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Kiosk 2.0: Contactless sharing and clipboard

What’s new in Kiosk 2.0?

We have added a bunch of great new features in the latest release of Kiosk. Guests can collect and share several images using the new clipboard. You are loving Touch free operation in DSLR Remote Pro and Booth (iPad + iPhone), so we have added touch free sharing to Kiosk.

There’s more –  Kiosk 2.0 introduces a QR code based filter you can use so guests see only their own images.

Kiosk 2.0 also adds a new startup screen displayed while Kiosk loads the first images, an improved algorithm for caching thumbnails, support for Gmail’s new authentication requirements, and a few fixes.

Select and share several images

Guests can select several photos, GIFs or videos and share them in a single email with the new Kiosk clipboard

You can choose the look and position of the clipboard, and set a limit to the number of images guests can share.

Kiosk display with clipboard below main image (Breeze Kiosk 2.0)

Scan to share

When you run a contactless booth with Breeze DSLR Remote Pro or Breeze Booth (iPad + iPhone), guests can use Kiosk to share photos, GIFs and videos  by scanning  the QR code used to control the photo booth.

Emailing photo by scanning the QR code used to power a contactless booth (Breeze Kiosk 2.0)

Guests can also scan to share  all the clipboard images in a single email:

Scanning a QR code to share the clipboard images in a single email (Breeze Kiosk 2.0)

Guests see just their own images

At large events and those where GDPR or privacy is a concern, guests scan their unique QR code and display just their own images at the kiosk. Learn more about automatic image filtering.

Image filtering using  a unique identifier ssuch as email address (Breeze Kiosk 2.0)

Note:  When filtering images include email address* or another unique identifer in both QR code and DSLR Remote Pro or Booth (iPad + iPhone) image filenames.

New startup screen

startup.jpg is a new screen displayed while images are being loaded into Kiosk each time it starts.

Usually only the operator sees this screen. To replace it with your own version  add  a jpg called startup.jpg to the Kiosk screen images folder. Like other screens startup.jpg should be the same size  in pixels as the screen on the device.

Gmail authentication

Google changed the requirements for authenticating Gmail emails this year.

To send Gmail emails from a PC running Kiosk you will need to ‘authenticate’ ie approve third party applications which send emails from their gmail accounts. Go to the Kiosk 2.0 Email Server Settings screen and enter gmail in the Host field. You can find step by step instructions for DSLR Remote Pro here. Authentication for Kiosk works in the same way.

Try Kiosk 2.0 for yourself

Breeze Kiosk 2.0 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased Kiosk after 5th June 2019. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

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* Filtering by email address may fail if the address contains unusual characters such as /\ : * ? ” <  or >

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New tutorial – How to run a contactless booth

Many of you want to run a touch free booth as business restarts in your area. This new tutorial will help you get started.

How to run DSLR Remote Pro as a contactless booth

NB We are also releasing a maintenance upgrade (DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.1) today. This release fixes a an issue sharing GIFs in contact free mode.

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Gmail Authentication – sending gmail emails from Breeze

Google changed the requirements for authenticating Gmail emails this year. As a result many Gmail users found they could no longer send emails from third party apps.

How does this affect emails from Breeze?

Gmail users now need to  ‘authenticate’ ie approve third party applications which send emails from their gmail accounts.

If you do not use gmail to send emails from Breeze, this post does not affect you.

The latest release of DSLR Remote Pro (v3.15) adds support for Gmail’s new authentication requirements.  Similar support will be rolled out to Breeze Kiosk *, Hub and Booth (Windows + Webcam) aka Webcam Photobooth  in the next release of each product.

You will need to authenticate Gmail emails for Breeze on every PC sending gmail emails from DSLR Remote Pro. The remainder of this post explains how to do this.

*Update 8 June 2020: Kiosk 2.0 supports Gmail’s new authentication requirements

How to get your Gmail emails working again:

DSLR Remote Pro 3.15  users should go to the Email Server Settings screen, and

(1) Set Host to gmail.

