Update your Autodesk subscription and skip the late payment fee!

Update your Autodesk subscription and skip the late payment fee!

Autodesk have just announced that anyone who’s let their Maintenance Subscription contract expire, those on current releases who didn’t purchase a subscription at the time of release, can now pull their socks up and buy or renew their sub, and Autodesk will kindly waive the late payment fee.

From 7th August 2014 through to 31st October 2014, Autodesk customers with expired Maintenance Subscription contracts that are 31 to 364 days past expiration may renew their Maintenance Subscription and Autodesk will waive the traditional late fee. The offer applies to all Autodesk products (3ds Max, Maya, AutoCAD etc), including AutoCAD LT and the Autodesk LT portfolio of products.

With Autodesk upgrades soon to be a thing of the past, this is an ideal opportunity for anyone umm-ing and ahh-ing about re-subscribing to get back in the subscription saddle, keeping up with all the latest and greatest versions of their Autodesk software, and reap all the benefits that come with a Maintenance Subscription.

Tell me more about these benefits…

Autodesk Maintenance Subscriptions are the most cost-effective way to stay current and competitive in today’s market – as a subscription customer, you’ll continue to receive enhanced value and services, including automatic upgrades to new releases, cool new features in Autodesk Service Pack releases, support, flexible licensing and access to select additional Autodesk 360 cloud services.

The fact that as of 1st February 2015, Autodesk will be discontinuing upgrade purchase options for all non-current product versions should act as a stimulus to even the tardiest of folks too. If you’re reading this and don’t currently have an Autodesk subscription, here’s what you need to do.

Want us to quote you on upgrading and subscribing your Autodesk licences? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email autodesk@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips follow us on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Atomos create new HDMI pro video standard with triggering and timecode

Atomos create new HDMI pro video standard with triggering and timecode

SDI has long been the industry standard format for the professional video industry, but Atomos are challenging that with a new standard that looks set to finally bring some of SDI’s former advantages – auto triggering and timecode communication – to HDMI. 

As more and more new camera designs including Canon’s wildly popular 5D Mark II/III DSLRs, Nikon’s D800 and more recently Sony and Panasonic’s revolutionary 4K mirrorless cameras, start to use HDMI as the default connection, it was about time someone stepped up to bring its feature set in line with SDI. And Atomos were the ones to do it.

By implementing auto start/stop trigger and timecode over HDMI, users can now connect using HDMI and automatically trigger functions on external devices from the camera itself, just as with SDI. Their new HDMI cables also come with more tight fitting connections and coiled cable lengths that allow for less clutter on the tripod and less force pulling at the HDMI connection. Our only wish was that Atomos had followed the naming conventions of their fantastic Ninja, Samurai, Ronin and Shogun recorders (we’d particularly enjoy plugging in a ‘Shuriken’ cable…).

Creating an open standard for pro video

Jeromy Young, CEO and founder of Atomos, said Atomos were proud to be defining a new standard in such an established market place. “We love HDMI, but as it gets more popular on the camera side we need to help make it work in the pro world. Historically this has only been achieved in the tech industry by creating an open standard… which is what we’ve done.”

He added: “Initially we developed these cables purely to support the Ninja Star, our lightweight, pocket size ProRes recorder, but after consulting with our user base we soon discovered no one had yet developed a complete range of HDMI cables purely for pro video users in our space.”

Availability and pricing

Available from 15th August, the range of HDMI cables includes a right angled HDMI micro to micro/mini and full coiled cables in lengths of 30cm (45cm extended), HDMI mini to full and full HDMI to full HDMI connections in lengths of 30cm to 50cm (65cm extended). We’ll have full pricing up soon.

Want to know more about Atomos pro video hardware? 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.

Free MSA or 25% off CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D

Free MSA or 25% off CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D

Maxon are now offering a free Maxon Service Agreement (MSA) with every new order of CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D. Or upgrade your older software to the latest release, R15, with an MSA right now and you’ll save 25%.

Basically, there’s never been a better time to get yourself on the latest version of CINEMA 4D or BodyPaint, because as well as making sure you’re using the most up to date toolset, you’re getting a massive discount too. The full details on the deal from Maxon are below:

– Any full licence, multi-licences or sidegrades are discounted by the price of your respective MSA when an MSA is taken.

– Any upgrader gets an upgrade at a discount of 25% when taking an MSA.

– C4D Lite upgrades are also included in the deal.

What is an MSA?

A Maxon Service Agreement (MSA) is basically a subscription fee that entitles you to free software updates for 12 or 24 months depending on which contract you choose. For that time period any updates Maxon release for your software – from bug fixes to point releases to full new versions – are yours for free, and you don’t have to worry about finding the money to pay for upgrades throughout the year.

