Business iPad app of the month: Weekdone

Business iPad app of the month: Weekdone

Weekdone (Weekdone OU) is a work management app that is great for small teams looking to keep on top of their work plans and track their progress. Essentially it’s like a very well organised diary that collects information about employees’ work and produces weekly emails reporting on staff progress. Here’s why we’re recommending Weekdone as our business app of the month…

What is it?

Weekdone is a quick team dashboard with weekly email reports for every manager or team leader. It works on both iPad and iPhone and is great for small businesses looking to keep up to date with what work employees are carrying out and have coming up.

How does it work?

Employees receive a ‘report reminder’ every week in which they can enter their plans, progress and any problems they come across during that week. Weekdone then compiles reports and dashboards based on the information provided by employees. This is then emailed to the manager or team leader to review and provide feedback on. Users can post statuses to keep others updated on the progress of jobs, as well as communicate with each other about upcoming work.

Who is it for?

Small businesses, looking for a way of keeping track of employee progress. From a manager or team leader point of view, it allows them to know quickly what’s going on in the business, including what work is being completed and what problems are occurring.

From a team member and employee point of view, Weekdone gives them the opportunity to flag up any problems and be certain that if it’s in their weekly report, the manager will read it. It also provides the chance for employees to share their ideas, plans and progress and keep on top of what needs doing – without missing anything!

What’s the best feature?

We like that every week, every user is asked to rate their happiness and job satisfaction levels, so managers can compare results across the business and see where changes need to be made to keep staff happiness on the up.

We also like that the app can be tailored to fit the needs of many different businesses. Weekdone can be used for weekly sales reporting for teams to set objectives, monitor progress and communicate more effectively all within the app. Likewise staff working remotely can use Weekdone to keep staff back at the office up to date on their whereabouts and progress.

How much is it and where can I get it?

Weekdone is a free app available for both iPad and iPhone on the app store here, and Google play here for teams of up to three people.

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Jigsaw24 review: EIZO ColorEdge CS240

Jigsaw24 review: EIZO ColorEdge CS240

When EIZO announced a new budget friendly addition to their ColorEdge line-up, the CS240, we called them straight away to ask for a demo unit that we could put through its paces.  We gave the CS240 to our senior designer Paul to try out as a secondary monitor to his iMac (to a sea of jealous designers). Here’s what happened…

Some background information – where does the CS240 fit in the ColorEdge line-up?

First things first, lets place the CS240 within some context. EIZO are calling this a “cost-performance” monitor – it’s designed to deliver consistent colour accuracy, with features such as a wide colour gamut and support for hardware calibration, but without breaking budgets.  Essentially it’s a great entry-level model, covering a wider colour space than the CS230, but without brightness stabilization and the Self-Correction sensor.

What did we make of it?

Coming in to work to find a giant EIZO box on your desk is always nicer than amends, but also a test to find out how easy it is to get the CS240 from box to up and running. The result: ‘super easy’. Out the box the EIZO came, Paul plugged in to a mini display port adaptor and up it started. Paul said ‘there were no issues hooking it up to my iMac either’, and it worked perfectly with all his other tech. With DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI inputs it was easy to connect the CS240 to a wide variety of devices, and it even came with DVI-D to DVI-D and Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort cables in the box. We liked that you could adjust the height and rotation so you can set up your EIZO to meet your height (or lack of) requirements.

In use

We set the CS240 up as a secondary display, in place of a non-colour accurate option. It fit perfectly into Paul’s workflow, with the colour accuracy being a real plus when working in Adobe Creative Cloud apps like Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. It provided a much better view of what the end product would look like than his old monitor. Paul’s verdict, ‘it was great to have the extra colour information and the ability to change screen colour settings on the fly’. Overall the colour was ‘like what I’d expect to see out in the wild’ – wise words from designer Paul right there.

The CS240 also comes with ColorNavigator, EIZO’s own calibration software.  This enables hardware calibration, so adjustments are made directly in the display for more accurate results.  It also means calibration is easy to do – and as Paul says ‘the software is straightforward to load and guides you through the setting-up process’.

Decision time

We only got to use the EIZO for a couple of weeks, but even so, the difference between this colour accurate display and our brand new non-colour accurate displays was huge, with Paul even being so bold as to hint that he ‘would be more than happy to use this EIZO as my main display’.

