schemes, AppleScript (Mac), VBScript (Windows)\n\nCreating actions is very straightforward and takes no more than selecting the desired one when [creating a *Pad*](http://support.quadro.me/docs/create-a-pad), but to create a sequence you have to keep in mind a couple of details.\n\n*Application*, *System*, *Windows* and *Media actions* are simple commands that get sent to your computer, but others such as *Text*, *Web* and *Scripting* actions are a little bit smarter and can cooperate to create complex operations.\n\nLet’s call them \"smart actions\" and \"dumb actions.\" \n\n#### Input and Output\nApplication commands, (whether via menu or shortcuts), such as system, media and windows actions, are \"dumb\".  They only know how to perform one specific activity; like relaying a command to the system or application. They can’t \"listen,\" and can’t \"say\" anything useful to contribute to the subsequent action. In essence, they are deaf and blind and are only able to “shout” what they already know to the computer.\n\nBy contrast, text, files, contacts, and some web actions are able to listen to what the previous action within the macro has to say. They can also report something else to what follows.\n[block:image]\n{\n  \"images\": [\n    {\n      \"image\": [\n        \"https://files.readme.io/jQ8Fu1Z9QaG0pg2Hue4R_smart&dumb.jpg\",\n        \"smart&dumb.jpg\",\n        \"3444\",\n        \"1388\",\n        \"#7111b1\",\n        \"\"\n      ],\n      \"caption\": \"Smart & dumb actions\"\n    }\n  ]\n}\n[/block]\nDon't worry, you don't have to memorize what actions fall into which category, since you can always check out what an action is able to do by taking a look at its description that will be visible to you when you load the action or within the action cell itself on the function panel.\n[block:image]\n{\n  \"images\": [\n    {\n      \"image\": [\n        \"https://files.readme.io/6ol1TEmS3eguBzNmJe6B_action%20descriptions.jpg\",\n        \"action descriptions.jpg\",\n        \"3444\",\n        \"1388\",\n        \"#3886df\",\n        \"\"\n      ],\n      \"caption\": \"Action description highlighted\"\n    }\n  ]\n}\n[/block]","excerpt":"Discover what kind of commands you can perform and how to automate them","slug":"create-an-action","type":"basic","title":"Create Actions"}

Create Actions

Discover what kind of commands you can perform and how to automate them

Quadro features several kinds of actions to operate with your computer: ***[Applications](http://support.quadro.me/docs/application)***: Menu (mac only) and shortcut commands for any application ***[Contacts](http://support.quadro.me/docs/contact-actions)***: Send mail and messages to your contacts. ***[Files](http://support.quadro.me/docs/define-and-manage-files)***: Define and manage files on your computer ***[Flow Control](http://support.quadro.me/docs/flow-control-actions)***: Interrupt your flow inserting a wait until you tap or until a defined time elapsed. ***[Media](http://support.quadro.me/docs/media-actions)***: Control of media and media players ***[System](http://support.quadro.me/docs/system-actions)***: Operative system actions ***[Text](http://support.quadro.me/docs/text-actions)***: Edit, manage and transform text ***[Web](http://support.quadro.me/docs/web-actions)***: Open pages and perform specific researches on web ***[Windows](http://support.quadro.me/docs/windows-actions)***: Manage windows on your desktop ***[Scripting](http://support.quadro.me/docs/scripting-actions)***: Launch URL Schemes, AppleScript (Mac), VBScript (Windows) Creating actions is very straightforward and takes no more than selecting the desired one when [creating a *Pad*](http://support.quadro.me/docs/create-a-pad), but to create a sequence you have to keep in mind a couple of details. *Application*, *System*, *Windows* and *Media actions* are simple commands that get sent to your computer, but others such as *Text*, *Web* and *Scripting* actions are a little bit smarter and can cooperate to create complex operations. Let’s call them "smart actions" and "dumb actions." #### Input and Output Application commands, (whether via menu or shortcuts), such as system, media and windows actions, are "dumb". They only know how to perform one specific activity; like relaying a command to the system or application. They can’t "listen," and can’t "say" anything useful to contribute to the subsequent action. In essence, they are deaf and blind and are only able to “shout” what they already know to the computer. By contrast, text, files, contacts, and some web actions are able to listen to what the previous action within the macro has to say. They can also report something else to what follows. [block:image] { "images": [ { "image": [ "https://files.readme.io/jQ8Fu1Z9QaG0pg2Hue4R_smart&dumb.jpg", "smart&dumb.jpg", "3444", "1388", "#7111b1", "" ], "caption": "Smart & dumb actions" } ] } [/block] Don't worry, you don't have to memorize what actions fall into which category, since you can always check out what an action is able to do by taking a look at its description that will be visible to you when you load the action or within the action cell itself on the function panel. [block:image] { "images": [ { "image": [ "https://files.readme.io/6ol1TEmS3eguBzNmJe6B_action%20descriptions.jpg", "action descriptions.jpg", "3444", "1388", "#3886df", "" ], "caption": "Action description highlighted" } ] } [/block]