Infographic: Top app ideas for every area of your business

Infographic: Top app ideas for every area of your business

You can now streamline pretty much every area of your business with a bespoke app. From a customer-facing sales catalogue that will improve your meetings with clients, to a warehouse distribution app that’ll ensure your logistics are as efficient as they can be. Take a look at our infographic below for some of our top ideas (just click to see it in more detail)…

Infographic: Top business app ideas

Want to know more about developing your own killer business app? Get in touch with our app development team on 03332 400 888, email appdevelopment@Jigsaw24.com or head to our custom app development site.

5 ways iBeacon can improve your customer loyalty

5 ways iBeacon can improve your customer loyalty

You’ve probably seen iPad being used in retail environments for all manner of things from digital signage to till systems. But with iBeacon, it also has a nifty little trick up its sleeve for improving customer loyalty over wireless, with bespoke notifications, contextual special offers and more.

How does iBeacon work?

Apple’s iBeacon uses Bluetooth low-energy (BLE) wireless technology to create a different way of providing location-based information and services to nearby iOS devices. When a device is in range of a beacon (essentially a small, inexpensive Bluetooth transmitter), an app on the customer’s iPad or iPhone will pick up the signal from the beacon and respond accordingly.

How can beacons be used?

Say you’re a customer, and you pass a beacon in a particular store and have the app installed, that retailer could push out specific special offers, loyalty schemes and promotions, or more information around a particular display, to you. Strategically placed, this means you can also work out where your premium shop space and ‘hotspots’ are, enabling you to analyse and monetise your store. Customers feel like they’re getting a more personalised shopping experience, which all helps promote loyalty around your brand.

Apple, naturally, have been using iBeacon in their Apple Stores for a while, letting them pinpoint a customer’s location in the store and enable Apple to present relevant sales information. The Crown Estate, which owns Regent Street, is also dabbling with iBeacon technology; Regent Street resident brands, including Hamleys, Armani, Longchamp and Hackett have all installed to help push exclusive and personalised marketing messages to shoppers via a mobile phone app (Marketing Week).

I’m sold. Can I have some more beacons ideas, please?

There are endless ways you could use iBeacon to provide information to customers, but here are a few of our favourites as a jumping off point:

1. Entice new customers with time-sensitive deals. Whip up a bit of urgency by pushing out a limited time offer to customers as soon as they step in your store, eg “Jim’s crazy deals: Get 50% off all underwear for the next hour!!!”. This would be especially effective around seasonal periods, blue cross sales and similar.

2. Help customers navigate your store. Tell your customers where they are, and direct them to where they want to be, using beacons. Ideal for large department stores, and multi-storey shops, eg “You’re now on the homeware level”.

3. Engage customers with in-store games. This is a bit of fun, but holding something like a store-wide treasure hunt using beacons (with a small incentive up for grabs) can really help engage customers, and even get them to visit parts of the store they may not have originally intended to.

4. Get feedback from customers. As well as giving customers information, you can also use beacons as part of your mobile strategy to get feedback from customers.

5. Give customers a joined-up shopping experience. As the Regent Street brands are doing in the article above, beacons can be used to promote multiple stores, or let you work in conjunction with other nearby stores to offer deals that are specific to a certain area.

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

Want to find out more about improving your customer experience with iPad for retail? Give our team a call on 03332 409 306 or email b7@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

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What does the future hold for retail technology?

What does the future hold for retail technology?

The face of retail is changing, with more and more retailers now looking to innovative new technologies to help increase sales conversion, reduce time at tills, and generally improve overall customer experience and engagement.

Mobile technology, for example, is massively on the rise, with devices like iPad now ubiquitous amongst consumers, who expect that level of engagement from retailers too. So they’re having to think about how to integrate these technologies both in-store and at headquarters too.

To find out more about the challenges retailers are facing, and what they really want from technology, LightSpeed (who create clever point of sale and ecommerce solutions for retailers), posed a few questions to their customers. The Lightspeed Annual Retail Tech Forecast 2014 (downloadable by clicking on the image below) from earlier this year polled 640 small to medium-sized businesses from across the globe about their retail technology buying habits, from clothing and apparel stores to home and garden retailers.

