AJA announce five new Mini-Converters

AJA announce five new Mini-Converters

AJA have announced the release of five new Mini-Converters, the HB-T-HDMI, the HB-R-HDMI, ROI-DP, FiDO-4T and the FiDO-4R. We’re expecting them to arrive later on this summer – here’s what we know about them so far… 

ROI-DP

ROI-DP is AJA’s newest region of interest Mini-Converter, allowing high quality conversion and realtime region of interest scaling of computer DisplayPort outputs to baseband video over SDI.

Features:

  • Convert computer signals to professional video with region of interest scaling.
  • User adjustable “region of interest” with interactive on-screen controls via supplied AJA MiniConfig software for Mac and PC.
  • Frame rate conversion.
  • Automatic input detection and configuration.
  • SDI output support for common SD and HD formats.
  • 4:3/16:9 conversion modes supported.
  • Embedded SDI audio output.
  • Reference input.
  • 3.5mm analogue audio input embedded into SDI output.
  • Easy user control via USB.
  • Loop-through DisplayPort connector.
  • 5-20VDC power via supplied international power adaptor.
  • Five-year warranty.

New HDBT Minis

The HB-T-HDMI and HB-R-HDMI offer easy extension of ultra HD or HD HDMI signals over ethernet cable, utilising the industry standard HDBaseT protocol for a variety of scenarios such as fixed installation AV, digital signage, live events, post production/network/studio environments and on set.

Use the Mini-Converters to extend HD and ultra HD HDMI signals over existing Cat5/6 or 7 cables. These new Mini-Converters also allow for the extension of bi-directional IR and RS-232 for device control.

Features:

  • Extend uncompressed ultra HD or HD HDMI signals up to 100m over ethernet cable.
  • Support for deep colour, 3D, EDID, HDCP.
  • Extends bi-directional IR and RS-232 for device control.
  • Support for PCM 2 CH, LPCM 5.1, LPCM 7.1.
  • Support for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS Digital Surround and DTS-HD Master Audio.
  • Wide Support for VESA (computer) formats and DVI compatibility (via adaptor).
  • HDBaseT Certified “4K” UltraHD signal extender.
  • Compatible with AJA DRM frame for rack installations.
  • 5-20VDC power via supplied international power adaptor.
  • Five-year warranty.

FiDOs

The FiDO-4T and FiDO-4R expand AJA’s family of fiber optic converters. FiDO-4T is a 4-channel 3G-SDI to Single Mode Fiber converter, and FiDO-4R is 4-channel single mode fiber to 3G-SDI. This pair of converters will allow conversion of 4K SDI using 4x 3G-SDI transport onto four fiber cables, using a single conversion box at each end. The FiDO-4T is ideal for conversion of 4K cameras to fiber.

Each channel is fully independent, so the devices can also be used for four independent 3G-SDI streams. The FiDO-4T and FiDO-4R use LC connectors on the fiber side, with dual SFP cages. The FiDO-4T and FiDO-4R complement the recently introduced FiDO-4T-ST and FiDO-4R-ST, which offer the same solution in ST connectivity.The FiDO-4T and FiDO-4R expand AJA’s family of fiber optic converters. FiDO-4T is a 4-channel 3G-SDI to single mode fiber converter, and FiDO-4R is 4-channel single mode fiber to 3G-SDI.

This pair of converters will allow conversion of 4K SDI using 4 x 3G-SDI transport onto four fiber cables, using a single conversion box at each end. The FiDO-4T is ideal for conversion of 4K cameras to fiber. Each channel is fully independent, so the devices can also be used for four independent 3G-SDI streams. The FiDO-4T and FiDO-4R use LC connectors on the fiber side, with dual SFP cages. The FiDO-4T and FiDO-4R complement the recently introduced FiDO-4T-ST and FiDO-4R-ST, which offer the same solution in ST connectivity.

Features:

  • Ideal for remote 4K camera installations.
  • Transport of SDI, HD-SDI, and 3G-SDI over single mode fiber.
  • Autodetection of video format.
  • All SDI ancillary data including embedded audio is passed.
  • LC fiber connectors.
  • All inputs, either SDI or fiber, are equalised and re-clocked.
  • ASI compatible.
  • Useful for eliminating ground loop problems.
  • 5-20VDC power via supplied international power adapter.
  • Five-year warranty.

Want to find out 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.


Atomos reinvents the rack with the 4K/HD Shogun Studio

Atomos reinvents the rack with the 4K/HD Shogun Studio

“Melbourne, Australia – 17th June 2015: Harnessing the latest recorder, monitor and playback technology with class leading Atomos usability and affordability, the Shogun Studio reinvents what is capable within a 3RU rack product.”

