Photoboof will run in demo mode until you enter a serial number. The demo is completely full featured, but it overlays the word "demo" on each picture. You can buy a serial number here, or if you need your serial number re-emailed to you, let us know.
Instructions: download the program, install, then read the help file to get started. Email if you have any questions or problems. If you have trouble setting things up we'll gladly log into your computer remotely to get everything set up for you.
Attention Windows 7 and 8 users: if you're using a Canon Powershot and having trouble connecting to your camera, please set Photoboof to run as administrator (right-click the file c:\photoboof7\photoboof7.exe and choose Properties, then Compatibility, and set "run as administrator").
New in 7.66 (November 8, 2013):
- Our iPad app is live in the App Store! You can load it onto as many iPads as you like, and people can view pictures live as they're taken in the booth, browse earlier pictures, share to Facebook, email, SMS, etc., all from a beautiful and clean interface. BoofShare is still in beta, and Twitter support won't be live for a few more days, but its already working well enough to use at an event. More usage notes here. Note that you'll need to update Photoboof to the latest version to use it.
- New watermark feature, lets you watermark all your pictures as they're taken. If enabled, Photoboof will still save unwatermarked versions of your pictures, which lets you change the watermark later or share clear versions of the pics. But the versions that get shared to Facebook, FTP and via email will have your watermark.
- Added a color chooser that lets users choose their color mode (color, b&w, sepia, etc) at the start of each session. Go to Preferences -> Camera, and set the color mode to either "color chooser1" (color, b&w or sepia), "color chooser2" (color or b&w), "color chooser3" (color or sepia) or "color chooser4" (b&w or sepia). Note that it'll use the graphic "color_chooser1.jpg", "color_chooser2.jpg", etc., in your skin folder as the graphical asset, so you get full control over the look and feel of this screen.
- Photoboof no longer saves the layout names in the saved strips. In other words, if your layout is called "double strip", the saved file name will no longer be something like "100063 - double strip.jpg", it'll just be "100063.jpg". You can re-enable it in the config file if you'd like, but I think most people prefer it this way.
- Some fixes to uploading to Facebook business pages.
- Fixed an issue with the Canon T5i/700D and SL1/100D.
- Greatly improved video with Nikon cameras. There's still an issue with video resolutions on some Nikons where the user can't select larger video resolutions, will be fixed shortly.
- Greatly improved support for unicode characters, such as letters with accents from non-English languages. If you experience any issues with any unicode characters, please email support.
- Modified the copy_pics and copy_strips feature so you can copy your pictures to multiple locations. This is useful for creating slideshows, copying to thumbdrives, etc. Search for "copy_pics" in the Odds & Ends section of the manual for more info.
- If you're creating secondary strips (a second layout), it will now save to the subfolder /strips2 instead of strips_secondary. And added the ability to make a third version of the layout, which saves to strips3. Search for the text "third_layout" in the Odds & Ends section of the manual for more info.
- Some fixes to money mode support.
New in 7.6551 (August 27, 2013):
- The iPad sharing app beta is back on, please email if you'd like to try it.
- Fixed an issue with strip emailing on some systems that store their strips by event date.
New in 7.6535 (August 18, 2013):
- Fixed an issue with GIF creation on some systems.
- Preliminary integrated support for Nikon DSLRs (to use, go to Preferences -> Camera and set the "camera controller" to "Photoboof with a Nikon DSLR". Some fun new features to the Nikon cameras are coming shortly...
- The iPad beta is paused while we get it ready for the next round of changes, it should be ready within a few days.
New in 7.65 (July 14, 2013):
- For touchscreen users, added the ability to cancel a session by touching the top left of the screen.
- Made an improvement for people who are occasionally losing their live views on Canon DSLRs.
- The beta of our iPad slideshow and sharing app is going strong, please email if you'd like to join.
New in 7.64 (July 1, 2013):
- Much easier to configure Facebook and FTP uploading, all doable from Preferences now.
- Can easily configure uploading to Facebook business pages now.
- Support for the new iPad beta slideshow app (please email if you'd like to try that).
