What Can You Do with User Accounts in Human Anatomy Atlas?

In the latest release of Human Anatomy Atlas, we’ve added an awesome new feature that will make it easier than ever to save and share Views, Tours, and 3D drawings with colleagues, patients, and classmates—Visible Body user accounts! 

Let’s talk about how to create a user account and how you can use them to save and share content from Human Anatomy Atlas 2023!

This article is primarily directed towards people using the mobile (iOS and Android) versions of Atlas 2023. If you’re a Courseware or Site License user, we would recommend taking a look at this blog post to see the features specific to the Site License/Web version of Atlas 2023. We’ve got a short tutorial there on how to create assignments in Courseware using custom content from Atlas!


How to create your user account

To create a user account, open Human Anatomy Atlas and tap the “Settings” button (the gear icon at the bottom of the screen). When the settings menu pops up, tap “Sign in!” 

A video tutorial for creating a user account in Human Anatomy Atlas 2021 for iOS

You might also be prompted to sign in or create an account when you go to share or save a View or 3D Drawing.

Select “Create an account” in the login window. You will then be prompted to fill in your email address, name, and a profile that best describes you (student, instructor, etc.). 

After you’ve filled in that information, create a password, and tap “Finish” to complete the account creation process. You will then be prompted to sync the existing saved content on your device with your new user account.

If you want to go back and change your profile information after the account is created, log in and select the “Profile” option. This will allow you to reset your password and change details such as your name and email.

Courseware and Web Suite users—did you know that you already have a Visible Body user account? If you have a Courseware or Web Suite account, you can use the login credentials from that account to sign in on the mobile version of Human Anatomy Atlas. 


Save Views, Tours, and 3D Drawings

Saving Views and creating Tour presentations in Human Anatomy Atlas 2021 is just as easy as it was in Human Anatomy Atlas 2020. To save a View to your Favorites, select the structures you want—and maybe even add some 3D Drawings, Tags, or notes on the Notepad—and tap the “Save view” icon at the bottom of the screen. To access your Favorites, select the “Favorites” icon in the top bar of the main menu.

Creating a Tour is as simple as selecting the “Tours” icon at the top of the main menu, then tapping the blue “Start” button to select the Views you want to include in the tour.


Access your Favorites on multiple devices

So, you’ve saved your content. Now what?

One of the big benefits to user accounts is that you can access your saved Views (complete with Tags, 3D Drawings, and notes) on any device you’re logged into using your VB user account. 

Let’s say you have Human Anatomy Atlas 2021 on your own iPad, and your lab at school has iPads that are also running Atlas 2021. You could use your iPad at home to create a Tour, and then access that Tour on the school iPad to give a presentation in class. You could also take notes or save Views with the school iPad and save them to your account so you can use them to study on your iPad at home. 

Essentially, having a user account means that you can take your Favorites with you even if you don’t have your own device on hand. 

As non-iOS versions of the apps (Android, Atlas Site License, and web versions of Atlas) receive the user accounts update, you’ll be able to save and access content on an even wider variety of devices.


Save Drawings and Notepad entries as 3D Views

In previous versions of Human Anatomy Atlas, 3D Drawings were saved as Notecards, which meant that although you could use them for reference purposes, you couldn’t go back and edit them later. 

Here’s where things get really cool. With the user account update, all 3D drawings and annotations using the Notepad feature are saved as 3D Views. (Yay!) This means that after you’ve saved a View with a 3D Drawing or Notepad entry, you can return to that View in your Favorites and manipulate the model, add more drawings, or edit the annotations later.

user-accounts-save-3d-drawSaving a view with Tags and 3D Drawings in Human Anatomy Atlas 2021 for iOS


Share Views with Tags, Notes, and 3D Drawings

Want to share an Atlas View you’ve made with a classmate, colleague, or patient? User accounts make it easier to share a more detailed View than ever before, complete with annotations and labels.

Once you’ve created a View, you can share it using the “Email” icon in the bottom right corner of the screen. This will send a link to the View via email to a recipient of your choice. The person you’ve shared the View with can open the share link (in all its labeled and annotated glory) in Atlas on their device. 

user-accounts-share-tagsSharing a View with Tags in Human Anatomy Atlas 2021 for iOS

Being able to share Views with Tags and Drawings presents instructors with the opportunity to give assignments requiring students to add tags to particular structures or use the 3D Draw tool to illustrate processes, structural relationships, or motions. Here are a few examples: 

  • Use 3D draw feature to create a view, or series of views, illustrating the path of ingested material through the digestive system. Use Tags to label the accessory organs of the digestive system. 
  • Use Tags to label the chambers and valves of the heart. Then, use 3D Draw to illustrate how oxygenated and deoxygenated blood move through the heart. 
  • Use 3D Draw and the Notepad to depict and label the 9 abdominopelvic regions.
  • Use 3D Draw to illustrate planes, positions, and directional terms, as in this lesson plan from the VB Blog. 

All in all, we’re incredibly excited about the release of user accounts, and we hope they make it even easier and more fun to save and share content in Human Anatomy Atlas! 

Remember to check out this related blog post if you’re using the version of Atlas 2021 that’s in Courseware, Web Suite, or through a Site License for an institution.

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