The world’s first all-in-one 4K/HD, 2ch, dual 7″ 3RU rack recorder, monitor and playback deck, designed from the ground up with the rack environment in mind, the Shogun Studio has an extensive recorder, monitor and playback deck feature set, making it perfect for the live event, studio, on-set and broadcast environment.

“Combining recording, playback and monitoring with tremendous ease of use, it unleashes powerful and unique feature combinations never seen before in a 3RU dual channel product,” says Jeromy Young, CEO and co-founder of Atomos. “Customers will not believe the time, cost and space savings the Shogun Studio offers for event, broadcast and pro AV professionals, allowing fast migration to 4K and seamless integration to legacy HD infrastructure.”

At its core, Shogun Studio delivers:

– A future-proof path to 4K and 1080p60, recording to popular professional codecs like Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHR and Cinema DNG all in 10-bit 4:2:2 quality.
– Utilise the two channels for dual codec, dual resolution recording. Record simultaneously (4K ProRes on one channel, 2K/HD DNxHD on the other) or convert or duplicate files (create a 4K ProRes version of a 4K DNxHR file).
– Powerful scheduled playback and record via Ethernet, Serial and On-screen. The combination of playlist generation and dual channel playout in 4K or down-scaled HD can be used to schedule synchronised play out for video walls, signage, projection or broadcast.
– Class leading monitors and test measurement for perfect 4K viewing and setup. The 7″ 325ppi monitor offers an array of scopes, 3D LUTs, 2:1/1:1 zoom, 179 degree viewing area, safe area grid lines and can be calibrated using the optional Spyder unit.
– Powerful and intuitive Atomos offers one touch simplicity for any operator.
– The Atomos Master Caddy for reliable, affordable open standard media – the new digital tape.
– Built in continuous HDMI and SDI down-conversion and down-scaling from 4K to 2K/HD to any infrastructure.
– Dual redundant power supplies, for mission critical reliability.

Atomos_shogun_studio

In use:

The complete set of specifications combined, leads to unique advantages for each of the Shogun Studio’s intended environments.

For pro AV integrators, the play list functionality and control via RS422, Ethernet or on screen, offers an affordable 4K and HD playout engine for video walls, signage and projection.

For event professionals, Shogun Studio solves many of the problems faced by multi-camera events with long run times. Master Caddy delivers affordable and reliable media while features like time lapse, pre-roll cache and 4K/HD simultaneous recording make this the perfect choice for event professionals.

In mobile production, the tight squeeze on rack space and rising recording resolutions mean that Shogun Studio will be welcomed for the ability to record, monitor, test, measure, convert and play out from a single 3RU device integrating two channels of record and playback with dual 7″ monitors.

For on-set and DIT carts, Shogun Studio offers the fastest path from acquisition to editing by recording direct to 10-bit 422 ProRes, DNxHR or RAW all housed within a world class monitor with test measurement for the highest quality 4K/2K/HD viewing and setup.

For security applications, a wide angle lens on a 4K camera can mean a single camera replaces the equivalent of four HD cameras. The Studio Shogun, with its long record time, time lapse, record scheduling and monitor zoom capability makes it  perfect for 4K security applications.

Like what you see? You can pre-order the Atomos Shogun Studio over on our website now for £2595 (£3114 inc VAT).

Want to find out more about the Atomos Shogun Studio? Drop us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook


Atomos release new accessories for the 4K Shogun

Atomos release new accessories for the 4K Shogun

“Melbourne, Australia 4th June – Atomos announce their latest range of add-on accessories designed to make the popular 4K Shogun monitor/recorder even more battle-ready in the field.” 

Available to purchase individually or as part of the ‘Shogun Action Pack’, the new accessories include:

– Shogun Armor case. A custom bumper which gives extra protection to the recorder/monitor from knocks and scratches.
– Matte LCD protection panel which reduces reflections, protects against scratches and diffuses light, eliminating polarization.
– Lightweight and durable travel case. The perfect size for a camera bag for when you need to travel light.
– Custom fit Shogun sun hood (available in yellow or black) which maintains LCD clarity even in bright sunlight.

Available to purchase separately or together as the Action Pack, Atomos are also sweetening the deal by offering the $240 Action Pack for free to users who purchase and register the fully accessorised version of the Shogun during the month of June.