- Preliminary support for video assets in the Viewer. Currently you can show a video for the ready screen ("touch here to start") by putting a file named ready.mov or ready.mp4 in your skin folder (by default, that's c:\photoboof7\assets\default). Support for other assets coming shortly, please send any feedback you'd like on this feature.
- Many other improvements under the hood.
New in 7.637 (June 14, 2013):
- New iPad app! You can set up as many iPads as you'd like at a venue and Photoboof will copy the sessions as they happen (the pics, the strips or both), where people can view them, email them, share to Facebook, etc. And has a really nice slideshow feature. Please email if you'd like to try the beta.
- Fixed an issue that could cause the configuration to reset if the Photoboof computer loses power.
- Fixed Facebook uploading, which broke when Facebook changed their API yet again. Hopefully they're done making changes for awhile.
New in 7.634 (May 13, 2013):
- For Facebook uploading to user accounts, added the option of uploading either strips or pics or both. And if uploading the strips, you can choose a secondary layout (in other words, a layout you make just for Facebook uploading). See here for more details, though the documentation will be improved shortly.
- Slight change to paper splitting with Hiti printers: there's now two paper splitting methods to accommodate the different versions of the printer driver. If one method doesn't work for you, try the other. You'll see the options in Photoboof's printer configuration screen.
- Fixed an issue with the background chooser.
New in 7.622 (April 11, 2013):
- Fixed a stability issue with data entry on booths that run for weeks at a time.
- Should handle directories with massive numbers of pictures better now.
- Some changes to the bill acceptor system.
- A few under the hood changes to speed things up.
New in 7.6206 (March 11, 2013):
- Added a really nice new bulk Facebook uploader so you can upload all pics to a single Facebook account. More deets in "method 1" here.
- Added a super fun feature: the ability to create animated GIFs either of each session or even of an entire event. You can then email them, or FTP them, or just put them on a webpage. More deets here.
- New background chooser feature: if you want to let users choose their own backgrounds, on the "Greenscreen" folder tab of preferences, select "Show background chooser" and they'll be shown a chooser at the start of the session. For example, if they press button 1 on the background chooser, Photoboof will pick a background from the c:\photoboof7\backgrounds\background_chooser\button1 folder.
- Added the ability to have triple strip layouts (or quadruple, etc.). See the new layout named "Triple Strip" for a sample. Very useful for 6x8 paper.
- Fixed an issue with "abort on timeout" when using data entry.
- Fixed an issue with foreground images.
- Support for the Canon T4i and other new Canon DSLRs, every Canon DSLR now works.
- You can now show an animation for your Ready graphic instead of a static JPG. See the 3rd "Advanced Tip" here for more details.
- If you edit your configuration.ini file manually or have done a lot of Photoboof updates, you might like the new feature that formats your configuration file. Click File -> Update Raw Preferences file and the structure will be updated with all the new comments and variables.
- There's a new and much more reliable bill acceptor system. If you're using this, please email and we'll get you started with this. Documentation coming shortly.
- Fixed a focusing error issue on some Canon DSLRs.
- Full Windows 8 support.
- Lots of under the hood changes and improvements.
- Fixed an issue with timeouts on the data entry screens.
New in 7.528 (August 31, 2012):
- Greatly improved the data entry pages. You can now easily use an external keyboard (as opposed to the onscreen keyboard), and the fields are easier to edit..
- The tilda key on the keyboard (the one at top left on most keyboards) now focuses the Photoboof program window, which is nice for single monitor systems, or if you can't find the mouse cursor.
- Added "page up" and "page down" keyboard hotkeys so you can easily use wireless presenters such as this one to wirelessly do things like start a session, make an extra copy of the last session, etc.
- Fixed an issue with the viewer for people who weren't launching it automatically.
- Fixed the "reprint last" function on some systems that were using grid layouts.
New in 7.517 (August 1, 2012):
- A really nice new Facebook uploading feature that lets you upload pictures to a single Facebook account. Details are here.
- Fixed an issue with vertical camera orientation with some cameras.
- When Photoboof sends notification emails, it now appends the computer name to the email for people who have multiple booths in the field.
