Pocketbooth Android FAQ
A collection of frequently asked questions and their answers. Well-designed software should be self-explanatory, but occasionally we fall short. Here's an attempt to fill in some gaps.
- Does Pocketbooth Android work with the front-facing camera?
Yes! (see next answer)
- Why isn't it working with MY front-facing camera?
Long answer: Android (until the arrival of Android 2.3) did not have native support for a device with multiple cameras. This meant that if a handset manufacturer added a second camera, they had to come up with their own way of providing access to it. Some provided code for developers to access this functionality, others did not. But each manufacturers approach (as you might guess) is different, and some are more stable than others. This is not just tiresome for a developer (like us) but problematic as well. Our initial decision was to support front-facing camera on devices running 2.3 and above (due to the uniform approach), which at the time was only 1% of all handsets currently in use. After the launch of our app, we got a lot of feedback from people asking for (in some cases demanding!) front-cam support. Here was our solution: we made sure front-cam support worked with the five most popular (pre-2.3) handsets, and got it working on all 2.3 (and above) devices that conform to the Andoid specs. By targeting the most prevalent of devices running an older OS, we hope to get front-facing support for 95% of users with older phones.
- How do I change the settings for Pocketbooth Android?
Tap the tools icon located on the top-right of the main screen.
- How do I post a photostrip to Twitter/Facebook?
From the photo delivery screen, tap the sharing icon on the bottom-right of the screen (it is the silver button with the arrow). Select the appropriate option from the resulting list.
- Why won't Facebook let me upload strip from outside the app?
Facebook enforces limitations on photos they allow to be uploaded. Oddly, one of the constraints is that the proportions of the photo (width and height) have to be similar in size. So when a photo is a lot taller than it is wide (as is the case with photostrips from Pocketbooth Android) or a lot wider than it is tall (as is the case with a lot of panoramic photos) Facebook won't accept it. The way Pocketbooth Android gets around this constraint when uploading your strip via the in-app upload is by adding some padding on the left and right of the image (thus making it more square).
- OK, so if want to upload strips on my own outside of the Pocketbooth Android app, how do I do so?
Unfortunately (we're hoping Facebook removes this restriction) the only way to do it on your own is either to pad the image yourself, or crop it to less of an oblong shape.
- How do I browse the photostrips I have taken?
Navigate to the photo delivery screen (from the main screen, tap the silver Photo Strips button). Then either swipe left/right or tap the left/right arrows on each side of the photo chute.
- Will you let me choose four photos to insert into the photostrip?
At this time, we don't have any plans to add this feature. Part of the fun of a photobooth is that the photos are taken in rapid succession, and we've chosen to maintain that feature/constraint.
- Are you going to add _______? (insert feature here)
We love hearing your suggestions, feel free to email us.
- What is the current version of Pocketbooth Android?
Version 1.0.4 is the current version. Check here for version history.
- How do you get back to camera screen from delivery screen?
Tap the hardware back button provided on your device.
- How do you quit the app?
From the camera screen, tap the hardware back button provided on your device.