Extra Breeze iPad Master class at Photo Booth Expo 2019 – Monday at 3pm!

Latest: Additional iPad class on Monday 25th February at 3pm – book now!

Book your place at Introducing Breeze Booth for iPad on Monday at 3pm (The password is PBX)

I have reserved places for the folks on the iPad waiting list for this class – please drop me an email and confirm whether you would like to take them up.

Chris and Steve are running two Breeze Master Classes at Photo Booth Expo this year –  Introducing Breeze Booth for iPad, and Interface design for DSLR Remote Pro and Multi-Camera. Tickets are free to PBX Key Pass holders. The original classes have been fully booked for some time.

Both will also give  Keynote presentations at PBX. Steve will open on Sunday at 12 with What I’ve Learned From Doing 1000 Events A Year.  Chris will cover Choosing the Right Camera for your Booth on Tuesday  at 9am. You don’t need to book for Keynote presentations, which  are open to all PBX Key Pass holders.

Introducing Breeze Booth for iPad

Monday 25th February 11-12.30 & 3-4.30 Steve Bliesner & Chris Breeze

Get the low down on the latest Breeze App from Steve Bliesner (Breeze Brand Ambassador and Photo Booth Guys) and Chris Breeze (Breeze founder and developer).

Book your place at Introducing Breeze Booth for iPad (The password is PBX)

If you can no longer use your ticket, please email sales@breezesys.com so that I can give it to someone else. Thank you.

As most of you know, Chris is founder and developer in chief at Breeze. Steve Bliesner is our Breeze Brand Ambassador as well as running the Photo Booth Guys and Wilkes Photobooth. Steve’s Breeze class at BoothCon 2019 was standing room only; we expect both the PBX classes to be packed.

This is the fifth Year of Photo Booth Expo, the world’s largest Photo Booth Show. It’s a great chance to catch up with you all as well as showing the latest Breeze offerings at our booth. See you soon.

Sue & Chris

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Breeze Master classes at Photo Booth Expo 2019

Chris and Steve are running two Breeze Master Classes at Photo Booth Expo this year –  Introducing Breeze Booth for iPad, and Interface design for DSLR Remote Pro and Multi-Camera. Tickets are free to PBX Key Pass holders Update: 9 February: Both Masterclasses are now fully booked

Both will also give  Keynote presentations at PBX. Steve will open on Sunday at 12 with What I’ve Learned From Doing 1000 Events A Year.  Chris will cover Choosing the Right Camera for your Booth on Tuesday  at 9am. You don’t need to book for Keynote presentations, which  are open to all PBX Key Pass holders.

Masterclasses

Introducing Breeze Booth for iPad

Monday 25th February 11-12.30 Steve Bliesner & Chris Breeze

Get the low down on the latest Breeze App from Steve Bliesner (Breeze Brand Ambassador and Photo Booth Guys) and Chris Breeze (Breeze founder and developer).

Book your place at Introducing Breeze Booth for iPad (The password is PBX)

Update: 9 February This course is now fully booked. To join a waiting list for returned tickets, email sales@breezesys.com using subject line PBX Breeze Booth for iPad Masterclass.

If you can no longer use your ticket, please email sales@breezesys.com so that I can give it to someone else. Thank you.

Interface Design for DSLR Remote Pro & Breeze Multi-Camera

Tuesday 11-12.30 Steve Bliesner & Chris Breeze

Get the most from these powerful DSLR based photo booth Apps with Chris  and Steve. This master class will cover

  • Designing unique interfaces for Breeze booths and Multi-Cam
  • Making the most of the new Multi-Camera photo booth mode
  • What’s new with Breeze

Book your place at Interface Design for DSLR Remote Pro & Breeze Multi-Camera  (The password is PBX)

Update: 9 February This course is now fully booked. To join a waiting list for returned tickets, email sales@breezesys.com using subject line PBX Breeze Booth Interface Design Masterclass.

If you can no longer use your ticket, please email sales@breezesys.com so that I can give it to someone else. Thank you.

