Sparkbooth Photo Booth Software News

Announcing Sparkbooth 3.6! This update works with the Sparkbooth Layout Creator. Sparkbooth Layout Creator is a visual drag and drop editor for creating your own photo layouts / templates. The Layout Creator is free to all Commercial license customers. There are also new features for Consumer license customers, check out the change list below!

![Facebook Like Dialog](/assets/2013/01/photo-booth-software-chinese-new-year/facebook-like.png "Facebook Like Dialog")
Facebook like dialog and Chinese New Year theme
![Follow Twitter](/assets/2013/01/photo-booth-software-chinese-new-year/twitter-follow1.png "Follow Twitter")
Automatically follow Twitter account
![Chinese New Year Layouts](/assets/2013/01/photo-booth-software-chinese-new-year/chinese-new-year-layouts.png "Chinese New Year Layouts")
Chinese New Year photo layouts

Changes in this release:

  • Chinese New Year theme and photo layouts
  • Hypnotic animated loading messages
  • Cycle through different Twitter tweet texts. Under Captions setting for Twitter uploaders, separate tweet text by using ";". This will help with Twitter preventing tweets of the same value
  • [Commercial] Guest Facebook upload can display Like dialog for your Facebook Page. After guests post the photo to their Facebook account, they can "Like" your Facebook Page. Increase fans for your Facebook page! This is a Commercial feature you can enable under Setting > Commercial. Do not forget there is already an automatic Twitter Follow option under Commercial settings!
  • [Commercial] Import Sparkbooth Layout files created using Layout Creator. Try out the Sparkbooth Layout Creator now.
  • Other minor fixes and optizations Upgrade to Sparkbooth 3.6 from 3.5 by pressing the update link on the About screen, or press the Download button below.

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Your New Year's Eve party is a great time to setup a photo booth using Sparkbooth. Here are some helpful tips and ideas for a successful New Year's Eve photo booth including general setup, props, and backdrops:

Sparkbooth 3.5.51 update includes:

  • New Years Eve theme
  • Optimize Winter Holiday theme
  • New photo layouts with backgrounds (New Years Eve, Winter Holiday, Thanksgiving, Halloween)
  • [Commercial Only] Automatically follow Twitter account for Guest Twitter uploader
  • New upload image

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Sparkbooth 3.5.50 update includes:

  • New Holiday Winter theme
  • Send It Later is now an email option for the Photo Album. Great for sending emails later if you do not have an internet connection during the event.
  • Import/export settings. Go to Settings > Commercial > scroll download to Import/Export Configurations. Use this to copy your Sparkbooth settings between computers. Note: Does not export save locations, layout backgrounds, layout overlays, camera selection, printer selection, custom voice mp3s.
  • Auto create save subfolders. Go to Settings > Saving > check 'Create new subfolder per day'. Useful for automatically clearing photo album of previous day's photos.
  • Enable printer setup on start up. Go to Settings > Printing > check 'Printer setup dialog on start'. Use this if you need to configure your printer using Sparkbooth's printer Setup and Test
  • Add configuration links in Photo Album settings
  • Do not disable email in Guest Upload Chooser if emailer is not ready
![Winter Holiday Template 1](/assets/2012/11/hoiiday-photo-booth-software-update/winter-1-200x300.png "Winter Holiday Template 1")
Winter Holiday Template 1
![Winter Holiday Template 2](/assets/2012/11/hoiiday-photo-booth-software-update/winter-2-200x300.png "Winter Holiday Template 2")
Winter Holiday Template 2

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  • New Fall/Thanksgiving Theme
  • Photo Album sharing button replaced by separate Facebook, Twitter, and Email buttons
  • Photo Album sharing settings moved to Settings > Photo Album > Sharing
  • Fix Facebook upload login
  • Do not display upload error on skip
  • Fix video disconnect after switching themes
  • Fix button position of prompts for small screens
  • Fix cancel shortcut disabled if color shortcut was disabled
  • Fix prompt form skipping

And here are a couple Thanksgiving backgrounds for the square "2 x 2 Top, 4 x 6 Portrait".

![Thanksgiving Template 1](/assets/2012/11/thanksgiving-photo-booth/thanksgiving-template-1-200x300.png "Thanksgiving Template 1")
Thanksgiving Template 1
![Thanksgiving Template 2](/assets/2012/11/thanksgiving-photo-booth/thanksgiving-template-2-200x300.png "Thanksgiving Template 2")
Thanksgiving Template 2

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Sparkbooth 3.5.44 is now available for download. Changes include:

  • Album button show thumbnail of last photo
  • Resized layout preview to fit inbetween buttons
  • MailChimp subscribe results logged to sparkbooth-mailchimp.txt
  • Photo upload results logged to sparkbooth-upload.txt
  • Fix display 'spacebar to begin' message on start up
  • Fix virtual keyboard focus at end of text input
  • Notifications can be formatted
  • Will automatically initialize online services when computer goes online