Download Lightspeed's Annual Retail Tech Forecast 2014

Download Lightspeed’s Annual Retail Tech Forecast 2014

The ultimate takeaway from the survey, it seems, is that retailers want “innovative inventory management and predictive analytics solutions above all else.” Of the biggest inventory challenges, keeping inventory stocked without over-ordering topped the list with 47% of respondents (single site, 35% multi-site location), salespeople’s lack of inventory knowledge in second (24%, 23%), then keeping checkout lines short (11%, 7%) and tracking inventory across stores (10%, 28%).

eCommerce and mobile technology forecasts

Being iPad nuts, we were particularly interested in seeing what impact mobile devices were having in-store, as POS or kiosk systems. According to the survey, 80% of those retailers who currently use mobile devices in-store report that they have increased sales, and apparently there’s a massive upward spike of uptake predicted by the end of 2014 too, with the percentage of retailers using tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices in-store expected to double.

You can check out the full lot of survey results by downloading LightSpeed’s Annual Retail Tech Forecast 2014 here, but we’ve picked out a few more choice cuts for you to skim over below…

– 43% of respondents want to improve the customer experience using mobile checkout; 34% want to improve mobile inventory lookup.

– 54% of retailers derive 1-10% of their total sales from eCommerce on the web.

– 38% of those retailers currently offer eCommerce, while 38% plan to offer eCommerce in the future (that’s a whopping 100% increase…).

Get your very own bespoke app

One of the best ways for retailers to get the most out of mobile tech is with a bespoke app, and we’re ideally placed to help. If, for example, you’re looking at getting your own app, and have salespeople out on the road and conducting meetings, we offer our free b7 app and iPad trial scheme, designed to improve field operations and make your team more productive and better equipped.

If you’re looking for something more specific to you, while also reducing costs, then talk to us about developing your own bespoke app. We recently worked with Welcome Furniture to develop their own custom app, and they’ve since seen a massive £130,000 saving per annum on logistics purely because of the app (check out the Welcome Furniture case study here).

Find out more about the b7 programme, and how we can help you get the most out of iPad, by giving our team a call on 03332 409 306 or emailing b7@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

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Interview: Apple Mac Pro one year on, with Sanjiv Sathiah

Interview: Apple Mac Pro one year on, with Sanjiv Sathiah

It’s hard to believe Apple’s Mac Pro is now a year old, having been first unveiled at last year’s WWDC. With the new Mac Pro now working its way onto desktops across the creative industries, we caught up with Sanjiv Sathiah, news editor at MacNN.com and Electronista (and devoted Apple fan!) to find out his thoughts on the mighty Mac Pro a year down the line, and why it still reminds him of a Sith Lord…

It’s been a while now since you originally reviewed the Mac Pro for Electronista/MacNN. Have your opinions changed at all?

“Like all Apple enthusiasts who first saw the new Mac Pro teased at last year’s WWDC, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one. It radically reimagines workstation computing in a way that no one else but Apple could have delivered. I’m just as excited about it today as I was the day I saw it; it really is an amazing piece of technology.

“For me, it is an embodiment of the Apple design and engineering philosophy. If you look at previous Mac Pros, it’s like Apple just instantly jumped ahead a decade in terms of workstation design. It is the ultimate in refinement, stripping away everything that could be considered non-essential, leaving behind only exactly what is needed to power professional workflows right now.

“The new Mac Pro is a stripped down and lean machine, designed for both speed and heavy lifting. There is not a single component that could be considered a bottleneck, with optimal bandwidth a key consideration right throughout its system architecture. It really is a joy to use, and of course, it looks simply stunning.”

What’s the general reception been like with staff at Electronista/MacNN?

“Like me, I think everyone in the team loves what it has to offer the Apple power user. It is the most expandable Mac Pro yet, but at the same time it is just 1/8 the size of the previous generation and also manages to be substantially more powerful across the board. Some of the team miss the chassis space of the older model, but this was not always fully utilised by Mac Pro owners in the past.”

Has uptake among professionals and consumers matched your initial thoughts?

“I haven’t seen any official sales figures that break out Mac Pro sales on their own. However, Apple’s Mac revenue was up in the last quarter year-on-year by 5%, and it seems likely that the new Mac Pro played some role in that.

“The fact that it took Apple over six months for supply to catch up with demand shows that it has been hugely successful. Some of that was due to pent-up demand, no doubt, as a new model was overdue. But, it would seem that the wait was well and truly worth it.”

Are there any specific tasks that you think have seen the best performance uplifts since the upgrade?

