Your event has gone really well. Lots of people have used the system all evening for capturing photos. And they have also been making use of the photo print layout features for printing their photos at the same time.
But the party is now over and you are getting ready to turn everything off.
Then one of the guest walks up to you and asks:
'Could I please have another couple of copies of my photo print out?'
Is this possible? The answer is Yes as long as you have set up the event to allow this.
Before you start the event ...
Now run the event and each time a user captures their photos, RightBooth will save their photo print layout as a file. These files can then be selected at a later time for printing. How?...
After the event has finished...
This article explains how to re-design the RightBooth on-screen keyboard so that it looks similar to the one you find on iPhones and iPads.
Open the RightBooth event in which you require the on-screen keyboard, then select this design option:
Event Designer --> Event structure --> Miscellaneous --> Use 'mobile layout'
This will set the RightBooth on-screen keyboard layout to be similar to the iPhone, but it also needs some design work applying to it.
When you play an event file, your webcam will be automatically switched on when the Start screen is shown.
This means that the webcam will remain switched on all the time, even when no one is using the system.
So what if you don't want the webcam left on when your system is not being used by anyone?
You will now find that the webcam is switched off each time the Start screen is shown.
Then when a user interacts with the system, the webcam will be switched on whenever any screen is shown that contains the webcam item.
So basically, the presence of the webcam item on each screen dictates whether the webcam is switched on or off during the event.
We've often been asked to include emojis within the RightBooth on-screen keyboard.
So we've added over 100 of the most popular emojis that can now be used in the text messages created by your event users...
To gain access to the emojis, simply download and install version 6.1.17 of RightBooth and make sure you select the new 'mobile layout' keyboard option which you will find in the Miscellaneous section of the Event structure tab within the RightBooth Event Designer.
An interesting article about RightBooth and how it all started is featured on the popular website everythingwedding.co.uk. Click the image below to read the post...
RightBooth version 6.1 introduces the ability to alter the language for all the event text and phrases that appear when the event is running. Here we explain how you can allow each user to choose their preferred language at the start of the event.
Add Flags to the Start Screen
Repeat steps 4 to 6 above to add a flag image for each language you would like to offer to your users. Here you can see we have added three flag images to the Start screen for English, German and Spanish...
Add Language Actions to the Flag Images
Job Done !
Exit the Screen Editor, save the event file and play it.
Now when the user clicks on a flag, the event text will automatically switch into their chosen language...
We are pleased to announce the release of RightBooth Version 6.1 which is a free update for all users of RightBooth 6.
The main difference between version 6 and version 6.1 is the addition of event languages.
Event languages let you show the event instructions to your users in the language of your choice.
So far we have released the following event languages:
Other language related features in this release include:
Check the manual for full details on how to use these features. We will also be adding 'How to' articles soon.
Additional Event Languages
We are looking to add further languages and language related features in the near future.
If there is a language you would like adding to the RightBooth event languages or if there are changes you think should be made to any of the language translations we provide, please let us know
Martin Pitt from digitalbooth.co.uk kindly provided us with shots of one of his latest free standing booth designs, powered by our RightBooth 6 software (of course !).
The booth has been designed to be used both indoors and out.
These shots were taken in the back garden at a customer's birthday event...
Great job Martin !
If you'd like to share your RightBooth powered creation, simply send us details together with pictures and we'll feature you on our site !
You are running a product launch event and you are planning to use RightBooth to gather video feedback from your event attendees.
You also would like to collect details of each of your users, this article explains how.
Including User Details in your Event
You can now choose what user details you would like to collect. Select from any or all of the following options:
You can also choose to make any or all of these data items optional. By making an item optional, this will allow the user the option of not having to enter details for the item. By default, all items are not optional, meaning the user will be forced to enter details before being allowed to continue with the event.
In this example we have chosen to to include the First name and Email address items, with the First name being optional...
Design your User Data event screen
When you have made your choices, click the OK button to return to the RightBooth main window, then click the Edit button to visit the Screen Designer.
You will now see the User details screen in the Screen list on the Screen Editor toolbox (circled in red in the image below). Click this to select the User details screen.
You can then use all the RightBooth design tools to edit your User details screen as required.
