Big Recording Month Week 4: The Recording App
This week we’ll look at recording your site with our recording app. Our recording app is a simple to use web based application that can be used on both computers, tablets and smartphone devices to record your local Home Front sites. The app is browser based and accessed online, so there’s no downloading necessary.
How do I access the recording app?
You will need to Register to access the Home Front Legacy recording app and Member Toolkit. The app can be used on a laptop or desktop computer as well as smartphone and tablet devices; allowing you to use the app in the comfort of your own home or while on site.
To access the recording app on a laptop or desktop computer, log in via the Log In & Member Toolkit tab on the website homepage here-
Logging in will take you through to the Member Toolkit, from here you can access the recording app by pressing the ‘Click here to access the recording app’ tab or the map image.
You will now see the recording app which looks like this-
Please be aware that the Map of Sites is not the recording app.
You can also access the recording app on a smartphone or tablet device. This video covers accessing and setting up the app on a smartphone or tablet device.
How do I use the recording app?
The app is very easy to use and after a bit of practice, you’ll be recording sites in no time.
Our ‘toolbox talk’ training video shows you how to use the recording app and its various functions on a mobile or tablet device. The functions and features work in exactly the same way on a laptop or desktop computer.
This video covers the recording app’s various functions and features-
This video covers using the recording app to take a grid reference for your site. A grid reference is vital to ensure other people can locate your site at a later date-
Once you have watched the videos you can have a go at using the app’s functions. Practice zooming in and out and changing mapping layers. You can also practice taking grid references by taking a grid reference for your house, local landmark or other area you know well.
How do I input my information?
Your site information can be written into the relevant information panels or selected from the relevant drop down menus. Click the ‘?’ buttons in each section If you need any further guidance.
If you are recording your site on a computer or laptop then it is a good idea to write your directions and site description in a word processing programme, such as Microsoft Word, then copy and paste this into the Directions and Description sections of the recording app.
How do I upload my record?
Once you have input the required information and your additional information, you are ready to upload your record. Scroll to the bottom of the information panel and fill in your contact information. If you are not part of a project or group you can input ‘Not Applicable’ or think of a fancy name for your personal recording project.
Once you have filled in this information, you are good to go. Do one final check of your record to make sure all information is correct, then press Submit and accept the secondary pop-up that appears.
Once your record has uploaded you will see a nice red pin in our map of sites and a pop-up will confirm your record has uploaded. Make a note of the Reference Number for future reference, just in case you need any amendments carrying out by the database moderator. You can contact the Home Front Legacy team via this contact form.
Practice using the app’s functions
Record your site with the recording app
Next week will be the final week of our Big Recording Month. We will finish with some helpful hints and advice from our core users.