Anything we didn’t like? We’d like the monitor to look more ‘designed’. Compared to other displays in our office that look far sleeker, this display looks (dare we say it) dull.  Also, although calibration was easy, we would really like the convenience of built-in sensors – a thought echoed by Paul, ‘built-in calibration would be really useful, I know this is available on higher spec monitors’.  Finally while the CS240 provides great image quality (especially when compared to other similarly positioned displays) it doesn’t have as fine uniformity or stability as you’d see on the CX.  So while this was perfect for design work for anything more critical like re-touching we’d go for the CX or CG.

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Extensis release Suitcase Fusion 6 with support for Yosemite and Adobe

Extensis release Suitcase Fusion 6 with support for Yosemite and Adobe

Extensis have released version 6 of Suitcase Fusion, their professional font management software. Now compatible with OS X Yosemite and supporting cloud-based archiving for Dropbox and Google Drive, Suitcase Fusion 6 ensures intuitive, stable and secure font management, allowing you to stay focused on being creative.

How to get Suitcase Fusion 6

If this doesn’t have you jumping for font-fuelled joy, then maybe this will. Buy Extensis Suitcase Fusion 5 on our website now for £73 (£87.60 inc. VAT) and get Suitcase Fusion 6 for free, here.

Once you’ve bought your copy of Suitcase Fusion 5, simply head on over to the Extensis website and register your software. Then email a copy of your receipt to and Extensis will post the installers for Suitcase Fusion 6 to your registered email address. This complimentary update is only available until 31st March 2015.

Bought Suitcase Fusion 5 between 20th September 2014 and 21st October 2014?

Good news! You guys are also entitled to the complimentary upgrade. Licence customers will receive an automatic email sent out to their licence holder’s email address; box customers should follow the steps above.

Highlights in Suitcase Fusion 6…

Apple OS X Yosemite compatible: Apple’s latest version of OS X – Yosemite – is fully compatible with Suitcase Fusion 6, and is ready for designers to start using right away.

Optimised for modern workflows: Designed to fit tightly into a design workflow, Suitcase Fusion 6 is optimised for Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 applications. It brings high-resolution retina-crisp font previews, making it seem elegant, fresh and familiar.

Fast and reliable activation: Suitcase Fusion 6 auto-activates fonts using plug-ins and panels for Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 applications, including Adobe Photoshop CC, InDesign CC, Illustrator CC as well as QuarkXPress.

Cloud-based archive and restore for Dropbox, Google Drive and more: New updates see font users able to keep their home and work font collections in sync using their Dropbox or Google Drive accounts. Suitcase Fusion 6 makes it easy to transfer collections between multiple workspaces with cloud-based archives and restore.

Enhanced Fontspiration: New fontspiration panel delivers fresh typographic samples directly into the Suitcase interface. Fontspiration joins QuickComp as another tool for driving creative inspiration.

Want to stay corruption free? Included in every copy of Suitcase Fusion 6 is the free corruption-fixing utility – Font Doctor.

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Apple releases new iPad, Mac models and OS X Yosemite

Apple releases new iPad, Mac models and OS X Yosemite

On the 16th October 2014, Apple announced the release of new iPad, Mac models and a new upgrade for the OS X operating system. This comes on top of the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and the imminent arrival of the Apple Watch. We can’t help but wonder whether Apple employ super-humans who don’t need sleep…

This huge announcement saw Apple unveil new Mac mini, 27” iMac with Retina 5K display, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and new OS X Yosemite. Hard to guess what’s going to be on our Christmas lists this year. Brace yourselves: here’s a breakdown.

iPad mini 3

The iPad mini 2 only sees a change in price. Spec-wise, it’s the same as the previous iPad mini, but is now retailing at £199 inc VAT. So it’s £50 cheaper than its previous price. The iPad mini 3 is a slightly revamped version of the old iPad mini with Retina display, with Touch ID added and also available in gold. Handy for people thinking about using Apple Pay when it comes to the UK – as you’ll need Touch ID.

Check out iPad mini 3 here.

 iMac with Retina 5K display

This makes us extremely happy. The new iMac has a 27” Retina 5K display with full 5120×2880 resolution, a choice of 8,16 or 32 GB of RAM, 1TB Fusion Drive and 2 Thunderbolt2 ports.  It has a faster processor than any other Mac EVER, with up to 4.0 GHz Quad Core i7. We can’t wait, we want one now. Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Philip Schiller, said that: “Thirty years after the first Mac changed the world, the new iMac with Retina 5K display running OS X Yosemite is the most insanely great Mac we have ever made”.

Check out the iMac with Retina 5K display here.

