All posts by Sue Breeze

Downloader Pro 2.6.1 released

Downloader Pro 2.6.1 adds support for downloading directly from the Canon EOS 90D, Canon EOS M6 Mark II, Canon EOS M200, Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II and Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II. This release improves display of thumbnails from Canon CR3  images when using a card reader, and  allows PTP transfers to be disabled so that raw files can be downloaded from a card reader under Windows 10.

Downloader Pro minimises the time spent downloading and organising images on your PC, and is often partnered with BreezeBrowser Pro.

Downloader Pro runs on PCs running Windows 10 and 8, and will run as a free trial for up to 30 days.

Download, Try, Buy

You can find details, download and purchase links on the Breeze website here

This release is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased a license within the last 18 months. Users with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

Breeze Systems 17th January, 2020

Windows 7 support ends for Breeze software

Many of you will know that Microsoft are ending support for Windows 7 today.

Breeze will also end support for our software running on Windows 7 on January 14th.

Once Microsoft end Windows 7 support, we cannot test or support our products on this operating system safely. We strongly recommend anyone still running Breeze programs on Windows 7 upgrades to Windows 10 as soon as possible.

I’m still running Breeze on Windows 7, will the program stop working on January 14th?

If you are already running a Breeze program on Windows 7, we don’t expect it to stop working. However we recommend you upgrade your operating system to Windows 10 as soon as possible. Take a copy of both registration name and code, and deactivate the license (where needed) before you start in case of problems.

How do I tell whether my license is activated?

If you are not sure, start the program, click on Help then Register. This will display the registration window. If the license is activated there is a Deactivate.. button in the registration window as below:

Breeze licenses which are activated have a Deactivate… button on the registration screen

If your Breeze license is curently activated, you should deactivate it before upgrading Windows. If you need help, email support@breezesys.com .

Can I still upgrade my old Breeze license?

Any customer with a valid license for a current Breeze product can buy an upgrade license. All our Windows products include at least one year of free upgrades from the date the license was issued.

Copyright Breeze Systems January 2020

Tethered Shooting at Santa’s Grotto

Did you know Santa’s elves are enthusiastic users of Breeze Hotfolder? We know  Santa’s especially busy, because they needed several more copies this year.

The latest Breeze tutorial takes you through adding seasonal overlays and backgrounds to your prints when you shoot tethered this holiday season. This tutorial explains how to

  • add overlay and/or background to the photos before printing
  • automatically switch between portrait and landscape print layouts
  • choose from automatic printing or saving print layouts to print later

Fins the tutorial here

Sue

© Breeze Systems December 2019

New in Breeze Booth 1.0.6 & 1.0.5

We have released two upgrades to Breeze Booth, Hub and the Event Editor in the last few weeks. These are free upgrades to anyone using these apps.

Find a quick summary of the changes to Breeze Booth for iPad, Event Editor and Hub here:

New in Breeze Booth

  • Default background image for screens to make it easier to rebrand an event
  • New status screen showing number of sessions and shares, and whether any files are queued for syncing to Hub

Breeze Booth 1.0.6 sharing screen.

  • Support for video animations with alpha channels
  • More fluid screen transitions with optional fading between overlays
  • Ability to dynamically select print and GIF backgrounds and overlays e.g. in response to survey data
  • Improved support for AirPrint
  • Improved handling of SMTP email errors when using a poor quality internet connection

v1.0.6 also fixes an issue selecting manual exposure in the camera settings, and an AirPrint issue where only the first session was printed.

New in Event Editor

  • Easier rebranding of events using a default background image for screens
  • Touchscreen editor can display the JPEG background screen image when an overlay is selected
  • Event creator updated to create screens with default_background.jpg screen and overlays instead of separate backgrounds for each screen

Event Editor 1.3.3 also fixes an issue with the default gif_background.jpg image not being added to animated GIFs

New in Hub

  • New statistics tool
  • New survey tool
  • Hub now auto rotates JPEG images using the EXIF orientation data when sending emails

Hub 1.1.1 also fixes an issue cropping JPEG attachments when emailing photos

Event statistics in Hub

The new Hub statistics tool can display statistics of sessions and shares from your booths. Hub works with both Breeze Booth for iPad and our Windows based photo booth apps.

Breeze Hub event statistics

Link your iPads to Hub to see

  • Total number of sessions
  • Breakdown of sessions by photo and GIF
  • Total shares
  • Shares by  email and text*
  • Busiest device**
  • Busiest hour and day
  • Summary data for last 30 days

*Hub statistics show SMTP emails, and texts shared using Twilio.

