Student purchase schemes: Making technology affordable

Student purchase schemes: Making technology affordable

A student purchase scheme is the most affordable way to give your students the latest classroom technology like iPad. Now, we’ve come up with our own scheme to help you purchase laptops, notebooks and tablets without giving your accountant palpitations, all pre-configured, paid for and delivered through your very own bespoke purchasing portal.

What is a student purchase scheme?

A student purchase scheme is a four-step process that gets you the latest technology while spending the least possible amount of your budget. Here’s how it works:

– We arrange for you to take out a compliant operating lease on the number of devices you’d like to make available to students (this won’t show up on your books and is cheaper than the options they’d be given by a high street outlet). By levering public sector borrowing, you can get fantastic rates, which you can then pass on as savings to your students.

– We then make all the devices and their accessories available in an online portal, which we’ll build specifically for your scheme and brand to fit in with your school’s identity. (We’ve already managed successful portal schemes for the University of Nottingham, Guardian News & Media and more.)

– Students (or parents) log in to the portal, select the device and accessories they want, and set up a monthly direct debit to pay for it – you then use that money to cover the cost of the lease. This can be over up to three years, depending how long your students’ courses are.

– We deliver your laptops and iPad devices to your school, pre-configured and ready to go. We can even provide three year warranties for your iPad deployment, and set you up with insurance options which mean the school isn’t liable if a parent misses a payment.

Why should I try a student purchase scheme?

It lets students get their hands on the latest technology. As well as helping prepare them for workplaces where Macs and iPad are increasingly common, we’ve seen Mac and iPad increase pupil engagement, improve classroom behaviour, open up the curriculum for SEN and EAL students and help teachers find new, innovative ways to deliver learning. At the same time, the opportunity is a great plus if you want to attract top students.

It lets you pass on the cost of innovation. While it’s obviously important to keep your IT setup up to date and ensure the technology you’re teaching students to use has kept pace with the stuff they’ll encounter in the real world, the fact is that innovation can be costly. With a student purchase scheme, you can pass on the bulk of that cost to parents and students, and invest the money you would have spent in improvements to things like your WiFi network and infrastructure, which will ensure students get the best experience out of their devices.

It lets you sidestep time-consuming admin. Because our portal system is entirely paperless, your admin team won’t find themselves with any extra forms to process or have to waste time working out yet another filing system – everything is done online, and managed centrally by our in-house team.

You can even open it up to teachers. If you’re thinking of providing staff with their own laptops or mobile devices, a staff purchasing scheme extends all the same benefits to them, including making it easier for them to work with whichever device suits their teaching style, all while cutting down on your IT costs (although you can of course subsidise the cost of devices if you want or can afford to).

If you’d like to know more about iPad for education, or want someone to run through your IT options with, we’d love to hear from you! Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 333 or email

Sony release v2.0 update for F55, F5 and AXS-R5

Sony release v2.0 update for F55, F5 and AXS-R5

F5 and F55 users, we have exciting news. Sony have released a free update for the F55, F5 and ASX-R5 that unlocks 30 new creative features (you’ll need to update your camera and recorder to access them). 

Highlights of the new firmware include the introduction of High Frame Rate (HFR) support, comprehensive exposure tools, 24p support and the ability to control audio using the rotary dial.

The download is available for free from the Sony site, but there are a couple of things to note before you hit download. First, you will need to update both your camera and recorder to access all the new features. Second, the download contains 15 files, and you shouldn’t attempt to install the update until all 15 have finished downloading. Third, if you find that after installing the update you still can’t access HFR features, do an ALL RESET on the camera, and that should sort if out.

If you’re using a DVF-EL100 or DVF-L700 viewfinder and want to get false colour, you’ll need to download the v2 software to your camera then send the viewfinders away to Sony Service to get this feature unlocked.

Download firmware version 2.0 for the F5, F55 and ASX-R5 now.

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Inspiring staff with Apple training at Sidney Stringer

Inspiring staff with Apple training at Sidney Stringer

Keen to get their iPad scheme off to a flying start, Sidney Stringer Academy decided to launch the devices with a day of top quality, subject-specific training that would ensure all their 130 staff were comfortable using the device and confident that they could apply it in their subject areas. Here’s how they engaged staff over the course of a day.

