How to Use Hotfolder Prints 1.4 with Serial Port Triggering
Hotfolder Prints is a software tool that allows you to automatically print photos from a folder on your computer or a network drive. You can also use it to format, save and email your photos, as well as upload them to online galleries. Hotfolder Prints is ideal for event photographers, photo booths and batch processing of images.
In this article, we will show you how to use Hotfolder Prints 1.4 with serial port triggering. Serial port triggering is a feature that lets you start printing by sending a signal from an external device, such as a button, a barcode scanner or a coin acceptor. This can be useful for creating interactive kiosks or self-service stations.
Step 1: Download and Install Hotfolder Prints 1.4
You can download Hotfolder Prints 1.4 from the Breeze Systems website[^1^]. You will need a license key to activate the software. If you don't have one, you can purchase one from the same website or request a 15-day free trial.
Once you have downloaded the software, run the installer and follow the instructions on the screen. You will need to accept the end user license agreement and choose a destination folder for the program files.
Step 2: Configure Hotfolder Prints 1.4
After installing Hotfolder Prints 1.4, launch the program and click on the Settings button. You will see a window with several tabs where you can customize various options for your printing workflow.
The first tab is called Hot Folder Settings. Here you can choose the folder where your photos will be stored and monitored by Hotfolder Prints. You can also specify how often the folder will be checked for new images, how many copies of each image will be printed, and whether to delete or move the images after printing.
The second tab is called Print Layout Settings. Here you can design your own print layout using templates or create one from scratch. You can add text, graphics, borders and backgrounds to your layout, as well as adjust the size, position and rotation of each element. You can also preview your layout before printing.
The third tab is called Output Settings. Here you can choose your printer and its settings, such as paper size, orientation and quality. You can also enable or disable saving and emailing of your photos, as well as uploading them to online galleries such as SmugMug[^2^] or Gallery Uploader[^3^].
The fourth tab is called Serial Port Settings. Here you can enable serial port triggering and select your serial port number and baud rate. You can also choose whether to trigger printing on receiving any data or a specific character from your external device.
Step 3: Connect Your External Device
Once you have configured Hotfolder Prints 1.4, you need to connect your external device to your computer using a serial cable. Make sure that your device is compatible with serial port triggering and that it is set to send data at the same baud rate as Hotfolder Prints.
For example, if you are using a button, you need to wire it to send a voltage signal when pressed. If you are using a barcode scanner, you need to scan a barcode that contains the character that triggers printing. If you are using a coin acceptor, you need to insert coins that match the value that triggers printing.
Step 4: Start Printing
Now you are ready to start printing with Hotfolder Prints 1.4 and serial port triggering. Simply copy or move your photos to the hot folder that you have chosen in step 2 and wait for them to be printed automatically.
If you have enabled serial port triggering, you can also start printing by sending a signal from your external device. For example, if you have configured Hotfolder Prints to trigger printing on receiving any data, you can press your button, scan your barcode or insert your coin to start printing.
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