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Photo Booth Show 2019

There is just over a week until the third Photo Booth Show starts.

The business expo for the Photo Booth Industry in Europe will be  back in Leicester, England on 14th & 15th October.  This is a great opportunity to see what’s new, learn from the experts and network with other boothers.

Buy tickets for both conference and trade show through the Photo Booth Show website.

Visit the Breeze stand

Come and meet us at the Breeze stand. Discover how well Breeze works with roaming and fixed devices, find out what the latest apps offer your business.

Breeze offers unparalleled creative control and flexibility over what users see and experience when they use your photo booth. From the simple to the extraordinary complex. No other software comes close to matching Breeze’ level of customisation on Windows or iOS devices.

Breeze Booth for iPad

Launched in February, Breeze Booth for iPad is the powerful photo booth app that lets you create GIFs, print digital images and design custom interfaces and experiences across multiple iOS devices. A perfect fit for fixed installations, roaming and stationary devices at events.

Custom interfaces and experiences

Design unique, custom interfaces/user experiences and quickly deploy them to a fleet of iPads using trusted cloud services (Dropbox, iCloud etc) or via your own private and secure web servers.

Set up events

Enjoy centralised set up of events, interfaces and image branding via a handy Windows-based app. Team up with Breeze Event Editor to professionally control and customise each area of your event.

Standalone capability and redundancy

If necessary your events can run offline, using your own private, secure sync and image sharing servers.

Breeeze Booth for Windows (aka DSLR Remote Pro)

Breeze Booth for Windows is a highly configurable, yet simple to use photo booth application. Easy to configure for small operators and scalable for organisations running hundreds of photo booths across multiple cities and countries.

Breeze Booth for Windows offers unparalleled creative control and flexibility over what users see and experience when they use your photo booth. From the simple to the extraordinary complex. No other software comes close to matching Breeze Booth for Windows level of customisation.

Looking forward to catching up with long term friends and making new ones,

Sue & Chris

© Breeze Systems 2019

 

Breeze Booth 1.0.4 is here

Breeze Booth (iPad + iPhone) 1.0.4 and companion app Event Editor 1.3.1 are released today.

What’s new?

  • MP3 soundtracks for MP4 slideshows and boomerangs
  • Support for multiple props in each image
  • Display virtual prop text correctly both in live view and outputs
  • Improved AirPrint support
  • Support for iPadOS and iOS 13

Vary the props in your GIFs and photos

Use several digital props in one photo or GIF

You can find a tutorial outlining how to add virtual props here, and more details in the online manual.

Display virtual text correctly in both live view and outputs

Photo booth live view is usually mirrored so that guests see themselves as they would in a mirror. This causes problems with text in virtual props because the text is also mirrored. Breeze Booth 1.0.4 solves this problem.

Soundtracks for MP4 videos

Add a soundtrack to MP4 copies of both slideshow and burst GIFs. How to add sound tracks.

Sound track for slideshow GIF in Breeze Booth (iPad + iPhone) screens folder

Support for iPadOS and iOS 13

Booth (iPad and iPhones) 1.0.4 supports both Apple’s new iPadOS and iOs13 as well as iOS 12.

How do I upgrade to this release?

Breeze Booth 1.0.4 and Event Editor v1.3.1  were released on 30th September and are free upgrades for all Breeze Booth (iPad + iPhone) subscribers.

Download Breeze Booth from the App Store

Download the Windows based companion apps Event Editor and Hub here

Can I try this for free?

Yes! Download and try Breeze Booth from the App Store, and companion Apps Event Editor and Breeze Hub from our website. There’s no charge for this. You don’t even need to buy a license to create your own events. Just download and install Breeze Booth Event Editor 1.3.1 onto a Windows PC.

* Devices must run iPadOS, iOS 13 or iOS 12.

How to buy a Breeze Booth subscription

Breeze Booth subscriptions cost just US $49 /month or US $440 /per year. Open an account at breezebooth.net before you buy a subscription.

