All your design and publishing needs in one place

All your design and publishing needs in one place

Looking for a new Mac? The latest Adobe Creative Cloud for teams promotion? Or has your Wacom just gone kaput? Try our all-encompassing design and publishing shop, for all the essentials you need plus some of the best ex-demo deals and clearance offers around.

As well as the full Apple hardware family, Adobe Creative Cloud for teams and other top design software, here’s where you’ll find colour critical displays, colour management solutions, printers and a huge range of desktop and mobile storage solutions for your every need.

If you’re looking to get into video production, the design and publishing shop has got everything you need for that too, from video cameras and audio equipment to animation and editing software. We’re hoping the redesign has also made it much easier and quicker to find what you’re looking for, leaving you time to shop for more important things like Star Wars Lego and massage tables (or is that just us?).

Head over to the design and publishing shop now and, if you still can’t find what you’re looking for, feel free to get in touch… Jigsaw24's design and publishing shop

Want to know more about design and publishing solutions? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips follow us on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

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A managed 1:1 iPad deployment at Yew Tree Primary

A managed 1:1 iPad deployment at Yew Tree Primary

Yew Tree Primary School, in Sandwell, became an Apple Regional Training Centre (RTC), offering training courses on how Mac and iPad can enhance the curriculum. When they decided it was time to move to a 1:1 iPad deployment for KS2, they tendered for an IT provider.

Thanks to our iPad expertise and successful e7 Project, Yew Tree decided we were the best partner to help them get the full benefit of iPad. We now help them with all of their IT solutions and services. As long-standing Apple users, Yew Tree knew that Mac and iPad would get pupils working creatively, and both collaboratively and independently, to achieve their aim of pupils becoming ‘self-organised, independent creative learners.’

The logical way to go from there, headteacher Howard Martin thought, would be a 1:1 rollout: “giving access 24/7 and 365 days a year was a natural progression – it is about totally taking the lid off pupils’ opportunities to learn and at the same time opening their eyes to the world and raising their aspirations.”

Engaging pupils, raising teaching standards

Howard wanted to engage pupils, enrich the curriculum and raise teaching standards, and chose us to help implement a 1:1 iPad mini deployment at Yew Tree, winning a bid over other IT providers. “Deploying 270 iPad devices to our KS2 pupils with 24/7 access was a brave step,” he explained, “but we had the confidence in our staff, our parents and pupils to make it a success. The fact that we had the support of, and confidence in Jigsaw24 was comforting.”

We provided Yew Tree with all of their 270 iPad mini devices, pre-loaded them with the apps, pre-configured them to the school’s network and asset tagged everything for easier management. Doing all of this at our end meant Yew Tree could start using iPad in lessons straight away, without any awkward in-class setup time. We then repackaged them so staff and pupils could open them for themselves. “Issuing the iPad devices to pupils and letting them experience the unboxing of their own iPad mini was a bit like Christmas day – almost an emotional experience,” Howard said.

Pupils using the iPad deployment at Yew Tree Primary School

Pupils using the iPad deployment at Yew Tree Primary School

A secure, managed deployment

We then suggested Yew Tree consider security options and some form of mobile device management (MDM). We recommended Lightspeed Systems’ Bottle Rocket, Web Filter and MDM solutions to tackle both of these, and Howard was impressed by the granular control, which enabled the monitoring of iPad usage, web filtering for home use, reporting on inappropriate searches, teacher-controlled restrictions and ease of use it would all give the school. The Web Filter tool was particularly important for keeping pupils safe online and making sure they weren’t accessing anything inappropriate, both on and off the school network.

“Since the iPad devices were going home [with pupils], we needed to be sure that any filtering device would be robust and secure, and Lightspeed’s track record gave us that confidence to choose Bottle Rocket – an extremely effective filter,” he said.

Both pupils and parents have reacted in a very positive way since the 1:1 iPad mini deployment, according to Lisa Hollan, RTC manager at Yew Tree, and have readily signed a user agreement respecting what Yew Tree is trying to achieve by giving each KS2 pupil their own iPad. She said: “Parents’ meetings explained the iPad devices’ purpose, the e-safety precautions we were putting in place, and also how to take care of the devices.”

Enhancing teaching with iPad

Staff, after having used iPad for teaching for some time, have also reacted well to the 1:1 deployment. “Staff had been used to using iPad to deliver aspects of the curriculum, so when we announced the 1:1 rollout, they were delighted. They knew the value they would bring to enhancing their teaching. Over time, iPad has become indispensible to them.”

