Sparkbooth Photo Booth Software News

If you are running Sparkbooth on a Mac, do not update your Adobe AIR runtime to 2.5.1 which was released this week. Adobe AIR 2.5.1 for Mac seems to have broken the camera access.

If you do have 2.5.1 installed, you can go back to 2.5.0:

  1. Go to Applications/Utilities and run the Adobe AIR Uninstaller
  2. Go to http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/853/cpsid_85304.html
  3. Download the Adobe AIR 2.5.0 and install it
  4. Do not update to Adobe AIR 2.5.1 when prompted

Sparkbooth 2.4 has been released. Changes in this release:

  • New preview animations. Select from 7 additional previews or set to random. Adjustable preview proof duration.
  • On screen messages will now display non-Latin unicode characters like Chinese, Japanese, and others.
  • Added option to disable update checks

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.


One year ago, Sparkbooth debuted at the Adobe MAX conference as part a promotion for Adobe’s purchasing system. The product was a much simpler piece of software - little graphics, no voice prompts, no animation, no printing, no uploading. Very different from what it is today. Thanks to all the great feedback and encouragement from Sparkbooth customers, the software was improved to what you see today. But there is more to come. Keep an eye out for some very exciting changes and additions in next few months. Look for announcements here, on Facebook, or Twitter

Thank you! And Happy Halloween!


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 Mini is now available in the Android Market. All the fun of Sparkbooth for your Android phone.

Sparkbooth Mini Screenshot


Sparkbooth 2.3.3 has been released. This is a minor maintenance release to fix hot key issues with reprint, change color, and locking/unlocking.

To download this update, please start Sparkbooth and you will be automatically prompted to install the update.


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 2.3.1 has been released. This is a minor maintenance release to sort layout list by image size and title.

To download this update, please start Sparkbooth and you will be automatically prompted to install the update.


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.