The Create Topic pane lets you create new topics from a set of templates.
When you create a topic, the topic is assigned to you and is locked. The topic is created in the DITA CMS, so it is visible to other DITA CMS users.
When you create a topic with the Web Author, the topic is not attached to a map; it is therefore considered an orphan topic in the DITA CMS. You can use the DITA CMS Eclipse client to add the topic to a map.