“We were looking into a mobile device scheme for about twelve months, and during this time we were graded outstanding by Ofsted in all four categories,” explained Assistant Principal Sharan Matharu. “It felt right to do this now, there was already a lot of good practice and we wanted to use new technology to help us improve even more. Our ICT vision is to be at the forefront of learning technology, and using iPad in the classroom will help us towards this.”

After taking part in our e7 1:1 iPad trial, the academy decided to roll out a 1:1 iPad scheme for teaching staff, keeping a bank of devices on site for support staff and keeping 150 iPad devices and 30 iPods on hand for students to use, as well as encouraging them to buy their own devices through a subsidised parental contribution scheme.

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Although small groups of staff had been involved in learning to manage and use iPad devices, and Sharan had been running ‘App of the week’ workshops for the senior management team, she was sure the best way to launch the scheme was with a single, high quality training day that would show nervous staff the true potential of the devices and help them feel confident using it in their subject area.

Setting clear goals for the iPad scheme

“What we’re looking for [from the iPad scheme] is that students become even more engaged,” Sharan explained. “Ideally we’d like to see their participation and engagement going up, and that consequently it contributes to our exam results going up. It’s using technology to make an even better learning experience for the students, and making sure they get the most out of the teaching.”

However, the few staff who’d been given iPad devices to trial had struggled to make the most of them, using them largely for email or remote access to the school via Citrix virtualisation software, rather than using apps to add a new dimension to lessons. “This year we thought, ‘well, we want more iPad devices, we want staff to use them, but we want them to be used appropriately. We don’t want them to be used just as teaching devices, we want them to be used in a teaching and learning context.’ But the question was, how do we get everybody on board?

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“I think the training sessions are essential if you don’t have staff who are already skilled in using iPad and are au fait with iOS devices and apps […] iPad has so much potential in the classroom for teaching and learning that we didn’t want to waste those chances, which you do if your staff don’t know how to use the devices or what’s available.”

There was also the feeling that there would be an ongoing benefit to having well-trained staff: “Next year when we have new staff in, they’ll be able to help each other, so by having one training day we’re almost creating people who can help each other within each team.”

Ensuring maximum engagement from staff

Initially, Sharan and her team thought about carrying out the training or sourcing it themselves, but after working with us on the e7 project and speaking to one of our resident Apple Distinguished Educators, they decided to arrange the day through Jigsaw24.

“When I spoke to Jigsaw24, they were really good at explaining what the courses were, how they would help, how we could do it, and they were able to guarantee us top-end APD Authorised Trainers. We didn’t want people to come in and do something off the cuff, it needed to be structured and professional.

“All the previous work we’d done with Jigsaw24 had been really good, so we were filled with confidence. Whenever we’re dealing with people from the company it’s like they know you. They want to help you, they provide really excellent communication and they really understand your school, and as a company they’re very friendly and approachable.”

While the academy does an ICT training day every year, the plan this time round was to run a series of Apple Professional Development workshops that would engage staff in key subjects by demonstrating how iPad could be applied to their lessons. “If we did the generic iOS device session for everybody, it wouldn’t have engaged everyone,” said Sharan. Instead, they chose to run two introduction to iOS courses for staff who needed to be given an overview of the device, but run subject-specific sessions for four of their biggest faculties: maths, social sciences, languages and science.

“It was brilliant because [the teaching staff] were getting trained on different aspects of using iPad in the classroom depending on their subject, so they could share ideas. It’s good to make sure that the experience all staff had was the same, but tailored to their individual experiences.

What we found was that at lunchtime there was a huge buzz around the whole staff restaurant. People were talking about what they’d done in their sessions, how they could use iPad and I think it creates a bigger impact if you do it all on one day. And that way, if there are any queries or anyone’s unsure about what’s happening, they’ve always got someone else with them to help them out, so there’s solidarity within the [faculty] teams because they’re helping each other learn.”

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And was the project a success? Well, as Sharan explained: “A week after the training, people are still coming up to me saying, ‘Thank you. I was really apprehensive about the training initially, I used my iPad for email and that was it, but now I feel much more confident.’ Staff are more willing to use the devices, they want to experiment, they want to know when we can get Apple TVs in the classrooms.

