Introduction to the Breeze Booth Event Editor

This post contains brief notes about the Breeze Booth Event Editor,  used to create and modify events for Breeze Booth for iPad.

Note:

This blog post was written for the original release of the Event Editor.  An updated version was released on May 28th. This post will be updated as soon as possible. At present please refer to this page for notes about the event Editor.

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.

The beta version of the editor has a basic user interface, which will be given a friendly front end and further features before the full release.

This beta is provided for Breeze DSLR Remote Pro users with experience using profiles. Please don’t be concerned if you don’t find it accessible at this stage.

Do join the beta program and explore Breeze Booth for iPad before using the editor.

The easiest way to get started is to download a copy of the sample events on the Breeze Systems’ servers and save these in the Dropbox folder Apps/Breeze Booth for iPad/events. Then run the event editor and click on “Open…” and load the file Apps/Breeze Booth for iPad/events/events.xml. At present the easiest way to create a new event is to copy an existing event and edit it.

Files stored on the iPad

You can use the iOS 11 Files app to view the files used by Breeze Booth for iPad and to copy event ‘assets’ (screens, print layouts, profiles etc) to an iCloud or DropBox folder.

Tap Browse in the Files app then On my iPad under Locations and you should see a folder named Breeze Booth. Tap on the folder to pen it and there will be two folders: “assets” which is where the event configuration is stored and “photos” where photos, animated GIFs and MP4 movies captured by Breeze Booth are stored. (More details can be found   here)

Breeze Booth folders in iOS Files app

You can also upload the events from your iPad to the PC you are using to run Breeze Booth Event Editor.

Download Breeze Booth Event Editor

The Windows based Breeze Booth Event Editor software can be downloaded using the link below. After downloading the software unzip the file and copy it a suitable folder on the computer’s hard disk. (I copied the folder to the desktop on my PC.)

Download version 1.0 beta 20180527

This YouTube video (created for the original beta version of the Event Editor) demonstrates downloading and opening the Event Editor, then takes you on a quick tour. There is more detail in the rest of this post.

Run Breeze Booth Event Editor

Start the Event Editor, and select Open.

Breeze Booth Event Editor main screen

Load the events by selecting events.xml

Loading events.xml into Breeze Booth Event Editor

Select an event to edit, then Edit event

Selecting the ‘GIF only’ event Breeze Booth Event Editor

This brings up a list of profiles for the event you selected. ‘GIF only’ is a simple event with one profile each for landscape and portrait orientations:

List of profiles for sample event ‘GIF only’ Breeze Booth event Editor

To make changes to a profile select Edit

Photo Booth Settings Screens

The Photo Booth Settings Screen is displayed for the profile you selected. This has four tabs : General, Photos, GIFs, Share. There are layout editors for touchscreen actions, print layout and GIF layout.  More features will be added to these editors in future releases.

Use the editors to customize events; saving your changes will update  settings.xml.

Photo Booth Settings Screen – General

Photo Booth Settings Screen General Tab BBEE

Select Touchscreen actions… to display the Touchscreen actions editor

Touchscreen Actions Editor Breeze Booth Event Editor

Touchscreen actions can be moved and resized. Right click to add and edit actions etc.

Photo Booth Settings screen – Photos

Photo Booth Settings screen Breeze Booth Event Editor (beta)
Print Layout Editor Breeze Booth Event Editor (beta)

Note: This screenshot is from the ‘Photos only’ event as the ‘GIF only’ event does not need a print layout.

Photo Booth Settings screen – GIFs

GIF settings screen Breeze Booth Event Editor

Select Edit Layout to access the GIF layout editor

GIF Layout Editor Breeze Booth event Editor (beta)

Photo Booth Settings screen – Share

Sharing settings screen Breeze Booth Event Editor
Default email for sharing animated GIFs from Breeze Booth for iPad (Breeze Booth Event Editor Beta)

Notes

Breeze Booth Event Editor works in a similar way to DSLR Remote Pro and other Windows based Breeze photo booth software.

  • Settings are stored in XML files
  • Screens are created using JPEG backgrounds, PNG overlays & animated GIF animations.
  • Profiles are used to load settings from the XML files and provide a way of selecting different configurations.
  • Breeze Booth for iPad can run with the iPad in landscape or portrait orientation and uses a separate profile for each orientation.
  • Screens should match the aspect ratio of the iPad’s display (4:3). The suggested sizes are 2048×1536 pixels for landscape orientation screens and 1536×2048 for portrait orientation screens.

