Features

The Alienbrain Client


This article will help you get started with the Alienbrain Client, and includes the steps required to configure the client on first use. Full documentation can be found in the user guide in the Alienbrain documentation folder.

It is assumed that you have already installed the Alienbrain server and client, and are ready to run the Alienbrain client.

Alienbrain Client Configuration

  • Launch the Alienbrain Client from the link on the desktop or from the Alienbrain folder in the Windows Start Menu. If it is the first time the Alienbrain Client has been launched, the configuration wizard will appear.


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Click Next to start



  • Select the Alienbrain server to connect to (there should only be one in the list for evaluations).

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Click Next



  • Define the default login information. This can be left as Administrator with a blank password for a quick evaluation. The administrator password can be updated, or additional users added, in the Alienbrain Admin tool (covered in the Alienbrain Admin section).

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Click Next



  • Next define your Working Folder, where your local files will be stored, or accept the default provided (C:\alienbrainWork).

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Click Next



  • Select drive mapping to enable teams to reference the same files without the inconsistency of local file paths. This will create a mapped drive (Z:\ by default) to the working folder set up in the previous step.

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Click Next



  • Change sets are generally only relevant to programmers, where changes made to groups of files are dependent on each other to compile. Artists can leave both of these options unticked. See the Alienbrain features page for more details.

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Click Finish to launch the Aliebrain Client



  • The Alienbrain client will launch and request connection to a project database. Click Yes to access the Demo Project included in the evaluation.

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Click Yes



  • If the default login details have not been changed in the Admin tool, click Yes to access the database. Note: in this case the password should be blank.

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Click Ok



  • Connect to the project database by selecting the Demo_Project listed in Step 2 (Project_Name). The server name will already be selected.

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Click Ok



  • Login to the Demo Project on the server using the default login information defined in the earlier stages of the configuration.

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Click Ok



Alienbrain Client Browser

The Alienbrain Client Browser will be displayed listing the Demo Project Files, along with the Getting Started with Alienbrain Guide. This guide is displayed on the initial execution of the Alienbrain client, and subsequently found in the help menu. Follow these instructions if you wish to evaluate the client with the demo project. If you wish to add your own projects and users - follow the steps in the Alienbrain Administration section first.


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The Alienbrain Browser and Help Guide



  • The first step of the guide describes how to connect to the demo project, though many of these steps have been covered in this article. If the files are grayed out, it means there are no local copies of the files on your machine. Right click on the project name and select "Get Latest Version" to get a local copy of the files.


  • Files are listed in the top view and can be previewed in the pane below. Art files can also be displayed as thumbnails in the top pane by selecting the arrow on the top right of the pane and selecting "Show as Thumbnails" (covered in detail in Step 2 of the guide).

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Thumbnails and Preview



Follow the remaining steps of the guide to learn about the powerful features of Alienbrain:

  • Browsing Projects

  • Version control - checking files out, editing and checking in

  • Using file history and comparing versions

  • The object inspector and previews

  • Powerful searching

  • Communication Tools - Messaging and Annotations


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File history - comparing versions



Next:

Use the Administration tools to Manage Projects and Users:

ADMINISTRATION



Install additional Alienbrain Clients on different machines:

CLIENT INSTALLATION



Install the Alienbrain Integrations:

TOOL INTEGRATIONS