Mac mini

At a new lower price of £399 inc VAT, the new Mac mini comes with a faster processor and quicker WiFi than it’s predecessor. It comes complete with two Thunderbolt2 ports and the choice of 4, 8 or 16 GB of non-upgradable memory and new Apple operating system OS X Yosemite. Apple also announced that they will now be discontinuing the Mac mini server. Get in touch with us to find out about your options.

Check out the new Mac mini here.

iPad Air 2

The new iPad Air 2 is a tiny 6.1mm in thickness – a massive 18% thinner than the previous iPad Air. With an A8X processor, improved CPU graphics performance and touch ID, the new iPad Air is also available in the delightful gold colour. Of course, you can still purchase the iPad Air (1st Gen) on our website.

Check out iPad Air 2 here.

OS X Yosemite

Available now as a free download, OS X Yosemite is the latest version of Apple’s desktop operating system. Apple senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi says that: “OS X Yosemite is the most advanced version of OS X we’ve ever built, with a brand new design, amazing Continuity features and powerful versions of the apps you use every day.” Read the full press release from Apple here.

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Gone Girl first Hollywood feature cut entirely in Adobe Premiere Pro

Gone Girl first Hollywood feature cut entirely in Adobe Premiere Pro

Director David Fincher is making all kinds of headlines with his new film Gone Girl, which was cut solely using Adobe’s Premiere Pro CC software. In the past, Fincher has used Premiere Pro to cut a Calvin Klein commercial, but to do it for a feature length film is staggering, and the highest profile feature to use Adobe to date.

The film was shot using only RED Dragon cameras in 6K resolution, so getting Premiere Pro to work smoothly within a demanding 6K production pipeline was key. Shooting multiple takes gave Fincher’s team plenty of material to work with, with a massive 80% of the shots being enhanced in some way, from reframing and stabilisation to split-screening to remove an actors extra breath.

The editing team, headed up by two-time Academy Award-winner Kirk Baxter, made the decision to use Adobe’s post-production tools over the industry standard Avid Media Composer. Premiere Pro was faster than anything else in the market, meaning more time could be spent editing and finishing a shot.

Hear more from Kirk Baxter, ACE, in Adobe’s video below…

The advantage of using Adobe’s Creative Cloud was that part of the team could be editing in Premiere Pro, while others worked on shots in After Effects. The saved compositions would automatically update in each others’ timelines because of Adobe’s Dynamic Link. As Adobe say “this integrated and interactive workflow kept shots looking cleaner and eliminated distracting back-and-forth discussions so the entire team could focus on the story as it took shape in the edit bay”.

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Connecting your Canon WiFi camera to your smartphone

Connecting your Canon WiFi camera to your smartphone

You can use the WiFi connectivity feature on your Canon compact camera to upload, print and backup images to your smartphone, whenever you have a WiFi connection.

Want to know more about how to set your camera up to do this? You’re in luck, we’ve written a quick guide for doing just this, and have a handy little video from the nice people at Canon that will have you get set up and connected in no time!

Setting up a connection for your Canon WiFi camera and your smartphone

If this is the first time you’re using your camera with your smartphone you’ll need to set up a connection first. To do this follow the 6 steps below:

1. Start off by searching for Canon CW on the app store of your smartphone and install the free Canon CameraWindow app.

Here on Google play

Here on iTunes

2. Turn on your camera and select the smartphone connection icon from the WiFi menu.

3. Choose the Add a Device option. Your camera should now make a WiFi connection: when it does, connect your smartphone to this network.

4. You now need to start up the CameraWindow app.

5. Once you’ve done this, select your smartphone from the list.

6. Select Yes to control the camera and to view all the images from your smartphone.

Your smartphone is now saved and connected to your camera – you don’t need to repeat these steps again!

Connecting your Canon WiFi camera to your smartphone

Now your phone and camera is set up, connecting them again is easy.

1. Simply turn on your camera and select the smartphone connection icon on your camera

2. Start the app up on your smartphone.

3. Press the Send this image button on your camera to save images on your smartphone.

(You can also view all the images in your camera from your smartphone by selecting the View images on camera option as well as save and copy one or multiple images from your Canon wireless camera to your smartphone. )

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New plug-in options for Pro Tools users!

New plug-in options for Pro Tools users!

It really is that exciting, Avid have been busy making announcements about new Pro Tools licensing, Standard Support and the Pro Tools S3 control surface, and now we’re also set to see new plug-ins too. The latest announcements are the Pro Multiband Dynamics and Pro Subharmonic AAX Native and DSP 64-bit plug-ins for Pro Tools users.

