Windows-based photobooth system


Photoboof will run in demo mode until you install the key. The demo is completely full featured, but it overlays the word "demo" on each picture. You can buy a license here, or if you need your serial number re-emailed to you, click Help -> About -> Activate from Photoboof.

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.

Photoboof! Full Install
Photoboof Upgrader (must have version 7.0 or later already installed)

Attention Windows 7/8/10 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").

Update History

New in Photoboof 7.9463 (September 15, 2022)

  • Greatly improved Dropbox syncing when using Boofshare (our iPad app)
  • Support for more Canon DSLRs
  • When allowing people to choose whether or not to keep their picture, it no longer saves their unchosen pictures
  • Revamped system for exporting settings (when clicking File -> Export Settings) to make it much easier to export settings from one booth for importing to another. On the new booth click File -> Import Settings and browse to that file.
  • Improvements for people using the Phidget relay board to control lights.
  • Lots of improvements under the hood.

New in Photoboof 7.9461 (March 30, 2021)

  • For people having trouble sending email notifications, this should fix it.
  • Improvements to Dropbox syncing when using BoofShare (our iPad app).
  • Improvements to our admin interface, especially if storing your events by date.

New in Photoboof 7.94604 (December 15, 2020)

  • Our email server required some changes, so if you're sending emails from your booth you'll need this update.

New in Photoboof 7.946 (June 30, 2020)

  • Support for new Canon DSLRs.
  • Fix for an issue on some configurations where pictures would become discolored.
  • You can now save partial config files in your skin directory (name the file 'configuration.ini'), and any configs will be loaded when that skin is loaded.
  • Lots of improvements to the admin web interface.
  • Lots of little changes here and there.

Moved to a new server! (December 10, 2019)

  • Apologies for the glitches with emailing from our iPad app and Photoboof over the last couple of weeks, we were dealing with some server issues, which caused us to move to a new server, which itself caused some more issues. But all should be working beautifully now, phew!

New in Photoboof 7.945 (June 3, 2019)

  • Added the ability to make reprints from BoofShare (our iPad app)! In BoofShare's Settings, select "allow printing" and you can easily have a reprinting station. And below that you can set how many prints are allowed (set it to 0 for unlimited). And a hidden feature: if you double tap the Settings icon it'll make a reprint. Note that BoofShare printing only works when syncing via LAN, not Dropbox, for now at least.
  • A fix for an issue where duplicate pictures can appear in layouts.
  • A major fix if you're using the color chooser to prevent occasional distorted prints.
  • Many speedup improvements under the hood.

New in Photoboof 7.9444 (September 11, 2018)

  • Some improvements to the sketch and painting filters.
  • A bunch more improvements to the admin interface.
  • A fix for an issue where duplicate pictures can appear in layouts.
  • A fix for an issue where pressing the "reprint last" button will send more than one print.
  • A few other little fixes and improvements under the hood.

New in Boofshare 5.2 (August 23, 2018)

  • BoofShare (our iPad app) is now easily brandable! See "customizing graphics" here. And best of all is the ability to lower the photo gallery so you can put branding above it. In BoofShare's settings, near the top, see the ability to lower the gallery by however many pixels you want so you can add branding at the top.

New in Photoboof 7.944 (August 20, 2018)

  • Lots of improvements and fixes to Photoboof's new admin interface for remote controlling the booth from phones, tablets, and other devices. Reprinting strips works well now, and added a page to view just the last strip. As before, to test from your Photoboof computer you can visit localhost/admin, and it's still in beta and feedback invited!
  • Added the ability to share video versions of the animated GIFs to BoofShare, our iPad app. That makes sharing animations to social media like Instagram and Facebook much easier. Note that for now the video gifs need to be below 5 megabytes for the email icon to appear (will be raised shortly).
  • New version of BoofShare is live in the App Store! This adds the ability to easily change the graphical assets (see "customizing graphics" here).
  • Preliminary support for the DNP Wireless Print Server, which lets you easily connect a DNP printer wirelessly away from your booth. To use, join the Photoboof computer to the DNP Print Server, then go to Photoboof's Print Configuration screen and set the printer to "DNP Wireless Print Server" and click the "configure" button next to it, and put the address of the folder on the DNP Print Server that Photoboof should copy the strips to print them.
  • Fixed an issue when reprinting strips where multiple copies would print with some configurations.