Accessing the Email Server settings screen to authenticate Gmail (Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.15)

You may need to select OK, then return to Email Server Settings window before you see the  Gmail authenticate… button.

Select Gmail authenticate… to go through Google’s online authentication process.

When you press Gmail authenticate..  for the first time, a web page is displayed where you complete the authentication process. When you finish, Google sends you an email confirming what you have done :

If you have more than one gmail account, you may be asked to select the one you use to send emails from Breeze.

Google authentication process 1 of 5

Give the program permission to send emails on your behalf:

Google authentication process 2 of 5

Confirm the level of access you are giving to the program. Breeze apps just need consent to send emails.

Google authentication process 3 of 5

Google will confirm that the app can send emails, and you can close the browser window.

Google authentication process 4 of 5

Google also send an email confirming that you have allowed Breeze Booth to send emails:

Content of email confirming successful authentication Google authentication process 5 of 5

Before you leave the DSLR Remote Pro Email Server Settings screen, send yourself a test email (2):

(2) Sending a test email from DSLR Remote Pro 3.15. (3) , and (3) confirmation that the email has been sent

(3) DSLR Remote Pro displays a message confirming that you have been sent a test email

Please Note: if you are using a free Gmail account, the Email address used at (4) will be ignored by Google and the email will be sent using your ***@gmail.com email address:

Test email sent by DSLR Remote Pro 3.15

What about other Breeze programs?

We will be adding Gmail authentication support to our other Windows apps in the next release of each program.

For the time being we suggest using an alternative email service to send emails from Breeze

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How to email photos, animated GIFs and videos from DSLR Remote Pro

Guests can email photos, animated GIFs and Canon M50 slowmo videos and other videos* they create in  DSLR Remote Pro 3.11.3. If Internet access during the event is poor, you can send the emails later.

This post explains  how to email images from a touchscreen photo booth running DSLR Remote Pro. You will also learn how to tell the program about your email server settings, brand and customize the emails you send.

Let’s run through this in more detail, starting with the setup wizard:

Run the Photobooth Setup Wizard

Start DSLR Remote Pro and run the Photobooth Setup Wizard (1). Choose which options to offer guests at Step 2 (2). In this example guests can choose between still photos and boomerang (aka burst) GIFs (3). You can offer video  (or photos and video) instead at this point.

Check the option Email photos (4) .

DSLR Remote Pro setup wizard step 2 screen
Checking the box Email photos at Step 2 of the setup wizard ( DSLR Remote Pro 3.11.3)

Select any other options you need before clicking on <Next> and completing Step 3 of the wizard.

You can set up your own booth with this sharing screen using just the 3 step wizard:

Showing email sharing screen created by the d Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.11.2 Photobooth Setup Wizard Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.11.2
Email sharing screen created by the Photobooth Setup Wizard (DSLR Remote Pro 3.11.3)

Setup the email server settings

The first time you email from DSLR Remote Pro you need to set up the  email server settings:

Select File (5) then Photobooth Settings (6) to access these settings

This will display the Photobooth Settings screen.

Go to the Output Settings (8) and check Email (9). You can then select Email Server Settings screen at (10)

To send an email you need to specify the host name and port number of your email server. Most email servers also require a username and a password. For additional security check Use SSL for secure email.

The values of Host, Username, Password, Email and Port (11) you enter on the Email Server Settings screen are specific to the email provider you are using.

Before you move on, check everything works by sending a test email to your own email address (12). DSLR Remote Pro displays Email sent successfully (13) when this message has been sent. Check that you receive the test email.

Remember to click OK (14) to save your settings as you leave this screen.

Including your name with the email address

To include the name of the sender with the email address enter the name followed by the email address enclosed in angle brackets e.g. Sue’s Blog <demo@breezesys.com>.

Here the sender name is ‘Sue’s Blog’ and the email address demo@breezesys.com (DSLR Remote Pro 3.11.3)

Logging guest email addresses & sending them after the event

You can keep a log of email addresses used by guests, providing valuable data for your own or corporate client’s use.

