Education app of the week: Mathletics Student for iPad

Education app of the week: Mathletics Student for iPad

If you’re already using Mathletics to engage your pupils with maths, then you’ll be pleased to know there’s also an iPad app version too – Mathletics Student – letting your pupils keep on learning on the go. See why we’re such fans… 

What is Mathletics Student for iPad?

For any newcomers, Mathletics is an online platform for pupils to learn and practise all aspects of maths including arithmetic, shapes, measures, data handling and more advanced topics. It’s all done through live games that include step-by-step support through problems.  It’s based on an active global community of more than 10,000 schools and 3.5 million users, who pupils can ‘play’ against to rack up high scores while they learn.

Mathletics Student on iTunes

Mathletics Student (3P Learning, free), is the iPad version of this. You can log onto the Mathletics app on an iPad and your account settings and results data will automatically be synced across, so pupils can carry on with the same challenges they were completing on the desktop version. There’s also now an offline mode, which means you don’t even have to be connected to the internet to access Mathletics.

How can it benefit the classroom?

The reason we’ve seen so many schools using Mathletics so far is the fact that it is so closely aligned to the UK National Curriculum. We’re not just talking simple arithmetic challenges here – Mathletics is broken down by year level, so you have everything from basic reception-friendly activities (numbers and patterns, spaces and shapes etc) right up to GCSE-level (ratios, quadratics, linear equations, data handling, trig and all that lovely stuff). It’s a great complement to your traditional teaching methods, getting children engaged with challenges to achieve outstanding results.

What’s the best feature?

We really love how teachers and parents can also get involved. Through the separate Mathletics Teacher app (3P Learning, free), teachers can assign homework or classwork activities, access all their students’ results data in realtime, and amend and update courses directly from their iPad or iPhone. Weekly reports can also be emailed straight to parents, so they get to have an insight into how their child is progressing.

Where can I get it?

You can download Mathletics Student (3P Learning, free) for iPad from the App Store, or by heading to iTunes. Mathletics Teacher (3P Learning, free) for iPad is available here. Just note, you need to have subscribed to Mathletics online first to get access to the Mathletics apps.

– Missed our last app review? See what we thought of ClassFlow 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 learning@Jigsaw24.com, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.

Jigsaw24 and Code42 strike deal with global entertainment company

Jigsaw24 and Code42 strike deal with global entertainment company

Nottingham, 4th February 2015 – Jigsaw24 and Code42 have secured a six-figure deal to provide an enterprise-wide, cross-platform device backup solution to more than 1000 staff.

A global interactive entertainment company for the mobile world selected Jigsaw24 and Code42’s CrashPlan to make it more secure and more productive. Bruce Wright, Head of Solutions at Jigsaw24 commented, “this contract demonstrates Jigsaw24’s ability to deliver mixed platform solutions that incorporate Apple devices into an Apple-enabled business and firmly establishes our ability to offer solutions that meet business needs rapidly”.

Andy Hardy, managing director at Code42 confirmed, “Jigsaw24 is a trusted and respected partner of Code42, and continues to add value to its Apple portfolio through the introduction of market leading products such as CrashPlan enterprise endpoint backup.”

About Code42

Code42 connects people to the files they need, securely, quickly and from any location via any device. Combining CrashPlan, a one-click backup solution, and SharePlan, a file syncing application that allows end users access to sync and share files from devices to your company servers – all with unparalled data security and all hosted on premise or in a private cloud.

Want to know more? Contact Lisa Jones, Marketing Communications Manager at Jigsaw24, on 0115 916 5592 or email lisa.jones@Jigsaw24.com.

Education app of the week: ClassFlow for iPad

Education app of the week: ClassFlow for iPad

One of the great things about BETT is the chance to check out various vendors’ latest wares. And this year, we were particularly impressed with interactive whiteboard manufacturer Promethean’s new iPad app, ClassFlow.

What is ClassFlow for iPad?

ClassFlow (Promethean, free) is an all-in-one, cloud-based classroom presentation and management tool that lets teachers create multimedia lessons, and then deliver interactive content including pictures, graphs and activities quizzes, polls and surveys to student devices. There are two versions of the app – ClassFlow Teacher and ClassFlow Student – as well as a browser-based content creation platform, ClassFlow.com.

