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Introduction To Authoring

Who are Authors?

An EASAP Author should be:

  • An experienced user of an underlying software application
  • Knowledgeable about the needs of the user community within their organization
  • Trained in the use of EASA Authoring tools

An EASAP Author does not need:

  • Software development experience
  • Training in GUI programming (eg. Java, C++, HTML)
  • Expertise in User Interface design

Obtaining Author-level User ID

Contact an EASA Administrator to get a user name and password.

A list of EASA Administrators is found under:

  • EASA→Help→Support

If you think that you fit the profile of an Author and would like to generate EASAPs of your own, an Administrator may add Author priveledges. In addition, you may want to attend an EASA Author training course to become eligible to receive technical support as an Author direct from EASA Technical Services.

Authoring Tutorials‌

A good way to quickly learn how to use the software is to make use of the available tutorials. Currently, there are four tutorials from which to choose, these cover interaction with spreadsheets, databases and batch analysis software. You will need to download some files that are required to complete the tutorial.

From the EASA webpages, select EASA→Set Mode→Author:

Select the EASA→Help→Tutorials tab:

Download the Tutorial Files to a local folder and begin the tutorial outlined in the Tutorial Notes link.

The tutorials are designed to help you rapidly learn how to Author an EASAP. If you have not yet attended an Author’s training course, we recommend that you work through the online tutorials before beginning to Author your own EASAPs.

Overview of Author Mode

In Author mode, your main focus will be creating EASAPs to be published for use by others in your organization. All the tools required to create, test, document and Publish an EASAP is found on the EASA Web Pages in Author mode. These menus are described in greater detail in the pages below:

When to Create an EASAP

It will not always make sense to create an EASAP to run software applications. There are certain characteristics of use that need to exist before creating an EASAP will be worth the effort. These characteristics are:

  • A recurring need to perform similar analysis
  • A potential User base exists
    • → Identify decision-makers that would benefit from being able to use advanced software
  • A commonly used software application has a complicated interface that could streamlined
  • Prior analyses need to be retrieved, modified, and rerun
    • → Create a functional archive of past runs

A common theme in the above list is the idea of repeated need. Creating an EASAP will not make sense for the one-off problem-solving cases. In general, an EASAP is useful for recurring processes.