NAB 2016: Canon announce the new CN-E 18-80mm lens

NAB 2016: Canon announce the new CN-E 18-80mm lens

Canon have unveiled the CN-E 18-80mm cine lens, a new Cinema EOS lens with cine-servo style functionality. Designed for professional and advanced amateur videographers using large format, single sensor cameras, the lens strengthens Canon’s line of cine-servo lenses, following in the footsteps of the CN7x17 and CN20x50. The latest addition offers the perfect balance of operability with outstanding precision and quality, giving videographers the power to capture exceptional images.

Available out-of-the-box, the lens includes a servo engine which is powered via EF mount connectors, supporting hand-held shooting. For increased versatility, Canon is launching the ZSG-C10, an optional dedicated zoom grip, ideal for use with hand-held rigs.

Key Features

– High optical resolving power and optomechanical design to meet all 4K shooting requirements.

– Canon EF mount compatibility provides support for fast and accurate Dual Pixel CMOS auto focus, camera-to-lens servo power supply, automatic lens metadata acquisition for easy post-processing, and lens functions such as peripheral illumination correction.

– The 18-80mm focal length equates to 4.4x zoom ratio with table T4.4 number maintained across the entire zoom range.

– 3 modes of image stabilisation for crisp, clear video.

– Includes 9 blade diaphragm, to give the much loved ‘bokeh’ look.

– Weighs a drone-friendly 1.2kg.

– Features minimal focus breathing, thanks to the 3-group inner focus system, meaning less distortion and more consistent shooting.

– Optional Canon ZSG-C10 remote zoom grip (sold separately) offers fluid zoom control, a dedicated one-shot AF button, and the flexibility to use handheld, shoulder-mounted or with a tripod.

– DC and USM motors for fast, fluid and quiet servo zoom and focus control.


Pricing and availability 

The CN-E 18-80mm is slated for release in late 2016 and can be pre-ordered from Jigsaw24.

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NAB 2016: Canon video range gets a firmware refresh

NAB 2016: Canon video range gets a firmware refresh

Canon’s pro video lineup is getting a fresh coat of paint ahead of NAB 2016, with many of the range getting major firmware updates. Here’s the official statement: 

“I am delighted to announce firmware upgrades to several products in the Canon video range. The new firmware updates support a number of feature upgrades for professional user, including improvement of workflow, ease of use, focusing and lens corrections, colour space and creative flexibility for products in the Cinema EOS, HD Vide and 4K reference display lines.

EOS C300 Mark II The updates will include various functions such as introducing Canon Log 3, viewfinder magnification during recording, focus guide with EF cinema prime lenses, push Auto Irish and Zoom function on the grip joystick with new compact-servo and cine-servo zoom lens and overall images improvements such as noise level reductions in low light for Canon log 2. More information will be available about these updates after NAB.

EOS C100 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera Updates will allow various functions such as Push Auto Iris and Zoom function on the grip joystick with the new COMPACT-SERVO and CINE-SERVO series lenses, Canon DAF with COMPACT-SERVO 18-80mm and CINE-SERVO 17-120mm lenses, and peripheral illumination correction updates and selectable disabling of the microphone.

DP-V2410 4K Reference Display Firmware will be updated to support ARRI Log C and ARRI metadata; improve display contrast and dynamic range; add support for Canon Log3 and Hybrid Log Gamma; and display of SMPTE 2084 input signal on the waveform monitor.

DP-V3010 4K Reference Display Firmware will be updated to improve display contrast and dynamic range; add support for Canon Log3 and Hybrid Log Gamma; and display of SMPTE 2084 input signal on the waveform monitor.

CINE-SERVO 17-120mm lens Will be updated to be compatible with Canon’s DAF function in the EOS C300 Mark II and EOS C100 Mark II Cameras.

ME20F-SH Camera Will include lens support for an additional 19 EF and CINE lenses allowing for more creative choices in a wider variety of shooting applications including television and film production.