“One of the advantages of having sold over 15,000 Shogun units is that we have passionate end users telling us what they need,” said Jeromy Young CEO of Atomos. “The Action Pack accessories are a direct result of Shogun users reaching out to tell us what they want, and of course we listen and act.”
The Atomos Shogun Action Pack is available now to registered purchases up to 30th June 2015, see www.atomos.com/shogun for details.

About the Atomos Shogun

The latest 4K cameras are arming the pro video world with amazing sensors, but falling short when it comes to recording and monitoring capability. Shogun completes the solution for professionals, combining advanced record, play, monitor and edit capability that can be added to existing cameras. Shogun delivers 422 10-bit ProRes and DNxHR/DNxHD for Apple and Avid workflows, a 7″ 1920 x 1200 IPS 320ppi monitor with an advanced suite of setup tools (3D LUTs, 2:1/1:1 zoom, focus assist, vectorscope, false color and more), XLR audio monitoring with 48V phantom power, playback capability on screen or out to a larger TV, and editing capability on the fly with cut in/out points and favourite/reject tagging.

Want to find out more about the Atomos Shogun 4K recorder and supporting accessories?  Drop us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

 

Grafton Primary School get hands-on with the Clevertouch interactive display

Grafton Primary School get hands-on with the Clevertouch interactive display

Grafton Primary School is a large four form Primary School in Dagenham, a suburb of East London, with approximately 950 students between Nursery and Year 6 on the roll.  Although the school is in the top percentile for deprivation, the teaching and managerial staff have created a well organised, positive and safe learning environment for the children, who are flourishing under their care.

Committed to the introduction and improvement of ICT within the school, Stephen Hawke, Assistant Head and ICT Coordinator at Grafton began overhauling the school’s IT resources two years ago shortly after joining the school. Impressed with new software and apps that can enhance children’s learning experiences in line with the curriculum, Stephen worked to upgrade the school’s server and install new PCs, robust interactive front-of-class touchscreens and iPads into the classrooms.

Clevertouch talked to Stephen recently about ICT at Grafton and how it has changed since he joined the school in 2012.

Why is good ICT so important in schools?

Because society relies so heavily on instant connectivity these days, schools have a responsibility to prepare children for the future and ensure that they have the necessary skills to join a digital workforce when the time comes.

What technology do you have in the classrooms?

The classrooms at Grafton Primary School have PCs running Windows 7, which are used with Clevertouch 84” interactive touchscreens at the front of the class.  We also have a few 70”, 65” and 55” screens in the library and break out spaces. The students also have iPad and the school uses a variety of software and apps on both the front-of-class screens and the iPad devices.

In addition to the classroom technology, we have an ICT suite for specific ICT lessons and our code club, which takes place before school on a Tuesday morning and is very popular with our older students.

How do the children at Grafton surprise you?

When it comes to IT, the children here surprise me in a number of ways. Often as an adult we expect children to use things in a specific way because that’s what we do.  Children pick a new device up and engage with it in their own way, they don’t need to be taught and navigate technology intuitively, coming up with their own solutions and uses.

What was it like when the children got to use to the touchscreen for the first time?

Their faces light up when they use them.  It was amazing seeing them run in to class the morning after the Clevertouch screens had been installed saying “have you seen our screen, have you seen our screen?” They were really excited.

How has the touchscreen helped the staff to lesson plan?

Quite often the Clevertouch screens will be the starting point of a lesson plan.  The teachers often look at the ways in which they can get the children to interact with the screens as part of the lesson to make it more interesting and engaging so that the children can access learning in a more stimulating way.

Has technology improved or enhanced the learning experience of kids with learning difficulties?

I think the technology in the classroom has improved the learning experience of the children across all abilities.  For example, teachers can set different levels on the apps that the children are working with on their iPad without it being obvious to their peers.

Clevertouch screens work with the software Snowflake and Lynx, which enables teachers to change the background colours on the screen – great for dyslexic children.  Snowflake also enables you to split screens so that children can work side by side or collaborate on work together.

The early-years team use the Clevertouch screens, iPad and other resources such as recording devices to help children thoroughly explore words so that they really know them inside out.

Ultimately, technology helps the children to access and engage on a more sensory level, which makes it more enjoyable and it helps information to penetrate.

What’s the main difference in the classroom since bringing in interactive touchscreens and iPad (e.g. more collaborative, interactive)?

One of the benefits of introducing iPad and the 84” interactive Clevertouch touchscreens into the classrooms at Grafton is that they have directed learning back to the front of the class and encouraged greater interactivity between teachers and pupils.  Before we had Clevertouch screens we had projectors with visualizers, which often shadowed and required greater attention and input from teachers, keeping them behind the desk rather than in front of the children.