ScreenFlow on iPad

ClassFlow Teacher allows teachers to lead interactive lessons using their iPad from anywhere in the classroom. Navigate a lesson while displaying it on the classroom display, share differentiated content and drive discussions, control live polls, access notes and view realtime progress, all very simply from within the app. The Student version combines with ClassFlow Teacher to let students receive lesson content from the teacher direct to their device, and respond to questions and open-ended activities more creatively through words, drawings or annotations.

How can it benefit the classroom?

Being able to deliver interactive content using ClassFlow makes for a more engaging and collaborative learning experience, with students able to demonstrate learning in a range of different ways. Using the feedback functionality like polls, quizzes and surveys also allows teachers to assess student understanding. And you don’t need any new hardware to run it all – while ClassFlow does work with any Promethean Smartboards you might already have, ClassFlow is free to download and start using straight away on teachers’ and students’ devices.

What’s the best feature?

What we really like about ClassFlow is just how easy it is to start building lessons. You can search and import all manner of  existing content including webpages, PDFs, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint docs, Promethean ActivInspire flipcharts, and video files from multiple sources. For a handy place to start, you can also access lessons shared by other teachers in the ClassFlow community.

Where can I get it?

ClassFlow Student (Promethean, free) is available to download from the App Store on your iPad, or you can check it out on iTunes here.

– Missed our last app review? Catch up with why we love RefME 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 learning@Jigsaw24.com, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.

Imagine release new 2.5 update to PreRoll Post archiving app

Imagine release new 2.5 update to PreRoll Post archiving app

Great news for editors who like to take the hard work out of their archiving process – Imagine have just released a new update to their celebrated LTFS archiving application PreRoll Post, with new features including an improved database design, optimisitaion for Sony’s Optical Disc Archive and more.

What’s PreRoll Post?

PreRoll Post is an LTFS archiving application aimed at simplifying the archiving process, creating proxies, thumbs and metadata while backing up to multiple locations at once. With handy schedule and notification features, users can set it to get to work, then sit back and relax. Being non-proprietary software, it works with all LTO tape drives or Sony’s Optical Disc Archive. Don’t just take our word for it though – FCP and Adobe trainer, and all-round video production supremo Larry Jordan has long sang its praises too.

So what’s new in PreRoll Post 2.5?

Imagine say they’ve been listening to customer feedback to make PreRoll Post even better, and in the new version 2.5 update they’ve added new features to make your archiving process even easier. These include:

– Updated database design to support large data sets like RAW archives.

– Optimised for Sony’s Optical Disc Archive.

– Updated Discovery Channel compliance to 2.2.0 specs.

– Faster and easier retrieval, right-click options on tapes and drives.

– Support for Unitex’s USB3 LTO drive.

Where can I get it?

This one’s easy. You can buy Imagine’s PreRoll Post as an electronic software download from us, for £300 ex VAT. Just click the banner below.

Want to know more about PreRoll Post? 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.

Yosemite Mac tip of the month: Record your iPad screen on Mac

Yosemite Mac tip of the month: Record your iPad screen on Mac

We continue our monthly look at the most useful new features in Mac OS X Yosemite with how to mirror and record your iPad screen on your Mac.

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:

1. To start, simply connect your iPad to your Mac with the USB/Lightning adaptor.

2. Now, open up QuickTime Player from your Mac’s Applications folder, and start a ‘New Movie Recording’ from under the File tab.

3. QuickTime will detect your iPad and should automatically start mirroring your screen. If it’s still showing your Mac’s iSight camera view, however, all you have to do to switch to iPad is click on the little drop down menu next to QuickTime’s record button and click on ‘iPad’ as the input source, instead of ‘FaceTime HD Camera’.

4. Now you can record anything you do on iPad as normal using QuickTime. Just click the record button to start recording.

5. When you’re finished, hit the stop button, and your recording will be saved. You can now export the resulting .mov file by clicking on File > Export, or immediately share the file with clients and colleagues over Email, Messages, AirDrop or a range of social media platforms. Easy!

You’ll also notice that the battery life of your iPad is shown at 100% in the recording, and the carrier (eg EE) is not displayed. This is a clever touch from Apple, especially for business users who may be presenting externally and would prefer not to show those details.