The screen contains a text entry box for each of your chosen items and also has an on-screen keyboard to allow users to enter their details if you are using a touchscreen. If you are not using a touchscreen you can simply remove the on-screen keyboard from the User details screen.
Note that in our example we have added an additional red text label showing that the Email text field is Required...
Collecting and Viewing User Details
Now when you play your event, each user will be asked to provide their First name and Email address before they can use the system.
All the user details are recorded and saved in the text file: UserDetails.txt, which you will find in the event with the recorded videos and photos.
For more information on viewing the UserDetails.txt file, see this article.
So what exactly are properties?
Properties are values that you can apply to items such as text labels, images and videos on your event screens. These values define how each item looks and behaves when it appears during the event.
This article gives you a brief overview of some of the properties that can be applied to your screen items.
To access an item's properties...
Location and size
These properties let you specify the position, size and angle of the item on the screen. For example, by entering 45 into the Angle property, the text will be shown at 45 degrees. Note that if you use the mouse to move and size the item, the properties panel will update the X, Y, W and H properties accordingly.
The two buttons containing the grey and yellow squares let you move the item in front or behind other items on the screen.
These properties let you apply a shadow effect to the item. In our example you can see that the Shadow property is ticked giving the the text a shadow. To the right of the Shadow tick box is a black square. This is the colour of the shadow. You can click this square to change the colour of the shadow.
In our example the shadow Angle is 45 degrees, dropping it down to the right by a Depth of 10 pixels, with a Blur effect of 10. Experiment with these properties to see how you can customise the shadow,
Background and Border
Here you can add a background and a Border to the item. The background can be a single colour, a two colour gradient or an image.
The Border can also be a single colour, a gradient or an image. You can also define the border thickness, margin and corner radius.
In the following example we have selected a two colour vertical gradient background with a single colour border, 10 pixels thick with 20 pixel radius corners...
Here you can define the text font style. In our example we've select the Segoe UI Black font, Bold, 36 pt.
You can also choose a solid font colour, or a gradient color fill that is applied to all text characters. In our example we've set the text colour to solid black.
With a text item you can set the Animate property. You can choose to set the text item to a Blink or Fade animation.
Use this property to give the text item an action that will happen if you click on the text when the event is playing.
You can choose from a number of Page Navigation actions, including:
Remember that each item on the screen can have it's own property values and you can also change the properties of the screen background.
In this article we have looked specifically at text label properties, and many of these properties are available to other item types, such as images and videos. But other items also have properties that are specific to them, so we encourage you to investigate the Properties panel when clicking on other items in the event.
And don't forget to read the RightBooth manual for full details on all the Properties available.
You have installed your equipment at a wedding reception to allow guests to record video messages.
The bride has given you instructions that the system should not be used past 9 pm, but you're not going to be there to manually stop the system. This is where you can make use of RightBooth's Stop event rules to get the system to automatically shut down at a specified time.
In the screen shot below, you can see that we have set the stop time to 21:00 on the 10th May 2017...
Now at 9pm, RightBooth will stop the event playing and will then shut down the computer.
And don't worry, if someone is recording a video at 9pm, RightBooth will wait until they have finished before switching off.
Would you like to show a scrolling credits screen at the end of your event, similar to those seen at the end of a great movie?
This article explains how you can design a professional looking scrolling credits screen that will be displayed to each of your event users, something like this...
Step 1 - Write your credits
Step 2 - Add a credits screen to your RightBooth event
Step 3 - Add content to your Credits screen
The Videos in the Media Library have all been optimised for speed and designed to loop seemlessly,
Step 4 - Set the credit animation properties
Your label sequence item will now be showing your credits. You need to edit its animation properties:
Step 5 - Size and position the credits
This step is a little tricky to get right, but keep going until you achieve the desired affect.
You will need to experiment with both the vertical position and the height of the label sequence item until you get the desired effect shown in our example video.
Remember that the label sequence item's Clip property must be turned off. This will allow the push animation to keep displaying the text contents up past the top edge of the label sequence item.
Note that the credits will keep on scrolling until your credits screen times out.
Job Done. Watch out Speilberg (or is it be Lucas?)... we're coming to get you !!
Some of you have come across this issue,.. when you use your webcam, the video feed is displayed upside down on your screen.
This problem is not specific to RightBooth, it can affect Skype and many other webcam applications on your computer.
