Sparkbooth Photo Booth Software News

Sparkbooth 3.5 screenshot
Sparkbooth 3.5 screenshot

Sparkbooth 3.5 is now available in both Consumer and Commercial editions. Both deliver an easy and affordable way to set up an instant photo booth at any location or special event. The new Commercial edition includes advanced capabilities for event planners, business professionals and service providers.

Change new to Sparkbooth 3.5:

  • New animations for countdown and previews
  • Added new Retro theme
  • Added Photobucket uploader
  • Added Google+ / Picasa uploader
  • Added more 4 x 8 layouts
  • No longer need to pre-install Adobe AIR runtime
  • Commercial only features:
    • Photo album kiosk mode
    • Take wide 4 x 6 photos, not just square photos
    • Customize Facebook uploader share link
    • Customize Twitter uploader share link

Sparkbooth 3.5 is available immediately. The Consumer edition is priced at $59, and the Commercial edition at a special introductory price of $100. Free trial versions are available for both.

If you have already own a Sparkbooth 3 license, this is a free upgrade. Sparkbooth 3.5 is a separate install, so you will need to activate it with your license key. If you want to upgrade your license key to a Commercial license key, please stay tune - upgrade pricing will be available soon.

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Facebook recently made some changes to their service that affected the Facebook uploaders in Sparkbooth. Sparkbooth 3.4.28 addresses these changes which include:

  • Clear previous Facebook session for "Guest Facebook" uploader. So the previous guest's email is no longer displayed on the sign in screen.
  • Fix "Malformed access token" error when signing into Facebook.
  • Fix saving of max guest print setting
  • Prevent application minimize when locked

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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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Running Sparkbooth on Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Running Sparkbooth on Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

If you are running Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, you will need to temporarily turn off Gatekeeper to run Sparkbooth. Here is what you need to do:

  1. Go to System Preferences
  2. Select "Security and Privacy"
  3. Change "Allow applications downloaded from" to "Anywhere". You can switch it back after running Sparkbooth for the first time.
  4. Install Adobe AIR 3.1 or later from http://get.adobe.com/air
  5. Install Sparkbooth from download page
  6. And that is it!

Note: On some Macs, you will need to disable "Automatic Graphics Switching" under "Energy Saver" in System Preferences for Adobe AIR to run correctly.


Sparkbooth 3.4.22 update for SmugMug, Flickr, and Guest Selection uploaders. Changes include:

  • Improved Guest Selector uploader
  • Improved Flickr authorization
  • Improved SmugMug authorization

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Mailchimp, Mandrill, Sparkbooth Logos

The Sparkbooth 3.4.21 update adds emailing via Mandrill, and easier MailChimp setup.

You can now email photos using MailChimp's new Mandrill transactional email service. They got a great pricing plan starting at FREE for up to 12k emails per month. It is only $9.95 for up to 40k emails per month.

If you want to create a mailing list from emails collected from Sparkbooth, the MailChimp setup is now even easier to use. You just click the MailChimp Login button under Savings setting to sign into your account. No more creating API keys manually!

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Evernote devcup logo
Evernote devcup logo
Sparkbooth Screenshot
Sparkbooth Screenshot

Sparkbooth is currently competing in the Evernote Devcup. There is a People's Choice award which you can help Sparkbooth win. Please go to Sparkbooth's Evernote Devcup page and click the "Vote" button. Every vote is appreciated!


The Sparkbooth 3.4.20 update provides some changes to the Facebook and Guest Facebook uploaders to handle changes to Facebook apps. Facebook provides apps 2 weeks before expiring access. So you will need to re-authenticate your access periodically. The Facebook uploader now shows this expire date. Please update if you use the Facebook uploader.

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Evernote devcup logo
Evernote Logo

The Sparkbooth 3.4.17 update adds Evernote as an upload option. Connect your Evernote account to Sparkbooth, and photos will be added to your Evernote notebook as notes. The best thing is you can share your notebook online, so your guests and friends can view the photos.

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The Sparkbooth 3.4.14 update provides a workaround for the distorted video issue on Macs with Adobe AIR 3.2 and 3.3. It is still recommended to use Adobe AIR 3.1 on Macs for better video.

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