Sparkbooth Photo Booth Software News

Sparkbooth 6.1 released

Today Sparkbooth 6.1 is officially released from beta.

New features and changes to 6.1 include:

  • Updated embedded web browser used to a modern version. Sparkbooth is no longer dependent on the version of Internet Explorer installed. Several services like SmugMug, Flickr, and Tumblr, no longer support Internet Explorer, so this fixes sign in for these services.
  • Updated for MacOS 10.15 Catalina. Previous versions of Sparkbooth will not run on MacOS 10.15 or later.
  • Improved webcam quality on MacOS.
  • Guests can select photo layouts of different photo size. For example, on the selection screen - guests can select either a portrait or square photo layout.
  • Added Telnyx and Vonage (formerly Nexmo) texting services to send photos to your guest's mobile devices.
  • Improved sticker drag, scale and rotate controls for the drawing screen
  • For Sparkbooth DSLR Canon, added support for new camera models including EOS RP, EOS Kiss X10 / EOS Rebel SL3 / EOS 250D / EOS 200D II, PowerShot G7X Mark III / PowerShot G5X Mark II, EOS M6 Mark II / EOS 90D, EOS M200.

To update or install 6.1, please download from the download page.

Sparkbooth Photo Layout Selection Screen with Different Photo Sizes

The recent Sparkbooth 6.1 update allows guests to select photo layouts of different photo sizes. Previously, guests could only select photo layouts of the same photo size (square, widescreen, portrait, etc.). Some changes that were made to allow this to happen:

  • The list of photo layouts is no longer separated by photo size. It is now one long list of layouts.
  • Under settings, you can filter photo layouts by photo size to help find a layout, but the list of favorite layouts still includes all photo sizes. If you want guests to only be able to select layouts of a single photo size type, you will have to un-favorite all the layouts of the other photo sizes.
  • In the photo layout lists, the name of the layout is followed by the photo size, paper size, and then orientation.
  • Under camera settings, the rotate camera settings is visible and applied regardless of the current photo size of the photo layout. Previously, rotating the camera only worked for portrait photo sized photo layouts. You can also select the photo size from camera settings to help position and adjust the camera for the various photo sizes.
  • It is recommended that you use the photo layout selection screen instead of the on-screen button since the user interface will change proportion to the photo size of the layout you have selected. If you use the button, the button will move as the proportion of the screen changes.

Download 6.1 Beta:

Sparkbooth 6.1 Beta WebView Update

This is the first release of the 6.1 beta.

The web browser view has been updated to a modern web browser standard. Previously for the Windows version, Sparkbooth used Internet Explorer web browser component for this. Many web sites, like SmugMug, Flickr, and Tumblr, are no longer supporting Internet Explorer. With this update, you will be able to sign into those web services without opening an external web browser. The new web view browser also has the benefit of signing out of Facebook and other services much faster.

The Mac version of Sparkbooth for this update is now 64-bit. With the upcoming MacOS Catalina release, 32-bit applications will no longer work on Mac.

Please download and give this beta a try and let me know if you find any issues.

Stay tuned for more updates and features.

Download 6.1 Beta:

With the latest Sparkbooth 6 update for Premium and DSLR licenses, stickers can be moved, resized, and rotated by guests. When a sticker is placed on the photo, the sticker will have touch controls for moving, resizing and rotating the sticker. Works great for applying virtual props to photos.

New Sparkbooth movable, resizable, and rotatable stickers and props

To allow guests to move, resize and rotate stickers, go to the Layout Editor and select the drawing area on the layout, and in the properties dialog enable "Make draggable". If the "Make draggable" settings is disabled, the stickers will be applied to the photo immediately instead of being movable.

New Sparkbooth drawing properties dialog

Sparkbooth 6 also comes with a set of image set of virtual props. In the stickers list, select "Props" to enable these new stickers.

New Sparkbooth props set


Check Out Sparkbooth 6

Sparkbooth DSLR

Sparkbooth DSLR 6 has been updated to support additional Canon and Nikon cameras.

Sparkbooth DSLR for Canon now supports EOS 5DS, EOS 5DS R, EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 80D, EOS Kiss M / EOS M50, EOS R, 1D C, EOS-1D Mark III, EOS-1D Mark IV, 1D X, EOS-1D X Mark II, EOS-1Ds Mark III, and PowerShot SX70 HS.

Sparkbooth DSLR for Nikon added support for D850, D5600, D7500, z6, and z7

Check Out Sparkbooth DSLR 6

The Sparkbooth store and licensing server has been updated to support multiple languages including English, French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. The new server will also send out license and activation emails in those languages. By default, everyone who already has a license is defaulted to English. Any newly purchased licenses will be set to one of the supported languages base on their web browsers locale. If you want to have the email notification language changed, please contact us.