Although this is not a common issue, the problem seems to be more prevalent with integrated webcams found on Asus laptops and seems to happen mainly on more recent versions of Windows 10.
You only need to enter the following search keyboards into Google to see the extent of this problem:
asus webcam upside down windows 10
So what is causing this and what can you do about it?
Well it seems that there isn't any one specific cause for the issue, some users are pointing the finger at Microsoft, others are pointing the finger at the webcam manufacturers and possible outdated device drivers.
Take a look here at what people are saying and doing to try and fix this problem:
RightBooth 6.0.37 Can Provide a Solution
We would always advise you to try and resolve hardware specific issues by contacting the supplier or manufacturer of the webcam, but if you cannot find a solution this way, we can at least provide you with a software 'fix' for when you are using your webcam in RightBooth 6.
RightBooth version 6.0.37 has introduced a new Video Setting: 'Mirror Y'.
This setting will allow you to flip the video input feed directly at the source input, and this effectively provides you with a correction to the problem mentioned above.
To use this setting:
Your upside down video will now be resolved while you are using RightBooth.
RightBooth provides unrivalled design and animation capabilities that allow you to get as creative as you need.
The video clip (below) is a desktop video capture that shows an animated RightBooth event start screen comprising two rotated, overlapping image sequence items, each showing a set of photos. The photos have been set to animate on and off the screen using a combination of a push and a fade animation, and this article explains how you can achieve the same effect in your events.
In our example we have chosen 3 images from the Media Library, but you can select images from other folders on your computer. You can also select 'Show photos from the event' to cause photos taken during the event to be shown. You may also want to select Random order to cause the images to be shown in a different order each time the start screen is shown.
Next, add a second image sequence item to the Start screen and add a different set of photos into it.
You will now have 2 image sequence items animating on the screen.
The final step is to re-size the two items to make them larger and to also rotate them both slightly.
To do this, it helps if you reduce the zoom factor of the screen view while you make your changes/
In the screenshot below you can see that we've reduced the Screen Editor zoom factor to 0.6 (circled in red) to allow resizing the items and moving them slightly off the edge of the screen and to also allow for rotating and overlapping the two items...
Job done !!
You've just created an amazing effect for your Start screen, and it's one that's guaranteed to attract your users!
Want to create something even more amazing?...
Repeat everything above, but this time instead of using Image sequence items, use Video sequence items
We have been asked on a number of occasions how to reset all the settings in RightBooth.
RightBooth saves your chosen settings in the text file Settings6.txt which is saved in the RightBooth6 ProgramData folder which you can find here:
To reset all RightBooth's settings you can simply delete the settings file as follows:
Now the next time you run RightBooth, all settings will have been returned to their default values.
When you run the RightBooth uninstaller, the software is uninstalled but there are lots of other files left behind, such as the RightBooth Media Library and the RightBooth Settings.
This means that if you re-install RightBooth again, it will simply use the previous files and it may not achieve the result you were expecting. So this article explains how to fully remove RightBooth from your computer.
1) Remove the RightBooth Product Code
Before you uninstall RightBooth, you should remove any product code that you may have previously entered into the software. To do this:
2) Remove the RightBooth Application
3) Remove the RightBooth Program Data Folder
Running the RightBooth uninstaller will not remove the program data files that are created by RightBooth while it was in use, this includes the RightBooth Settings file.
These files are all saved in the folder: c:\ProgramData\RightBooth6 and you can simply remove this folder from your system...
4) Remove the RightBooth Media Library
Running the RightBooth uninstaller will not remove the RightBooth Media Library files that are downloaded and installed by RightBooth when it is first used.
The Media Library is located here: C:\Users\Public\Documents\RightBooth6 Library and you can remove this as follows:
5) Remove Your RightBooth Event Files
You may wish to also remove all the event files, video files and photo files that you have created using RightBooth.
These files are usually all stored in your Documents folder within the sub-folder RightBooth6
Remove this folder follows:
6) Remove the RightBooth Temporary Folder
RightBooth also creates temporary files in your Windows Temp folder. These files can usually be found in the Temp folder for the currently logged on user. Example location:
Again, simply use Windows Explorer to delete the temporary RightBooth6 folder, or better still, run the Windows Disk Clean Up utility by typing 'Disk Clean Up' into your Start search text box, then using the utility to delete all Temporary files from your computer.
