PRAXIS: Getting Started

Welcome to the PRAXIS Preview Release

This is a preview release of PRAXIS, a cloud-based app for sharing workflows. We’d like your feedback to improve the final product.

Target Audience for the Review

Who can benefit from PRAXIS? The short answer is anyone who wants to document the details of a product or cross-product workflow or to capture best practices. In particular, we are targeting these audiences:

How to Give Feedback

Our goal is to build the best possible app for capturing and sharing workflows. Your feedback matters, and we take it seriously.

You can give us feedback in two ways:

About PRAXIS

PRAXIS is a cloud-based app for sharing your product knowledge and best practices through simple, step-by-step workflow diagrams.

These goals informed the design of PRAXIS:

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Workflow Example

PRAXIS is best suited for documenting step-by-step product workflows and best practices. Here is an example illustrating how to create a Revit Toposurface from a Point Cloud using Civil 3D.

At this stage, we anticipate product workflows or cross-product workflows. However, original and unexpected implementations are always welcome.

User Interface

Using PRAXIS

Create workflows in three easy steps:

  1. Draw. Quickly and easily create medium-complexity workflow diagrams.
  2. Enrich. Create your own knowledge page to associate detailed information with any node of the workflow diagram. Add detail with a rich text editor and attach links to video, Screencasts, or blog articles.
  3. Share. Send others a direct link to your workflow so that they can view it easily.

Draw

Create compelling workflow diagrams in a few steps

To Create a Workflow

  1. Go to https://praxis.autodesk.com and sign in with your Autodesk ID. If you don’t have an ID, create one. In the initial view, the My Workflow Maps tab is open on the left
  2. Select Create New Workflow to get started.
    Your work is saved automatically, behind the scenes. Look at the upper-right corner to see when your work was last saved.

A new workflow is called Workflow 1 by default. Change the name at any time by clicking the title and editing directly.

To Add Shapes and Labels to the Workflow

To Work with Shapes and Connectors

Enrich

Add detail to steps in your workflow by creating a Knowledge Page. Add text descriptions, images, YouTube videos, Screencasts, or links to other sites.

To Create a Knowledge Page

When you select a shape, the pencil icon appears.

  1. Select the pencil icon to create a knowledge page associated with the selected shape (node). By default, the page has the same name as the node.
  2. Do any of the following:
    • Click the title to edit it.
    • Click in the rich text field and edit in place.
    • Use the formatting tools (bold, italic, bullets, and so on).
    • Cut (Ctrl+C) and paste (Ctrl+V) content from other documents into the knowledge page.

To Add a Link in a Knowledge Card

  1. Select Add Links to Additional Resources > Add A Link.
  2. Enter the URL for the knowledge resource in the format of this example: http://www.autodesk.com/
  3. Select Load URL. You see information gathered from that web page, including Title and Description.
  4. Enter a date, and select relevant tags for Products, Content Group, and Skill Level.
  5. Select Add Card to create a knowledge card. You can change the title Additional Resources by clicking the text and editing in place.
  6. To return to the workflow map editor, select Done in the upper-left corner or click anywhere outside the knowledge page.

Share

Share your workflow diagrams with team members. You can embed the workflow diagram on blogs or wiki pages. Because PRAXIS is cloud-based, all your changes are saved automatically in the cloud and instantly updated and visible to the team.

To Share Workflow Maps

  1. In the My Workflow Maps palette, click the workflow that you want to share.
  2. Click the Embed icon. The Embed dialog, containing a web link, appears.
  3. Copy this URL and email it to your colleagues.

When you share a link to a workflow map, anyone with the link can view it. In the future, we plan to add support for private sharing of workflows. Currently, workflows are always shared in Read-Only mode.

To Embed Workflow Maps

In this dialog, you can also get the embed code to embed the workflow map on your blog or wiki page.

Best Practices

Click here for an interactive version.

You are now ready to start creating your own workflow maps. If you have questions or comments, email us at praxis.support@autodesk.com

Troubleshooting

Before you file a bug with the PRAXIS team, make sure that you’re running the latest version of Google Chrome on Windows or Mac OS. Then clear your browser cache and restart the browser.