The following are available as a single app membership: Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, Muse CC, Dreamweaver CC, Flash Professional CC, Edge Inspect CC, Edge Animate CC, Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Audition CC, Speedgrade CC, InCopy CC and Prelude CC.
It is up to you. The complete membership offers access to the entire selection of creative tools, thereby providing your team members with greater flexibility and the ability to expand their skillset. Single app is ideal for users that use one app in their creative workflow, and want to participate in Creative Cloud.
A complete plan includes all Creative Cloud apps and services. A single app includes access to one app (Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, etc.) and select services, including 20 GB cloud-based storage and a customised online portfolio with Behance Prosite, enabling you to publish your work to the world’s leading creative community. With each plan, you’ll receive access to the same easy-to-use admin console – a web portal that lets you centrally purchase, deploy, and manage all seats across your organization under one membership agreement.
A single app membership gives you access to the latest version of one CC desktop app of your choice (Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, etc.), access to all of the other CC apps as a free 30-day trial, updates and upgrades the moment they are released, 20GB of online storage for file sharing and collaboration, and a customized online portfolio with Behance ProSite, enabling you to publish your work to the world’s leading creative community. Single app memberships are managed via an easy-to-use admin console – a web-based portal that lets you centrally purchase, deploy, and manage all Creative Cloud for teams seats across your organization (both single app and complete) under one membership agreement.
From Smart Sharpen in Photoshop for improving image quality, to the much-talked about Touch Type tool (try saying that 20 times fast) in Illustrator, we’ve got a rundown of exactly what’s changed, what’s new and what’s got us a bit hot under the collar.
Photoshop CC – There’s an all-new sharpen tool that builds on the previous sharpening engines to gives you richer textures, crisper edges and maximum clarity, Intelligent Upsampling for enlarging low-res images to billboard size, a new Camera Shake Reduction function for saving shots ruined by camera motion, improved 3D painting with previews that are up to 100x faster, and much more.
Illustrator CC – The Touch Type tool lets you manipulate characters like they are individual objects (with support for multitouch devices), the ability to paint with a brush made from a photo, a font search for easily finding and filtering your font library, the chance to import multiple files into your layout at the same time, and much more.
InDesign CC – There’s faster performance thanks to the 64-bit support, a new user interface to make it consistent with Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC, support for your MacBook Pro’s Retina display for working on complex artwork, access to Creative Cloud’s sharing features and an all-new QR Code Creator so you can get people from your print work to your website in a jiffy.
Dreamweaver CC – A CSS Designer let you use intuitive visual editing tools to generate web-standard code and apply gradients and box shadows, the Fluid Grid Layout allows you to construct web designs and responsive layouts for different platforms, and put the expansive Adobe Edge Fonts Library to the test and use beautifully-style typography.
After Effects CC – The latest version of After Effects allows you to use CINEMA 4D scenes without having to render first, there’s a new Refine Edge tool that eliminates harsh matte lines when separating elements such as frizzy hair, and the already-incredible Warp Stabilizer has been upgraded to allow you to only choose specific objects for stabilization.
Premiere Pro CC – There’s a redesigned timeline and new shortcuts to make the editing process a faster one, a Link & Locate function that allows you to track down lost clips, the Lumetri Deep Color Engine for applying rich, preset colour graces directly within Premiere Pro as easily as you would a fade, and much more.
Muse CC – Muse is now part of Creative Cloud, giving you access to the 20GB of cloud storage and backup. That means sharing and collaborating on designs is easier than ever.
Behance access included – A Creative Cloud subscription now gives you access to “online creative collective” Behance, which allows designers of all stripes to showcase their work and scout for the best talent.
Sharing documents on the go – Creative files can now be stored on and accessed from Macs, PCs, iOS devices and Android devices, with any changes being rolled out across all devices that access the file almost instantly.
Want to know more about subscribing to Adobe Creative Cloud? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email Adobe@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.
For a limited time, you can get access to discounted pricing on Creative Cloud for your first and second year of subscription. For £362 per user per year (a massive saving of over 40%) you can put all of the new features mentioned above to good use!
With a raft of new features making an appearance in the new Creative Cloud apps, we want to find out what it is you’re most looking forward to using! To get the ball rolling, we asked some of our designer friends to let us know their most anticipated tools. Find out what they had to say below, and add your own thoughts in the comment box at the bottom.
“Being a designer and illustrator, I was intrigued to find out what the new Illustrator CC features had to offer – I was happily surprised! First and foremost, thank goodness for the Touch Type Tool!
