All you need to know about the new JobWalk app for iOS and Android

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Easily create your own virtual 360° tours while on the go with JobWalk — The HoloBuilder JobWalk app simplifies the 360° image taking and virtual tour creation process with HoloBuilder. It enables you to create your virtual 360° tour while on the go, all you need is a smartphone and a supported 360° camera like the Theta S or another camera from this list. The JobWalk app is available for iOS and Android. Create your 360° tour in just a few simple steps:

  1. Create a new tour
  2. Log In or Sign Up to HoloBuilder
  3. Enjoy your tour
  4. Compatible Cameras

1. Create a new Tour with JobWalk

When first opening JobWalk you will see a short description of what this app does and a big button to start creating your first tour. After you created at least one tour you can start creating a new tour by tapping on  at the bottom of your Tour List.

 

1.1 Upload a floor plan

To choose a floor plan for your virtual tour you have the following 5 options:

  • Take a photo: Use your smartphone camera to take a picture of a floor plan
  • Pick a file: Pick an image or pdf file saved on your smartphone to use as a floor plan
  • Download from Google Drive: Log into your Google Drive account and choose an image or pdf file to use as a floor plan
  • Download from Dropbox: Log into your Dropbox account and choose an image or pdf file to use as a floor plan
  • I don’t have a floor plan: Use our provided grid as a floor plan replacement if you do not yet have one

You can accept your choice by tapping .  Choose another floor plan by tapping  or using the back arrow.

Note that it is possible to replace the floor plan later on in the HoloBuilder editor.

  • Add multiple sheets: There is also the possibility to use and add multiple sheets in the JobWalk app. A general introduction to Multiple Sheets can be found here.

To add additional sheets in the JobWalk app, go to the overview of a project as shown in Figure 11. Select the button ‘ADD ADDITIONAL SHEET’ at the bottom of the overview. In contrast to the web application, there is only the possibility to add one sheet after another. Then, you are shown the menu ‘Choose A Sheet‘, which offers you several possibilities to add a sheet, either by taking a photo, picking a file from your mobile device, GoogleDrive, or Dropbox.

Afterward, you are automatically given the opportunity to add 360° pictures to your current sheet. You can either proceed to add pictures or cancel this part by using the back arrow in the upper left corner.

When you now edit your project, a drop-down menu on the bottom of the app shows a list of your sheets. You can either display a sheet by selecting it in the drop-down menu or by using the arrows buttons to change between one sheet and the next one.

Note that it is possible to replace the floor plan later on in the HoloBuilder editor.

JobWalk app tutorial for Multiple Sheets JobWalk app Multiple Sheets example project

 

1.2 Connect your 360° camera to your phone via Wi-Fi

You can find information on this in the instruction manual for your 360° camera. Additionally, we provided some instructions below with the compatible cameras. If you are using a Theta S you find a detailed description of how to connect your Theta S to your smartphone here.

1.3 Take 360° images

Place your 360° camera in the room where you want to take the 360° image. Tap in a room or any other location on the floor plan to trigger the 360° camera. While the image is loading, you can already name the room. After loading the image is finished, you can take a look at your 360° photo. If you are satisfied with the image, tap  to confirm.  If you want to retake the image, just tap  to take another shot. To edit and change the rooms name, tap on . You can also delete the whole room by tapping  A blue circle on the floor plan indicates in which rooms you already took pictures. To retake the picture, rename the room or remove it from your tour, tap on the corresponding blue circle. 

You can rename the whole tour by tapping  when the floor plan is displayed. Once you have finished your tour, tap   to save the tour and prepare it for upload to your HoloBuilder account.


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1.4 Connect your phone to the  internet

To upload the tour to HoloBuilder, your smartphone needs to be connected to the internet. By default, JobWalk only uploads tours via Wi-Fi to slim down your data usage. You can change this in the app’s settings ().

If you do not have access to the internet at the moment, or if you want to create another tour, simply tap OK and carry on. 

2. Log In or Sign Up to HoloBuilder

For your tour to be viewed and shared online, it needs to be uploaded to HoloBuilder. You can log in with your HoloBuilder account the same way you usually log into HoloBuilder. If you don’t have a HoloBuilder account yet you can sign up via email, Facebook or Google+.

