Posts Tagged "socialmedia"

Sparkbooth 3.4.26 is a maintenance update to fix a few issues:

  • Print button in Photo Album/Gallery screen now displays "Printing" message
  • Skipping share in Photo Album/Gallery screen no longer displays "Not Uploaded" message
  • Guest Twitter uploader has caption setting
  • Fixed authentication error message for Flickr and SmugMug, so you can see why the sign in failed
  • Fixed Flickr uploader to allow sign in via Google or Facebook
  • Improved handling of photo saving so if folder path does not exist, it will be created

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I need help testing the "Send It Later" feature in Sparkbooth 3.4. This new feature will allows you to queue up photos, and send them later when you have an internet connection.

If you find any issues, please send me a message


I need help testing the new photo album feature in Sparkbooth 3.3. This new feature will allow your guests to browse through the previous photos taken, and they can print or send them to their Facebook, Twitter, or email accounts. Here is a quick demo.

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If you find any issues, please send me a message


Sparkbooth 3.2.2 is now available. Changes include:

  • Guest Twitter uploader can now use non-Twitter photo hosting service. The Twitter photo hosting service is sometimes unavailable or over loaded - when this happens you can use a different photo hosting service like Twitrpix or others. To configure the photo hosting service, select the Guest Twitter uploader in the Upload settings tab.
  • Twitter uploader now displays media upload limits. Twitter limits the number of photo uploaded to its site per Twitter account - you can see the current daily limit by selecting the Twitter uploader in the Upload settings tab. If you need more uploads per account, please use another Twitter photo service like Twitrpix which has no daily limit.
  • Twitter uploader returns more specific error messages to let you know if the Twitter photo upload service is unavailable or overloaded.
  • Improved tumblr uploader - easier to use
  • Guest Facebook and Twitter sign in input fields have focus on display. You no longer need to click on the sign in fields before typing.
  • More consistent upload status messages.
  • Smaller file size
  • Other minor fixes

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Guest Upload Chooser Screen
Guest Upload Chooser Screen

Sparkbooth 3.2.0 is now available. With this update, you can now let your guests choose where to send their photos. They will be presented with the option to upload the photo to their Facebook or Twitter account, or sent to their email address. To enable this feature, select "Guest Upload Chooser" in the settings Upload tab. If you want to email, you will need to select either SendGrid or Postmark for the email service, and provide your account credentials for the service.

Other changes include:

  • New look for touch controls.
  • Fixed display of virtual keyboard for email
  • New portrait images for layout selection preview. To re-generate the layout previews using the new portraits, go to Settings > select Options tab > select User Controls from drop down list > press the Reset button under Photo Layout Selection.
New Touchscreen Controls
New Touchscreen Controls

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Photo booth photos from business event

The way you choose to promote your business or event is critical, and can be the deciding factor for how successful your business and/or event will be. Your goal is to reach your target audience and in today's quickly changing world using social media for promotional reasons is easily one of the best choices you can make. For example, you can use Facebook or Twitter to build your very own social network in order to promote your business or a special event. Although these avenues provide a fantastic way in which you can promote your particular event, you should realize that there is a way to add some additional value to this social media platform, which brings your promoting abilities to another, whole new level: Sparkbooth.

Sparkbooth's Customization and Social Media Features

  • Customize your event
    • by using the layout library. Or you can even use your own background photo.
    • by adding your own personal mp3 voice prompt.
    • by adding specific text or by placing your personal logo on the screen.
    • by choosing the size of the photos.
  • Social Media features include
    • immediately being able to share your photos with your customers and/or guests.
    • a built-in upload option for immediate posting to social networks.

Ideas for Utilizing Sparkbooth to Promote Your Next Event

There are many ways in which you can use Sparkbooth to promote your business or your next event and the following are some of the more popular options.

  • Customize the photo layout with your logo or hire a graphic designer to create an attention getting photo layout background.
  • Use the photo sharing feature to upload and share photos on Flickr, Facebook, or Twitter.
  • Twitter uploader can help increase the number of followers to your Twitter account.
  • Facebook uploader can post to your business or event's Facebook page, helping to increase the number of "Likes" for your page.
  • Use the name and email prompt to collect emails for mailing lists.
  • Print cards with the url to your Twitter or Facebook page so guest can visit to pick up or view photos after the event. Hand out these cards as guest leave the photo booth.

Examples of Sparkbooth Being Utilized at Events

The word of using Sparkbooth to promote your business or next event is spreading fast and we are happy to share how some people are currently using Sparkbooth in order to promote their particular business or special event.

Tron guy in Nerderizer 5000 photo booth

The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge

The Nerdery organized a 24-hour event with web professionals volunteers who donated their development services to 39 nonprofit organizations. To provide some fun for volunteers and to include people online, they created the Nerderizer 5000 Photo Booth and set Sparkbooth to upload photos to their Facebook page for the event.