New in 7.51 (July 14, 2012):
- Photoboof can now send emails without having to specify an external SMTP server. This makes sending emails from Photoboof much easier and more robust.
- There's a new very powerful FTP uploading feature that lets you upload each picture and/or strip after its taken. If your booth is off-line it'll build an upload queue and keep trying to upload until it finds an internet connection. More notes here.
- You can now let users retake pictures! After each picture is taken, the users can be asked whether they'd like to keep the picture or take another. Notes here.
- Added the ability to copy the most recent strips and pics to multiple directories (multiple thumbdrives, whatever). This makes building event folders super easy. See notes in manual under "odds & ends"..
- F2 now shows/hides the Slideshow (just as F1 shows/hides the Viewer)
- Changed paper splitting behavior with Sony UP-DR200: you no longer have to select 2 copies in Photoboof's printer configuration screen. Just check "Sony UP-DR200" under paper splitting.
- Fixed a focusing error issue on some Canon DSLRs.
- Fixed an issue with the classic summary cropping the pictures on some monitors.
- Added the ability to specify a separate layout for FTP uploading, and to shrink the layout before it gets uploaded. Deets here.
- Added the ability to specify a separate layout for emails, and to shrink the layout before it gets uploaded. See Preferences -> Email, should be pretty straight forward.
- Added new greenscreen mode where the backgrounds are swapped sequentially, meaning you can have the same greenscreen background for picture 1, then another for picture 2, etc. See Preferences -> Greenscreen.
- Added the ability to import settings, which can be complete configuration files or any group of settings. In other words, you can make a file containing a few Photoboof settings, and easily import them. This makes updating booths in the field super easy. More notes here.
- Added the ability to have no countdown shown before each picture is taken. To do this, set "picture_delay_before" to 0 in configuration.ini.
- Touchscreen regions are now calculated based on the size of the ready graphic (ready.jpg) instead of the Viewer monitor.
- New hotkeys for specifying the amount of prints for the current session: control-1 to print one strip, control-2 to print two strips, etc. Note that these are global shortcuts, meaning Photoboof doesn't need to be focused for these to work. So if there's 4 people in the booth and you want to print a strip for each of them, you can press control-4 at any time during their session to print 4 strips.
- Some improvements to the system to use a webcam for live preview with cameras that don't natively support live preview.
- Fixed a glitch on some systems when recording video wtih the Canon Rebel T3i.
- You can now optionally put fonts you use in your layouts in c:\photoboof7\layouts\fonts, which is nice for portability. In other words, fonts don't necessarily need to be installed in Windows to use them with Photoboof.
- For people who are showing the picture inside a frame, changed the picture frame graphic from picture_frame.jpg to picture_frame.png to allow for transparency.
- Big changes under the hood, let me know if you have any issues.
New in 7.453 (August 2, 2011):
- Added a new slideshow option to display only a single image. This slideshow must be launched through a webbrowser. See the help manual under Slideshows for more info.
New in 7.43 (July 28, 2011):
- Fixed an issue with paper splitting on Hiti printers.
- There's now a GUI to configure the new data entry and emailing feature. The feature is still in beta, please let me know any issues.
- Fixed an issue with the live preview not appearing on the secondary monitor for some webcams.
New in 7.38 (July 26, 2011):
New in 7.34 (June 8, 2011):
- Photoboof can now email pictures live from your booth! Users can enter their email address and Photoboof will email the completed layout after its built. If the booth is off-line Photoboof will queue everything up and email it the next time it finds an internet connection. Usage instructions are here.
- You can now easily print picture codes on your layouts. The feature is very powerful: the codes are non-sequential and you can set the code length. You can then print it anywhere on your layout, in any font, at any size. Photoboof then saves a version of your strip in the folder c:\photoboof7\strips-coded, named after the code. For example, if the code is 5tykb, Photoboof will save a copy of the strip in c:\photoboof7\strips-code\5tykb.jpg. See "Printing Picture Codes on your Layouts" here.
