Editing Events

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Double click on an event in the the main Event Editor window to edit the event. Alternatively right click on the event and select "Edit event..." or select the event and click the "Edit event..." button.

This will open the "Edit Event" dialog:

 

edit_event

 

The current event name and optional description are displayed in the "Event:" and "Description:" fields and can be changed if required.

 

Events are made up of profiles, powerful building blocks of app settings saved to file. Simple events only need one profile. More complex events can use profiles to offer users choices such as choosing different print layouts.

 

Click the "Edit" button to the right of the profile path to edit the settings for that profile. This will display the "Photo Booth Settings" dialog:

 

general_settings

 

The "Photo Booth Settings" dialog has five tabs for defining the event settings:

 

1.General - general settings that specify how the event starts up and behaves, the use of virtual props and the touchscreen actions used to control it
2.Photos - settings controlling photo mode e.g. the number of prints and the print layout
3.Slideshow GIFs - settings for optional slideshow GIFs and/or MP4 files created in photo mode
4.Burst GIFs - settings for burst and boomerang GIFs
5.Share - settings for sharing photos, GIFs and movies via email or text

 

Screen Folder

 

The visual assets (e.g. screen images, virtual props, overlays, backgrounds etc.) for an event are stored screen folders:

 

screen folder

 

The location of the screen folder is specified in the "General Settings" screen.

 

Profiles and Manifest Files

An event comprises of one or more profiles which define the settings and the folder where the various screen and other files are stored. Separate profiles can be defined for landscape and portrait orientations of the iPad. This is useful if the iPad is mounted so that it can be rotated between portrait and landscape orientations because it allows different settings and screen layouts to be defined for each orientation.

Each profile is defined by a settings.xml file and has an associated manifest file. A manifest file is simply a list of files and their checksums and is used when updating events on an iPad. If you edit a profile's settings and save them the associated manifest file is updated automatically. Sometimes it is necessary to update the manifest files manually (e.g. when editing a screen image using Photoshop or adding files) and this can be done by pressing the "Regenerate manifests..." button. If you make some changes to an event but the updated files aren't copied to the iPad try regenerating the manifests and updating the iPad again.

Please see Updating Events for more information.

 

When multiple profiles are defined you can specify a default profile that is loaded after taking each set of photos. This is useful if you have a main menu defined using one profile and want to return to the menu screen after each session.

 

You can also define an initial profile to use at startup. When the event is run it will load the initial profile, but after each set of photos it will load the default profile. The initial profile is useful if you want to display information to the user when starting an event e.g. giving help information about setting everything up and the option to sync the event in case it has been updated.

If the initial profile is set to "none" the default profile will be loaded when the event is run. If the default profile is also set to "none" the first profile in the list of profiles will be loaded.