The old projectors would over-heat often and weren’t as robust as our new Clevertouch screens, which have been made for education and can withstand hard knocks.  If the old visualisers were knocked or bashed by accident you had to recalibrate everything, which took time away from teaching and the pace of learning.

Has classroom technology assisted with the assessment process?

The Clevertouch touchscreens and iPad have improved the efficiency of the assessment process in Early Years, where the teachers use the 2Build a Profile app from 2Simple to capture observations on the move.

Every teacher has an iPad which allows them to make informal observations and record oral and visual work by taking photos and videos of the children. These can then be used as evidence for Ofsted and provide a great showcase for parents to actually see what the children have been doing in lessons.

Why Clevertouch?

Clevertouch had the robustness behind screen, they had the software and now they have apps that are scaled for large screens. Clevertouch haven’t just built a good presentation touchscreen, they’ve built a screen for education and the software reflects that because it’s so easy to use and adaptable.

What do you find most rewarding about your job?

The best part of my job is that I’ve had a positive impact on the 950 children that attend this school through our improved ICT – not just the children in my class.

Is it a good time to be working in education?

It’s a very exciting time in education at the moment, the technology is really pulling things together to enhance the learning experience in schools. When I first started teaching you had your Smart boards and could perform basic functions like writing on them, watching videos and moving a few shapes around but not to any degree of quality. Now we have 84” 1080 P HD touchscreens in classrooms, which you can mirror iPad to and pull in all sorts of online resources that you just couldn’t do five years ago.  Learning should be a fully interactive experience for both teacher and learner. Technology today makes this easier and far more exciting.

Check out the Clevertouch in use at Grafton Primary School here.

Want to find out more about interactive touchscreens in the classroom? Get in touch with our education team on 03332 409 218 or email learning@Jigsaw24.com For all the latest news and reviews follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Facebook page.

Weekly design inspiration: MacBook stickers

Weekly design inspiration: MacBook stickers

This week, our design inspiration theme has been Mac stickers. Seeing as we’ve already been to the polls once this week, we decided that everyone is a winner so we’ll be sharing a Mac sticker from each member of our creative team. Here’s our roundup and a few words of wisdom from the team… 

Shariff: Little monster

“I like this little monster by AngelDecals for its clean lines and cute looks. Although, it has just been pointed out that the sticker doesn’t quite reach to the edge of the notebook lid…”

design inspiration, Mac sticker

Via Etsy.com

Vic: French Bulldog

“I just love this as it’s so cute and inquisitive looking. I’d love a French Bulldog myself, but unfortunately this would be the closest I’d get!”

Design inspiration, Mac sticker

Via CreativeBloq.com

Liz: Shabby chic

“If you like to pretend you live on the Nostromo, or have woken up in a post-apocalyptic future and desperately need to contact your past self (we’ve all wished we could do this on deadline day, right?), then this aggressively shabby chic decal will be right up your alley. Just don’t let it get too close to your face…”

Via CreativeBloq.com

 

Loui: Snoopy

“Awww, Snoopy reminds me of my childhood, and this is now making me wonder if I’ve missed out on toasting apples… mental note: next camping trip.”

Mac sticker, design inspiration

Via Etsy.com 

Liana: Son of Man

“Mine’s a take on the Son of Man by Rene Magritte. A simple representation of a great piece of surrealism, using the Apple logo as a key feature. Takes me back to my art GCSE!”

Via Etsy.com

Jamie: Stitch

“I really like this sticker, so much so that I bought and applied it to my girlfriend’s MacBook.”

design inspiration, mac sticker

Via Amazon.com

Becky: WALL-E

“Pixar’s cutest trash compactor, WALL-E never fails to cheer me up! I like that this sticker adds a splash of colour to the Mac. I bet this would look ever better on the new gold 12″ MacBook.”

Design inspiration, Mac sticker

Via MacBookProStickers.com

Madison: Iron man

“If I could be any Avenger, I’d want to be Iron man. Tony Stark is wonderful. This sticker would look great on my work Mac sitting with my Avengers figures!”

Design inspiration, Mac sticker

Via MacBookSticker.de

Ade: Pixar-style lamp

“I love how this sticker adapts the Apple logo and interacts with it but without completely overpowering it. It’s also very much like the iconic Pixar lamp as well so it has that in its favour. I’m not normally a fan of larger designs but think this doesn’t feel too intrusive.”

mac sticker, design inspiration

Via Etsy.com

Simon: The subtle sticker

“I thought the concept of making the logo look like it was being drawn with bezier curves was kind of clever and I like how small and subtle it is.”

design inspiration, mac sticker

Via Dribbbble.com

What’s that you cry? You don’t have a Mac to stick your new sticker on? Take a read of our Guide to MacBook 2015 to find out which Mac is your perfect match. 