“That was exactly what I wanted from the day – I wanted staff to be asking how we move forward, what can we do next, saying ‘I want to do this.’ If I’d just have said, ‘we’re going down the iPad route, here’s your iPad’ and not done the training, I don’t think we’d have had the same success.”

For more information about iPad for your classroom, get in touch with us on 03332 409 333, email or take a look at our education site for the latest education news, tips and resources.

Education app of the week: Parallels Access for iPad

Education app of the week: Parallels Access for iPad

We’ve recently been singing the praises of Parallels Access for businesses – an app that lets you work in your Windows applications and desktop directly from your iPad. It’s absolutely perfect for the classroom too, giving Mac and iPad users seamless access to PC resources.

What is Parallels Access?

Based on the Parallels Desktop for Mac software that lets you run Windows on your Mac, Access is the latest version of the Parallels iOS app. It allows you to log in to your PC environment using your iPad, and access all the apps and files on there remotely. You also get to work in more intensive applications than a tablet could usually handle, as Parallels puts the workload on your PC rather than your iPad. If you’re already using Parallels Desktop for Mac, you’re also entitled to a free six month subscription to Access. That’s the basics, but watch the video below for a more in-depth look:

How can it benefit the classroom?

If you’ve already made the move to Mac for the classroom, chances are you’ll still have some PCs in labs and offices which run Windows applications you need, or legacy files and documents. Well now you can log in straight from Parallels Access and have access to all those applications and data from your mobile device. We like to think of it as a long distance remote control for your PC!

What’s the most useful feature?

We love how Parallels Access gives the controls of your PC apps tablet functionality. You launch them as if they were apps, then use multitouch gestures like  zoom, swipe, pinch and drag to manipulate content, and move between files like in iOS. If you’re used to using iPad, you’ll soon be swiping through PC controls far more intuitively – it even adds a Windows key to your iPad onscreen keyboard so you can quickly access your Windows desktop.

How much is Parallels Access and how do I get it?

If you already have Parallels 9 Desktop for Mac, you get six months free access to the app; after that it’ll cost you £34.99 for a year’s licence. You can download it now from iTunes or purchase through the App Store on your iPad.

– Missed last week’s app? Check out our review of Somantics for iPad here.

Want to know more about our favourite apps and Apple iPad for the classroom? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 333, email, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Jigsaw24 Education Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.

Three steps to seamless Autodesk licence management

Three steps to seamless Autodesk licence management

We’ve banged on about how we think every Autodesk user needs a subscription, we’ve told you about all their latest offers, and now it’s time to reveal what comes next. Keeping your Autodesk licences in order and making sure all your subs are in sync can look like a tricky business, but we’ve got our team on hand to help.

Consolidating your licences

If you’re a busy facility with ten copies of AutoCAD, five of Revit and a few copies of 3ds Max Design just in case, the last thing you want to do is waste time performing admin tasks for eighteen different products, each with a different serial number, each of which were forgotten by everyone about ten minutes after the software entered the building.

One of the (totally free!) services we can provide is the consolidation of all your licences for each Autodesk product, so you’ll have one serial number that covers all your AutoCAD licences, another for all your Revit ones and a third for 3ds Max Design. Far easier to manage, no?

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Aligning your renewal dates

Alas, subscription plans are not indefinite. At some point, your time will be up, and you’ll need to pay for the next year, three years or what have you, and if you’ve got a lot of subscriptions to manage, that can become a major budgeting headache.

If you’d like to align your licences and subscriptions so that all of them expire at once, or clusters expire at the same, convenient time, we can help with that too. Give our team a call (or ask the fella on the end of the phone when you call up to buy) and we can arrange to have your licences and subscriptions expire when it’s convenient for you, making it easier to budget for renewals.

We can either help you produce a plan of what you need to renew and when, in order to get out of whatever rats’ nest of licences you’re trapped in and into a smooth software management workflow or, if you’re already organised, we can arrange it so that any additional licences you take on expire at the same time as your existing ones.

If you’re phone-phobic, there’s always the Autodesk Subscription Centre

The Autodesk Subscription Centre is where you can track your own subscriptions and licences, and keep an eye on which are coming up for renewal. As well as being the place where you access all your Autodesk 360 cloud benefits, the Subscription Centre is where you go to request access to an older version of your software should you need it, download new releases and request any serial numbers that you’ve lost, so it’s well worth a bookmark.