PBX expect both classes to be booked out, and have asked that you choose the class you prefer.

As most of you know, Chris is founder and developer in chief at Breeze. Steve Bliesner is our Breeze Brand Ambassador as well as running the Photo Booth Guys and Wilkes Photobooth. Steve’s Breeze class at BoothCon 2019 was standing room only; we expect both the PBX classes to be packed.

This is the fifth Year of Photo Booth Expo, the world’s largest Photo Booth Show. It’s a great chance to catch up with you all as well as showing the latest Breeze offerings at our booth. See you soon.

Sue & Chris

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Breeze Hub Part 1

What is Breeze Hub?

Breeze Hub is a simple (but powerful) utility, that can manage the process of printing, emailing and the SMS* of images from other Breeze software products such as: Breeze Booth for iPad, Breeze Booth for Windows (DSLR Remote Pro) and Breeze Kiosk.

*SMS is designed for sending images via a microsite and does not currently send the actual image.

Breeze Hub, showing 2 iPads connected over a local network, and several emails that have been sent.

Where it started

Hub was initially developed as a print server app, to enable the printing of images from Breeze iPad based photo booths to professional dye sub printers. Additionally, it was designed as a way to easily sync images back to a Windows PC across a local network from your iPad.

Since then, the capabilities of Hub have expanded, and it can now also be used to email and SMS* images from Breeze Booth for Windows (DSLR Remote Pro), Breeze Kiosk and of course, Breeze Booth for iPad.

Breeze Booth for iPad

Breeze Booth for iPad + Breeze Hub

If you are using Breeze Booth for iPad and you want to print at your event, Hub is the fastest and best way to do so. Hub can run on a small, low powered Windows PC, that connects to your printer via USB. The iPad then connects to Hub over WIFI, and quickly sends the images to be printed.  At the same time, Hub can also share your images via email and SMS.

Breeze Booth for Windows (Aka DSLR Remote Pro)

Breeze Booth for Windows running Breeze Hub

If you send emails from Breeze Booth for Windows (DSLR Remote Pro), Hub can run on the same PC, which then allows you to send emails in the background (no waiting for images to upload before next session starts) AND it allows you to attach all images, layouts and GIFs from each session as well as designing more attractive email templates, that can include the thumbnail images.

To get started, configure your emails in Breeze Booth as normal, ensuring that you have enabled XML logging. You can then configure your attachment settings to suit your needs (see GIF below).

Configure the email settings in Breeze Booth for Windows, ensuring that XML logging is enabled. Keep in mind, Breeze Booth requires SMTP settings to be entered, but these will be ignored, as the email will be sent from Breeze Hub instead.
Configure Breeze Hub to enable emails, ensuring you have entered your SMTP details.

When designing your email template, if you are using thumbnails in the body of the email, you need to ensure that you are using the relevant tags to display the images:

  • {image1} – the thumbnail of the print layout or GIF/mp4
  • {image2} {image4} {image6} etc – the thumbnail of the first, second and third photos in the session
  • {image3}{image5}{image7} – the high-resolution image of the first, second and third  photos in the session (though typically, you would not embed the high resolution images in the email body)
Send emails from Breeze Booth for Windows that attach all images and GIFs/mp4’s from the photo booth session

Where do you install it?

Breeze Hub can be run locally on a PC at your event (for example, on your photo booth/kiosk PC, or on the PC acting as your print server); OR it can be run on a PC in your office, where images from multiple Windows/iPad based Breeze photo booths and Kiosks, can be emailed or sent via SMS* from one central location – essentially creating your own mini cloud solution.

Where can I download Breeze Hub?

You can download Breeze Hub here

There is detailed help here.  Do also post in the user group with any questions.

In Part 2, we’ll post some examples and more detailed instructions on how to use Breeze Hub.

Happy Christmas!

Thank you all for your business this year, and for being such an amazing bunch of people!

