Helix ExpOrd Finder

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What is Helix ExpOrd Finder?

Helix ExpOrd Finder (Export Ordered) is a utility program that can examine the sequences in Helix collections for use of Export Ordered commands.

Why Helix ExpOrd Finder Exists

The first releases of of OS X native Helix 6.1 products have the Export Ordered commands disabled. A sequence that uses Export Ordered will fail when run in these semi-complete releases.

Disabling those commands has no serious effect on user icons: the commands are simply disabled (dimmed) in the menu. But an Export Ordered command in a sequence is put there to provide a specific function. That function will not work until Export Ordered is re-enabled, and although other commands in such a sequence do continue to work, the Export Ordered related steps will be missing. The sequence will not work as expcected, leading to unexpected results.

Helix ExpOrd Finder was created to give you an easy way to thoroughly check your collections for sequences containing Export Ordered commands.


To install Helix ExpOrd Finder, just drag it onto your hard drive.

How to Use Helix ExpOrd Finder

Just drag and drop one or more Helix collections onto it. (You can also double click Helix ExpOrd Finder and select one or more collections from the Open dialog box.)

Once the collection status has been verified a Save dialog box appears. Name and save the text file according to your personal preferences. This file contains the detailed collection exam report.

After you have specified where to save the report, Helix ExpOrd Finder starts examining the collection(s) for instances of the Export Ordered commands. Progress thermometers keep you apprised of what is happening. When the process is complete, an Exam Summary dialog lets you know if any issues were found. Details are found in the saved report. See below for a sample of the detailed report format.

If you open multiple collections at the same time, the process repeats for each collection. Note that you must be present to name each exam report and to dismiss the exam summary. Other than that, the program runs unattended, unless errors are encountered.


Helix ExpOrd Finder is freeware. It is provided by Autograph Systems. If you find this program useful, think kindly of us and maybe buy something from the web store. Autograph Systems is an Authorized Apple Reseller.

Helix ExpOrd Finder may be freely distributed, as long as the entire package, including this documentation, is included with it.


Helix ExpOrd Finder only works with Helix collections from version 5.2 to 6.1. If you attempt to examine an earlier (or later) collection, a warning is displayed and the collection will not be checked.

Current information about the transition to OS X native Helix can be found at the QSA ToolWorks web site.

Helix ExpOrd Finder relies on two embedded tools: Helix Scripting Demo and 24U Appearance OSAX. Helix Scripting Demo is part of the CallHelix 2.0 package, sold by Autograph Systems. 24U Appearance OSAX is a third party scripting addition (OSAX) licensed for distribution by Autograph Systems. If you are an AppleScript user, I highly recommend 24U Appearance OSAX.

Report Format

The exam report is formatted as a simple text file.

The first entries are purely informational, containing the collection name, the date and time, and finally the List of Sequences that contain a Time Stamp command.

Following that is the name of each sequence that contains an Export Ordered command. The sequences are listed in the order they are found in the collection, not in alphabetical order. Only sequences that contain an Export Ordered command are detailed.

Details include the entire list of sequence steps and a marker indicating where the command is found and where potential trouble may exist further along in the sequence. See the sample report.

Sample Report

** Helix ExpOrd Finder 1.0 Report for Collection CD Collection **

4 Sequences Found. Searching for an Export Ordered command...

** Start Sequence List **

The sequence 'ExportOrdered' contains an Export Ordered command:
Step  Command
----  -------
  1   Export Ordered    <-- Export Ordered

The sequence 'Create Web Page' contains an Export Ordered command:
Step  Command
----  -------
  1   View: Make Web Page
  2   Find First
  3   Export Ordered    <-- Export Ordered
  4   Close

** End Sequence List **

4 sequences were examined.

2 sequences were found containing an Export Ordered command.

** End of Report **

Version History

v1.0 — Initial Release: December 3, 2007