** iOS devices only

Rapid  export to Excel and other spreadsheets

Copy and paste data from the Hub statistics page into spreadsheets such as Microsoft Excel to create graphs for corporate clients.

Copy and paste event data from Breeze Hub into your spreadsheet

View survey statistics in Hub

Sample Breeze Booth for iPad survey screen

The survey data tool can create a report showing survey responses from Breeze Booth for iPad and our Windows based photo booth apps.

Rapid  export to Excel and other spreadsheets

You can also copy and paste data from the Hub survey page into spreadsheets to create graphs for corporate clients.

Sync Breeze Booth survey data to Hub, then copy and paste into Excel or other spreadsheets for corporate clients

Download Breeze Booth, Hub & the Event Editor

There’s no charge to upgrade to the latest versions of Breeze Booth for iPad, Hub and the Event Editor. Download all three apps here

  • Breeze Booth for iPad runs on iPads and iPhones running iPadOS, iOS13 and iOS 12
  • Breeze Hub and Event Editor run on Windows 10, 8 and 7
  • Breeze Booth for Windows (DSLR Remote Pro and Webcam Photobooth) users can also use Hub free of charge.

Help getting started

© Breeze Systems December 2019

Hotfolder 1.8.1 & Webcam 2.5.1 released

4 December 2019

Breeze Hotfolder Prints 1.8.1 & Webcam Photobooth 2.5.1 were both released today.

New in Hotfolder 1.8.1

  • New command line options to auto run and to load XML settings from file when running BreezeGallery Uploader
  • New command line options to auto login and to load XML settings from file when running the SmugMug Uploader
  • Breeze Viewer support for displaying adverts in mosaic modes with animated GIFs
  • Improved error reporting if a hashtag is not found when running the Hashtag Monitor
  • Fixes for issues uploading MP4 videos using Breeze Gallery Uploader and printing (when copies set to 0 and output set to print only inHotfolder Prints)

Hotfolder Prints 1.8.1 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased Hotfolder after 4th December 2018. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

Download Hotfolder 1.8.1               Buy Hotfolder

New in Webcam 2.5.1

  • Option to send emails and texts in the background via Breeze Hub
  • Option to see Webcam statistics in Breeze Hub
  • Fix for issue printing logos

Webcam Photobooth 2.5.1 introduces an option to create xml copies of emails and texts so they can be sent in the background using Hub.

Webcam Photobooth 2.5.1 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased Webcam Photobooth after 4th December 2018. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

Download Webcam Photobooth      Buy Webcam Photobooth

What is Breeze Hub?

Hub is a free utility provided by Breeze which can run on the same PC as Webcam Photobooth. You can run Hub with Breeze Booth for iPad and DSLR Remote Pro as well as Webcam Photobooth.

Share images in the background

Hub sends and shares your images in the background of other tasks, via email and SMS. No more waiting for images to upload before the next session starts.

View event statistics

Hub can also display statistics of sessions and shares from your booth.

Breeze Hub statistics

Run Hub with Webcam Photobooth to see

  • Total number of sessions
  • Breakdown of sessions by photo, GIF and video
  • Total shares
  • Shares by email and text
  • Busiest hour and day
  • Summary data for last 30 days

Rapid  export to Excel and other spreadsheets

Copy and paste data from the Hub statistics page into spreadsheets (such as Microsoft Excel) to create graphs for corporate clients.

Copy and paste event data from Breeze Hub into your spreadsheet

Note: Hub is currently downloaded with the Breeze Booth for iPad Event Editor. Ignore or uninstall the Event Editor if you are not a Breeze Booth for iPad user.

Download Hub    Learn more about Hub    Online manual

©  Breeze Systems 2019

Breeze Kiosk 1.6: sign & draw on prints away from the booth

What’s new in Breeze Kiosk 1.6?

  • New signing and drawing screen
  • Guests choose the frame for their own print in the drawing/signing screen
  • Emojis/stickers/virtual props
  • Fix for reliability issue playing videos caused by recent Windows updates.

New signing and drawing screen

Guests love to sign, write messages and decorate their own prints. At a busy event, their enthusiasm for this can lead to long lines waiting to use the booth. Moving this feature to Kiosk has several advantages

  • Keep the line moving and reduce queuing at the booth
  • Guests can make, print and share different versions of each photo/print
  • Original is still available to view, reprint and share

Guests choose their own print frame

Offer your guests a choice of print borders or overlays on the signing/drawing screen.

Choosing a frame with Breeze Kiosk 1.6

Add emojis/stickers/virtual props

We have included these emoji/basic props to start you off:

Icons supplied by EmojiOne

You can also create or source your own custom prop sets. All you need is jpg or png images on a transparent background. Choose whether to display them on a white or gray background.