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

Education app of the week: RefME for iPad

Education app of the week: RefME for iPad

If you’ve graduated from university, or are currently slogging your way through a course now, you won’t need us to tell you all about the Harvard-based horrors that are referencing and citations. Good then, that we now have RefME for iPad, an app that promises to turn writing coursework into a reference-laden joy.

What is RefME for iPad?

RefME itself is a browser-based tool for generating citations, reference lists and bibliographies. To accompany this, you have the RefME for iPad app (ReferenceME Ltd, free), which syncs up with refme.com. While the browser version automates the whole referencing process for you, letting you search by book/journal article title, DOI, ISBN, ISSN or by copying and pasting any website URL, the iPad app lets you use the camera to scan in any book’s barcode or ISBN, then sync with refme.com to create a reference list in just a click.

RefME for iPad

How can it benefit the classroom?

We’d say RefME would be ideal for all college and university students. Keeping track of dozens and dozens of citations can sometimes be a bit of a chore, especially when left to compile until the very end of an essay or dissertation (guilty…). But with RefME, you can stay on top of references as you go, making the whole process much easier and quicker. And as it’s free, it’s definitely worth recommending to all your students/colleagues.

What are the best bits?

What we really love about RefME is how quick it makes referencing for journal articles, book titles, DOI, ISSN, ISBN and others, with just one click or a scan of a barcode. As well as 7000+ referencing styles to choose from (including Harvard, APA, MHRA and other university-specific styles), RefME includes 35 referencing sources from legal cases, DVDs, CDs and more, so will comply with university standards. Everything’s synced and saved with refme.com too, from where you can export your references to email, Word, Evernote and more.

How much is it and where can I get it?

RefME for iPad (ReferenceME Ltd, free) is completely free and available to download from the App Store on your iPad, or through iTunes. There’s also an iPhone version.

– Missed our last app review? See our favourite apps for learning to type 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 learning@Jigsaw24.com, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.

In pictures: Our new Soho centre launch party

In pictures: Our new Soho centre launch party

To celebrate opening our brand new service and customer experience centre in Soho last November, we thought it was only right that we laid on a few drinks and nibbles. The team don’t like to do things by half though, and somehow by the end of planning we’d ordered dozens of cases of champagne and mountains of canapes, hired a chocolatier, casino tables, DJs and a classical guitarist. Oh, and the photo booth, which captured the team and some of our customers in full-on revelry mode…

Don’t forget, we hold all kinds of events at Golden Square, from exclusive tech workshops and demos to social events and more. Make sure to keep an eye on all our upcoming events and book a place on the next one at Jigsaw24.com/events.

Our Soho launch night

Want to know more about our events? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email events@Jigsaw24.comFor all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

The all new improved DaVinci Resolve 11.1.3 update is here

The all new improved DaVinci Resolve 11.1.3 update is here

Blackmagic Design have released a brand new software update for DaVinci Resolve. Version 11.1.3 brings a load of performance improvements and enhancements, as well as Rocket-X support, and is available to download now for free for all DaVinci Resolve and DaVinci Resolve Lite users.

Here’s what’s new:

– Improved Media and Edit page playback performance.

– Improved tracker stability.

– Improved render stability for long renders.

– Improved trace intensity for scopes.

– Added Rocket-X support for Monochrome clips.

– General performance and stability improvements.

And those all-important system requirements…

Minimum system requirements for Mac:

– Mac OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion.

– 12GB of system memory is recommended and 8GB is the minimum supported.

– Blackmagic Design Desktop Video version 10.1.1 or later.

– CUDA Driver version 6.5.18.

– NVIDIA Driver version – As required by your GPU.

– RED Rocket-X Driver 2.1.19.0 and Firmware 1.3.19.7 or later.

– RED Rocket Driver 1.4.36.0 and Firmware 1.1.17.3 or later.

Minimum system requirements for Windows:

– Windows 7 Pro 64 bit with SP.

– 112GB of system memory is recommended and 8GB is the minimum supported.

– Blackmagic Design Desktop Video version 10.1.1 or later.

– NVIDIA/AMD Driver version – As required by your GPU.

– RED Rocket-X Driver 2.1.19.0 and Firmware 1.3.19.7 or later.

