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Adding Photos to Reports

Learn how to add & edit photos in reports

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Written by Sydney Honda
Updated over a week ago

You can add multiple images to a CloudInspect report. In fact, there's no limit to the number of images you can add. Images can also be added directly from most mobile devices by taking a new photo with a camera, or choosing an existing one.

How it works

Depending on the photo options chosen, photos may or may not be immediately uploaded. If the option "Do not resize photos before upload" is on, the images will attempt to upload immediately, meaning they will not be usable until upload is complete. This setting is off by default.

When a photo is added to your report, it is processed by our image compression algorithm. This is to reduce the size of the image by 80% or more. The image will appear and be usable, but it has not yet uploaded to the cloud:

The red icon indicates the image is stored on your device and has not been uploaded. This means if you were to clear your cache, you would lose this image. Don't clear your browser cache right now!

Every minute, or whenever you hit save, the software will locate all images which have not been uploaded and queue them for upload. Give it a few moments and this image will start to upload:

When fully uploaded, the icon will turn green:

Please note: Photos which haven't uploaded yet are stored in your browser's database, which is on your hard drive. We recommend ensuring there are no photos needing upload before you leave the report or have a need to clear your browser cache, which destroys the local database. You can tell how many photos require upload here:

Image Options

  1. Show -> will allow you to filter out other inspectors' images or display used/unused images

  2. Sort -> will allow you to sort by newest, oldest, or filename

  3. Do not resize images before upload is an option that will disable the image compression algorithm. This is typically used when dealing with very high resolution images (10 Megapixel and up) or your system has limited memory/RAM and you've experienced crashes when adding images.

  4. Use high quality image resize is an option that will alter the image compression algorithm to be bicubic and take several passes to smooth edges out. This makes the images about 20% larger and higher quality. It also causes the resize process to take a little bit longer. This comes down to personal preference of quality vs speed. Are you ok with waiting a bit longer for a better looking image?

  5. Process [ ] images at a time. Lower this if your system bogs down and crashes when you add multiple photos at once. Increase this if you know you have a more powerful system and want to spend less time waiting for images to load.

  6. Upload [ ] images at a time. This is based on your internet connection. Lower it if you know your internet connection is a bit slower. Increase this if you know you have a strong internet connection, especially if your upload speed is better.

Downloading Images

You can download individual images to your computer using the download icon in the toolbar:

You can download all uploaded images as a ZIP file with this button:

Using Images in a Report

Images can be dragged and dropped into various locations of your report. Generally speaking this is (1) in the property photo box, (2) into a remark, or (3) into a subsection. You can also use the camera icon to directly insert images to most locations.

Additionally, you can click the "property photo icon" on an image to directly set it as the property photo:

Editing Images

To edit images and provide annotations, just click on the edit icon in the toolbar:

The editor will open in a popup window and provide you with a set of tools, including the ability to provide a caption:

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