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Photo Booth is a freaky little application September 3, 2009

Posted by bigmaconcampus in Mac Tech.
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While working on a simple web-cam setup for one of our areas as a temporary measure until the real setup gets put in place, I ran into several odd issues.

The strangest being Photo Booth. We won’t even go into the long road of details on how I wound up using Photo Booth or the fact that I had issues with isightcapture on a Mac Mini running Tiger and had to resort to a sad little, hacked together AppleScript.

My discovery (thanks to a co-worker, since I’d have never thought of this) was that Photo Booth forces you to either have a monitor or a video adapter connected to a PowerPC Mac Mini or else the application refuses to take pictures.

Seriously.

The only, and I mean only, thing that I can possibly rationalize is that Photo Booth makes the screen flash white (like a flash bulb) and must have some requirement for a screen to be attached.

Really Apple, what in Hades name could you have possibly been thinking? This ought to be an interesting bug report when they get it.

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