Creating Events

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Click on "Create Event..." to create an event using one of the preset themes:

 

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Enter the name of the new event and an optional description.

 

Then select the device it should run on and the orientation. The following devices are supported:

Standard iPad - This creates 2048x1536 screens with a 4:3 aspect ratio which are suitable for all iPads. When using an iPad Pro 11" a thin black border will appear at the sides when displaying screens designed for standard iPads.

iPad Pro 12.9" - This creates 2732x2048 screens with a 4:3 aspect ratio designed for the higher resolution 12.9" iPads. These give better quality screens on 12.9" iPad than the "Standard iPad" setting because the iPad doesn't need to resize the screen images when displaying them.

iPad Pro 11" - This creates 2388x1668 screens designed to fit the iPad Pro 11" which has a higher resolution than standard iPads and a slightly different aspect ratio. Use this setting to get the best results from a iPad Pro 11".

iPhone X series - This creates 2436x1125 screens designed to fit X series iPhones which have an aspect ratio of approximately 2:1. Use this setting to get the best results from a X series iPhone.

Other iPhone - This creates 1920x1080 screens with a 16:9 aspect ratio designed for other iPhones e.g. iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7.

 

Click on "Next >" to go to the next screen:

 

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Select the theme to use from the "Theme" dropdown list. Currently only one theme is available, Chameleon, but additional themes will be added in future releases.

 

Select whether the have photos only, boomerang GIFs only or a choice of photos or boomerang GIFs using the "Photo booth mode" dropdown list.

 

Select the "Photo aspect ratio". The "Normal (4:3)" option will will the screen on most iPads and uses the full resolution of the iPad's camera. The "Square (1:1)" option will crop the live view and photos to make them square. The "DSLR (3:2)" option will crop the photos to the same aspect ratio as a DSLR camera and is useful if you wish to use print layouts designed for a DSLR photo booth.

 

Use the "GIF/MP4 creation" dropdown list to choose whether to create GIFs only, MP4s only or both when creating boomerang GIFs or slideshow GIFs.

 

Click on the "..." button to the right of "Background color" to use a background color for the screens. Please note that if the theme provides an image for the background this will be used instead of the background color.

 

Use the "Number of photos" dropdown list to specify the number of photos to take when using the photo option.

 

The "Maximum number of print copies" setting controls the maximum number of copies the user can select in the print confirmation screen. Set this to 0 to disable printing when using Breeze Hub.

 

Select "Add options for color, BW, sepia or comic" if you would like users to be able to select one of these options from the ready screen.

 

Select "Add mirroring options" if you would like users to be able to select one of these options from the ready screen.

 

Select "Use menus for styles and mirroring options" if you would like to display the options to users in a menu rather than as separate buttons on the ready screen.

 

Select "Separate ready screens for GIFs and photos" to create separate ready screens for photo mode and GIF mode. When this option is selected the photos ready screen will have a start button and a button to switch to GIF mode and the GIF ready screen will have a start button and a button to switch to photo mode. When this option is not selected a single ready screen will be displayed with a "start photos" and a "start GIF" button.

 

Select "Preview each photo after it is taken" to display a preview of each photo after it is taken. Give users the option to accept or reject (i.e. re-take that photo) each photo by selecting "Add option to accpet/reject each photo".

 

Select the "Create slideshow GIF/MP4 of photos" to create a slideshow GIF/MP4 of the photos taken in photo mode.

 

Select "Display print confirmation screen" to give users the option to accept or reject the photos before printing or sharing them. This will also allow users to select the number of copies to print.

 

Select "Display GIF confirmation screen" to display a playback screen showing the boomerang GIF and give guests the option to reject it before going to the sharing screen.

 

Select "Share MP4 if available" to attach the MP4 copy of a boomerang GIF or slideshow GIF when emailing. Uncheck this option to attach the GIF copy of the slideshow or boomerang GIF.

 

Select the "Email photos" or "Text photos" options to give guests the option to share photos by email or text in the sharing screen.

 

Set the "Inactivity timeout in secs" to switch to the standby screen after a timeout when the booth is not in use. Set this to 0 to disable the inactivity timeout.

 

Click on the "Finish" button to create the event using the selected theme and settings. This will create all the settings and screens needed for the event. Click on the "Save" button in the main "Breeze Booth Event Editor" window to save the newly created event to the list of events.

 

Customizing Events and Themes

 

After creating an event using the event creator it can be modified by editing the screens using an image editor such as Photoshop or editing the settings using the event editor (double click on the event or select the event and then click on "Edit event...".

 

Creating new theme designs is beyond the scope of this help file, but there are some simple changes that can be made e.g. changing the screen background image, the keyboard designs or the appearance of the icons.

 

Changing the screen background

The screens can have a colored background or a background JPEG image. The Chameleon theme uses a background JPEG image to create a magenta/orange graduated background. The Chameleon theme folder can be found in your Documents folder in the subfolder Breeze Booth for iPad\Themes. The JPEG image used for this theme is named background.jpg. Edit or replace the background.jpg image to use a different background when creating events.

 

The naming of the background image defines how it is applied:

background_stretched.jpg - stretches the background image to fill the screen

background_tiled.jpg - tiles the background to fill the screen

background_cropped.jpg - uses the background without resizing and crops it to fit if it is larger than the screen

background.jpg - is the same as background_stretched.jpg

 

Example: to create a background with a weave pattern find a suitable image for tiling and copy it to the Chameleon theme's folder and name it background_tiled.jpg:

 

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Which will create screens like this:

 

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Changing the keyboard background

Keyboards are defined using png images to define their appearance when upper or lower case is slected or the keys are pressed (see Keyboards and Surveys for more info). If the keyboard images have transparent backgrounds (as is the case with the Cameleon theme) you can provide a background image for the keyboards. Keyboards appear on top of other screens and can have transparent, semi-transparent or opaque backgrounds to control whether the screen beneath is visible. For this reason the the background images are PNG files which can contain an alpha channel to control transparency.

 

The Chameleon theme folder can be found in your Documents folder in the subfolder Breeze Booth for iPad\Themes. The PNG image used for this theme is named keyboard_background.png. Edit or replace the keyboard_background.png image to use a different background for keyboards when creating events.

 

The naming of the background image defines how it is applied:

keyboard_background_stretched.png - stretches the background image to fill the screen

keyboard_background_tiled.pmg - tiles the background to fill the screen

keyboard_background_cropped.png - uses the background without resizing and crops it to fit if it is larger than the screen

keyboard_background.png - is the same as keyboard_background_stretched.png

 

Changing the icons

The icons used for the buttons in each screen are defined by PNG images that have filenames that define their purpose and their size and position e.g. photo_start_{lx50%bx16%W20%}.png is used for the start button in photo booth mode. The last part of the filename enclosed in curly brackets is used to define its size and position. e.g. W20% means it should be resized to 20% the width of the screen. Edit the PNG file in an image editor such as Photoshop to change its appearance.