XA35 and XA30 professional camcorders and LEGRIA HF G40 camcorder Updates include a new MP4 file format at 8Mbps (720 / 59.94P, 50P) allowing the user to shoot low bit rate footage.

XF305 and XF300 professional camcorders Include new shooting modes allowing for greater creative flexibility, Wide DR Gamma (600%) Mode, Highlight Priority Mode, and Signal/Noise priority mode.

XC10 4K camcorder Firmware will be updated to include a new file format MP4 in HD mode, improved AF speed, and shutter speed options for flicker reduction.

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NAB 2016: Zeiss announce the new Batis 2.8/18 lens for Sony E mount cameras

NAB 2016: Zeiss announce the new Batis 2.8/18 lens for Sony E mount cameras

ZEISS is pleased to announce the latest addition to the Batis family of autofocus lenses with the launch of the new 2.8/18 lens.

Featuring a super wide-angle, the launch of the Batis 2.8/18 marks the expansion of ZEISS’ family of full-frame lenses for Sony α system E-Mount cameras. Sales of the new lens will commence on 2nd May 2016.


Batis 2.8/18 key features include:

– Diagonal angular field of 99 degrees, making it ideal for landscape, architechtural and astro photography, along with unique interior shots of small spaces.
– Currently the shortest autofocus full-frame lens with fixed focal length on the market.
– Impressive image quality across the entire image field.
– Innovative OLED display to show focus distance and depth of field.
– Optics based on the ZEISS Distagon optical design, featuring 11 lens elements in ten groups.
– The floating elements design allows for consistently high image performance in the focal plane – from the minimum object distance to infinity.
– Creative freedom with the option of manual or autofocus.
– Dust and weather sealed.

The Batis 2.8/18 can be pre-ordered now for £990 ex VAT. Stock will start shipping on 2nd May 2016.

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NAB 2016: NewTek announces TalkShow VS 4000 multi-channel video calling system

NAB 2016: NewTek announces TalkShow VS 4000 multi-channel video calling system

Announced just prior to this year’s NAB Show, NewTek’s latest talk show update handles up to four remote video guests simultaneously or in sequence using SDI or IP workflows.

SAN ANTONIO, April 14, 2016––NewTek™ today announced NewTek TalkShow VS 4000, the only professional, multi-channel video calling production system for both SDI and IP workflows, designed exclusively for conducting multiple live, production-ready Skype video calls simultaneously. NewTek TalkShow VS 4000 integrates multi-channel video calling to enable instant connection and live interaction with any combination or sequence of contacts in the world you can reach online via Skype to facilitate compelling conversation and in-depth discussion between multiple remote guests in real time regardless of location.



TalkShow VS 4000 takes advantage of the newly released Skype TX 4 from Microsoft. More flexible and scalable than its predecessor, Skype TX 4 offers broadcasters and media partners the ability to integrate multiple studio-grade Skype video calls into the broadcasting workflow.

“Incorporating multiple remote video guests into a production typically required broadcasters and media organisations to consume valuable time, effort and resources coordinating the travel or technology,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO for NewTek. “With NewTek TalkShow VS 4000, they can integrate Skype video calls with any combination of contacts they
can reach online, simultaneously or in sequence, for compelling live conversation, expert analysis, real-time commentary and in-depth discussion—in distraction-free, broadcast-quality HD.”

“Reducing the control room footprint, saving costs and finding better ways for broadcasters and media partners to interact with their audiences are common goals we set with NewTek,” said Eugene Ho, partner director of Product Management for Skype. “We met these goals with Skype TX 4, in combination with the NewTek TalkShow VS 4000, a flexible and scalable solution that offers the ability to stream multiple studio-grade Skype video calls simultaneously. This makes it even easier for broadcasters to interact in real-time with over 300 million Skype users wherever they are, with whatever device they choose.”