The app uses the following screens:

  • ready.jpg, ready_overlay.png, ready.gif: The ready screen in photo mode. Append the style (e.g. ready_normal.jpg, ready_monochrome.jpg) to the filename to provide feedback when different styles are selected. The style names are normal, monochrome, sepia, comic, filter1, filter2, filter3, filter4, filter5, filter6
  • 1.jpg, 1.png, 1.gif: Screen displayed during the countdown. Use 1.jpg for the first photo, 2.jpg for the second etc.
  • taking.jpg, taking.png, taking.gif: displayed when taking a photo
  • preview.jpg, preview.png, preview.gif: displayed when previewing each photo after it has been taken
  • processing.jpg, procesing.png, processing.gif: displayed while the print layout is being prepared
  • confirm_printing.jpg, confirm_printing.png, confirm_printing.gif: displays the print preview when the user is asked whether to accept or reject the photos
  • share,jpg, share.png, share.gif: displayed when asking the user whether to share the photos
  • standby.jpg, standby.png, standby.gif: standby screen displayed when the booth is inactive. Live view is disabled in standby mode to save power.
  • gif_ready.jpg, gif_ready_overlay.png, gif_ready.gif: The ready screen in animated GIF mode. Append the style (e.g. gif_ready_normal.jpg, gif_ready_monochrome.jpg) to the filename to provide feedback when different styles are selected.
  • gif_countdown.jpg, gif_countdown.png, gif_countdown.gif: displayed during the countdown before capturing an animated GIF
  • gif_capture.jpg, gif_capture.png, gif_capture.gif: displayed when capturing the animated GIF
  • gif_processing.jpg, gif_processing.png, gif_processing.gif: display while preparing the animated GIF for display
  • gif_playback.jpg, gif_playback.png, gif_playback.gif: playback screen displayed when the user is asked whether to accept the animated GIF
  • gif_share,jpg, gif_share.png, gif_share.gif: displayed when asking the user whether to share the animated GIF or MP4 movie

Animated GIF options

append _loop to the filename (e.g. ready_loop.gif) to play the animated GIF in a continuous loop.
By default the GIF will be displayed in the center of the screen. The size and position of the GIF can be modified by appending modifiers enclosed in curly brackets. The h and w modifiers specify the size as a percentage of the screen width or heighta and the l, r, t, b modifiers specify the position relative to the left, right, top or height of the screen respectively. If conflicting modifiers are present (e.g. l and r) the last one will used.
Example: to place a ready.gif animated GIF which is half the width of the screen and 1/4 the way down the screen set the filename to ready_{w50%t25%}.gif (or ready_loop_{w50%t25%}.gif to play it in a continuous loop).

Copying events to the iPad

Don’t forget to save the changes you have made. When you are ready to transfer them to your iPads running Breeze Booth for iPad, you can either

Method 1: Copy the files to a folder on iCloud or Dropbox that is visible on the iPad. Then use the Files app to copy the files to Breeze Booth for iPad’s assets folder.

Method 2: Upload the files 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 the folder on the web server. 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.

It’s your feedback which makes Breeze products stand out – please email comments to techsupport:@breezesys.com .

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

© 2018 Breeze Systems Limited

 

Breeze Booth for iPad (beta) Build 18 – Try it today!

Breeze are delighted to announce the new Breeze Booth for iPad beta release, Build 18.

  • If you haven’t signed up yet join here
  • If you are already a beta tester, you will have been sent an invitation to upgrade to Build 18

Note: This post was updated on September 18th with details of Breeze Booth for iPad (beta) Build 18.

New in Build 18 …

  • Support for selecting front or rear camera
  • Sync server now supports the sending of emails and SMS messages
  • New mirror styles
  • Slideshow GIFs
  • User surveys
  • Info screens
  • Password protection of events and app settings

Build 14 added …

  • Windows based server for printing photos and for syncing output from the iPad
  • Dropbox support:  sync events from Dropbox and copy output to Dropbox
  • Digital zoom
  • Control of camera settings
  • Support for normal, square and DSLR compatible (3:2) live view, photos and boomerang GIFs
  • Photos can be rotated and optionally sharpened in the print layout
  • Optional exit password protection

Your invitation

When you are accepted onto the program you will receive an invitation email from Apple TestFlight

Invitation email for Breeze Booth for iPad

Getting started

Your iPad needs to be running iOS 11.

Installation

Download TestFlight from the Apple App Store. You may need to  click on Redeem (1) to show the apps you’re able to beta test. Select Breeze Booth for iPad and (2) INSTALL.

Note: Only check Redeem the first time you download the Breeze Booth for iPad beta. If you have previously downloaded an earlier build, just check  UPDATE.

 

Installing Breeze Booth for iPad Build 18 on an iPad

Once you have installed the App, you can open it:

TestFlight screen showing Breeze Booth for iPad icon
TestFlight screen displaying the B icon for Breeze Booth for iPad

Running Breeze Booth for iPad for the first time

Start the App

Tap the Breeze icon to start the App, then Events

Breeze Booth for iPad Build 18 home screen before events defined

Download the list of events from a server

The first time you run Breeze Booth for iPad the event list will be empty. You need to download events from a server to get started. We have set up a server with several demonstration events for you to download and try out.