It has been great to meet lots of you in person at PBPI, PBX, Photokina and Photobooth Show Europe; and get to know many more of you through your emails and Facebook posts. Thank you all for your enthusiasm, encouragement, suggestions and comments along the way.

Our computers are switched off on Christmas Day, but we will be processing orders and providing limited support between Christmas and New Year. Please be patient if it takes a little longer than usual to receive upgrade licenses.

Have a fantastic Christmas!

Chris & Sue

BreezeBrowser Pro 1.10 and Downloader Pro 2.5 released

BreezeBrowser Pro 1.10 and Downloader Pro 2.5 introduce support for the new Canon CR3 raw file format and recent Canon cameras including the EOS R and M50.

BreezeBrowser Pro 1.10

BreezeBrowser Pro is a smart tool used by professional photographers to organize, cull and enhance photos.

What’s new?

  • Support for the CR3 raw files used by  the mirrorless EOS R and M50 cameras.
  •  Raw file conversion and shooting data display for Canon’s EOS R, M50, EOS 1500D/2000D/Rebel T7 and EOS 3000D/4000D cameras.

Learn more

Downloader Pro 2.5

Often used with BreezeBrowser Pro, Downloader Pro minimises the time spent downloading and organising images on your PC

What’s new?

  • Support for the CR3 raw files
  • Support for downloading directly from the Canon EOS R, EOS M50, EOS 6D Mark II, EOS 200D/Rebel SL2EOS 1500D/2000D/Rebel T7 and  EOS 3000D/4000D.

Learn more

Download, Try, Buy

Both releases are a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased a license within the last 18 months. Users with older licenses will need to buy an upgrade license to use the latest versions of BreezeBrowser Pro and Downloader Pro.

Download BreezeBrowser Pro 1.10 and Downloader Pro 2.5

Buy licenses

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Breeze Kiosk 1.5 released

Breeze Kiosk 1.5 – what’s new

  • Optional QR code display which guests can scan with their phones to access a third party microsite or other website
  • Option to print multiple copies as separate documents to increase throughput when using printer pooling
  • Emails can include CC email addresses
  • XML copy of the email can include additional attachment information when sending MP4 files
  • Much faster uploading of images when sharing by text or Twitter
  • Fixed an issue where the wrong image could be emailed if a new image arrives while an email address is being entered

Introduction to Breeze Kiosk

What does Breeze Kiosk cost?

Each Breeze Kiosk license costs just US $150 for a lifetime license & one year’s free upgrades. For this great price you can run one kiosk and have a second backup/office copy of the program.

If you buy Breeze Kiosk at the same time as DSLR Remote Pro or Hotfolder Prints it costs just US $100 .

Breeze Kiosk 1.5 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased a license on or after 28th November 2017. Customers with an older Breeze Kiosk license can buy an upgrade license for just US $75 to use this release.

Prices quoted are correct at 28th November 2018, and are valid for online sales from our website. They exclude any tax due.

How to get your hands on it

Download Breeze Kiosk and try it for yourself for up to 14 days before buying a license.

Download and try Breeze Kiosk 1.5

Buy full license   Buy upgrade license

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Breeze Multi-Camera 2.1 released

This release enhances Photo Booth Mode and adds support for Canon’s EOS R camera.

Breeze Multi-Camera 2.1 – what’s new

  • Support for Canon EOS R camera

  • Photo booth mode  supports cameras in portrait as well as landscape orientation
  • Photo booth mode includes new screen  ready_no_live_view.jpg . This disables live view, and allows external triggers to capture action shots with minimum delay
  • Animate Photo booth screens with full screen  MP4 video behind live view images
  • Multi-Camera Animator can save GIF and MP4 animations with a unique id making it easier to provide privacy when sharing images on a microsite
  • Product name shortened to “Multi-Camera”

New name – same product

Please note that  DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera has been shortened to Multi-Camera in this release. It is the same software and registrations for DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera issued within the last twelve months still work.

What next..

Learn more about Breeze Multi-Camera software and download a copy of the program to try for yourself.