Engaging learners, empowering teachers

The 1:1 programme has let Howard offer pupils greater personalisation, creativity and choice, facilitate independence and collaboration, engage the most reluctant learners and empower teachers, all of which supports any time, any where learning (he now aims to roll out to KS1 pupils soon). And Jigsaw24’s services have made him confident in achieving that:

“We would recommend Jigsaw24 wholeheartedly,” said Howard. Their pre-delivery service was excellent, even down to all the iPad devices being pre-configured to our network and the apps being deployed. It was excellent. All the sales, technical and support staff have been extremely helpful and always very professional.”

For more information about iPad for your classroom, get in touch with us on 03332 409 333, email learning@Jigsaw24.com or take a look at our education site for the latest education news, tips and resources.

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New TriCasters get new SSD system and media drives

New TriCasters get new SSD system and media drives

The NewTek presses had barely had the chance to cool when more hot news on the new TriCaster 860, 410 and 460 came out – new system and media drive configurations! Each model has now been boosted by a 128GB SSD system drive and a 3TB internal media drive. Oh, and you can try the whole lot out in our exclusive hands-on one-to-one TriCaster demos too!

That 128GB of solid state memory means a whole host of performance enhancements for the new TriCaster range. For a start, there’ll be higher performance driven by faster drive-to-system media access, faster boot times, restore times could be halved, and much easier access for repair and replacement too (the new SSDs are simply attached with four screws for easy removal).

Then there’s the media drives. In each of the new TriCaster professional line models (860, 460 and 410), NewTek are introducing a huge new 3TB internal media drive within the hardware that will also provide more flexible storage options. If you’re working on the current TriCaster 8000, no changes have been made to the drive configuration.

So what’s in the box?

TriCaster 860

TriCaster 860 (4RU)

  • 128GB SSD system drive
  • 3TB internal media drive (includes NewTek-provided content)
  • 4 removable drive bays (no additional drives included)
  • 128GB SSD system drive
  • 3TB internal media drive (includes NewTek-provided content)
  • 1 removable drive bay for TriCaster 460 (no additional drive included)

Want to see TriCaster in action?

Get a hands-on, one-to-one demo of the new TriCaster range! Just come along to our MediaCityUK office on Wednesday, 9th October 2013 or NewTek’s premises in Windsor on Thursday, 10th October for a one-on-one TriCaster demo with a NewTek specialist. As well as showing you your way around this amazing live production hub, they’ll be showcasing the new 410, 460 and 860, and answering any workflow questions you have, and JVC will also be on-hand to take you through recommended cameras for TriCaster too. Register your place here!
Want to know more about TriCaster, chromakey and live production? Get in touch with our team on 03332 409 306 or email TriCaster@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow us on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

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Video: Office for Mac 2011 Home and Business in action

Video: Office for Mac 2011 Home and Business in action

In this video, Microsoft run down some of the great features in Microsoft Office for Mac 2011: Home and Business. Create easier to interpret spreadsheets in Excel, edits documents from multiple locations in realtime, preview slides and take notes in PowerPoint and then broadcast your presentation virtually to computers and phones if you can’t deliver it in person.

Want to find out more? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com.

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Education app of the week: Timeline Eons for iPad

Education app of the week: Timeline Eons for iPad

This week Hannah Bullock has written the education app of the week article. She is on work experience here at Jigsaw24 and is working in the marketing department. Hannah is 16 years old and is about to start A levels at West Bridgford School sixth form.

With our app of the week, key events in history can be condensed into a single app on an iPad. 34,984,804,900 years in only 17cm to be precise. Timeline Eons is lighter, cheaper and easier to use than any history book and provides eons of really interesting information.

What is Timeline Eons?

Timeline Eons is an interactive timeline, which starts at the beginning of time and shows almost every event in history. This makes it easy and fun to learn about history as it documents everything from wars to the extinction of the Pinta Island Tortoise, Lonesome George. A direct link to Google through the app allows pupils to research events further.

How does it work?

When you open the app, you are on the present day. The app is really user friendly after a quick read of the instructions. Each event comes with a title, a brief description and an appropriate picture of the event so that the pupil can see what was happening.

By tapping on the picture then on the link button in the bottom right hand corner, you automatically search the event’s title in the Google searchbar which allows pupils to dig much deeper into the desired events. Double tap the blue bar that runs along the top to make the entire timeline fill the screen, with the beginning of time on the left and the estimated ending on the right, allowing pupils to see when the events happened in relation to the present day. 34,984,804,900 years spread across 17cm – now that’s a lot of information! You can make it play through the events in chronological order then pause whenever you need to, or just scroll through the events as you wish.

How could it benefit the classroom?

