What’s New in Sparkbooth 5.0

Sparkbooth 5.0 is a major update. Changes include:

  • Add Spanish, German, French, or Brazilian Portuguese language support
  • DSLR supports Nikon cameras
  • Portrait mode for tall/vertical screens including camera rotation
  • Animationed text prompts
  • Animated text countdown
  • Photo trigger with no countdown option
  • Retake photos in session
  • Add bevel, glow, drop shadow effects to photo layout editor
  • Add layout editor view zooming
  • Settable photo layout background color
  • Photo layout pre-rendering to speed up layout generation
  • Display duplicate layout as single strip
  • Print layout as doubled strip
  • Allow upside down configuration of camera
  • Setting for camera flash color and transparency
  • Custom countdown audio so you can add voice clips for 1, 2, 3…
  • Custom countdown images so you can use your own images
  • Use screensaver instead of cover screen
  • Video and animated text screensaver and cover screens
  • Post animated GIFs to Facebook
  • Use animated GIFs for screen overlays or green screen backgrounds
  • Add rewind / boomerang gif animation option
  • Add subfolder options for saving singles, originals, and GIFs
  • Add create subfolder options for startup only or hours after midnight
  • Add popup animation to selected layout on selection screen
  • Add option to show multiple layouts on selection screen
  • Add ‘None’ theme for no background or frames around video and thumbnail previews
  • And more…

All licenses purchased after July 1, 2016, will activate and unlock Sparkbooth 5. If you purchased before, you can upgrade your license key.

Download Sparkbooth 5

Thanks to Joe of A1 Photo Booth for the what’s new video

Checkout Sparkbooth 5.0 Beta.

Have you tried the Sparkbooth 5.0 Beta? Check out these new features:

  • Comes in English, Spanish, German, French, or Brazilian Portuguese languages
  • Animated text countdowns and prompts
  • Take photos by trigger without countdown
  • Retake photos in session
  • Custom countdown audio so you can add voice clips for 1, 2, 3…
  • Custom countdown images so you can use your own images
  • Portrait mode for tall screens including camera rotation
  • Display and upload layouts as split strip
  • Print single strip layout as doubled strip
  • Settable photo layout background color
  • Use screensaver instead of cover screen
  • Video and animated text screensaver and cover screens
  • Post animated GIFs to Facebook using new “Facebook Post Share” uploader to posted GIF on photo sharing services and then share photo on Facebook
  • Use animated GIFs for screen overlays or green screen backgrounds
  • Support Vivial Connect service for sending photos to mobile devices
  • DSLR supports Nikon cameras
  • New “None” theme to maximumize the display of the live view window

Download and try the Sparkbooth 5.0 Beta

You can use any license key purchased after July 1, 2016 to unlock the 5.0 beta. If your license was purchased before, you can upgrade it to 5.0 at http://sparkbooth.com/upgrade

Sparkbooth 4.3 Released!

After months of testing, 4.3 is now available to download. This is primarily a stability and memory optimization update with a few new features like:

  • Sparkbooth DSLR now supports Canon T6 / 1300D. Please update your camera’s firmware.
  • 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
  • See 4.3 beta release notes for a full list of changes

This is a free update for all Sparkbooth 4 license holders. You can download 4.3 now, or update from Sparkbooth 4.x.

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 / 1300D
  • 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.