TalkShow VS 4000 is a facility-class, 1RU rack mountable hardware unit with 4-in, 4-out industry standard I/O for integration into SDI workflows and IP video workflows via NDI, NewTek’s groundbreaking Network Device Interface technology. It features standalone call control and production control interfaces for independent call management and technical configuration. Comprehensive, behind the scenes video, audio, communication and monitoring capabilities are included.

Additionally, bundled with TalkShow VS 4000 is NewTek’s Webserver app for remote viewing of NDI sources from a web
browser of any networked device, including iOS and Android devices. Skype TX 4 is optimized to minimize distractions so producers can focus on great interviews with clean, full-resolution HD video. TalkShow VS 4000 adds functionality comparable to what professional broadcasters are familiar and comfortable with like proc amp, white balance, advanced colour configuration and automatic color correction, gain, graphic equalizer, compressor/limiter and noise gate controls.

TalkShow VS 4000 helps broadcasters and media organizations achieve direct access to expertise so viewers will turn to them for information, which grows viewership, which grows business. The immediacy of expertise makes them a credible, reliable trusted source that is quoted and credited.

NewTek TalkShow VS 4000 will be available in Q2, 2016 for $7,995 USMSRP. International pricing to be confirmed.

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Did you see us at RBTE?

Did you see us at RBTE?

We’ve been to our first Retail Business Technology Expo! We were exhibiting with physical security vendors TabLatch – we do the iPad and app, they make sure no one can nick it from your POS display with solutions like docking stations and table mounts. Along with their solutions, we were showing off our RetailEngage24 platform, which is designed to help sales assistants have more informed conversations with customers and streamline internal training. Plus, device management legends JAMF Software were on hand to help out with unruly devices. 


What happened at RTBE…

Our retail team were on the ground for the combined Retail Business Technology Expo, Retail Digital Signage Expo and Retail Design Expo. We were over at the RBTE end, promoting our new RetailEngage24 platform. This is a dual purpose app that arms your sales assistants with the same information the public has.

What is RetailEngage24?

When a customer hits your sales assistant with a question, they can use the customer-facing side of the app to drill down into product information, pull reviews of products from the website, show the customer digital assets that may have originally been delivered on web or social channels and access information such as stock levels.

When the customer’s away, staff can… not play, exactly, but use the colleague side of the app to view and complete training materials, monitor the company’s internal news feeds and social media accounts, record sales tips and share them with colleagues via the app and more.

Our app development team are rightly proud of their work, and we encourage you to get in touch with them at to find out more about how they can modify RetailEngage24 to suit your organisation.

What else were we up to?


Of course, it wasn’t all about the one app. TabLatch and the retail team were there to promote their new eight step plan for implementing iPad in store. Together, we can cover:

1. iPad devices. Prior to delivery, we’ll enrol your devices in Apple’s DEP, so when you come to turn it on, it will auto-enrol in your MDM solution, with all the apps and settings you need to get up and running right out of the box.

2. Retail apps. Our RetailEngage24 app is an interactive catalogue and integrated learning and development platform, designed to support sales advisors in their engagement with customers, increasing sales conversion through informed conversation.

3. App development. Need a bespoke app? We’ve developed various apps for retail and other businesses, supporting sales assistant conversations, staff development, access to live product info/stock/pricing, quoting tools, integration with beacons, CRM, ERP, PIM, ePOS systems and more, right through to solving logistics issues and reducing costs associated to paper-based workflows.

4. TabLatch security. Passcode-lockable physical security to dock, charge and secure iPad. Authorised members of staff can release the iPad from the dock with a PIN code, so it can be used as both a kiosk tool and a hand to hand sales assistant tool.

5. TabLatch unique benefits. An app and portal included in the price of the unit, whereby administrators can view which members of staff are using the device most, and the potential ROI based on usage of the device when released from the dock with PIN. This adds an additional level of security, as you always know who used the device last.

6. Mobile device management. We provide a hosted, fully managed mobile device management service for some of the UK’s largest businesses. Using JAMF Software’s Casper Suite, we help you control device settings, permissions, applications and managed iOS updates.

