BETT 2015: Why Apple for education?

BETT 2015: Why Apple for education?

Here’s our final discussion topic from BETT 2015: why we recommend Apple for education. Here’s a breakdown of our top five reasons why we think Apple in education is the way forward.

Yes, we’re an Apple Solution Expert for Education: so obviously we wear the Apple nerd hat with pride. But, when it comes to education, you really can’t get any better than Apple. Here’s a breakdown of our top five favourite Apple features that we think make them top of the class.

1. iTunes and the App Store

There are currently over 75,000 education apps on the App store, with a large proportion of these being available as free downloads. With the introduction of the new Computing curriculum seeing students learning about coding in lessons, what better resource to make use of than the App Store? Incidentally there’s a great range of apps both free and paid for to help children of all key stages learn and practice their coding skills. Its not all tech based though – there are apps to help with all subjects from maths and biology to music. Keep an eye on our education app of the week blog to see our pick of recommended apps.

2. iTunes U

iTunes U is a dedicated destination within iTunes solely dedicated to education content. It’s packed with resources like lectures, videos and books, all available for free for both teachers and pupils to take advantage of. Educational institutions including Stanford, Yale, MiT, Oxford and the New York Public Library all have material on iTunes U that is free to browse. As well as looking at existing content, you can also use iTunes U for free content hosting for lesson materials and creating your own course – a service which we can help you with. Teaching staff can assign students homework to do via iTunes U, with students being able to log time and complete tasks as they do them.

3. Volume Purchase Programme (VPP) for Education

VPP lets you purchase App Store apps and interactive books that are great for education, at educational institution special pricing. Buy apps in volume for both iOS and Mac through the VPP store and distribute them to individual users with redeemable codes or distribute to groups using a mobile device management (MDM) solution.

Schools can get a 50% discount when purchasing apps in quantities of 20 or more through VPP, with iBooks also being included in this.

4. Continuing professional development training (CPD)

When new technology is introduced into education, it’s important to make sure that your staff are clued up on how to use it. Through our e7 iPad scheme, we offer continuing professional development (CPD) training which focuses on giving SLT, teaching staff and technical team the chance to explore the potential of iPad in the classroom, and feel confident about using it in their subject areas.

5. iBooks Author

Available free on the App Store, iBooks Author allows anyone to create iBooks textbooks for iPad and Mac. iBooks Author provides teaching staff with the opportunity to create their own textbooks, which can easily be edited to keep up with the changing curriculum. Using iBooks Author can easily save your school money too – by eliminating the cost of buying new textbooks every year.

To find more about Apple in education email learning@Jigsaw24.com or call 03332 409 333 or visit www.Jigsaw24.com/education. To keep up with all the latest news and reviews follow @Jigsaw24edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook. 

Guide to Apple’s Device Enrolment Programme

Guide to Apple’s Device Enrolment Programme

Apple’s Device Enrolment Programme or DEP is something you’re going to be hearing more and more about over the coming months. For those of you who don’t know what DEP is or want to find out how it will affect you, we’ve put together a simple guide to run you through the programme, and how it will affect you for any future or past purchases you’ve made with Jigsaw24.

What is it?

In as few words as possible the Device Enrolment Programme (DEP) is a new ‘zero touch’ service from Apple that helps businesses and education institutions easily deploy and manage iPad, iPhone and Mac devices that are purchased directly from Apple or an Apple Authorised Reseller (like us).

In a few more words, DEP makes your existing MDM solution even more hands-off, by allowing the institution to send its preferred settings straight to Apple, who then installs these on your devices as soon as users turn their new devices on. Ideally, you’ll already have an MDM solution in place, but if not, keep on reading for more information about our range of hosted and managed services.

The introduction of DEP with MDM makes deploying and delivering new devices across your institution a speedy process, and ensures that new devices are protected and restricted as soon as the user switches them on. It cuts out the lengthy process of having to manually add the right configurations to devices every time a new member of staff starts, or you purchase a new device.

How does DEP work?

DEP works by applying MDM settings to your devices automatically during setup when they’re first turned on, simplifying the process for IT and end-users. When you buy a new device for your business, you can enrol your devices into the DEP and they’ll automatically have the correct MDM profile and permissions installed when they are first switched on. This means your devices are ready for you to deploy and distribute straight away.