New in Photoboof 7.9432 (August 11, 2018)

  • Very excited to announce the new admin interface that makes it possible to control your photobooth from your phone or any other device on the network. You can view strips as they're taken, make reprints, start and cancel sessions, take preview pictures, etc. And if you're shooting videos you can view them too. To use, go to using any webbrowser (changing that IP# to your Photoboof computer's IP#). Photoboof will show your computer's exact IP# when it first starts up in the log window. To test from your Photoboof computer you can visit localhost/admin. A work in progress and still in beta, feedback invited!
  • Photoboof's joystick interface got a big update, making it possible to easily connect lots of buttons to your booth using this cheap joystick encoder for example.
  • Since Phidget relay boards are still pretty pricey, added support for inexpensive HID relay boards (here and here for example, or here), and Denkovi relay boards.
  • Support for many new Canon DSLRs.
  • Updated our SFTP uploading engine to accommodate some changes on major website hosts such as Dreamhost.
  • Some really nice updates to BoofShare (our iPad app) are about to be released (details coming soon). You'll need to update Photoboof to at least this version to use them...

New in Photoboof 7.94202 (July 2, 2018)

  • Fixed an issue with printing on some configurations.

New in Photoboof 7.942 (June 28, 2018)

  • Made migrating settings between booths and backing up settings a lot easier: as before you can export all your settings and graphical assets by clicking File -> Export Settings. You can now import those files by clicking File -> Import Settings.
  • More improvements to syncing between Photoboof and BoofShare (our iPad app) over a network. Should be even faster now, and rock solid. Please email if you have any problems.

New in Photoboof 7.941 (June 5, 2018)

  • Added a few nice little features like the ability to print any picture through Photoboof by clicking File -> Print Chosen Pic from the main Photoboof window.
  • BoofShare 4.9 is live in the App Store! And this time syncing over LAN is really, truly, fixed. Updating to this version of Photoboof (7.941) isn't strictly necessary for the fix but it will give you information about any network timeouts if you still have any issues.

New in Photoboof 7.9403 (May 13, 2018)

  • A new version of BoofShare (our iPad sharing app) is in the App Store with a new transfer engine, that should greatly decrease the number of dropouts when syncing files over wifi. Please report back if you still get dropouts. And this update of Photoboof has a bunch of other improvements for syncing with BoofShare.
  • Lots of under the hood changes.

New in Photoboof 7.94 (April 17, 2018)

  • Added the ability to do combo video/photo sessions (a video followed by a photo session). To use, go to Preferences -> Triggers or Preferences -> Touchscreen and set the button you want to "video/photo".
  • Vastly improved webcam video recording.
  • Ability to set the printer to the default Windows printer. That way if your printer name changes when you plug it into a different USB port, there's no need to select the new printer. (Go to File -> Configure Printing and set to "Windows Default Printer").
  • Ability to export all your settings with one click by clicking File -> Export Settings. That will place a zip file on your desktop with your config files, skin, photo layout, greenscreen backgrounds if used, foreground images if used, and summary template. Handy.
  • Some other really nice changes coming shortly! But I wanted to get this update up in the meantime.

New in BoofShare 4.7 (November 7, 2017)

  • Fixed an issue with Dropbox support in BoofShare, our iPad app. There's no longer a need to uninstall the Dropbox app from your iPad when using BoofShare.

New in Photoboof 7.93 (October 23, 2017)

  • Fixed Dropbox support for BoofShare, our iPad app. Note that for now if you're using Dropbox to send pics to your iPad, you need to remove the Dropbox app from your iPad to use BoofShare. That will be fixed on our end within a day or two.
  • Fixed an issue with the Windows taskbar appearing on some Windows 10 systems.
  • Lots of under the hood improvements.