7. Deployment. Large-scale device rollout, including integration and training. We can handle rollouts from one to 15,000+ devices for customers nationwide, all integrated into your necessary systems. We’ll even provide onsite training and helpdesks during rollouts to get your staff up to speed.

8. Tech support. Our bespoke support contracts can be tailored to your requirements and in-house capabilities, including advance replacements for key components. They can cover: phone, email, remote and onsite support; SLAs; guaranteed response and break-fix times; emergency replacements and regular ‘health checks’ to spot problems before they arise.

What else was there?


As exciting as we are, we weren’t allowed to take over the entire expo (we’re as disappointed as you). Highlights include some great discussion about alternative payment methods and Apple Pay, led by Barclaycard and MasterCard; Vensecure’s vending machine-style dispensers for high-risk items; some particularly snazzy-looking holographic trainers and Brumark’s particularly wooden-looking magnetic floors.

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We’ve tried out the new URSA 4.6K!

We’ve tried out the new URSA 4.6K!

We got an exclusive preview of Blackmagic Design’s Ursa Mini 4.6K and the Micro Cinema Camera, both hotly anticipated ultra lightweight handheld cameras, and we got our hands on one of only two UK demo units (give us a call on the details below if you’d like to borrow it, by the way). 


The lovely Kim and Richard from Blackmagic distributors Holdan were on hand to give the lucky few a live demo of the Ursa Mini 4.6K, including a trip out into Golden Square to collect footage which was then screened back at ours in order to show just how high quality the camera’s images are (really quite high, for anyone who’s been hiding under a rock).

The new Ursa Mini 4.6K’s key crowd-pleasing features include:
– New 4.6K sensor. As the name suggests, the camera has a 4.6K image sensor that captures up to 4608 x 2592 pixels, bigger than full DCI 4K.

– 15 stops of dynamic range compared to the 12 stops on the Ursa Mini, meaning you can capture an even fuller range of highlights and shadows in your image.

– Dual CFast 2.0 cards, which use the latest CFast technology to ensure non-stop shooting at amazing speeds.

The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera’s charms include: 
– Micro digital film camera with Super 16mm sensor and 13 stops of dynamic range.

– Designed to be operated remotely.

– Iris control via Rewind and Forward buttons, plus remote control via expansion connector when using compatible lenses.

– The ability to record in RAW.


Judging by the response on the day, people are keen on the cameras despite the fact that they’re shipping without global shutter. “This is upsetting for us because we really wanted to produce a high dynamic range camera that had a global shutter in an all in one design,” Grant admitted in a video prior to the cameras shipping, but points out that users can now choose between the Ursa Mini 4K if they’re working on fast-moving projects like sports coverage and want 60fps 4K, or opt for the 4.6K if their priority is to get that high dynamic range.

Aside from the chance to shoot with the newest cameras ahead of NAB, the main draw at our event was the free beer, so we’re a little fuzzy on everything after the demos. If you think we owe you a call, get in touch on the details below.


Want a go? Check out our upcoming events here. You can also book your own demo of the Ursa 4.6K by giving us a call on 03332 409 306 or e-mailing For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Blackmagic Design ship Ursa Mini 4.6K and Micro Cinema Camera

Blackmagic Design ship Ursa Mini 4.6K and Micro Cinema Camera

Blackmagic Design have announced that they’re due to start shipping their Ursa Mini 4.6K camera and Micro Cinema Camera. This means that if you’ve pre-ordered your Ursa Mini 4.6K or Micro Cinema Camera from us, it should be on its way to you soon. However, there is one catch: they’re shipping without global shutter.


As Grant Petty himself explains in this (sadly unembeddable) video, “We’ve been having problems with the global shutter feature of these cameras and it’s been holding up our ability to ship them… As performance is not to the level we’ve been striving for, we’ve decided to ship the cameras without the global shutter feature.