Big Ben Tavern Grand Opening

This business provided a Sparbooth photo booth at their grand opening. They customized the layout with their logo, a QR link to view the photos, and the creative message "Look! Proof I was at Big Ben Tavern's Grand Opening". Sparkbooth was configured to upload photos to Mobypicture where customer can find and repost/retweet their photos. http://www.mobypicture.com/user/Scenemag/

Kaldi Coffee and Tea

Setup Sparkbooth in shop for their customers. This is a great way to get customers to retweet photos, which links back to your business's Twitter account. http://twitpic.com/photos/4coffee2Kaldi

Kanuhawaii.org

A non-profit for Hawaii environmental and cultural causes. They were the first non-profit to use Sparkbooth for collecting names and emails at their events. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQmLwdm_sEA

Médiathèque François Mitterrand's Festival des arts mêlés

A French arts festival near Paris that provides a Sparkbooth photo booth uploading to Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/58958253@N08/

The Arizona Museum for Youth

Uses Sparkbooth to promote museum events. They also use Sparkbooth's Flickr upload feature in order to customize the photo layout with their event logo along with the museum address and url. http://www.flickr.com/photos/azmuseum4youth/

Vindicat Lustrum

A celebration in the Netherlands that uses Sparkbooth's Twitrpix uploader to post photos to their Twitter feed. http://blog.twitrpix.com/2010/07/vindicat-lustrum-netherlands-12000-poses-in-12-days/

Dutch Festival

Uses Sparkbooth with Twitrpix. https://twitter.com/CityofTalent

uShip

An online shipping marketplace that used Sparkbooth and Twitpic uploader to get noticed at SXSW. http://twitpic.com/photos/uShip

Out of the Loop Fringe Festival

Features some of the best acts in theatre, music, dance and art and used Sparkbooth with Posterous. The festival logo was used as a background for the photo layout and in their photo booth background.

The photo booth is used by guests at the festival and then after the festival they can find and share their photos at http://goloopy.posterous.com/. This is the second year they have used Sparkbooth at the festival

By utilizing the unique twist of Sparkbooth and its fun features, you are choosing to use one of the newest ways to promote your business or special event. Stand out from the rest and let Sparkbooth take your business or event to a new level and remember... a picture is worth a thousand words.


The recent release of Sparkbooth allows photo uploads to Facebook Fan Pages that you administer. You can create pages around your interests, businesses, or anything. To setup a Facebook page:

  1. Sign into your Facebook account
  2. Go to Facebook Fan Pages and create your page

For more information on how to create Facebook Pages, see this helpful article.

Sparkbooth Facebook Settings

Now you are ready to setup Sparkbooth to post photos to your Facebook page:

  1. Start Sparkbooth
  2. Press F1 to display Settings
  3. Select the Upload tab
  4. Select Facebook from the uploader list
  5. Click the "Login to Facebook" button and authorize Sparkbooth to upload to your account
  6. Select the Page in the "Upload To" list
  7. Click the OK button and you are ready to go. Photos will be uploaded and posted to your Page's Sparkbooth album (which you can rename) at the end of each photo session.

This is a beta feature so please let me know how it works for you and if you have any suggestions.


MobyPicture post to multiple sites settings

You have an account on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and your own Wordpress blog, and you want Sparkbooth to upload photos to all of these sites? I suggest you check out MobyPicture.com. MobyPicture provides a service to upload photos to all your accounts, when you post a photo to MobyPicture. Sparkbooth has uploaders that uses your MobyPicture or Twitter account to upload to MobyPicture. To add all your accounts to uploading in MobyPicture:

  1. To go MobyPicture.com
  2. Sign into your account
  3. Click the "services" link at the top of the page to add your Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Wordpress, and other accounts
  4. Start Sparkbooth
  5. Press F1 to display Settings
  6. Select the Upload tab
  7. Select "MobyPicture" or "MobyPicture Twitter" from the upload list. Use MobyPicture to sign in using your MobyPicture account username. Use MobyPicture Twitter, if you want to sign in using your Twitter account.
  8. Press the OK button and now photos will be uploaded to MobyPicture and from MobyPicture to your other accounts.

Sparkbooth 2.3.4 has been released. The release added a Facebook uploader using the new Facebook Graph API. The old Facebook uploader in Sparkbooth still exists, but will eventually be deprecated and replaced by the Facebook Graph version. Fixes were also made to the Flickr uploader.


Are you using yfrog to upload photos from Sparkbooth? Check out the yfrog photo widget. You can use it to display the uploaded photos on your web page or blog.

First you will need to setup Sparkbooth to automatically upload photos to yfrog:

  1. Start Sparkbooth and press F1 to display the Settings dialog
  2. Click the Upload tab and select “yfrog” in the drop down list
  3. Press the Login button and sign into your Twitter account
  4. Press the Close button and now each photo will be automatically uploaded to yfrog

Next go to yfrog and create your yfrog widget which will generate an embed script. Copy this code and place on your web page or blog, and now you got Sparkbooth photos on your web site!


