How to use the TimeTravel feature professionally

Time Travel allows you to create a virtual documentation of any construction site, building or similar location in several iterations over a period of time. Add additional photospheres to display changes, progress or deteriorations in construction, maintenance, and building management.

How to set up a Time Travel?

1) Creating the basic tour

Create your initial virtual tour of the location with the JobWalk app or simply by uploading the captured images manually on your desktop PC. Edit the tour as you are used to. The complete structure of the project will stay the same while adding multiple time travels to each scene. However, any added objects or actions will not be automatically integrated into the Time Travel scenes of a basic scene and need to be added separately for each scene.

2) Add your time travels

It is possible to add new Time Travels by clicking on the plus button  at the bottom of the scene preview panel on the left-hand side of the editor. A popup opens for adding new scenes, sheets and Time Travel scenes. Select the tab ‘Time Travel Scenes’ to add a Time Travel to one or more scenes of the tour,  so-called hotspots. Note that it is only possible to add one Time Travel to a hotspot at a time. However, you do not have to add a Time Travel for each of the hotspots in your project.

Upload the desired Time Travels for the project either by dragging and dropping one or more images onto the highlighted area. Alternatively, you can browse the according images by clicking on the highlighted area. Same as with the dragging and dropping, you can select one or more images to be added at once from the browsing window.

To get additional help on how to add a Time Travel, watch a short tutorial video by clicking the blue button in the lower right corner of the highlighted area.

Merging

All selected files will be added to the merge view as shown in the image below. The merge view allows you to connect the Time Travel scenes with the according hotspot. You have three options for merging the scenes accordingly:

  • Merge all
    Select the ‘MERGE ALL’ button at the top of the merge view to directly merge each Time Travel scene with its opponent. The scenes will be matched horizontally with the according hotspot. If there are more hotspots than new scenes then only the hotspots opposite to a new scene will be merged with the according scene. This option is very practical and fast, however, you need to make sure that the new Time Travel scenes are in the same order as the initial hotspots before merging all. You can rearrange the Time Travel scenes in the merge view by drag and drop.
  • Merge the top two
    You can always merge one pair at a time by clicking the black arrow between the two images at the top. Either directly merge the top two scenes or rearrange before merging the top two scenes before merging.
  • Merge by drag and drop
    If the Time Travel scenes are not in the right order and cannot be merged directly with their opponent, simply click and hold the according Time Travel scene in the column of ‘New Scenes’. Drag the selected scene onto the according hotspot scene in the left column (see image below). Release the dragged scene to merge it with the hotspot scene.

Note that you can only merge one ‘new scene’ to one hotspot scene. Any extra scene in any of the two columns will simply stay unmerged.

 

Merged Scenes & Undo Merge

Any merged scenes will be moved below the ‘MERGED’ line. Please note that you can only merge one ‘new scene’ to a hotspot scene in one step. Merged scenes will be moved from the merging area.

To undo a merge during the merging process, simply click on the scene with the arrow  on it in the ‘New Scenes’ column (see image below). Both, the hotspot scene as well as the new scene, will return to the merging area, available to be re-merged.

Complete the merging process by clicking the ‘DONE’ button and return to the editor. Please note that at the moment it is not possible to remove a single Time Travel scene once added to a hotspot scene. To delete a Time Travel scene you need to delete the hotspot scene including all Time Travel scenes.

 

 

3) Editing your Time Travel scenes

Adding actions and objects

Add any objects, actions or animations to any scene as you are used to. Both, the hotspot scene as well as the Time Travel scene can be enriched as usual. Keep in mind, that you need to edit each Time Travel iteration individually. Your inserted object, actions or animations will not be applied to each iteration automatically.

Setting the orientation of a Time Travel scene

You can set the orientation of a scene for each scene individually. Select the hotspot scene or any of its Time Travel scenes and click on the  icon on the right to rotate the scene. Select the according button appearing below to level the 360° image on the according axis.

To set a default view for any scene, select the according scene, rotate the scene to the according view and click on the little camera symbol next to the scene’s preview in the scene panel on the left.

Keep in mind, that you need to edit each Time Travel iteration individually. Your default view of a scene will not be applied to each iteration of the scene automatically.

Editing scene properties of a Time Travel scene

If the timestamp of a Time Travel scene does not correspond to the date you would like to be shown when selecting the scene, you can change this date when uploading the Time Travel scene in the merge view. When in the overview, before merging the scenes, click on the scene settings  of the according scene and edit the date of when this image has been taken.

Open Time Travel Settings

Please note that you can only edit the scene properties of the Time Travel scenes during the merging process. When merged and back in the editor, it is only possible to change the scene settings of the hotspot scene. Any added Time Travel scenes cannot be edited then at the moment.

The scene properties can be accessed by clicking on the   icon next to the scenes preview. Edit the name, add or change the timestamp of the scene and note a scene description.

Changing or rearranging a Time Travel scene – coming soon

As for now, you can only rearrange the hotspot scenes as you are used to. An option for reordering Time Travel scenes will follow soon.

 

Time Travel in the editor

4) Time Travel Viewer Mode

View the Time Travel project in your browser on the desktop or a mobile device. The Time Travel scenes will be accessible with the blue drop-down menu in the upper left corner – below the sheet integration if added. Click the blue drop-down menu to open the available Time Travels. Select the state of the scene you want to view by clicking on the according timestamp entry. You can switch between the different states of a scene by repeating this process.

Change to another scene as usual to access the according Time Travels of this location.

HoloBuilder Time Travel in the player view

Share Time Travel projects as any other project with your colleagues or associates to easily discuss any documented changes and developments.

Support

If you still have any questions about Time Travel or HoloBuilder in general, please let us know by e-mail at support@holobuilder.com or via our integrated live chat on holobuilder.com.