This custom set of virtual props are png images with  transparent backgrounds.White props show up well against a gray background (Breeze Kiosk 1.6)

Guests can rotate, expand and shrink the props.

Rotating a virtual prop

Kiosk keeps both the original image and decorated versions

Guests can browse, print and share both the original and decorated versions of each image

The original image is still available to view, reprint and share. Guests can make as many decorated versions of it as they wish.

Note: Kiosk lets you limit the number of prints made from each original image as well as the total number of prints at the event. So there’s no need to  worry about guests running off endless prints.

Try Kiosk 1.6 for yourself

Breeze Kiosk 1.6 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased Kiosk after 12th November 2018. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

Download Kiosk      Buy Kiosk

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DSLR Remote Pro 3.14.3 supports new slow motion cameras

DSLR Remote Pro 3.14.3 aka Breeze Booth (DSLR + Windows) was released today, 30 October 2019.

DSLR Remote Pro is a highly configurable, yet simple to use Windows based photo booth and tethered shooting application for Canon cameras.

Learn more about this powerful program here.

What’s new in v3.14.3?

This release adds support for three new Canon cameras; two mirror-less models and the EOS 90D.

  • EOS 90D
  • EOS M6 Mark II
  • EOS M200

This release also fixes an issue with sharing slideshow MP4s which affected v3.14.2.

Support for new cameras

The EOS 90D and M6 Mark II both offer higher resolution slow motion than the M50. The M200 is essentially  a cut down version of the M50. Key features of these cameras for photo booth use include

EOS 90D

  • 120 frames/second slow motion at 1080p
  • Center hotshoe contact allowing external flash to be triggered

EOS M6 Mark II

  • 120 frames/second slow motion at 1080p
  • Center hotshoe contact allowing external flash to be triggered

EOS M200

  • 120 frames/second slow motion at 720p
  • No center hotshoe contact so difficult to trigger external flash
  • No exposure mode dial
  • No viewfinder

Note: DSLR Remote Pro 3.14.2, released earlier this week, added support for two new Canon PowerShot cameras, the G5 X Mark II and G7 X Mark III

Watch out for more details about the pros and cons of  recent camera models for photo booth use soon.

Upgrade to DSLR Remote Pro 3.14.3 today

DSLR Remote Pro 3.14.3 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased DSLR Remote Pro after 30th October 2018. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

Download DSLR Remote Pro    Buy DSLR Remote Pro

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© Breeze Systems 2019

Speedier MP4 creation with Multi-Camera 2.1

Did you know that Breeze Multi-Camera v2.1 introduced an option for the Multi-Camera Animator to use Microsoft MediaWriter instead of ffmpeg to create MP4 videos?

  • Microsoft MediaWriter libraries are much faster
  • ffmpeg libraries are more flexible and still appropriate for some applications

For more information see the online manual

Try for yourself

Multi-Camera 2.1 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased Multi-Camera (previously called DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera) after 28th November 2017. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

New to Multi-Camera? Just download a copy of the program and try it for free. You can run the program with up to 4 cameras for 2 weeks on the fully functional evaluation license.

Download Multi-Camera                Buy Multi-Camera

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© Breeze Systems 2019

Flipbook Photobooth 1.8.2 released

Flipbook Photobooth 1.8.2 was released yesterday, 22nd October.

Breeze Flipbook software allows guests to capture themselves in a short animation, and then print out their photos in the form of a fun, fast to make, flip book.

You can find more details and download a free evaluation copy here.

This release adds support for five new Canon cameras; including new PowerShot and mirror-less models as well as the EOS 90D.

  • EOS 90D
  • EOS M6 Mark II
  • PowerShot SX70 HS
  • PowerShot G5 X Mark II
  • PowerShot G7 X Mark III

Flipbook Photobooth 1.8.2 also fixes a reliability issue playing video screen animations which was caused by recent Windows updates.

Where to find Flipbook Photobooth 1.8.2

Download Flipbook Photobooth and try for yourself for up to 14 days before buying a license.

This release is a free upgrade for anyone with a Flipbook Photobooth license issued after 22nd October, 2018.

How do I buy it?

Each Flipbook Photobooth license costs just US $250 (excluding any tax) and includes one year’s free upgrades. Buy your license online from the Breeze website

Buy full Flipbook Photobooth license     Buy upgrade license

Image courtesy of Giggle & Riot who have kindly allowed us to feature examples of their work in this blog.

© Breeze Systems 2019