“The new Mac Pro has incredible CPU, RAM, GPU, storage and connectivity bandwidth. Even the entry-level model fitted with quad-core Intel Xeon E5 CPU and dual-AMD FirePro D300 GPUs offers serious computing power.

“You have to remember that the new Mac Pro is optimised to utilise both the CPU in combination with the GPUs for computational processes in a number of OpenCL-compatible professional applications like Final Cut Pro among many others. The GPUs alone provide between 4-7 teraflops of processing power, depending on model configuration.

“Mac OS X’s support for OpenCL benefits users in all types of pro applications, including those using 3D intensive modelling CAD applications, through to realtime 4K movie editing, photo editing and music making. Scientific applications also benefit tremendously from the new Mac Pros. I use Logic Pro a lot and have enjoyed nothing but smooth sailing since upgrading to the Mac Pro myself.”

And have you seen any particularly clever Mac Pro setups or uses?

“I have seen one hooked up to six Thunderbolt displays, which was cool. The potential is definitely there for some incredible setups thanks to the six Thunderbolt 2 ports that Apple has built into the device. With the daisy-chaining capability of Thunderbolt, you could actually hook in another 30 Thunderbolt utilities in addition to the six Thunderbolt displays, which is pretty wild.”

What about that design? Still love it?

“Oh yeah; it is the coolest-looking computer I’ve seen in a long time. It reminds me of Darth Vader in the way that its case lifts away to reveal its inner workings. Very Sith indeed. I’m looking forward to seeing the same polished anodised Space Grey finish applied to some other products from Apple – perhaps it might appear on the rumoured MacBook Air redesign…?”

Are there any accessories you definitely recommend?

“Yes actually. While I can’t wait for Apple to release its own Thunderbolt 2 displays, LG has made an outstanding Thunderbolt 2-equipped QHD IPS UltraWide monitor. The 34UM95 is 34-inches on the diagonal and is packed with 3440×1440 pixels for a total of nearly 5 million pixels. It’s impressive and makes for a nice companion to the Mac Pro.”

What improvements, if any, could you see Apple still make to the Mac Pro?

“My list of grievances with the Mac Pro is very short. I simply wish that for all its incredible connectivity, Apple had included an SD card slot in the machine, even if people can still connect a camera to it over USB. Some users might have preferred six USB 3.0 slots and just four Thunderbolt 2 ports. Other than that, for me, it is absolutely perfect.

“I think Apple has ticked all the right boxes with the new Mac Pro. It is a bandwidth beast. If you need a machine that will crunch through processor intensive tasks, the Mac Pro exists for that very purpose. It’s perfect for prosumers too, who might do quite a bit of general computing as well. And although the AMD GPUs are optimised for parallel processing tasks, they still perform really well for a bit of Mac gaming in your downtime – each of the GPUs in even the entry-level model has more grunt than the latest Xbox One or PS4.”

So can you see Mac Pro on many Christmas lists this year?

“Absolutely. And the Jigsaw24 Mac Pro configurator is a great place to start when looking to build your dream machine!”

– You can read Sanjiv’s full review of the Mac Pro for Electronista/MacNN here.

Jigsaw24 Mac Pro configurator

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Adobe launch new storytelling app, Adobe Voice for iPad

Adobe launch new storytelling app, Adobe Voice for iPad

Adobe are best known for their professional Creative Cloud apps like Photoshop and InDesign, and tools like Acrobat, but lately they’ve been focusing on standalone mobile apps too. Now they’ve officially launched Adobe Voice, their brand new storytelling app for iPad.

Aiming to give anyone the ability to create and share engaging stories, Adobe Voice lets users easily create and share animated videos that combine images, music, voice recordings and special effects. This is great news for educators and students who want an easy in to creating basic video, using simple tools that make it easy to teach, to learn and to express themselves creatively.

It’s an ideal way for teachers to explain a concept or for students looking to create an engaging school assignment where they may not necessarily have the skills or resources to go down the traditional video route.

Adobe Voice for iPad

All you need do to get started is choose from a preset story template which outlines the structure of your video. Then you can simply import your own photos, pick from the app’s library of 25,000 icons or search the web for your own images. Next, pop a soundtrack over the top to fit your video from Adobe’s library, and even record a voiceover to explain your story. Your finished animated video can then be shared across social networks by posting a single link through social media, email, personal blogs or websites.

We’re going to be giving Adobe Voice a thorough test in the future, but in the meantime, why not give it a go yourself? It’s completely free and available to download now from the App Store on your iPad or from iTunes.

