Sparkbooth Photo Booth Software News

Changes to 3.5.37 include:

  • Today Facebook will be enforcing breaking changes to their authentication process. This affects the Commercial custom Facebook app sign in. Facebook has also started showing a scary the security warning text on their sign in success page. This update fixes the custom Facebook app for these changes, and you will no longer see the security warning. If you have previously setup a custom Facebook app, you will need to add an application domain at http://developer.facebook.com/apps for your app and add a callback url in Sparkbooth. The video tutorial for creating and setting up your custom Facebook app has been updated for this. If you have an existing Facebook app, here are some update instructions.
  • New prompt setting to allow photo to be sent to multiple accounts (by emails, guest Facebook, guest Twitter, or Send It Later prompts). Go to Settings > Prompts > check "Upload photo to another account". This is useful for sending the same photo to multiple guests.
  • "Send It Later" uploader has option to not clear uploaded photos. This option is useful if you want to upload photos to more than one destination. For example, if you had prompted for email address - you can now email guests their photos, and then upload to your Facebook page
  • Remove delay between count down and photo being taken. Previously there was a half second delay from the end of the count down to photo being taken.
  • Auto enable Show banner when selecting banner image.

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Sparkbooth 3.5.35 is now available. Changes include:

  • Improve layouts for small screens (smaller than 800 x 600)
  • Add touch/hold lower left corner to toggle lock. Useful for touch screen users!
  • Auto lock app on start up option
  • Re-enable virtual keyboard to app lock password
  • Cancel session during prompts and preview
  • Improve refreshing of album mode
  • Ready email provider for Guest Upload Chooser
  • Spaced not allowed in settings url and api input fields
  • Spaces not allowed in license unlock dialog
  • Ctrl+F should not toggle fullscreen when locked
  • Prevent minimizing when locked

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Sparkbooth 3.5.33 is now available. This is a maintenance update to address the following:

  • Hide toolbar on app lock
  • Re-display start message after changing photo effect
  • Re-enable click/touch to start setting
  • Re-enable reprint keyboard shortcut
  • Optimize layout selection button and keyboard shortcut
  • Photo layout list sorted by favorites, paper size, and name
  • Change 'Video' tab to 'Photo Effects' to avoid confusion
  • View save folders in Saving options
  • View log.txt in Prompts options
  • Layout button should show same preview layout
  • Preview layout should update when background or overlay is changed
  • Prompted data correctly saves to log.txt
  • Mandrill logout clears access key - preventing logging back into Mandrill
  • Settings dialog now displays in small window
  • Add background to photo album page label for readability
  • Fix 'Guest Uploader Chooser' uploader

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![Sparkbooth 3.5 screenshot](/assets/2012/09/photo-booth-software-35/sparkbooth-screenshot-300x194.jpg "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](/assets/2012/08/installing-sparkbooth-on-mac-mountain-loin-os-10-8/sparkbooth-on-lion-300x134.png "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](/assets/2012/07/sparkbooth-evernote-devcup/evernote-devcup-logo.png "Evernote devcup logo")
Evernote devcup logo
![Sparkbooth Screenshot](/assets/2012/07/sparkbooth-evernote-devcup/xlarge-300x206.gif "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!