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Sparkbooth 3.5.43 is now available for download. Changes include:

  • Fix Album kiosk mode getting stuck loading on start up
  • Fix window is not clearing on start up for Mac
  • Cancel during upload
  • Add upload timeout setting for slow internet connections
  • Add print margin padding settings
  • Initialize MailChimp on start up

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Sparkbooth 3.5.41 is now available for download. Changes include:

  • Add Andy (up beat) and Bert (serious) voices
  • Add automatic update
  • Add help for layout setting
  • Fix issue of printer settings behind Settings dialog
  • Minor bug fixes

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This update adds a new Halloween theme and Witch voice to Sparkbooth. To enable, go to Settings > General > Theme > select "Halloween", and Settings > Voice > select "Witch". Hope you enjoy this new theme and matching photo layout background:

![Halloween template for 2 x 2 Top, 4 x 6 Portrait](/assets/2012/10/halloween-photo-booth/halloween-template-200x300.png "Halloween template for 2 x 2 Top, 4 x 6 Portrait")
Halloween template for 2 x 2 Top, 4 x 6 Portrait

This update also includes a number of changes to the Photo Album:

  • In Photo Album Kiosk, it displays a notification when the connection to a remote folder is not available. And will recover the connection when the remote folder is available again.
  • New "Home" button on the Photo Album screen to help jump back to the first page with the most recent photos.
  • New Photo Album maximum thumbnail setting (go to Settings > Photo Album). If you are experiencing lock ups, it could be too many photos are being loaded at once. Use this setting to reduce the number of thumbnails display which will use less memory and might prevent lock up issues

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I have been using Sparkbooth commercially and exclusively for over two years at over 70 events. I now operate two full size photo booths.

With the new photo album feature of Sparkbooth 3.5 it is possible to run a photo booth and a separate reprint/upload station/kiosk that guests can manipulate. This allows the photo booth to run very fast, and gives guests the ability to interact and share their pictures independent of the photo booth through the easy to use touch interface. I would like to share my first experience with this and give a general overview of the setup and finally my vision for where this technology will take my business.

My Setup

The setup is very straightforward.

The photo booth uses a laptop running Sparkbooth with a printer, webcam, and USB button for starting the photo booth.

![Epic Party Booth's Photo Booth](/assets/2012/10/photo-booth-print-upload-station/epic-party-booth-255x300.png "Epic Party Booth's Photo Booth")
Figure 1. My photo booth

The print/upload station uses a second laptop with printer where guests can browse the photos, print photos, and upload photos to their Facebook or Twitter accounts.

![Epic Party Booth's Print and Upload Station](/assets/2012/10/photo-booth-print-upload-station/epic-print-station-300x276.jpg "Epic Party Booth's Print and Upload Station")
Figure 2. My print/upload station

The next step is to network the laptops using a wireless router. [Note: You can also create an ad-hoc wireless network on one of the computers, and the other computer can join that network. No wireless router required.] On the photo booth laptop, I set up the Sparkbooth "save" folder as a shared folder. Then, on the print/upload station, I set up the Sparkbooth "save" folder to the photo booth's shared folder and turn on the "Album kiosk" mode. Now, the print/upload station can display the photos as the photo booth creates them. Guests simply select the photos and print, or choose whether to upload it to Facebook or Twitter. If they decide to upload, they use their own credentials to do so. Another really great part is that you can customize the upload to include your company website. When users upload to Facebook or Twitter, it will link back to your web site.

Sparkbooth is cleverly designed to be touch screen friendly, and intuitive to use. The album feature is no different.

The Future

This was my first iteration using Sparkbooth as a separate print/upload station. My intention is to build a real touch screen kiosk using a Windows tablet or an all-in one PC, and a printer in a custom housing.

My plan is to strategically limit my base packages to be less expensive with unlimited sessions, and no reprints. The reprint/upload station will be an add-on to my base photo booth package - adding unlimited reprints and uploads. This add-on essentially doubles the amount of photo strips that can be printed at an event.

This broadens my market and increases my profits on any upsell I do for the reprint/upload station.

In Conclusion

Separating Reprint functions from the photo booth really boosts the user experience. Now there will be zero wait time for guests. Before, if somebody wanted a reprint I had to disrupt the photo booth line and reprint before the next session started. I have a large booth often on location at events with many attendees, and many times there are 8 or more people that all want copies. As you can imagine no matter how fast the printer, there's no keeping up. Plus, there are 8 or more people standing around the booth waiting. A separate station for reprints eliminates many of these concerns. The intuitive interface allows guests do their own reprinting/uploading. This provides me a better opportunity to add to the experience in ways other than custodial printing duties.

Sparkbooth 3.5 is polished, and poised to put you right where you need to be today and in the future as a photo booth operator.

Jason Soles Owner - Epic Party Booth