Visit the Autodesk Subscription Centre

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Bringing literacy to life with TriCaster at Netherfield Primary School

Bringing literacy to life with TriCaster at Netherfield Primary School

Last week, some of our intrepid education team took a NewTek TriCaster over to Netherfield Primary School, a fantastic school here in Nottingham who we met through the e7 Project, and whose head teacher was just named teacher of the year at the Pride of Britain awards. Their year five and six students have been studying Roald Dahl stories this term, and wanted a fun, engaging way to encourage students to read aloud. Enter TriCaster.

What was the setup?
Students were able to see themselves performing in the virtual environment in realtime

Students were able to see themselves performing in the virtual environment in realtime

TriCaster is a live production solution that lets you take content from cameras, computer screens and other devices, then combine them to create a single feed that you can record, stream to the web, or share on your school’s digital signage. However, it also has a really powerful greenscreen feature, which means you can stand students against a plain backdrop, then add a virtual environment behind them – either an environment that you’ve built yourself, or one of NewTek’s pre-made virtual TV studios. We thought this was exactly what Netherfield needed.

Our designer, Simon, whipped up some backdrops based on popular Roald Dahl stories like James and the Giant Peach and Fantastic Mr Fox. We then set up a pop-up greenscreen and a single light, camera and monitor, which would allow pupils to see a live feed of themselves against the backdrop as they read. We loaded the backdrops into TriCaster beforehand, so once the lesson started all we had to do was plug in and we were ready to go!

How did the lesson go?

e7 consultant Rob Williams and Apple Distinguished Educator Paul Ford were on hand to help everyone get up to speed, but Netherfield’s tech-savvy staff took to the simple set-up in no time – by the end of the lesson students were acting as sound engineers, and as prompters for less able peers. The exercise was supposed to be an engaging distraction that helped less confident readers and public speakers get over their nerves by introducing something that was novel, fun and engaging as an ICT exercise as well as a literacy one.

Students got to polish their technical skills and public speaking at the same time

Students got to polish their technical skills and public speaking at the same time

Staff were particularly impressed that readers were able to see themselves in the virtual environments in realtime, as the excitement of being in a broadcast encouraged them to keep trying when they struggled with the text, or to attempt more animated readings if they were already confident.  “The pupils were like proper TV stars,” says Rob. “They were confident and brilliant.”

Keeping things simple for staff

TriCaster does all the work in this setup – all that staff need to do is select the background they want and press record. This meant that the staff were free to help students practise their parts before they went in front of the cameras, and to encourage the less confident from the sidelines. And now that they’re comfortable with TriCaster, they’ll be able to use it in drama lessons, to create news reports or commercials, or even to start their own student voice programme.

A young Jon Snow prepares for his debut

A young Jon Snow prepares for his debut

Want to know more about TriCaster? Download our brochure here.

To find out more about how TriCaster could help in your classroom, give our team a call on 03332 409 333 or email For all the latest news and ICT inspiration, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.


Award-winning radio production at English Martyrs School

Award-winning radio production at English Martyrs School

Paul Allen, head of KS2 at English Martyrs Catholic Primary School recently added a radio production suite which has engaged students, improved speaking and listening, and even bagged them a recent Sony Radio award. Head of KS2 Paul Allen told us why he chose the Apple Mac, iPad and GarageBand setup, and how the training from our Apple Professional Development expert Paul Ford helped get staff up to speed.

What were your main goals for the radio lessons?

“The radio was to promote oracy skills. We noticed that as a school we were having more children arrive not able to speak properly, and it was just there to help us promote standard English. We thought that was a creative way of doing it, so that they actually had an end product at the end of the process.”

What setup are you using?

“The first time that we [recorded a radio show], it was all based on the Mac and a lot of children sitting round a microphone, but following Paul’s training we were a bit more clued up and able to go and use GarageBand on the iPad devices, and the pupils went out and recorded the show themselves and then brought it back [to edit with our help].”

How have pupils found using the setup?

“The radio has impacted on children’s speaking and listening, it’s impacted on their writing, it’s also impacted on social skills and confidence as well, because some of the children we targeted the project at were the children who were wary of speaking in front of others, and it’s interesting to see how they’ve developed in confidence.”

Have staff found it easy to pick up?