Breeze Booth for iPad Events list is empty the first time the App is run

Tap on “Update” in the top right corner to download a list of events from Breeze Systems server.

Breeze Booth for iPad event list has been successfully synched with the version on the server

After downloading the event list tap on Events to return to the events screen. You should see a list of events:

Breeze Booth for iPad (beta) list of sample events

Download all the settings for a single event

Swipe right to left on an event and select Sync to download the files from the server to your iPad. (Sync is also used to ensure that you have the latest version of files for an event.)

Be patient, and wait until you see Sync. completed successfully.

Tap  Events to return to the events screen after syncing the files.

Run the event

Now swipe right to left on the event and tap “Run” to run the event.

breeze Booth for iPad : tapping Run to start the booth for an event.

Sample Events

Sample ready screen Breeze Booth for iPad (beta)

Take your first photos and explore the other events we have set up for you to try. (You will need to Exit the event, return to the Events screen, choose a new event and Sync to download the settings from the server before you can run an event for the first time.)

Capturing guest data using Breeze Booth for iPad (beta)
Use radio buttons to offer a fixed list of choices
Prints can include data collected from each guest
Restrict access to individual events with a password

Adjust camera settings

The new camera controls and digital zoom are accessed from the home page:

Breeze Booth for iPAd beta 14 Camera Settings screen
Zoom, adjust exposure compensation, white balance, and tint images

Printing and transferring images to a Windows PC

Summary

Join the beta test program for Breeze Booth for iPad

You will be able to install Breeze Booth for iPad when you receive an email invitation to the email address for your Apple ID.

Breeze Booth for iPad events are defined in a powerful Windows based program called Breeze Booth Event Editor. This post uses a set of predefined ‘events’ that we have set up for you.

We have seen how to sync your iPad with a server containing sample events. First you download a list of events from the server, then all the detailed information you need to run an event.

Once you have taken some photos and animated GIFs on your iPad, download the Breeze Booth Synch Server to a Windows PC so that you can synch your images to print and share them.

View and share the folders stored on the iPad

The iOS 11 Files app can be used to view the files used by Breeze Booth for iPad.  You can share events and their associated photos by copying them to an iCloud or DropBox folder.

Tap the Files App icon to see the Breeze Booth for iPad folders

Tap  Browse in the Files app, then On my iPad . You should see a folder named Breeze Booth.

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Tap on the folder to open it and there will be two folders: assets which is where the event configuration is stored and photos where photos, animated GIFs and MP4 movies captured by Breeze Booth are stored.

Breeze Booth folders viewed in Files App

Viewing images from an event on the iPad

By default Breeze Booth for iPad stores images in folders named by date.

iPad Files App showing photos taken and sub folders for animated GIFs and Print layouts on 2018-05-30

Your feedback matters!

Please let us know what you think. You can either use the TestFlight feedback link below or ping an email to techsupport@breezesys.com

TestFlight feedback link

New beta versions

When a new beta is available you should receive a notification email and can install it by running TestFlight, selecting Breeze Booth for iPad and tapping “update”.

Breeze Booth Event Editor (first beta version)

The first beta version of the editor has a basic user interface, which will be given a friendly front end and further features before the full release.

This beta is provided for Breeze DSLR Remote Pro users with experience using profiles. Please don’t be concerned if you don’t find it accessible at this stage.

Thank you!

Chris and I  are overwhlemed by your enthusiam and appreciate the time loads of you are willing to spend testing this new product.  We hope you will enjoy using it for many years.

Sue

© 2018 Breeze Systems Limited

 

DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 Photobooth Setup Wizard

This post explains how to set up your booth with the Photobooth Setup Wizard in  DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.

We recommend everyone from beginner to expert uses the Photobooth Setup Wizard as a start point for setting up a booth. The wizard also helps generate  profiles quickly. This is a simple, speedy and safe way to generate a working system.

Enhancements in DSLR Remote Pro 3.8 and 3.9 have made the setup wizard much more powerful than before. A more detailed description of the wizard can be found in the program help files.

This video shows how easy it is to prepare your system using the default settings.

Easiest way to create a GIF/Photo booth

Now let’s go through how to customize your own booth using just the wizard.

The 3 Step Wizard in more detail

Select Photobooth Setup Wizard (1). First you will be prompted to save your current settings

Saving your current settings before running the Photobooth Setup Wizard DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1

Step 1

Step 1 simply asks you to name the folder (2) where your photo booth images will be stored. These ‘images’ are the set of screen designs and layout images you will use. (This is usually a subfolder for your PhotoBoothImages folder.) Press Next (3) to move on to Step 1.

