This article explains how to provide your event users with the option to choose how many copies of the photo print layout they want to print.
First, ensure you are providing your users with the option to print. From the main RightBooth window, click the ‘Design’ button. In the Event Designer, click the ‘Event Structure’ tab, select the section ‘Print photos’ and tick the setting: ‘Ask the user’...
Now go to the Screen Editor by clicking the 'Edit' button on the main RightBooth window and select the 'Photo options' screen from the screen list.
Job done !
When you play the event, your event users will be able to alter this value anywhere from 1 to 10 by repeatedly clicking (or touching) the buttons. And if you want to restrict the upper limit, alter the value of 'Maximum value for the 'Print more copies' action as shown in the screen shot above.
Now watch this video showing the editing process:
Options for emailing photos to users are to be found in the 'Email files' section within the 'Event structure' tab, which is available in the Event Designer.
The options available for emailing photos are:
1 - No emailing
Photos will not be emailed to users.
2 - Forced emailing
After photos are taken, users will be shown the 'Email address' screen to force them to immediately email their photos. They must enter a valid email address to continue, unless you add a Skip button to the 'Email address' screen.
3 - Optional emailing
After photos are taken, users will be shown the 'Photo options' screen to allow them to choose to email their photos. If they choose to email their photos, they will then be shown the 'Email address' screen. You can enter a number into the text box. This is the number of times each user will be shown the 'Email button' on the Photo options screen, in other words it defines the number of times they can email their photos.
4 - Forced emailing followed by Optional emailing
After photos are taken, users will be shown the 'Email address' screen to force them to immediately email their photos. They must enter a valid email address to continue, unless you add a Skip button to the 'Email address' screen.
After they have completed the Email address screen, users will then be shown the 'Photo options' screen to allow them to choose to email their photos again.
5 - Send emails after the event
After photos are taken, users will be shown the 'Email address' screen to force them to enter a valid email address to continue, unless you add a Skip button to the 'Email address' screen. When they have entered a valid email address, RightBooth will save the email in the current event folder. You can then send the emails later (e.g. after the event has finished) using the Email feature available in the RightBooth Tasks section.
6 - Automatic emailing
If you want to automatically email photos to one or more known email addresses, simply add the email addresses into the 'To' text box in the 'Event email' section of the 'Event Designer'. In this example, RightBooth will automatically email all photos to personA@gmail.com and personB@hotmail.com:
IMPORTANT: Note the 'Send to user email address' checkbox in the above screenshot. When this option is ticked (the default), event users will be able to perform emailing (as described in the options 1 to 5 above). But if you untick this option, then only personA and personB will receive emails, and event users will not be shown any emailing options.
Handling Emailing Problems
If RightBooth cannot send emails for whatever reason (e.g. no Internet connection), it will inform the user and then save the email files in the current event folder to allow you to email them at a later time within the RightBooth Tasks section.
An item whose Stamp property is ticked will be automatically added (overlaid) onto a captured photo if:
a) the item is positioned over a webcam item on any event screen prior to the photo being taken, or
b) the item is positioned over the photo after it has been taken and is being displayed to the user.
In the Screen Designer, if Stamp items are positioned over any webcam item on any screen that appears before the ‘Take photo’ screen, these items will be automatically added to every photo captured during the event.
In the Screen Designer, if Stamp items are positioned over any ‘photo placeholder’ item on any screen that appears after the ‘Take photo’ screen, these items will be automatically added to every photo captured during the event.
Alternatively in the Screen Designer, Stamp items which also have their ‘Can move’ property ticked can be initially positioned away from the webcam item or ‘photo placeholder’ item. Then when the event is playing, users can optionally drag ‘Add to photo’ items over the webcam item (or the photo placeholder) item in order to decorate their photos.
This feature may also be used in combination with the Drawing Tools to allow users to ‘ink sign’ their photos and/or ‘item stamp’ their photos during the event.
