Showbooth Blog

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October 12, 2018

Release 1.2

Changes in Showbooth Go 1.2:

  • Support for PDF files - PDF are played without motion, fitted to the screen (with black bars on top or on the sides depending on the aspect of the pages) and as a whole (all pages are played, but still counts as one file in the folder).
  • Support for "fast installations" (for remote slideshows) - by default, Showbooth waits for the end of the slideshow cycle. With "fast_install" enabled in the settings file, the slideshow stops and updates as soon as an update is available and ready.
  • Support for configurable download intervals (for remote slideshows) - the default is still 30 minutes, but now it can be configured in the settings file to be as low as 10 minutes.
  • Bug fixes and minor improvements.
August 1, 2018

Release 1.1

First and foremost, I'd like to thank everybody who subscribed to Showbooth Go and to everyone who sent us valuable feedback about the app and service, it is greatly appreciated, and please, keep it coming, it'll help making Showbooth Go better.

Today we are releasing Showbooth Go's first update: version 1.1. Along with the usual "bug fixes" and "minor improvements", here's what's new:

  • Support for interstitials - images and videos that don’t belong in regular folders that are slotted randomly between folders and groups.
  • Improved support for integration - lets you generate a slideshow from external data sources (programming skills required).
  • Title and Price overlays can now wrap the text.
  • Checks for updated remote slideshows more often (from 2 hours to 30 minutes).
  • Option for “fit to screen” for non-motion images (with black bars).
  • Easier way to add the sample slideshow after dismissing it on first launch (when no slideshow is present, a sample option shows up when pressing the “Add a Slideshow” button).
June 22, 2018

About The Subscription Model

The App Store is awesome for users, and to some extent for developers too, but it's a known issue in the iOS/tvOS/mac developer comunity that the App Store has a sustainability problem. This usually makes it very hard for developers to justify the development of apps past the initial version.

Showbooth Go is a professional tool, we are aware that it won't sell the volume of a consumer app, and because we'd like to keep developing it further, the work we put into it must be justified by its profit and revenue over time. No comercial software is able to survive without being profitable.

That being said, we are treating Showbooth Go as a service, and we've chosen the auto-renewable subscription model of the App Store, and priced it at $19.99 a month.

We think that this will allow the app to generate an acceptable stream of revenue, making it possible for us to keep working on the product, updating it regularely, giving great support, fixing issues fast and adding new features, increasing its value for our customers.

Even though it uses the subscription mode, you can still try it out and build your own slideshows without a subscription, the only limitation is that it won't play the slideshow for more than an hour without a subscription.

June 22, 2018

Videos

We made two small videos on how to build simple slideshows and how to customize slideshows. This will help you understand the basic principles behind buiding and customizing Showbooth Go in less than 10 minutes.

Video: How to build a simple slideshow.

Video: How to customize a slideshow.

These videos cover the basics, but Showbooth can do a lot more than this. Don't forget to the documentation for more detailed information on how to further customize your slideshows.

June 21, 2018

Release 1.0

This is the initial release of Showbooth Go.

With every new version, we'll be posting an update on the blog (and Twitter) with all relevant changes included in the update. You can subscribe to either the site's RSS feed or our twitter (@showboothapp) to be up to date with our announcements.

June 21, 2018

Introducing Showbooth Go

The main cricticism we have received on Showbooth, is that customers have to rely on us to build, host and manage their slideshows. We understand this problem, and to fix it we've been hard at work for the last few months on a spinoff app best suited for those who wish for independence.

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The shiny new user interface of Showbooth Go.

We call it a spinoff app because it's not quite a replacement for the good old Showbooth Player, it doesn't have some of the feature set that some of our clients use and rely on, but it's still very powerfull and has a few new interesting features that are not even available in Showbooth Player.

Of course, it addresses the main issue: It allows users to build, host and manage their own slideshows.

Today we are releasing Showbooth Go in the App Store. To download it, go to the App Store app in your Apple TV, search for "Showbooth" and download the app with the green logo (Showbooth Go, not Showbooth Player). You can also use the app link on a iOS device to download it to your Apple TV.

Let us know what you think of the app. Your opinion is very important to us.