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Sparkbooth 4.3 Beta Available

The Sparkbooth 4.3 beta is now available to download and try out. Here are some of the changes in this major update:

  • Sparkbooth DSLR now supports Canon T6
  • Faster and improved settings import and export. Including smaller file size, less memory usage, and fix for encoding large and corrupt images.
  • Add limited GIF uploading
  • Display GIF animations in previews and prompts
  • Disable printing temporarily setting 0 prints via shortcut
  • Add password confirmation for lock mode
  • Add setting to toggle lock mode with close mode short cut
  • Resolve some freezing issues when taking photos
  • Optimize memory usage
  • See release notes for a full list of changes

This is a free update for all Sparkbooth 4 users. Please try it out and let me know if you see any issues.

Beta Downloads:

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sparkbooth 4.2 Released!

Sparkbooth and Sparkbooth DSLR 4.2 are now officially released. This is a free update to all Sparkbooth 4 and DSLR license holders. To update either run Sparkbooth check for updates, or go to the download page. Some of the many new features include:

  • [Premium, DSLR] Green screen to dynamically replace backgrounds with your own images. To access this feature, go to Camera settings (press ctrl-3 to display) and enable from the Green Screen drop down list. This feature is only available to Premium and DSLR licenses. Please note, the green screen feature for webcams remains as an experimental beta – it only recommended for DSLR cameras.
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  • [Premium, DSLR] Add green screen background selection keyboard shortcut, button and screen
  • [Premium, DSLR] Add keyboard shortcut to toggle green screen feature
  • [DSLR] Add support for Canon T6s and T6i cameras
  • [DSLR] Shutter speed setting to handle dark live view
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  • Add button maker layouts and screen overlay
  • Faster animated GIF generation
  • Add animated GIF delay setting
  • Improved support for using wireless presentation remotes to start sessions, and configurable actions for the next and previous buttons.
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  • [Premium, DSLR] Add keyboard shortcut to temporally change print copies for session
  • [Premium, DSLR] Customize actions for up and down arrow keyboard shortcuts
  • Automatically create new Facebook photo album when photo limit setting is reached
  • Add Facebook “Post to Account Page then Share” upload option. Posts the photo to the configured Facebook account or page, then your guests can share the post from their Facebook account. Using this option does not require Facebook app review for custom Facebook apps
  • Update to SmugMug 2.0 upload service
  • [Premium, DSLR] Faster Photo Kiosk file cache reloading. If you restart Photo Kiosk, it will start up quicker without having to rebuild the cache.
  • New Twitter upload option to @reply guest’s Twitter account
  • Send Photo Later for Guest Twitter uploads
  • [Premium, DSLR] Add prompts to Photo Kiosk mode
  • [Premium, DSLR] Submit email addresses to MailChimp mailing lists in Photo Kiosk mode
  • [Premium, DSLR] Add counters to Photo Kiosk mode to track prints and uploads
  • Add data import and export Send Photo Later queue
  • Add Santa Claus voice
  • Add image folder setting to slideshow cover screen
  • [Premium, DSLR] Add new print prompt options for guest selectable copies. “Display Doubled Copies” is designed for duplicate layouts, so 1 printed copy is shown as 2 copies in print prompt. “Even Numbered Copies Only” is used for printers that prints an strips on 1 sheet and cuts into 2 copies, so this setting can be used to prevent a blank half sheet.
  • Other changes and improvements. See the release notes for details.

New Send Photo Later Import Export

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With the latest 4.2 update, you can now import/export data into/from the “Send Photo Later” queue. This is great for backing up the queue, or if you need to re-upload photos.

To access this new feature, go to Settings and select “Send Photo Later”, and note the new import and export buttons.

The import feature will import any of the tab-delimited files generated by Sparkbooth. If you have the prompts enabled, you can import the sparkbooth-prompts.txt. If you have uploads enabled, you can import the sparkbooth-uploads.txt file.

If you want to import the prompts or upload log from another computer, copy the photos folder over and set it as the layout folder under Settings > Saving before importing the log file.

Major Sparkbooth 4.2 Beta Update

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The 4.2.40 update includes some major features:

  • New Facebook “Post to Account Page then Share” guest upload option. Posts the photo to the configured Facebook account or page, then your guests can share the post from their Facebook account. Using this option does not require Facebook app review for custom Facebook apps.
  • Automatically create new Facebook photo albums if the 100 photo limit has been reached
  • Use new Facebook like dialog for pages. Facebook has retired the previous like dialog.
  • Fix chroma keying issue for green-ish blue and yellow colors
  • [DSLR] Add Canon EOS 7D Mark II support
  • [DSLR] Add Live View bulb mode setting for dark preview using external flash. This option requires enabling “Use external flash or AF”, and camera set to M or Tv mode.
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  • Other fixes and improvements. See release notes for all changes
For Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS 10.7 or later. Photos are watermarked during trial.
For Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP only. DSLR is currently not available for Mac.
Photos are watermarked and saving of original files disabled during trial.

Green Screen Background Selector Beta

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New beta update 4.2.27 enables guest green screen selection. You can change backgrounds by enabling the keyboard shortcut, on-screen button, or selection screen. See release notes.

For Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS 10.7 or later. Photos are watermarked during trial.
For Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP only. DSLR is currently not available for Mac.
Photos are watermarked and saving of original files disabled during trial.

Photo Kiosk Prompt Beta

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New beta update 4.2.10 enables user surveys in photo kiosk mode so you can collect names, emails, telephone, or comments before printing or uploading photos. You can enable this new feature under Photo Kiosk Settings, then select Prompts. See release notes.

You can download the beta below. Note: this beta also include the new green screen feature, photo kiosk counters, and photo kiosk mailing lists.

For Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS 10.7 or later. Photos are watermarked during trial.
For Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP only. DSLR is currently not available for Mac.
Photos are watermarked and saving of original files disabled during trial.

Photo Kiosk MailChimp Beta

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New beta update 4.2.6 enables email subscriptions with MailChimp in photo kiosk mode. You can enable MailChimp subscriptions under the Email settings, or from the Send Photo Later queue. See release notes.

You can download the beta below. Note: this beta also include the new green screen feature and photo kiosk counters.

For Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS 10.7 or later. Photos are watermarked during trial.
For Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP only. DSLR is currently not available for Mac.
Photos are watermarked and saving of original files disabled during trial.

Photo Kiosk Counters Beta

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New beta update 4.2.6 enables counters in photo kiosk mode. You can use counters to track uploads and prints, and actions like notifications, disabling printing, or closing the kiosk when counter limits are reached. Counters can be viewed under Settings > Counters, or by pressing ctrl-4 from the main screen. To learn more about counters watch our short tutorial. See release notes.

You can download the beta below. Note: this beta also include the new green screen feature.

For Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS 10.7 or later. Photos are watermarked during trial.
For Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP only. DSLR is currently not available for Mac.
Photos are watermarked and saving of original files disabled during trial.

Try Green Screen Beta

We are releasing the beta for green screen (chroma key) for Sparkbooth users to try out. The green screen feature is for Premium license users only. Please review the Sparkbooth Green Screen instructions and setup tips. See release notes. You can download the beta below:

For Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS 10.7 or later. Photos are watermarked during trial.
For Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP only. DSLR is currently not available for Mac.
Photos are watermarked and saving of original files disabled during trial.