Photobooth checklist for post COVID19

With many local restrictions being lifted on parties, events, and large gatherings, all across the world, now is the absolute best time to give your photobooth equipment a quick dusting over, blow off any cobwebs, and ensure that all of your equipment is ready to begin earning your business money again.

In this article, we are going to go through all of the things that you should be doing to ensure that any potential issues are avoided when you return to your events.

Windows Updates

Many booth operators have been out of work for almost an entire year. In that time, your machine would have missed out on many important security and feature updates. Updating your Windows machine during this downtime is best practice to ensure that it does not perform it’s update process at the start of (or worse, during) a paid event.

Software Updates

Similar to above, check your software has the latest updates and support subscription available. Different countries have had different rules regarding mass gatherings, with many countries allowing photobooth events to continue. This means that photobooth software developers have still been releasing updates to their software.

Touchscreen

Depending on your machine, and which touchscreen system it utilises, some updates require reconfiguration or recalibration of the touchscreen. Once everything has been updated, double check that your touchscreen is performing correctly and is accurate.

Printer check and media

Dust off your printers and run some test prints off. Ensure that you have a sufficient stock of print media, and that the printer is not showing any signs of degradation in print quality.

PLI and PAT

Confirm with your insurance companies that all required insurances are up to date and be aware of any policy changes that may have been implemented, given the recent events over the past 12 months. Also ensure that all equipment and power cables have been inspected for any damage and have passed their Portable Appliance Test, a.k.a ‘PAT Test’.

Facebook and Google ads

If you have disabled any online marketing, now may be a good time to begin advertising again. Check your online accounts for credit and see where you rank on popular search engines.

Online credit systems

If you utilise any online services which require credit systems, such as Twilio for SMS or MMS, or any background removal systems, or online storage, you should check that they are all in credit and any registered payment methods are still valid.

Remote control batteries

Often overlooked – if your photobooth requires the use of any remote controls, maybe for Key Fobs or TV remote controls, you should ensure that the batteries are still working and contemplate carrying some fresh spares, just in case.

Introducing the Booth Print PRO – the answer to COVID19 photobooth events?

 

 

Much more than just a print server – The new Booth Print PRO is the next generation print server, designed for photobooths, iPads, Android devices, computers, and even a DSLR camera.

With an impressive footprint not much larger than a deck of playing cards, this nifty little device is small enough to fit in your pocket, yet powerful enough to run an entire photobooth event – even during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

It features an impressive but discrete LCD touchscreen built in, allowing you to see exactly what the device is doing at any given time.

With a new WiFi engine built from the ground up, the Booth Print PRO will allow you to utilise either 2.4GHz or 5.0GHz spectrum, ensuring that WiFi coverage is never an issue at your event.

In addition to being able to print from almost any device, the Booth Print PRO will allow you take photo from a DSLR Camera and send it for instant printing at your event.

Want to offer more than just printing?
No problem – the Booth Print PRO effortlessly transforms any HDMI display or TV into an instant slideshow – showcasing all of your printed photos using smooth transitions and allowing the photos to be viewed in a much larger format around the entire venue.

Naturally, the Booth Print PRO still supports over 3,500 different printer models, and is able to be used with additional printers when printing from a Windows PC or Mac where supported, as well as being equipped with it’s own fully branded storage case, lined with protective padding.


Features

Virtual Booth

The Virtual Booth feature allows guests at an event to use their own mobile or tablet devices as a personal photobooth to take live photos at the event.

This allows for a contactless photobooth with very little overhead costs.

The Virtual Booth will show a series of animations on the users device, similar to a photobooth, and take their photo on their own device.
The Booth Print PRO then automatically applies the event template to the photos and prints them.

All that is required is for the customer to have an internet connection on their device.

This means that you do not need to physically be present at the event and the Booth Print PRO can be setup at your home/office location and still print the event photos in real time, allowing you to forward on the physical printouts after the event has concluded.

This would allow your clients to book a virtual photobooth with you, and use their own devices as their own personal photobooth.

Because of this, there would be no concerns over any COVID-19 \cross contamination as each user will be using their own device.

All photos can be printed in realtime (at your chosen location, such as home or office) so that you, your staff, your Booth Print PRO, and your equipment, do not need to attend the venue or event, which is perfect for any restrictions in place on who can/cannot attend a function due to any local  lockdown restrictions in place.

Once the event has concluded, you can collect all the printouts from your printer and post them on directly to your client, maybe inside a branded presentation book?

This provides a safe, contact free, virtual photo experience, with very little overheads for yourself.

Scan the QR Code here for a Live Demo (no photos will be printed, and no slideshow will be viewable in the demo)


Wireless DSLR connection compatible

The Booth Print PRO is capable of allowing you to take photos on a camera and automatically send them to the Booth Print PRO wirelessly to print and display as a slideshow on an external display such as a monitor, TV, or projector.


EXTENSIVE support for dye sub printers

Booth Print PRO has been designed purposely to work INSTANTLY with Dye Sublimation printers – an average of less than 7 seconds to print.

Just plug in your printer and job done – no need to mess with settings or look for obscure drivers.