RightBooth has its own inbuilt touch keyboard item that you can add to any of your event screens.
This keyboard can be shown to your users whenever they need to enter text into the event using a touchscreen, for example when they are required to enter their email address.
RightBooth’s inbuilt touch keyboard is designed specifically for entering US and UK English characters, but what if you want to allow your users to enter characters in another language?
If you are using Windows 10 you are in luck. There is a Windows setting for this very purpose and you can enable it as follows...
Now when you play a RightBooth event, if you touch into any text box on any event screen, the Windows Touch Keyboard will automatically appear when you need it and it will disappear when you don’t.
And the other important point is that the Windows Touch Keyboard will be displayed in the language of the Windows Operating System, so for example, if you are running Windows 10 in Russian, you will be presented with a Russian Touch Keyboard. Easy...
The Windows Touch Keyboard lets you easily add smileys and also use handwriting recognition to enter text into RightBooth....
RightBooth events are designed to play in full screen mode and by using the RightBooth Security settings you can prevent users from being able to leave the event screen or gain access to other Windows applications.
This allows you to create a kiosk style interface, that locks the user into RightBooth and prevents them accessing other areas of the Windows operating system.
For example you can use the Security settings to hide the Windows Task bar and to stop various keystroke combinations from being entered using the keyboard, such as Alt-Tab to prevent switching to other apps.
Touchscreen Swipe Gestures
One of the more recent features in Windows is the ability to use swipe gestures on touchscreens in order to gain access to various parts of the Windows interface. For example, by using one finger to swipe in from the right hand edge of the screen you will gain access to the Windows 10 Action Centre.
If you are running your RightBooth event on a Windows 10 touchscreen enabled system, you probably want to prevent the use of touchscreen gestures. This is something that RightBooth cannot prevent internally, but it is certainly possible to prevent by using other methods.
Take a look at this article for details on how to turn off touchscreen swipe gestures in Windows 10...
The article describes two methods by which you can turn off swipe gestures and we have found Method 2 (which involves adding a new registry key) is the most reliable. Please note that if you use Method 2, swipe gestures will not be prevented until you restart your computer.
We would be interested to know if it works for you !
One of our users wanted to force people to answer a simple multiple choice question and then get them to record a video. The multiple choice question was required to give the user the option of which topic they would prefer to speak about during their video recording. The example topics were: health, wealth, future and feelings.
The solution is achieved using 2 event files and RightBooth's event flow features. Event flow allows you to design multiple event files that have different functions and then make them run in a particular sequence, giving your users the impression that they are running a single event. In this article we will use RightBooth's event flow features to answer the scenario.
Create two event files
Design the 'topic' event file
Design the video event file
You are now ready to start the event. Open the topic event file again and start playing the topic event.
Here is what will happen...
This week Microsoft started rolling out the next major release of Windows 10, known as the Creators Update.
We've been testing RightBooth 6 on the Creators Update and we can see improvements in its performance. RightBooth feels quicker and screen transitions are smoother.
But don't just take our word for it. Here is our long term user Mike Ridge with his feedback of running RightBooth version 6 on the new Windows 10 Creators Update...
My initial impression is everything is very snappy and crisp. Before this update there would sometimes be a slight lag between menus and transitions and at start up the Preview box in the middle of the RightBooth main window would take a second or so to appear but now it's all almost instant.
So if you are running RightBooth 6 on Windows 10, we think there are benefits to be had from upgrading to the new Creators Update. Microsoft will be rolling it out over the coming months using the Windows automatic update service and it's a totally free upgrade!
But if you can't wait to receive it, you can force the issue and get the Update immediately. Here's how...
We are pleased to announce that the next major version of RightBooth has been released.
Please check the Products menu for more information.
For users who are familiar with version 5, check out the new features of version 6
Keep watching the How to page for new articles on Version 6 over the coming weeks.
RightBooth made an appearance on the Fox 5 News channel when their reporter Dave Hall visited the Photo Booth Expo 2017 in Las Vegas this week. There he met up with Larry Nimmer, who was promoting his RightBooth powered Video Guest Book product.
Larry is a long time user of RightBooth and it now forms an integral part of the products he's developing that target the wedding video booth market.
