You can use filters to control what data is used in workflows or exports. Any filters you create in workflow or an export appear at the bottom of the access control page. If you remove the filter in the workflow, the filter is removed from the access control page. If you delete the filter on the access control page, the filter is removed from the workflow. Any filters you create appear in the Filter list of a policy row. You can't delete a filter if it is used in a policy.
Objects are conditions you set for a property value to meet. For example, you can select the property as equal to a certain value before the action is applied.
Applaud generates a new property automatically with the appended "ancestors" when you define a self-relation in a model. For example, when you add a manager to direct report foreign key. This is hidden everywhere in Applaud except in the filter.
When you create this foreign key to the property back to the same model...
...Applaud creates this ancestor property.
You can choose to only apply certain actions to certain model properties. For example, you might want a certain role to see an employee's name and job role, so you would choose to add those two properties to a filter and set the control policy to allow the role to view.