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 Jigsaw24 Education Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.
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Trade in your old desk for a PreSonus StudioLive AI mixer

Trade in your old desk for a PreSonus StudioLive AI mixer

Is your digital desk sitting gathering dust? Until 30th June, we’re offering £800 off a new PreSonus StudioLive AI Series digital mixer when you trade in your old desk. With a free copy of Presonus Studio One Professional thrown in for good measure, it could be time for an upgrade.

What’s on offer?

You can opt for any of the PreSonus StudioLive AI Series digital mixers, including the 16.4.2AI, 24.4.2AI and 32.4.2AI and receive a saving of up to £800. The mixers are ideal for either live sound or studio recording, being both fully-featured and flexible. They’re really intuitive and easy to use in a live environment too, with fewer menus and more hands-on controls than other digital desks.

Save £800 on the PreSonus StudioLive 32.4.2AI when you trade in your old digital mixer.

Save £600 on the PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2AI when you trade in your old digital mixer.

Save £400 on the PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2AI when you trade in your old digital mixer.

How does it work?

You bring your old digital mixer to us to trade in. The traded-in mixer can be either an original PreSonus StudioLive, or any other brand of digital mixer, but should be in good working order and in reasonable cosmetic condition (oh, and digital mixers only, sorry). We then give you the saving off the new PreSonus StudioLive AI digital mixer of your choice.

The deal runs from 1st May until 30th June 2014, so get in touch with us today to upgrade your old digital mixer to a PreSonus StudioLive now.

Want to know more about the PreSonus StudioLive AI Series digital mixers? Call 03332 409 306, email audio@Jigsaw24.com or leave us a comment below. You can also keep up with more news, reviews and offers on our Twitter (@Jigsaw24Audio) and Facebook page.

An apology: Autodesk Softimage final release announcement

An apology: Autodesk Softimage final release announcement

An apology: On Tuesday 4 March 2014, we ran a story on our blog detailing Autodesk’s announcement of the final release of their Softimage software.  

All at Jigsaw24 would like to apologise for the mistiming and tone used in this article. We try to keep our brand’s style light-hearted, but understand a more considered approach was needed here. Sorry to any of the dedicated Softimage users who happened to find this news out from us in this way, rather than from the official Autodesk press release. We have posted the official announcement from Autodesk below, including details and FAQs on everything Softimage users need to know about the future of Softimage. We will also continue to support our loyal Autodesk and Autodesk Softimage users with advice.

 

Softimage final release announcement

We regret to inform you that the upcoming 2015 release will be the last one for Softimage® software. This final version is expected to ship on or around April 14, 2014. Autodesk will continue to offer product support until April 30, 2016. We will also provide Softimage support services (including Hot Fixes and Service Packs) to all Softimage customers with Autodesk Subscription, at no cost, until April 30, 2016.

We understand that you will now need time to re-evaluate your production capabilities. To help you, we are offering Autodesk Softimage Subscription customers special no-cost options to migrate to either Maya or 3ds Max software while continuing to use Softimage in production. These options will be available until February 1, 2016. Upgrade paths are also available for customers who are not on Subscription.

Although this decision is a difficult one, we do believe that by focusing our development efforts, we can better serve the needs of the media and entertainment industry and provide customers with better products, faster. Autodesk wants to continue its relationship with you into the future. We regret any inconvenience that this may cause; however, we believe that you will find our new transition product offerings very attractive.

FAQs
What is happening to Softimage?

Autodesk Softimage 2015 will be the last version release of the software. As of March 28, 2014, customers will no longer be able to purchase new standalone licenses. For Softimage customers who are currently on Autodesk Subscription, there will be options to migrate to transition offerings that include either Autodesk Maya or Autodesk 3ds Max for no additional cost.

How long will Autodesk provide support services for Softimage?

Autodesk plans to provide support and maintenance services to Softimage customers with active Autodesk Subscription contracts until April 30, 2016 or until the end of their contract in cases where an existing contract has a later expiry date. Customers renewing Subscription contracts will be able to continue to do so until April 30, 2016. Where necessary, contracts after March 28, 2014 will be prorated to end on April 30, 2016.

What about Service Packs?

Ongoing maintenance development (Hot Fixes and Service Packs) will continue for all Softimage customers (Subscription and non-Subscription) for a two-year support period (until April 30, 2016). All customers will be entitled to any Hot Fixes or Service Packs released for their version of software. However, an Autodesk Subscription contract will be required to access any additional customer support.