These plug-ins meet the expectations and demands of professional users who need high quality plug-in processors for music and audio post-production, on both native and HDX systems.

Pro Multiband Dynamics plug-in

If you demand the highest quality plug-ins to create mixes that stand out from the crowd, then you’ll be pleased to know that Avid have made such a thing, in the form of the Pro Multiband Dynamics plug-in. With a powerful 64-bit AAX plug-in Pro Multiband Dynamics enables you to compress and/or expand audio with precision by separating sound in four frequency bands and choosing how it’s processed when levels go above or below the threshold.

Pro Subharmonic

Pro Subharmonic sounds like the coolest superhero name ever, but is also Avid’s second new plug-in for Pro Tools users, and is designed with music and audio professionals in mind. Pro Subharmonic is an epic-sounding Pro Series 64-bit AAX plug-in that generates low frequency signals an octave lower than the source. Punch up bass and percussive sounds for creative music application, or bring explosive power to soundtracks in audio post by feeding into L/R and LFE channels.

So what do you need to run these?

One of the following Avid systems:

– Pro Tools, HDX running Pro Tools, HD 11 or higher (AAX DSP 64, AAX Native 64, AudioSuite 64).

– Pro Tools, HD Native or other Pro Tools, Software system running Pro Tools 11 or higher (AAX Native 64, AudioSuite64).


These plug-ins are ‘Tier 2′ audio plug-ins, so if you want to get your hands on them you’ll need to purchase an Avid Tier 2 Plug-in Activation Card here.

Avid fan or user? Check out our Pro Tools selection on our website here.

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Avid introduce Pro Tools S3 Control Surface

Avid introduce Pro Tools S3 Control Surface

Pro Tools | S3 has landed, in all its compact and streamlined, yet versatile glory. Based on Pro Tools S6, Avid describe S3 as a ‘compact, EUCON-enabled, ergonomic desktop control surface’. Here’s some more of what Avid have to say about it…

The good stuff

– Like the S6, the S3 delivers intelligent control over every aspect of Pro Tools and other DAWs.

– Its small form factor makes it ideal for space-confined or on the go music and post mixing.

– It packs enormous power and accelerated mixing efficiency for faster turnarounds, making it the perfect fit everywhere, from project studios to the largest, most demanding facilities.

Key features of the S3

Take complete control of your studio

The S3 has an intelligent, ergonomic design and full EUCON support, which brings tightly integrated recording, editing, and mixing control right to your fingertips, enabling you to work smarter and faster. The compact footprint fits easily into any space, giving you full reign of the ‘sweet spot’.

Work smarter and faster

Combining the traditional console layout design with the advancements of the Artist Series, C24, and Pro Tools S6 control surfaces, ensuring highly intuitive operation regardless of your experience level. Pair the S3 with Pro Tools for faster workflows and unique features that accelerate your efficiency every step of the way.

Create your mix, your way

With EUCON technology at its core, not only can you mix sessions using Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, and other DAWs, you can also customise the surface for your task at hand. Create up to 12 custom mixer layouts and recall them to the surface at any time, plus, switch between applications with ease.

Proven and trusted technology

The s3 delivers incredible workflow acceleration, highly responsive handling, and deep DAW integration, built on proven technology and trusted by top audio professionals, in highly demanding production environments.

Additional features

In addition to being a control surface, the S3 also has a four input, six output audio interface built in. The interface part includes two mic preamps and two line-level inputs, and has six outputs for connecting multiple pairs of speakers. The outputs feature monitor controls such as level control, dim and sum to mono functionality.

The audio interface part is Mac only and uses AVB (ethernet) to communicate with the computer. The audio connections can also be used standalone to function as a dedicated monitor controller if you don’t want to use it as an interface or if you have a PC – you just plug the outputs of your audio interface into the inputs and your speakers into the outputs.

When can I get it?

Shipping in November, you can pre-order the Pro Tools S3 Control Surface on our website now for £3229 (£3874.80 inc VAT).

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Mac chit-chat, beer and bacon… sounds like our type of event

Mac chit-chat, beer and bacon… sounds like our type of event

On the 21st October 2014, we’re co-sponsoring the ‘Macbrained Community Meetup’ event in Minneapolis. The event comprises of Mac admins from around the world gathering at the ‘Day Block Brewing’ pub to learn more about existing Mac communities, share tips, build successful communities and broaden Mac awareness.

