Navigating the Platform

This section describes how to find your way around the Platform. Use the image and descriptions below to learn about the layout of the Platform and find the features you need:

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VAS logo button: Click the VAS logo at the top left of the Platform to jump straight to your User Account home page.

2

Current company or dairy: The company or dairy you are viewing is displayed in this field at the top left of the page. To view a different one, click the arrow and choose from the list of all your connected companies and dairies.

3

Search for an animal:

You can search for an animal by any of the following methods (see examples below):

  • Start typing in the Search for an Animal field at the top left of the screen.
  • Press F2 to jump to the search field.
  • If you are on the Dairy Profile page, click the Search for an Animal shortcut button on the right side of the page.

Once you begin typing your search criteria, all matches are displayed in a list below the search field. Click on any match to view the animal's CowCard:

See View a CowCard for more information.

4

Platform sync status: Click the icon to view current DairyComp 305, FeedComp, and ParlorComp integration status. See When was my data last synchronized? for more information.

5

Platform Notifications icon: Click the icon to view a list of the the latest product releases, as well as system messages, general alerts, and notifications. An activity badge on this icon indicates the total number of unread messages, and clicking the Notifications icon displays links to the most recent messages. See How do Notifications work? for more information.

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Platform feedback button: Click the Help Us Improve button to share your thoughts on the Platform with VAS. See Help Us Improve! for more information.

7

Platform Help button: Click the Help button to view the VAS Platform online help in a separate browser window.

8

User options menu: Click the drop‑down arrow to view a menu of user options, including:

  • My Home: Navigate to your User Account home page.
  • Message Center: Navigate to the Message Center.
  • Account Settings: Edit your Platform User Account Settings.
  • Log Out: Log out of the Platform.

See Edit Your User Account for more information.

9

Feature navigation bar: Click each item in this toolbar to view different Platform features.

10

Command Line button: Click the >_ button to access the Command Line. See Platform Command Line for more information.

11

Dairy home button: Click the Dairy button to view the home page for the selected dairy. To edit your dairy information, see Edit Dairy Information.

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Dashboard button: Click the Dashboard button to view your Dairy Dashboard. See Dashboards for information on the dashboard widgets and instructions for customizing your dashboard.

13

Pens button: Click the Pens button to view your dairy's Pens List.

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DairyComp button: Click the DairyComp button to view a menu of DairyComp features in the Platform. In the current release, the DairyComp Overview Page is available, and it can be customized just like a Dashboard (see DairyComp Overview Page for more information). Other features will be added to this menu as they are available in future releases.

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FeedComp button: Click the FeedComp button to view a menu of FeedComp features in the Platform. The FeedComp Overview Page can be customized just like a Dashboard. See FeedComp for more information.

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ParlorComp button: Click the ParlorComp button to view a menu of ParlorComp features in the Platform. In the current release, the ParlorComp Overview Page is available, and it can be customized just like a Dashboard (see ParlorComp for more information). Other features will be added to this menu as they are available in future releases.

17

Shared Files button: Click the Shared Files button to view and download dairy files uploaded from various sources. See Shared Files for more information.

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Configure Dairy button: All Platform Configuration Options are available in an expandable menu under the Configure Dairy button at the top right of the screen. In the current release, the following options are available:

NOTE: This button is only displayed when you are viewing a dairy. If you are viewing any of your own User Account screens, this button will not be available.

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Breadcrumbs: The top left of each page shows a breadcrumb path to where you are in the Platform. You can click the dairy name as a shortcut to return to the dairy home page.

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Dairy Home Page Shortcuts: When you are on the dairy home page, the buttons at the bottom right allow you to quickly search for an animal or edit your Dairy Configuration. You can also press the F2 key at any time to jump straight to a search.