Hotfolder Prints ... A flexible hot folder utility for automatically laying out photos on a page and then printing, emailing or copying the photos. Also includes Breeze Viewer to display a slideshow which is automatically updated as more images are added and Hashtag Monitor for automatically downloading photos from Instagram.
Hotfolder Prints is ideal for event photographers and photo booth operators wishing to automate their workflow.
New! Hotfolder Prints v1.5 Adds new print layout editor and Instagram download and print capability
What is Hotfolder Prints?
An invaluable set of tools for event photographers and photobooth operators wanting to automatically lay out images and then print, copy, email them, upload to social networking sites or display the photos as a slideshow.
New! Automated Instagram hashtag printing with Hotfolder Prints v1.5
Hotfolder Prints monitors a folder for new JPEG images and when the required number of images are available it automatically formats them into a page ready for printing, copying elsewhere or emailing. Hotfolder Prints uses the same layout options as our popular photobooth software and can place up to 10 different photos on a page with any size and orientation together with a background, overlay and captions. This allows almost any layout to be designed from single photos with captions and logos through to complex layouts with multiple photos, transparent overlays and QR codes.
The Breeze Viewer tool displays a slideshow of JPEG images which is updated autmatically as new photos are added. A range of attractive slideshow transitions are available including fade, dissolve, cube, flip and mosaic transitions.
Let guests add their own photos to an event using the Instagram Hashtag Monitor tool. Give users a hashtag for the event and ask them to use this when posting their photos to Instagram. The Instagram Hashtag Monitor will automatically find the photos with the event's hashtag and download them to the PC together with the caption information and profile picture. Hotfolder Prints will read this information and automatically create print layouts which can be printed automatically, displayed in a slideshow using Breeze Viewer or viewed in kiosk software such as Breeze Kiosk where users can select photos for printing, emailing or uploading to Facebook.
Screenshot of Breeze Viewer slideshow showing Instagram photos downloaded
using Hashtag Monitor and formatted using Hotfolder Prints
A number of example uses for Hotfolder Prints are described below:
Setting up a mini studio with a backdrop and lights to take portraits is a popular form of event photography. Typically the photographer takes several photos of people and then either prints them all automatically or has an assistant who reviews them with the customer and selects the best ones for printing. Hotfolder Prints can help with both scenarios:
Automatic printing: The photographer takes the photos which are automatically downloaded to the PC (e.g. by shooting tethered using software our camera control software or using an Eye-Fi memory card to wirelessly transfer photos to the PC). Hotfolder Prints will monitor the download folder and when it has the required number of images it will automatically format and print them. This could be single images which need to be resized to fit a page and sharpened with the photographer's logo or the event name added or several images could be printed on the same page.
Selective printing: The photographer takes several pictures of each guest and these are downloaded automatically to the PC as above. An assistant then reviews the images with the guests (e.g. using our BreezeBrowser Pro software), selects the best ones and copies them to the hot folder. Hotfolder Prints will monitor the hot folder and when it has the required number of images it will automatically format and print them. Alternatively photos can be automatically formatted into print layouts using Hotfolder Prints and kiosk software such as Breeze Kiosk can provide an easy to use touchscreen interface to allow users to view the photos, print photos, email photos or upload them to Facebook.
Slideshow: The Breeze Viewer slideshow utility included with Hotfolder Prints can be used to display a slideshow on a separate monitor to show the photos taken during the event. New photos are automatically added to the slideshow as they are taken.
Instagram Hashtag Printer
Automatic Instagram Hashtag Printer - Invite guests to post their own photos to Instagram using the event's hashtag and use the Instagram Hashtag Monitor and Hotfolder Prints to print them automatically
Interactive Instagram Hashtag Printer (requires Breeze Kiosk) - Invite guests to post their own photos to Instagram using the event's hashtag and use the Instagram Hashtag Monitor and Hotfolder Prints to download them to the PC and format them ready for viewing in Breeze Kiosk where guests can select photos for printing, emailing or uploading to Facebook
Photobooth Slideshow Images
Running a slideshow of the photobooth images on a large screen outside the booth is a great way to enhance the photobooth experience at an event. Hotfolder Prints allows you to arrange the shots from the photobooth so that they can be displayed on the screen using a different layout from the printed strips. The Breeze Viewer slideshow utility that is included with Hotfolder Prints will automatically display these formatted images as a slideshow and include new images as they are taken. Breeze Viewer includes a range of different slideshow transitions including rotating cube, flip, slide, mosaic, dissolve and fade to black. It can also display the images in random order or in the order in which they were taken and has the option to include title or ad pages every few images.
Examples of how images can be arranged for display on a large screen by Hotfolder Prints:
The same photos printed as a double strip by our photobooth software:
Automatic Emailing of Photos
Hotfolder Prints is able to automatically email images to the email address of your choice. This can be to a fixed address such as the photo upload email address for your Flickr or Facebook account or it can be a user's email address entered using a touchscreen keyboard in our photo booth software. You can set up Hotfolder Prints to automatically upload each photo to an album on Facebook and email a copy of the photo to the user together with a link to the Facebook page.
Emails can be sent as plain text or in HTML format.
Uploading to Social Networking Sites
The email option can be used to upload photos to sites such as Facebook, Flickr and Twitter (via a service such as twitpic). Hotfolder Prints can also be used with free Facebook photo uploading utilities such as WappWolf (wappwolf.com) or UpPhoto (www.uphoto.ca) to automatically upload photos to an album on Facebook and then use Hotfolder Print's email option to send a copy of the photo to the user together with a link to the Facebook page.
What is included with Hotfolder Prints and how much does it Cost?
Hotfolder Prints comes with three essential tools for photobooth operators event photographers:
- Hotfolder Prints - monitors a folder for JPEG images and automatically formats them for printing, emailing or saving so that they can be used by other tools such as the Breeze Viewer slideshow tool
- Breeze Viewer - runs a slideshow of JPEG images which is automatically updated as new photos are added
- Instagram Hashtag Monitor - monitors Instagram for photos with a given hashtag and automatically downloads them to the PC together with the caption information and profile picture
Hotfolder Prints costs US $99 (click here for free trial* or to purchase) and includes one full year of free upgrades.
*Risk Free. Try before you buy. When you do decide to buy there is no need to download the software again - simply place your order and then enter your registration code to unlock the software.
What Do I Need to Install Hotfolder Prints?
An internet connection to download the software and a computer running Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista
Please note: Breeze Kiosk is a separate purchase and is not included with Hotfolder Prints
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Hotfolder Prints - A flexible utility which monitors a folder for new images and automatically lays them out on a page and prints them