Additionally, the Drawing Pad item can also accept stamped items that are positioned over it during the event. And these items will then be included in the drawing pad image together with any drawing ink strokes made by users.
RightBooth version 7.0.10 now includes the new actions: 'Next desktop' and 'Previous Desktop' to allow your event users to switch to other Windows virtual desktops that may contain applications you would like them to view or interact with as part of your event design.
Details are available in the latest RightBooth User Manual and there is also a training video available.
Snap Camera is an app from Snap Inc that allows you to apply lens effects onto live webcams, as found in the popular SnapChat app. These effects can then be made to appear when playing your RightBooth event, allowing your users to select them and apply them to their RightBooth photo captures and video recordings. Here’s how:
First: Download and install Snap Camera from here:
Configure Snap Camera Settings
Run Snap Camera. In Snap Camera settings:
Choose your Snap Camera lenses
Now choose your favourite Snap Camera lenses and set their Hotkeys to Num + 1, Num + 2, Num + 3, etc.
Note that RightBooth can control up to 9 Snap Camera lenses (i.e maximum hotkey Num + 9). Here we have chosen 3 lenses and have defined their hotkeys accordingly:
Keep Snap Camera running and we’ll now turn our attention to getting RightBooth working with Snap Camera.
RightBooth Settings for Snap Camera
Adding Snap Camera Interaction to RightBooth
Open the RightBooth event in which you would like to use Snap Camera lenses.
Now you can add various Snap Camera actions to any event screen item (such as buttons or images) in order to allow users to show/hide and select any of your defined set of favourite lenses.
Available Snap Camera Actions
Note that you can choose to add Snap Camera lens actions on any screen in the event and this gives you a lot of design flexibility.
Examples of some of the things you can do:
IMPORTANT RULES TO REMEMBER:
Many thanks to long time RightBooth user and number 1 fan: Mike Ridge for setting up and administering the new RightBooth Facebook Group : Everything RightBooth
Feel free to join and take part in discussions regarding all things RightBooth !
And keep watching as we produce training videos over the coming weeks that show how to get the best out of RightBooth 7
We are pleased to announce that the next major release of RightBooth (version 7) will be available by the first week of March ( if not sooner ).
See here for an overview of the new features.
And keep checking our website over the next few weeks as we publish a full set of training videos that demonstrate how to make the best use out of all that RightBooth has to offer.
In Windows, touchscreens are normally configured so that if you touch and hold steady on the panel it will cause a right-click event to be sent to the operating system. This in turn will cause any right click menu popup to appear in the underlying application.
Under most circumstances this is not a problem when running a RightBooth event. However, if you plan to show any web pages in the RightBooth web browser, some web page content may accept the right click event causing an unwanted popup menu to appear over your event.
Here is how to prevent your touchscreen from generating right click events. (Refer the to image below).
No more unwanted right clicking from your touchscreen :-)
Video showing how make use of RightBooth's face detection feature in order to add face props onto photos and video recordings captured during your events:
RightBooth Diamond Unlimited now includes the ability to use a second computer for printing user's photos and emailing user's files while the event is being played on a first computer.
This can provide a number of benefits, including reducing the workload on the first computer and also allowing guests to browse their previously taken photos on the second computer without interrupting the event on the first computer
Read how to set all this up here
IMPORTANT: Before you continue make sure you have downloaded and installed RightBooth version 6.5.0 (or later) as this version provides better layout support for Portrait oriented displays. You can get the latest version of RightBooth from our website.
Step 2 - Create a Mirror Booth event
RightBooth will now create a new event file with all event screens sized at 1080 x 1920 pixels, ideal for a mirror booth. Now save the event file, using the Save button on the main RightBooth window.
And that's it ! You now have a basic Mirror Booth event.
Try it out and see how it works.
Now, keeping this event file loaded in RightBooth, let's explain a little bit more about what the app has created for you...
