LiveBooth was an app I created for live event photographers and photo booths. I developed and maintained it for several years, but this year I committed full-time to Simple Booth and realized I can no longer continue working on it. Thank you to you everyone who downloaded and used the app. If you still need it, is is available on the App Store, but it is no longer actively being maintained. If you’re looking for world-class photo booth apps and hardware, I encourage you to check out www.simplebooth.com!
There are three Photo Source options that will automatically sync and add new images. The first is one of the iPad’s smart albums that syncs over iCloud using the Recently Added album or My Photo Stream. The second is Dropbox which is a long-time favorite of our users. The third is our newest, the LiveBooth Direct for Mac application.
Both My Photo Stream and Dropbox are supposed to sync over your local area connection (Wi-Fi). In other words, when all your devices are on the same network, the photos go directly to the other devices instead of uploading and being downloaded. However, internet is required in order for My Photo Stream and Dropbox to know which images to sync. You need to have both Wi-Fi and internet connectivity and all your devices should be on the same Wi-Fi network.
If you are using the iPad’s albums to sync, make sure to close other apps that are running on your devices, especially the Photos app and Camera app.
Dropbox is convenient because photos can be so easily organized into folders and you can choose which folder to use as your Photo Source. You can also access your photos more easily to add or delete photos in batch either using the Dropbox client on a PC or Mac (or accessing through a browser).
If you do not want to rely on an internet connection to sync your photos and you have your photos available on a Mac computer, you can use our LiveBooth Direct for Mac application to sync images directly over your Wi-Fi network. Both devices must be on the exact same Wi-Fi network. Don’t let one be on the 5 ghz band and the other be on the 2.5 ghz band – they need to be on the same band and SSID.
LiveBooth Direct for Mac uses Bonjour to automatically network the LiveBooth app running on the iPad and the computer. There are no IP addresses to enter! Just open the LiveBooth Direct for Mac application, then in LiveBooth tap to change your photo source to “Direct” and your Mac will show up as an option. LiveBooth Direct for Mac will tell you the number of LiveBooth apps that are connected to it and you can stop/start the service anytime.
You can make images sync faster through any Photo Source by reducing your image size. If your files are coming directly from a DSLR camera, for example, you may not wish to use the highest resolution because they will take longer to transfer and sync.
We do not recommend using the cellular internet that can be available on an iPad because for any syncing option, all your devices need to be on the same Wi-Fi network. If one device starts connecting directly to the internet with a 4G LTE connection then it will not be syncing over your Wi-Fi or able to access other devices on your Wi-Fi network such as a printer. It is also best if the device providing your Wi-Fi network and internet is a dedicated device for that purpose.