What devices does it cover?

Devices including iPad, iPhone and Mac can all be enrolled in the DEP. It’s worth noting that all new purchases are automatically enrolled in DEP, and any devices that were purchased after March 2011 can also be enrolled. If you enrol your existing devices in to the DEP you’ll need to make sure you’ve associated your devices with the reseller you purchased them from. Our Jigsaw24 Reseller ID is 2287450. To enrol your devices in the DEP click here.

How does it work with MDM?

To use DEP with your MDM solution you need to register your MDM server with Apple so that their servers will remember the configurations you like to deploy to your different types of users. You’ll then get sent a ‘token’ for your MDM server that identifies it to Apple. When you add new hardware to your institution or reload the operating system of your existing hardware, Apple will effectively see your organisation’s token and apply the setup you specified automatically through DEP when you turn the device on for the first time – meaning you wont have to apply the same settings and restrictions every time you get a new device or reload the operating system on an existing one.

What if I don’t have an MDM solution?

DEP will simplify your device deployments, but requires MDM to work. So although you may not yet be using an MDM solution, we would recommend it, as it will save your IT department and users time and stress.

We can provide you with an MDM solution to meet your needs, whether you want to manage it yourself or have it as managed service, host it on premise or in the cloud. Check out our managed supply services here.

What does this mean for education?

MDM is a way to control iPad and install apps on them in bulk without having to collect them all and plug them in. You gain wireless control of restrictions, apps, books, camera functions, the ability to reset forgotten passcodes, and force a class of iPad into a specific app for pupil focus. We recommend MDM as the best way to manage iPad.

All your institution-owned devices can now be enrolled in DEP and associated with an MDM solution. Meaning that whether you use iPad, Mac or iPhone your devices will be configured with your MDM solution as soon as you turn them on. Any existing devices your institution owns can be enrolled in DEP too, as long as they were purchased after March 2011.

So if you were to roll out iPad on a 1:1 basic school-wide with our e7 scheme, your new devices will be enrolled in the DEP and will arrive at your school ready to be configured with the permissions and access rights set up by your MDM solution as soon as you switch them on.

What does it mean for business?

DEP provides a fast and streamlined way to deploy your corporate-owned iOS devices, by automating enrolment in MDM and the supervision of devices during setup. To enrol your corporate-owned devices that were purchased after March 2011 into DEP you’ll need to create an Apple Deployment Programme account and provide Apple with some basic information about your business, including details about your hardware purchases made directly from Apple or an Apple Authorised Reseller (that’s us). You can do this here.

Once you’ve done this you can create and assign people as additional administrators, who are responsible for managing and configuring your corporate-owned devices.

What if I have Apple Configurator?

You have the option to transition to DEP. However, Apple does not allow supervision of devices with configurator if that device is registered to the DEP profile. So you can set up devices with DEP or Configurator, but not both on the same device. If you already have devices enrolled with Apple configurator or an MDM solution using Apple configurator, these can be wiped and re-enrolled to the DEP.

Enhancements to Volume Purchase Programme (VPP)

Volume Purchase Programme now allows for a ‘managed distribution’ model. This model assigns apps to AppleIDs instead of devices, so that apps can appear on the devices without anyone having to type in a password or agree to the installation. Apps can install silently and be ready to use without intervention. Your MDM solution needs to understand who the users are in your organisation and what their AppleIDs are. You can now upload a ‘token’ from the VPP programme that indicates the apps that you’ve purchased. In your MDM interface, you can now assign apps to groups of users, resulting in only specific AppleIDs getting access to apps.

Want to talk to us in more detail about DEP or MDM? Give us a call on 03332 409 333 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

Want to improve your video workflow? Here’s how Sony can help…

Want to improve your video workflow? Here’s how Sony can help…

If you’re shooting video on your DSLR, you’ll have realised you can only shoot in short bursts and have probably encountered the infamous rolling shutter ‘jelly effect’. Know what we’re talking about? This is because DSLRs aren’t optimised for video. So if you’re looking to step up from DSLR to a dedicated video camera, you need to think about your overall design workflow and end goals. Here are a few pointers and ways in which Sony can help.

Sony are one of the industry leaders, so getting to grips with their tech can be a real benefit and open your design workflow up to a whole host of cameras and peripherals to chose from. Here are a few things we recommend you bare in mind when considering your camera selection.