Also please update soon to the latest versions of Sparkbooth 4, 5, and 6 which support the new licensing server. You will soon be unable to activate or validate your license unless you have updated.

Sparkbooth 6 now includes a mirror booth mode that plays video animations for your mirror photo booths. There is also a new drawing screen to allow your guests to sign, drawing, and apply stickers to their photos. Other new features include:

  • New modern flat button styles
  • New mirror booth mode. Customize with your own videos.
  • Drawing screen to allow guests to sign or draw on their photos. Can be used for photo booth or mirror booth mode.
  • New stickers to allow guests to apply sticker images. Customize with your own images.
  • New video countdowns. Additional video countdowns.
  • New gateway screen that can be used take payments or display survey before starting photo booth
  • New disclosure screen to display html or image files for privacy policies or other disclosures
  • Configure buttons to be display at top or bottom of screen
  • Display multiple screen overlays and green screens on selection screen
  • Use new Facebook service for uploading photos to business pages
  • Add additional prints to guests selected print copies from print prompt screen. Useful for ensuring you have a print for a photo book in addition to prints for guests.
  • New photo layout background generators
  • New media library for images in photo layout editor
  • New Gmail emailer
  • New Dropbox uploader
  • New uploader
  • New Google Photo uploader
  • New Google Drive uploader
  • Add EU server option for MailGun emailer
  • Improved Nikon component
  • New notifiers to send emails or texts when counters search configured limits
  • Add COUNTDOWN and TRIGGER to status file output when countdown or photo trigger is displayed
  • Export individual screen overlays, green screen backgrounds, and countdowns

Available in English, Español, Português, Français, Deutsch, 简体中文 and 繁體中文

Licenses purchased after January 15, 2018 already work with Sparkbooth 6 - just use your existing license key to unlock. If you purchase before, you can upgrade your license key at a discount.

Download and Try Today!

Check out the new Sparkbooth 6 Beta including these new features:

  • Mirror booth mode. Tutorial
  • Add your own video clips for mirror booth. Tutorial
  • Allow guests to draw or sign on top of layouts
  • Allow guests to apply image stickers on top of layouts
  • New video countdowns
  • New settings user interface
  • Layout editor includes image library with frames and images to customize layouts
  • Layout background generators to create your own gradient, strips, tiled, images, or other background effects
  • Add dynamic dates to custom filenames
  • More features coming...

This is an early beta, so please test before using. Let me know if you find any issues or have suggestions.

Sparkbooth 6 can be activated using any license purchase after January 15, 2018. If you have a license from before, you can upgrade your license to work with the beta and release version (when it comes out) of Sparkbooth 6.

Sparkbooth 6 Beta Downloads

Sparkbooth DSLR

With latest update, Sparkbooth DSLR 5 now supports the Canon EOS T7i / 800D, 77D, 6D Mark II, and SL2.

Check Out Sparkbooth DSLR

Sparkbooth DSLR for Canon requires Windows 7 or newer. The latest version of Sparkbooth DSLR no longer supports Windows XP and Vista. If you have Windows XP or Vista, you can use the special version of Sparkbooth DSLR 4 which works for XP and Vista. This special version only supports Canon cameras up to T6i. If you have a newer Canon camera model, you will need to upgrade your operting system to Windows 7 or newer to use the latest Sparkbooth DSLR.

Download Sparkbooth DSLR 4 for Windows XP and Vista

Be sure to update to the latest version of Sparkbooth 5 which includes the following changes and fixes:

  • Get all SmugMug albums
  • Add refresh and sort albums for Evernote, Facebook Post Share, Flickr, Imgur, ShootProof, SmugMug and Zenfolio settings
  • Resized uploaded images should save with jpg extension
  • Send to Guest upload status should use selected uploader rather than 'Your Service'
  • Fade out overlapping animated text prompts
  • Only upload errors are displayed as notifications
  • Fix display split layouts in layout selection screen
  • Fix layout editor print preview for display split and duplicate print layouts
  • Fix Evernote login
  • Fix ShootProof event selection
  • Fix crash when camera disconnects and brighten live view is enabled
  • Fix skipping GIF generation if print is canceled from prompt screen
  • Fix settings export for bad images

To update, start Sparkbooth 5 with an online connection, and you will be prompted to update. If you have Sparkbooth 4 or below, you can download and upgrade your license to Sparkbooth 5.