After logging in to axle, you'll be shown your home catalog. By default, this is the first catalog you create and can also be set to any catalog from the user administration page. Inside this folder will be the files and folders you're initially able to see from axle. Before diving in, it's important to keep a few key points in mind:

  • axle may look like an application, but it's not – it's a webpage in a browser. This means many of the things you'd expect to do with an application, like dragging and dropping elements to other applications, probably won't work!
  • axle is basically an overlay on your existing folder structures, but is not intended to replace most of the things you do with the OSX Finder or filesystem access. It's much better to do things like renaming files, copying, pasting and deleting from the OSX Finder, rather than trying to do them in axle.
  • The things that axle can do – H.264 proxy media creation, review and approval workflows, annotation, subclip selection, export to the timeline of your NLE software, etc. – are mostly overlay functions to your file storage. Unlike most media asset management systems, axle doesn't try to manage your storage for you.

The axle user interface is separated into four main areas: the navigation column on the left, the menu bar along the top, the content area in the center, and the info column on the right. In addition, axle uses the player view to display assets.