Navigating the main menu

What is it? 

To navigate quickly to the most relevant parts of your Innovation OS, you will find the most important menu items on top of your screen.

From such menu items, you can directly jump to what matters to you. Read on to understand the different menu items and the structure of the menu. 

How does it work? 

After you successfully log in to the ITONICS platform, you will land on the home page. On top of the screen, you will see the main navigation menu where the first entry right to your application's logo [1] is marked in a different color than the other entries of the menu. That color indicates that you are on the homepage [2]. Clicking on the logo or Home-entry in the menu will always bring you back to the home page. 


Depending on how your Application Owner has configured the home page, you might either find an individually designed page or the ITONICS standard page, displaying the most recent content in your application. 

Next to the Home-entry, you will find all the other menu items. The display of such menu items depends on your user role and which modules have been licensed by your Application Owner. However, most commonly, you should see further menu points, such as the Explorer, Network Graph, and Tag Cloud. If you hover over such main menu entries, it can be that a second sub-menu opens [4]. To access any of the mentioned menu points, just click on it, and you will be directed to the corresponding page.

Each of these entries will allow you to access content that has already been added to your app's database. If you want to add your own content elements, find the 'Create' button close to the mid of the main navigation menu [3]. After hovering over it, you will be asked to select a content category. Once selected, you can start intaking your content. 

Next to the 'Create'-button, you find the global search bar [10]. Here, you can enter any keyword and, as a result, a list appears from which you can select the best-fitting content. Or, you can also type your keywords in the search bar, hit enter, and navigate further through the content suggestions from the Explorer

To the top right corner of the main menu, you will further find the "professor's hat" [6] from which you can enter the ITONICS Knowledge Base. You will also find the in-system notification bell [7]. New notifications are displayed with a count icon near the notifications symbol. Click on the icon to see notification details. 

To access and edit your user profile or to log out, click on the icon right to the notification bell [8].   

Depending on your permissions, you might also find in the very right corner of the main menu the settings wheel [9].  Via the settings wheel, administrators/Application Owners can administer the application.

Navigating the standard landing page

If your Application Owner has chosen the standard landing page option, you will have in the top middle of the landing page the option to switch between the Feed & Timeline tab [11].

The Feed represents the standard landing page of your ITONICS Innovation Platform. In the ITONICS default landing page setting, the newest elements are displayed in ascending order and grouped by content category. Click 'View all' to see all the content elements of a certain type in the Explorer. Or, click on the title of a content element to learn more about it.


The Timeline Tab displays all the different activities on the platform over time. Having access to this feature is dependent on the permissions set by your Application Owner.


The different activities that are being tracked on the global timeline are as follows:

  • Someone has imported data into the application
  • Someone has added or edited an Element
  • Someone has rated an Element
  • Someone has commented on an Element
  • Someone has started following an Element
  • Someone has liked an Element
  • Someone has changed a (Task) phase
  • Someone has added a Task
  • Someone has added an Element / a Milestone / a connection to a Roadmap

By clicking on the Filter button (1), you can use the following options to filter and narrow down the timeline:

  • Define a timeframe for the activities via the Settings tab. (2)
  • Search within the activities via the Search tab. (3)
  • Filter the activities by Entity Type or My Filter via the Filter tab. (4)


In addition to the feed, it might be that your Application Owner has created banners that appear above the content elements. If multiple banners are activated, they will be displayed as a slideshow, yet, you can also use the buttons on the banner to navigate to the next one.



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