New in 7.92 (May 5, 2017)

  • Fixes to support for newer Canon DSLRs such as the 750D/T6i and 760D/T6s. Updated list of supported DSLRs are here. Note that Canon dropped support for Windows XP from their latest cameras, so nothing past the T5i will work with XP. But since lots of booths are still running XP Photoboof will continue to support it, just not with those cameras.

New in 7.91 (December 29, 2016)

  • Added a really nice new feature that lets you create movies from all the pictures in an event. Add soundtracks, watermarks, and there's no limit to how long the movies can be. Details are here.
  • Huge improvements when syncing to BoofShare (our iPad app) over the LAN. This fixes an issue where BoofShare would slow down during transfers, and the transfers should happen much faster now.
  • Added motion jpeg support for webcams that support it, which speeds up framerate and image quality. To enable it, go to Camera -> Video Options in Moving Images and check the box labelled "enable motion jpeg". If your camera supports it, it will then use MJPEG.
  • A bunch of under the hood improvements and fixes.

New in 7.901 (November 18, 2016)

  • A small fix related to emailing pictures on some systems.

New in 7.9 (November 1, 2016)

  • Added Twilio support so users can send pictures directly to their cellphones from Photoboof, without using an external website. Setup instructions are here.
  • Added the ability to make video versions of the GIF for sharing to services that don't support animated GIF, such as Instagram. To enable, go to Preferences -> Layout.
  • Added the ability to set a temporary skin for a session, which enables things like language choosers. You can assign any skin to any touchscreen region or button.
  • Added the ability to use an Arduino to control external lights and relays.
  • Improved SFTP support for uploading to remote servers.
  • Added the ability to have a single button start and stop videos when recording videos. Handy for people with single button setups.
  • Can now use the Monitored Folder with our iPad app BoofShare.
  • And lots of fixes and improvements under the hood.
  • And a new version of BoofShare is live in the app store! Lots of improvements and fixes there too.

New version of BoofShare is out! (October 19, 2016)

  • New version of BoofShare (our iPad sharing app) is live in the App Store! Added Twilio support so you can text photos via MMS, and a ton of improvements and fixes under the hood.

New in 7.87 (January February 3, 2016)

  • You can now assign any touchscreen region or start button to any skin, which is useful for letting users choose their language (just make one skin for each language you'd like to use).
  • Added the ability to upload photos via SFTP.
  • Fixed an issue with white pictures and the Canon T5/1200D. Please let us know if you still experience this issue.
  • Lots of improvements to the layout editor. For example changing the camera type won't resize the images anymore.
  • Fixed an issue with our iPad app when using Dropbox where it sometimes wouldn't upload the GIF.
  • And a new version of BoofShare is live in the app store! Lots of improvements and fixes there too.

New in BoofShare 4.0 (January 5, 2016)

  • A new version of BoofShare (our iPad sharing app) is live in the App Store! You can now completely skin the look of it, the share icons are always visible, and a bunch of under the hood improvements and fixes.

New in BoofShare 3.9 (October 6, 2015)

  • A new version of BoofShare (our iPad sharing app) is live in the App Store. Lots of usability improvements like keeping the share buttons visible at all times when viewing a photo, adding the ability to timeout to either a slideshow or the gallery, a fix for Twitter uploading on 64-bit iPads, and much etc.

New in 7.862 (September 24, 2015)

  • Fixed an issue on some systems where an error would prevent printing some sessions.
  • Can now use the iPad app when using the manual mode feature.
  • Lots of under the hood improvements.

New in 7.861 (August 12, 2015)

  • Some systems were having an issue moving the Viewer between monitors, that's fixed here.
  • A couple of other under the hood improvements.