Drop back in next Friday for more inspiration from our creative team. Found something you think we should have included? Pop it in the comments box below.  

Check out our new Design & Publishing home page and don’t forget to visit our Adobe Creative Cloud hub for resources, and updates on all your favourite Adobe apps. For all the latest news and tips follow us on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

 

Weekly design inspiration: Bikes

Weekly design inspiration: Bikes

This week, we say a fond farewell to our senior designer, Paul, as he leaves us for the land of sheep, daffodils and leeks. In tribute, we’ve dedicated this week’s article to ‘inspired by Paul’ content. We’ve got bikes, bikes, a famous Paul and more bikes…

Cyclemon

First up, we’re paying homage to Paul’s love of bikes with this delightful series of illustrations created by Thomas Par and Orthonormai. The illustrations are presented on the guys’ website through a series of transitions, with the bike taking on different models – you’ve got to love the penny farthing! Available to buy as prints and posters, we think we’d go for the ‘warrior’ rider…or the ‘lil gangsta’.

Creative inspriration, bikes

Creative inspiration, bikes

Creative inspiration, bikes

Via cyclemon.com

The bicycle animation

Prepare to have your mind blown by this next clip. This clever bike animation from Katy Beveridge shows a laser cutout placed on a bike tyre, spinning with the bike to create an amazing optical illusion. We wouldn’t recommend you watch this just after lunch – it’s weirdly hypnotising.

The bicycle animation via youtube

While out riding

Starting to sense a pattern here? More bikes! This time, we’re looking at the work of Cass: blogger, photographer and biking enthusiast. His project ‘While out riding’ started out as a blog detailing his journey from Alaska through to the American backcountry by bike, and has now developed into a much bigger project. The photos are simply stunning, although we feel tired just looking at how far he’s travelled; bike chafe isn’t really our thing…

Creative inspiration, journey by bike

Creative inspiration, journey by bike

‘While out riding’ via Tumblr

Paul Rand

From one Paul to another, we’ve been looking at some of the inspirational quotes from graphic designer Paul Rand, best known for his corporate logo designs. We love a good motivational quote, and some of these are certainly worthy of a framed spot up in our office!

Creative inspiration, Paul Rand

Creative inspiration, Paul Rand

Creative inspiration, Paul Rand

Paul Rand quotes via RIT graphic design archive

Bespoken by Johnny Random

A musical tribute now. Composer Johhnyrandom has created this piece of music purely from the sounds generated by bicycles and their components. It’s weirdly soothing to listen to – who knew the bike could be so musical?

Johnnyrandom | Bespoken from Johnnyrandom on Vimeo.

Good luck, Paul – we’ll miss you!

Missed last our last instalment of design inspiration? Catch up with it here. 

We’ll be back next Friday to bring you more inspiration from our design team. Found something you think should have made it into the list? Pop it in the comments box below. 

In the meantime, head on over to our new Design and Publishing home page and don’t forget to check out our Adobe Creative Cloud hub. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

 

Jigsaw24 guide to MacBook 2015

Jigsaw24 guide to MacBook 2015

In March 2015, Apple announced the release of a range of revamped MacBook Air and MacBook Pro computers and a new model, the 12” MacBook. While you may be sat at home fondly loving your loyal MacBook with its fantastic reliability and long life-span, we’ve been busy putting together this handy and practical guide of reasons why we think this round of new MacBook computers is the best yet, and certainly something we’d recommend investing in. So if you don’t know your Pro from your Air, or you’re wondering whether an inch smaller really matters, read on to find out… 

2015 13” MacBook Pro

Go for this if…

– You’re looking for a portable and more powerful MacBook with up to ten hours battery life.

– You loved the old MacBook Pro but wished it was lighter.

– You’re a creative professional working on the go, looking for a device capable of running processor intensive creative-applications like Adobe Creative Cloud and Avid software.

What’s new:

Firstly, it’s just the 13” MacBook Pro that’s had a refresh. But boy, does it look good. There’s a new fifth-generation Intel processor, faster RAM, better graphics and flash storage that’s up to twice as fast as the late 2013 model. Great if you work with a lot of data and need that bit of extra speed and power. The battery life has been extended and now gives you up to ten hours of running time (as apposed to the nine hours you got with the previous version), so you could catch the train from Southampton to Dundee, use your MacBook Pro for the entire journey and you’d still have a good hour of battery life left.