I can safely say there is a great squeak of delight that Adobe has finally unveiled this colossal achievement. Editing and outlining text to achieve the optimum look can sometimes be time consuming, only then to forget which font you were originally working with! The new Touch Type Tool seems to hit the mark with custom type editing. It allows you to manipulate individual characters within the original text frame, interacting with them as though they were their own distinct object.
Not only can you move, scale, rotate individual characters whilst remaining in control of kerning and leading, but this powerful tool allows each character to remain as an active font, allowing for swopping and changing between typefaces – even after editing! Couple this feature with the new Font search and it’s an instant win.
Long gone are the days of endlessly scrolling through typefaces in the hope that the elusive font will jump right out at you, the new CC Font search allows for a speedier approach in finding what you’re after. Simply type a style, font family or part of a font name into the Character panel and hey-presto, CC instantly filters your criteria. This will certainly speed up my creative workflow.” – Zoe Scott-Smith, Graphic Designer at Threerooms
“Through-putting one magazine a week, faster performance is always welcome. And while not everyone in my team uses InDesign, the ‘Sharing with Creative Cloud’ function will be valuable, too, keeping all our files up-to-date and accessible from wherever we choose.
While print media is still widely used, I’m also looking at digital publishing and apps. Easy creation of iPad apps without writing code will be useful, and live preflighting means I can check my work as I progress with it. Adaptive Design Tools meanwhile, will enable me to design one layout and repurpose it with minimum fuss – essential in a busy production environment.” – Richard Gooding, Production Editor, Public Sector Information Limited -Visit http://psi-media.co.uk
“Working across a number of different titles, I need to have access to the same publishing tools all the time, even when I’m out of the office, so moving to the cloud is a brilliant move from Adobe. I’m looking forward to being able to fire up InDesign on the train and getting on with my work with no down time.
The other thing about Creative Cloud is that you get a ton of new features which weren’t included in InDesign CS6. For a start, Adobe have made EPUB creation even easier, which will be great for putting together digital editions, but the real winner for me has to be the new font system. You can now search for particular fonts and preview them in your layout before applying them, and you can also tag your favourites so that it’s even quicker to access them in future.” – Lee Dalgleish, Senior Designer, Northern & Shell
On Illustrator CC’s Touch Type tool: “Many design projects I am involved in are based around the creation of logos and infographics. These are areas of design that strongly rely on creative manipulation of typography. Currently, the only way I can design intuitively with type in Illustrator is by outlining individual characters as shapes and then scale, rotate and reposition them to match my design sketches. However, this means I lose the ability to quickly see how my designs look in other font families. Illustrator CC’s Touch Type tool will really help realise my ideas quicker because I can now experiment with different font families without having to rebuild my type compositions from scratch.”
On InDesign CC’s Instant Font Preview: “Deciding upon the right font for a particular headline can often be a tricky task for me as there are so many to choose from. InDesign currently provides only a thumbnail-size preview of a selected font meaning it can be difficult to distinguish between some of their finer distinctions. It can sometimes mean when I need to work at speed, I dismiss many potential choices, falling back on a small selection I know well. I’m really looking forward to InDesign CC’s Instant Font Preview, which will allow me to instantly see how a font looks in the context of my design whilst browsing. It is a more fluid way of working – and I can imagine I will discover some great new fonts I’ve previously overlooked!” – Darren Crellin, Designer at Jupiter Design. Follow him on Twitter @darrenjcrellin
Want to know more about subscribing to Adobe Creative Cloud? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email Adobe@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.
Last week, it was announced that Glasgow City Council has been fined £150,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office for losing two unencrypted laptops, one of which contained more than 20,000 people’s personal information. It calls into question the security of devices and the best way to prevent data loss on stolen devices, but how can organisations stop this happening to them?
Managed devices mean manageable security
If laptops are enrolled in a management solution, such as JAMF’s Casper Suite (for OS X) or Absolute Software’s Absolute Manage (for OS X and PC), then IT teams have complete control over the device. Should an enrolled laptop go missing, it can be completely blitzed of sensitive information. In addition, if the laptop is enrolled in a management solution and backed up with a solution like Code42’s CrashPlan Pro E, the user can have profiles, preferences and data remotely reinstalled on a new device.
How to make sure you don’t lose data in business…
1. Get a management solution – whether you opt for JAMF, Absolute Manage or an alternative, it’s important to have your devices enrolled in a solution that includes remote wipe functionality.