Shows Step 1 of the Photobooth Setup Wizard in DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1
Step 1 of the Photobooth Setup Wizard DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1

Step 2

The second step is to define the screens used by guests to interact with the booth. Adjust the default settings to meet your needs.

Dropdown list to give guests choices (Photos/Boomerang GIF, Photos only, Boomerang GIFs only, Photo or video, Video only)

This drop down list is a super-fast way to set up the booth to offer guests choice (DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 Photobooth Setup Wizard Step 2)

Single ready screen to choose from Photos or Animated GIFs

Check this box for single ready screen (DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 Photobooth Setup Wizard Step 2)

Choose Photos or Boomerang GIFs and check Single ready screen so that guests start the booth and choose between still photos and boomerang GIFs from a single screen (as in the video above)

Dropdown list to choose a predefined theme

Selecting a predefined theme to use with DLSR Remote Pro 3.9 at Step 2 of the Photobooth Setup Wizard

You can create, load and save DSLR Remote Pro themes containing screen background, touchscreen button, and caption sets, or buy them from third parties.

Your themes may include localized sets of captions in a variety of languages. DSLR Remote Pro 3.8 and 3.9  are  shipped with English, German, Polish, Italian and Romanian captions.

Button placement

Button placement using the Photobooth Setup Wizard in DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1
Buttons can be placed down the side or across the bottom of the screen by the wizard. (DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1 Wizard Step 2)

Dropdown list to adjust live view

Showing drop down list for selecting live view shape DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1 setup wizard Step 2
Live view drop down list – choose from normal, square and full screen (DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 Photobooth Setup Wizard Step 2)

Changing the live view in the Wizard will automatically adjust the shape of images in both animated GIFs and prints created by DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.

Color of the background screens and text

Defining colors of the background screens and fonts (including custom colors) with the Photobooth Setup Wizard in DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1

Editing individual captions

Import complete captions sets using themes as above. Change (or remove) the text for individual captions using Edit captions:

Showing individual caption edit in the Photobooth Setup Wizard DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1
Editing individual captions in the Photobooth Setup Wizard DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1

Additional checkboxes

Checkboxes in the Photobooth Setup Wizard Step 2 DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1

The first 5 check boxes highlighted in green tell the Wizard whether you are using a touchscreen, whether guests can choose between color and B&W prints, whether to display a preview of each photo after it is taken and the maximum number of prints allowed.

Sharing checkboxes in the Photobooth Setup Wizard Step 2 DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1

The next five check boxes tell the wizard whether a sharing screen (after the photos are taken) should offer uploads to guest’s Facebook and/or Twitter account, share photos by email or MMS/SMS, or offer optional printing. Hint: some operators prefer to offer browsing and sharing from a kiosk separate to the booth. You can use Breeze Kiosk for this. To share and print photos away from the booth leave these boxes unchecked.

Inactivity timeout & use default settings

DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1 wizard Step 2 highlighting inactivity timeout and 'Use default setting' button
Inactivity timeout and ‘Use default setting’ button DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1 wizard

The inactivity timeout is useful if the photo booth is not in continuous use because it disables the live view display and puts the booth into standby mode. Disabling live view will allow the camera’s sensor to cool down to avoid possible overheating problems. The booth can be  reactivated by touching the screen. To use the inactivity timeout, just set the number of seconds after which you want to put the booth into standby.

Select Use Default Settings  to restore the default settings for the photo booth.

Next takes you to the third and final step (unless you chose only GIFs or video, in which case you skip Step 3).

Step 3

Showing DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1 Photobooth Setup Wizard Step 3
At Step 3 you choose the print layout and adjust your printer settings if necessary( DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1 Photobooth Setup Wizard)

The wizard offers a choice of 8 popular layouts; if you want something different choose whichever is closest to your design (you will be able to change this using the Print Layout Editor later).

Running a shoot and share booth with animated GIFs and no printing is increasingly popular. The DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 Wizard no longer asks you to select a printer when you offer only Boomerang GIFs or Video.

 

How to create your own Breeze themes

Customise your screens      Customise your prints

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A rebrand for Breeze

2018 is quickly becoming a whirlwind for Breeze, but one that we’re very excited about.

With new products in the pipeline and enhancements being made to existing products, we can’t wait to share our 2018 updates with you.

For now, we just wanted to mention that we’re currently going through a full visual rebrand with Dan, Glen & Spadge; the awesome team at Simple as Milk

What does this mean for our customers?

This rebrand means that you will soon start to see pieces of our new identity pop up here and there throughout our website, social media and at Photo Booth Expo.

Sneak preview of the new Breeze logo on our Photo Booth Expo backdrop – can’t wait to see it on the booth (923)

It will bring a much needed update to our visual brand, one which better reflects our identity as a company, our products, our technology and our future vision.

We can’t wait to share it with you.

Breeze