What kind of projects does your business produce?

Those of you that work on film will want a large sensor camera so that you’re able to master shooting with a ‘filmic’ shallow depth of field, whereas if your work is geared more towards general media production, you’ll want a smaller sensor camera that allows for longer focus, so that you can practice reactive shooting as events unfold.

Distinctions like this will also impact your choice of lens – variable if your goal is to create something attractive, fixed if you’re trying to shoot a news segment – and the kind of rigs, tripods and lights you need.

Studio v location shooting

If you’re design workflow focuses more on media and television production, you’re far more likely to need a dedicated room or studio where you can record, carry out chromakeying and man the gallery.

In this is the case, you’ll need cameras that can be linked together in a traditional studio setup. And if you’re using something like NewTek TriCaster to mix or stream footage, that will in turn affect the kinds of inputs and outputs you need on your cameras.

The good news is that most cameras can be modified to fit into a setup like this, but it’s important to make sure you have compatible cameras so that there’s not a noticeable difference between footage from A and B cameras, and that you don’t have to waste valuable time juggling file types and media formats.

What will you be doing with the footage after it’s shot (and how much storage do you have)?

Having a dedicated space for media work and basing your choice of camera around your streaming setup and infrastructure is a far better move than getting yourself cameras that look great but are difficult to network and integrate with the rest of your infrastructure. And of course if you’re going to be shuttling everything back and forth, you’ll want to go for as sturdy a camera as possible – no-one likes an unexpected repair bill.

When it comes to choosing a camera, it’s important to bear in mind that your choice can tie you into a specific workflow. Just because the camera you choose is budget conscious, doesn’t mean the files it records are. If you get a cheap camera that supports a very specific codec and workflow, you may well need to overhaul your storage and change key pieces of software, meaning the final cost will be greater than if you’d opted for a more expensive camera with a more flexible workflow and made use of your existing resources.

Another factor to consider is the sheer size of some files. If part of your daily design workflow includes shooting RAW footage, you need to be aware that you could be filling up a 64GB card every five minutes, so you’ll need a vast amount of (in some cases proprietary and expensive) media at your disposal. If post-production techniques like colour grading aren’t the focus of your business, it’s unlikely you really need to be working with such files at all, and we generally recommend sticking to something that’s kinder to your storage setup unless you’re looking to teach one specific hi-res workflow.

Our recommendations

With all that in mind, here are a few cameras we’d recommend for different workflows ranging from videography, promo films, live streaming and live reporting– if you’d like to find out more about any of them, you can always get in touch with our team at broadcast@Jigsaw24.com.

For corporate videography or advertising…

If you’re looking for a budget camera that still delivers on image quality and really don’t want to leave DSLRs behind, opt for a DSLR like Sony’s A7S. Affordable, equipped with a full frame sensor for shallow depth of field and able to record 4K to an external recorder if that’s what you really need, it’s a great option if you’ll be shooting in less than ideal conditions.

The PXW-FS7 is another strong option. Rammed with pro features and designed to be Sony’s most ergonomic camera to date, it’s ideal for trips out into the wild for more long form projects.

For live streaming from events or product videos…

Most cameras can be modified to fit into a studio setup, and with the latest additions to the TriCaster range you can stream from pretty much any camera with a pro SDI output, so do talk to us if you think you can’t afford studio cameras. That said, this is an area where your end goal can affect your camera choice and, by extension, the infrastructure you base your studio on – putting a low quality camera at the front of a high-end workflow will stop you getting the most out of your investment, and conversely buying expensive cameras without the backend to support them will stop you getting the best possible image quality.

The key thing here is to make sure you’re talking to your supplier about the workflow as a whole, so that you’re getting something that’s particular to the needs of your on design workflow and employees. If you’d like a couple of extreme examples to start you off, the PXW-X70 is increasingly popular as it allows you to adopt a real broadcast-quality workflow on a manageable budget, while the HXC-D70 was designed specifically to bring high-end technology to smaller studio setups, making it the perfect choice for smaller creative agencies. However, you’ll be able to find cameras at virtually every price and feature point between the two, so do ask us for options!

For live reporting from events or event videography…

The PXW-X70 is also a safe bet for the kind of run-and-gun shooting needed for electronic news gathering, while the HXR-MC2500 is an updated version of the MC2000 that gives you a 14 hour recording time to inexpensive media.