“Paul ran a session for all the staff, he showed us how to do simple podcasts, he then showed us how to make music as well. Because all staff now have a bit more confidence in using [the Mac and iPad devices] themselves, the children are better, so we feel we’re able to roll them out across the whole school.”

You recently won a Sony Radio award for a piece the school submitted too…?

“They said it was a very entertaining piece, and that’s why we won […] There were lots of stories and different things from across the school. In about May time about three members of staff actually got invited to the actual Sony Radio Awards ceremony in London, and the group of children who produced that particular show, are going for a day at BBC Radio in London to see how it all works.”

How was working with Jigsaw24 and Paul?

“Paul was really friendly, the staff have enjoyed working with him. He’s obviously really passionate about it, and believes that iPad can be used to promote teaching and learning. Whenever he’s come, he’s always worked with a small group of children and he’s showed them how to do something, so we’ve almost got some experts among the children who can then share it with the other children as well, so that approach has worked really well for us.”

– You can find out more about Apple’s GarageBand in our review here. If you like the sound of radio production using iPad, check out our article on iPad music-making, How to start an iPad band: Leamore Primary School.

Want to know more about our radio production and Apple iPad for the classroom? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 333, email, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Jigsaw24 Education Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.


Stocks Taylor Benson: Delivering on deadline thanks to Apple, Adobe & Jigsaw24

Stocks Taylor Benson: Delivering on deadline thanks to Apple, Adobe & Jigsaw24

Stocks Taylor Benson are a 25-strong graphic design agency based in Leicester, with clients as diverse as Morrisons, Next, Herbalife and Avon. Founded in 1988, they’ve been coming to us for equipment and support “almost since year dot”, as designer and account manager Greg Jolley explains…

“Being a design company, it’s pretty much default that we’re Apple-based,” Greg explains. “Although the gap is narrower now between PC and Mac, designers will still favour Mac over PC to run their design software!”

Stocks Taylor Benson have been using Apple hardware "almost since year dot"

Stocks Taylor Benson have been using Apple hardware “almost since year dot”

 Finding an experienced Apple support supplier

It wasn’t easy finding someone who had the depth of knowledge they needed to keep their Macs online and their clients happy. “Jigsaw24 have sold Apple for a long time, and they’ve supported us almost since year dot,” Greg said. “When we moved to a new building a few years ago, they installed a new server and backup system. They now provide our IT support remotely, accessing any workstation on the network to diagnose and solve any issues, which is great.”

“If something goes wrong, it always tends to go wrong at the point when you don’t want it to. Jigsaw24 are really good at being there to solve problems. We are a deadline driven company, so having things fixed speedily is a big advantage, and Jigsaw24 support that. The remote access [to solve IT issues] is something that’s come in in the last year or two and been a real help,” said Greg. “If any individual machines have particular problems, we can get someone from Jigsaw24 to look at it online and you get an instant fix or an instant answer, rather than having to wait. ”

Keeping everything onsite and under control

Stocks Taylor Benson prefer to keep their resources on-site, rather than in the cloud, so the network, servers and storage we set them up with are “integral, we couldn’t work without them,” said Greg. “We all work on different projects at different times, so having a central store of all our files that we can access and see who’s working on what is important.”

Another key component of the workflow is Adobe’s Creative Suite, which we supply and support. “Creative Suite is pretty much the only choice for us. It’s the industry standard, especially for the kind of design we do.” As well as helping them manage their licences, we also provide software support for all STB’s Adobe products, and are helping them “keep with the times” by making sure they’re on the latest solutions across the board.

Want to know more about how we can support your Macs? Call the team on 03332 409 306 or email For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

Rewarding partners and driving sales with iPad at Raleigh UK Ltd

Rewarding partners and driving sales with iPad at Raleigh UK Ltd

In late 2012, Raleigh UK decided to set up an incentive scheme to reward independent cycle and accessory outlets who hit sales targets over the Christmas period. Given the option of receiving an iPad 2 or an LCD television, customers overwhelmingly chose to go after the iPad – even though the sales target was much higher.

“We supplied a significant number of our trade customers with a target turnover for 2012, and if they hit that target they’d receive a 19” LCD television or an iPad 2,” explained Barrie Timson, Raleigh UK’s Business Systems Manager. “We have an incentive scheme every year, but iPad proved particularly popular due to the strength of the brand and the ‘kudos’ associated with it as a product.”

