We have poured hundreds of hours into the newest version of LiveBooth and we are thrilled to share it with our users.
One big changes is that all the settings have been moved into the app itself. This may take a little getting used to if you have used the settings that were previously housed under the iPad’s Settings app but in the long run we are confident that you will love the benefits of it! Instead of just having a text field we can give you immediate visual feedback for changes and let you do things you could never do so easily before.
For example, now you can login to Dropbox and use a file browser to select the folder with your images instead of typing in the file path and risking a typo.
Another example is now you can switch photo sources and cycle through available albums or photo streams instead of having to type the correct name in. Then you can immediately see all the photos with the overlay applied.
Perhaps the most time-saving feature that results from in-app settings is being able to select an image directly from your iPad to use for the overlay.
Another big change is the way the app handles images altogether. In the past, LiveBooth would always display your full resolution images on the screen and apply overlays on the fly. Now every single image is cached with the overlay applied in multiple sizes. This means that you can give the app bigger images in your photo source because it isn’t going to display the full-size version, it is going to display the optimally sized image for memory performance. In the past you would have to limit your image size to 1-2 megabytes. Now you can use images that are 4-5 megabytes or even more. We even tested 20mb images on the iPad Air and it handled it smoothly. Naturally, if you do provide smaller photos in your photo source, your photos will sync faster and the app will cache them faster so there are still benefits to keeping an eye on your file size.
The second benefit to caching is that you can switch real-time between different sized thumbnail to see up to 25 images on the screen at a time. This will help guests find their images from earlier in the event if they come back to the kiosk. Or, you can set a default image size and disable their ability to change it if you prefer.
An implication of the new caching process is that if you are having a larger or longer event you may want more storage on your iPad than the basic 16gb version because cached images take up more storage.
The attention is not just on big new features but also in the details.
We’ve listened to user feedback and changed the selection process to a single-tap instead of a double-tap. It’s more intuitive for the user – the downside is that it is easier to accidentally select images, but we have corrected for this by making it more noticeable when you select an image with a simple animated white flash on touching an image.
We’ve made LiveBooth clean up better after a user session. After a user taps “Share” and chooses an action, the “Cancel” button becomes “Done” and will automatically clear their selection.
If you are using a white iPad and white kiosk stand, try the new “Light” theme. The visual app experience will tie together with your entire setup.
If you have had trouble in the past with margins on your prints, the remedy is here. The new print fine-tuning let’s you perfect the formatting that is sent to your printer for your specific paper size. You can tweak the width and height in inches using decimal points and positive or negative values to get it exactly right.
Lastly, we are pleased to say that in general, you won’t get as many error messages as in previous versions. First of all, you don’t have to remove Twitter accounts from your iPad’s settings anymore and second, we use less error alerts because the in-app settings prevent common errors and can give visual cues if there is a problem.
Oh, and there is a new membership portal with a few new features of its sleeve as well.
We’d love to know what you think of the new features. Connect with us on our Facebook page and send us your feedback!