If an event Internet connection is flaky or non-existent you can save the email details and send them later.

See the program help files for more details

Be aware that

  • The port number is usually 587 when using SSL secure email or 25 otherwise (but check the port numbers used by your ISP).
  • Emails look more professional when sent from your own  domain.
  • Most free email services require the sender’s email address to the be the same as the email account specified by the username and password.
  • Gmail users should set access for less secure apps to Turn on in your Google account settings otherwise GMail will refuse to send the email.

Customize and brand your email messages

Use the standard email message

You do not have to customize the message sent with your photos and animated GIFS. If you use the standard settings in DSLR Remote Pro all emails will include the image(s) captured in the booth and the text Your photo booth photos taken on 14 August 2018 (or whatever date the images were taken).

Customizing the email subject and message

The emails guests send can be a powerful marketing tool for your business. Make them work for you by customizing the message sent with your image(s). Use Breeze tokens, your own text, images and html in the Email Settings screen.

Select File, then Output Settings, then Email settings to reach this screen:

Select File, then Output Settings, then Email settings to customize emails sent from DSLR Remote Pro

The first time you see the email settings screen it contains the default message DSLR Remote Pro sends with your emails. Edit this to meet your needs.

DSLR Remote Pro Email Settings screen showing default settings
Default Email Settings screen in Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.11.3

You can change the both the subject and content of the emails sent with guest images.

Reduce the time and bandwidth taken to send and receive emails by choosing a suitable maximum image size.

Breeze tokens can be used to generate the date, event name and much more. See the full list of tokens.

Creating a standard email template using the {eventName} token

{eventName} is a special Breeze token which can be shared between Breeze programs. You can use {eventName} in your emails and print layouts to save time customizing your booth for each event.

Here I have both changed the text and used {eventName} to customize the email subject (17), plain text (18) and html (19) versions of the content. I also changed the message seen by guests if they type an invalid email address (20).

When the email is sent Images from {eventName}  will be replaced by Images from Sue & Chris’s Big Party. The text sent with the email will also say Having a great time at Sue & Chris’s Big Party. These are my images from the Breeze Booth on 14 August 2018.

{eventName} can also be used in print captions, and as part of folder and file names. For my next event I just need to change {eventName}  to John & Jane’s Wedding ….

Note: %L is another Breeze token, which will be replaced by the date the images were taken.

How do I enter and change {eventName}  for each event?

Start DSLR Remote Pro, click on File then Photobooth event info… to reach the Photo Booth Event Info screen
Photo Booth Event Info screen in DSLR Remote Pro 3.11.2
Photo Booth Event Info screen with {eventname} set to Sue & Chris’s big Party (DSLR Remote Pro 3.11.3)

You may have spotted Event Strings on this screen. You can  use  {eventString1} to {eventString5} in the same way as {eventName} .

Why do I need to send both plain text and html?

The emails  DSLR Remote Pro sends from your booth may be viewed on lots of different devices including Apple and Android smart phones, tablets and PCs. Most modern devices can read html emails; we also send a plain text version in case the html version cannot be read.

Thank you for reading this post. I have covered how to send emails from DSLR Remote Pro, outlined how to brand and customize the emails, create your own standard template which is automatically updated for different events, and tell the program about your email service provider.

If you are ready for more, Steve’s video is a great introduction to using tokens. You can also learn more about customizing emails in the program help files.

If this post is helpful to you, please share it with others in our industry.

* DSLR Remote Pro 3.11.3 was released today 15 August 2018, and is a free upgrade for anyone whose license was issued in the last year. This release introduces the ability to share videos captured in video booth mode, including Canon M50 slow mo videos.  Please note that emailing large attachments during events will slow the booth down.

Update 16 August: You can run this new script alongside DSLR Remote Pro 3.11.3  to rotate and resize videos and add an optional overlay and soundtrack before videos are shared. We expect to include these features into DSLR Remote Pro in a future release.

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