Abridged Petri Net (APN) software provides a visual tool for modeling the time-dependent nondeterministic behavior of complex systems using discrete event simulations. APN allows modeling a system's interactions in a transparent and visual manner without resorting to coding. A small number of building blocks are selected to balance modeling flexibility, clarity, and compactness. The goals of APN are:
An easy to use and purely graphical user interface facilitates the modeling of complex dynamic scenarios without the need for additional coding.
The strong emphasis on the visual representation of interactions that APN offers complements, rather than replaces, existing simulation frameworks. There are situations where the use of other tools is more appropriate, in particular when visual representation of the logic of system behavior is too cumbersome or impossible, and coding is preferred or even necessary.