If you’re looking for top industry-spec tech, we’d recommend looking at the the EBU-approved PXW-X160 and PXW-X180. As well as letting you record broadcast quality footage, these cameras shoot XAVC, a professional Sony codec that’s widely supported.

To frantically reiterate, we’ve just outlined a few options here, and many cameras can be adapted to the needs of individual businesses and design workflows. To find out more about your options, get in touch with the team on the details below.

Want some advice about updating your setup? Give our consultants a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

 


Setting up your Mac as an OS X Server – File Sharing

Setting up your Mac as an OS X Server – File Sharing

Using your Mac (whether that be iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air) as a server is just one of the many uses Mac has within your business. We’ve been looking at the basic setup of Mac to a Server, using the Profile Manager tool, File Sharing and the benefits this can bring to your employees.

While we were sad to see Mac mini with OS X Server be discontinued earlier this year, we’re glad that you can download the Server app from the App Store here for £13.99 and run it this way. The Server app is fully compatible with OS X Yosemite and is easy to install, set up and manage within your business.

After you install the OS X Server software, the Server app walks you through the configuration process, whether you’re setting up a small business network or connecting to your companies existing networks. The Server app lets you quickly manage users and groups on the Server and, if you haven’t done so, set up all your key services.

The latest update to OS X Server brings more power, control and collaboration to your organisation, so everyone on your team can work together more effectively. Use your Server for File Sharing, Profile Manager, Caching Server, Xcode Server, Time Machine, Wiki Server, Calendar, Contacts and Mail Servers and Xsan 4. Here’s File Sharing…

File Sharing with OS X Server and Mac

Use your Mac-powered Server for File Sharing within the business. With the File Sharing tool you can share folders, exchange files and access documents on your Mac, iPad or PC. Once your devices are set up to your Server, your employees can access and share files with each other. Whether your employees are working onsite or remotely, they can safely share files without jeopardising the confidentially of the information they share. SMB3 is the new, super-fast protocol for sharing files in OS X Server. It works to protect against tampering and eavesdropping by encrypting and signing data ‘in flight’. There’s also file-sharing connection monitoring, so you can see who’s accessing your server, who’s connected and for how long.

For those of you thinking about or already running a Server for File Sharing, it’s worth noting that we offer a solution that allows integration between Macs to Windows file servers if that’s your thing. Take a look at Acronis’ “ExtremeZ-IP File and Print Server here.

Want to know more about Mac? Give our team a call on 03332 409 306 or email B2B@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

Setting up your Mac as an OS X Server – Profile Manager

Setting up your Mac as an OS X Server – Profile Manager

Setting up your Mac (whether that be iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air) as a server within your business makes it easier than ever for people in your organisation to collaborate, communicate and share information. Once your Mac is set up and running with the OS X Server app you can begin to use the Profile Manager tool for easy mobile management of you’re your employees’ devices.

The Profile Manager tool allows you to manage a whole host of mobile devices. From a business perspective, using your Mac as a server gives you control over what your devices have access to and what data your employees can share. Here’s a run down of what you can do in the Profile Manager tool:

Profile Manager simplifies deploying, configuring and managing your Mac computers and iOS devices in your business. It’s one place where you can control everything. In Profile Manager you can:

– Create profiles to set up user accounts for Mail, Calendar, Contacts and Messages.

– Configure system settings.

– Enforce restrictions.

– Set PIN and password policies.

– Simplify the distribution of apps and books purchased through the Volume Purchase Programme.

– Give users access to self-service web portals where they can download and install new configuration profiles.

– Clear passcodes and remotely lock or wipe Mac, iPhone or iPad if it’s been lost or stolen.

– Profile Manager also supports new Continuity features in Yosemite like Handoff.

Profile Manager can also be used in tandem with enterprise MDM solutions for better management of devices. We sell several solutions for this, including JAMF’s Casper Suite, which you can read about in more detail here.

Want to know more about Mac? Give our team a call on 03332 409 306 or email B2B@Jigsaw24.com. To find out more about our managed solutions click here. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Business iPad app of the month: iZettle

Business iPad app of the month: iZettle

This month, our iPad app of the month is one for retailers. We’re looking at iZettle, a free app and a new way of taking card payments and growing your business. Use iZettle alongside a secure card reader and analytics to keep track of all of your sales. 

