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Congratulations to this week's Chromecast winners! There's still time to be entered in the Photo Booth Solutions June Chromecast giveaway.  Just pick up any PBS product and you are automatically entered to win a Chromecast to stream slideshows to any TV right from your photo booth.

Dion Guldbjerg - Montor
Nick Luts
Ulysses Chan
Ronnie Roux - Snap & Sketch
Dave Marmaelli - DGM Photos

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A great tip was posted in the Photo Booth Solutions Users group today.  This customer was losing leads from guests who were calling his Twilio # from the SMS messages they were receiving from the photo booth.  He found out from Twilio that you can have calls to this # forwarded so no more lost leads!
Make sure you join the Facebook Users Group for more great tips and conversation.

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Google Chromecast support has been added to Social Booth, Photo Booth Connected, BYO Booth and Sketch Booth!  

This means you can now stream a real time slideshow of photos and Animated GIFs from any PBS product to a TV with a Chromecast device attached without any additional software.  This $35 device allows you to have:

  • Wifi slideshows from your photo booth with Social Booth without the need for a second PC
  • Remote Instagram hash tag slideshows with BYO Booth away from the print station
  • Slideshows from your Social Media Kiosk running Photo Booth Connected
  • Slideshows of TapSnap style photos with screen drawing and digital props from Sketch Booth

​There's no extra software needed and there's zero configuration once you have the Chrome Browser and Chromecast Extension. Running an external slideshow has never been easier.  You no longer need a 2nd pc and a separate program to display slideshows at your event!

In celebration of this great new feature as well as the release of Social Booth V2, Photo Booth Solutions is giving away 20 free Chromecasts during the month of June!  There will be 5 winners each week, chosen from owners of each product, Social Booth, Phooto Booth Connected, BYO Booth, Sketch Booth & Guest Booth.  If you already own one of these products, you are already entered in the giveaway.  If you buy any of these products now through the end of June, you are also automatically entered in the giveaway.  Winners will be chosen at random each Friday in the month of June.  Good luck!

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V2 of Social Booth has been officially released.  There are a ton of great new features, many of which can be seen in the V2 preview video here, but here's some of the highlights.

Event Management

Social Booth V2 makes it super simple to set up and manage your photo booth events.  You can now save the entire settings as an event, set up a whole week's worth of templates and backgrounds in advance and have your operator simply load them up on site.  There's also a new Admin Password feature that will lock the settings from being accessed by the operator while on site.

Multiple Layouts

You can now allow users to select from different templates and layouts by using the Layout Selection feature.  If you have used Breeze's profiles before, this will be very familiar to you.  You simply define hotspots on the screen to load up various templates and settings. You can define up to 6 different hotspots.  These can be template presets as well as entire event settings.

Thumbnails

You can now display thumbnails of individual shots as the session progresses in either horizontal or vertical layout.

Default Template Layouts

Social Booth now has over 50 default template layouts to choose from to help you get started with your designs.  Along with easy 1 button importing of Breeze XML and Photo Booth Owners photoboothtemplates.com templates, getting your designs into Social Booth has never been easier.

Unlimited Frames

Allow users to select from unlimited frames or overlays for their photos.

Unlimited Green Screen Backgrounds

Users can now select from an unlimited # of Green Screen Backgrounds before their session, or even before each photo.  

Animated GIFs

You can now use an Animated GIF only mode to create an animated GIF photo booth. You can also automatically cycle through the Green Screen backgrounds to create unique animated GIFs

Filters

You can now select which filters you want to show.  All 6, or just Color & B&W

Camera Features

- Added External Flash Mode to increase Live View Exposure for low light situations
- Added ability to save photos to SD card

Social Media

It wouldn't be Social Booth with a few new Social Media features.  In addition to EMail, Facebook, Twitter, SMS, FTP & Smugmug, V2 of Social Booth now supports Pinterest as well as Client Twitter, which will alow you to creat Twitter Mirrors like the ones you've seen at the Grammys and Academy Awads shows, where users photos will automatically be Tweeted to a predegined client Twitter Account.

Surveys

In addition to Text entries and Yes/No questions, The Survey/Data Collection feature now has Multiple Choice questions.

Muliple Capture & Review Screens and Audio Prompts

You can now define muliple files for each capture and review screen and audio prompts to make the photo session more engaging.

DSLR Video

Social Booth V2 can now take video with the DSLR.  T3i and higher is required.  You can still take video with a webcam, but the option is now available for both.

Chromecast Slideshows

Social Booth now has to ability to transmit a live updating slideshow to any TV with a Google Chromecast device hooked up to it.  No other programs are needed, straight from Social Booth to your Chrome browser an on to your TV.  No need for a 2nd PC to display a slideshow anymore.


 

Improved Triggers Performance

Triggers can be used in Social Booth to allow for external button control, Credit Card swipe integration, Bill Validators and Coin mechs to communciate with the software.  They can be used to control External Lights and basically communicate with any external device.  

Check out these past articles on using triggers for setting up a commercial photo booth and controlling LEDs:

http://www.photoboothsolutions.com/blog/2013/10/how-to-create-a-retail-photo-booth-with-social-booth-credit-card-edition

https://www.photoboothsolutions.com/blog/2014/02/controlling-external-lights-in-a-photo-booth-with-social-booth-and-a-phidge

That's it for now.  There's more great stuff on the way.  Check out the V2 trial of Social Booth over at http://www.photoboothsolutions.com/socialbooth/

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