The Mirror Booth event has been created for Photo capture only
RightBooth has created an event file that simply allows users to take photos.
This has been achieved as follows:
Notice also in the screenshot that the event has been set to capture 3 Photos per user. This number can be anything from 1 to 10.
Now in the Event Designer, switch to the Event structure tab, and in the Choose recording section, notice that the option: ‘Include the Choose recording screen’ has been unticked:
This has been done to prevent the Choose recording screen from being shown when the event is played, because the user will always be capturing photos.
The Mirror Booth event has black screen backgrounds
As mentioned, mirror booths work best with black screen backgrounds, so all screens in the event have been set to black.
If you want to alter the background colour of all screens to black (or any other colour) manually, you can do this as follows:
On the RightBooth main window, click the Edit button to go to the Screen Editor where you will be presented with the Start screen.
To change the screen background colour, on the Screen editor toolbox, tick the Properties checkbox (as shown in the screen shot below) to reveal the Screen properties toolbox. On the Background section, select the solid colour option (red 1), then click the colour rectangle (red 2) and choose Black from the colour dialog popup window:
Your Start screen will now have a solid black background with white text on it.
You then need to make the same colour change to all other screens in the event. The easiest way to do this is using the Formatter tool.
On the Screen Editor toolbox, tick the ‘Formatter’ checkbox to show the Formatter toolbox.
On the Formatter toolbox, click the button: Add background to all screens:
Click ‘Yes’ when asked if you want to continue.
All screen backgrounds in the event will now be changed to solid black.
Hiding the Live Webcam Feed
Again as mentioned at the top of this article you should hide the live webcam feed because users will be looking at themselves in the mirror, so the feed is not required.
So RightBooth has automatically removed the webcam feed from most screens, except for the 'Get ready' screen (we'll explain why later).
Here's how you can manually remove the webcam item from a screen:
On the Start screen, click on the webcam item to select it. Then press the Delete key on the keyboard to remove the webcam item from the Start screen. Note: You can also click the Bin tool on the Screen Editor toolbox to delete the item:
Notice that RightBooth has removed the webcam item from the Start screen, the Countdown screen and also from the Take photo screen.
Now go to the Get ready screen. On this screen, rather than removing the webcam item RightBooth has moved it off the top edge of the screen. (We will explain why in a moment).
To see this, on the Screen Editor toolbox, reduce the Zoom factor to about 0.5 using the ‘-‘ button. Notice that the webcam item is located above the top edge of the screen (in the light blue area) like this:
Return the Zoom factor back to 1 and the webcam will now be hidden above the top edge of the display.
The reason for doing this is that when you eventually come to play the event on the mirror booth, when taking photos with the webcam, the webcam needs to be switched on, so by leaving the webcam item on the Get ready screen, it will be switched on each time the Get ready screen is shown, and it will remain on while photos are captured. But then it will be turned off again when the system has returned to showing the Start screen, ready for the next user.
Using a DSLR camera?
If you are using a DSLR (rather than a webcam) to capture photos, no problem, simply set the option to capture photos from the DSLR in RightBooth settings. For more information on how to capture photos using your DSLR, please see the How To section on this website.
A few other things that RightBooth has automatically done in the Mirror Booth event:
On the Start screen
The default text items have been removed from the screen.
On the Show photo screen
The photo capture placeholders have been arranged below the main photo.
On Various Screens
RightBooth has added a text sequence item to the Start screen, Take photo screen and Show photo screen, each containing various animated text prompts.
Unlimited design potential...
RightBooth can automatically create basic Mirror Booth event files. However, you can manually build upon this using the Designer and Editor to include further images, animated GIFs and video prompts to make your mirror booth product really stand out from the crowd.
And don't forget you can also include lots of other features on your Mirror Booth, including video recording, overlay selection, video and photo signing, photo printing and user file emailing.
So you would like to show the user's their video recordings played back in slow motion.
Job done ! Click Exit, save your event and play it.