Timeline Eons can benefit pupils by simply allowing them to easily step back in time to research events. Comparing the app to a history book, the app is cheaper, easier and lighter to use (being on an iPad). Pupils can add in events to their timeline and they can also group events into categories, which can be useful for organising information. They can also search specific dates so that they don’t have to waste important lesson time scrolling through the whole of time.

What’s the most useful feature?

I think that the most useful feature is probably the link to the internet meaning that pupils can easily and quickly search the desired event, which would be really useful in creating projects and expanding knowledge. Editing and adding to the timeline could be a really useful feature too, if the desired event isn’t there you can just add it in or add more detail to the events that are already on the timeline.

How can I see myself using it?

Being a student that has recently studied history I think that this app would have been really useful during revision as it comes with a few events from the course but not all therefore all the others could be added in to fill areas of the timeline with revision notes. This could be done from memory to test your knowledge or from the textbook for use later with revision.

Where can I get it?

Timeline Eons (maani.us, free) can be found in the App store or via iTunes. You can get the app free but after 15 days you are only able to see from 1950-2050 and can only add in up to three events. For just £4.99 you can buy the full version and you have unlimited access to every year and can add in any number of events. It’s also available under Apple’s Volume Purchase Programme (VPP), which means you can get it half price (£2.49) if you buy in bulk of more than 20 app licenses.

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.

Video: What’s new in Adobe Photoshop CC?

Video: What’s new in Adobe Photoshop CC?

With a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud, you get access to a whole load of new features in Photoshop CC that you don’t get with Photoshop CS6. This video looks at all those new tools including the Camera RAW filter, plus runs you through how Photoshop integrates with cloud-based services such as Behance, and how you can access and share Photoshop compositions. Take a look…

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

Avid’s list of Pro Tools HD 11-qualified Macs

Avid’s list of Pro Tools HD 11-qualified Macs

Before you make the move to Avid Pro Tools 11, it’s definitely worth checking your Apple hardware is up to the job. Luckily, Avid have compiled a full list of Apple computers that are approved for use with Pro Tools HDX and Pro Tools HD Native systems with Pro Tools HD 11.0 software for Mac OS X 10.8.3 and later.

With the arrival of the Magma ExpressBox 3T Thunderbolt to PCIe expansion chassis, you’re no longer even tied down to just the mighty Mac Pro (see Do Pro Tools users need Mac Pro?, and ‘Is your hardware ready for Pro Tools 11?‘), but also able to leverage iMac, MacBook Pro and even some of the more powerful MacBook Airs and Mac minis. So without further ado, here’s Avid’s full list of Pro Tools HDX and HD Native with Pro Tools HD 11-qualified Macs…

Desktops

Supported:

– Mac Pro mid-2012, 2010 & 2009 5,1

– Mac Pro early 2009 4,1

Not Supported:

– Mac Pro 3,1 ‘Harpertown’ models and lower

Optional: Magma ExpressBox 7 (EB7) PCIe Host-to-PCIe Expansion Chassis

Laptops

MacBook Pro and MacBook Air with Magma ExpressBox 3 (EB3T) Thunderbolt-to-PCIe Expansion Chassis. Supported:

– MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (Mid 2012: 10,1)

– MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch (Late 2012: 10,2)

– MacBook Pro 15-inch (Mid 2012: 9,1)

– MacBook Pro 13-inch (Mid 2012: 9,2)

– MacBook Air 2012 5,2 i7 (i5 models not supported)

Mac mini

Mac mini with Magma ExpressBox 3 (EB3T) for HDX support and/or HD Native Thunderbolt. Supported:

– Mac Mini 2012 i7 (8GB of RAM required)

iMac

– iMac 2012 13,1 i5

– iMac 2010 11,3 i7

– iMac 2009 11,1 i5

Can’t see your model on there? It’s always worth giving us a call on the details at the bottom to discuss upgrades and what configuration you might need to run Pro Tools 11. Also, check out the system requirements here.

Want to know more about Avid Pro Tools HD 11? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. You can also follow @Jigsaw24Audio on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook


Our Adobe Creative Cloud features and price guide

Our Adobe Creative Cloud features and price guide

As well as access to the most up to date Adobe favourites like Photoshop CC, InDesign CC and Illustrator CC, Creative Cloud includes extras like Typekit, Edge, Muse, Lightroom and Digital Publishing Suite (as well as 100GB online storage, centralised billing, online licence management and tech support). And until 31st August, you can get all this from as little as £362 per year! Take a look at our comparison guide to see how you could benefit or click the banner at the bottom for even more info…

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

Adobe Creative Cloud licensing explained

Adobe Creative Cloud licensing explained

With boxed copies of Adobe Creative Suite a thing of the past, and Creative Cloud taking over as the only way to get your fix of Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro and more, the old upgrade policy has also changed. So here’s our guide to the latest Adobe licensing options, including how to buy, what you’re likely to pay, and what you can do if you’re only after one specific Adobe application.

