Category Archives: Breeze Hub

Contactless operation & remote login/setup for iPad booths

Breeze are delighted to announce the release of Breeze Booth (iPad + iPhone) 1.1 . This release introduces  touch free operation for iPad booths, plus quick set up.

Contactless booth operation is a game changing innovation introduced in our DSLR based booth software earlier this month.

Breeze Booth 1.1,  Event Editor 1.4.1 and Hub 1.1.3 also add

What is a contactless booth?

Like magic, but more hygienic. The complete photo booth experience without touching the booth. Breeze touch free booth software takes and shares photos, burst and slideshow GIFs without guests or an attendant touching the booth.

Video showing contactless operation Breeze Booth (iPad + iPhone) courtesy of David Dolder, die-fotokabine.ch

Fantastic for festivals, theme parks and other large venues with multiple booths. Great for groups – everyone quickly scans their details into the sharing screen to receive a copy of the image.

Learn more

What does a touch free booth offer now and in the longer term?

  • Better guest experience
  • Less waiting in line
  • Improved hygiene
  • Contactless data collection
  • Pre registration and data collection support

Quick Setup

Show Breeze Booth a single QR code to log into the App and load events. A totally new way to set up unattended booths, virtual and white label events, and other remote devices.

Quick setup offers

  • Improved customer experience for unattended booths
  • Simple secure setup for white label events
  • Virtual events run on guest’s own devices
  • Limit the number of devices used
  • Automatic log out when event expires

How to use quick setup on your own devices

Email and cell phone logging

Log guest  email addresses and cell phone numbers in Breeze Hub 1.1.3.

Originally designed as a companion app to Booth (iPad + iPhone), Hub is free to all Breeze customers and also supports  Booth (DSLR + Windows) aka DSLR Remote Pro and Kiosk.  Hub sends and shares photos, GIFs and video in the background of other tasks. No more waiting for images to upload before the next session starts, and minimal use of Internet bandwidth at events.

Log of SMS/MMS shares from Breeze Booth photo booth and Kiosk software (Breeze Hub 1.1.3)
Log of email shares from Breeze Booth photo booth and Kiosk software (Breeze Hub 1.1.3)

Email and SMS/MMS logs can be copied and pasted into Microsoft Excel and other spreadsheet applications.

AI Background removal

AI based Background removal is a great alternative to green screen. The quality is awesome, there’s no cumbersome backdrop, and lighting is much simpler.

Booth (iPad and iPhone) now  supports third party background removal services from Photobooth Deluxe, as well as Gadbooth and  removebg.

Download Breeze Booth, Hub & the Event Editor

Upgrades to the latest versions of Breeze Booth for iPad, Hub and the Event Editor are all free. Download the current versions here

  • Breeze Booth for iPad runs on iPads and iPhones running iPadOS and iOS13.
  • Breeze Hub and Event Editor run on both Windows 10 and Windows 8
Check which version you are currently running on your iPad/iPhones

Open Breeze Booth and select Settings. The program version is displayed at the very end of this screen.

Check which version of Breeze Booth for iPad you are running on the Settings page

You can also check whether there are updates available by selecting Breeze Booth in the App Store. If you are running an older release you should see a blue UPDATE button.

New to Breeze Booth?

There’s no charge to try Breeze Booth – Get started

© Breeze Systems May 2020

Breeze Booth 1.0.9 Magical Background removal

Breeze Booth for iPad 1.0.9: Green screen … without the screen

AI based Background removal is a great alternative to green screen. The quality is awesome, there’s no cumbersome backdrop, and lighting is much simpler. It doesn’t even matter when your guests wear green.

My clients want green screen… until they see the backdrop. This is what I need (Meir Israel)

You’ve just shifted my entire attitude. This is why I’m here [ Photo Booth Expo 2020]

Background removal for prints and slideshow GIFs

Breeze Booth for iPad 1.0.9 adds support for third party background removal services. At the time of writing, these are available from both Gadbooth and  removebg.

Make the most of free time

There’s no charge to try Breeze Booth. Gadbooth  are offering a 30 day free trial if you sign up by 23 March 2020, and removebg currently offer 50 free previews per month.

What else is new in Breeze Booth 1.0.9?