“This is upsetting for us because we really wanted to produce a high dynamic range camera that had a global shutter in an all in one design,” he admits, but points out that users can now choose between the Ursa Mini 4K if they’re working on fast-moving projects like sports coverage and want 60fps 4K, or opt for the 4.6K if their priority is to get that high dynamic range.

Apparently, a 4.6K model being used with global shutter would have been capped at 30fps and have had its dynamic range reduced slightly, effectively rendering it the same as the Mini 4K, so at least this way you’re getting your full 15 stops.

If you head over to the Ursa Mini section of Blackmagic’s site, you can download a short film that Grant and co shot with the Ursa Mini 4.6K, and even download RAW files of the shoot so that you can try grading it in DaVinci Resolve. (The free version of Resolve is available here; Grant recommends working in this so that your RAW files don’t get clipped.)

You can see the full Blackmagic Design camera range here. Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

How does Office for Mac 2016 measure up?

How does Office for Mac 2016 measure up?

While we have nothing but love in our hearts for iWork, we realise that some organisations are always going to want everyone to be working on Office. This makes sense – it sidesteps any compatibility issues and no one has to remember to export to the right file type before sending something to a colleague – but it’s also sent a ripple of fear through many an office. Will Outlook work on a Mac? Are you about to lose all your spreadsheets? Are the Mac versions of these things actually any good? With Office for Mac 2016 the answer, thankfully, is yes. 

Getting the ‘Mac feel’ right

The latest version of Office for Mac is notable for having been redesigned to be more in line with Office for iPad and its Windows counterpart, meaning navigating apps and using the Ribbon menu is a virtually identical experience on all platforms – perfect if you’re moving from PC to Mac and need a shallow learning curve. Word and PowerPoint also support Mac and Windows keyboard shortcuts for common actions like saving, so you can rely on muscle memory for those tasks.

However, this iteration of Office also supports gesture controls like pinch to zoom, meaning it feels much more natural to navigate through apps using your Mac’s trackpad. The unpopular Toolkit floating pane has been replaced by a fixed menu that feels much more in line with the UI of existing Apple applications and, most importantly as far as we’re concerned, replaces Word for Mac’s clunky Inspector with an intuitive Style pane. There’s also support for Retina resolution displays, so you won’t have to put up with icons seeming impossibly tiny.

Version parity: do you still have all your favourite PC tools?

So do the Mac versions of Office apps have all the functionality of their PC counterparts? The honest answer is “almost”. Outlook in particular has come on in leaps and bounds in recent updates, and now includes flourishes such as being able to propose a new time when declining a meeting, smarter email threading and the ability to add different signatures to different kinds of new message (this was previously only possible when replying to an existing thread). It still doesn’t have Outlook for PC’s Ignore feature for muting threads you’d rather be copied out of, but we find throwing things across the office once we lose patience with an unrepentant cc’er works just as well.

Perhaps most interesting is Excel for Mac, which assumes that a casual spreadsheetist will be happy in Apple’s more basic Numbers application, so has focused on providing high-end tools for power users. These include: support for Analysis ToolPak and Solver add-ons; an improved formula builder and equation editor (online consensus is that it’s actually easier to find the components you’re looking for in Excel for Mac than it is Numbers); and support for features that were missing from the 2011 version, like PivotTable Slicers.

There’s also a handy feature that recommends the best kind of chart or PivotTable to display the data you’re currently working on, and autocomplete has gotten far cleverer.

PowerPoint is also greatly improved, having finally worked out how to handle media smoothly. It offers a 3D View that shows you an exploded diagram of each slide’s elements, so you can reorder them more easily. It’s also got 23 new (and less crushingly clinical) design templates.

By far everyone’s favourite feature, though, is the addition of a great honking ‘Switch Displays button’ that means you’re not going to accidentally show everyone your desktop while presenting.

