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Breeze for iPad 1.1.2 – Techie heaven

Do you dream of taking a booking in your CRM and automatically creating an event on your iPad? Have you ever needed to log your devices in remotely? Breeze Booth (iPad+iPhone) 1.1.2  includes a basketful of goodies for more technical users. Read on …

Automation enhancements

When you run a large operation with booths spread over several locations, efficient workflow is essential. Breeze Booth for iPad  is designed for centralized event setup and fast cloud based deployment to devices worldwide.

1.Generate event setup codes in CRMs or your own website

Quick Setup is a fast and simple way to log in and set up Breeze Booth on your own and your customers devices.  A single QR code scan signs into the booth, downloads the event and runs it.

Booth (iPad+iPhone) 1.1.2 makes it possible to generate event setup QR codes in CRMs or your own website.

2.New status URL webhook

Control your devices remotely with the new web hook. Includes

  • Remote log in
  • Remote device status monitoring
  • Sending commands to individual devices

3.New {to} token

Use the {to} token to add email address or cell phone number to the text of email and text messages.

Survey data improvements

  1. Survey data collected in touch free operation is now included in image XML files
  2. Checkboxes and radio buttons can be initialised from survey data
  3. Checkboxes and radio buttons can be initialized from  QR code data
  4. Radio buttons can be displayed without an initial value

New payment option

Secure single use QR codes offer an attractive alternative to conventional payment booths.  Take payments online and provide secure single use QR codes to operate the booth touch free. More details

Choosing the number of prints touch free

Gursts can now select the number of prints without touching the booth using Breeze contactless operation.

Full feature list

  • Quick setup QR codes can be generated  from a CRM or your own website.
  • Select the number of prints during touchfree operation
  • QR code strings {qr1} to {qr10} are saved in the XML summary files for images
  • Intitialize checkboxes and radio buttons using tokens e.g. from information read from the QR code strings or from survey questions
  • New {to} token allows the ‘to’ email address to be included in email messages or the user’s telephone number to be included in text messages
  • Secure single use QR codes
  • Status URL webhook for monitoring the app’s status remotely and for receiving commands

 

© Breeze Systems 2020

 

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.

Download Kiosk      Buy Kiosk

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

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Do share the post with others who may find it useful.

© Breeze Systems 2020

 

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

Canon Rebel T7/2000D update – now a great budget camera for photo booths

Tuesday 26th February. Canon announced at Photo Booth Expo that the EOS Rebel T7/2000D camera has been  updated to add a center contact (X sync) on the hotshoe.

Why does this matter?

The updated T7/2000D B2B version camera will trigger most external flashes or studio strobes, making it a great budget choice DSLR camera for photo booths.

Older versions of the T7 did not have this center contact, meaning that this camera model was not suitable photo booths which use flash.

Spot the difference

Can I use the new EOS T7 B2B with Breeze?

Yes, all versions of Breeze which supported the original T7 will support the new version of the camera. That’s

How do I tell which camera I am buying?

Canon call this a running change, and have not changed the model name. Initially the camera will only be available to B2B customers. US buyers will need to place their order through Canon Inc.

There may be a mixture of new and old versions on the market. Do take care  that you are sourcing the new version with X Sync when you order this camera.

We will have the updated EOS T7 on the Breeze stand (1113) when the Photo Booth Expo tradeshow opens this afternoon.

© Breeze Systems 26 February 2020

 

Photo Booth Expo: Sunday

Southpoint Casino is buzzing as boothers arrive in Vegas for Photo Booth Expo. The main expo starts tomorrow and the tradeshow on Tuesday evening.

Steve and Chris are putting the finishing touches to a fabulous set of demos based on big brand activations. Come to stand 1113 and be inspired.

We’re delighted that Jürgen Mayr (Photobooth Deluxe) will be joining us on Wednesday afternoon. Jürgen is an expert Breeze user who offers a number of Breeze Addons including background removal.

Background removal

Background removal is a great alternative to green screen. The quality is awesome, there’s no cumbersome backdrop, and lighting is much simpler. Photobooth Deluxe and Gadbooth  already offer add-ons supporting background removal for DSLR Remote Pro. You’ll be able to try background removal with both Breeze Booth for iPad and Breeze Booth (DSLR + Windows) on the stand.

Before I head off a couple of reminders..

  • There are still tickets available for Steve’s Breeze classes on Wednesday. Book your place here. (You will need to select buy tickets in the top right corner of the page.)
  • Ladies the Strong Women’s Conference have a great schedule of speakers and classes starting tomorrow morning. See you there & at the Happy Hour this evening!

© Breeze Systems February 2020

Using Snap Chat lenses with Breeze

Snap Chat has an awesome library of virtual props or  ‘lenses’. Did you know that you can use these lenses to add an incredible variety of  virtual props to   Breeze Booth (Webcam +Windows) aka Webcam Photobooth?

Check out our new Snap Camera tutorial to learn more.

This tutorial walks you through integrating Snap Camera with Webcam Photobooth to add amazing 3D ‘lenses’ (virtual props) to your photos, GIFs and videos.

Chris has also updated the Webcam_Snap_Camera.ahk script to add a shortcut showing the toolbar position, and improved the  sending of shortcut keys.

What is Booth (Webcam + Windows)?

Previously known as Webcam Photobooth, this Windows app turns a webcam into an event photo booth, creating fun GIFs, prints and videos. Webcam Photobooth is a one-off purchase costing just US $175*, and includes one year’s free upgrades.

Download Webcam Photobooth      Buy Webcam Photobooth

*Price valid at time of writing, and excludes any tax due.

Breeze Systems February 2020

 

 

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