The trackpad is all-new too, and is now Force Touch-enabled. You can’t physically press down on it and hear and feel it click anymore, instead the trackpad picks up of the amount of pressure you apply and registers clicks when you increase the pressure. There’s also a new thing called ‘haptic feedback’ – a tactile response from the trackpad, which Apple tells us means “you don’t just see your content, you feel it”. Fancy.

Models and prices:

The newly refreshed MacBook Pro starts from £827 (£992.40 inc VAT) and is in stock and available to order right now.

Buy now

2015 MacBook Air

Go for this if…

–  You loved everything about the previous MacBook Air but wished it was quicker and more powerful.

– You need something more portable than a MacBook Pro, without having to compromise on processor speed.

– You aren’t fussed about a Retina display. (If you’re after a Retina display, we’d recommend either the MacBook Pro above or MacBook below.)

What’s new:

The MacBook Air is still as slim and sleek as it always was – the only thing Apple have really changed is that they’ve upgraded the flash memory. It’s now twice as fast as its previous generation. The MacBook Air comes with the new fifth generation Intel Core processor up to 2.2GHz, Intel HD Graphics 6000 and Thunderbolt 2 connectivity and is perfectly comfortable running the most frequently used business applications like Microsoft Office and iWork. There’s no optical disc drive (this can be said for all new MacBook computers), but you can combat this with a £52 (£62.40 inc VAT) Apple SuperDrive.

Models and prices:

If you’re ready to upgrade your Mac to the 2015 MacBook Air, we’ve got plenty in stock over on our website, with prices starting from £619 (£742.80 inc VAT) for the 11” model and £702 (£842.40 inc VAT) for the 13” model.

Buy now

The all new 12″ MacBook

Go for this if…

– You’re after a portable, stylish laptop with a Retina display and choice of colour.

– You’re looking for an environmentally friendly MacBook and are intrigued by the new silent, fanless design.

What’s new:

The all-new MacBook will be available in just one size, a swanky 12” model. It’s the thinnest and lightest of all the MacBook computers available – so if size and weight are key to you, then this MacBook is a great choice. Complete with the new Intel Core M processor, you also get up to 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of flash storage, new Intel Graphics HD 5300, 10-hour battery life and a Retina display. While it’s not as powerful as the MacBook Pro and Air, it’s still speedy, and comes with built-in apps for creativity and productivity like iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

We like that the new MacBook has been designed with the environment in mind. It’s kitted out with the new Intel Core M processor, which runs on just five watts of power, requiring so little power that Apple have managed to do away with the fan to cool the computer. What we’re left with is a fanless, silent, and more energy efficient design, which won’t leave you disappointed. With the new Intel HD Graphics 5300 you can expect incredibly sharp images, whether you’re editing video footage or working on a spreadsheet.

Like the new MacBook Pro, the MacBook also comes with the new Force Touch trackpad (the one that doesn’t click, but recognises finger pressure). Physically, the MacBook has a distinctive new look with its edge-to-edge keyboard design, and just a single USB type-C port and a headphone jack. If you have a preference for colour, you now also get the option to pick between silver, gold and space grey (much like iPhone and iPad).

Models and prices:

The new MacBook starts from £869 (£1042.80 inc VAT), and you can order yours over on our website now. We’ll have stock arriving very soon!

Buy now

Mac repairs

In the unfortunate circumstance that something should go wrong with your Mac (they don’t like being covered in Coke), we offer both in and out of warranty Mac repairs at our places in Nottingham, London and Manchester. If you’d like to book in for a Mac repair,  you can do so here.

Want to talk to us about upgrading to a new MacBook? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

Weekly design inspiration: Our team’s top inspiration

Weekly design inspiration: Our team’s top inspiration

This week, we’ve scrapped our usual design inspiration poll, (where we vote for our top five pieces of inspiration) and have decided to do things a little differently. Instead, our 11-strong creative team met and each shared a piece of work that they’ve always felt personally inspired by. Warning: We’re delving into our childhood and things are about to get philosophical. Here’s what the team thinks…

Paul, on the Chrysler building

“I’m not sure why I love this building, but every time some one asks me ‘what’s your favourite piece of design?’, the Chrysler building always pops into my head. I don’t want to try and analyse why I’m drawn to it because I like the idea that it just appeals to me – a child-like instinct.