- You can now let users choose their own greenscreen backgrounds. See "Letting Users Choose Their Backgrounds" here.
- You can now let users choose their own foreground images. See "Letting Users Choose Their Foreground Images" here.
- You can now specify a printer and paper size for different layouts. That means you could have one layout that prints to 2x6 strips and another that prints to 4x6 paper without having to make any changes to your printer configuration, or even let users print to a remote scrapbook printer just by clicking a different button or touchscreen region. See "Specifying Printers and Paper Size" here.
- Photoboof can now keep your pictures and strips organized by date. For example, it'll place your pictures in c:\photoboof7\events\2011-07-26\pics and your strips in c:\photoboof7\events\2011-07-26\strips. One nice feature is that the date doesn't roll over until 5am, so when your event goes late the pictures will still all be in the same folder. See the last "Odds & End" here for usage instructions.
- Fixed an issue with live preview not appearing on some DSLRs.
New in 7.32 (May 13, 2011):
- Fixed an issue when using dual button assemblies where sometimes the color mode would reset to color.
New in 7.31 (May 6, 2011):
- Added support for paper splitting with the Hiti P510 printer. If you're using this printer and want to split your 4x6 paper into two 2x6 strips, go to Photoboof's printer configuration and check "Hiti P510" under the "paper splitting" section. This should work for the other Hiti printers that support paper splitting as well, though that's currently unconfirmed (let me know how it works for you).
New in 7.3045 (April 15, 2011):
- Added support for the Canon T3i and T3.
- Fixed a pixellation issue in the live preview.
- A few under the hood chnages.
- Introducing video! Photoboof can now shoot video with the following Canon DSLRS: Rebel T2i (aka 550D), 1D Mark IV, 5D Mark II, and the 7D. The video quality is spectacular, and since Photoboof captures the video to the camera card and then transfers it to the computer it doesn't bog down the CPU or cause dropped frames. You can shoot 30fps 1080p HD video. More notes here Let me know how it works for you.
- Lots of improvements with Canon DSLRs, especially in handling focusing errors.
New in 7.21 (January 30, 2011):
- Added the ability to connect a second set of USB buttons. Details are in the first Advanced Tip here.
- Added the ability to pause the live view between sessions. This is especially nice for Canon DSLRs, which tend to get hot with prolonged use of the live view. For now, to enable this feature open Photoboof's configuration file (click File --> Edit Raw Preferences) and search for "live_preview_pausing" and set it to "yes".
- Enabled the file prefix fields in Photoboof's camera controllers, which can help keep pictures from different events separate. In other words, if you're using a Canon camera, you can put some word in Big Picture's 'filename prefix' field and the word will appear before all your photos and pictures. If you're using a webcam, put the prefix in Moving Images.
New in 7.15 (January 7, 2011):
- Big news for Canon DSLRs: you can now set separate shutter (TV) and aperture (AV) values for the Live Preview. In other words, you can brighten your live view without affecting your pictures. This solves a *huge* issue with Canon DSLRs. In Big Picture, scroll down until you see the "Live View" options. After making a change, take a picture to see the update. Doesn't work for models that have the earlier version of live view, like the 40D. Also works for Powershots, and is great for the Powershot G9 and G10.
- For Canon DSLRs, added the ability to shoot in "RAW + JPEG". Your RAW images will be saved alongside your jpegs in the pics folder.
- For Nikon and Canon DSLRs, if you get a focus error Photoboof now displays "focus_error.jpg" from the skins directory and tries a maximum of 5 times to take the picture.
- Support for the new Canon 60D. Also fixed some connection issues with the 20D.
- Changed the way USB button presses are handled to account for some electronically noisy environments that were triggering phantom presses.
- If you're using a webcam and have multiple webcams or imaging devices on your system, Photoboof does a better job of remembering which webcam is your primary.
- With Nikon DSLRs, does a better job of recovering from focus errors.
- Greatly expanded joystick button support. You can now use different joystick buttons to start Photoboof in different modes (b&w, sepia, color, specific layout, etc.). See the manual under Help --> Show Manual for notes.