What is it?

iZettle is a free app that when paired with a card reader works to take payments for goods. The app is designed for use on both iPhone and iPad, so is great for those of you who want to take your business with you on the move.

How does it work?

iZettle provides you with the tools to start, run and improve your business. Run your business from your smart phone or tablet by uploading your products to the app and organising them into folders (think of this as your online store). Set the app up with a card reader so you can take payments for your goods in a quick and easy manner. Finish things off by keeping track of your payments: iZettle allows your customers to choose between receipt via email or print and it keeps track of all your transactions for you in case you ever need to refer back.

Who is it for?

iZettle is great for small and micro businesses. The app itself is free, the only cost you need to take into consideration is getting yourself a secure and reliable card reader. Lo and behold,  iZettle sell them too, and at £59 inc VAT their mobile Chip and PIN reader lets you accept secure card payments anywhere.

What’s the best feature?

After paying out for your card reader there are no other monthly fees or rental charges. Instead merchants are charged for sales. There are no fixed charges per transaction, but there is a sliding scale ranging from 2.75% to 1.5% of your sales, with the percentage lowering the more sales you make.

How much is it and where can I get it?

The app itself is free to download on the App Store here. Visit the iZettle website to get your hands on their £59 Chip and PIN reader.

Want to know more about making the most of iPad in retail? Give our team a call on 03332 409 306 or email B2B@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

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).

Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.


The future of retail: we now take cash, card and Apple Pay

The future of retail: we now take cash, card and Apple Pay

It’s been a busy month for Apple, its users and its fans. Announcing new iPhones, introducing the world to Apple Watch, releasing iOS 8 and tomorrow (19th September) the sale of the iPhone 6. On top of all that, we also have Apple Pay to look forward to. Apple describes Apple Pay as ‘your wallet, without the wallet’, and will allow consumers to use their iPhone 6 or Apple Watch (when it’s released) to pay for goods. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the digital wallet age.

We can already use our phones as boarding passes, train tickets, coupons and loyalty cards: it only seems natural that the next big step would be using it for payment. So what can we expect from Apple Pay and what benefits can it bring to retail?

First things first

Apple Pay is due to launch in the US in October, through a free download in iOS 8 for iPhone 6 and 6 plus users. Apple Pay works with three major payment networks: Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit and debit cards. There is currently no release date for the UK and wider Europe.

How does it work?

Apple Pay works by allowing customers to pay for their goods using Touch ID technology. Touch ID technology is incorporated into the Home button and uses a fingerprint identity sensor to mean only your unique fingerprint on the Home button can authorise a transaction. Consumers will be able to input their payment card details into the Passbook application on their devices, so it’s stored and ready to be used when you come to pay. To pay, simply hold your phone near the store’s contactless reader with your finger on the Home button. If your payment is successful, you’ll be notified by a beep and subtle vibration.

What does this mean for retail?

Retailers can now add a ‘we also take Apple Pay’ sign to their list of payment methods. The likes of Subway, Staples and Starbucks are already gearing up for the release of Apple Pay in the US.

How can retailers use Apple Pay?

In store
Getting your store equipped with the Near Field Communication (NFC) technology that Apple Pay relies on to work will provide your shoppers with the option to ditch their wallets and use their iPhones for payment instead. While us Brits do love a good queue, Apple Pay will make payment quicker, resulting in shorter, calmer and more orderly queues – even we can’t complain about that.

Online
So a potential customer is browsing your website on their iPhone and sees something they want to buy: they rummage through that seemingly bottomless bag and admit defeat when all they find is chewing gum and old bus tickets, leaving you missing out on a sale. Instead, picture this: a ‘pay with Apple Pay’ option, that allows people to purchase from your site or app using Apple Pay, meaning no need to dig out that impossible-to-find wallet as your bank details are already stored in Passbook. Purchasing could literally take just one click.

Is it safe?

The thoughts on everyone’s mind – do I feel comfortable that I can now use my phone to pay for stuff? And what about hackers? Well, according to Apple, your device will not save your transaction information, so nothing can be tied back to you. Since you don’t have to show your credit or debit card, you never reveal your name, card number or security code to the cashier when you pay in store, ensuring that your information stays only with yourself.

Where can I use Apple Pay?