New in 7.86 (July 1, 2015)

  • Video recording for webcams! And with really nice greenscreen too.
  • All grapical assets in the skins can now be PNGs with rounded edges.
  • There's a new skin called Modern Red that demonstrates a lot of these rounded edges. More new skins coming.
  • Facebook made some changes to their API, which broke our uploading, that's fixed in this version.
  • If you have the print chooser dialog enabled (where people choose how many prints they want), and someone leaves the booth without choosing how many prints they want, it will assume the session is abandoned and not print anything. Previously it would assume they still want a print.
  • Added a command at the start of video recording (command_before_video) and command after video recording (command_after_video) for triggering lights before and after a video session.
  • Many under the hood improvements.

New in version 3.5 of BoofShare (April 5, 2015)

  • A new version of BoofShare, our iPad sharing app, is out! Has a greatly improved off-line mode so you can let people share pictures even without an internet connection. To enable, go to Settings and turn on off-line mode. Then when your iPad has a good internet connection, go back to Settings and click "process off-line queue".
  • Also various other improvements and fixes.

New in 7.853 (January 15, 2015)

  • Improvements and fixes to video recording with some Canon DSLRs. And note that when recording video with Canon DSLR cameras, you now set the video resolution on the camera itself, as opposed to from Big Picture. To do that, disconnect the camera from the computer and go to the Menu/Settings on the camera itself. A good idea is to record a video with the camera disconnected from the computer, using the settings you'd like to use.

New in 7.8521 (December 24, 2014)

  • If you have some corrupted layouts, especially the double strip layouts, this will re-install corrected versions. Look for "Double Strip With Editable Text v2" (note the v2 at the end) for example. To delete any corrupted layouts, you can open them in the layout editor and then click File -> Delete. Please email if you need any more stock layouts resent to you.

New in 7.852 (December 18, 2014)

  • Many improvements to the new Layout Editor. Note that some layouts created with earlier versions may not open correctly, if that's the case please click File -> Export from the Layout Editor and export that layout (it'll place the file on the desktop) and email it over and we'll fix it for you.
  • Added the ability to the new Layout Editor to set coordinates of pictures and graphics manually. Note the "Manual Edit Mode" button near bottom left now. This means you can edit layouts strictly by coordinates if you prefer, or position everything using your mouse, or a combination of the two.
  • Added the ability to put QR Codes on your layout through Photoboof's layout editor. A really nice feature. To use, click the "add QR" button on the left side of the layout editor and put the text "{code}" where you want the photo code to appear. Incidentally, you can put "{code}" in the Layout Editor's text dialog if you want that code to be printed on the layout too. Feedback (and questions) invited.
  • The new layout editor should now have support for all accented characters.
  • Adds support for the Canon T5/1200D.
  • Added the ability to share GIFs via BoofShare, Photoboof's iPad sharing app. To enable, go to Preferences -> iPad and check the "use gifs" checkbox. You'll also need to turn on GIF creation by going to Preferences -> Layout. All GIFs created should then appear in BoofShare. Note that you'll need the latest version of BoofShare for this feature.
  • There's a new version of BoofShare, Photoboof's iPad sharing app, live in the App Store. Adds lots of great features, my favorite being the auto resuming slideshow, so if no one touches the iPad for awhile it'll start cycling through pictures. I've found that really draws attention to the iPad so it doesn't just sit at a corner at an event. Lots of other great new features too, like the ability to use your own Facebook App ID, a revamped interface, the ability to share GIFs, and lots and lots of under the hood optimizations. This is turning into a really great app, and feedback is definitely invited.
  • Added the ability to let users choose whether or not to make a print. So now at the end of a session users can choose how many prints they'd like (which you enable by going to File -> Configure Printing and setting the number of prints to "Ask How Many") or whether or not they'd like a print (set that to "Ask Yes or No").
  • Added the ability to put sounds when the background chooser appears, print chooser, each step of the countdown, and a few other places, all documented in the "Adding Sounds" section of the manual.
  • Added the ability to play a sound when the live view appears. Useful for giving directions and things like that. To use, place a sound named live_view.wav in your skin folder.
  • Added the ability to send HTML emails. From Preferences -> Email, check the box labelled "Enable HTML encoding", and you can include HTML tags in your emails. And note that this also lets you put the images inline in your email (inserted at a specific location in the email) as opposed to as attachments. See the third "advanced tip" here for more info on that.
  • Added the ability to assign a button to make not just one copy of the last session, but 2 or 3 or 4 copies. To use, go to Preferences -> Triggers and set some button action to "reprint_last2" (for two copies), etc.
  • Fixed an issue with uploading to Facebook pages with accented characters.
  • Fixed an issue on some systems with the final outro graphic not appearing.
  • Fixed an issue where the strip may not be emailed on systems that take more than 20 seconds to build the strip.
  • Lots of under the hood improvements.