2. Within a management solution, like Casper Suite, IT can run a report on all Macs in your environment that do not have disc encryption.
3. Remotely inform users that they should have disc encryption enabled, which can be set up on a Mac by:
– Going to “System Preferences”
– Then to “Security & Privacy”
– Select “FileVault” and hit the “Turn On FileVault” button
– Make a note of the “Recovery Key” generated. If they forget their username and password after booting up, this recovery key is needed for access. (If the Mac is enrolled in Casper, IT admin have access to recovery keys.)
Call us on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com to find out more about device management and ways to make sure that your data is secure.
There’s no escaping the fact that last night was WWDC 2013 (or Worldwide Developers Conference to the non-Apple-fanboys out there); the one day of the calendar year pre-billed in advance when everyone turns their attention to Apple expecting to find out what the latest round of technology updates is going to be.
It’s safe to say that this year didn’t disappoint. In what was an incredibly exciting Apple update, there was a preview of the brand-new Mac Pro, a refresh of the MacBook Air, the biggest redesign of iOS in years, iOS 7, and the latest OS X release (OS X Mavericks)! Here are the highlights!
MacBook Air – A battery that will last all day, and faster performance all round
OK, let’s get one thing straight – the battery life on the MacBook Air has always been exceptional! But it’s just got a whole lot better, with up to 12 hours of battery life on the new 13″ model (and 9 hours on the 11″). It’s safe to say that Apple have squarely positioned this as the perfect business tool – while you could always rely on the MacBook Air to last you for most of the day and not pack up mid-meeting, the new models will rival the iPad in their ability to deal with constant use from the morning commute right through to getting home in the evening.
It’s not just the battery that has had an overhaul though – the processors, WiFi and storage have all been updated to keep the MacBook Air at the forefront of portable computing. As far as the processor goes, the new models feature the latest fourth-generation Intel Core Haswell processors and Intel HD Graphics 5000 which, as well as helping to give MacBook Air a boost, are partly responsible for that amazing battery life; they use less power than their predecessors.
There’s also support for the next generation of WiFi (802.11ac technology) which gives up to three times the wireless speed of the previous generation. Finally, the flash storage that we saw introduced in previous models is 45 percent faster in this generation, and the 11″ model comes with twice the capacity as standard – 128GB for the same price as the previous 64GB model. All in all, this now offers exceptional value!
Mac Pro – The future of professional desktops
There’s been a refresh of the Mac Pro on the cards for a while, and last night it was previewed. With an all-new sleek design and internal hardware to match, this is the next generation of pro desktop computing.
First up, it’s hard to miss the design of the Mac Pro. Gone is the matte silver finish that’s become expected of the Mac range, and instead is a tube-like black design – it’s only 9.9 inches tall and 6.6 inches wide! Inside, there are up to 12 cores of processing power (which is up to two times faster than the previous model, thanks to 40GBps of PCI Express gen 3 bandwidth and 256-bit-wide floating-point instructions), a four channel DDR3 memory controller that delivers up to 60GBps of memory bandwidth (again twice the amount of the current Mac Pro!) as well as next generation PCI Express flash storage that’s up to 10 times faster than a 7200rpm SATA hard drive. And how do they pack so much in? There’s an all-new thermal core that conducts heat away from the CPU and GPUs and distributes it evenly across the core.
Mac Pro is expected to arrive later on this year in Autumn, and we’ll have a more detailed rundown on what it means for pro computing soon! In the meantime, get in touch with the team with all your questions.
OS X Mavericks – Making waves on the desktop
Whether you were just getting used to having an operating system named after a big cat or were expecting OS X Ocelot to rear its head any day, the name of OS X Mavericks (a surfing location in California, by the way…) was far from the biggest news in last night’s announcement. From iBooks and Maps making their way to the Mac to improved support for multiple displays (yes!) we are expecting big things from this new version of the Mac OS. Here’s a rundown of just some of the new features:
– Multiple Displays – OS X has supported multiple displays for a long time, but one of the biggest disadvantages so far has been only having access to a Dock and menus on the main screen. Not anymore! It’s complete flexibility – you can run an app full screen on each display, have multiple windows on one screen and a full screen app on the other, or access the dock from wherever you choose. This is a great new feature – particularly for business users.
– iBooks – We’re now used to iBooks being available on iPhone and iPad, and it only seemed like a matter of time before it found its way on to the Mac too. If you’re already familiar with the mobile equivalents, this is going to be familiar ground – you can pinch, zoom, swipe etc. to control your pages – but the nice part is that all of your iBooks purchases will be automatically synced and downloaded on all of your devices. Start reading on your iPhone on your commute home, then open it up on your Mac when you get home to finish it off.