 

3. Enjoy your tour

To view and share your tour, tab on the tour name shown on the list of tours displayed in the app. Your tour then opens in your browser and can be viewed as well as shared as usual.

 

4. Compatible 360° cameras

Download the JobWalk app to be used with the following camera types. Alternatively to the below-mentioned instructions for connecting your camera to the JobWalk app, you can simply connect your camera to your mobile device with the camera own app, e.g. the LG 360 Cam with the according LG app.

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4.1 Camera overview

360° cameras using the OpenSphericalCamera (OSC) API:

To use any of the cameras mentioned above, simply establish a connection between your mobile device and the camera. As the JobWalk app uses the same connection method as for each camera, you can follow the same instructions for each camera as described in the following with some minor variations.

4.2 Set up and connect 360 cameras

Ricoh Theta S

  1. Turn on the camera by pressing and holding the power button on the side. Make sure the camera is fully charged to avoid any bad surprises during the job walk creation process. When the battery level is low, the power button will flash blue.
  2. Turn on the Wi-Fi on the camera. You should see a blue Wi-Fi icon on the front of the camera. If you don’t see the icon, press the Wi-Fi button on the side.
  3. Choose photo mode for the camera. You should see a blue photo camera icon on the front of the camera. If you see a video camera icon instead, switch to photo mode using the button on the side of the camera.
  4. Make sure your phone is fully charged.
  5. On your phone, open the Settings app.
  6. Connect your phone to the Theta S’s wifi network (which will end in “.OSC”). The default password is the set of 8 numbers after “XS” on the bottom of the camera.
  7. Open the JobWalk app icon.
  8. When the phone is connected to the camera, you’ll see a first instructional screen (as shown here) of how to start capturing with the JobWalk app.

 

LG360 CAM

  1. Turn on the camera by pressing the power button on the side. Always make sure the camera is fully charged. When the battery level is low, you’ll see a red light flash under the power button.
  2. Turn on the Wi-Fi of the camera by double clicking the power button and the button on the front at the same time. When the Wi-Fi is connected, a blue light will flash.
  3. Make sure your phone is fully charged and open the Settings app.
  4. Connect your phone to the LG360 CAM’s wifi network (which will end in “.OSC”). The default password consists of “00” followed by the last 6 characters of the wifi network. For example, for wifi network LGR105_02CNDF the password is “0002CNDF”.
  5. Open the JobWalk app icon.
  6. When the phone is connected to the camera, you’ll see a first instructional screen (as shown here) of how to start capturing with the JobWalk app.

Samsung Gear 360

  1. Make sure a micro SD card is inserted. The card slot is located behind the door.
  2. Turn on the camera by pressing and holding the power button on the side. Make sure the camera is fully charged. On the camera screen, you can see the battery level.
  3. Press and hold the Menu button until you see “Gear 360 Manager“.
  4. Press the Menu button twice until you see “Google Street View“.
  5. Press the button on the top of the camera to select this mode and turn on the Wi-Fi.
  6. Make sure your phone is fully charged and open the Settings app on your mobile device.
  7. Connect your phone to the Samsung Gear 360’s wifi network (which will end in “.OSC”). The default password is the set of 8 numbers shown on the second line of the camera display.
  8. Open the JobWalk app icon.
  9. When the phone is connected to the camera, you’ll see a first instructional screen (as shown here) of how to start capturing with the JobWalk app.

NCTech iris 360

  1. Make sure a micro SD card is inserted. The card slot is located on the right side behind the foam door.
  2. Turn the camera on by moving the power switch from left to right and make sure your camera and phone are fully charged.
  3. On your phone, open the Settings app.
  4. Connect your phone to the NCTech iris 360’s wifi network (which will end in “.OSC”). The default password is “iris-360”.
  5. Open the JobWalk app icon.
  6. When the phone is connected to the camera, you’ll see a first instructional screen (as shown here) of how to start capturing with the JobWalk app.

Note: The NCTech iris360 turns purple when your photo is being created. It’s ok to move the camera while it’s purple.

Support

That is hopefully all you need to know about the JobWalk app and compatible 360° cameras. If you still have any questions about the JobWalk App or HoloBuilder in general, please let us know by e-mail at support@holobuilder.com or via our integrated live chat on holobuilder.com.