Sparkbooth Photo Booth Software News

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:

Sparkbooth 2 beta update available here. Changes include:

  • New camera settings controls
  • Fixed count down background transparency

The Sparkbooth 2 beta is available here if you want to try it out. Please follow the install instructions carefully.

Coming soon...

Sparkbooth Help Center is now online. You can access it from the Support/FAQs menu item or going to

I am still answering all support questions, but now everything will go through the help center system which will help me organize questions a little better. The help center has a FAQ and knowledge base which will answer a lot of your questions.

There is also a new discussion board where you can post your questions to other Sparkbooth users and exchange ideas.

Please take a look and let me know what you think. If you run into any problems, please email me by clicking the Contact Me link at the bottom of the page.


Some Mac users have been asking what Sparkbooth has to offer over the Mac’s own Photo Booth app. To start, I am a Mac user, Sparkbooth is developed on a Mac, and I created Sparkbooth because the Mac Photo Booth app didn’t offer everything I was looking for in a photo booth software, including:

  • Full screen kiosk experience. You do not want users to be distracted by rest of the operating system, which would encourage them to start clicking around and doing non-photo booth things on your computer.
  • Simple and easy-to-use interface. This is another important feature for unattended operation. Users just walk up, press the space bar, and photo booth starts. The on-screen instructions walk guests through every step. They see how many shots are going to be taken and what the shots will look like.
  • Sparkbooth has 4-strip photo layouts plus several other layouts.
  • Customizable backgrounds, overlays, or logos can be added to photos to commemorate your event.
  • Sparkbooth can automatically upload photos to photo sharing services so users can see all the photos.

It is also interesting to note, about half of Sparkbooth users are on the Mac.


P.S. I haven’t forgotten about all you Windows users, Sparkbooth also runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

Offer a table of props for your guests to use in the photo booth. Some great ideas include:

  • For funny pictures, use a variety of hats, wigs, nerdy glasses, sunglasses, feather boas, fake mustaches, Hawaiian leis, Mardi Gras beads, viking, roman soldier, biker helmets, stuffed animals toys or sports equipment.
  • For holiday parties, use Santa hats and reindeer antlers, and mistletoe as props. The resulting photos make a great holiday card.
  • A small chalk board or whiteboard that guest can write messages and photograph with can be used as a guestbook.

When setting up a photo booth at your event, consider:

  • Placing the computer, webcam, and keyboard on a table in a well-lighted area. Don't forget a chair or stool.
  • Adjust webcam height to eye-level.
  • Use a directional lamp to provide enough lighting.
  • Turn off instant messaging and other applications on the computer, and run Sparkbooth in full-screen kiosk mode.
  • Consider a plain, neutral background like a wall, screen, or curtains.
  • Create a sign that says "Photo Booth Entrance" to indicate where the photo booth is located.

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

Great job everyone!