– Maps – Another new addition to the Mac is Maps. This uses the full power of your Mac’s graphics capability to create a photorealistic 3D experience to complement your route planner. Also, with OS X Mavericks, Maps works alongside your Mail, Contacts and Calendar so whenever you see an address, you can see it on a map straightaway.
– Calendar – The OS X Calendar has had a complete facelift! Aside from a simpler and easier to use interface, there’s a new Inspector tool that looks at your agenda and tells you estimated travel times and local forecasts. There’s never going to be an excuse to miss a meeting or leave without a coat again…
– iCloud Keychain – Ever been annoyed by having to retype passwords and credit card details on different devices? I know I have! A nice new feature called iCloud Keychain will now let you save both of them securely in the cloud. The big benefit is that all of your OS X and iOS devices will be able to access that information so you’ll only have to type it once, if you want to.
– Safari – While the new Shared Links (for visiting URLs linked to on Twitter) and Top Sites features are big news because they allow you to organise your favourite sites in a way previously unmatched, it’s the improved speed in Safari that’s really worth shouting about! As far as performance goes, Safari is now 1.44 times faster than Chrome and 1.17 times faster than Firefox, yet still manages to use far less energy than both!
– Notifications – With OS X Mavericks, you can now access notifications and reply to them, without having to leave the app that you’re in – that include responding to calls, deleting emails and replying to a message.
– Tabs and Tags – Finder now includes even better tools for organising your work. You can add Tags to content to bring it up in Finder search results, and there’s the ability to open Tabs so your can search for different files or applications without having to open new windows.
iOS 7 – The biggest thing to happen to the mobile operating system since the iPhone launch!
We’d expected a new version of Apple’s mobile operating system, and we’d heard rumours of a stripped back design, but of all the announcements last night, the new iOS 7 was one of the biggest crowd-pleasers.
From a design point of view, it looks amazing! There are all-new icons and (Sir) Jonny Ive’s much-talked-about translucent layers, which combine to make the process of using iPhone and iPad a simpler and more enjoyable one.
But it’s the new features where this really shines. Highlights include:
– Control Center – Users have been wanting a central place to control some of iPhone’s and iPad’s key functions for some time, and Apple have answered that call. Control Center allows you to do everything from turn on and off Airplane mode, WiFi and Do Not Disturb, to connect to AirPlay and control music. It’s all accessible from a single popup that is accessed by swiping on your Lock screen.
– Notification Center – This is an old favourite, but has been revamped to include Today, a new summary of what you have on in your To-Dos, Calendar, as well as the usual notifications of missed calls and app updates. It will even tap into your Weather and Maps to tell you if you you’ll need an umbrella or if traffic will be a problem on the commute.
– Multitasking – Multitasking is now far more intuitive than ever before! Aside from now including a preview of the different apps that you have open, iOS 7 knows when you are most likely to use each app and will ensure that the content is updated before you open it. This takes multitasking to a whole new level!
– Camera, Collections, Moments and Years – The camera now has a new user interface. There’s even easier access to different shooting formats – video, photo, square and panoramic – and filters that let you polish up your photos before sharing them. When it comes to accessing your photos, there are now new options for scrolling through them. Collections, Moments and Years are new options that group photos and videos based on when they were taken and where.
– AirDrop – Don’t want to use a text or email to send a photo or document? AirDrop will now let you share them quickly (and in far fewer steps) with nearby iOS users simply by hitting the standard Share button. It uses a combination of WiFi and Bluetooth and all transfers are encrypted so you don’t have to worry about your messages being intercepted.
– Safari gets smarter – There’s a new tab view for browsing opening pages, a smart search field (which will recommend close search matches in the same way as it does on a desktop), a Shared Links function that lets you browse URLs send via Twitter, and iCloud Keychain (which remembers your passwords between devices and automatically fills them out for you).
-Siri becomes more human – A redesigned interface, more natural speech patters, new male and female voices, more sources checked (including Wikipedia and Twitter) and the ability to deal with voicemails return calls and more mean that Siri is now one step closer to replacing your P.A. entirely.
Want to find out more about any of these releases? Get in touch with us on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. Or you can already order the new MacBook Air models, as well as the updated Time Capsule and AirPort Extreme here.
What do you think of these new releases? Leave us a comment below and let us know what your favourite announcement from last night was!
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