- added image sharpening. In Big Picture, see Camera --> Image Sharpening. Can either be basic sharpening or very configurable.
- For "duplicate printer" feature (printing to two printers simultaneously), added a slight delay between sending each print job as the print spooler was crashing on some systems.
New in 7.08 (September 20, 2010):
- Changed the way the countdown is shown before the pictures are taken. Mostly under the hood changes, but let me know if this causes any problems for you. This fixes the countdown occasionally appearing in the corner of the screen, and a memory leak on some systems that caused an occasional crash.
- Added the ability to automatically copy the strips and/or pictures to some other folder or device. This can be useful for automatically copying the strips to a thumbdrive for the client, or for 3rd party slideshow programs. See the last bullet-point here for more notes on this.
- Fixed the "delayed launch" so it works with Photoboof 7. FYI, you put a shortcut to this file (c:\photoboof7\utils\delayed_launch.exe) in your Windows Startup directory to have Photoboof launch automatically when the computer starts up, and it waits for all your drivers and other processes to load first.
- If you're using a Griffin Powermate or triggering Photoboof from some other program, note that the trigger program has moved from c:\photoboof7\utils\trigger.exe to c:\photoboof7\trigger.exe. It won't work if you move it back to c:\photoboof7\utils.
- Minor note: updated the comments in configuration.ini. If you're upgrading from a previous version you'd have to reset your configuration file to see the updated comments.
New in 7.06 (September 16, 2010):
- Fixed a glitch if using the "force strip creation" feature. Strips and grids produced by "force strip creation" and "force grid creation" are now saved to the "strips2" folder.
- The "developing.jpg" graphic display should be fixed on all systems.
- Changed the way multiple copies are printed. If you have Photoboof set to print multiple copies, it will now send a single job multiple copy job to the printer, instead of multiple print jobs. The primary advantage of this is if you're using a printer such as the Sony UP-DR200 with the paper splitting driver and want to print your strip to both sides of a double strip layout.
New in 7.04 (August 26, 2010):
- By popular demand, added the following Photoboof v6 layouts: grid2, grid3, strip, strip2 and strip3. Note that with Photoboof 7 you put your logo files in c:\photoboof7\layouts, not c:\photoboof7\assets\default. And since its Photoboof 7, you can open the layouts in the Layout Editor (click the "edit" button next to the layout in Preferences) you edit everything about the layout such as background color, logo size, picture borders, etc.
New in 7.02 (August 11, 2010):
- Full greenscreen support for Canon Powershots, Canon DSLRs, and all webcams. Users see themselves super-imposed on the background during the live preview before each picture is taken, you can use any background color you want, and the quality of the pictures is spectacular. Set any graphics file as the background, or even a movie. The "random background" mode is super fun. More notes here.
- By popular demand, added a "monitored folder" feature, where Photoboof watches the folder c:\photoboof7\monitored_folder for new pictures, and processes them as a strip layout when enough pictures appear in the folder. This lets you use a secondary roving camera at an event. More details here.
- Most of the graphical assets in the skins directory now have different namesthan before. For simplicity, everything is now a JPG instead of a PNG except for the countdown graphics.
- Photoboof now installs to the c:\photoboof7 driectory. If you're upgrading from version 6, you need to download the full installer, not the upgrader.
- All the layouts are now editable. There's lots of templates included as starting points, and many more coming.
- Photoboof guides people through the process of configuring things on Windows 7 a little better. Remember the golden rule: right-click c:\photoboof7\photoboof.exe and click Properties --> Compatibiilty --> Run As Administrator. And you might want to turn off Windows 7's "user access control", which will otherwise nag you whenever Photoboof interacts with its camera controller. You can do that from Windows Control Panel, or when the nag appears simply click the link at the bottom of the nag window and then move the slider all the way down.
- Fixed an issue with the Slideshow where some systems would display only the most recent picture instead of the 16 picture slideshow when the booth isn't in use.
- With Canon DSLRs, if your camera has trouble focusing when taking a picture, Photoboof will now try again instead of simply reporting the error.
- Fixed "error cropping picture" errors.
- More speed improvements for netbooks.