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Webcam Photobooth 2.5 released

New in Webcam Photobooth 2.5

  • Add up to 5 logos to prints (png or jpeg)
  • Guests choose the frame for their own print in the drawing/signing screen
  • New signing and drawing icons
  • Emojis/stickers/virtual props
  • Fix for reliability issue playing videos in photo booth mode caused by recent Windows updates.

Add logos to your prints

Logos provide a quick and easy way to add graphics to prints without using an image editor such as Photoshop.

Caption: Add up to 5 different png or jpg logos to prints with Breeze Webcam Photobooth 2.5

Add up to five different logos to a print layout. Logos can be either png or jpg format.

Find an introduction to the Print Layout Editor here

Guests choose their own print frame

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

Guests choose from a selection of print frames on the signing/drawing screen (Breeze Webcam Photobooth 2.5)

Emojis/stickers/virtual props

You can create your own icon sets, they are simply jpg or png images. We have included these emoji/basic props for starters.

Icons supplied by EmojiOne

Guests can rotate, expand and shrink the icons. You can restrict them to decorating part of the print, and even prevent them from defacing part of it if your clients are sensitive.

Rotating a virtual prop

Create your own folders with custom/branded props, emoji and stickers  Profile users can offer a different set of icons with each profile.

Try Webcam Photobooth 2.5 for yourself

Webcam Photobooth 2.5 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased Webcam Photobooth after 18th September 2018. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

Download Webcam Photobooth      Buy Webcam Photobooth

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Hotfolder 1.8 adds Gallery Uploader

Breeze Hotfolder Prints 1.8 (released on Monday) includes a new Gallery Uploader, and the ability to add logos to prints.

What is Breeze Hotfolder?

Hotfolder is a  suite of invaluable tools for event photographers and photo booth operators. From tools that help format images, to specialist hashtag monitors and image uploaders, each tool is designed to save the user time and stress when it comes to managing a large batch of images.

Hotfolder monitors a folder for incoming images (JPEG and PNG), then automatically formats them for printing, saving and/or emailing. Images can be sourced from a tethered camera, a cloud drive (Dropbox etc), shared network folder or a folder on your PC.

New Gallery Uploader

Icon for Gallery Uploader Breeze Hotfolder 1.4
Icon for the new Gallery Uploader

Realtime uploading of photos, GIFs and videos to online sharing galleries

*Photobooth Online Gallerie’s German site

Add logos to print layouts

Logos provide a quick and easy way to add graphics to prints without using an image editor such as Photoshop. PNG and JPEG logos can be imported,  moved,  resized and rotated just like photos in the print layout.

For a quick video tour of the Print Layout Editor look here.  NB To find Hotfolder’s Print layout editor start the program, go to Preferences, then select Custom Layout Settings.

Shows Preferences screen in Breeze Hotfolder 1.8, with button linking to Print Layout Editor highlighted
Breeze Hotfolder 1.8 Preferences window showing link to Print Layout Editor

New tokens

  • {dateLess8h} prints today’s date less 8 hours
  • {captionNoURL} is used for extracting Twitter captions without the trailing URL

Why ‘date less 8 hours’? Use this token when events run past midnight, but you don’t want the images created after midnight to be stored under a different date. 

SmugMug Uploader improvements

  • Improved handling of login access tokens 
  • New option to save settings to file

Try for yourself

Hotfolder Prints 1.8 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased Hotfolder after 9th September 2018. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

Download Hotfolder 1.8               Buy Hotfolder

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Partner information

The ability to upload to and download from third party applications such as SmugMug, Twitter and Instagram is subject to each third party concerned continuing to allow such interactions.

These features are tested before they are released but may cease to function or be removed without notice if the third party concerned no longer allows such interaction, or changes the method/protocol required.

© Breeze Systems 2019

Adding guest names to prints with DSLR Remote Pro

Several of you want to include guests names on DSLR Remote Pro prints. This post shows you how.

