Getting started in A360: How to Navigate the Main Page

Getting started in A360: How to Navigate the Main Page

 With the release of the new A360, we wanted to give you a quick overview on how to navigate the main page. To get started, log into A360. If you have not yet created an account, sign up here.

Now let’s login and take a quick look at the navigation of the site.

A360 site navigation

A360 site navigation

You can break the top area of the website into two rows that we call the Dashboard.This includes the top navigation bar and the content navigation bar. In the top navigation bar we have the Dashboard, the Search Bar, Progress, Notifications and Account Settings. Last but not least, is the question mark “?” where you can go for help.

TIP:  Anytime you want to get back to this main page on A360 click on the logo, A360 or Dashboard and it will return you to this page.

The second row covers Projects, Data, People, Calendar, Wiki and Create. This gives you pretty much everything you will need to get started with A360.

TIP: Click on the question mark, help and then expand “About the Dashboard”  to get more detail.

Let’s go ahead and break these down starting with the top row navigation. As mentioned, clicking on the logo or dashboard takes you back to the main page. Next is the Search Bar. By default it will search your entire hub, but you can filter these searches to specific areas. You can also use this for a quick search for something like a drawing.

TIP: You can type in partial letters or numbers to search the hub.

If you upload a drawing file and want to find it quickly, type in part of the name of the file. In my example, I have a house floor plan and I just type the first three letters of the file and it shows up.

Search for your files

Search for your files

Next up we have the Progress icon. This allows you to see what the status is on your data uploads. Here you can see that I successfully uploaded 47 files to Bud.

Check the success of your file uploads

Check the success of your file uploads

Next we have the Notifications bell icon. Here you will find notifications from others that have posted comments to you or comments from people that you are following. You can refresh the notifications by clicking on the arrows and also mark all alerts as read.

TIP: When you have a new hub there may not be many notifications at all.  

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After Notifications we find your Login Settings. This is where you can configure your profile, adjust settings for your hub, invite others to the hub and administer the site.

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Adjust your A360 admin settings

Adjust your A360 admin settings

Next is my favorite part – the Help section. You will notice it’s a question mark in a circle. Click on it and take a look at all the options.

TIP: When you click on the Question mark, it will open a new tab in your browser.

Once open, be sure to check out the videos. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, so a video must be worth even more! We suggest that you first take a look at the “What is A360 Video” and the “Autodesk 360 Tour”. Once complete, take a look at the “Getting Started” videos.

  • To create a project
  • To upload files to a  project
  • To invite people to a project
Go to the A360 help section to get more assistance

Go to the A360 help section to get more assistance

 

Now let’s break the second row into two main sections.

A360 navigation

A360 navigation

Project, Data, People, Calendar, and Wiki covers the first part, then we have Upload and Create for the second part. The first part gets into the power of A360 and projects. Once you have created multiple projects, you can see them by clicking on Projects. This will give you a list of projects available on your hub.

View multiple projects in A360

View multiple projects in A360

Clicking on Data will give you a list of all the data in your hub. You can see the names of the projects, the owner of the data and the type of data that is displayed. You can also see file size and date last modified.

View all the data of your hub in A360

View all the data of your hub in A360

TIP: You can click on the name of any of the projects to go to that project. So if your project is called Bud, you can click on Bud to open that project in the data view.    

People will give you a list of all individuals that are part of your hub. Since this is a new hub, you can only see me. As you invite others to your hub, you will be able to see a list of them here or in the People section of the project.

View all the individuals in your hub

View all the individuals in your hub

You can also see who you are following and those that are following you.

TIP: If you follow someone on the hub, you will get updates about them in the hub activity feed and also notifications.  

View people in your hub from the activity feed

View people in your hub from the activity feed

As you start creating more projects and inviting more people to your hub, you may want to sort by name. You can toggle the view between list and thumbnail views and can also invite people to your hub or a specific project.

TIP: You may want to invite people at the project level so that they are invited to the specific project that they are working on.

Next up we have the Calendar. It inlcudes a standard calendar and an agenda that you can use to update information on your projects and/or other items you are working on. You also have the ability to export the calendar. Once you click on Export, you will be given various options. More details on this are also included in the Help section.

You can export your calendar

You can export your calendar

Wiki is a great place to post information when you may want to give others the ability to edit. There are a lot options with the Wiki – some examples include posting training information, meeting notes, list of materials, etc.

Use Wikis for  =posting training information, meeting notes & list of materials

Use Wikis for =posting training information, meeting notes & list of materials

TIP: Once you are in the Project view, you can create Wiki pages specific to projects by clicking on Wiki.  If you have not created a Wiki yet, you can click on the “Create New Page” graphic and it will take you into your first Wiki.

Once you have created the basic Wiki, you can give it a title, and compose the text.

Create a Wiki page

Create a Wiki page

The last two options we have are Upload and Create. If you click on the Upload button, you can browse the files and folders you want to upload, or you can drag and drop to the target zone.

TIP: For drag and drop you want to use Chrome or Firefox.  

Drag or drop files to upload

Drag or drop files to upload

When you click on the “+ Create” button, you have multiple options – Project, Message, Link, Event, Poll and Page.

Select from list of actions to create

Select from list of actions to create

Each of these icons has a specific task. You can create a Project, post a Message on the hub, create a Link to share with people, create an Event for your calendar, create a Poll and last but not least, create a Page for a Wiki.

Now that we’ve walked through the basic navigation of the main page, I would encourage you to go back to the Help question mark and take a look at the videos on getting started and creating your first project.

Bud Schroeder

Bud Schroeder is a Senior Customer Success Engineer for the A360 Team and has been with Autodesk since 1997. Before joining Autodesk, Bud was a CAD Manager/IT Manager for a Power Utility here in Northern California and started using AutoCAD with version 2.6. Before AutoCAD, but used a drafting board and T Square. When not contributing to Blog posts, you can find Bud on the A360 forums answering posts.

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