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.

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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.

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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 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 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 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.

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Review: Wacom’s Cintiq 27QHD has landed, we’ve had our mitts on it

Review: Wacom’s Cintiq 27QHD has landed, we’ve had our mitts on it

Wacom’s Cintiq 24HD, previously their very top end graphics display tablet, was one of those bits of technology that it was difficult to walk past without wanting to touch. Well now, Wacom have gone one better with the brand new, bigger, sleeker, lighter, more feature-packed Wacom Cintiq 27QHD and Wacom Cintiq 27QHD Touch, and they were kind enough to bring it in for the creative team to check out ahead of its official release. Here are our thoughts…

First things first – what’s actually new in the Cintiq 27QHD? Wacom haven’t just banged an extra letter in the title and added a few extra screen inches. Yes, it may share much in the way of specs as the previous Cintiq 24HD, but putting the two next to each other shows it really is a completely different beast.

Form factor

The first thing you’ll notice about the Wacom Cintiq 27QHD when you take it out of the box is that it’s shed quite a few pounds compared to its smaller sibling – nearly 4kg in fact! (The Cintiq 27QHD weighs in at approximately 9kg, compared to the 24HD’s 13.7kg, excluding stand.) That means it’s going to be far easier to move around your desk, and will put far less strain on a supporting VESA arm, if you choose to use one. The 27QHD comes with sturdy two-position integrated legs but there’s also the optional Cintiq Ergo stand (the same one for the Cintiq 24HD will work here too) for working in a more drafting, easel-like position. That slimming down has made the 27QHD a much sleeker prospect too – it looks absolutely gorgeous.

Wacom Cintiq 27QHD display tablet

The display

As the name suggests, it’s shot up in size by three inches too. The 27″ edge-to-edge glass screen has a 596.7×335.6mm, 2560×1440 pixel active workable area (the 24HD was 1920×1200), with an extra wide viewing angle. This makes working with large scale, rich, detailed designs a joy. The 27QHD has crystal clear resolution and accurate colour too, with 1.07 billion colours and 97% Adobe RGB colour space coverage. You can also calibrate your display for more precise colour matching with the Wacom Color Manager colorimeter Powered by X-Rite (sold separately).

ExpressKey Remote

The other major change from the 24HD is, where you once had your customisable ExpressKeys up in the left hand corner of your tablet, you now get a separate, modular ExpressKey Remote. This hand-held set of shortcut keys and Touch Ring lets you place your controls where you find them most convenient while drawing – on screen via the magnetic back, in your hand or beside your keyboard (there’s a couple of metres of range, not that we’ve worked out a use for being that far away yet). When combined with the on-screen controls, the ExpressKey Remote gives you dozens of options to customise your shortcut keys.

Wacom Cintiq 27QHD ExpressKey Remote

Other key features

– 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity helps you work directly on screen for a natural, intuitive, and productive creative experience.

– Pen, multitouch (in the Touch version), on-screen controls and Radial Menu give you increased efficiency, as well as enhancing and speeding up your workflow.

Our team’s verdict

We were lucky enough to get hands-on with the new Wacom 27QHD Touch before it actually launched, which was great. As is the norm with any new Wacom release, it was pretty difficult to pull the designers away once they’d had a go…

David from Wacom and our team with the Cintiq 27QHD

“The 27QHD did seem super responsive to the Photoshop brushes, and working straight on the screen really helps with co-ordination if you’re trying to do anything requiring precision – which is obviously instantly more natural to draw with than an outboard tablet. The large screen is a luxury too – you could have all the panels you’re using open at once and still have a huge space left for zooming in to the area you’re working on or getting a wider view of the whole thing. The remote control seems like a really good idea too – everyone has a different setup on their desk a different way of working for the specific work they’re doing, so having it attached to the tablet frame, or in your other hand, next to your keyboard etc makes it really flexible.” – Simon

“It has a very slick design and definitely passed my Three S Test: smooth, svelte and shiny. Being able to angle it in different positions is a bonus and, while I can’t say I would get the full benefit of the ExpressKey Remote for my workflow, being able to move it around with the magnets is going to be useful for most. Another thing I noticed immediately when working with the 27QHD was the super responsiveness, giving a very precise feel to working in Photoshop.” – Liana

Using the Wacom Cintiq 27QHD

Pricing and availability

The Cintiq 27QHD and Cintiq 27QHD Touch are available now. The new models will replace the current 24HD versions. Pricing is as follows: Cintiq 27QHD Pen, £1499, Cintiq 27QHD Pen and Touch, £1749. And the extras: Cintiq Ergo Stand, £299, Wacom Color Manager, £199. You can of course, pick up both models and extras, as well as any other Wacom products, from Jigsaw24.

Want to know more about the Wacom Cintiq 27QHD, or our full Wacom Cintiq rangeGive us a call on 03332 409 306 or email For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

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

Our Soho launch night

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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 and Firmware or later.

– RED Rocket Driver and Firmware 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 and Firmware or later.

– RED Rocket Driver and Firmware 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 and Firmware or later.

– RED Rocket Driver and Firmware or later.

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

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Tablet computers now in almost 70% of schools

Tablet computers now in almost 70% of schools

We’ve been working with thousands of schools to implement iPad deployments since iPad first came out, but even we were amazed at the stat that almost 70% of primary and secondary schools now use tablet computers, of some form, according to new research.