Breeze Multi-Camera 2.1  is a free upgrade for all registered users of DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera who purchased a license on or after  29th November 2017. Customers with older licenses can buy an upgrade license to use this release.

Download Breeze Multi-Camera 2.1           Buy your own license

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Getting started – Customizing Breeze print layouts

This video introduces the Breeze Print Layout Editor, and shows simple ways to customize your prints without Photoshop or other image editors.

DSLR Remote Pro, Webcam Photobooth and Hotfolder Prints all include a simple but powerful drag and drop print editor which you can use to customize your prints.

If you are new to DSLR Remote Pro or Webcam Photobooth, first run the Photo booth Setup Wizard.  This creates all the screens for a basic working system. It also creates print layouts with a plain white background. The video demonstrates

  • How to change the background color of your prints
  • How to add logos and other graphic icons to your prints (DSLR Remote Pro only)
  • How to add simple captions
  • how to use Breeze tokens to show the correct date on prints
  • How to use Breeze tokens to automatically add the event name to prints
  • How to import pre-designed layouts
  • How to add a QR code

Notes

The video is intended to give you a taste of the Print Layout Editor. See the program help files for more details

Using tokens

Find a great video introduction to using tokens with Breeze here

Importing pre-designed layouts into Breeze

Learn more about using layouts I used in the video here .These free templates were kindly provided by SMOVE for use by Breeze customers.

NB: Logos are not saved in the Photobooth Print Layout (pblt file) in this release. To use both predesigned layout and logos, you need to import the layout before adding the logos to your design.

Try for yourself

Download copies of DSLR Remote Pro, Hotfolder Prints and Webcam Photobooth from our website

Buy your own license

If you found this post useful please share it with others.

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How to build your own events for Breeze Booth for iPad

This post explains how to create and edit your own  events for Breeze Booth for iPad using the Breeze Booth Event Editor on a Windows PC, and covers

  • what’s new in this release
  • how to download, install and run the event editor on your PC
  • loading a list of existing events into the event editor
  • creating a new event
  • linking an event to it’s asset folder(s)
  • portrait and landscape events
  • editing an event
  • transferring events to your iPad(s)

December 22nd: I have updated the section Method 1: Sync via Dropbox adding more detail to make it easier to follow.

Breeze Booth Event Editor v1.0 beta 20181116 works with Breeze Booth for iPad beta build 20, and was released on November 16th, 2018

Introduction

The Breeze Booth Event Editor is a powerful Windows based program which can be used to create and edit events for Breeze Booth for iPad.

Do join the beta program and explore Breeze Booth for iPad before using the editor. Play with ‘Designer‘ (the first event) to get a feel for what you can achieve with Breeze Booth for iPad.

New in this release…

  • Installer – easier to download and install the Event Editor on your computer
  • Sample events are automatically downloaded and copied into PC Documents folder – no need to unzip them
  • Menu screens to select styles, mirroring, virtual props etc (less need for profiles)
  • Support for choice of up to 10 different virtual props
  • Ability to add logos and resize, rotate and position them in the print layout
  • Updated sample events

Download and install Breeze Booth Event Editor

Breeze Booth Event Editor runs on a Windows 10, 8 or 7 computer. Download it from here.

You will also automatically download the designs  for nine  sample events we provide for Breeze Booth for iPad. When you install the event  editor, these files will automatically be saved in your Documents folder as shown here

C:\Users\sue\Documents\Breeze Booth for iPad\events

The Breeze Booth Event Editor installer will create this folder of sample events. C:\Users\sue\Documents\Breeze Booth for iPad\events

The first event is called Designer and showcases many of the features included with Breeze Booth for iPad.  You are welcome to use this design (or parts of it) with Breeze Booth for iPad at your own events.

The remaining 8 events are much simpler. They are intended to help you create your own designs.

This post will show you how to copy one of these simple events (Photos with virtual props) and edit it for your own use.