Sparkbooth 2.3.2 has been released. Changes include:

  • Switch ScreenTweet uploader to new OAuth API
  • TweetPhoto is now Plixi. Updated service urls for new domain
  • Use control-K or command-K to switch video/image color on “Press space bar to begin” screen
  • Print prompt dialog now shows print preview

Sparkbooth 2.3 has been released. This is a major release and contains many new features:

  • Convert Twitter service uploaders to new OAuth authentication. On August 31th, Twitter turned off basic authentication which is used by all the Twitter upload services in Sparkbooth 2.2, so these upload services stopped working on that date. The conversion to OAuth will allow those upload services to continue to work.
  • Add yfrog uploader
  • Removed ScreenTweet, TwitDoc, and TwitSnaps uploaders since they do not support Twitter OAuth authentication requirement
  • New re-print feature. Press control-P or command-P to reprint the last photo during the “Press Spacebar to Begin” screen.
  • New application lock feature. When locked, users cannot quit the application, exit full screen, access settings or camera dialogs. Press control-L or command-L to toggle lock mode. Unlocking can be protected with a password.
  • Added 3-photo and 1-photo layouts. Sparkbooth can now handle less than 4 photo sessions.
  • Added video display-only theme. This is useful if you are using a 1-photo layout.
  • Added usage statistics to Settings > Options > Other
  • Fixed issue with clicking on “Press Spacebar to Begin” message to start photo session.
  • Add missing “2 x 2 Top, Portrait” layout
  • New 1 + 3 layouts
  • New 4 x 1 duplicate strip with logo layout
  • New 2” x 4” strip layout

To update, start Sparkbooth on your computer while connected to the internet and you will be prompted to install the update.


Starting today, August 31th, 2010, Twitter is switching off basic authentication for third-party services. This means all the Twitter upload services in Sparkbooth 2.2.1 or lower will no longer work. If you want to continue to use any of these Twitter upload services, please download and install Sparkbooth 2.3 Beta. TwitrPix, Img.ly, MobyPicture, Posterous, TweetPhoto, TwitGoo, TwitPic, and yFrog have all been updated to use the new OAuth authentication method now required by Twitter. Unfortunately, ScreenTweet, TwitDoc, and TwitSnaps have not updated their services to use the new authentication method, so they have been removed from Sparkbooth for now until they have been updated.


Sparkbooth 2.3 Beta is now available to try. You can download the beta from here. If you have a previous version of Sparkbooth installed, click the replace option during installation (the version is displayed as 2.2 in the install dialog). Changes in this beta include:

  • Convert Twitter service uploaders to new OAuth authentication. On August 31th, Twitter will be turning off basic authentication which is used by all the Twitter upload services in Sparkbooth 2.2. So these upload services will stop working on that date. Please use Sparkbooth 2.3 if you wish to continue using Twitter for uploads.
  • Add yfrog uploader
  • New re-print feature. Press control-P or command-P to reprint the last photo during the “Press Spacebar to Begin” screen.
  • New application lock feature. When locked, users cannot quit the application, exit full screen, access settings or camera dialogs. Press control+L or command+L to toggle lock mode. Unlocking can be protected with a password.
  • Fixed issue with clicking on “Press Spacebar to Begin” message to start photo session.
  • Add missing “2 x 2 Top, Portrait” layout
  • New 1 + 3 layouts
  • New 4 x 1 duplicate strip with logo layout
  • New 2” x 4” strip layout

What's new with Sparkbooth 2:

  • Print automatically without the print setup dialog displayed
  • New user interface and animated timer
  • New skin themes
  • New voice prompts
  • Customize all photo layouts with overlay and background
  • SmugMug uploads
  • Flickr uploads
  • Fix Facebook extended permissions
  • Minimum screen size is now 600px by 400px
  • More count down and timing options
  • Save individual photos
  • Customizable logo
  • Option to upload and print

If you have a license for Sparkbooth 1, you can update to Sparkbooth 2 for free. Just start-up the application and it will prompt you to update.

If you have Sparkbooth 2 beta installed, you will need to uninstall the beta before installing the release version of Sparkbooth 2. You may have to reactivate the install, here are a couple FAQ articles that may help you with activating or resetting your activations:

http://help.sparkbooth.com/faqs/purchasing-and-activating/activating-different-computer

http://help.sparkbooth.com/faqs/purchasing-and-activating/restting-activations


Here are some real-world examples of Sparkbooth at events:

Great job everyone!


  • Customize on-screen start, processing, and thank you messages. Great for customizing Sparkbooth for your event or language
  • Option to ask user for name and/or email for “Save to disk only”. Information is saved to delimited text file along with photo filename. Useful for sending photos to guest after the event.
  • Improved Facebook Connect sign-in process
  • Attempt to retry Facebook uploads if Facebook service is having problems
  • More user-interface refinements and improvements

This is a free update.

-John


  • New photo layouts
  • Add custom image or logo to photos
  • Photos saved with higher resolution
  • Added ability to upload to Facebook and tumblr
  • Minor bug fixes

-John