Built in Hotspot mode

No need to rely on the venue’s own WiFi system. Booth Print PRO offers its own built in WiFi hotspot so you never have to deal with unreliable WiFi again.

If you already have your own WiFi system or mobile hotspot, you can let the Booth Print PRO connect to that too!


Supports WIRED and WIRELESS printing from Apple iPad

The Booth Print PRO allows you to connect via ethernet via the RJ45 port to allow for wired printing, direct from the iPad.


Allows internet connection

Booth Print PRO allows you to print wirelessly whilst still keeping your internet connection active – no need for extra hardware or WiFi adaptors.


Super simple setup

Booth Print PRO offers the most simplest setup procedure available on the market.

Just point your camera at the QR Code and you’re ready to go. No need to install drivers on the device – everything is automatic!

 

The Booth Print PRO is available for purchase now, and a special introductory launch price has been set.

You can place your order today at https://www.boothjunkie.co.uk/shop/booth-print-pro/

Our free gift for all trial users

We understand that during lockdown, idle thumbs can begin to twitch.
We also understand that people like good films, chocolate, and free gifts.

Our gift to you? BoothJunkie have reset *all* trial licences, allowing users to retrial the software for an additional 30 days – an entire extra month to play with the latest photobooth software available.

Sound good? Great!
But why are you still reading this? Go download your trial from https://www.boothjunkie.co.uk

COVID-19 photobooth lockdown sale

Doesnt time fly, when you’re on lockdown? 

There are just 10 days left of our lockdown sale – use this time to upgrade your photobooth business and stand out from the crowd once the lockdown is lifted.

All premium users have received a FREE 2 month extension to their subscription, and we also have up to 40% savings across the store, including software licences, premium renewal, transfers, light rings, key fobs, and wireless print servers.

Take a look around the store and see if you can spot yourself a bargain in time.

https://www.boothjunkie.co.uk/shop/

What BoothJunkie is doing to help in the fight against COVID-19

In light of these difficult times that our customers are facing, as of 16th April, until 30th April, BoothJunkie will be offering up to 20% discount on products available on the online store, including new Booth Junkie licences, and premium subscriptions.

With the current global situation, now is the perfect opportunity to use this free time to expand your brand and upgrade your equipment, ready for when the surge of bookings start to rush in.

In addition, any customers who had a valid premium subscription on 20th March 2020, will be receiving a 2 month extension on their premium subscription.
This will take effect this week and will show on your software and members dashboard on the website.

Send your photo booth images via WhatsApp for free

Booth Junkie has once again been the first to release a revolutionary new feature for photobooths.

You are now able to allow users to enter their phone number on your photobooth and send their images directly to their device via WhatsApp – completely free.

This new feature has been in the works for for over 13 months, and after a lot of hard work and testing, we are now able to offer this highly sought after feature to all of our premium subscribers.

To enable the WhatsApp feature, simply enable the messaging feature in the Sharing tab.

Booth Junkie V5 – Feature showcase

We have been working hard these last few months to bring you some amazing new updates and features to the Booth Junkie software for your mirror and photobooths.

Below is a sneak preview of what is to come in the all new Booth Junkie V5!

 

Disclaimer Option
When sending a photo via SMS or Email, you now have the option to display a disclaimer (or any other message), asking the user to consent to their photo being uploaded to a secure server in order to be sent via SMS and/or Email.

You can customise the message, as well as enable or disable the message, by opening the Admin Panel and selecting the “Sharing” tab, followed by the “Disclaimer” tab.

 

Copy event to USB
You can now copy all of your event photos directly to a USB memory stick from within the software.

This will clean up any unneeded files from the software and copy everything to the memory stick in it’s own folder ready for the customer, or even for your own backup.

You can find this new feature in the “Options” tab inside the Admin Panel.

 

Licencing Status
You can now view all of your licensing information, including the type of licence that you have, the expiry of your licence (if applicable), and the expiry of your support pack and/or premium features.

This will be shown at the bottom of the “Options” tab in the Admin Panel.

 

Print Settings
The print settings have now been moved to their own tab under the “Options” tab of the Admin Panel.This allows new print options to be made available, details of which, will be listed below.

 

Enable Printing
This allows you to control whether or not you want to offer printing to your guests.

This may seem obvious to some, but for those who want to offer a digital only option with BoothJunkie, this feature is going to be used a lot by you.

 

Allow User To Select How Many Prints
A lot of users have asked for this feature, so we are very excited to release this one.Enabling this option will allow your guests to select how many copies of the photo they would like to print.

This is very handy if you offer a print per person, as the guests can enter how many of them would like a print and get the exact right amount.

You can control the maximum amount of prints allowed in any one session by changing the “Maximum prints per session” option on this page.

 

Print Double Strips
Enabling this option will take the 2×6 strip from the software, and duplicate it side by side into a 4×6 sheet, allowing most printers to be able to cut a single sheet of 4×6 media in half, resulting in the same image on both halves.

This option should be used for anybody using the Mitsubishi range of printers, including the CPD70DW and CPD80DW printers, amongst others.

 

Always Print 1 Extra Copy
Using this option, the software will always send 1 additional copy to the printer, which is useful for when offering a guestbook with your services.