New in 7.84 (July 22, 2014)

  • Added an option under the Action menu called "Show Camera Controller", which will move Photoboof's camera controller window over the main Photoboof window. Useful for people who lose the window on a secondary monitor, or even if you just want to show the camera window quickly using the keyboard shortcut of alt-C.
  • Improvements for people using buttons connected to their computer's mic jack.
  • People using slower processors such as the Atom series may want to set the "printed picture quality" in Preferences -> Layout to "fast", which will greatly speed up the speed that layouts are built with the new layout editor on those processors.
  • Improvements to the new layout editor for people using small monitors.
  • Fixes an issue with new layout editor where it will mistake the layout for a v1 layout.

New in 7.83 (July 3, 2014)

  • Restores the ability to set the paper orientation in Photoboof's print configuration screen, as opposed to the printer driver.
  • Fixes some issues with the 2nd column of pictures in the new layout editor if you're using cropping or rotation. If you still experience any issues with the new layout editor, please email support so we can fix it.
  • Fixes an issue with picture confirmations.
  • If file paths are getting truncated in your installation (for example in Preferences -> Greenscreen), this update will fix that.

New in 7.823 (June 19, 2014)

  • If you're using the bulk Facebook uploader (in other words, uploading every session to a single Facebook account) and getting logged out of Facebook after a few hours, this should fix that. Note that if you're using your own app ID you'll need to go to Preferences -> Facebook and add your app's "App Secret" code, which you get from More notes in the advanced tip here.
  • Photoboof now checks for multiple instances, and warns if you're trying to start more than one copy of it simultaneously. In other words, if someone accidentally clicks the shortcut twice, it will warn them about starting it multiple times.

New in 7.802 (June 5, 2014)

  • New layout editor! Much easier to use than the old layout editor, and just as powerful. To use it, click File -> Layout Editor. Usage notes are here. And note that you can still use the old layout editor if you prefer by clicking File -> Layout Editor Classic.
  • Added the ability to have two background choices when using greenscreen. To use, go to Preferences -> Greenscreen and set the greenscreen mode to "Background Chooser - 2 Choices".
  • Added the ability to shoot square pictures, for easier Instagram sharing. To use, open the new layout editor (File -> Layout Editor) and set the "camera type" to "square pictures". Now your live view and all pictures will be square.
  • Added a print chooser that lets users choose how many prints they'd like. To use it, go to File -> Configure Printing, and check the box at the bottom labelled "Ask how many prints". It will now let them choose between 0 and 3 prints.
  • Added the ability to build layouts using whatever test pictures you like, by clicking Test -> Test Layout With Chosen Pics.
  • Added the ability to use any layout built with the new layout editor as a summary, meaning the last screen of the photobooth session. This gives a tremendous amount of control over what you show your users at the end of the session. You can show them the completed layout, or the layout with some additions ("and thanks for using the photobooth!"), etc. To use, go to Preferences -> Summary and select one of the new layouts, or build a new one using the new layout editor.
  • Fixed an issue with rounding the edges on the live preview and trimming from the edges.
  • Changed the webserver system for displaying the slideshow from remote computers, so antivirus programs should no longer get suspicious. You can also have it running on ports other than port 80 now.
  • Added the ability to use physical buttons to emulate all touchscreen buttons. So now you can let users choose their own greenscreen backgrounds or color mode even without having a touchscreen. The gist is you go to Preferences -> Triggers and set the button action to "touchscreen-1" (to trigger the first touchscreen category), etc. More details here and here.
  • Improvements to the OEM rebranding for resellers.
  • Added the ability to use the background chooser for greenscreen backgrounds and still have the background images chosen sequentially. In other words, if someone chooses the second greenscreen category, you can have it use the images in the "button2" greenscreen folder sequentially instead of randomly now.
  • Fixed an issue with the monitored folder and layouts that have less than 4 pictures.
  • Many under the hood improvements.