Want to know more about Autodesk productsGive 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.

Jigsaw24’s top tech bloggers

Jigsaw24’s top tech bloggers

We love a good blog as much as the next person, and are constantly on the lookout for the latest Apple news, Mac Pro reviews and other creative bits and bobs. So we thought it’d be a good idea to round up all our top tech bloggers into one place, and for each of the chosen bloggers, we designed a custom Jigsaw24 badge to show our gratitude (there was a bit of a fight over who got the rabbit).

These guys are all well worth a look into if you’re interested in anything technology-related. You can see their bios and Twitter profiles below.

 

@BrianatPC
Brian Westover – PCMag.com

Bio: “Brian Westover is an Analyst for the Hardware Team, reviewing laptops, desktops, and storage devices. Brian has been writing professionally since 2007, and his work has appeared in business newsletters, websites, textbooks, and magazines.” Twitter: @BrianatPC

@DaveNeal33
Dave Neal – The Inquirer

Bio: “Thyroid Cancer Enduring Technology Journalist & Geek. Of Mice, Memory and Chemotherapy.” Twitter: @DaveNeal33

 

@NeilBennett
Neil Bennett – Digital Arts

Bio: “Editor of Digital Arts. Man about town. Music snob. Father. You know the rest.” Twitter: @NeilBennett

 

@PierceDavid
David Pierce – The Verge

Bio: “Senior Reviews Editor at The Verge. Formerly an analyst at PCMag. Written for Wired, The Washington Post, PC World, and others. Zog Sports soccer champion. I live in Brooklyn, studied politics at the University of Virginia (properly known as Mr. Jefferson’s University), and have been known to eat Ramen from time to time.” Twitter: @PierceDavid

@gethill
Matt Hill – T3.com

Bio: “Tech! Games! Films! Magazines! Tablets! Spurs! Monsters! Own views! Live! Editor, T3 Magazine & Digital Editions.” Twitter: @gethill

 

@gak_pdx
Greg Koenig – Atomic Delights

Bio: “I’m a product designer living in Portland, Oregon. Eventually I’ll tell you more, but the only germane thing to know is that I love making things and appreciating how others make things.” Twitter: @gak_pdx

@sathinator
Sanjiv Sathiah – Electronista.com/MacNN.com

Bio: “News Editor at Electronista.com/MacNN.com, Transport for NSW, muso, music lover, movie lover.” Twitter: @sathinator

 

@TechPunk316
Khidr Suleman – ITPro

Bio: “Khidr Suleman is the Technical Editor at IT Pro, a role he has fulfilled since March 2012. He is responsible for the reviews section on the site  – so get in touch if you have a product you think might be of interest to the business world. He also covers the hardware and operating systems beats.” Twitter: @TechPunk316

 

@geegeemidnight
Gerald Lynch – Tech Digest

Bio: “News Editor @ Gizmodo UK . Successful tech blogger, failed guitar hero. WL2M Iggy Pop, Reeves and Mortimer. Keep the Faith.” Twitter: @geegeemidnight

 

Hunter and Tom at Digital Spy Tech
Hunter Skipworth and Tom Mansell – Digital Spy Tech

Hunter: “Technology Editor for Digital Spy. Not related to Hunter from Gladiators. Views my own. I like tech, turtles and cars … sorry.” Tom: “Video Producer for @digitalspy All views expressed here are my own. More moderate in real life.” Twitter: @HunterSkipworth/@Mansellto

@jonnyevans_cw
Jonny Evans – Computerworld

Bio: “Word-miner, watching iChange since ’99. Watching Apple since ’99.” Twitter: @jonnyevans_cw

 

@matthewbbolton
Matthew Bolton – MacFormat/TechRadar

Bio: “Deputy Editor of MacFormat and Future’s Apple Specials (and tech journalist). Opinions expressed are entirely my own folly.” Blog: MacFormat Twitter: @matthewbbolton

 

@ISO50
Scott Hansen – ISO50/Tycho

Bio: “I am a San Francisco, California based musician (Tycho) and artist (ISO50). I created the ISO50 site originally to house my design work in a portfolioformat but over the years it has grown to encompass a shop, clothing line, and blog.” Twitter: @ISO50

 

@LarryJordanFCP
Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.biz

Bio: “Meet Larry Jordan, an internationally-renowned consultant and Apple-Certified trainer with over 35 years experience as a television producer, director and editor with national broadcast and corporate credits.” Twitter: @LarryJordanFCP