“I do have a love of art deco and the crown on top of the Chrysler building is magnificent as it changes colour in the varying light conditions, as are the gargoyles based on Plymouth bonnet ornaments. It may have only been the tallest building in the world for 11 months, but it has stood out as one of my all-time favourites since I saw it as a boy.”

Chrysler building design inspiration

Chrysler building design inspiration

The Chrysler building via Wikipedia

Shariff, on Where the Wild Things Are

“A firm favourite for many, ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ was, I think, instrumental in my formative years of creative writing. The simple narrative, helped along by Sendak’s captivating and enduring illustrations, completely transported my young reader to a magical world. Classic!”

Design inspiration, Where the wild things are

Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak via Amazon.co.uk

Liana, on the London tube map

“I guess I like the London tube map because it’s stood the test of time, helps thousands of people every day and has been easily adapted as the whole network grows. I also think it’s a great example that design can be clearer or easier to understand when not (geographically) accurate, so (cliché alert!), think outside the box or look at things from a different point of view, hence inspiration from circuit boards and Mondrian.”

London tube map design inspiration

London tube map via Wikipedia

Madison, on recycled art

“For me, recycling is not only necessary, but pretty inspirational too. I’m utterly fascinated by the pioneering study of environmental history, which in essence calls into question the relationship between man and our surrounding environment, and how in turn our environment can tell a multi-faceted history. Recycling is environmental history in practice, telling a tale via reusing unloved ‘junk’ to make something beautiful, engaging and in some cases usable. If anything, making a chicken out of an egg puts a whole new spin on the ‘what came first, the chicken or the egg?’ debate.”

Recycled art design inspiration

Design inspiration, recycled art

Design inspiration, recycled art

Recycled art via Hongkiat

Ade, on the National Theatre

“Some say it’s a concrete monstrosity, but once you’ve been to the National and experienced the environment, you understand that it was built as a blank canvas for some of the best arts in the country. From the fly towers jutting out of the top to the balconies that are used to host events, it’s given so many artists the ideal platform for expressing themselves over the years. It’s literally cutting edge theatre, art, photography, scenic design, live music, education all under one roof and I’m yet to find another place in the world like it.”

Design inspiration, national theatre

National theatre design inspiration

Nationaltheatre.org.uk

Jamie, on Iron Man

“Iron Man became the inspiration for my university dissertation and a motion capture project on how to speed up traditional hand posed animations. Iron Man fermented my love of comic books, superheroes, 3D CGI, animation and most importantly, the futuristic heads-up displays based on the works of Jayse Hansen.”

Design inspiration, Iron Man

Design inspiration, Iron Man

Screen UI design via Jayse.tv

Becky, on the Hubble Telescope

“This year the Hubble Telescope turns 25 years old, and as a space enthusiast I’ve always been fascinated about how we’ve been able to build a telescope capable of capturing such beautiful images of things thousands of light years away. This is my favourite image, taken of the Eagle Nebula’s Pillars of Creation, it’s hard to even begin to imagine how things like this happen, let alone how we’re able to take images of them.”

Design inspiration, Hubble telescope turns 25

Hubble Telescope turns 25 via National Geographic

Vic, on Liberty of London

“I love the Liberty of London department store building inside and out. I love how old the building is, yet it’s beautifully decorated with a mixture of traditional, original and brand new features. I also love how it encourages new designers from all manner of disciplines.”

 

Design inspiration, Liberty of London

Design inspiration, Liberty of London

Liberty of London via Liberty.co.uk

Liz, on live-taped video corridors

“In 1970, someone told Bruce Nauman that authors had no control over their audiences, so he built a horrifying tunnel full of cameras that disorientated and panicked everyone who walked through it, just to prove people wrong. This sort of sinister mind control is always at the forefront of our planning here in the Jigsaw24 copywriting department. You do want an iPad. You do. You do.”

Design inspiration from the Guggenheim museum

The Guggenheim museum

Xenia, on graphic designer, Bob Gill

“Bob Gill’s use of humour and wit in graphic design has been an inspiration to me since my university days. A good example of his style is a point of sale dog illustration, where he injects fun in what could have been just another boring slipper display. A quote I love that sums up his work is, ‘there is never a dull brief, only a dull designer’.”

Bob Gill design inspiration

Bob Gill graphic design website

– Missed last week’s Easter-themed design inspiration? Catch up with it here.

We’ll be back next Friday to bring you more inspiration from our design team. Found something you think should have made it into the list? Pop it in the comments box below. 

