QuickBase really needs to build EXIF image orientation awareness into its image handling...

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This is more of a wish/rant than a question (unless someone has a super secret way of remedying this that I'm not aware of).

For a platform that touts its mobile-friendliness, I find it very lackluster that photos that are taken/uploaded from a mobile device in portrait orientation are not handled properly by Quickbase.  The mobile interface will show that photo using the correct orientation (because the mobile browser natively obeys the EXIF orientation tag), so the mobile user thinks all is well... meanwhile the full desktop interface will show the photo rotated incorrectly, and any corresponding reports will output the image incorrectly.

Yes, I do know that the photos can be rotated manually before upload, or during/after upload by using a script or simply adding a "style/rotate" attribute in the <img> tag of your formula, however this doesn't solve the problem...it simply makes it look correct on one platform and not the other.  I even experimented with adding a "rotate" checkbox so users could individually rotate/correct each uploaded image, but again, that will fix the way the desktop browser handles it, and then it will look incorrect on mobile. The only true solution for images appearing correctly on both platforms would seem to be QuickBase handling the EXIF rotation tags in the background.  

Or am I missing something...?
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Josh Weeman

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Using JavaScript you can read the EFIX rotation tag and automatically rotate the image.

If you need individual assistance implementing this feature fee free to contact me off-world using the information in my profile:

https://getsatisfaction.com/people/dandiebolt/
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Hi Josh,

It is the case that mobile and desktop display of images can be disjointed due to the way the mobile site handles them versus desktop orientation. The mobile experience of Quick Base is something we are working on, we are looking at a devoted Quick Base application in the early stages of development, beyond just the mobile browser experience. I would suggest adding your feedback as a request on our User Voice platform as well. The Quick Base User voice can most easily be accessed from the My Apps page in Quick Base by clicking on the orange Feedback tab that appears on the right of the page or at http://quickbase.uservoice.com by signing in with your Quick Base credentials. Our Product Development team users User Voice as a tool for planning to gauge customer interest. I would suggest if you do make a User Voice request that you post a link to it here in the Community as well. That way other users who share your need can add their votes. I'm sorry that you ran into this issue.
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Evan, thanks for the reply.  That is very interesting to hear about the QB Mobile App.  This is the first I have heard of it.  Any ballpark ETA on the first release of the app?

I will add this issue to the user voice platform and post a link.

Thanks.
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Hi Josh,

I don't have a ballpark yet on an ETA, it is something that is still in early stages as we continue to work on the mobile browser experience looking for ways to enhance Quick Base apps for mobile users. 
Josh, QB presented some material on their native mobile plans at EMPOWER 18... last word I believe is that they have 'milestones' on the project this year and my impression is that we should see the feature come to market in 2019.
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I have posted a write-up to the user voice platform concerning this issue.

If inconsistent image rotation is a bother for you, click the link below and upvote the topic.  Hopefully QB will take note and provide a fix.

https://quickbase.uservoice.com/forums/111823-quick-base-product-feedback/suggestions/35235568-fix-i...