Getting to know Vulume
What is Vulume?
Vulume is a project collaboration, sharing and discovery tool for the Built Environment. Vulume enables professionals, companies, governments, students, homeowners and other individuals to simplify their workflow, improve communication, and ultimately increase efficiency and productivity on projects. The growing Vulume community connects architects, designers, builders, clients, and customers around the world and promotes the sharing of ideas.
What is the Built Environment?
The Built Environment is a culmination of the human-made objects and structures that form a healthy and prosperous community. The Built Environment refers to our surroundings that provide the setting for human activity, ranging from products, to interiors, homes, buildings, parks, neighborhoods, cities, and even water and energy supply. The Built Environment is a product of human labor that combines physical elements and supporting infrastructure.
Who makes up the Vulume community?
Vulume is used by professional designers, architects, builders, artists, fabricators, engineers, students, enthusiasts, homeowners, developers, planners, institutions, NGO’s, consultants, and more.
Why was Vulume created?
Vulume was built to address the communication challenges faced by teams of professionals and consumers driving projects on a day to day basis. Vulume members are able to share the process of design and development, as well as the inspiration that promotes creativity. As a connected community we can achieve more with higher efficiency and better sustainability.
What does "Vulume" mean?
Vulume stems from the word volume, a unit of three-dimensional measure of space, and a way to describe chronicled information. It is important that the word is universal and easily understood across languages and cultures.
Getting started with Vulume
Create a profile
Create a profile by signing up. Enter the email address where you would like to receive notification emails. Enter a unique username that will be used to identify you (this cannot be changed.) Enter your full name. This will be the name that is displayed to other users on your profile page. If you are creating a company account, you can enter the company name as the full name. Create a password.
What is Your Feed?
Your Feed is an aggregated feed of the most recent activity on Vulume that is relevant to you. Here, you can see comments, images, and documents uploaded to projects you own, projects you are a collaborator on, as well as the activity of users and projects you follow.
What is the Discover page?
The Discover page is a feed of all featured public projects and images on Vulume. This is a place you can visit to find creative projects and people, as well as capture ideas and inspiration for current and future projects.
Images and Documents
What does capture mean?
You can capture an image from anywhere on the Vulume website or from other websites using the Vulume Bookmarklet. "Capturing" is the act of taking that image and either saving it in your Library or adding it directly to a project.
Upload images or documents to your Library
To upload an image or document to your Library, go to the “+” button at the top right corner of your screen and select “Upload Content.” Select the image(s) and/or document(s) you want to upload and click “Done”.
Capturing images from Vulume to your Library
To capture an image you discovered on Vulume to one of your active projects or to your Library, hover over the image, click on the orange "Capture" button, select or create an active project or select Library and click on "Capture". Your Library is a great place to keep items you are not ready to add to a project.
Capture images using the Vulume bookmarklet
Install the Vulume bookmarklet onto your browser by clicking on the Settings icon at the top right of your header, selecting "Capture Button" and following the instructions. Any time you see an image on another website that you want to add to your Vulume Library or directly to a project, click the "Capture to Vulume" button in your bookmarks bar and select the image you want to capture. Some websites may block you from capturing these image links.
Add new images or documents to a project
To add a new image or document to a project, click on the "+ Upload" link in the project you are working on. From here you can drag and drop images or documents, or select images or documents from your computer to upload. Select the project you wish to add the images or documents to and click "Done".
Delete images or documents
To delete an image or document from your Library or a Project, go to your Library or the "Content" tab on a project, hover over the image, and click on the red trash can icon.
Create a project
To create a project, go to the “+” button at the top right corner of your screen and select “+ New Project.” Fill in the project information including description, location, and status. Set the project to "Public" so all users can view it, or "Private" so only collaborators can view it. Finally, invite collaborators to join your project.
Add and Manage collaborators on a project
To view, add, or manage collaborators on a project, click on the “+" button next to your collaborators on the project page or visit the project settings and click on the "Collaboration" button. If you have admin rights on the project, you can invite new collaborators, manage admin rights for other collaborators, and remove collaborators. You can also view pending invitations, re-send, and cancel them.
How to change project to public or private
If a project is public, the entire Vulume community can see its contents. The images in your project are discoverable and you’re collaborative efforts are showcased in your online public portfolio. Other members who are seeking inspiration on their projects can capture all public content to their own projects.
If you’d rather keep the contents of your project private you can do so by setting your project to "Private." A private project is not discoverable and its content can only be viewed by those with permission. The number of private projects you can have at one time is dependent on your membership level.
To change the state of a project, visit your project settings and then select "Privacy." You then have the option to change the state of your project.
Upgraded memberships on Vulume offer a set number of "Active" private projects. To free up available space for "Active" private projects or simply to organize your account, you can archive any public or private project. You can only archive a project if you are the owner of that project. To do so, visit the settings of that project, scroll down, and click on the red “Archive” button. This will add the project to your archive list and remove your ability to add comments, images, or documents to the project. To unarchive the project, simply visit the archived project from the projects page, and select “Unarchive Project.” If you want to unarchive a private project you will need to have the appropriate membership level with available private project space.
Follow a member & Watch a project
Follow another member
At Vulume we know it is exciting to see what people are working on and who they are connecting with. To follow a member go to that member's profile and click on "Follow." Once you are following someone, you will receive updates in your feed about their Vulume activity.
Watch a project
Want to stay up to date on a project? Go to the project you want to "Watch" and click on the “Watch” button at the top right of the page. As a watcher of the project you will receive updates about the project in your feed.
Manage Profile Settings and Billing
How to update my profile
To update your profile, visit your settings page. From there, you can update your profile information, profile picture, billing information and user notification settings.
Forgot password or change password
If you forgot your password, click on the “Forgot Password” button on the sign-in page, submit your email, and instructions will be emailed to you. If you want to change your password, simply sign out and do the same.
How to update my profile picture
You are unique and so is your profile picture. Upload a profile image so other users know you who you are and can follow you more easily. You can do this by going to your profile, clicking on "Edit your profile" and selecting "Profile Picture."
How to update my user notifications
Adjusting your notification settings is easy. Visit your settings page. Go to the "Notifications" tab and select which notification emails you'd like to receive.
How to upgrade an account
When you need to add more private projects, it’s time to upgrade your account.
Go to your profile settings by clicking on your name in the header. Select "Billing." Choose your plan and click on "Signup." Enter your credit card information and click on "Change my plan."
Note: Access to your private boards will be immediate and you will be billed on a monthly basis for your account level.
How to downgrade to a smaller account
Important – Before you you change your account type, be sure to set any excess private projects you want to continue working on to public. Any excess private projects will be automatically archived at the start of the next billing cycle.
Go to your profile settings by clicking on the "Settings" icon in the top right header. Click "Billing", Select your plan, and click on "Signup." Enter your credit card information and click on "Change my plan."
Change to a FREE user account
If you wish to stop your recurring payments and downgrade to a free account, you can do so at any time.
Important – Before you change your account type, be sure to set any private projects you want to continue working on to public. Any excess private projects will be automatically archived at the start of the next billing cycle.
Go to your profile settings by clicking on the "Settings" icon in the top right header. Click "Billing", Select the "Free" plan, and confirm by clicking on "Change my plan."