dslrBooth Professional Edition Released – v2.0.1.0

Professional Edition for Windows

We’ve released our two top requested features in a professional edition for Windows 7 and Windows 8 of our software. These features are:

  • Live View which allows people to see a video of themselves before the camera takes a picture. This is supported by most recent dslr cameras.
  • Green Screen (Chroma Key) allowing the replacement of a green or blue background with a custom background. We’re using state of the art Green Screen technology and in our usual style have taken out all the complexity of doing green screen. The process is completely automated and effortless.
We’d love for you to try out these new features before you buy our professional edition. Both features can be tested in our Demo or Standard Windows editions with the only limitation of having a watermark on the video/images.
We have one more feature in the works for our professional edition such as adding customizable layouts and allowing custom paper sizes. This feature should be out within a couple of weeks.
We think you’ll love this new edition and we’re eager to hear your feedback.

Standard Edition for Windows

Our software that’s always been available and has the core features is now called the Standard Edition. We managed to throw in a few features in this release including:

  • Layout/Overlay Wizard to streamline the way to choose your layout and brand with your overlay. This is now available with a realtime preview of how your prints will come out.
  • Faster connection to Nikon cameras.
  • Retry triggering camera up to four times when camera is unable to autofocus.
  • Minor Redesign of Start Button and lower bar.
As always, this is a free update if you already purchased dslrBooth within the last year.
Also as of this release, if you’re on Windows XP, you’ll need to also have Windows Media Player 11 installed. This is a free update from Microsoft and is needed to support our new features.

Updating From Older Versions

You’ll need to uninstall dslrBooth, download the latest version from our website and install it.

Professional Edition for Mac

At this time, we do not have a Professional Edition for the Mac but let us know you’re interested by filling this form and you’ll encourage us to build it.

dslrBooth Exhibiting at WPPI Photography Expo – Free Expo Passes

Come see us at the Wedding and Portrait Photography Expo March 11-13th with a FREE Expo Only pass! WPPI is a week-long event in Las Vegas combining educational seminars with a major industry expo and networking events, all designed around learning the latest techniques, building new relationships and growing a businesses in a friendly, fun environment – all at one time, in one place.
Register by March 6th and your Expo Only Pass is FREE

We’ll be at booth 1568.

Release Notes v1.0.381 for Mac – New Layouts for dslrBooth for Mac

As promised a few weeks ago, we’ve added 4 more layouts to our Mac software. Now both Windows and Mac versions have the same layouts for you to enjoy. In addition, based on popular request, we’ve added a brand new layout to both our Windows and Mac editions. Hope you enjoy them.

Run a live photo booth slideshow

It’s easy to run a slideshow of your photo booth photos or prints. All you need to do is run one of the following software on a secondary display or run on another computer.

Next, setup the software to read from dslrBooth’s image directory. You can find the location of your directory by clicking the “Images Directory” link in the main menu. Once you know where your images are, they final step is deciding if you wish to play a slideshow of your prints or original photos. There is a separate folder for each under dslrBooth’s images directory.

Release Notes v1.4.1 for Windows – New Layouts

Overhauled our layout engine, we’ll now be able to add new layouts much faster and are contemplating allowing our users to make up their own. As part of this work, we’re releasing a minor update to add two new layouts for Windows users. And yes, we’ll be adding these to our Mac version very soon.

Have another layout in mind? Contact us and send us a link or e-mail us what it looks like and we’ll do our best to add it.

Starting your photo booth with a button

We’ve had several people ask about how to setup their photo booths so guests can start the sequence of taking pictures with a button. The best option we’ve found is to use the Griffin Powermate. It’s a usb button that works with PCs and Macs. In our testing, it looks great, is easy to setup and works great with dslrBooth. Once you get your powermate, download the drivers from griffin’s website. Then setup the button push action to send the SPACE keyboard key.

Interested in a foot switch instead, we recommend the StealthSwitch USB Foot Switch. Again, just configure the switch’s software to send the SPACE keyboard key.

Make sure you have setup dslrBooth to trigger camera automatically or else pressing the button will only start the countdown and nothing else.

Release Notes – v1.4.0.0 for Windows – Windows 8 Support

We have had several people ask whether dslrBooth works on Windows 8 or not and we actually weren’t sure of the answer. We’ve been doing some testing and have made a few tweaks and the latest version is now fully compatible with Windows 8 with one minor caveat.

Windows 8 has a new feature called SmartScreen which is meant to help in preventing installation of malware. Microsoft was quite zealous though and decided to categorize all new windows 8 software as risky software and shows users an information message that it prevented an unrecognized app from starting. We have done everything we can to avoid this warning but until Microsoft has some mercy on us independent software developers, users will have to go through this warning. To bypass the warning, all you have to do is click on More info and click Run anyway. You’ll see the publisher as Hope Pictures which is our parent company which is perfectly fine. Our software is digitally signed to prevent against being altered by anyone so rest assured the software you download from us is 100% safe. It’s a bit annoying that users have to go through this but pretty easy to get around.

Release Notes – v1.3.0.2 for Windows

We’ve improved setting printer settings by adding a new menu item for Print Settings. You can now easily and quickly pick printer, paper size, orientation instead of having to go to the control panel to do this. Also, dslrBooth no longer overwrites your chosen paper size. This is useful for those that are using commercial photo booth printers that would like to use the 2×6 cutting feature by changing the paper size. Printer settings are stored across restarts so set them up once and forget about them if you’re not changing your layout. We’re all about streamlining things in case you haven’t noticed :)