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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

 

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Contactless Data Capture

Soon after we released support for contactless booths, Breeze user  Ewan Sou shared a video explaining how to capture guest data and generate  QR codes for contactless operation on your own WordPress website. You can use this approach with both iPad and DSLR/Windows based booths.

Ewan has kindly agreed we can share his very helpful guide with a wider audience through the blog.

Ewan’s work flow creates a QR code containing both email address and guest data. Data is automatically transferred to Breeze photo booth programs Booth (Pad and iPhone), and DSLR Remote Pro when the QR code is scanned. You will also receive an email copy of data guests enter into the form.

This registration form for an imaginary conference followed Ewan’s approach. NB All data your enter into the form is emailed to Breeze.

Registration for Imagine Conference 2020

About Ewan

Ewan runs Instantly.sg, a one stop event photography agency that specialises in custom photo and video booth installations for events and brand campaigns in Singapore.

Note: Ewan’s approach supports both Breeze DSLR Remote Pro for Windows and Breeze Booth for iPad users running WordPress websites. More technical users  can also adapt our  PHP scripts.

A huge thank you to Ewan for creating this video and sharing it with the Breeze community.

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Adding a hidden exit to your booth

How do I add a secret button to exit the booth?

It’s important that guests cannot exit your photo booth screens, but you need a controlled way out.

When the booth has a keyboard attached just hit the Escape key from the Breeze Ready screen.

To exit using the touch screen, you need a hidden button. Ideally combine this with password protection.

Adding the secret button and password

This page explains how to add a hidden exit to both DSLR Remote Pro and Webcam Photobooth. Add the exit command to your touch screen settings.

Getting to the touchscreen settings in DSLR Remote Pro

Accessing touch screen settings  (1) and adding your password (6) (DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.2)

Getting to the touchscreen settings in Webcam Photobooth

Accessing touch screen settings  (1) and adding your password (6) (Webcam Photobooth)

(1) Start the program and go to the touch screen settings for your Ready screen. There will be a short pause before you see the next screen:

Adding an Exit button to the Ready screen (DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.2)

Right click anywhere on this screen to show the current screen and add new actions.

Actions make something happen when the screen is touched in a particular area. This screen already has actions to start the booth and switch between color and black & white. We are going to add a new action to exit the Ready screen.

(2) Select Add Action

(3) Choose the action Exit Full screen photobooth from the drop down list

(4) Drag and drop the action to a convenient location. Use an empty corner of your screen for hidden buttons. Guests won’t see them but you and your staff will find them easily.

(5) Right click again and choose Exit

6) Add a password in case a guest guesses the location of your button, or touches it by mistake.

Remember to save your changes as you leave each screen.

What this looks like in practice

Your Ready screen looks exactly the same, there is no clue that the button exists:

Ready screen with no sign of hidden exit (Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.2)
The same screen showing the location of the hidden exit

Anyone finding the secret button the can’t exit the booth  without knowing the exit password I added at (6) .

To exit the booth you also need to know the exit password (Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.2)

Adding other actions to your screens

Touch screen actions are powerful tools which give Breeze programs enormous flexibility. Use them to access the reprint selection screen, an information or T&C screen, add choices using profiles and much more.

Guests often ask for an extra print after their session has finished. DSLR Remote Pro includes options to display a reprint selection screen. Link to this screen using the Display Reprint Selection Screen action

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Breeze for drop off booths

Did you know that Breeze has a proven track record running unattended at tens of thousands of events?

The market for drop off and unattended booths has been growing for several years, and we are seeing significant interest in 2020. Many operators who usually run attended booths are considering switching to drop off booths during the current Covid outbreak.

There’s a new tutorial for DSLR Remote Pro users switching from attended to drop off and other unattended booths, which takes you through

  • Robust and reliable operation
  • Image quality
  • Locking down & restricting access
  • Printing
  • Digital booths
  • Touch free operation and sharing
  • Adding value

Find Breeze for Drop Off Booths here

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A Different Angle – Shooting in Portrait

Many photo booth operators ask how to shoot in portrait with DSLR Remote Pro,  so I have added a new tutorial for mirror booth users and others shooting in portrait. This tutorial takes you through

  • shooting in portrait
  • portrait oriented screens
  • portrait oriented prints and GIFs
  • touch free mirror and portrait booths
  • using the reprint selection screen in portrait

Read Shooting in Portrait with DSLR Remote Pro

Mirror booths usually shoot portrait oriented images

This has been a long few months and it is great that events are restarting at least for some of us.

Make sure you are ready. If DSLR Remote Pro is new to you, please download a copy and try it for yourself. There is no charge for the first two weeks. If you have an older license and would like to try v3.15.1 before committing to buying the upgrade, please email me at sales@breezesys.com including your current registration.

DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.1 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased DSLR Remote Pro after 13th May 2019. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

Download DSLR Remote Pro    Buy DSLR Remote Pro

Make your own booth touch free

Featured image Overlay courtesy of SMOVE

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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.

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AI Background Removal with Breeze

Articial Intelligence (AI) based background removal is a fantastic 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.

Use background removal with both DSLR Remote Pro and Booth (iPad + iPhone) slideshow GIFs and prints

Who hasn’t wanted to escape to a different place recently?

  • Transport guests to the location of their dreams
  • Replace less than perfect backgrounds
  • Make the most of small spaces and dispense with backdrops
  • Attract visitors by facing your booth towards them

Three background removal services to choose from

At present Breeze supports background removal services from AI Background Remove, Gadbooth, and removebg . These are paid services offered by third parties. More

Please see Partner Information below for important information on 3rd party programs and services.

Reliable Internet: AI based background removal is a web based service, so you need a reliable internet connection at the event.

More about background removal with DLSR Remote Pro and Booth (iPad + iPhone)

Find the new introductory tutorial here

Step by step instructions for replacing backgrounds in DSLR Remote Pro

More on replacing backgrounds in Booth (iPad + iPhone)

Partner Information

The ability to upload to and download from third party applications such as AI Background Remove, Gadbooth, and removebg 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.

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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?

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New tutorial – How to run a contactless booth

Many of you want to run a touch free booth as business restarts in your area. This new tutorial will help you get started.

How to run DSLR Remote Pro as a contactless booth

NB We are also releasing a maintenance upgrade (DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.1) today. This release fixes a an issue sharing GIFs in contact free mode.

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