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.

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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.

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Apple release Yosemite V10.10.1

Apple release Yosemite V10.10.1

To all the eagerly awaiting Apple fans – you can now download the first update to OS X Yosemite – V10.10.1. The new update sees improvements in the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac. Here’s what’s new…

While we’ve found ourselves  caught in a daze of thinking up our Christmas wish lists recently, Apple have been busy fine-tuning and improving the reliability of WiFi in OS X Yosemite, and the reliability when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server. They’ve also resolved the issue that prevented Mail from sending messages through certain email service providers.

That’s not all. They’ve addressed the issue that prevented connecting to remote computers using Back to My Mac and the issue that stopped sharing services, Notification Centre widgets and Actions not being available. The issue which caused Notification Centre settings to not be retained after a restart has been addressed, as well as the issue that prevented the Mac App Store from displaying certain updates.

For those of you who encountered the issue that prevented your Mac mini from waking from sleep – good news! Apple has addressed this problem. They’ve also resolved the glitch which prevented Time Machine from displaying older backups and they’ve looked into the issue that could have prevented you from being able to enter your text in Japanese.

A final note

Apple also notes that the maintenance update to OS X Yosemite includes improvements for enterprise users:

– Allows you to append search domains for partially qualified domain names when performing DNS lookups.

– Addresses an issue where the Mac Store might offer an update to Apple Remote Desktop when the latest version is already installed.

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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

 

Extensis release Suitcase Fusion 6 with support for Yosemite and Adobe

Extensis release Suitcase Fusion 6 with support for Yosemite and Adobe

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

How to get Suitcase Fusion 6

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

Once you’ve bought your copy of Suitcase Fusion 5, simply head on over to the Extensis website and register your software. Then email a copy of your receipt to fusion6upgrade@extensis.com and Extensis will post the installers for Suitcase Fusion 6 to your registered email address. This complimentary update is only available until 31st March 2015.

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

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

Highlights in Suitcase Fusion 6…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Apple releases new iPad, Mac models and OS X Yosemite

Apple releases new iPad, Mac models and OS X Yosemite

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

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

iPad mini 3

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

Check out iPad mini 3 here.

 iMac with Retina 5K display

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

Check out the iMac with Retina 5K display here.

Mac mini

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

Check out the new Mac mini here.

iPad Air 2

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

Check out iPad Air 2 here.

OS X Yosemite

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

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Gone Girl first Hollywood feature cut entirely in Adobe Premiere Pro

Gone Girl first Hollywood feature cut entirely in Adobe Premiere Pro

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

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

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

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

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

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New plug-in options for Pro Tools users!

New plug-in options for Pro Tools users!

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

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

Pro Multiband Dynamics plug-in

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

Pro Subharmonic

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

So what do you need to run these?

One of the following Avid systems:

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

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

Interested?

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

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

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Avid introduce Pro Tools S3 Control Surface

Avid introduce Pro Tools S3 Control Surface

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

The good stuff

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

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

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

Key features of the S3

Take complete control of your studio

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

Work smarter and faster

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

Create your mix, your way

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

Proven and trusted technology

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

Additional features

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

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

When can I get it?

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

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