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Improve your iAuditor reports by using text annotation

iAuditor by SafetyCulture Tips | By | 29 Feb 2016 | 2 minute read

How would you rather be informed about expired equipment?


So much information can be conveyed instantly by a photo. Humans are visual creatures and attuned to process visual information quickly.

We’ve recently released the highly requested text annotation. Imagine the level of detail you can produce by not only annotating your images but by adding text.

You can record an issue, take a photo of it and mark it up. By doing so, you can help to ensure there are fewer errors on your job site and workplace. Watch your reports come to life by using this feature.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open up iAuditor and choose your template
  2. Start your inspection
  3. Snap a photo and click annotate
  4. Once you’re in the annotation screen, you can start adding text and marking it up

text annotation

If you’re still wondering why you should be using it, here’s five examples of how it can be critical to your reports:

1. Train colleagues how to use machinery

When you have multiple job sites, it can be hard to find the time to show every worker how each piece of machinery works. By using the text annotation and image capture feature in iAuditor, you can quickly provide thorough training instructions and diagrams, which is particularly useful for complex engine systems as pictured below.

Train colleagues how to use machinery

2. Take a picture of a broken piece of equipment, highlighting the area requiring maintenance.

You can easily mark up and add text to the image to communicate issues with colleagues and contractors. The text annotation tool is ideal for highlighting areas in need of attention.

Take a picture of a broken piece of equipment

3. Label expiry dates of supermarket produce.

Ensuring the correct expiry date for produce is critical to quality control your food safety requirements within a supermarket or restaurant. When you’re performing a food and hygiene inspection, you can annotate the expiry date so your workers know when to replace the produce.

Label expiry dates of supermarket produce

4. Provide detail with more accuracy for home inspections.

Before you apply for a rental property, a detailed pre-entry report is required for the real estate agent. Ensure no details are missed by annotating and marking up spots or worn areas of the home.

detail with more accuracy for home inspections

5. Highlight defects in vehicles.

Provide a detailed vehicle inspection report and reveal any defects with the help of text annotation. By using text annotation to mark up defects, auditors are able to show their clients what is in need of repair with complete transparency.

Highlight defects in vehicles

Our customers tell us why image capture and annotation is so important.

How many times have you heard the phrase, “a picture is worth a thousand words?” Using high-quality images throughout your inspection can increase the level of detail and accuracy in your reports.

They can then be embedded into templates to display equipment faults, best practices and more. Images also overcome low literacy and language barriers within workplaces.

Start using the text annotate feature with your images and watch your report come to life and your accuracy increase.

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