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Mobius - Explained: Organizing your workspace
Mobius - Explained: Organizing your workspace

Learn how to efficiently organize your workspace using tags, filters, and folders in Ecochain Mobius.

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Written by Emily Lalonde
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In Mobius, the workspace is structured into different pages for products, life cycles, and objects, providing a clear and organized environment to model your Life Cycle Assessments (LCA). However, as you model more product footprints with various components and materials, your workspace, and object library may feel cluttered. To address this, Mobius offers tags, filters, and folders. This article covers the following questions:

  1. What are tags and why use them?

  2. How to create tags?

  3. How to use tags for filtering?

  4. How to remove tags?

  5. What are folders and why use them?

  6. How to use folders?

  7. What is the difference between tags and folders?

  8. How to find objects and products quickly?

Don't feel like reading an article? Watch video tutorials on tags or folders instead!

Feel like you're missing information? This article builds upon the following articles, check them out if you want to learn more:


What are tags and why use them?

Tags are a versatile tool for organizing your workspace, allowing you to categorize and group products and objects based on specific criteria. Tags are especially helpful when you have a lot of information about your LCA models in your account. By applying tags, you can create a more structured and visually appealing workspace. You can then filter for specific tags, making it easier to locate and manage items.


How to create tags?

Tags can be applied to objects and products. Below, we outline the steps needed to create tags for products. However, the same steps apply to adding tags to objects.

1. Select the product: In the Product overview, click on the product you want to apply a tag to.

2. Navigate to the product Detail panel: Once in the Product inventory, click on the product name. The Detail panel will appear on the right side of your dashboard.

3. Apply a tag to the product: Find the Tags section at the bottom of the Detail panel. Click on the + to add a tag (Figure 1). Create a tag that helps categorize the product effectively (e.g., a product group like T-shirts for your clothing factory). Select a color for the tag to help distinguish between tags. Click save when you are done.

Figure 1: Adding a tag in Mobius.

4. Add additional tags to the same product: If necessary, you can create multiple tags for each product. Depending on your use case, add additional ones that help keep your workspace organized (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Adding multiple tags to a product in Mobius.

5. Find the tags on the Product overview page: Navigate back to the Product overview page to find the tags you created attached to the product (Figure 3).

Figure 3: Tags visible in the product card on the Product overview page in Mobius.

Note - Applying tags to objects: As mentioned, tags are added to objects in the same way as products - by navigating to the Object inventory via the Object overview page. However, you can also add tags to an object in a Product inventory. Simply select the item line of the object you want to add a tag to. The Detail panel will pop up and you can add your tags at the bottom of the panel.


How to use tags for filtering?

If you add the same tag(s) to multiple products and objects, you can use filters to quickly find these objects and products, streamlining your search process in your Product and Object overview pages. Like the subsection above, we outline the filtering steps using the context of products, however, follow the same steps for filtering objects.

1. Navigate to the Product overview page: Once multiple of the same tags are applied to a product, go to the Product overview page.

2. Filter on tags: Select the desired tags from the Tags dropdown list (Figure 4).

Figure 4: Applying filters in Mobius.


How to remove tags?

Want to remove a tag from a product or object? Follow these simple steps:

1. Locate the product: Find the product with the tag you want to remove. Click on the product name to get to the Detail panel.

2. Remove the tag: Simply click on the x next to the tag in the Tags section.


Video tutorial

Watch Emma explain these concepts in our tutorial:


What are folders and why use them?

The folders feature is an organizational tool that allows users to categorize and group their projects, products, or objects within their workspace. They function similarly to folders on a computer, providing a way to keep related items together and easily accessible. Users can create folders, assign descriptive names, and move items in and out of folders to keep their workspace organized. Additionally, folders enable users to search within them, ensuring that items can be quickly located when needed. Folders are a helpful tool for maintaining a tidy and efficient workspace in Mobius, avoiding having a long list and many pages of items in your workspace.

Caution - Folders and tags: While folders and tags help organize your workspace, these are not currently importable or exportable to or from Mobius. These features are to be used manually in Mobius.


How to use folders?

In Mobius, you can use folders in the Product overview and Object library. Below, we outline the steps of using folders for products. However, the same steps apply to using folders for objects.

1. Access folders: Look for the folder icon to add a new folder to your workspace. This icon is located in the toolbar at the top right of the Product overview page (Figure 5).

Figure 5: Accessing the folders feature in Mobius.

2. Create folders: Click on the folder icon to create a new folder. Give your folder a descriptive name that reflects its contents or purpose - you can always change the folder's name at a later stage. You might create folders for different projects, product categories, or stages of development (Figure 6).

Figure 6: Creating and naming a folder in Mobius.

3. Organize products into folders: Once you've created a folder, move products from the Product overview page into a folder by selecting the three dot menu on its product card and choosing the folder you wish to move it to (Figure 7). This helps to declutter your workspace while still keeping important items easily accessible.

Figure 7: Moving a product to a folder in Mobius.

4. Search within folders: Use Mobius's search functionality to find a specific product. Simply enter the name or keywords associated with the product you're looking for, and Mobius will display all relevant results, including items within folders.

5. Retrieve products from folders: If you need to retrieve a product from a folder, you can easily do so by navigating to the folder and selecting the desired item. To remove products from folders, select the Move to folder button from the product card’s three dot menu in the Product overview page, then select the location you wish to move the product to.


Video tutorial

Watch Emma explain these concepts in our tutorial:


What is the difference between tags and folders?

Both tags and folders help keep your workspace organized and ensure you can find a product or object effectively. However, there are some (minor) differences between these features.

1. You can use tags to search and filter within your workspace. However, you can’t filter or search in (created) folders. Therefore, tags are beneficial if you have multiple products or objects that belong to the same ‘group’ and you want to search for them based on these similarities. Nevertheless, a similar outcome can be achieved by grouping those similar products in one folder.

2. Folders are a great tool to keep your Object library or Product overview organized. As you work more and more in Mobius, you will notice that your libraries become very long, filling many pages with your objects/products. Folders are a great way to cluster objects based on categories and avoid having endless pages of loose, separate objects.


How to find objects and products quickly?

Of course, adding tags and folders helps organize your workspace, but it also helps you find objects or products quickly using searches and filtering in Mobius. This process is intuitive - watch the video below to learn more.


Next steps

Mastering using tags, filters, and folders offers a seamless way to organize your workspace in Mobius, enhancing your productivity and overall efficiency.

Dive deeper into Mobius' features by exploring our comprehensive help center articles. There, you'll find valuable guidance to maximize your ecodesign potential.

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