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.

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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.

Weekly design inspiration: Principles of responsive design, passports and unseen London

Weekly design inspiration: Principles of responsive design, passports and unseen London

While you might still be picking your jaws up off the floor from the wonderful surprise that was the return of our weekly design inspiration blog, we’ve been busy putting new words together to bring you your next instalment. This week we’ve got web design principles, awesome passport designs and unseen parts of London. Don’t forget to let us know what’s caught your eye this week as you’re looking through ours…

 1. Nine basic principles of responsive web design

We came across this article from FROONTBLOG this week that puts together a list of nine basic principles of responsive web design. With more gadgets being able to open up a website, designing in pixels for desktop and mobile is fast becoming a thing of the past, so we’re loving this tidy and helpful guide. It covers off everything from flow, relative units, breakpoints, maximum and minimum values, web vs system fonts and bitmap vs vector images. We do a lot of work on web design at Jigsaw HQ, hence why we’ve got this in our week’s inspiration.

FROONTBLOG, ‘nine basic principles of responsive web design’ 

2.    Norwegian passport

After discovering Norway’s new currency will feature pixelated landscapes on one side and landscape illustrations on the other, we couldn’t help but feel our own currency seems slightly boring. Well, it’s happened again, but this time we find ourselves looking at our own exceptionally average passports and wishing we were Norwegian. Norway’s new passports feature Northern Lights-inspired luminous pages. We see this design and think that maybe glow in the dark marketing could be the next stage for us…

GIZMODO, ‘Now Norway has the world’s prettiest passort too’

 

3. Unseen parts of London video

We found this video of unseen parts of London breathtaking. All of Peter Dazeley’s shoots were taken with long exposures so he could capture the effect of the natural lighting. We love his shots of Big Ben, Free Mason Hall in Covent Garden and Crossness Pumping Station. But our favourite unseen part has got to be the vault doors at Midland bank. Immediate thoughts: that door would look great as the front door at our office…

BBC, ‘Peter Dazeley photographs the unseen parts of London’.

4. Parody company video from Risual 

This video is right up our street. Risual have produced a parody company video that captures every cliché in the book, in a brilliantly sarcastic manner. How can you not feel inspired to produce serious and meaningful marketing after watching this? The dubstep break at the end is definitely our highlight.

Designtaxi, “A hilarious parody of the company corporate video’

 

Drop back in next Friday to see more inspiration from our design team. In the meantime, head on over to the Jigsaw24 shop to take a look at great deals and prices on design and publishing essentials. Found something you think should have made it into the list? Pop it in the comments box below. 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).

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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 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.

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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!

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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.

So it’s good news for all you Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya subscribers – the wait is finally over and the new stuff is here. Don’t have a subscription? Visit our website or contact us to get yourself sorted.

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