No matter how many prints are requested by the users, the software will always print you just one additional copy using this feature.

 

Primera IP60 Support
With these new settings now being introduced, we are happy to announce that any of our users who are also using the Primer Impressa IP60 printer, can now print just one single 2×6 strip print, without the printer trying to, or having to, print an additional copy.

Depending on your print layout settings and paper orientation, you may find that you need to also enable to “Reverse Orientation” setting on this page in order for the prints to be printed correctly by the printer.

 

Use Legacy LV
We have removed the option of switching between Legacy Live View mode and Modern Live View modes on the Selection Screen.

This will hopefully eliminate any issues with the Live View screen not rendering correctly on some computers and will make the entire experience much more user friendly.

 

Better Live View quality and Webcam support
In addition to the new Live View changes, we have rebuilt the webcam libraries too which results in a much cleaner, smoother live view capture for those of you using webcams, especially in pods or on Windows tablets.

 

New Print Layout changes
We have made a few very subtle changes to the Print Layout editor, most of which you will not notice, but the biggest change which may catch your eye, are the new numbers which appear on the image placeholders, indicating which image is which – very handy when designing multi shot printouts.

We have also changed the image placeholder from grey to blue, which makes it easier to see exactly where the image is against the canvas.

 

Random animations
Another feature which we kept on promising, was to support random animations.

In the workflow editor, you will notice that when selecting an animation, you will now see a tick box next to each one.

With this, you can tick as many (or as few) animation files as you wish, and each time the software runs that line, it will pick a random animation from the selection that you have made.

This way, no two sessions have to be the same and you can offer a range of different animations at any point during the user experience for your guests.

 

Brand new DSLR Camera controls
Our last update see the introduction of the new “External Flash Mode” feature, which allowed users to offer a Live View when shooting with a manual exposure and using a flash/strobe light.

This time around, we have beefed the entire thing up. You can now see from within the “Camera” tab exactly what settings are dialled into the camera, as well as the shooting/exposure mode on the dial.

Even better, you can now also change those settings from within the software itself (with the exception of the physical dial), and even set the software to automatically override the camera settings just before each shot – this is something which would be very handy if your staff team members accidentally adjust the camera settings whilst setting up their event and are not sure what they have changed.

 

Extra animation and template downloads
We will be adding a new collection of animations, sound effects, and templates to our download library.

You can access this by navigating to the “Add Files” tab, and then the “Catalogue” tab in the Admin Panel.

We have also added some minor tweaks and bug fixes to the software, which as usual, will pave the way for some more exciting features which we are still developing for the software.

 

Stay tuned and keep your eyes out for more news shortly!

BoothPrint – The Wireless Photobooth Print Server for iPad booths

We have a little secret to share with you all…

We would like to publicly announce our latest accessory to be entered into the photobooth industry.

Our new Booth Print – the Wireless Photobooth Print Server.
Booth Print will allow you to convert your existing printers into fully AirPrint compatible devices – meaning that you can print to them from your favourite iPad based photobooth app, and even your iPhone devices.
Amazing!

Right now, BoothPrint only supports around 3500+ different models of printer…..
Now we know that you may have hoped that it supports more, but that is a lot of printers…we wouldn’t have any more storage space to keep them!

The best part about Booth Print though, is that it will let you use the printer on your device and simultaneously let you access the internet!
No more having to disconnect printers at the end of the event and reconnect to a WiFi connection to upload your social shares.
Finally!

What really sets BoothPrint light years ahead, is that it is a simple plug and play device – just connect your printer and BoothPrint takes care of the rest for you.
No more configuring obscure drivers or making changes to scary looking settings.
Hurrah!

Oh, and yet another cool little feature on BoothPrint, is that it has its own contactless microchip embedded inside of it. This really clever little chip, means you can ‘tap’ against the BoothPrint and the device will automatically connect to it without needing to enter long complicated passwords.
Awesome!

BoothPrint has been undergoing lots of test this year from different suppliers in the photobooth industry and was showcased at one of the recent annual photobooth social meetups, where it was put through its paces.
After a final bit of tweaking and making everything look all pretty – it’s finally available to everyone! Yay!

We will be continually adding new features an updates to BoothPrint – which can be automatically downloaded by the device itself without interrupting the use of the printers.
Clever…

You can purchase your very own BoothPrint right now for £295.00 – more information can be found at https://www.BoothPrint.co.uk

Upload photo booth images directly to Facebook

We have some fantastic news to share with you all 

Booth Junkie have now been fully authorised as Facebook Developers and has been granted to required permissions to upload images directly to Facebook from within the Booth Junkie software again.

It has been a long, drawn out process which we have been enduring since August 2018.
There have been many hoops to jump through, lots of agreements and document signing, and lots of back and forth, but everything is now in motion.

Being able to upload directly to Facebook is a big feature that a majority of corporate clients often request when booking a photo booth, and can also be used to help self promote your business as an avenue of free advertising and showcasing your services.

Head over to the “Sharing > Facebook Upload” tab on Booth Junkie to begin automatically sharing your images directly to Facebook.