  • AirDrop sharing
  • Pre-registration for large events
  • New demo event for background removal

AirDrop

Share photos, animated GIFs and MP4 movie files directly to guests’ devices with Apple’s AirDrop.

Add AirDrop sharing to your sharing screens using the touchscreen actions stillsShareAirDrop and gifShareAirDrop

Pre registration

Breeze Booth can be run as a fully functional registration system at trade shows, conferences and large events. Registration iPads capture guest survey data, which can be printed ( with or without a photo) as an ID card .

Pre-registation with background removal on the Breeze stand at Photo Booth Expo 2020 .. ID cards don’t have to be dull.

New demo event for  background removal

Check out background removal with the new demonstration event included with Breeze Booth 1.0.9 and Event Editor 1.4.

Note: Existing Breeze Booth users may need to import the new background removal event into Event Editor 1.4 from from C:\….\Documents\Breeze Booth for iPad\events\AI Background Removal  . Select events_info.xml

Download Breeze Booth, Hub & the Event Editor

Upgrades to the latest versions of Breeze Booth for iPad, Hub and the Event Editor are all free. Download the current versions here

  • Breeze Booth for iPad runs on iPads and iPhones running iPadOS, iOS13 and iOS 12
  • Breeze Hub and Event Editor run on both Windows 10 and Windows 8

There’s no charge to try Breeze Booth – Get started

Check which version you are currently running

On your iPad/iPhone

Open Breeze Booth and select Settings. The program version is displayed at the very end of this screen.

Check which version of Breeze Booth for iPad you are running on the Settings page

You can also check whether there are updates available by selecting Breeze Booth in the App Store. If you are running an older release you should see a blue UPDATE button.

Event Editor and Hub

Start the program, click on Help then About… . The program version is displayed in a small pop up window.

Check you are running the latest vrsions  of Breeze Booth Event Editor & Hub

 

© Breeze Systems March 18 2020

New Tutorial: Printing from Breeze Booth for iPad

Breeze Booth for iPad supports both Windows printing and Apple’s AirPrint.

The new tutorial  explains the advantages of both, and how to set them up in Breeze Booth. Find Printing from Breeze Booth here

You can try Breeze Booth without having or signing in to an account but it will be limited to ten photos or GIFs per day before a watermark is added to the output. Start here.

© Breeze Systems February 2020

Glamazon activation (The Photo booth Guys)

Thanks to Steve Bliesner & Photo Booth Guys Australia  for letting us share this video of their latest activation for Amazon.

Steve writes

Working in harmony to create high end activations that go out for, not $100-200 an hour.. but $1000 – $ 2000 an hour.

I used every trick in the Breeze book to pull this one off.

Breeze for iPad was running a very custom survey to collect data on guests, to determine what Drag Queen they would be and what personalised text they wanted on their GIF and Print. Additionally, guests entered their email address (so they didn’t have to use a sharing station later).

That data was sent via Breeze Hub, to Breeze Kiosk, where a QR code had been generated, and was then scanned in via a barcode reader, by our staff, in to Breeze Webcam.

Webcam had a customised interface that was live streamed to two large screens… (that masked any sensitive information and removed any interface control elements).

With one scan, that QR code kicked off the session, auto chose the chosen Drag Queen, personalised their print and GIF and emailed the image to the guest.

There is only one company that makes software that allows people like you and me to do stuff like this.

Meet Steve at the Breeze stand (#1113) at Photo Booth Expo next week.

Breeze Booth 1.0.8 and 1.0.7 round up

We have released two new Breeze Booth  upgrades in the last few weeks. These upgrades are free to all Breeze Booth for iPad/iPhone users.

  • Breeze Booth 1.0.8 introduces QR codes on prints, and increases the number of menus from 2 to 4.
  • Breeze Booth 1.0.7 improved customization of the Start button.

Why put QR codes on my prints?

QR (Quick Response) codes are a fast and simple way to drive guests to

  • Online gallery/microsites for your event
  • Guests’ own images in your microsite
  • Specific landing page and website
  • Discounts and promotions

QR codes are increasingly popular, as many smart phone cameras include a built in QR code reader. ( There is no need to download a special app, just point the camera at the QR code.)

BTW Our sharing app Breeze Kiosk can also show QR codes on the main display which take guests straight to their images in event microsites.