Collaborative tools

One downside, especially given how good the Office for iPad app suite is, is that iCloud and Handoff aren’t supported. However, these are replaced by Microsoft’s own OneDrive cloud storage service, which supports online collaboration between users too, so cross-platform collaborators won’t miss out entirely.

Threaded comments in Word and PowerPoint mean that you can easily track who made which changes, and if you save a document to OneDrive, you can invite other Mac, PC or iOS users to edit, annotate and contribute. Changes are only displayed once everyone contributing has saved the document, so you don’t have to watch someone type sentences, change their minds and try again in realtime. However, be sure to turn on Track Changes, as otherwise none of the changes will be associated with a particular user’s name.


This new addition to the Office for Mac suite is a highly regarded standalone note-taking app, which we’ve raved about previously. The key thing to note in Office for Mac 2016 is that it has inherited the record-audio-while-you-take-notes feature that used to reside in Word. Fortunately, it’s made the move intact, and you can still click on text to hear what you were recording when you typed it, which is excellent if you want to settle an argument about your meeting notes.

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Ten things every new Mac user should know

Ten things every new Mac user should know

Just got your first Mac? Wondering how to make the most of it? Too busy and important to read manuals or support documents, and just want someone to tell you ten cool things you can do to make your life easier? We’re here for you. Here are some top tips from the massive Apple nerds who populate our offices.

 1. Sort out your gestures and shortcuts

If you’re new to OS X, one of the first things you’ll notice is that your keyboard shortcuts are different, and your Track Pad/Magic Mouse responds to a strange new collection of ‘gesture controls’ that you’re more used to using on your phone. If learning a new set of shortcuts sounds like a drain on your time, mind and will to live that you’d rather avoid, try Keyboard Maestro, which allow you to remap keyboard shortcuts into your preferred positions, and BetterTouchTool, which lets you add custom gestures to your Track Pad or your Magic Mouse. You can also set up useful triggers like having your computer shut down automatically at 5.30, if you’re not as wild about unpaid overtime as we clearly are.

2. Get your folders and files in order

Noodlesoft bill Hazel as a “personal housekeeper” for your Mac, silently organising and cleaning up file and folder structures while you get on with your work. As they explain it, “Hazel watches whatever folders you tell it to, automatically organising your files according to the rules you create. It features a rule interface similar to that of Apple Mail so you should feel right at home. Have Hazel move files around based on name, date, type, what site/email address it came from (Safari and Mail only) and much more.”

That “much more” includes an App Sweep feature which makes sure that when you delete an application, all its lingering support files go with it, integration with iTunes, iPhoto and Aperture, and integration with Spotlight so you can search for files based on Hazel rules as well as the usual attributes.

Download Hazel here.

3. Get someone to remember your passwords for you

Coming up with one memorable password and using it for every site, application and system you log into is a tempting but terrible idea. Instead, try 1Password from AgileBits. This clever app automatically generates secure passwords for every account you add to it, and then stores them securely behind a “master password” that only you know. When you need to log in to a site, simply hit the 1Password icon in your browser, enter the master password, and 1Password will identify the service you’re connecting to and log you in. Best of all, it syncs between devices, so there’s no more trying to type passwords in on your phone’s tiny keyboard. Here’s a cheerful explanatory video:

Download 1Password here.

4. Find your cursor

Lost your cursor? Using OS X El Capitan? All you need to do is shake your mouse or wiggle your finger on your trackpad, and your cursor will grow to an enormous, easily findable size. So simple! So useful! (If shaking your mouse is part of your everyday working practice, you can turn off shake to find by going to System Preferences > Accessibility > Display and unticking the box marked “Shake mouse pointer to locate.”)

5. Get rid of unnecessary menus

Bartender allows you to hide, rearrange and  consolidate the apps in your menu bar, to give you a less cluttered computing experience. You can display the full menu bar, set options to have menu bar items show in the menu bar when they have updated, or have them always visible in the Bartender Bar. You can then search for menu items rather than clicking blindly through every option, use the keyboard to navigate through menus, and arrange the menu bar applications in any order you want and place the Bartender bar whenever you want. Find out more here.

