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Update v1.24 - New EDSDK support, offline license installs

March 9, 2013 at 9:47 p.m.

We've added a few new features and a bunch of bugfixes:

  • Custom layouts can be put in the "My Documents\SeeMonkey Layouts" folder, users no longer need to save them to "Program Files\Seemonkey\Layouts" (which was problematic on Windows Vista/7).
  • Updated to EDSDK v2.11 (added support for EOS 5D Mark III).
  • Shows error message when license has expired, then allows user to use demo mode or download new license.
  • Added "create_offline_license_request.exe" helper, creates file to do offline license installs (when the booth computer does not have internet access).
  • Added error message when overlay image is the wrong size/dimensions.
  • Changed "Change Layout" menu to scroll, so it can show more layouts.
  • Added extra camera setting "Use Manual Settings", disables automatically setting image size & quality, etc.
  • Mouse click no longer acts as button press by default (for new installs).
  • Changed settings from JSON to config format (easier to edit), also combined "custom.txt" into normal settings file.
  • Fixed bug, was always trying to send emails.
  • Fixed bug with EDSDK and trying to set the flash exposure value (not yet supported).

Update v1.23 - Countdown for Digital Cameras, Layout Previews, Support for Color/B&W Keys

June 11, 2012 at 1:42 a.m.

We added some new features:

  • Added countdown for digital cameras (all sources), not just webcams.
  • When changing layouts, shows small preview of selected layout in the menu.
  • Added camera settings (flash exposure & mirror liveview) for PSREC only.
  • Added "Setup Keys" in settings menu for above keys. This means you can have different "start" keys for color and black & white pictures, allowing users to choose which they want by pressing the right button.

And also a bunch of small features & bug-fixes:

  • Made all fonts smaller, made liveview image bigger (double the size).
  • Reorganized stock layouts.
  • Fixed bug, was ignoring "background_color" value in layouts.
  • Removed "Camera Test" feature temporarily.
  • Mouse is now visible on the software window (was being hidden before).
  • Disabled PSREC on 64-bit windows (was causing program to not startup on 64-bit systems).
  • Fixed bug: "Only 24-bit or 32-bit surfaces can be smoothly scaled" problems on 16-bit displays.
  • Added settings:
    • "use_mouse_click_as_start_button" - if false, mouse click does not start picture taking process.
    • "show_press_escape_for_the_menu_text" - if false, hides "Press escape for the menu" on the main screen.

Update v1.22 - Support for the T3 and T3i, Spanish translations, bug fixes

March 8, 2012 at 3:37 p.m.

  • Updated to EDSDK v2.10 (support for Canon Rebel T3 and T3i). 
  • Changed layout files: there is no more "overlay_filename" value, instead just name the PNG file with the same name as the .layout file (ie. if you have "sample.layout", just save a file "sample.png" and it'll be used).
  • Fixed bug where custom "My Pictures" folders would cause program crash.
  • Fixed bug downloading unicode license. 
  • Added auto-email support. Added settings: email_host, email_port ,  email_use_tls  email_username ,  email_password ,  email_to.  Only sends email if *all* above settings are set.
  • Added joystick/gamepad key mapping support.
  • Added beta support for Spanish language. Translations may be confusing/bad.
  • Added "Change Language" item on main menu. 
  • Fixed bug printing on non-english windows.

Update 1.21 - Dual Monitor Support, Mouse Button, Bugfixes

Nov. 24, 2011 at 12:17 a.m.

There have been a lot of small changes to the program, but we've neglected to post them.  Here's the list:

  • Added "monitor_number" setting for dual-monitor setups
  • Fixed full-screen mode on dual monitors
  • Fixed "No available video device" error when using certain USB monitors as the primary display
  • Changed camera & webcam delay to 5 seconds
  • Screen shows up arrow and "Smile" when taking picture
  • Fixed "No such file or directory" error on Vista/7 when saving photos
  • Added explorer integration for .seemonkey_layout files
  • Users can press the mouse instead of spacebar to start taking pictures
  • Added custom.txt settings for "background_color", "text_color", "text_shadow_color"
  • Added setting "output_folder" to manually set where pictures are saved
  • Added layouts for Hiti P510s and a 2-column, 4-vertical layout
  • Fixed bug when the current layout file has been deleted

Update 1.19 - Commercial re-branding, Demo mode now prints & saves images, Fixed "Application failed to start" bug

May 31, 2011 at 10:19 a.m.