You can either start from an existing design, or run the setup wizard to create something completely new. You then need to

  1. Create a keyboard where guests are prompted to type in their names
  2. Choose whether to enter names before or after taking the photos
  3. Add a caption to your print layout showing the name

Updates 21 August 2019

  • Reprint note: Fast reprint runs off a copy of the original print layout (with the data guests have already entered )
  • Post updated to correct error adding guest details after taking photos.

Create the keyboard where guests enter their names

Go to Advanced Settings and select the Touchscreen Settings screen

On this screen, click the Test Keyboard button, then choose Message keyboard from the dropdown menu

The Touchscreen Settings screen is accessed from Advanced Settings as here (DSLR Remote Pro 3.14.1)

Hold down the Shift and Ctrl keys and left click your mouse.

This will save five files to your photo booth images folder: message_keyboard.xml, message_keyboard_lowercase.tif, message_keyboard_lowercase_pressed.tif, message_keyboard_uppercase.tif, message_keyboard_uppercase_pressed.tif

PhotoboothImages folder highlighting the 4 tif files you need to delete and the xml file you need to rename

Go to your PhotoboothImages folder and

  • delete these 4 tif files
  • rename message_keyboard.xml as keyboard.xml 

My PhotoboothImages folder then looks like this:

PhotoboothImages folder after deleting and renaming files

Now open keyboard.xml in a text editor such as Microsoft Notepad (which comes free with Windows 10) and change the wording of the prompt from Please enter your message to Please enter your name (or whatever text you prefer).

Original keyboard.xml prompt
Original prompt text in keyboard.xml
Revised prompt text in keyboard.xml

Save your changes and close the text editor.

The edited version of keyboard.xml will build a touchscreen keyboard looking like this:

Keyboard screen for guests to type in their name. (The new prompt has been highlighted)

Advanced users: may wish to make other changes to the xml to customize this screen. See Collecting both guest names and a message below for an example.

Choose whether guests enter their names before or after taking the photos

You can control whether guests type in their names before or after taking the photos. Just select Email input at start of sequence  or Email input after taking photos on the Touchscreen settings screen as below

Use the drop down menu to choose whether guests type in their names before or after taking the photos (DSLR Remote Pro 3.14.1 Touchscreen settings screen)

Extra screen when collecting guest data after taking photos

If you choose to collect the information after the photos are taken, you need to add an extra screen to your PhotoboothImages folder called keyboard_input_ok.jpg. This will be displayed for a short time after guests enter their data and hit OK.

You can create this screen by taking a copy of a blank screen such as taking.jpg and renaming the copy.

Showing keyboard_input_ok.jpg screen in PhotoboothImages folder

So far we have created a screen for guests to enter their names. Now we need to adapt your print layout to add these names.

Add a caption to your print layout which displays these names on the print

Open the Print Layout Editor and right click anywhere on the print. Select Add caption

Right click anywhere on the print to add your caption ( DSLR Remote Pro 3.14.1 Print Layout Editor)

To display the guests names, your caption must include the token {user1_data}. Adjust the font, color, position and angle of the caption as usual:

Caption text including the token {user1_data}

When you run the booth the name(s) guests enter will replace {user1_data}

In this example the guests type Josie & Pete

 

… and their names are included in the print

You can combine these dynamic captions with the signing and drawing screen, including the ability for guests to choose the picture frame

Guests can add also stamps, emoji &/or frames, as well as draw or sign on prints (DSLR Remote Pro 3.14.1)

Learn more

I have shown you how to add each guest’s name to prints. Taking this a bit further

Collecting both guest names and a message

Thanks to Caroline & Josh www.giggleandriot.com for allowing us to use these lovely examples

To collect more information such as a message make these changes to keyboard.xml:

  1. Make room to collect a second data item
  2. Add a second prompt and data field, 
  3. Change the background color of the screen.
  4. To display the extra information on the print add a caption including {user2_data} to the print layout
Here I have edited keyboard.xml to (1) Make room to collect a second data item (2) Add a second prompt and data field, and (3) change the background color of the screen. To display the extra data on the print add a caption including {user2_data} to the print layout

Useful links

Try for yourself

Download DSLR Remote Pro       Buy DSLR Remote Pro

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© Breeze Systems 2019

 

New in DSLR Remote Pro 3.14

DSLR Remote Pro 3.14 introduces a choice of frame after photos are taken, support for the latest Canon camera, and sharing counters.

New in this release

  • Guests choose frame for their own print in the drawing/signing screen
  • Counters for the total number of emails, texts and tweets
  • Print logos are now placed on top of overlays
  • Support for new Canon EOS 250D/EOS 200D II/Rebel SL3 camera
  • Fix for reliability issue playing videos in photo booth mode caused by recent Windows updates.

Note: DSLR Remote Pro 3.14.1 (published on 31 July) fixes an issue which could cause logos not to be displayed in the print layout editor.

Guests choose their own print frame

Offer your guests a choice of print frames on the signing/drawing screen*.

Guests choose from a selection of print frames on the signing/drawing screen (DSLR Remote Pro 3.14)

Social sharing totals

Display Sharing totals by selecting Preferences then Photo Booth Event Info ( DSLR Remote Pro 3.14)

DSLR Remote Pro now counts the total number of emails, texts and tweets sent from the booth.

You can reset these counters between events. More details

Print logos placed over the print overlay

You have been able to add logos to your prints without using Photoshop® or other image editors since v3.12. Many of you asked us to place these logos over the print overlay – so we have made this change in v3.14

png and jpg logos added in the Print Layout Editor are now displayed in front of the print overlay (DSLR Remote Pro 3.14)

Support for new camera

DSLR Remote Pro supports almost all Canon DSLR cameras, plus the mirrorless M50 and EOS RP.

DSLR Remote Pro 3.14  adds support for the new EOS 250D/Rebel SL3/EOS 200D II/EOS Kiss X10.

*Enabling guest print frames

Enable signing and drawing on prints in the usual way.  (Select Advanced Settings, then Output Options Settings. Check the box marked Sign or draw on photos before printing, and OK as you leave.)

Enabling the signing/drawing on prints screen. Guests can choose a frame as well as drawing on the print and adding custom stamps/emoji (DSLR Remote Pro 3.14)

More details here

Your frames should be png images the same size in pixels as the print layout. Place them in the PhotoBoothImages folder for the event. The name of each frame must start frame_ as below:

I also customised the icons to the left of this screen by placing my own images in the PhotoBoothImages folder. You can customise all these icons in the same way. Make this screen your own.

Try DSLR Remote Pro 3.14 for yourself

DSLR Remote Pro 3.14 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased DSLR Remote Pro after 24th July 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 Booth 1.0.3 released

Breeze Booth 1.0.3 was released on July 17th. What’s new?

  • Send text messages and emails with multiple attachments directly from the App
  • New camera controls for contrast, vibrance and saturation
  • Simple touch screen controls let guests zoom in/out and make images brighter or darker.
  • Logo overlay for animated GIFs.

Simpler sharing straight from the App

Share photos and GIFs directly from the Breeze Booth App by text (uses Twilio) or email.

Corporate clients will love having total control over email content and appearance. Email addresses and cell phone numbers are also hidden from later guests.

Emails can include multiple attachments – so you can share any combination of animated GIF/MP4, individual images and the print layout.

Breeze Booth 1.0.3 email with both individual images and slideshow GIF  attached (courtesy of Photo Booth Guys)

Selecting email attachments for Breeze Booth ( Event Editor 1.3 screenshot)

(You no longer need to run Hub to send emails with both multiple attachments, or send SMS texts with Twilio.)

FYI Breeze Booth can also text using the standard iOS Message app if your iPad has a SIM card.

Improved camera control

Contrast, vibrance and saturation

We’ve added three new slider controls for contrast, vibrance and saturation.

Breeze Booth 1.0.3 camera controls highlighting sliders for Contrast, Saturation and Vibrance
Breeze Booth 1.0.3 camera controls include Contrast, Saturation and Vibrance

Saturation adjusts the strength of the colors, and vibrance adjusts the saturation while keeping pleasing skin tones. Use contrast to change the difference between light and dark colors.