Education technology charity Tablets for Schools, who carried out the study under Barbie Clarke of the Family, Kids and Youth research group, looked at a representative sample of 671 state and independent schools. They found that tablets are now being used, at least to some extent, in 68% of primary and 69% of secondary schools. The study also highlighted some other key points of interest pertaining to tablets in education, including:

– In 9% of schools, there was an individual tablet device for every pupil, suggesting a rise in intensive 1:1 schemes.

– Among those schools not using them at present, 45% reported that they would soon be likely to introduce them.

– Between 2014 and 2016, the number of tablet computers in schools is expected to rise from about 430,000 to almost 900,000.

– The highest use of tablet computers was within academy schools.

You can find out more about the findings of the study in BBC News’s report here.

Signs of academic improvement?

While the study had a wide sample size and no clear evidence of actual academic improvement, we have seen from working with schools at a localised level that iPad is definitely having a marked improvement on teaching and learning. One of our customers, for example, Conyers School, recently conducted their own student survey to gauge the impact of their 1:1 iPad deployment, and the results were impressive:

– 81% Students claim iPads help them learn independently.

– 89% Students claim they make lessons engaging and interesting.

– 78% Students claim learning is more accessible, suiting their individual learning style.

– 77% agree that iPad helps work with other students in a creative way.

– 66% agree iPad helps support studies and help improve grades.

– 62% agree iPad allows faster feedback from teachers.

If you’d like to find out more about how iPad can benefit your teaching and learning, take a look at some of the schools who have been taking part in our e7 project. Made up of a free iPad trial, extensive CPD training and a full 1:1 deployment, it’s a great way to get iPad into your school whatever your needs or experience levels.

Want to know more about deploying iPad in your school? Give us a call on 03332 409 333 or email For all the latest news, how-tos and recommended resources, follow @Jigsaw24Edu 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 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 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 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.


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 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 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:”

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Avid Media Composer Nitris DX now supported on Mac Pro

Avid Media Composer Nitris DX now supported on Mac Pro

Got a Mac Pro? Rocking a Nitris DX? Good news for you, as Avid announce that the Avid Media Composer Nitris DX interface is now supported with Mac Pro via Thunderbolt 2. And all you have to do is download the most recent software update for Media Composer.

Because the Mac Pro has replaced all PCIe connections with Thunderbolt, and the Media Composer Nitris DX requires a PCIe connection, users weren’t previously able to take advantage of these newer systems. But now, users can essentially “upgrade” their purchase from the Media Composer Mojo DX to the Media Composer Nitris DX, and existing Nitris DX users can upgrade their CPUs to the newest Mac Pro without having to make a new hardware I/O purchase, which means smiles all round.

How to do it

Here’s the official word from Avid: “The feature (located in the Video Output Settings) disables the codec boards within the Nitris DX. Disabling the boards is not required in order to connect the Nitris DX via Thunderbolt 2, however some features will not function without the codec boards disabled.

“If you do not see this feature (Disable Hardware Codecs) in your Video Output Settings, make sure you are on the latest release of Media Composer Software, and that your Nitris DX is successfully connected to the machine.”

They do just mention a couple of important caveats you should bear in mind:

“Due to hardware limitations, some features of the Media Composer Nitris DX are not supported when connected to the Mac Pro using a Thunderbolt 2 connection. Other features require the hardware codec boards on the Nitris DX to be disabled in order to function.

“The table below illustrates what features are not supported, and what features require the hardware codec boards to be disabled, when connected to a Mac Pro via Thunderbolt 2.”

Want to know more about the Avid Media Composer Nitris DX? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

New EIZO FlexScan EV2450/EV2455: Super-slim, muscly and green

New EIZO FlexScan EV2450/EV2455: Super-slim, muscly and green

EIZO have announced a new batch of FlexScan displays that are set to be ideal for areas such as business, finance and CAD. The EIZO FlexScan EV2450 and EV2455 marry the same great specs as the current EV2336W and EV2436W but in a much slimmer and more attractive design, and with a whole host of power saving technologies too.

The main selling point for EIZO FlexScan displays has always been their quality and reliability – all the monitors are developed, manufactured and tested by EIZO and they come with an industry leading 5 year warranty as standard. They also come with tons of features as standard to help with user comfort, including a flexible stand and auto brightness control to reduce flicker (and save your poor tired eyes). All in all, they’re perfect for business users in areas like finance, as well as creative users in architecture and CAD.

Super-slim screens

The FlexScan EV2455 has a 24.1″ screen size and a native resolution of 1920×1200 while the FlexScan EV2450 has a 23.8″ screen and a 1920×1080 native resolution. It’s the design aesthetic that’s the real talking point here though – the new housing features 1mm ultra-slim bezels on the sides and top (with black borders of 5.2mm for the FlexScan EV2455 and 4.3mm for the FlexScan EV2450) and a depth of just 47.9mm for both models.

Green credentials

EIZO have also included some very clever green technologies in the displays too. EcoView reduces typical power consumption to 13 watts for the EV2455 and 12 watts for the EV2450, and automatically adjusting the screen’s brightness in accordance to ambient brightness, while EcoView Sense 2 uses movement and heat sensors to magically switch to power save mode when you leave your desk, then power back up when you sit back down!

Additional features

– USB 3.0 hub with one upstream and two downstream ports.
– Dual 1 watt internal speaker and headphone jack.
– Zero watts of power consumed when the main power switch is off.
– Overdrive circuit with 5ms grey-to-grey response time for smooth display of moving images.
– Energy Star 6.0 and TCO Certified Displays 6.0 compliance.
– Available in a choice of black or grey.


The EIZO FlexScan EV2450 and EV2455 are available right now, and available to order from Jigsaw24, so get your orders in here!

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