Menus

Menus are a simple way to offer guests choices  such as virtual props or filter style. Use up to 4 different menus in your ready screens.

Start button customization

Do you want to deploy remote and unattended iPads without fear of clients knowing what software you use?

Breeze Booth features the most powerful and flexible interface designer of any iPad app in the industry. You can already customize  the Breeze Booth start screen and Start button . Breeze Booth 1.0.7 improved customization of the Start button.

The flexibility built in to our interface design is also great for localization and creative interface design.

What else is new?

Breeze Booth v1.0.8, Breeze Booth 1.0.7,  Breeze Booth Event Editor v1.3.4, Breeze Hub v1.1.2 releases also

  • Fix an issue displaying upper case keys in touchscreen keyboards
  • Fix an issue with the survey data tool in Breeze Hub which could cause it to crash
  • Fix issues with the camera orientation and occasional freezing of the live view display

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 both Windows 10 and Windows 8
  • Breeze Booth for Windows (DSLR Remote Pro and Webcam Photobooth) users can also use Hub free of charge.

Help getting started

Checking which versions you are currently running

On your iPad/iPhone

Open Breeze Booth and select Settings. The program version is displayed at the very end of this screen.

You can also check whether there are updates available by selecting Breeze Booth in the App Store. If you are running an older release you should see a blue UPDATE button.

Event Editor and Hub

Start the program, click on Help then About… . The program version is displayed in a small pop up window.

© Breeze Systems January 2020

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

What’s New in Breeze Booth 1.0.2?

There is a whole collection of goodies in the latest update to Breeze Booth & companion apps released today, including a new Event Creator, Bluetooth control of LEDs and other devices from the iPad, and passcode controlled updates to events.

What’s new?

  • Three step Event Creator builds working events from scratch
  • Chameleon theme designed by Wilkes Booth Co.
  • Control LED lighting from Breeze Booth*
  • Link lighting effects to countdown and other screens*
  • Save power : switch off or dim lights during idle time*
  • Control Breeze Booth from other devices including payment systems, remote triggers and proximity sensors*
  • Passcode controlled update of events
  • Add audio to screens
  • Choice of print size and printer from the App

*requires compatible Bluetooth devices

Creating and customizing your own events

You love the Breeze Booth App and the power and flexibility of the Editor, but found it difficult to get started. We have simplified the Editor’s interface, added an easy to use event creator and buttons taking you straight to detailed help.

Easier editing

  • Simple Event Creator helps you build new events from scratch
  • Existing events are loaded automatically when you open the Editor
  • Free professional Chameleon theme as standard (use Chameleon with the Creator)
  • Screens folder is clearly named
  • Buttons link to detailed help for the current screen
  • Advanced options (including profiles) have been moved to a separate screen

 Create working events in three steps

Three step Event creator builds working events for any iPad or iPhone **  using the new Chameleon theme:

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When you have built an event either transfer it straight to your booths, or add extra features such as virtual props, html emails and engaging surveys.

Note: The simplest way to transfer events to your devices uses Dropbox .  Advanced users may prefer to transfer events via your own website

Easier editing

The main screen has been simplifed, and events are loaded as soon as the editor is opened

Click on an event to edit it as soon as the Event Editor (1.2) is opened

Advanced settings have been hidden from view (unless the event uses profiles) when you start editing

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Bluetooth Integration

Integrate Bluetooth devices to

  • Control LED lighting from Breeze Booth*
  • Link lighting effects to countdown and other screens*
  • Save power : switch off or dim lights during idle time*

  • Control Breeze Booth from other devices including payment systems, remote triggers and proximity sensors*

Learn more about using Bluetooth

Passcode controlled updates

Give users a unique 6 digit passcode which will automatically download the latest version of the event to their device, and run it. More details …

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Where to find the latest releases

  • Breeze Booth 1.0.2 is a free upgrade which you can download from the App Store
  • Download Breeze Booth Event Editor 1.2 and Breeze Hub here

Can I try this for free?

You don’t need to buy a license to create events for Breeze Booth . Just download and install Breeze Booth Event Editor 1.2 onto a Windows PC. You can try out Breeze Booth and companion Apps Event Editor and Breeze Hub free of charge.

* Devices must run iOS 12. At time of writing (May 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

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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 here

There is detailed help here.  Do also 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.