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How to use LiveBooth with any Photo Booth Software

Posted on: May 21st, 2013 by admin 2 Comments

Every photo booth software has a folder somewhere called a “watch folder” that images are placed as they are taken. If you find the photos, you can use LiveBooth and this article will show you how. The process is different depending on if you are on a PC or Mac, but in both cases we are going to use Photo Stream.

Photo Booth Software for PC

1.) Download Apple’s provided software for Photo Stream on PC (requires Windows 7 or newer)
2.) Install and open the software
3.) Create or login with your iCloud account
4.) Enable Photo Stream


5.) Change your Photo Stream location to a convenient location, such as next to your watch folder

6.) Because Photo Stream creates a subfolder for My Photo Stream, you will need a tool to automatically copy new images into the My Photo Stream folder. Two options are Folder Actions or DSynchronize (freeware).

Disclaimer: Make sure you thoroughly check out any third party software on your own. This is not an endorsement and we do not accept any liability for problems arising from third party software.

7(A) Using Folder Actions:

i. In Folder Actions, add the watch folder that your photo booth software created
ii. On the right side of the screen, click the tab for “Show new file alert, copy, move files”
iii. Click the radio button for “Copy new files to folder”
iv. Select the Photo Stream subfolder “My Photo Stream”
v. Click Save

7(B) Using DSynchronize:

i. Set your source by right-clicking and adding a folder
ii. Set your Destination by right-clicking and adding a folder
iii. Click synchronize once and then check “Realtime sync” under “Timer Sync”

Now skip down to set up the iPad and app settings for Photo Stream.

Photo Booth Software for Mac

1.) Open System Preferences and click on iCloud

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2.) Create or sign into an iCloud account and enable Photo Stream
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3.) Open iPhoto and go into iPhoto Preferences, then click the Photo Stream tab
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4.) Enable Photo Stream and Automatic Upload in iPhoto

Now, any photos that you import to iPhoto will be added to your Photo Stream. However, they do not upload automatically until we set up a folder action in Automator. Automator is a useful utility that comes with your Mac.

5.) Open Finder  > Applications > Automator

6.) When prompted to choose a type for your new document, choose Folder Action

Automator Folder Action

7.) Find the Folder Action in the list titled “Import Files into iPhoto” and drag into the open area to the right to add it as an action
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8.) Now you just need to choose the folder. Click the drop-down where it says “Choose folder” and select “Other”
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9.) Finally, go to File and Save.

Now, when you add images to the folder you chose, iPhoto will import them and add them to your Photo Stream. Next, set up your iPad with LiveBooth so that it will display the photos.

Set up the iPad and App Settings

1.) Open the Settings screen for your iPad and find iCloud in the list

iCloud on iPad Settings

2.) Choose the same iCloud account that you used for your PC or Mac

3.) Tap on Photo Stream and turn on My Photo Stream

Turn Photo Stream on



Now the iPad is set up for Photo Stream and your photos will sync when they are on the same Wi-Fi network as your PC or Mac and your iPad has higher than 10% battery. Let’s make sure that LiveBooth is set up for Photo Stream, too.

1.) In your iPad’s settings, find LiveBooth or Livebooth Lite in the list.


2.) Tap Photo Source and select Photo Stream from the options


3.) Go back and make sure that Album or Shared Stream Name (if applicable) is either blank or says “My Photo Stream” (otherwise the app will look for a shared stream of the given name instead of My Photo Stream)

You’re done! Add some photos to your watch folder, open the LiveBooth app and watch as they appear.