In this guide we will present the interface and create a simple text generator.
To start, go to the editor. You don't need an account to create a generator, but you'll need one to save it.
The interface is made of 2 parts: the generator (on the left) and the generator results (on the right).
A generator always starts with the starting block (the round block). This block doesn't produce any text, it's simply where the text starts.
The generator is presented as a graph, elements connected between them by links. In Automotron, the elements are called blocks and links are called cables.
To create a block, hover the mouse over the right-side arrow of another block, click and drag to the right. Once you release the mouse, a block is created and connected to the previous one.
Blocks can be setup on the grid as you wish, move them around by dragging them.
You can navigate in the grid using the mouse, simply drag and drop the grid. To zoom, use the scroll wheel.
To delete a block, right click on it and select "Delete"
We're going to create a generator that will produce the following sentences:
Brian is in the kitchen
Nancy is in the garden
Let's start with the first version: add a block after the starting block.
To add text to a block, double-click it. Enter the text, then click outside the text area.
Then, add 2 other blocks like so:
You can now click the "Run" button on the top-right. So far, our generator can only produce the sentence "Brian is in the kitchen".
This sentence won't always be the same (or it wouldn't be a text generator), it will vary to produce things like
To do this, we need to add variations to the blocks "Brian" and "the kitchen":
Double-click on the "Brian" block and hit
[Enter] to add a new line. Add the word "Nancy".
Our generator can now produce 2 sentences:
Let's also add a variation to the block "the kitchen":
Our generator can now produce 4 sentences:
In this example, we only used the most basic features of Automotron, but you can go further: