Breeze Hub Part 1

What is Breeze Hub?

Breeze Hub is a simple (but powerful) utility, that can manage the process of printing, emailing and the SMS* of images from other Breeze software products such as: Breeze Booth for iPad, Breeze Booth for Windows (DSLR Remote Pro) and Breeze Kiosk.

*SMS is designed for sending images via a microsite and does not currently send the actual image.

Breeze Hub, showing 2 iPads connected over a local network, and several emails that have been sent.

Where it started

Hub was initially developed as a print server app, to enable the printing of images from Breeze iPad based photo booths to professional dye sub printers. Additionally, it was designed as a way to easily sync images back to a Windows PC across a local network from your iPad.

Since then, the capabilities of Hub have expanded, and it can now also be used to email and SMS* images from Breeze Booth for Windows (DSLR Remote Pro), Breeze Kiosk and of course, Breeze Booth for iPad.

Breeze Booth for iPad

Breeze Booth for iPad + Breeze Hub

If you are using Breeze Booth for iPad and you want to print at your event, Hub is the fastest and best way to do so. Hub can run on a small, low powered Windows PC, that connects to your printer via USB. The iPad then connects to Hub over WIFI, and quickly sends the images to be printed.  At the same time, Hub can also share your images via email and SMS.

Breeze Booth for Windows (Aka DSLR Remote Pro)

Breeze Booth for Windows running Breeze Hub

If you send emails from Breeze Booth for Windows (DSLR Remote Pro), Hub can run on the same PC, which then allows you to send emails in the background (no waiting for images to upload before next session starts) AND it allows you to attach all images, layouts and GIFs from each session as well as designing more attractive email templates, that can include the thumbnail images.

To get started, configure your emails in Breeze Booth as normal, ensuring that you have enabled XML logging. You can then configure your attachment settings to suit your needs (see GIF below).

Configure the email settings in Breeze Booth for Windows, ensuring that XML logging is enabled. Keep in mind, Breeze Booth requires SMTP settings to be entered, but these will be ignored, as the email will be sent from Breeze Hub instead.
Configure Breeze Hub to enable emails, ensuring you have entered your SMTP details.

When designing your email template, if you are using thumbnails in the body of the email, you need to ensure that you are using the relevant tags to display the images:

  • {image1} – the thumbnail of the print layout or GIF/mp4
  • {image2} {image4} {image6} etc – the thumbnail of the first, second and third photos in the session
  • {image3}{image5}{image7} – the high-resolution image of the first, second and third  photos in the session (though typically, you would not embed the high resolution images in the email body)
Send emails from Breeze Booth for Windows that attach all images and GIFs/mp4’s from the photo booth session

Where do you install it?

Breeze Hub can be run locally on a PC at your event (for example, on your photo booth/kiosk PC, or on the PC acting as your print server); OR it can be run on a PC in your office, where images from multiple Windows/iPad based Breeze photo booths and Kiosks, can be emailed or sent via SMS* from one central location – essentially creating your own mini cloud solution.

Where can I download Breeze Hub?

You can download Breeze Hub from: BreezeHub_v1_20190102.zip

Please note, Hub is in Beta. Documentation is not yet complete, but please feel free to post in the user group with any questions.

In Part 2, we’ll post some examples and more detailed instructions on how to use Breeze Hub.