Photos with virtual props takes one photo and shares it on a custom background. Guests choose between 3 virtual props. They can also choose whether to shoot in color, B&W, sepia, comic effect or using a filter. The photo can be shared by email .

Copy the asset folders from Photos with virtual props

Start by copying the Photos with virtual props folder to a new folder called My virtual props event

Creating a new assets folder for a new event

Run Breeze Booth Event Editor

Start the Event Editor, and select Open.

Open the Breeze Booth Event Editor

Load the list of existing events by selecting events.xml

Select events.xml to load the list of events into Breeze Booth Event Editor

Initial list of sample events displayed in BBEE

Initial sample events folder (Breeze Booth Event Editor) Note: this list of events was created from the events.xml file we opened

Create a new event ‘My virtual props event

Select New event to create your new event..

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1) Give the new event a name

2) Add a description

3) Select the landscape version of ‘My virtual props event, by

4) finding the correct folder, opening it and

5) selecting settings.xml

6, 7, 8, ) Repeat for the portrait version of My virtual props event

 9) Save your new event

Portrait, landscape or both?

Breeze Booth for iPad lets guests switch between portrait and landscape orientation on the fly (great for roaming booths like the Ring Roamer).  My virtual props event can  be used in both portrait and landscape orientation, so has designs for both.

If you will always run an event in the same orientation, you don’t need to create both designs.

Editing an event

Select an event and choose Edit event..

We will just edit the portrait version of My virtual props event (10) today. Click on the portrait  Edit button:

Editing the portrait version of My virtual props event

This brings us to the Photo Booth Settings screen, where you can start to customize your design

Tabs on Photo Booth Settings screen (Breeze Both for iPad build 20)

The original Photos with virtual props takes one photo and shares it on a colored background with a custom logo. Guests choose between 3 virtual props. They can also choose whether to shoot in color, B&W, sepia, comic effect or using a filter. The photo can be shared by email .

We are going to change My virtual props event to

  • take 2 square photos
  • remove the branded background print layout
  • add a new background color, 2 logos* and a caption to the print layout
  • create a slideshow GIF from the 2 photos
  • customize the wording of the email
  • share the slideshow GIF instead of the print layout

*You can add up to 5 different png or jpg logos to each print layout in addition to the background and overlay. This is a simple way of branding a design for a particular event, and can also be used as a quick way to add an image of the bride and groom (taken earlier in the day) to wedding photo booths.

Photo Booth Settings Screen

The Photo Booth Settings Screen is displayed for the profile you selected.  It has 5 tabs : General, Photos, Slideshow GIFs, Burst GIFs, and Share. You can access powerful editors  to design your screens, prints and GIFs from these settings.

Photo Booth Settings – General tab

11) Change the aspect ratio of the photos to square

Breeze booth Event Editor Phoot Booth Settings General tab
Changing the photo aspect ratio to square (Breeze booth Event Editor)

You can find a full list of Breeze Booth for iPad screens here

Photo Booth Settings – Photos tab

12) Change the number of photos to 2

13) Change the countdown text color to black

14) Open the Print Layout Editor

Breeze Booth Event Editor Photo Booth Settings Photos tab
Changing the number of photos, color of countdown text and opening the Print Layout editor in Breeze Booth Event Editor

Print Layout Editor

Use the Print layout editor to customize your prints. In the slideshow below I will:

15) Remove the branded background

16) Add a new background color to the print

17) Change the printed photo to a square

18) Right click on the background to add the second photo

19) Resize and reposition the two photos

20) Add the two logos

21) Right click on the background to add a caption, then right click again to edit it

22) Save my changes

Note: You can add up to 5 different JPG or PNG logos to a print

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Photo Booth Settings – Slideshow GIFs tab

Check Create animated GIF,... to create an animated GIF from the two photos

Breeze Booth Event Editor Photo Booth Settings Slideshow GIFs tab
Creating a slideshow GIF from the photos

Photo Booth Settings – Share tab

23) Check Share slideshow first to share the GIF instead of a print layout

24) Open the slideshow email editor to customize the message

Breeze Botoh for iPad Photo Booth Settings Share tab
Telling Breeze Booth for iPad to share the slideshow GIF

 

Breeze Booth Event Editor altering email content
Breeze Booth Event Editor email editor for slideshow GIFs

Change the subject and email text. You can use Breeze tokens (25) in emails

Before you leave the event editor….

