Hotfolder Prints Help
Hotfolder Prints is a collection of four programs for event photographers and photo booth operators: Hotfolder Prints which monitors a hot folder for images and automatically formats and prints them, Breeze Viewer which monitors a hot folder for images and displays them in a slideshow and Twitter Hashtag Monitor which automatically downloads photos from Twitter.
Hotfolder Prints is a powerful utility for automatically laying out one or more images on to a single page and then printing them. In addition it can save a JPEG copy of this layout and display it in a slideshow, email it to users or email it to social networking and photo sharing web sites such as Flickr and Twitter. Hotfolder Prints monitors a folder (the "hot folder") for new JPEG images. When enough JPEG images have been added it automatically formats these into a single page ready for printing, emailing or other actions. Hotfolder Prints comes with a copy of Breeze Viewer which runs a slideshow that automatically updates as new images are added to the display folder. When used in conjunction with our photo booth software, Hotfolder Prints provides a complete solution for displaying a rolling slideshow of the event's photos and for emailing copies to users and uploading to social networking sites such as Facebook.
In summary, Hotfolder Prints monitors a folder for JPEG or PNG images and then automatically lays them out on to a single page and then:
Breeze Viewer is a slideshow utility that comes with Hotfolder Prints. It monitors a folder and displays JPEG images and animated GIFs in that folder as a slideshow, automatically adding new images to the slideshow as as they are added to the folder. This is great for event shooting and photo booths as you can leave the slideshow running on a large monitor or TV display and have it update automatically as more photos are taken during the event.
Breeze Gallery Uploader
The Breeze Gallery Uploader is a flexible tool for automatically uploading photos, animated GIFs and MP4s to online galleries. The HTTP upload option can upload files to gallery systems such as Photo Booth Gallery (https://www.photobooth-deluxe.de/en/wordpress-photobooth-galerie-dokumentation/) or any other gallery that has suitable scripts for receiving the uploaded files.
Breeze Gallery Uploader can also upload files directly to Hula Gallery (https://www.hula.co/apps/gallery)).
Please note: "Photo Booth Gallery" and "Hula Gallery" are provided by other companies and require subscriptions that must be purchased separately. Please visit their respective web sites for more information.
The SmugMug Uploader is a tool which monitors a folder for new JPEG images, animated GIFs or MP4 movie files and automatically uploads them to your SmugMug account
Twitter Hashtag Monitor
The Twitter Hashtag monitor is a tool which automatically downloads photos posted on Twitter with a particular hashtag. It works by scanning Twitter for tweets which match the search hashtag and contain a photo. When it finds a matching tweet it downloads the photo, the author's name and profile photo, the text of the tweet and the date of posting. This information can then be used by Hotfolder Prints to create a page showing the Twitter photo and automatically print it or save it as a JPEG image. The JPEG image can be displayed in a slideshow using Breeze Viewer or in kiosk software such as Breeze Kiosk where users can view the images and print, email or text them.
More information on using the Twitter hashtag monitor
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