And now all the recorded videos will be played back to the users in slow motion.
The Video Speed property can be set to any value from 0.01 to 30. A value less than 1 will slow down the playback speed and a value greater than 1 will speed up the playback.
RightBooth 7 alters its Windows Title each time a screen is displayed when playing an event.
Consider a typical RightBooth event flow when taking a photo. The following event screens are displayed to the user:
And during this process RightBooth 7 will automatically alter its Window title for the following text:
Armed with this information it is possible to use third party software designed to monitor Windows Title captions in order to trigger some form of external action to coincide with RightBooth event screen changes.
One such package is AutoHotKey: https://www.autohotkey.com , a free, open source scripting language which among its many features offers the ability to monitor Window titles and then take some kind of action via scripting.
To run this script, make sure you have installed AutoHotKey, then download this file and double click it to run it. Then play an event and you should see a message box appear each time the Start and Thank you screens are shown by RightBooth.
Note: Rather than install AutoHotKey, if you just want to examine the contents of this file, it can be opened in Windows Notepad.
Obviously this is a very basic example, but with this technique it is possible to synchronise running other programs and DLLs, sending keystrokes into the system, perform file system operations, control the mouse and play sounds etc.
We know of one user who is using AutoHotKey scripting to turn his lighting rig on and off based upon the screen that RightBooth is currently displaying, e.g. turn the lighting rig on when the Countdown screen is shown and turn the rig off again when the Thank you screen is shown.
Note: It is also possible to control external equipment directly from within RightBooth using a compatible USB relay switcher. For more details see this article.
If you are playing a standard RightBooth event, you will notice that the webcam is turned on pretty much all the time.
The general rule is that the webcam is switched on whenever an event screen is displayed that contains a webcam item.
To see this, open any standard event, visit the Screen Editor and look at the Start screen.
Here you will see the screen contains a webcam item which provides the live feed from the camera.
You can easily turn the webcam off by removing the webcam item from the Start screen.
Then when you play the event:
It's as easy as that !
So let's say you want to allow your event users to optionally browse the web in a well controlled manner. This article explains a way of implement it in RightBooth.
1 - Add a New Screen to your event
We are going to create a new screen in your event that users can choose to visit by linking it to a button on the Start screen. The new screen will contain a RightBooth Web browser item, which is a powerful, fully integrated web browser based upon Chromium (the product that Google uses to build its Chrome browser).
2 Add a Web Browser to the new Browser screen
3 Add a Back button and a Keyboard Item to the Browser screen
4 Add a Button on the Start screen
Click 'Start' in the Screen Editor screen list to show the event Start screen.
Click the 'Button' button on the 'Add Items' Toolbox to add a new button to the Start screen.
Click on the new button to select it and to show its Button properties
Click on the Action list (No 1 in the image below) and choose the action 'Show screen'
Click in the Action parameter box (No 2 in the image below) and enter the name of the Browser screen in the Action text box panel...
You could also add a Label item to place alongside the button, that states something like: 'Browse the web'
Job Done !
Now when you play this event, your users can choose to click or touch the button on the Start screen to take them to your Browser screen, where they can interact with the web browser and use the on screen keyboard to enter text into any text box within it.
And when they have finished browsing they can click on the Back button to return to the Start screen.
It is now possible to show photo print layouts in thumbnail view when selecting layouts for reprinting in RightBooth's Event Tasks section.
Starting with RightBooth v6.3 it is now possible to control any electrical device that has the ability to be switched on or off, such as a mains light, a motor or a fan. This is achieved using one of the following Denkovi relay boards...
The Denkovi connects to your computer via a USB cable. You can connect up to 8 items of switched equipment to the board’s relay connections and then use RightBooth to switch the equipment on and off at various times throughout the event.
1 - Connecting up your equipment
You first need to install the driver software for the Denkovi. Full details on how to do this are available in the RightBooth User Manual.
