This article describes how to transfer images from a drone to an iPad using the Site Scan for ArcGIS Flight Planning app, along with workflows to upload images to the Site Scan Manager for ArcGIS Manager web application and manage them on an iPad.
Note: A new version of this article has been released, please refer to: "How To: Import drone images to Site Scan Flight for ArcGIS"
After flying the drone, it is necessary to transfer the images from the drone to the iPad running the Site Scan Flight for ArcGIS Flight Planning app, so the imagery can be uploaded to the Site Scan Manager for ArcGIS web application. Below are steps to complete this using the SD card dongle for iPads, along with directions for deleting photos where necessary.
Transferring images to an iPad with an SD Card reader dongle
Choose to import all the images, or select only the ones recently taken with Site Scan.
Let the images transfer to the iPad. Once complete, a user prompt requesting either to keep or delete the recently transferred images from the SD card is displayed.
Wait for the app to populate the images. Once complete, the button to upload the images to the cloud is displayed.
Uploading images more rapidly to Site Scan Manager for ArcGIS
Site Scan for ArcGIS Flight Planning includes a quick upload option that compresses images on the tablet by a factor of seven before uploading. This dramatically speeds upload, at the expense of introducing potential compression artifacts that may affect the quality of the final images. To enable this feature, navigate to the General Settings menu, and slide the Quick Upload Compressed Images toggle to the right.
Deleting images in the Site Scan for ArcGIS Flight Planning app
Deleting all Site Scan photos in camera roll
Deleting certain Site Scan photos in camera roll
Note: Deleting the folder or album does not delete the folder or album in camera roll. Esri recommends deleting the empty folders manually. If a folder containing images is inadvertently deleted, select the mission once more in Site Scan. Site Scan recreates the folders if the images are still in camera roll, and moves the images back into them.
Esri recommends cleaning the trash periodically to prevent high-storage use.
Note: Apple automatically removes images that have been in Trash for more than 30 days. If photos are inadvertently deleted, check if they are inside the Recently Deleted folder to recover them.
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