When you have finished editing the event, check OK to save all your changes. You will need to update the list of events (events.xml), the manifest for My virtual props event  (manifest.xml) , and the settings file for the event (settings.xml)

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Add an extra countdown GIF and sharing screen to the asset folder

The new event includes has two photos instead of one so we need a second countdown GIF 2.gif . We also need a screen called share_slideshow.jpg to share the new slideshow GIF.

I have copied the existing 1.gif and share.jpg screens to 2.gif and share_slideshow.jpg in C:\Users\sue\Documents\Breeze Booth for iPad\events\My virtual props event\portrait

Content of C:\Users\sue\Documents\Breeze Booth for iPad\events\My virtual props event\portrait
C:\Users\sue\Documents\Breeze Booth for iPad\events\My virtual props event\portrait showing 2.gif and share_slideshow.jpg

When you make any changes to this folder you must also go back to the Breeze Booth Event Editor and regenerate the manifests

Regenerating the manifests in Breeze Booth Event Editor

Copying events from a PC to your iPads

There are currently 3 ways to copy events from your PC to an iPad:

Method 1: Sync via Dropbox

  • Install the official DropBox app on your iPad (this can be downloaded from the Apple App Store).
  • Select Sign in to Dropbox in Breeze Booth for iPad’s app settings and authorize the app. This will create a “Breeze Booth for iPad” folder in your DropBox “Apps” folder.

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  • Now on your PC copy the whole Breeze Booth for iPad folder

from C:\Users\yourname\Documents\Breeze Booth for iPad

Copying the whole Breeze Booth for iPad folder

to C:\Users\yourname\Dropbox\Apps

Dropbox folder structure for events

Note: When you sync the events using Dropbox on your iPad, the program will look for this folder. You must name it correctly, or the App will not find your events.

  • As there are several ways to sync events, you need to tell your iPad which to choose. In Breeze Booth for iPad go to Settings and select the Sync via Dropbox.

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Method 2: Sync via a secure https web server

Upload the events folder to a folder on a web server, then go the to the settings screen in Breeze Booth for Ipad and edit the URL for the sync server to point to this folder. Then use the events screen in Breeze Booth for iPad to sync the events.
Important: This method can only be used with secure servers that have https e.g. https://breezesys.com. It will not work with http URLs.
Sample events are available by setting the sync server to https://bb4ipad.com/sync in the iPad’s app settings.

Method 3: Copy the files via iCloud

Copy the event folder to a folder on iCloud that is visible on the iPad. Then use the Files app to copy the files to Breeze Booth for iPad’s assets folder.

Update Breeze Booth for iPad to use the new event

Before you can run a new event on an iPad, Breeze Booth for iPad needs to update it’s list of events. Once My virtual props event has been added to this list, sync the event to download the new assets and xml files

Synching an event in breeze Booth for iPad

Syncing the iPad is covered in more detail here

Printing your photos

You can print using AirPrint or Breeze Hub

Breeze Booth for iPad Settings screen
Using AirPrint to print directly from Breeze Booth for iPad

25) To print directly from the iPad connect up your printer ( which must support AirPrint) and choose Print using Airprint on the Breeze Booth for iPad Settings screen

26) To print using a Windows PC you need Breeze Hub.  Choose Connect to Breeze Hub on the Breeze Booth or iPad Settings screen

Summary

This has been quite a marathon post. I have outlined the new features in Breeze Booth Event Editor, how to download and install this program on your PC, how to create your own event based on one of the samples provided by Breeze, and how to download the new event to use on your iPads.

If you found this post useful please share it with others.

Thanks,

Sue

© Breeze Systems 2018

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