Fieldwire Business users can capture 360º photos by linking a Ricoh Theta camera directly to the Fieldwire app. You can also use other similar devices that support Open Spherical Camera API. These photos are viewable on both web and mobile, and are a very speedy way to capture the progress of your job.
To do this, first connect your mobile device to the WiFi generated by the Ricoh Theta camera. Once your device is connected to its WiFi, open the camera option within Fieldwire in your tasks, the Photos page, or the Link markup tool on a plan. Then follow these steps:
1) With the camera open, select the 360º option. On the iOS app, this icon appears in the bottom right corner of the camera screen. On Android, you can locate the 360º option from the top right dropdown menu
2) After selecting the 360º option, you will see a new window pop up titled "360º Photos." Fieldwire will then connect to the 360º camera. If Fieldwire does not connect, you will see an error message appear with some suggestions on how to connect your device successfully.
If you see an error message saying "Your camera is not currently supported" or something similar, then it may be because you need to update the firmware on your 360º camera. For example, the Ricoh Theta S cameras need to have firmware v01.62 or higher. Please check your camera's manual or specifications if you find yourself in this situation.
3) Once Fieldwire and the 360º camera are successfully connected, take your 360º photo with the camera by pressing its button. This 360º photo will download into Fieldwire and you can either take additional photos, or select "Done" (on iOS) or "Back" (on Android) to finish.
4) When the photo is uploaded, you will be able to view it on any platform once it has synced over via the internet. 360º photos will have the appropriate 360º icon on their thumbnails, so you can easily distinguish regular photos from the 360º ones. Once you click on the thumbnail to open the photo, you will be able to pan your device around in order to see the 360º photosphere.
Please note that only Project Admins and Members will be able to add 360º photos directly to the Photos page or attached to plans. Project Admins, Members, and Followers will all be able to add 360º photos to tasks.