Yosemite Mac tip of the month: Add signatures to emails and docs

Yosemite Mac tip of the month: Add signatures to emails and docs

This month, we’re looking at how to quickly create and add signatures (proper hand-written signatures, not just an HTML sign-off) to documents like letters, as well as emails. With so many of us using Macs for composing emails and letters, this is a great way to add a bit more professionalism to our correspondence. 

Add your personal signature to a letter

– Open your letter (Pages document etc).

– Go to Tools in your toolbar, then Annotate, then all the way to the bottom to Signature, and click on Manage Signatures.

– Up will pop a dialogue box which lets you draw your own personal signature using your TrackPad.

– Click to begin, then sign in the box using your finger. (We found you might want to practise a few times before you get it just right!)

– Press any button to set your signature and click Done.

– Drag and drop your signature into your layout, and go document-signing crazy!

Add your personal signature to an email

If you add a graphic or document to a New Message in Mail, you can also sign it from directly within the client. Click on the TrackPad icon that’s in the annotation tools for attachments and use the same steps as above.

The only downside with this feature is that you can only currently sign a graphic or a PDF, rather than just signing a blank email with your finger, which would be very cool. We’d suggest creating your signature graphic first, then just dragging and dropping into your message.

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

Big thanks to all our Beer and Backup buddies!

Big thanks to all our Beer and Backup buddies!

We recently held a Beer and Backup Event down at the very exclusive ‘No 8 Golden Square’ (aka our Soho service and customer experience centre) to talk enterprise adoption, management and backup, and quaff a few good ales. So to everyone who came, we just want to say ‘Cheers!’.

From speaking to people on the night, quite a few of you mentioned how useful the event was not just for helping you to understand more about backup plans, with guest speakers including Pentland Brands, JAMF Software and Code42, but also a good chance to network and let your hair down.

Hosting the event was The Don himself, Tariq Saied (Jigsaw24’s Chief Operating Officer) with a quick introduction on managing, securing and backing up your environment. Following him was our very special guest from Pentland Brands, Ben Toms, who gave us an insight into Pentland’s estate journey, including the challenges the company had previously been having, and how they then overcame them using JAMF Software’s management and deployment solution, Casper Suite.

Our very good pals (and partners) Code42 were also in the house, with Andy Hardy presenting a talk on how to protect, control and secure corporate data using CrashPlan PROe, their cross-platform enterprise level backup solution.

Beer and burger time

Talk over, it was time to open the bar. As fully paid-up hipsters, we’d stocked our offices with a selection of ten craft ales from around the UK, the runaway favourite of the night being the beautiful drop that is Whitstable Brewery’s Nelson Sauvin (shameless namedrop for freebies…), and had ordered in a ridiculous amount of burgers, hot dogs and sarnies to soak it all up. Suddenly, it had somehow turned early morning, meaning kicking out time at Soho’s swinging-est service and customer experience centre.

Good thing we managed to capture photographic evidence of the night, then, and Esther and Jess were on-hand to coerce attendees into leaving post-beer feedback on our app. You can see some of the pics (thanks very much to the fantastic www.motionbug.com for capturing our good sides), and a few cleaned-up comments below.

Thanks again for coming, guys. Was a corker.

“very well organised night. will love to attend another one. great to meet industry people and other it professionals. very worth while.”

“Free food and free beer. What is not to like?! But seriously, great environment for a casual meetup and talks.”

“fantastic night. met the most amazing people to sort out my problem. will be coming back. thanks to jigsaw”

“JAMF were amazing. not blowing my own trumpet or anything.” (hmm, wonder who that could have been…)

– Missed out on the Beer and Backup event? Make sure to keep checking on all our upcoming events that could be perfect for your particular workflow over at our Events page.

Jigsaw24 Events
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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.

Video: How to add realistic spinning motion blur effects in Photoshop CC

Video: How to add realistic spinning motion blur effects in Photoshop CC

In this video tutorial from Adobe TV, Julieanne demonstrates how to use the new, nondestructive Spin Blur in Photoshop to create realistic motion effects including the ability to spin an object at variable angles, as well emulate traditional strobe effects with the ability to define the strength, number of flashes and duration. Enjoy!