Then typically you would wire up an external light to the Denkovi as shown in the diagram below. Note that the Denkovi takes it's power from the computer via the USB connection.
2 - Using the Denkovi Board in RightBooth
You will have to close RightBooth and re-run it for these initial switch settings to take effect.
Then each time you run RightBooth, the switches will be set to a known starting condition.
3 - Controlling the light during the event
To control the light you have two options:
1) You can change the switches whenever a chosen RightBooth event screen is displayed by using the Show action ‘Set switches’ OR
2) You can add a Click action ‘Set switches’ to any item on any event screen. This will allow your event users to turn the light on and off when they click (or touch) the item.
Example 1 - Turn on Switch 1 when the 'Get ready' screen is shown
You could then do the same on the Thank you screen, this time entering '0000' to turn all 4 switches off after the video recording (or photo capture sequence) has finished.
Example 2 – Allow the User to turn on the light
If you want the user to be able to alter switches...
Other Switching Options
The characters you can use for the switch commands are:
Here are some examples:
Starting with RightBooth 6.3.9 it is now possible to add photo filenames to event screens, photo printouts and user emails.
We have included the following new Text variables into RightBooth 6. These variables can be included in any label item on any event screen (including the Photo Print layout screen) and also included in any email Body text that can be sent to your users...
This variable is replaced by the filenames of all the photos captured by the current user, separated by commas.
This variable is replaced by the filename of photo no 1 captured by the current user.
This variable is replaced by the filename of photo no 2 captured by the current user.
This variable is replaced by the filename of photo no 3 captured by the current user.
This variable is replaced by the filename of photo no 4 captured by the current user.
This variable is replaced by the filename of photo no 5 captured by the current user.
This variable is replaced by the filename of photo no 6 captured by the current user.
This variable is replaced by the filename of photo no 7 captured by the current user.
This variable is replaced by the filename of photo no 8 captured by the current user.
This variable is replaced by the filename of photo no 9 captured by the current user.
This variable is replaced by the filename of photo no 10 captured by the current user.
Remember to include the leading and trailing curly bracket when entering your text variables.
Starting with RightBooth version 6.3.5 you now have the option of using the 'Remote Changes' feature.
This will cause RightBooth to monitor a specific ‘changes’ folder on the computer looking for a ‘changes file’. This is a text file containing your ‘change instructions’ which will cause RightBooth to make content modifications to the currently playing event file. The changes folder can also contain new or updated image and video files, which RightBooth can be instructed to display within the playing event file.
So the Remote changes feature provides you with a flexible system for updating your events with new content ‘on the fly’. And if the designated ‘changes folder’ is a shared cloud storage folder such as a Google Drive folder, it then becomes possible for you to change your playing events from a remote location.
We will explain how to do this by way of the following example...
You run a party room hire business and you have a number of rooms at various locations country wide that can be booked for events such as birthdays and anniversaries. At each of your locations you have RightBooth running on a permanently installed video booth, allowing party guests to record video messages and photos for the host.
You like to make the RightBooth events more personalised so you always edit the event to include the name and a photo of the party host. For example, for a particular booking at one of your locations you have an event file called ‘host’. In this event file, you edit the Start screen by adding a label item that states:
‘Welcome to John’s retirement party!!’
And you also include a photo of John on the Start screen contained within an image item.
The following week, the same location is booked for Jill’s 40th birthday. You now have to physically visit your location, and edit the RightBooth event file, changing the label item message and replacing John’s image item with an image of Jill.
However, there is an easier way to make these changes without having to travel to your locations, by using the RightBooth Remote Changes feature.
Continuing with our example, at your host location, perform the following:
Set up RightBooth for remote changes
Set up your host event file for remote changes
Name the screen items that are to be changed
Performing a remote update
From your home location you now want to change the remote event from John to Jill.