Here's the changes:

We added custom-text support for commercial users to replace the entire text on the "Welcome" page.  Now instead of "Welcome to Seemonkey Photoboooth", you can have it say anything - "Welcome to Bob's Photobooth!"  You can rebrand your professional booth this way.  More customization will be coming soon.

The Demo mode of the program now saves & prints photos, just like the full version.  The only difference is the "DEMO" watermark on the photos.  This should make it easier to try out the software & make sure it'll work with your printer.

Finally, we fixed the bug where the program would not start, and the error message showed "The application failed to start..."  The program should start with no problem on older Windows XP machines now.

Update 1.18 - Fixed Vista & Powermate bugs, plus support for other USB buttons

May 13, 2011 at 8:58 p.m.

We've fixed a few bugs that have cropped up, as well as adding a neat feature.

The changes:

-Fixed "PSREC" bug on Vista - the program would show the PSREC error on Vista and refuse to start.  Now fixed.

-Fixed Griffin Powermate support.  This was broken in earlier versions, and is now working again.  You should be able to simply plug in the Powermate to your computer, then startup Seemonkey, and finally just press the Powermate button to start the picture-taking process.  No drivers or settings needed.

-On the "Thanks Your'e Done" page, the pictures were shown as rectangles, while the prints were actually square.  The pictures are now shown as true square pictures on that screen.

-Added some more descriptive errors when a license installation fails.

And our new feature:

-Added support for other USB buttons in the "button_input.exe" helper program.  Simply assign your USB button to run this file when it's pressed, and that will simulate the user pressing the spacebar/enter key to start taking pictures.  This allows the software to work with just about any USB button out there.

We have a few feature request we're working on.  Just let us know if there's anything you'd like to see in the software.  Thanks!

Update 1.16 - PowerShot Support on Windows 7!!! Fixed DSLR support, Better liveview support, Faster all around

March 13, 2011 at 1:19 a.m.

It's been quite a while since the last update, due to many things (a busier wedding season last year, a new addition to the family) - especially a hardware failure of the main development computer.  But now that that's been fixed, we're able to start releasing some updates to Seemonkey!

So we're releasing Seemonkey v1.16.  The last news announcement was for v1.12, so there have been *quite* a few changes since the last announcement. 

The biggest change:

PowerShot cameras can be used on Windows 7!

Before this update, all PowerShot cameras were only supported on Windows XP.  Now the more recent PowerShot cameras can be used on Windows 7.  This should make it easier to use your PowerShot cameras with newer laptops/PCs.

The following PowerShot cameras are supported on Windows 7:

  • A620
  • A640
  • SX100 IS
  • SX110 IS
  • S80
  • S3 IS
  • S5 IS
  • G7
  • G9
  • G10

We've updated the camera compatibility page to reflect this update.

Here's a highlight of some of the other new features:

-Added liveview between each shot, which helps a *ton* with users to let them know when to take pictures and when to repose.  Compared to the way it worked previously (no liveview between shots), this works *much* better and we have almost no retakes.
-Faster picture taking, printing, etc.
-Customizable text for "Press spacebar to start" or "Thanks you're done" messages in "custom\custom.txt"
-Fixed incompatibilities with more recent DSLRS, they should work fine now.
-Added more settings for screen position, delay between each shot, etc (check "settings.json").

And we're just getting started!  We have a ton of features planned, and now that development is picking up we hope to make a few more updates in the near future.

If you have an idea for Seemonkey and you'd like to see us work on it, please add it to our feedback page:
http://seemonkey.uservoice.com/forums/73155-general

Wedding season is just starting to pick up - have fun!  Check us out at http://www.seemonkey.net/.

Thanks,

Seemonkey

(PS. For those in the New England area, we also offer full-service rentals using our software.  Check out our new website at http://www.seemonkeyphotobooth.com/)

 

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Here's a complete list for the technical folks out there:

v1.13
-Added customizable layouts.  You can edit the text files in the "layouts" folder to create your own custom layouts.  The possibilities here are endless, you can take 1 full size 4x6 horizontal print at a time, or you could setup a layout to take 10 pictures and arrange them all over the print.  All this in addition to the normal photostrips that are the default.
-The enter key now works to start taking pictures (in addition to the spacebar).

v1.15
-Increased speed for image processing, now prints faster(!!!).
-Added a "custom\custom.txt" file in the Seemonkey folder with some customization settings.  To start, you can change the text that reads "Press spacebar to start" to anything you want.  You can also customize the "Thanks you're done" message.  Many more options coming.
-The startup screen showed "non-commercial use" for commercial licenses - fixed.
-Added "screen_x" and "screen_y" to the settings file (settings.json) to set initial window position.
-Added "camera_delay" and "webcam_delay" to the settings file to control the delay (in seconds) between each shot.
-Added new faux-fullscreen mode, no longer disappears when another program takes focus.  Previously, if any window popped up in front of Seemonkey, it would minimize to the taskbar.  Now it just keeps running behind the new window.
-Changed Powershot capture size to MEDIUM3 (1600 x 1200, 2MP on recent cameras), the second-smallest.  This makes picture-taking faster.
-Changed DSLR image size/quality to small/normal, again for performance.
-Improved strip-making speed - twice as fast now.

v1.16
-Added "Pose for picture #1..." messages between each shot, along with liveview so users can see themselves between each shot.  This helps a *ton* for users, since it's a lot easier to understand when pictures are being taken, and when they should pose for the next shot.
-Fixed incompatibilities with some recent DSLRs.
-Reduced the program size to less than half (!).

We'll be at the Original Wedding Expo in Lincoln, RI on Nov 6 & 7

Nov. 5, 2010 at 5:01 a.m.

We'll be at the Original Wedding Expo in Lincoln, RI on Nov 6 & 7.  We have a few free tickets left, contact us if you're going.

We'll be showing off our booth and giving away free photostrips to anyone that wants one.  See you there!

Update v1.12 - Windows 7 support, Liveview for Webcams, new Feedback page

Aug. 26, 2010 at 5:38 p.m.

We've got some great changes in this update.

Windows 7 Support

First off - Windows 7 support! We now support modern EOS/Rebel DSLRs on Windows 7. As always, check the compatibility list to make sure your camera is on that list.

Overlays

Second, we added support for Overlays. Now you can add text to your photostrips to customize them for your event! We have an Overlay Creator Tool on our website (found on www.seemonkey.net under "Help", then "Overlay Creator") to help you create your own overlays. And if you're handy with graphics, you can add your own images by just creating a .PNG file.

Liveview for Webcams

Third, we added Live View for webcams. Now you can see yourself before you take pictures to make sure you're in just the right place. Please note - the live view is visible before taking pictures. While the software is taking pictures, the live view is not visible.

Other Updates

  • -Added support for the Griffin Powermate USB button.
  • -Added a "Rotate Camera" feature, so the camera can be mounted vertically/upside-down.

We also fixed a few bugs that were popping up:

  • -Fixed bug with 20D/350D crashing when downloading photos.
  • -Fixed bug where some Powershots caused a crash when exiting the program.
  • -Fixed a crash on Vista when starting the program.
  • -Fixed focus issue with DSLRs in liveview (would not focus properly).

Got requests? Let us know!

We now have a new feedback page up. Now you can request features and vote on other users' ideas as well. Just visit www.seemonkey.net and click on the blue "Feedback" button on the right side of the page. This is a great way for us to find out more about what our users want in the future.

Update 1.10 - (fixed) DSLR support!

March 31, 2010 at 1:41 p.m.

We've got some great changes in this update.

First off - Windows 7 support! We now support modern EOS/Rebel DSLRs on Windows 7. As always, check the compatibility list to make sure your camera is on that list.

Second, we added Live View for webcams. Now you can see yourself before you take pictures to make sure you're in just the right place. Please note - the live view is visible before taking pictures. While the software is taking pictures, the live view is not visible.

Some other updates:

  • -Added support for the Griffin Powermate USB button.
  • -Added a "Rotate Camera" feature, so the camera can be mounted vertically/upside-down.

We also fixed a few bugs that were popping up:

  • -Fixed bug with 20D/350D crashing when downloading photos.
  • -Fixed bug where some Powershots caused a crash when exiting the program.
  • -Fixed a crash on Vista when starting the program.
  • -Fixed focus issue with DSLRs in liveview (would not focus properly).

Bug update: liveview fails with DSLRs

March 29, 2010 at 2:14 p.m.

We've just discovered a bug where SeeMonkey crashes when attached to DSLRs.  The problem is related to liveview (previewing live images on the screen).  We hope to have a fix out soon, for now DSLRs are broken.  Sorry for the inconvenience, and please subscribe to the mailing list if you want to know as soon as the fix is released.

Update 1.08: Canon EOS DSLR Support!

Dec. 13, 2009 at 5 p.m.

(see the note about the promo period ending below)

It's been a long time coming, but SeeMonkey finally supports DSLRs!  The supported cameras are:

EOS 20D
EOS 30D
EOS 40D
EOS 50D
EOS 5D
EOS 5D Mark II
EOS REBEL T1i (aka. EOS 500D, EOS Kiss X3)
EOS REBEL XS (aka. EOS 1000D, EOS Kiss F)
EOS REBEL XSi (aka. EOS 450D, EOS Kiss X2)
EOS REBEL XT (aka. EOS 350D, EOS Kiss Digital N)
EOS REBEL XTi (aka. EOS 400D, EOS Kiss Digital X)
EOS-1D Mark III
EOS-1Ds Mark III

In addition, untested older cameras that should be supported:

EOS-1D Mark II
EOS-1Ds Mark II
EOS-1D Mark II N

DSLR support is compatible with Windows XP and Windows Vista (32 and 64 bit).  We are currently working on Windows 7 compatability.

So please download the demo and try it out, and let us know your results.  We don't have every single camera on the list, so we'd love to know how it works for you.

Promotional Period Coming to an End:

SeeMonkey has been discounted during the "introductory period".  This period will end with the 2009 calendar year, so starting January 1, 2010 the discount will no longer apply.  This means that the price will increase from $100 to $150, and also the purchase will include free updates for 1 year (vs. free updates for life during the intro period).  If you're planning on purchasing SeeMonkey, now is the time to try it out and make your purchases.

Update 1.07: Now compatible with Vista 64-bit, adds matte borders

Nov. 19, 2009 at 11:36 a.m.

SeeMonkey has been updated to v1.07.  This fixes a bug some users were having on Vista 64-bit edition where the message "ERROR: OS not supported" would pop up.  SeeMonkey should now run on both Vista and Vista 64-bit.

In addition to this fix, we've also added the option to print strips with mattes (borders).  Try it out, let us know what you think.

Update: Vista compatibility! (for webcams)

Nov. 8, 2009 at 5:54 p.m.

Finally, we've got SeeMonkey working on Vista.  First, the bad news - SeeMonkey on Vista only works with webcams, not with Canon PowerShot cameras.  Canon has only made their PowerShot cameras remote-controlable from Windows XP, and so far their offical line is that they won't support Vista or Windows 7.

But the good news - you can use a high quality webcam instead.  These are cheaper, easier to find, more compatible (you can use just about any recent webcam), and the printout quality is very similar to a digital camera.

So to recap: SeeMonkey now supports webcams in Windows Vista, and it already supports webcams & digital cameras in Windows XP.

Download the demo and try it out on Vista, and let us know what you think.

Update: 1.06: fixes bug with Black & White printing

Oct. 27, 2009 at 3:06 p.m.

This is a minor bugfix for SeeMonkey.  There was a bug with Black & White printing with the message "module object has no attribute imageops".  This bug should be fixed now.  If you've downloaded the previous version (v1.05), please update to this version.  Thanks!

Minor update: 1.05 fixes "The device with the specified device number does not exist" error.

Oct. 25, 2009 at 11:39 a.m.

SeeMonkey has just been updated to fix a small bug while detecting webcams.  If you received a "The device with the specified device number does not exist" error when you started the program, please download this latest version which fixed that bug.

Thanks!

SeeMonkey update 1.04: webcam support

Oct. 18, 2009 at 4:57 p.m.

SeeMonkey has just been updated to v1.04.  The big feature in this update:  Webcam Support! So now you can choose to either use one of the compatible Canon PowerShot cameras, or you can use any modern PC webcam.

Here's a comparison shot of a Canon PowerShot A75 vs. a Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000.  While the background in the PowerShot is clearer, the subjects are near the same clarity.  The camera flash is used in the PowerShot image, so the colors are different.  And the printouts are very near the same in quality.  If there is enough outside light coming in through the windows, it's hard to tell which is which at first glance.

This should make things easier for those that don't have a compatible PowerShot camera.  You'll still need a decent quality webcam; recommended ones include the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema and the Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000.  But most should be compatible.

Update Oct 19: The demo download was an older version, it's been updated to the latest with webcam support.  If you downloaded it before, make sure to download a new version now.  Thanks!

 

SeeMonkey update 1.03: new support for more Canon cameras

Sept. 22, 2009 at 2:52 p.m.

SeeMonkey has been updated to version 1.03.  We're happy to announce that we have a few more compatible Canon cameras in this version:

  • A620
  • A640
  • G10
  • G7
  • G9
  • S3 IS
  • S5 IS
  • S80
  • SX100 IS
  • SX110 IS

These are a few of the newer Canon cameras, and some are still on sale, so you should be able to find these easier.  Check out the full list (full list) of cameras.

This update is free for registered users.  Just download & install like normal, no need to uninstall the old version first.

Coming soon: support for image overlays, and possibly some DSLR support...

SeeMonkey 1.02 is out with a few new features

Sept. 15, 2009 at 12:34 p.m.

SeeMonkey has been updated to version 1.02.  New in this version:

  • Added "Print" option to disable printing.
  • Added "USB Button" option, for USB Panic Button support.
  • Added "Black & White Print" option for black and white printing.
  • Also, now saves full-sized images in higher quality than before.

This update is free for registered users.  Just download & install like normal, no need to uninstall the old version first.

More updates are in the pipeline and coming up, including support for a few more cameras.  Stay tuned!

Demo is now available, try it out!

Aug. 25, 2009 at 6:14 p.m.

The most requested new feature was a demo mode to allow users to try out SeeMonkey before buying, so we're proud to announce the availability of the Demo mode.

If you visit the website you can download the demo and install it on your computer.  It'll come up with a "License Validation Error", and the second option will be "Use demo mode".

Some things to keep in mind:

  • You'll need to have a compatible canon camera attached to use the demo.
  • The demo will not save or print pictures.

But you should be able to get a feel for how SeeMonkey operates.  It's very simple to use, to the point where there's really nothing to configure (which is good for new users).

But don't worry, power users... more features are coming soon.

SeeMonkey is for sale!

Aug. 21, 2009 at 3:34 a.m.

Thanks to all who have waited patiently... SeeMonkey is now for sale!  We've had a few purchases and a ton of inquiries (sorry if you didn't hear back right away!), and we've added a lot of things to our wishlist.

The #1 request: a demo version.  We've heard it, so we're doing it.  Our plan is to allow users to download a working version of the program so they can test it out and see if they like it before they buy.

Stay tuned, more changes are in the pipeline.

Almost ready for sale...

July 27, 2009 at 2:11 a.m.

The website is almost complete, just getting the last pieces in place so we can start selling the software. If you want to be notified as soon as we release, make sure to sign up for the mailing list.

In the meanwhile, hold tight... SeeMonkey should be out soon!