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Although every action developer will tell you that their actions have been created to the highest of standards there will always be situations where the action has to deal with circumstances that it wasn't prepared for. Be it Freeway's code, mark-up items or even other actions an action may stumble and fall over in certain, rare, occasions.

As an action developer a lot of your code will exist simply to prevent your actions falling headlong into these errors and at worst should simply tell the user that an error has happened.

If, however, you are using an action written by somebody else and it all of a sudden throws an error what do you do? There are two different methods for resetting these errors so that you can continue working depending on what version of the application you are using.
Users of Freeway prior to version 3.5 Pro will have to manually update the modification date of the action file itself. In doing so the application will believe, maybe foolishly, that the offending code has been updated and will allow you to use the action with your Freeway files yet again.
There are several ways to do this. You could, for example, locate the action file itself (it should be located in the
Freeway Actions folder somewhere) and open it in a text editor. Once open make a change to the text, undo it, save the file and close it. Freeway, seeing the file has been updated, will allow you access to the action again.



A much simpler solution is to automate this process with the
Reset action utility. Simply drop the offending action (or actions) on this Apple Script droplet and it will automatically update the file's modification date in one hit.

Of course all of this is a major pain which is why Softpress have rethought the whole process with Freeway Pro and Express. If an action hits hard times with one of these applications you will be able to reset it simply and quickly from Clear Error buttons located in the actions palette and in the Edit Actions dialog box. Simply click on the red buttons and you should be back in, well, action!

There is a very high chance that the action will hit the same error once again as all we have done is told the application to continue using the action. To prevent the action hitting the same problems again and again you will need to inform the action developer of the error (ideally with a copy of your Freeway file and a screen grab of the error created) in the hope that they can rectify the problem at the source.

 

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