– RED Rocket Driver 1.4.36.0 and Firmware 1.1.17.3 or later.

Minimum system requirements for Linux:

– CentOS 5.4.

– 32GB of system memory is recommended and 16GB is the minimum supported.

– Blackmagic Design Desktop Video version 10.1.1 or later.

– NVIDIA Driver version 331.67.

– RED Rocket-X Driver 2.1.19.0 and Firmware 1.3.19.7 or later.

– RED Rocket Driver 1.4.36.0 and Firmware 1.1.17.3 or later.

DaVinci Resolve 11.1.3 is available to download now from the Blackmagic Design website.

Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email davinci@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

OS X Yosemite: Compatibility roundup

OS X Yosemite: Compatibility roundup

With OS X Yosemite now available to download on your Mac, software manufacturers like Adobe and Quark are clamouring to let users know that their apps are compatible with Apple’s new OS. So we thought it was high time we rounded up all the announcements into one easy guide. 

We’ll be adding to the list as soon as we hear word from any other manufacturers regarding Yosemite support. Have we missed anything out? Let us know of any other updates in the comments below!

Adobe

“Adobe and Apple have worked closely together to test Adobe Creative Cloud applications for reliability, performance, and user experience when installed on Intel-based systems running Mac OS X Yosemite (version 10.10). The latest versions of all Adobe CC products are compatible. In addition to the current Photoshop CC release (2014.2), the Photoshop team has also tested Photoshop CC (14.2.1) and CS6 (13.0.6; 13.1.2) for compatibility.

“As with any new release of an operating system, there could be unexpected issues that arise that were not discovered during testing. If you encounter any issues, report them using the bug reporting form.” Check Adobe’s FAQs for more.

Avid

Avid have officially confirmed that Media Composer and Media Composer | Symphony Option will both work with OS X 10.10 Yosemite. However, users who are running “dual 6 core Mac Pro towers (Westmere) and the 2013 Mac Pro with a single 12 core CPU may experience performance issues with transcode, render, and playback. These degradations are typically seen with higher resolution material. The issue has been logged with Apple and [Avid] are awaiting an update.”

You’ll also need to make sure you’re running the latest builds of New Blue Titler Pro v1 and v2 in order to avoid installation errors.  These builds are available for download through Avid’s Application Manager, and details of how you’ll want things set up for a seamless installation can be found in the Media Composer | Software readme file.

You can find the readme and other key documentation over at the Avid Knowledge Base.

Enfocus

Enfocus PitStop 12 is also compatible with OS X Yosemite with the latest update (update 3). Users already on PitStop 12 can get the free update for PitStop Pro here, and for PitStop Server here.

Extensis

Suitcase Fusion 6 is compatible with Yosemite. Universal Type Server 5 and Universal Type Client 5 are compatible with Yosemite. Portfolio Web is compatible with Yosemite. Portfolio, Portfolio Express and Portfolio Netpublish are not currently supported on Yosemite. A future release is planned to add Yosemite support.” For more info, head to Extensis’s FAQs.

Quark

Quark have released a new update, QuarkXPress 10.5, which is a free update for QuarkXPress 10 that adds official support for OS X Yosemite. It’s available here. Note: “If you are on OS X Lion, please do not install this update. This update is not compatible with Quark Publishing Platform 10.2″. When QuarkXPress 2015 is released, that will also support OS X Yosemite.

Trim Enabler

Not strictly software, but if you’re using Trim Enabler to boost your SSD performance, it’s important to note this from Cindori:

“In OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), Apple has introduced a new security requirement called kext signing. (A kext is a kernel extension, or a driver, in Mac OS X). Kext signing basically works by checking if all the drivers in the system are unaltered by a third party, or approved by Apple. If they have been modified, Yosemite will no longer load the driver. This is a means of enforcing security, but also a way for Apple to control what hardware that third party developers can release OS X support for.

“Since Trim Enabler works by unlocking the Trim driver for third party SSDs, this security setting prevents Trim Enabler to enable Trim on Yosemite. To continue to use Trim Enabler and continue to get Trim for your third party SSD, you first need to disable the kext signing security setting. It is important to note that the kext-signing setting is global, if you disable it you should be careful to only install system drivers from sources that you trust.”