 

@markprigg
Mark Prigg – MailOnline/StuffTV

Bio: “US Science and Technology Editor @MailOnline, Welsh, Cardiff City fan, primate enthusiast.” Twitter: @markprigg

@ijosborne
Ian Osborne – MacFormat/TechRadar

Bio: “I’m the reviews editor for MacFormat. This is my personal Twitter account, so all opinions expressed here are my own and not those of my employer.” Twitter: @ijosborne

@TheRegister
Stephen Dean – The Register

Bio: Tech writer and reviewer at The Register, specialising in Apple Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, iPad and iPhone news and review. Twitter: @TheRegister

 

@drizzled
Darrell Etherington – TechCrunch

Bio: “A writer focused on covering early-stage startups, especially those with a technology focus.” Twitter: @drizzled

 

@videomaker
Jackson Wong – Videomaker

Bio: “I keep Star Wars stuff on my desk and love video production. I also appreciate foley and sports broadcast. And I usually know how to write longer sentences…” Blog: Twitter: @Videomaker

@flargh
Peter Cohen – iMore

Bio: “Managing editor, iMore.com. Freelance tech journo. Husband to @fletchen, dad to three kids.” Twitter: @flargh

 

@danawollman
Dana Wollman – Engadget

Bio: “Engadget managing editor (still overseeing reviews), native Brooklynite, marathoner, lover of puns. No Twitter pitches, please.” Twitter: @DanaWollman

 

Want more of the latest news on Apple, Mac and iPad and the hottest new creative technology? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest festive news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

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4 top tips for mastering Microsoft Office

4 top tips for mastering Microsoft Office

We all love Microsoft Office – from everyday word processing in Word to creating dazzling presentations in PowerPoint (give us a good wipe with a gunshot sound effect and we’re yours). There’s more to Office than meets the eye though, and here we’ve picked out some of our favourite little tricks and hacks that’ll turn you into a Microsoft Office ninja.

These tutorials come courtesy of Microsoft’s Help and How-Tos blog, and you can also pick up some great tips over at the Office Blogs. If you’re looking to buy Microsoft Office, you can now get 15% off Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. See here for some great Mac bundle offers.

Retouch your photos in PowerPoint

Did you know that you can actually retouch photos directly in PowerPoint? Check out this video to see how you can edit your photos right in a presentation.

Spot trends with sparklines in Excel

Possibly the greatest addition to Excel of all time, sparklines are handy little charts that sit in cells and help you spot trends in your data. Here’s how they work…

Maximise your space for reading and writing in Word

Word now has a full screen mode, which makes reading and editing documents a lot easier. This video shows you how to activate it.

Organise messages by conversation in Outlook

You can now organise emails in Outlook more easily by grouping them into threads or conversations. Here’s how…

Microsoft Office and Mac bundles on Jigsaw24

Want to save 15% when you buy Office for Mac 2011? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest festive news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

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New firmware updates available for Sony PMW camcorders

New firmware updates available for Sony PMW camcorders

Sony XDCAM camcorder users, here’s a little update just for you. Sony have released a few firmware upgrades for their excellent PMW-300K1, PMW-200 and PMW-EX3 camcorders. And just to top it off, they’re all free of charge too.

Details of the new and improved functionality on offer in the free firmware updates for Sony camcorders, plus the all-important links to where to download them, are below. Enjoy:

New firmware version 1.12 for PMW-300K1

For the PMW-300K1, Sony have now added an ALAC (Auto Lens Aberration Compensation) feature improvement. Compensation in vertical direction is now available in addition to the horizontal direction. Download Sony’s PMW-300K1 v1.12 firmware here.

New firmware version 1.32 for PMW-200

With this latest firmware, the lens aberration compensation function on the Sony PMW-200 is now improved by optimising the standard setting. Download Sony’s PMW-200 v1.32 firmware here.

New firmware version 1.30 for PMW-EX3

The slow zoom function with the lens which is supplied with the PMW-300K1/300K2 has been improved. Compared to the lens which is supplied with the PMW-EX3, the new lenses which are supplied with the PMW-300K1 and 300K2 have been improved electrically and the slower servo zoom is possible. If the PMW-EX3 is used with the new lens, the slow zoom is also possible with this firmware upgrade. Download Sony’s PMW-EX3 v1.30 firmware here.

Sony camcorders

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

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