Any software licences covered by an MSA can also be installed on a second computer, so you can have Maxon on your office desktop and your laptop or home computer at no extra cost.

Maxon CINEMA 4D on Jigsaw24

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Looking ahead to BETT 2015

Looking ahead to BETT 2015

It may seem like an age until 2015, but here at Jigsaw24 we’re already psyching ourselves up for our appearance at BETT 2015. With the speed this year’s gone so far, it won’t be long before the next show (21-24 January at Excel, London), is upon us.

BETT – the UK’s largest education expo – is often a pretty accurate bellwether of the biggest up and coming topics in education. Last year’s show, for example, saw crowds flocking to the stands that had 3D printers up and running to get a peek, vendors showing the latest interactive touchscreens – such as CTOUCH – being kept busy, plus continued interest in iPad and mobile device management (read more about our highlights from BETT 2014 here). We’ve since found that these are some of the topics we’ve been asked about most by customers.

This year at BETT 2015, you can bet it’s going to be another very interesting one for technology in education, what with a brand new curriculum that now includes computing as a subject instead of ICT, not to mention a brand new education minister coming in.

Register for BETT 2015

So why not be super-organised and register your interest for BETT 2015 right now? It’s one less thing to worry about next term! Just drop your details to the BETT organisers (social meadia-savvy educators can register via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+ too), then when the complimentary event badges are ready to register for, you’ll be contacted directly. Visit BETT’s registration page.

Want to know more about the latest technology trends for education? 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.

Adobe updates Creative Cloud with new 2014 features

Adobe updates Creative Cloud with new 2014 features

Ever the innovators, Adobe have just released a whole raft of updates to Creative Cloud to help keep wily creatives ahead of the technology curve. Think 3D printing, 4K and Ultra HD video, EPUB creation and the latest web standards.

With hundreds of brand new features across all 14 of the main Creative Cloud apps including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver and Premiere Pro, plus new mobile apps too, the 2014 update is Adobe’s biggest since CS6 (two whole years back now). And the best thing is, if you’re already a Creative Cloud subscriber, all these updates will be available automatically to you.

“Our shift to Creative Cloud has given us a broad canvas on which to innovate like never before,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Digital Media, Adobe. “We’ve taken bold steps with this milestone release, fast-tracking new features to industry-defining tools like Photoshop and InDesign, while introducing mobile apps that turn tablets into indispensable creative tools.”

So what’s actually new?

In the words of Adobe, here’s what you can expect from the 2014 release:

“New capabilities in Photoshop CC for photographers such as: Blur Gallery motion effects for creating a sense of motion; Focus Mask that makes portrait shots with shallow depth of field stand out; new Content-Aware capabilities; and the recently introduced Perspective Warp for fluidly adjusting the perspective of a specific part of your image without affecting the surrounding area. Designers using Photoshop CC will enjoy enhanced Mercury Graphics Engine performance as well as the ability to link Smart Objects and share them across multiple documents. With improved Layer Comps, users save time by changing the visibility, position, or appearance of one layer and simply syncing to see the change reflected in all other Layers. Photoshop CC also has the ability to pinch and zoom images, create smoother strokes, and deliver a more responsive experience.

Also for designers, new capabilities in Illustrator CC include Live Shapes to quickly transform rectangles into complex shapes and then return to the original rectangle with just a few clicks, as well as faster rendering of vector graphics with GPU acceleration on Windows with an Adobe-certified NVIDIA graphics card. In InDesign CC, layout artists can now select table rows and columns and use EPUB Fixed Layout to easily create digital books. Adobe Muse CC now includes 64-bit support, HiDPI display support for sharper-looking images, objects, and text, and the ability to preview and optimize desktop, smartphone and tablet versions of your sites before going live.

New features in the video apps include Live Text Templates and Masking and Tracking, new integrations that leverage the power of Adobe After Effects CC inside Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Race through projects thanks to enhanced graphics performance in Premiere Pro; precise new keying effects in After Effects; a more flexible Direct Link colour pipeline in Adobe SpeedGrade CC; and enhanced multi-track tools for audio work in Adobe Audition CC. Integration between apps has also been further improved to save time when working between Premiere Pro and After Effects or SpeedGrade.

Web tools now include the ability to look at the markup in a document using the new Element Quick View in Dreamweaver CC, which allows Web developers to easily see, navigate, and modify the HTML structure of pages. CSS Designer improvements help apply CSS properties like gradients, box shadows and borders and then easily undo. SVG export in Flash Pro CC lets developers export any frame in Flash projects as an SVG file, while native HTML video support in Edge Animate CC allows the direct import of HTML5-friendly video clips.