Want to know more about Adobe Creative Cloud for teams? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.


NAMM 2015 news: McDSP update their plug-ins to v6

NAMM 2015 news: McDSP update their plug-ins to v6

McDSP have taken the opportunity of NAMM 2015 to update their plug-in range to v6. The new versions come with huge algorithm improvements, with native plug-ins now using the same algorithms as Pro Tools AAX versions.

As well as now being standard 64-bit in every plug-in format, McDSP have added VST and VST 3 formats to the existing Audio Units, AAX DSP and AAX Native formats, meaning they’re more compatible than ever. Here’s the official word from McDSP:

“New user interface features, faster loading times, and algorithm optimisations across all formats are just some of the improvements in the v6 release. Pro Tools users will appreciate v6 additions such as enhanced support for the Avid S6 and S3 control surfaces. Artist presets from the likes of Dave Pensado, Kevin Churko, Joe Barresi, and many others are also included.

“The McDSP v6 release also comes with significant sonic improvements. All AU and VST versions of McDSP v6 plug-ins now use the same algorithms previously only found on the Pro Tools AAX DSP and AAX Native versions. “We knew support for every major plug-in format had to be great where it counted – the sound”, says McDSP founder Colin McDowell. The new AU and VST v6 versions, like their AAX counterparts, have a 64-bit audio path for maximum fidelity, realtime control smoothing just like analog gear, and the ability to operate above 0 dB to handle the hottest of mixes without clipping.”

– Upgrades from v5 are available now from the McDSP website for a mere $15.

Want to know more about the latest news from NAMM 2015? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Audio on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Business app of the month: Glisser for iPad

Business app of the month: Glisser for iPad

We can all agree that business presentations are sometimes not the most engaging way to get ideas and pitches across to clients and colleagues. So we were pretty excited when we stumbled across Glisser for iPad, an app which promises to ‘socialise’ your presentations, adding extra levels of audience interaction and turning you into a presentation powerhouse. 

What is it?

Glisser (Glisser Ltd, free) converts your regular PowerPoint or Keynote presentations so you can present from your iPad, and your audience can receive the slides direct to their device in realtime. As well as delivering your presentation to your audience, Glisser also lets you add in social features including slide-by-slide ‘like’ voting, live audience questions, Twitter feeds, polling and feedback, all from your original slide deck. This social interaction means your audience can voice their opinions during the presentation, making for a richer and more involving experience.

Glisser for iPad

How does it work?

Starting with your regular slide deck, Glisser then converts this into a format that can be pushed out to audience mobile devices, one slide at a time. You can then add all your interactive features like voting, questions, comments, polls and tweets. Attendees will need the Glisser app on iPad (or iPhone), but this is free to download and create an account. A unique key code is created for your presentation which you hand out to attendees so their device can join. Once everyone’s in, you can start your super-engaging slideshow and get your audience interacting with each slide as you move through the deck. There’s no need for a projector or anything like that.

Who is it for?

Glisser is ideal for any presentation application. We see it as being most effective in a business environment though, where complex ideas and strategies could benefit from a little jazzing up through audience interaction and engagement.

What’s the best feature?

We’re all about analytics and ROI here at Jigsaw24, so our favourite thing about Glisser is probably (quite geekily) the feedback aspect. With the audience interacting with your presentation, you get valuable feedback and information to follow up on with leads, and help you improve your presentation content and presentation skills too. Once the presentation’s over, you can head to Glisser’s website to download an infographic of the audience’s views and responses, as well as exportable data to help with any follow up questions. The audience members themselves also get the slides stored on their iPad for marking up and future reference.

How much and where can I get it?

The Glisser app (Glisser Ltd, free) for iPad is completely free, and it’s also free to set up an account with Glisser to receive feedback from your presentations. You can download it from the App Store or check it out on iTunes.

– Missed our last app review? Find out why we love Salesforce 1 here.

Want to know more about making the most of iPad in business? Give our team a call on 03332 409 306 or email B2B@Jigsaw24.com. To find out more about app development and our b7 scheme visit www.Jigsaw24.com/b7. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 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.