New in 7.77 (February 27, 2014)

  • There's an update to our iPad app in the App Store. If you're using BoofShare, you should update it by going to the App Store on your iPad and then click Update next to BoofShare. If you get a crash after updating please delete the app from your iPad and then reinstall. And make sure you're running the latest version of Photoboof. Note that this version works fine even on older first generation iPads. There is one small known issue remaining: if your iPad doesn't have emailing configured yet, BoofShare will crash when you try to email pictures. Easy fix: either configure sending email on your iPad, or in BoofShare go to Settings and enable "custom emailing", which uses BoofShare's own email utility.
  • Fixed an issue with uploading pictures from Photoboof that some people were experiencing.
  • If you were having issues recording video, this should fix them, please contact support if not. We want to get video recording completely smooth.
  • Fixed an issue with vertical camera orientation when using Canon or Nikon cameras.
  • Fixed an issue that some people were experiencing linking to for the iPad app.
  • Fixed a sound timing issue on some systems.

New in 7.76 (February 11, 2014)

  • Fixed an issue with video recording with some Canon DSLRs. If you had problems with Photoboof not enabling video with your Canon DSLR, this is your fix.
  • The update of our iPad app is now live in the App Store! If you're using an iPad Generation 2 or higher, go to the App Store and update it. If you're using a Generation 1 iPad, hold off on this update for another day or two while we fix an issue with iOS 5.

New in 7.75 (February 6, 2014)

  • Added the ability to use your account to send pictures to our iPad app, instead of a wifi network. Very handy for using your iPad's built-in cellular data plan. And Twitter support is fixed too. Note that as of now the update to BoofShare is still waiting for approval, but email if you'd like to install using Test Flight. It should be live in the App Store within a couple of days.
  • Big improvements for Nikon DSLR and Canon DSLR video recording.
  • Added the ability to really easily associate foreground images with background images. In other words, adds the ability to easily use a specific foreground image every time a specific background image appears. In a nutshell, put the foreground image in the same folder with the background image, with the same name, but append "-fg" to the filename. More details here.
  • Fixed an issue with the background chooser.
  • Fixes for aspect ratio issues with some cameras.
  • Fixed a foreground image issue with webcams.
  • Fixed a crash on some systems when enabling or disabling uploading.
  • Many under the hood improvements.

New in 7.67 (December 12, 2013)

  • Photobooof's iPad sharing app got a big update that adds Twitter uploading and fixes the issues with iOS 7. You can see what version you're running by scrolling to the bottom of the Settings screen. If you're using less than version 1.5, you should definitely update to the latest version by going to the App Store -> Updates on your iPad.
  • Added a really nice background choooser, and populated it with some fun stock backgrounds. Go to Preferences -> Greenscreen and set the greenscreen mode to either "Choooser - 4 Options" or "Chooser - 8 Options", depending on how many categories you want to let people choose from. You can, of course, change the background categories if you'd like.
  • Added the ability for people to create their own Facebook App IDs. This means when Photoboof uploads pictures to Facebook for you, the images can be tagged with "Uploaded by Your Photobooth Company" or whatever. See the "Advanced Tip" here.
  • Fixed an issue when exporting CSV files. Should be much neater now.
  • Some improvements for people using coin and bill acceptors.
  • Fixed a delay after the program first launches, before the first session can start.
  • Lots of under the hood improvements.

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 contact us if you'd like to join.

New in 7.65 (July 14, 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 contact us 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 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 contact us 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 contact us 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 us 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)

  • 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.

New in 7.34 (June 8, 2011)

  • 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 us 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 us 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 names than 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.