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, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.

Thanks to all who made it to our MatrixCMS and dim sum night

Thanks to all who made it to our MatrixCMS and dim sum night

We recently welcomed a new member to the Jigsaw24 family, MatrixCMS, so we thought it only proper to celebrate by letting them introduce themselves to you, our awesome clients, with an evening of PIM demos and a massive dim sum and beer feast. To everyone who popped down and made the night a success, we just wanted to say a huge thanks (or should that be ‘xiè xiè’?)

The night was a perfect opportunity to show off our new baby MatrixCMS, the best way for marketeers and creatives to manage product information, assets and workflows across multiple channels. We gave a quick introduction before Matrix’s reps ran through the big benefits, namely transforming the way you manage your product information and digital assets across your entire workflow, from commissioning your product photos through to publishing on the web, print and digital signage. And at a fraction of the cost of many of the core master data management software solutions out there.

Of course, as proud parents of MatrixCMS, we may be seen as a little biased towards our new sprog, so we brought in one of Matrix’s biggest clients to heap praise on the solution too. Graham Ford from clothing retailer Boden gave an engaging insight into how the company had overcome challenges by leveraging the MatrixCMS solution to streamline and significantly improve their catalogue production and online product management. Fantastic stuff, Graham!

Then it was time for a few beers and a bit of snap. It being Chinese new year (the year of the sheep/ram, if you’re counting), we thought it only fitting that we threw a bit of a dim sum feast. It was a great chance to chat to you all about MatrixCMS and hopefully answer some of the questions you had surrounding your product marketing challenges.

Thanks again to everyone who came, hope to see you again soon and gùng héi faat chōi!

Mingling with MatrixCMSTalking multi-channel marketing solutions

Delicious dim sum!

What is MatrixCMS? Introducing the industry’s best kept secret…

MatrixCMS is a master data management software solution that provides product information management, digital asset management and digital workflow solutions across a multi-language, multi-domain and multi-country platform, which integrates into your core ERP and eCommerce systems. MatrixCMS’s global customer base include Next, Go Outdoors, Christie’s Auctions, Bauer, Maplin and Boden.

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Want to know more about MatrixCMS? Fancy popping down to one of our future 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.


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 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 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.

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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

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,

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, 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 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 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 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 To find out more about app development and our b7 scheme visit For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.