Using zInspector 3, you can take as many photos and videos as needed. Here are some guidelines you may find helpful when getting started.
Photos & 360 Panoramics
Take photos or 360 panoramic photos to document general room or area conditions.
- Depending on the area or room size, shape, and general condition, this may mean one to four standard photos or a single 360 panoramic.
- High-quality photo settings, adjustable in the app’s Settings menu, are especially important when taking room-level photos.
Take additional photos to document specific conditions thoroughly, clearly and distinctly.
- Damaged items, items requiring an action (such as repair or routine maintenance), and newly repaired or replaced items are all crucial photo opportunities.
Mark up your photos!
- While stored locally on your device, your photos can be marked up in red, yellow, black or white. Circle items, draw arrows—whatever works to make your point.
- Mark up your photos within the amount of time you have specified for them to be stored locally after uploading in Settings (options are 0, 1, 3, 7, and 30 days).
- Photos no longer in local device storage cannot be marked up using zInspector even though they are on the website. As a workaround, you can download the photo to your computer, edit it in a photo editor such as Paint or PhotoShop and then upload the edited photo manually, although this may affect the photo timestamp and isn’t especially convenient. Takeaway: mark those photos up promptly!
Take video clips to provide a quick panoramic shot of an entire area, or capture a certain inspection finding more effectively than with a photo.
- As inspection documentation, a video clip’s value diminishes with its length. Several short, detail-level video clips are more effective than a long meandering video covering multiple findings.
- A video clip can be used to document sound (like an overly noisy appliance) or motion (like a leaking faucet).
- Maximum video clip length depends on the current video quality setting.
Comments add value to your inspection findings!
- A picture is worth a thousand words, sure—but add a comment or smart comment as appropriate to avoid confusion later.
Don’t neglect your media tags! Tags specify the Activity type, Area, Detail and any Action with which a photo (or video) is associated.
- Property Name and Date tags are handled automatically by zInspector.
- Additional photo tags should be specific and accurate:
- Tag a room-level photo with just an Area tag (such as “Bedroom”).
- Tag a detail-level photo with an Area and Detail tag (“Bedroom 2” and “Door/Knob/Lock”).
- Tag a detail requiring an Action (such as Maintenance Required) with an Action tag.
- In Quick Pictures mode, tagging photos is left up to you: select an Activity, then specify tags as appropriate.
- In Inspect mode, photo tagging depends on how you prefer to navigate through inspections.
- When you use the main template screen as your primary inspection interface, photo tagging is largely automatic: tap the Camera icon for “Door/Knob/Lock” in “Bedroom 2” and you are shown the camera interface with area and detail tags pre-populated.
- When you use the camera screen as your primary inspection interface, you will specifying tags manually by tapping and/or swiping, but without having to move back and forth between the inspection template and Camera interfaces. (for more on camera interface shortcuts, see this article).