BreezeBrowser Pro 1.12.3 supports OM1 raw files

BreezeBrowser Pro 1.12.3 was released yesterday 27 June 2022.

This release

  • adds support for viewing OM Systems OM1 raw files using the embedded JPEG preview image
  • fixes an issue reading color temperature of kelvin white balance for the Canon EOS 5D MARK IV

Try for yourself

BreezeBrowser Pro 1.12.3 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased a BreezeBrowser Pro license after 27 December 2020.

Customers with older BreezeBrowser Pro licenses need to buy an upgrade to the latest release.

Learn more and download BreezeBrowser Pro 1.12.3.

Free trial. Download and run BreezeBrowser Pro for up to 14 days free of charge.

© Breeze Systems June 2022

Choosing a computer for your Windows photo booth

My all time favorite comment in the Breeze Facebook group began

Anything with more processing power than a potato can generally run Breeze.

It’s absolutely true that you can run a stills Breeze photo booth on a low powered computer, although we don’t support the King Edward or Yukon Gold.

The same poster added

 …I’m not doing gifs or videos, just photo layouts and prints.

Which was a sensible caveat. Before choosing your computer, think how it will be used.

Videos, burst GIFs, photos with filters, background removal and other effects run much better on a more powerful machine.

Probably not the best power source for a video booth

We have added a new page to the website Choosing a computer for your photo booth.

This page replaces one of our most popular blog posts and includes advice about hardware requirements for processing videos quickly. This is  probably the most demanding task for a photo booth computer.

Have a great weekend,

Sue

© Breeze Systems 2022

 

BreezeBrowser Pro 1.12.2 released

BreezeBrowser Pro 1.12.2 was released today, 1 March 2022.

BreezeBrowser Pro 1.12.2

This release

  • Introduces  support for displaying thumbnail images from Nikon Z9 raw files
  • Adds support for displaying Canon EOS-1D X Mark III focus points
  • Fixes an issue displaying images with filenames containing % characters in slideshows

Try for yourself

BreezeBrowser Pro 1.12.2 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased a BreezeBrowser Pro license after 1 September 2020

Customers with older BreezeBrowser Pro licenses need to buy an upgrade to the latest release.

Learn more and download BreezeBrowser Pro 1.12.2.

Free trial. Download and run BreezeBrowser Pro for up to 14 days free of charge.

© Breeze Systems March 2022

New tutorial – Using Touch Screen Actions to customize Breeze screens

Breeze apps offer unparalled creative control over what guests see and experience at your booth. The power and flexibility of touch screen actions are key to this experience.

When Breeze Booth apps are powered by touch screens, touch screen actions control what happens when a guest touches the screen.

I have added a new tutorial to the website to help DSLR Remote Pro, Multi-Camera, Webcam Photobooth & Flipbook Photobooth users use these actions to take control of the guest interface. Find Customizing Breeze Screens here

 

Using Hub to copy Breeze Booth for iPad images to a PC

Breeze Hub automatically copies images from the iPad to a Windows PC during events.

The latest  website tutorial explains how to set this up, as well as how to automate uploading images to Dropbox while the event is running.

Find Automatic upload of Breeze Booth images to the cloud or a Windows device during events here

© Breeze Systems 2022

DSLR Remote Pro 3.16.1 & Hub 1.2.6.1

12 January 2022

Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.16.1 & Hub 1.2.6.1 were released today, fixing an issue adding attachments to emails as file attachments.

DSLR Remote Pro 3.16.1 also fixes an issue with UIDs not being updated in stills photo booth mode when the keyboard shortcut F5 is used to start the shooting sequence.

We recommend everyone using Hub 1.2.6 and DSLR Remote Pro 3.16 upgrades to these releases.

DSLR Remote Pro is also known as Breeze Booth (DSLR+ Windows)

Do I need to pay to upgrade to DSLR Remote Pro 3.16.1?

Upgrade to DSLR Remote Pro 3.16.1

Download DSLR Remote Pro    Buy DSLR Remote Pro

Is there a charge for upgrading to Hub 1.2.6.1?

Hub is free to all Breeze customers. There is no charge to upgrade to Hub 1.2.6.1

Download Hub 1.2.6.1 with Breeze Booth companion Apps here

© Breeze Systems 2022

Breeze XML files – Gobbledegook or Important?

A quick note about XML files stored with your photos. Several of you asked recently what they are for and how to get rid of them. These files are not just gobbledegook – they contain useful and sometimes essential information.

Email and text XML

DSLR Remote Pro 3.16 onwards shares emails and texts in the background. To make this work the app stores email addresses, cell phone numbers and other essential information in small XML files.

email_……….xml contains sharing information for emails.

text_….xml holds similar information about texts.

When sharing MP4s these files are stored in the MP4 folder. If you share prints they are stored in the prints folder.

Icon for email xml file Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.16

You need email and text xmls to

  • Send all emails and texts
  • Send emails and texts after the event if processing was interrupted for any reason
  • Create reports of sharing data

Do not delete these files until you are confident they are no longer needed. They use very little space on your computer.

Photobooth Summary XML

Breeze apps create a small file containing information about each photo booth session which is stored alongside the photos. Typically they are called IMG_nnnn.XML

Breeze DSLR Remote Pro PhotoBoothImages folder showing Photobooth summary files for each session

They are not essential for most users, but they take up very little space and we suggest almost all of you keep them.

Who needs the photobooth summary XML files?

We recommend

  • Everyone creates photobooth summary XML unless they cause a specific problem.
  • Retain the XML with your images until you are ready to delete the images, or need to remove personal data.
  • Do not delete these files until you are confident they are no longer needed. They use very little space on your computer.

Photobooth summary data can be suppressed if required. More

Thanks for taking the time to read this post.