Wacom

Wacom have released new drivers for OS X Yosemite, and they’ve got a handy video and advice on installing them here.

  1. “Back up your preferences
  2. Uninstall the tablet driver, then restart your computer to empty out any residual processes
  3. Now you’re ready to install the latest tablet drivers
  4. Once the new driver is in place, click the backed up settings file to put your settings back to the way you like them
  5. Click this link for the latest Windows and OS X drivers: http://bit.ly/1tG3Cbu.”

Want to find out more? Give our team a call on 03332 400 888, email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

 

QuarkXPress 2015 is announced, with Quazy upgrade deals in tow

QuarkXPress 2015 is announced, with Quazy upgrade deals in tow

[UPDATE 13/02/15: Quark have now extended their promo until 25th February 2015! Dates amended below]

QuarkXPress users will be very happy to hear that Quark have just announced a brand new version due to launch in 2015. As well as a bold move from incremental version names (QuarkXPress 10) to Gregorian calendar-based titles, QuarkXPress 2015 will also have boosted 64-bit performance and add tons of new features. And as if that wasn’t temptation enough, they’re also offering two juicy deals to upgraders. Here’s the lowdown…

What’s new in QuarkXPress 2015?

The standout feature is the new 64-bit architecture. QuarkXPress 2015 can use all your RAM to deliver performance improvements across the board, from file handling and layout rendering to PDF export. They’ve been listening to users too, surveying customers on what they would most like to see in an updated QuarkXPress, then delivering.

New long document features include automatic footnotes and end notes, a much faster table tool for superior Excel integration with table styles, and text variables for automatically populating recurring fields like running headers. You can also now create HTML5 fixed-layout eBooks without any additional software or costs. The fixed-layout eBook format (ePub3 or Amazon’s KF8), displays pixel-perfect layouts without the complexity and cost of creating native apps.

What are these deals then?

Quark are offering two separate upgrade paths. Firstly, if you buy the full product or an upgrade of QuarkXPress 10 before 25th February 2015 and you’ll receive an upgrade to QuarkXPress 2015 “ABSOLUTELY FREE OF CHARGE” (Quark’s caps) when it arrives (sometime in Q1). Secondly, if you’re a current QuarkXPress 10 user, in recognition of your continued loyalty, Quark are offering you a low introductory price on pre-orders of QuarkXPress 2015 upgrades. Just £290 ex VAT!

Buy QuarkXPress 10 now and get a free upgrade to QuarkXPress 2015.

How does the upgrade work?

1. Register your licence at https://accounts.quark.com.

2. Complete the redemption form at www.quark.com/2015 in order to receive your licence of QuarkXPress 2015.

3. QuarkXPress 10 customers also need the pre-order redemption code you will find in your order confirmation from Jigsaw24.

4. Once QuarkXPress 2015 is publicly released, you will receive an email from Quark containing the QuarkXPress 2015 installation link that you will use to download QuarkXPress 2015.

The small print

Both offers expire 25th February 2015, and do not apply to educational licences or non-profit licences. The first offer is restricted to new single registered licences of QuarkXPress 10 full products and upgrades, including site/volume licences and government licences of QuarkXPress 10. The free upgrade licence of QuarkXPress 2015 will be provided as an electronic download only. This offer is not valid for any other products and cannot be used in combination with any other offer or discount and only applies to valid products purchased between 28th October 2014 and 25th February 2015. Additionally Quark will now allow upgrades from any previous version (v3 to 9) to QXP10.

System requirements

QuarkXPress 2015 requires a dual core CPU with at least 1GB available for QuarkXPress, ideally 4GB. QuarkXPress 2015 is supported on OS X Mountain Lion, OS X Mavericks and OS X Yosemite as well as on Windows 7 (64-bit only), Windows 8 (64-bit only) and Windows 8.1 (64-bit only). Please note that QuarkXPress 2015 does not run on 32-bit operating systems.

When I upgrade to QuarkXPress 10 and 2015, can I still open old documents?

You cannot open documents prior to QuarkXPress 7 with version 10 or 2015. But Quark do have a free converter application, QuarkXPress Document Converter, that opens legacy files from version 3-6 and saves them in a format that QuarkXPress 10 and 2015 can open.

QuarkXPress on Jigsaw24

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