According to Apple, Apple Pay will let you use iPhone 6 or Apple Watch to pay in over 220,000 contactless-payment-accepting stores (presumably this currently only applies to the US). Stores include Nike, Subway, Disney Store, Staples and Starbucks (to name a few).  The mystery we are still faced with is whether there will be a capped spending limit on Apple Pay. In the UK, there is currently a maximum spend of £20 with contactless payment cards – we presume Apple Pay would be similar, which is great for a cheeky Starbucks, but you may have to limit how many drinks you can buy down the pub.

…All we need now is for Apple to bring Apple Pay to the UK.

Want to find out more about improving your customer experience with iPad for retail? Give our team a call on 03332 409 306 or email b7@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

You could be saving £368 on Adobe Creative Cloud for teams!

You could be saving £368 on Adobe Creative Cloud for teams!

You heard right, a massive saving of £368 could be made if you buy Creative Cloud for teams on or before 29th August.

Adobe are offering a three year price lock on Creative Cloud for teams right now, meaning buy today and pay £455 per user, per year for the next three years – saving you £368 over the term of the subscription.

Order or update to Creative Cloud on or before 29th August and be rewarded with this three year price lock. However come 30th August, Creative Cloud price lock will be no more.

Why should I upgrade?

Subscribing to Creative Cloud with the price lock promotion means you’ll be able to download the most up to date versions of Adobe creative tools like Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and more and for a fixed price for the next three years.  To refresh your memories of all the wonderful Creative Cloud features, why not revisit our previous blog post about Creative Cloud 2014?

How do I get it?

If you want to take advantage of this limited time only offer, get those orders in before 29th August, or forever regret it. Give us a call on 03332 409 251 or email adobe@jigsaw24.com and we’ll sort you out!

Interested in Adobe Creative Cloud for teams? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Autodesk 2015 extension 1 update for 3ds Max and Maya subscribers is here

Autodesk 2015 extension 1 update for 3ds Max and Maya subscribers is here

Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya subscription customers can now look forward to the benefits of the extension 1 updates. There are several new features and tools appearing on both updates, so for you lucky subscribers, here’s your guide to what you have to look forward to and when.

When?

12th August 2014 – First customer download date for Autodesk 3ds Max

10th September 2014 – First customer download date for Autodesk Maya

What’s new for Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya subscribers?

Lots of stuff. So courtesy of Autodesk and our 3D specialist Josh Mace, here’s a rundown of what we think are the best new features of the Autodesk extension 1 update for 3ds Max and Maya and the benefits they will bring to us wonderfully creative and technical people.

3ds Max – bringing you efficient modelling workflows and better interoperability 

This extension 1 update offers you the best new features of OpenSubdiv support, alembic support and enhanced shader FX. The OpenSubdiv support feature will allow users to work with high-level subdivided assets while still retaining viewport performance. There is a faster in-viewport performance for meshes with high subvision levels and more efficient crease modelling workflows.

The alembic support allows users to view large datasets in the Nitrous Viewport, letting users transfer data easily. Alembic makes it possible for artists to collaborate with ease on projects using multiple applications that support it.

The enhanced shader FX provides users with more shading options and better shader interoperability. New node patterns have been added to increase the possibilities of procedurally generated shaders. Artists will be able to work more efficiently between 3ds Max and Maya, and will find this feature helps to easily create and exchange the complex assets that are required in today’s demanding productions.

Maya – bringing you new tools and improved productivity enhancements

This extension 1 update offers you a performance profiler, colour management system and modelling and workflow productivity enhancements. The performance profiler will help users to debug performance bottlenecks. This will be an indispensible tool for technical artists as it shows a graphical interface with information about different elements of a scene, whether this is a single node or a whole rig. This feature will identify where bottlenecks are being created so you can troubleshoot slow tools and bugs efficiently. Working with a robust API enables developers to extend the performance profiler for use with certain custom tools and plug-ins.

The introduction of the new colour management system offers more accurate colour reproduction within certain Maya windows and editors.

New modelling and workflow productivity enhancements have been added, partially as a result of feedback from existing Maya customers. There are expanded wireframe colour choices, a per-menu keyboard shortcut to repeat the last command, object visibility toggling and colour coding in the channel box to reflect various key states. There is also new performance improvements and multi-UV tiling support for OpenSubdiv.

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