In the meantime, head on over to our new Design and Publishing home page and don’t forget to check out our Adobe Creative Cloud hub. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

Enhancing customer experience in store with iPad, iBeacon and dynamic digital content

Enhancing customer experience in store with iPad, iBeacon and dynamic digital content

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been looking at a range of ways iPad can be used in retail including how to promote products in store with iPad and basic AV, how to use Guided Access to turn your iPad into an in-store kiosk and using iPad for micro-clientelling and loyalty programmes. For our final iPad in retail article, we’ve been looking at how stores can use iBeacon technology to push out notifications and content to customer iPad and iOS devices and display personalised content on digital signage. Here’s our guide…

What is iBeacon?

iBeacon technology is a form of Bluetooth low-energy (BLE) wireless technology that provides location-based information and services to iOS devices.

How does it work?

iBeacon technology triggers content through proximity interaction with a small Bluetooth transmitter known as a ‘beacon’ to apps installed on your iPad and other iOS devices. In order to push out this content your device must be in range of the beacon. The apps installed on your iOS devices listen out for signals transmitted by beacons and respond accordingly when the device comes into range.

How does iBeacon work in a retail environment?

There are many ways iBeacon can be used within retail, from tracking customer journey to pushing out special offers. We’ve broken this down into four simple stages:

1. When you’re near the store

When a customer is 10-30 meters away from the store, content is delivered to entice the customer to a certain location. This could be a ‘save 10% in store today’ offer.

2. When you are in the store

When a customer has entered the store and is roughly 5-10 metres away from a beacon, links are pushed out with product information. This could be a breakdown of the clothes displayed on a mannequin, directing the customer to where they are on sale.

3. When you are near the checkout

When the customer is less than two metres away from the beacon, specific actions are triggered. This could be a trigger for a sales assistant to approach the customer and confirm a transaction. During this stage iBeacon can also be used to monitor and track information about the customer journey, including where in the shop the customer has visited and for how long.

4. When you leave the store

When customers leave the store, content is pushed out to them as a means of increasing the chance of a repeat visit, and rewarding their loyalty if they do so.

What is dynamic digital content?

Dynamic digital content quite simply is the content displayed on digital signage in stores. Stock, live pricing and personalised advertisements are all possible displays on digital signage in stores. It becomes dynamic by virtue of the iOS device triggering digital content that is relevant to the consumer demographic or previous purchase history.

How does it work with iBeacon?

Dynamic digital content can be used with iBeacon technology to create personalised signage displayed to passing customers. It might be that as a customer you’ve been browsing certain products from your favourite retailers app at home. When you pass by the retailers store a few days later and pass within range of their iBeacon, details of the items you were looking at are displayed on a sign in the shop window, offering you a discount or informing you of stock availability, causing you to take notice of it and venture in store to make a purchase.

This happened because the store placed an iBeacon alongside a digital sign. The iBeacon detected when you and your iOS device was in range, noted how you’d been interacting with their app and selected a relevant offer or piece of information, which was then displayed on their digital sign. Clever, huh?

Looking to learn more about iBeacon? Download our iBeacon in retail pdf here.

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

 

Yosemite Mac tip of the month: Sync your Safari tabs with iCloud Tabs

Yosemite Mac tip of the month: Sync your Safari tabs with iCloud Tabs

This month we’re looking at how to quickly sync your open Safari tabs across your Apple devices using iCloud Tabs. iCloud Tabs is a great way to keep the tabs you have open in Safari up to date on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac. 

Setting up iCloud tabs

In order for you to be able to sync your open Safari tabs, you must first ensure that you are signed into your iCloud account on all the devices you want to sync across.

iOS

If you’re syncing across iOS devices you’ll need to go into Settings > iCloud and make sure the Safari option is turned on (it’ll be green if it is).  This will allow your browser permission to beam your open tabs to your other Apple devices signed in to your iCloud.

Mac

If you want to get your Mac/OS X devices involved too, you need to go into System Preferences > Safari and make sure iCloud is turned on here. Now, as long as you’re signed in to the same iCloud account on your other devices and you’re using Safari, you can switch between reading something on your iPad to reading it on your iPhone or back to your Mac.

If you close a tab on one device, it will shut it down on all your devices.

Using iCloud Tabs

Whether you’re using Safari on a mobile or desktop device, tap the Tabs icon (the two layered rectangles) and scroll down (if necessary) to see your open iCloud Tabs. iCloud Tabs will only show the tabs that are currently open on your other Apple devices, not the tabs that are open on the device you’re currently using.

– Missed last months Mac tip? Catch up 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