Barrie was particularly pleased with the interest in iPad as the device works well in a retail environment, allowing staff in the cycle shops that received an iPad to use it to interact with customers, increasing engagement and driving further potential sales.

Choosing a device for the Raleigh brand

“We’d been using iPad on our stand at the NEC Cycle show, where we launched the scheme,” Barrie said. “So [rolling that out to shops] was a fairly seamless process. We also wanted a product that wouldn’t give us problems in terms of quality – getting returns and such – and the reliable nature of iPad was a factor in the decision making process.”

Over 60 outlets hit the target required to receive an iPad, and after securing the devices from Jigsaw24, Raleigh chose to dispatch them using their own fleet, to make it clear the device was a reward from Raleigh.

Choosing an IT partner for the scheme

Raleigh are no strangers to the Apple ecosystem, as their sales force are supplied with iPhones and their design team are dedicated Mac Pro users. “We’ve always used Jigsaw24 for our Apple hardware and software,” said Barrie. “They’re local to us and have always been very accommodating of our requests. We’ve always had a good relationship and I’d recommend the Jigsaw24 team to anyone thinking of doing a similar thing.” And would he recommend using iPad as an incentive? “Of course it depends on the kind of business you’re doing, but as a product incentive iPad worked for us. We gave away over 60 devices and we still made enough margin for the scheme to be a success.”

Want to know more about setting up iPad as an incentive scheme? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

What’s new in QuarkXPress 10?

What’s new in QuarkXPress 10?

Quark have just shipped the latest version of their flagship design package, QuarkXPress 10. According to Quark, it’s been “redesigned from the inside out”, giving you access to a new Xenon graphics engine, HiDPI support and a far slicker workflow. Here’s what you need to know about the key features (and the new upgrade plan).

QuarkXPress 10

QuarkXPress 10

The new features

Xenon graphics engine – The new Xenon graphics engine is intended to let you make the most of your computer’s processing power to give seamless graphics performance – think of it as their version of Adobe’s Mercury engine. The improvements you should notice include faster rendering of rich PDFs, Photoshop files and TIFF images, even if they’re not at their lowest resolution, so you can work far faster.

HiDPI and Retina display support – With Apple rolling out Retina displays left, right and centre and ultra-hi-res images becoming common across the creative industries, Quark have done us all a favour and added support for these super-smooth images in QuarkXPress 10, whether you’re working on those screens or just creating work for them.

A brand new GUI – Cleaner, clearer and with a full screen view that lets you hide even dockable palettes, QuarkXPress 10 has been designed to ensure nothing gets between you and your image.

PDF pass-through transparency – This update is designed to help you create flatter, more device-independent PDFs, so work can be shared, edited and approved by colleagues and clients on the go. Any QuarkXPress objects you add can now interact with placed PDFs, which Quark hope will help you maintain a more transparent workflow.

QR code creator – If you need to get people from a print element of your campaign to the web quickly, this is for you. QuarkXPress 10’s QR code creator lets you generate vector QR codes directly in the program, then style and colour them however you want. vCards, URLs and SMS are all supported.

Layer Enhancements – As layers are now supported in master pages, it’s far easier to make them an integral part of your design. Paste in QuarkXPress 10 also has the ability to remember layers, and automatically create new layers in your target layers if what’s there doesn’t match its memory.

Highlight missing fonts – Worried some of your text uses a missing font? QuarkXPress 10 will helpfully highlight any text that’s lost its font for you – you can even choose your own highlighting colour. Lovely.

Improved support for Japanese, Chinese, Simplified Chinese and Korean typography, including IMEs – Unlikely to be relevant to anyone reading this blog, but we approve of the effort. Our Thai typography could still use some work, though…

A warning to QuarkXPress 8 users: you only have until December 31st to upgrade!

After this release, Quark are amending their upgrade policy so that you can only get discounted upgrades from one version back. Anyone using QuarkXPress 8 can upgrade to 10 at the lower price until December 31st 2013, but after that you’ll have to fork out for a new full licence. This also means that you’ll only be able to upgrade to the inevitable v11 from v10, v12 from v11 and so on, so in the long term you’ll save more if you get (and stay) up to date.

QuarkXPress 10 on Jigsaw24

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