6. Organise your clipboard (yes, it can be done)

Kelly Hodgkins’ rave review in Engadget was all the convincing we needed to try out Collective, a powerful clipboard manager from Generation Loss Interactive.

Collective keeps track of everything you copy and paste (it can handle hundreds of instances) and allows you to search your clipboard for any of those items, then re-copy them, remove formatting, change fonts and see full size previews of files on the clipboard. If you don’t like copying and pasting, you can give up on that keyboard shortcut entirely, and simply drag an item into Clipboard to copy it and out to paste it. This is an absolute must for anyone who’s ever spent fifteen minutes searching a server for that one graph from the one report that you definitely saw last week and which must be saved somewhere.

7. Sync tabs between devices

As we explained in a former Mac tip of the month, 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. Just sign into your iCloud account on all the devices you want to sync. Then on your iOS devices, head to 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.

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.

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.

8. Learn how to record your iPad screen on a Mac

Ever since the arrival of OS X Yosemite, you’ve been able to mirror your iPad screen to your Mac and record the results. This is fantastic if you want to run through a presentation or process you have on your iPad with colleagues, as you can record everything you’re doing on screen, as well as your voiceover explaining any details, then package it up and share it as one file. Here’s how to go about it.

9. Learn how to recover lost drafts

Saved over a draft you wanted to keep? Need to check amends have been made correctly? With Pages’ Versions feature, it’s easy to see the previous incarnation of any of your documents. Here’s how to do it.

10. Forget all your action:searches and use natural language terms

The most recent iterations of OS X have added lots of new functionality to Spotlight, your Mac’s search facility. One particularly useful one is support for natural language searches. If you’re not comfortable building search terms like “Mac news from:Lucy” to find that update Lucy sent you, or “training kind:document” to find your notes from a training session, you can now type “emails from Lucy with attachments” or “photographs from last Tuesday”, and Spotlight uses natural language processing to figure out what you want. Having tried it out ourselves, we can report it’s surprisingly accurate and a really powerful way to search, especially if you’re scared of Boolean.

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We’re stoked to be stocking Sonos gear!

We’re stoked to be stocking Sonos gear!

We always enjoy adding a new vendor to our canon, especially when it means we get to try out exciting new gear. Which is why we’re very pleased to welcome Sonos into the Jigsaw24 stable.

Sonos manufacture a smart speaker system that allows you to stream music to one room or every room, then control multiple speakers with a single app. They’ve also introduced Trueplay, a responsive technology that analyses the room your speaker is placed in and then adjusts each woofer and tweeter sounds, so you always get the best sound for the room you’re in.

So what are we most excited about?



Sonos have just released the largest player in the range, PLAY:5. It comes with six custom-designed drivers with dedicated Class-D amplifiers that are lightweight and energy efficient. The PLAY:5 uses Trueplay tuning to deliver sound that’s tailored to the acoustics of your room, thanks to smart-synchronised mid-woofers and tweeters.

Three dedicated mid-woofers ensure the faithful reproduction of mid-range frequencies crucial for accurate playback of vocals and instruments, while also delivering a deep, rich bass. All filter settings, active equalisation, and time-alignment are done in the digital domain through state-of-the-art DSP circuitry so there’s absolutely no loss of audio quality or energy.

Then you can simply control your PLAY:5 unit over WiFi using the Sonos app on any smart phone, tablet or computer, or the convenient touch controls on the device itself.



A player that we think would be great for the M&E sector is PLAYBAR, a sound bar that complements HD screens with highly detailed, richly textured sound. As it works over your WiFi network, it’s easy to set up and expand your system over time, plus it requires just two cords: one power cord and one optical cord, both of which are included. Paired with Sonos PLAY speakers and a SUB unit, it can be used as the basis of a 3.1 or 5.1 surround sound system.

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