Add or Edit Pictures and Drawings in a Report

Topics in this article:
Adding a Cover Photo
Adding Photos Using the HG Companion
Manually Inserting Photos into Your Report
Using the Edit All Photos Tool
Adding HomeGauge-Supplied Drawings to Your Report
Adding Multiple Photos to an Inspection Item
Choosing the Right Photo and Video Format

Adding a Cover Photo

Go to the General Info section and drag the picture you'd like to use from the film strip to the gray box titled cover picture.

Adding Photos Using the HG Companion

If you are using the HG Companion, the photos are inserted into the report in the correct place. Choose your inspection item and click the camera icon to take a photo. The picture will be included in that inspection item when you're editing your report in the software.

Manually Inserting Photos into Your Report

If you are using a camera with the HomeGauge filmstrip you must move the photos into the correct place in the report. This is accomplished by inserting your SD card or plugging in your camera and pointing the filmstrip at that location using the Browse button. There are two different methods to adding photos:

  1. Move through the list of photos in your filmstrip and find the correct place in the software to insert the photo. Drag and drop the photo into the gray photo area to the right of the comment box.
  2. Move through the report and then scroll through the filmstrip to find the correct photo for each item.
    Method one is much faster as you can find and move to an inspection item in the report much faster than scrolling through a long list of photos. This method will also help make sure you have used every photo. Another hint is to make sure you are not taking too many unnecessary photos.

Using the Edit All Photos Tool

HG has a great tool for finding all the photos in a report so they can be edited one after the other.

  1. With your report open, click the Find Unanswered field on the top toolbar. It will display a drop down menu.
  2. Select Edit all photos in the drop down, then click on the Find First button to the right of the field. This will take you to the first photo in the report.
  3. Edit the photo to your liking and then click OK. This will bring up the next picture in the report for editing.
  4. If you need to delete a photo, click Cancel in the edit picture screen, find the photo in the report you want to delete, left click on it and select delete.
  5. To continue going through the remaining pictures in your report, at the top of the screen click Find Next and repeat the process until all of your photos have been edited.

Adding HomeGauge-Supplied Drawings to Your Report

If you would like to incorporate the sketches that HomeGauge supplies for free, follow these simple steps:

  1. In your right pane, click on the Drawings tab.
  2. In the Select Folder menu, select the category that your desired drawing is most likely to be in.
  3. All of the drawings for that folder will now appear. Drag and drop or double click the drawing just as you would a photo in order to insert it with your comment or overview.

Adding Multiple Photos to an Inspection Item

If you'd like to add several photos to an inspection item at once, there are two methods you can use, which are also outlined in this video tutorial.

  1. In the filmstrip, click each photo you'd like to add. You'll see a red box around each selected photo. Now, click the plus symbol to add all of the photos. You will be prompted to edit each of them one by one.
  2. Alternatively, select the photos you'd like to add and click the double plus icon. This will insert these photos without editing. You can still edit any of the added photos afterwards.

Choosing the Right Photo and Video Format

JPG, GIF and PNG are all accepted photo formats, thought we strongly recommend JPG as it is the most popular photo type with a small file size.

HomeGauge supports modern video such as mp4. Older cameras and devices may use a format that is not compatible. If you have a format that does not work with the software, you can use a free video converter to convert it to mp4. There are many tools available online for converting videos.

  • If you've lost your filmstrip, click View -> Default Pane Layout. This will restore your filmstrip or components bar to its default setting.

Pictures from my old report are showing up in my new report

This is caused by the pictures from your camera card having duplicate file names. There are two ways to fix this:

  1. Instead of pulling pictures directly off of your camera or camera card, save them to a file on your computer. This will rename them for you. Then point the film strip on the right of the software to that saved file instead of your camera.
  2. After you build a report, adding all the pictures you need, go up to Report -> Show Photo Locker. Make sure the pictures that appear in that photo locker are the correct pictures, then select them all (Ctrl+A) and right click them with your mouse. Select rename and give them a unique name. Close out of that file, then do a print preview. If neither of these steps seem to work, feel free to give us a call at 828-254-2030.
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  • 09-Aug-2017