Announcing the Tines storyboard
Continuing our Autumn 2019 feature spotlight, we’re excited to reveal what we consider to be the most significant update to the Tines security automation platform yet: the storyboard.
Since our first release, a core feature of Tines has been the automatically generated diagrams, which visually represented how agents in an automation story were connected. Before the storyboard, a typical Tines diagram looked something like this.
The diagram was effective, however, it had a number of issues opportunities for improvement:
- It was not interactive
- Building stories meant flipping between an agent config and the diagram
- Viewing an agent’s config meant leaving the diagram view
- It was hard to tell agent types apart
- You couldn’t customize the layout
- The badges on agents showing counts of emitted events required a page refresh for updates
The Tines storyboard
With the Tines Autumn 2019 release, the storyboard replaces the diagram. It takes the best parts and adds many more capabilities.
"The storyboard makes building automation stories easier and faster – up to five times faster according to our benchmarks."
Creating new agents
With the storyboard, we can drag agents of any type from the library and drop them onto the storyboard.
Defining sources and receivers
Previously, defining an agent’s sources and receivers, meant editing the agent’s options and choosing the source or receiver from a list. However, with the storyboard, it’s as simple as dragging a string from the source agent to the receiver.
From the library panel on the left hand side of the storyboard, we can search for agent templates, both public and private, and drag them onto the storyboard.
Storyboard agent properties
The right hand side of the storyboard contains the agent properties panel. When an agent is selected, the properties panel will display it’s common config and an editable options block.