Getting Started

Let's see how to create your own photo order station based on Pixpark Photo Kiosk. 

Choosing Hardware

Photo Kiosk software can be installed on any PC which meets pretty mild system requirements. It is a wise idea to use a monoblock PC with a touch screen. There is a number of such devices on market already exist. Such devices often already include Flash and SD card readers, DVD combo and Bluetooth built in.

You may also need to connect a photo printer to make instant prints. You can use any printer which is recognized by Windows. In addition to a photo printer, you can connect a receipt printer.

Downloading Photo Kiosk software

You can always download Photo Kiosk on this website at the Download section.


Note: Photo Kiosk is based on .NET Framework 4.0. If you are using the latest Windows 7 with all updates installed, you should already have .NET 4.0 installed. So just download the main installation package. If you use old Windows, you may need to download large package which includes both Photo Kiosk and .NET Framework 4.0.

If you use the software without a license key, it is working in an evaluation mode. The only limitation of the evaluation mode is that max number of photos allowed in each order is 5. Full version does not have such limitation.

Configuring Photo Kiosk software

Before you start to use Photo Kiosk, you should make basic configuration so that Photo Kiosk could find the photo source, printer, etc. You can do it with a Configuration Tool installed along with the Photo Kiosk.

When you launch the Configuration Tool, you will see a number of settings grouped in a tree on a left side. Let's see what kind of settings you should do prior starting Photo Kiosk for different usage scenarios.


Note: Here you will find the information of the basic Photo Kiosk configuration required to start Photo Kiosk and see it in action. More detailed instructions how to configure Photo Kiosk (for example, prices, appearance, order management, etc) can be found in the documentation installed along with the Photo Kiosk.

Digital Order Station

If you use Photo Kiosk to create a digital order station for your minilab where your customer saves orders on the kiosk machine and your operators fulfill orders, say, in the end of the day, you may need to specify the following settings:

  • BehaviorGeneral. Under Paths specify paths for the removable media supported by your kiosk (drive letters for your DVD drive, SD card readers, etc). Separate them with a semicolon (;).
  • BehaviorBluetooth. If your kiosk has Bluetooth support, set Allow Photo Kiosk to process files received via Bluetooth and specify the folder where your Bluetooth driver saves transmitted files.
  • Ordering PhotosGeneral. In Folder to store folders specify the path where your orders should be stored. It can be both local and network folder. More detailed information about order management can be found in the documentation.
  • Receipt. If you have a receipt printer and want it to print receipts, set Enabled and choose the appropriate printer in the list of printers.

Instant Print Station

If you want to print photos instantly through the built-in printer, you may want to use the following settings. 

  • BehaviorGeneral. Likewise to Digital Order Station, under Paths specify paths for the removable media supported by your kiosk (drive letters for your DVD drive, SD card readers, etc). Separate them with a semicolon (;).
  • BehaviorBluetooth. If your kiosk has Bluetooth support, set Allow Photo Kiosk to process files received via Bluetooth and specify the folder where your Bluetooth driver saves transmitted files.
  • Ordering PhotosGeneral. Most likely you don't want to keep ordered photos, so clear Enabled to prevent this.
  • Printing Photos. Set Enabled and for each print size you support specify which printer will be used. If you want to ensure that the user pays prior printing photos, set Require confirmation. In this case, the user should show the order ID to your cashier who generates a Confirmation Code with Payment Confirmation Tool shipped with the kiosk. The user enters this confirmation code to complete the order.
  • Receipt. If you have a receipt printer and want it to print receipts, set Enabled and choose the appropriate printer in the list of printers.

Photo Selling Station for Event Photographers

If you want to sell photos made by your photographers instead of letting customers to load their own photos, all you need is to specify the following settings:

  • BehaviorGeneral. Specify the source folder with photos instead of the removable media here. Most likely it should be a network share where the photographer updates photos grouped in various folders (e.g. by dates, events, etc). Any folder hierarchy can be used.
  • BehaviorBluetooth. Make sure that Allow Photo Kiosk to process files received via Bluetooth is cleared.
  • BehaviorOrdering. Set what contact information the user should leave - phone and/or email.

All the rest settings related to the order fulfillment are similar to previous scenarios.

Purchasing and Activating Full Copy

After you have installed the evaluation version and played with it a little bit, you should purchase a license. You can do it on this website in the Purchase section.

Upon the puchase you receive a Purchase Confirmation Code per each license you purchase. In addition to it, you should generate an Activation Code on the computer where you will install Photo Kiosk using the Configuration Tool (License → Activation Code). Once you get these codes:

  1. Go to the Software Activation Page.
  2. Enter the Purchase Confirmation Code.
  3. Enter the Activation Code. Note, be careful! Once activated, the Purchase Confirmation Code cannot be used again.
  4. You will get a License Key. Run Configuration Tool on the same machine where the Activation Code was generated and enter it on LicenseLicense key.

After that your Photo Kiosk copy will work as a full version.


Note: No need to re-download Photo Kiosk software. Just apply the valid license key to the evaluation version and all evaluation limitations will be removed.

What's Next?

To learn what else you can do with Photo Kiosk, use the online user's manual. In particular:

What is Photo Kiosk

A software which turns a PC to the photo order station. Let your customers place photo orders in your store/shop easily!

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