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Console UI

The Actions console's Develop, Deploy, and Analytics tabs consist of three main areas.

Figure 1. Main navigation menu (1), left menu (2), and editing area (3).

The main menu provides access to the different areas of the Actions console.

Figure 2. Main navigation menu of the user interface.
  • Overview: Overview information for your Action.
  • Develop: The visual web-based IDE, Actions Builder.
  • Test: The Actions simulator for testing your Action.
  • Deploy: Directory information and details for your Action used for review.
  • Analytics: Analytics and health information for your Action.
  • More options: Additional options for user and project settings, accessed by clicking the more icon.

Overview

The overview page provides a brief view of your Action's analytics and quick setup, build, and deployment options. The headings in each section take you to the related page in the other sections of the console.

Develop

The develop section of the console houses the visual web-based IDE, Actions Builder, which is built on top of the Actions SDK.

The layout of Actions Builder consists of three main areas:

Figure 4. The left menu (1), element panel (2), and element properties panel (3).

Left menu

The left menu for Develop contains everything you need to build your Action.

Figure 5. Left menu of the Develop section of the console.
  • Invocation: How users invoke and interact with your Action.
  • Scenes: The individual states of your conversation.
  • Intents: Structured objects that represent events that need processing.
  • Types: Notifies the NLU (natural language understanding) engine of structured data to extract from a user's input.
  • Interactive canvas: Options for using interactive canvas in your project.
  • Webhook: HTTPS web services (fulfillment) to response to triggered events.
  • Theme customization: Where you set colors, fonts, and images used throughout your Action.
  • Account linking: Allows your Action to utilize Google's account linking.
  • Backend services: Options for additional Google backend services.

Element panel

The element panel displays the currently selected scene, intent, or type. In addition, this panel displays options for invocation, webhook, theme customization, account linking, and backend services, when selected in the left menu.

Element properties panel

When a property of a scene is selected, options for that property are displayed here.

Undo, delete, save

Actions Builder automatically saves your changes when you navigate to another page. Alternatively, you can click Save.

You can also undo changes since the last save (or autosave) by clicking the undo icon.

The delete icon deletes the currently selected scene, intent, or type.

Test

Test in the top menu, takes you directly to the simulator for testing your Action.

Deploy

The deploy section has options available for publishing your Action. The left menu for Deploy has the following sub-sections:

Figure 10. Left menu options for the Deploy section of the console.
  • Directory information: Assistant directory information related to your Action, including description, sample invocations, images, contact details, privacy and consent info, and additional Action settings.
  • Location targeting: Sets which countries and regions your Action is available in.
  • Surface capabilities: Specific device capabilities for your Action.
  • Company details: Company, developer, marketing, and business contact information.
  • Brand verification: Options for connecting websites and Android apps to your Action, for verification and cross-platform functionality.
  • Release: Alpha, beta, and production release options for your Action.
  • Assistant links: Specialized URLs that point to specific intents with your Action.

Analytics

The analytics section shows health and usage information for your Action. The left menu for Analytics has the following sub-sections:

Figure 11. Left menu options for the Analytics section of the console.
  • Usage: Usage charts and data for your Action.
  • Health: Latency and error information related to your Action.
  • Discovery: A list of how users trigger your Action, implicitly and explicitly.
  • Directory: Rating and access information for your Action's directory listing.

More options

Clicking the more icon, gives you additional options for your Actions project:

Figure 12. Additional options available within the console through the more icon.
  • User preferences: Actions on Google alert settings and communication preferences.
  • Project settings: Project information, developer event invite codes, and language options.
  • Manage user access: User access options in Google Cloud Platform.
  • Send feedback: Feedback form for Action console.
  • Community and support: Links to Actions community sites and support options.