Configuring Digital Media

By default Photo Kiosk looks for images in all removable media connected to the kiosk hardware. If you want to set specific locations to search images in, you should list them under Paths in the Behavior->General section. The following location types can be specified under Paths:

Moreover, Photo Kiosk can connect to bluetooth devices; for more information see the Bluetooth Devices section of this article.

When Photo Kiosk has found several folders containing images, the Enable folder selection setting comes into play. This setting determines whether Photo Kiosk searches for all photos on media and displays them to a user or the user can select folders on media to order photos from. The Folder Selection section of this article describes the setting in a more detailed way.


If you have specified any location under Paths, Photo Kiosk does not scan all removable media (which is its default behavior), only the specified ones.

Removable Media

Photo Kiosk supports a wide range of removable media, such as USB flash drives, CD/DVD/Blu-Ray drives and card readers. When a user connects a device to your kiosk and starts to order, Photo Kiosk will scan all connected removable media for images. To customize this behavior and override list of devices where the kiosk searches for photos, you should use Photo Kiosk Configuration Tool and set Paths to device absolute path. To specify several paths separate them by semicolon as follows: F:\;G:\;H:\.

Shared Folders

If you offer your users printing photos from your gallery, it is a good idea to share folders where photos are stored. Photo Kiosk will search for photos in these folders if they are listed under Paths in Configuration Tool (see Using Photo Kiosk Configuration Tool). There are two ways to perform this:

  • Specify the full path to the shared folder as follows: \\PC-name\Images\Photos\.
  • Map network drive and specify the result drive letter, for example Z:\. To map a network drive open Windows Explorer, right-click the drive icon, select Map network drive from drop-down menu and choose the desired drive letter.

To specify several paths separate them by semicolon as follows: F:\;G:\;H:\ or \\PC1-name\Images1\Photos1\;\\PC2-name\Images2\Photos2\.

Folder Selection

As you know, Photo Kiosk scans all folders specified under Paths in order to display found images to a user. Usually images are sorted by date-named (09.30.2011\,01.10.2011\, etc.) or event-named subfolders (MyBirthday\,Wedding\, etc.), and it is better to allow users to select subfolders instead of displaying all found images at once. Thus, the Enable folder selection feature is turned on by default. It means that after Photo Kiosk finishes scanning media, a user sees a list of subfolders and can select subfolders to order images from.

On the other hand, if you use Photo Kiosk on print order station and expect your clients to be computer-savvy it may be better to turn off the Enable folder selection feature. To do this, run the Configuration Tool and clear the Enable folder selection check box; it could found in the Behavior->General section.

Bluetooth Devices

Photo Kiosk supports uploading photos via Bluetooth. It works in the following way: in Bluetooth device driver settings you specify a folder to save files received via Bluetooth; Photo Kiosk scans this folder and creates a list of images available to be ordered.

Thus, to set up Bluetooth host device and make it compatible with Photo Kiosk you should perform the following steps:

  1. Make sure that your kiosk hardware has a Bluetooth device adapter installed.

  2. Run Configuration Tool and select the Behavior->Bluetooth section.

  3. Select the Allow Photo Kiosk to process files received via Bluetooth check box.

  4. Setup Bluetooth host name, which is defined in Bluetooth device settings: get the host name and specify it as Host name.

  5. Determine a folder used to receive files uploaded via Bluetooth. In most cases this folder is created by Bluetooth driver and can be changed using its settings. You need to specify the path to this folder as Folder setting. If Bluetooth folder contains subfolders (such as \BIP, \Share, etc.) you should specify only the top-level folder (e.g., C:\Bluetooth).

  6. Test your Bluetooth host device and make sure it does not require any password to receive files and does not show any notification when it interconnects with outside devices.

After Folder is set to existent path, Photo Kiosk enables Bluetooth transfer option and provides users with instructions on how to upload photos via Bluetooth.


If Bluetooth transfer option is enabled, Photo Kiosk clears the folder specified as Folder whenever the user starts ordering. Make sure your Bluetooth folder does not contain important files before starting Photo Kiosk for the first time.

To disable Bluetooth transfer functionality clear the Allow Photo Kiosk to process files received via Bluetooth check box. In this case the screen prompting users to choose a way of transferring photos (Bluetooth or removable media) will not be displayed.

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