Check out Larry's website: www.kioskpromotions.com
Here are screenshots of Dave Hall introducing the Video Guest Book...
When you run an event, RightBooth will automatically save any user details into the file UserDetails.txt.
This file can be found along with all the videos, photos and messages in your event file folder within Documents\RightBooth6\Events.
The user details file will hold user names, email addresses dates and times of use, names of the files recorded by each user and also answers to any questions users have provided during the event. All this information is formatted in the text file as CSV. CSV stands for Comma Separated Variables which is a fancy way of saying that each piece of information in the file is separated by commas, and this makes it easy to load into spreadsheet applications such as Excel.
This is a typical userdetails file with commas between each data item on each line...
02/09/2016,16:48:08,andrew,smith,firstname.lastname@example.org,2016-9-2 16-48-8 photo 1.png
02/09/2016,16:48:22,laura,jones,email@example.com,2016-9-2 16-48-22 photo 1.png
02/09/2016,16:49:04,bill,smith,firstname.lastname@example.org,2016-9-2 16-49-4 photo 1.png
02/09/2016,17:40:04,jill,smith,email@example.com,2016-9-2 17-40-4 message.txt
Now we'll explain the process of loading this data into Excel.
The End Result
Excel will now load the user details into a new spreadsheet for you to continue working.
In this example, column A is the date, B is the time, C is the user's first name, D is the user's last name, E is the user's email addresses, F is the filename created by the user.
Other columns will appear with user's answers to questions if you run a question event.
This is step by step guide to setting up your printer for use in RightBooth.
1) - Connect your printer to your computer and check it is working. This step possibly goes without saying but I'm saying it anyway. RightBooth will only allow you to print photos if you have a fully working printer switched on and attached to your computer (usually via a USB cable).
So before running RightBooth, please make sure your printer is on, has ink, is not jammed and can print without problems. Also it is best to make sure that you have the latest software for your printer installed on your computer. Please refer to your printer documentation for details.
2) - Run RightBooth and from the main screen click Settings. In Settings click the Photo & Print tab. If everything is working OK on your printer, it will be listed in the Printer combo box. Select your printer from the list.
3) - Printers have default settings such as a default paper size and print quality. When you have chosen your printer, RightBooth will show you the default paper size width and height underneath the printer name. Make a note of these values as you will need them later.
4) - Open the event file in which you want to add photo printing. Go to the Event Designer. Click the Event Type tab and make sure Photos is ticked.
5) - Next click the Event Structure tab and select the Print Photos tab. On this panel,choose either Yes or Ask. This will cause photo printing to be included in your event.
6) - Go to the Screen Designer. In the screen list on the Designer Toolbox, select the Print Layout screen. This will show you a view of your printer paper onto which you can design your photo print layout. But before starting your design you need to make sure you are working with the correct paper size for your printer.
7) - On the Screen Designer Toolbox, tick the Properties check box to show the printer paper properties. Click the Paper drop drop and choose the paper size that matches the values you noted in step 3 above. For example if your default printer paper size is A4, choose A4 from this list.
Note that in the Paper drop down, RightBooth will show you a list of commonly available paper sizes but if you find your paper size is not listed you will need to choose the last option in the list: Custom, and then add your previously noted paper width and height values into the W and H text boxes. For example, the DNP DS-RX1 printer has a default paper size of 6.15 x 4.13 inches. This size is not in the RightBooth paper list, so in this example you would enter 6.15 into the W box and 4.13 into the H box.
That's it ! You are now ready to design your print layout on the correct paper size for your printer.
For details on how to design your print layout, read this article:
RightBooth lets you include animated GIFs in your events, and the RightBooth Media Library has lots of animations for free use.
First, make sure you download and install the Media Library here.
Then, follow these steps to add some animated GIFs into your events:
At the time of writing this article it's nearly Christmas (Yey ! ) so here's what you get in the Christmas section of the Media Library:
And this is a selection of the gif animations and how they will look in your event...
Some of the animations, such as the snowflake animations have transparent backgrounds so you can place them over other screen items, including the webcam item to give the impression that it is snowing while your users are recording their videos. Very cool...
On behalf of Aire Valley Software, I'd like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. And just to say that we've got a lot of feature enhancements planned for next year so please stay tuned. Nigel.