Guest controlled zoom and brightness

Let your guests adjust zoom and exposure compensation (brightness) while protecting the full range of camera controls. Breeze Booth 1.0.3 adds touch screen actions to the ready and menu screens for both exposure compensation and digital zoom settings .

New branding overlay for GIFs

Quikcly add a branding overlay to burst and slideshow GIFs by simply including the png overlay in the screens folder. Call the overlay gif_logo_overlay.png for burst GIFs and slideshow_gif_logo_overlay.png for slideshow GIFs.

How do I upgrade to this release?

Breeze Booth 1.0.3, Breeze Booth Event Editor v1.3 and Breeze Hub v1.0 were released on 17th July and are free upgrades for all Breeze Booth customers.

Download Breeze Booth from the App Store

Download the Windows based companion apps Event Editor and Hub here

Can I try this for free?

Yes! Download and try Breeze Booth and companion Apps Event Editor and Breeze Hub free of charge. You don’t even need to buy a license to create your own events. Just download and install Breeze Booth Event Editor 1.3 onto a Windows PC. 

* Devices must run iOS 12. At time of writing (July 2019) Breeze Booth supports iPad Pro 11 and iPhone X series and well as iPads with 4:3 screens and iPhones with 16:9 screens

How to buy a Breeze Booth subscription

Breeze Booth subscriptions cost just US $49 /month or US $440 /per year. Open an account at breezebooth.net before you buy a subscription.

 

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© Breeze Systems July 2019

Breeze Kiosk 1.5.2 released

Breeze Kiosk 1.5.2 is a minor update that adds the ability to sort images by timestamp.
This release also

  • Improves the sorting of images by filename when scanning subfolders
  • Adds a new {uid} token to extract a UID in the form ABC12345 or ABCDE123 from filenames
  • Fixes  an issue with the total prints. emails, texts and tweets counters not being updated

This release is a free upgrade for all registered users who bought a Kiosk license on or after 25th June, 2018.

Customers with older Kiosk licenses need to buy an upgrade to use this release.

New to Kiosk – learn more and download a free trial

BreezeBrowser Pro 1.11 released

What’s new in BreezeBrowser Pro 1.11?

This release adds

  • Full size previews from Nikon Z6 and Z7 raw files
  • Higher resolution previews of Canon CR3 raw files
  • Focus point overlay display for Canon EOS R, EOS RP, EOS M50 and Canon EOS 250D/Rebel SL3

BreezeBrowser Pro 1.11 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased a BreezeBrowser Pro license after 4th December 2017

Customers with older BreezeBrowser Pro licenses need to buy an upgrade to use this release.

Learn more and download BreezeBrowser Pro 1.11 to try for yourself

Breeze Systems June 2019

Quick tips : Error copying to C:\Program Files\(x86)\…

Several people have asked why they can’t copy their backgrounds, logos, print layouts etc into their PhotoboothImages folder recently – they see an error similar to this:

Error copying to C:|Program Files (x86)\Breezesys…

This error happens because Windows 10, 8 and 7 all protect the Program Files (x86) folders from accidental or malicious damage to applications.

Please do not try to use C:\Program Files (x86)\Breezesys\DSLR Remote Pro\PhotoboothImages\ or C:\Program Files (x86)\Breezesys\Webcam Photobooth\PhotoboothImages\ or C:\Program Files (x86)\Breezesys\Hotfolder Prints\PhotoboothImages\ for your PhotoBoothImages folder.


Instead place your PhotoboothImages folder in your Documents folder  C:\Users\yourname\Documents\PhotoboothImages

Setting the locations of your PhotoBoothImages folder

DSLR Remote Pro

Location of PhotoBoothImages folder DSLR Remote Pro 3.13

Webcam Photobooth

Location of PhotoBoothImages folder Webcam Photobooth 2.4

Hotfolder Prints

Te equivalent to a PhotoBoothImages folder where you place print layouts and backgrounds etc in Hotfolder Prints is here:

Location of folder containing print layouts etc Hotfolder Prints 1.7

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Breeze Systems 2019