There’s also beer and a thing called ‘bacon flights’ too. We Googled bacon flights and it turns out to just be a massive platter of bacon – we are not complaining. It’s also free – so that’s free beer, bacon and Mac advice. When’s the next flight to Minneapolis please?

Described by the hosts Macbrained, as ‘the best sponsors on earth’ (their words, not ours), we’re teaming up with RobotCloud and Oomnitza to sponsor this amazing event. So Mac Admins around the world, this is your chance to attend the Macbrained Community Meetup. Register for the event here.

Putting free bacon and beer to one side for just a moment, the event is a great way for the Mac admin community to get together, share knowledge and learn more from each other about starting communities in their areas. Macbrained also share their own tips for building successful Mac communities and broadening Mac awareness. All in all, Macbrained want this event to be a fun way for Mac admins to ‘socialise, share best practices and a lot of bacon’ as well as, and we quote, ‘par-tay’.

For more information about this event, where it’s held and at what time, click here

To visit the Macbrained website and find out more about what they do, click here.

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The iPad friendly Wacom Styluses

The iPad friendly Wacom Styluses

Wacom have welcomed a range of iPad friendly styluses to the family, ideal for people who want to play around with ideas on the move. We managed to get our creative paws on the new Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus (2nd generation) and the new Bamboo Stylus Fineline. Here’s what went down:

Wacom Bamboo Fineline Stylus

The new Wacom Fineline Stylus comes with a 1.9mm nib, 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity and Palm Rejection technology. Designed for use with iPad for precise note taking, natural handwriting and doodling – we had to have a play!


We downloaded the free app ‘Bamboo paper’ here on the App Store for use with both styluses. When we started up the app, we had to sync the pens with iPad, which was as simple as pressing the nib onto the screen and we were up and drawing.

What we like

First things first, this stylus was incredibly easy to set up, so we went into using it with a nice, positive mind frame, and we weren’t disappointed.

– The pressure sensitivity worked well, and quick doodles were easy and fun to do.

– The thin nib on this stylus was nice too – especially when using the finer pencil option in the app.

– Charging is easy – in two hours the stylus is fully charged with 26 hours of battery life and can be charged via the USB on your computer.

– The price! At £40 (£48 inc VAT), it’s easy on the eye as well as the bank account!

What we aren’t keen on

– The ‘Palm Rejection technology’ that we found was temperamental. It worked when you kept your hand still, but when moving your hand to sketch, this caused the stylus to disconnect or swipe out of the app, or even leave marks on the page where your hand had been.

– We wanted to put a screen protector on the iPad, because it felt like the nib was going to damage the screen (it didn’t – but we’re just saying, it felt like it). Wacom say that the new nibs on these styluses are highly durable – which we love, but we’d love it more if it felt gentle on the screen!

– The nib screen alignment can sometimes seem to be slightly off, which doesn’t help when trying to add detail. So, like Wacom says, this stylus is certainly ideal for doodling, but we’d opt for another option when it came to finer detail.

-We wish it came with a case!

Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus

Described as the ‘professional-grade’ option, this more advanced stylus makes your iPad function like a mini Cintiq option. It has 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity for more fine-tuned artwork, Palm Rejection technology and a 2.9mm nib. At £54.16 (£64.99 inc VAT) it’s top of the range of Wacom Styluses for iPad.

What we like

– The pen feels good in the hand, it’s a good weight and feels natural to use.

– Like the Bamboo Fineline, it’s also really easy to charge.

– We like the two customisable buttons, which you can set to your favourite shortcuts, we were using button one as the eraser and button two as the undo tool.

– We like the case, it’s great for keeping it safe, and is easy to find when we chuck things into our Mary Poppins style bags.

What we don’t like

– Again, we find the inconsistency of the Palm Recognition technology to be frustrating.

– We preferred the smaller nib of the Fineline (1.9mm), which felt more like pen on paper than the 2.9mm nib of this stylus.


We like the versatility of the styluses, and while we wouldn’t use them for highly detailed drawing, we understand they weren’t made for that purpose. We like that these styluses are affordable ways to make being creative an option on the move. The Intuos Creative is the most expensive of these styluses, at £64.99, and is still a damn sight cheaper than the Adobe equivalent (Adobe Ink and Slide), which is on sale in America for $199.99.

Having only played with them for a day, we think it’d take a while before we felt completely comfortable using them. We liked using them for doodling, quick sketches and minimal note taking like brainstorming, but would probably opt for a different app for more thorough note taking.


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