Obtain a photo of Jill (in our example: jill.png) and place this file in your local cloud storage folder. The file will then be automatically uploaded to the cloud and downloaded into the cloud storage folder on the system at your remote location.
Run NotePad and type the following lines:
Event-message=Welcome to Jill’s 40th birthday party!
Now save this file into your local cloud storage folder using the reserved filename: rb6changes.txt.
This file will then make its way to your remote system, again courtesy of your chosen cloud service software.
On the remote system, when you run RightBooth and play the event, prior to showing the event Start screen, RightBooth will automatically open the file rb6changes.txt and will then perform the specified content substitutions for any named text, image and video items in the event. And because RightBooth periodically returns (or times out) to the Start screen during the play session, it will continue to alter the event content each time you alter the rb6changes.txt file .
If you have a number of remote locations and you want to alter different event content at each location, to avoid any mix ups simply configure RightBooth at each location to monitor a different sub folder on your shared cloud storage folder. That way, each folder can have its own rb6change.txt file.
Specifying an Event Folder Name
You may want to alter the folder into which the remote RightBooth event will save all users photos and videos. To do this you need to add another line into the rb6change.txt file with the key phrase:
followed by the required folder name. So continuing with our example you could add something like this:
So now all Jills photos and videos will be saved into a separate folder on your remote system and will not be mixed in with Johns files.
Note: Don’t forget to use the ‘=’ character in all your content definitions within the rb6change.txt file.
Today we are announcing the release of RightBooth version 6.3. This version is available as a free upgrade to all RightBooth 6 users and it contains the following new features...
Control the Switching of Peripheral Equipment
The Denkovi board connects to your computer via a USB cable. You can then connect external electrical devices to the board’s relay connections and use RightBooth to switch these devices on or off at various times throughout the event.
A typical example of this would be to configure RightBooth to switch on a light at the start of each video recording, then turn it off when the recording is completed.
There are full details on how to do this in the latest RightBooth User Manual (and Help file) which you will find installed with the updated software.
See this Blog post for an example on how to use the denkovi board.
Running Remote Programs
We have added new event actions to allow you to run other software directly from RightBooth while it is playing an event. This can be triggered by the user when they click on any item on one of the event screens or it can be made to happen automatically whenever an event screen is displayed, courtesy of the new screen Show Action (see below).
Examples of how you might use this feature:
It is now possible to add a 'Show action' to any RightBooth event screen.
Your chosen action will then occur each time the associated screen is shown during the playing event. Using this action it becomes possible to synchronise the activities mentioned above, for example:
- turning on lights when the 'Get ready' screen is shown
- turning lights off when the 'Thank you' screen is shown.
- running another program with the Start screen is shown.
RightBooth is DPI Aware
What does this mean?
Basically, RightBooth now detects how your Windows display is configured and will change its user interface to suit.
This means that RightBooth should now be consistent on any display size and at any display scale combination that you have chosen in your Windows Display Settings.
The following issue has been reported by some RightBooth users.
They say that their event screen doesn't completely fill the computer display and they see a band of blue along the top and bottom of the display like this...
In the example screenshot image we are showing event screen properties toolbox. Notice that the event screen size is set to W = 1366 pixels and H = 720 pixels.
If we now look at the Windows display properties for the computer on which this image was captured we find that the computer display resolution is set at 1366 x 768 pixels...
So in our example the event screen size is different to the computer display size, which means that the RightBooth event screens are not quite as high as the computer display.
Therefore RightBooth is centralsing the event screens on the computer display, and causing the colour bands to be shown top and bottom.
The solution to this problem is quite easy. Return to editing the RightBooth event screen and alter the screen Height property from 720 to 768. The event screen will now completely fill the computer display.
You may need to make this change on all the screens in the event. The simplest way to do this (once you have made this change on one event screen) is to use the Formatter tool to apply the 'Same screen size' to all the other screens in your event as shown in this screenshot...
Why does this happen?
This issue can occur for any combination of the following reasons: