Call external (macro) on "start"

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Peter King

12 May, 2014 10:30 PM


I have a home setup that I use for parties etc.

I would find it great if I could have sparkbooth call external files/macro's on demand.

My idea: To have my booths lights turn on / off automatically

If you could add on "Click to start" call file path


on "thanks / finish" call file path

That way I could have sparkbooth call a .bat file or something that would switch a micro controller for my lights on and off.

This is just an idea and may be impractical but worth a shot, if you have a better idea/way to control the lights in my booth please point me in the right direction.

  1. 1 Posted by Peter King on 12 May, 2014 10:40 PM

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    P.S Just had the thought I could have my light on a motion sensor or similar but I still think the ability to call external programmes would be great.

    Means your booth could automate anything your PC could do (as long as you could keep Sparkbooth as your active window / always ontop.

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Joe Connell on 12 May, 2014 11:03 PM

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    Hello Peter,

    The Sparkbooth software is capable of doing a lot
    of things that are directly connected/involved with
    the computer...

    But IMO when it goes well beyond its normal operation
    like controlling the Lighting within a photo booth,
    we are only asking for more problems that would be better off
    being done as you stated in your second post...

    Next they will be asking for SB to Flip Pancakes
    during a Breakfast Photo Booth Event

  3. 3 Posted by Peter King on 13 May, 2014 12:12 AM

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    Hi Joe

    Im not sure lighting is "beyond its normal operation" and I feel Sparkbooth would agree with me as it is point 4 on the "Sparkbooth Setup checklist"

    Anyway, take my suggestion as just that, a suggestion to widen the functionality of the product.

    Next they will be asking for support stuff to actually support customers

  4. Peter King closed this discussion on 13 May, 2014 12:12 AM.

  5. Joe Connell re-opened this discussion on 13 May, 2014 12:24 AM

  6. Support Staff 4 Posted by Joe Connell on 13 May, 2014 12:43 AM

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    Hello Peter,

    Seems you are a bit new to Sparkbooth support and
    my poking a bit of fun regarding Pancakes was just that.
    Your ending reply was taken just the way you meant it
    and I personally took it as a shot in the eye.

    I have been providing Support here to people around the world
    and beyond the texting here, I provide 1 on 1 Training via Skype
    sharing my screen teaching users ever aspect of the SB Software.

    You have created 1 single PUBLIC message here on the web site
    and I can tell you that a Public posting like yours will only
    remind me down the road when help is requested from
    Peter King... I will leave it to the rest of the support team
    who are also reading this discussion and I hope you
    actually receive support when you need it.

    Joe Connell - SB Support
    now I will close this topic

    REMEMBER: Getting cocky at the drive thru window will only
    get your food dropped on the floor before it is placed in your bag

  7. Support Staff 5 Posted by John Wu on 13 May, 2014 01:10 AM

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    Hi Peter,

    One of the things on my TODO list is have a text file that Sparkbooth will write status updates to. So you can have an application watch that file for changes and then do something. Currently it is not high on the prior because only couple a people have requested something like that.


  8. 6 Posted by Peter King on 13 May, 2014 02:28 AM

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    Cheers John

    Thats a good idea, ill keep an eye out.

  9. Peter King closed this discussion on 13 May, 2014 02:37 AM.

  10. John Wu re-opened this discussion on 12 Jun, 2014 06:31 PM

  11. Support Staff 7 Posted by John Wu on 12 Jun, 2014 06:31 PM

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    There is now a un-release and un-tested version of Sparkbooth at that has this feature.

    Go to Settings > Premium > General > enable "Write application status to"

    Currently it will write out the following lines:
    SAVED_LAYOUT (followed by tab and the saved layout path)

    The file will be overwritten each time a status is logged.

    If you are using a Mac, you can use the following command from terminal to
    watch the file
    tail -f pathto/sparkbooth-status.txt

    The terminal will output the text each time it changes.

  12. 8 Posted by Paul Lewis on 14 Jun, 2014 03:07 PM

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    We have managed to get round the lighting issues by using a USB button. The button has been programmed to turn on the lights after sending the space bar signal to sparkbooth, then it shuts them off after x seconds, then back on, then back off.... all carefully timed.

    The lights are connected to an energenie001 which does the actual lighting controls.

  13. John Wu closed this discussion on 26 Jun, 2014 03:32 PM.

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