How to Count Manually

This Guide walks you through the steps to count manually using the CountThings from Photos app.
What is Manual counting and how it differs from automated counting

Manual Counting
With manual counting, the user ‘tags’ each item in the image using left mouse clicks and can remove tags using right mouse clicks.

Automated Counting
With automated counting, the software automatically places the tags on the images.
To ensure accurate results the user needs to review the count and make corrections as needed by adding or removing tags from the image.

For both manual counting and automated counting, the software counts the items based on the tags. The resulting image with the tags documents the counting. You can zoom-in the image to see the tags to confirm what was counted.

For automated counting to work, the software needs a Counting Template optimized to the type of things being counted.
Manual counting is useful for cases when Counting Templates are not available.

Benefits of using software for manual counting:
  • You can see what was counted
  • Accuracy of counting can be visually confirmed
  • Faster than counting without the software
  • Document your counting
Typical uses are for counting irregular items and aerial surveys.
Step 1 - Open Image From the CountThings from Photos app, open the image file.
Note: you do not need to have a Counting Template selected for Manual Counting.
Step 2 - Go to the Review Screen The image is opened in the Count screen.
To use Manual Counting, tap on Review (top right) to go to the Review screen.
Step 3 - The Review Screen In the Review screen you can add, delete, or move tags.
To add tags, make sure the "Add Tags" button is selected. Tap the location where you want to add tags.
To remove tags, make sure the "Delete Tags" button is selected. Tap the tag you want to remove.
To move tags, drag the tag to a new location.
Note: To Zoom in / out or move / pan the image you need to use 2 fingers.
In the Review screen you can add, delete, or move tags.
Step 4 - Save results Tap Save.
Step 5 - Saved Image The results are saved to the photo gallery by default.
To control where and how the results are saved, tap Save Options.
If you need help, email and send us a few images from which you would like to count.
Make sure to send images with the highest possible resolution available to you. Do not resize the image to save space.
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