With Creative Cloud, Adobe want to make it easier (and ultimately cheaper!) to make sure you’re always on the most up-to-date software, and the best way to do this is with a subscription service. Before, when you bought a perpetual licence, it was effectively out of date the moment you installed the software on your machine. But by now subscribing to Creative Cloud for teams, you get instant access to any updates the moment they’re out. Not only that, you get maintenance and support bundled in, extras like Muse, Lightroom and Digital Publishing Suite, and all the collaborative benefits of working with clients and colleagues in the cloud.

So how do we buy into Creative Cloud?

To get Creative Cloud, including all these snazzy new features, the best thing would be to get in touch, as we can help set you up with a subscription. If you’re looking to deploy Creative Cloud for teams, there’s a new scheme to manage the process called the Value Incentive Plan (VIP). This lets you purchase, manage, and assign permissions to use Adobe software and services to users through a really simple, easy to use portal.

Basically, your Jigsaw24 contact sets up a VIP portal and invites you in, then you deploy the software as needed, and can monitor who’s got access to what. Becoming a VIP member also lets you keep track of all your Cloud seats in a single agreement with a single anniversary date, even if you add extra seats part way through the year, so you never lose track of what needs renewing.

What’s happened to TLP/CLP?

If you feel particularly averse to the cloud, you can stick to your old TLP (Transactional Licensing Program, where you make a single one-off purchase) or CLP (Cumulative Licensing Program, where you get discounts for buying more than eight seats) model and buy Adobe Creative Suite CS6. However, it’s very important to note that any future releases and updates to software will only be available through Creative Cloud. After that, Adobe will only release support for operating systems.

[UPDATE, 16/04/2014]: From 1st June 2014, Adobe CS6 will no longer be available in TLP and CLP licensing programmes, with the last order date being 30th May. Adobe are doing this to simplify their creative offering and decision making process for customers and by removing this option and focusing on Creative Cloud, it will be easier for all customers to stay up to date with the latest and greatest features and tools. If you have any questions about making the move to Creative Cloud, please get in touch!

But I only ever use one application…

Adobe have now released individual subscriptions for all their top Creative Cloud apps. So if you only need to do some retouching in Photoshop CC, only require the drawing tools in Illustrator CC, or could just do with InDesign CC for some page layout, you can do just that. With a Creative Cloud for teams single app subscription, you get access to the latest features of your Adobe CC app, but with the added benefit of predictable budgeting and some great online extras.

The obvious difference is that, while Creative Cloud for teams complete includes access to the full range of Creative Cloud apps and services (including the online collaborative tools and file sharing functionality), a single app plan only includes access to one app and limits the amount of storage to 20GB per user (100GB for the complete option). Additionally, while the single app version lets you sync, share and collaborate with colleagues, and create a customised online portfolio with Behance ProSite, you don’t have access to the full range of Creative Cloud apps.

To put that into perspective, with complete, you’re getting access to 19 apps, 6 additional web tools and 8 workflow apps. With single apps, you’re only getting access to one chosen app and Behance, but it is around half the price of the complete version’s promo price.

How much am I likely to pay?

You pay an annual subscription fee for whatever version of Creative Cloud you use. As of 1st June 2014, the standard fee is £455 per user, per year for access to practically every application Adobe produce, plus any updates and some tech support from Adobe.

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

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Compare Sony TRIMASTER EL OLED monitors with our chart

Compare Sony TRIMASTER EL OLED monitors with our chart

Looking for a new broadcast reference monitor? The Sony TRIMASTER EL OLED BVM and PVM range are among the most impressive monitors on the market when it comes to colour critical work, with a 12-bit non-linear cubic colour conversion management system giving picture uniformity, colour consistency and accuracy of reproduction. Powered by Sony’s TRIMASTER EL image processing technology, these OLED monitors offer you a huge colour gamut across their entire luminance range, with deep, detailed blacks, accurate skin tones and far less of the flicker and motion blurring you get with CRT monitors.

Click on the link below for our at-a-glance Sony TRIMASTER EL OLED chart…

Know your BVM from your PVM?: Our Sony TRIMASTER OLED EL comparison chart

Want to know more about Sony’s TRIMASTER EL OLED monitors? 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