Sue

© Breeze Systems 2021

 

Breeze (iPad+iPhone) 2.2 adds Blend Modes for Prints

Booth (iPad+iPhone) v2.2 introduces overlay blend modes for prints, and adds twelve new blend modes you can apply to your prints and GIFs.

This release also fixes issues in the App gallery and Hub.

What’s new?

  • 16 blend modes for print overlays
  • 12 more blend modes for GIF overlays
  • Fix for an issue which could cause the app to crash when displaying a gallery
  • Fix for an issue cropping photos when sending emails through Hub

Overlay blend modes

Blend modes can be used creatively to achieve many different effects. Booth (iPad+iPhone) now includes normal, lighten, darken, overlay, screen, hard light, soft light, multiply, difference, exclusion, color dodge, color burn, hue, saturation, color and luminosity blend modes.

User notes

To use blend modes  with Breeze for iPad

  1. Add your  overlay(s) to the screens folder
  2. Choose your blend mode from the drop down list
  3. Save your changes in the Event Editor
  4. Update the event in the App

Applying blend modes to Prints

Overlay blend modes are applied to print overlays using the Photos tab in the Event Editor. (Image shows applying a multiply blend  to the print overlay overlay.png)

Applying blend modes to GIF Overlays

Overlay blend modes are applied to GIF overlays using the Slideshow and Burst GIF tabs in the Event Editor. (Image shows applying a saturation blend to the sllideshow GIF overlay)

Download Breeze Booth for iPad 2.2 from the App Store, log in and run your first event.

For help getting started see the  online tutorials

Technical Stuff

Platforms Supported (updated October 2021): All iPads and iPhones running iPadOS 15, iPadOS 14, iPadOS 13, iOS14, iOS 13. Versions 15 and 14 are recommended.

Cameras Supported: iPad and iPhone front and rear facing integral cameras. Most Canon EOS DSLR and R series cameras, Canon’s mirrorless M50 Mk II, M50, M200, M6 Mark II PowerShot SX70 HS, G5 X Mark II & G7 X Mark III.

Trial version/While logged out: There’s no need to use a subscription while you test Breeze for iPad or work on new events. Watermarks are added after the first 10 images each day.

Free upgrades: included with all subscriptions.

Download Breeze Booth for iPad 2.2 and try for yourself

Download the latest versions of the Windows companion app Event Editor 2.2 and Hub 1.2.5 with Camera Controller 1.0

© Breeze Systems October 2021

Breeze (iPad+iPhone) 2.1 adds Skin Softening & Blend Modes

We are really excited to release Breeze Booth (iPad+iPhone) 2.1 just as many of you are dusting down your booths and running events again. This release adds a fantastic skin softening filter and overlay blend modes for GIF overlays.

Skin softening filter

What party guest doesn’t want to see themself with smooth, flawless skin? Add a touch of glamour  to your photos and GIFs with the new skin softening filter.

Breeze Booth’s new softening filter includes 10 levels of softening.

Original image [left] and with 0.4 strength smoothing filter applied [right]

Same original image [left] and with stronger 0.7 strength smoothing filter applied [right]

Original image courtesy of The Photo Booth Guys

Skin softening is now included in the Props and Filters demo app.

Overlay blend modes

Breeze Booth  2.1 also introduces overlay blend modes for both slideshow and burst GIF overlays.

Blend modes can be used creatively to achieve many different effects.  These examples are kindly provided by The Photo Booth Guys

Breeze Booth Overaly Bend example

Original [left] and Caption blend overlay applied [right]

Breeze Booth blend example Lighten blend

Original [left] and Lighten blend overlay applied [right]

Original [left] and Darken blend overlay applied [right]

More

Breeze Booth for iPad 2.1 also adds

  • alignment options for print captions
  • printing from the gallery sharing screen
  • fixes for issues  sharing images through Hub and from the gallery

Enhancement to QR code based touch free operation

Several users asked for the ability to touch the screen to run a new  session with the previous QR code details, so guests don’t have to scan the same  QR code repeatedly.

This has been included with Breeze (iPad+iPhone) 2.1

Ready to run

Download Breeze Booth for iPad 2.1 from the App Store, log in and run your first event.

For help getting started see the tutorial page

User notes

Applying Skin Softening

Add or remove skin softening in the Event Editor. You can vary the stength of this filter betweem 0 and 1.0. We suggest using the default value (0.4) for most events.

To apply skin softening in a new event, check Apply skin smoothing filter at Step 2 of the Event Creator (Breeze Booth Event Editor)

 

For existing events switch skin softening on or off, and adjust the strength by checking Apply skin smoothing filter in  the Event Editor General screen (Breeze Booth Event Editor)

Applying blend modes to GIF Overlays

Overlay blend modes are applied to overlays using the Slideshow and Burst GIF tab in the Event Editor. (Image shows applying a lighten blend mode to the sllideshow GIF overlay)

Technical Stuff

Platforms Supported (updated October 2021): All iPads and iPhones running iPadOS 15, iPadOS 15, iOS14, iPadOS 14, iPadOS 13, iOS14, iOS 13. Versions 15 and 14 are recommended.

Cameras Supported: iPad and iPhone front and rear facing integral cameras. Most Canon EOS DSLR and R series cameras, Canon’s mirrorless M50 Mk II, M50, M200, M6 Mark II PowerShot SX70 HS, G5 X Mark II & G7 X Mark III.

Trial version/While logged out: There’s no need to use a subscription while you test Breeze for iPad or work on new events. Watermarks are added after the first 10 images each day.

Free upgrades: included with all subscriptions.

Download Breeze Booth for iPad 2.1 and try for yourself

© Breeze Systems October 2021

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