New mobile apps and Creative SDK

Delivering on mobile innovation, Adobe launched three new mobile apps for iPad – Adobe Sketch, Adobe Line, and Adobe Photoshop Mix. [They also] began shipping new creative hardware called Adobe Ink, a new digital pen, and Adobe Slide, a new digital ruler. The mobile apps were developed using a new Adobe Creative SDK that unlocks over 30 years of Adobe innovation and makes it available on mobile devices for the first time.

These new apps are professional-grade quality but easy enough for anyone to use, similar to the recently launched Lightroom mobile for photographers and Adobe’s new animated video app for storytelling, Adobe Voice, which were also updated with this release. These powerful, yet easy-to-use apps add significant mobile capabilities to Creative Cloud, integrate workflows with the CC desktop apps and bring tablets into serious creative workflows for the first time.”

Adobe Creative Cloud for teams on Jigsaw24

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Adobe launch new storytelling app, Adobe Voice for iPad

Adobe launch new storytelling app, Adobe Voice for iPad

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

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

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

Adobe Voice for iPad

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

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

Want to know more about our favourite apps and Apple iPad for the classroom? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 333, email learning@Jigsaw24.com, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Jigsaw24 Education Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.

Trade in your old desk for a PreSonus StudioLive AI mixer

Trade in your old desk for a PreSonus StudioLive AI mixer

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

What’s on offer?

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

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

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

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

How does it work?

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

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

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

Exclusive education offer: Get 10% off Canon cameras

Exclusive education offer: Get 10% off Canon cameras

Looking at refreshing your camcorders and broadcast equipment this term? Canon are currently offering 10% off many of their popular products like the Canon Cinema EOS range for education customers. You’ll have to hurry if you want to take advantage of this great offer though, as it runs out on Sunday 18th May 2014.

The 10% offer is applicable to a huge range of Canon’s most popular digital cameras and broadcast equipment, such as the Cinema EOS C100 camcorder which, because of its great feature set and price point, is one of the team’s favourites for education (read James’s review here). Also included are the brilliant XF300 and XF305 camcorders, as well as plenty of quality lenses.

How do I get the discount?

To apply for your 10% off Canon cameras and broadcast equipment, all you need to do is give us a call or email letting us know which products you’re interested in. This is an education-exclusive offer though, so you’ll also need to provide us with your institution’s name and details. The offer is available from 1st March 2014 until 18th May 2014.

Here’s the full list of everything included:


– Canon Cinema EOS C500.

– Canon Cinema EOS C500 PL.

– Canon Cinema EOS C300.

– Canon Cinema EOS C300 PL.

– Canon Cinema EOS C100.

– Canon XA20.

– Canon XA25.

– Canon XF300.

– Canon XF305.


– CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S/SP.

– CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L S.

– CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L SP.

– CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S/SP.

– CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L S.

– CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L SP.

– CN-E14mm T3.1 L F.

– CN-E24mm T1.5 L F.

– CN-E35mm T1.5 L F.

– CN-E50mm T1.3 L F.

– CN-E85mm T1.3 L F.

– CN-E135mm T2.2 L F.

Want to know more about Canon cameras and broadcast equipment for education? 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.


An apology: Autodesk Softimage final release announcement

An apology: Autodesk Softimage final release announcement

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

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


Softimage final release announcement

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

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

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

What is happening to Softimage?

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

How long will Autodesk provide support services for Softimage?

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

What about Service Packs?

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

Want to know more about Autodesk productsGive us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Win a £200 voucher every day in Focusrite’s spring competition blowout

Win a £200 voucher every day in Focusrite’s spring competition blowout

Focusrite are celebrating the start of spring by entering anyone who purchases any Focusrite, Novation or KRK product into a prize draw to win a £200 voucher. With 50 daily draws, that means a total of £10,000 of new kit up for grabs!

All you have to do is buy any new Focusrite, Novation or KRK product from Jigsaw24 between 1 April and 2 June 2014, then fill in the form here for a chance to win. There’s only the matter of one simple question to tax your grey matter: ‘On how many mixes has Chris Lord-Alge (multi-GRAMMY Award-winning producer/mixer) used the Focusrite Red 3 Dual Compressor Limiter?’.

Once you’ve entered and answered the competition question correctly, you’re automatically included in the daily draw for a £200 Studio Gear Voucher until the final draw. There are 50 draws in total, and the sooner you purchase, the more daily competitions you’ll be entered into. The first draw is on 15 April 2014. Winners will be announced daily, and the 50 lucky winners will be contacted directly by Focusrite.

– Once you’ve purchased your qualifying product, you can enter and find out more on Focusrite’s site here.

If you want to be in with a chance, check out the full Focusrite range here. You can also call 03332 409 306, email audio@Jigsaw24.com or leave us a comment below for more info. Don’t forget to keep up with more news, reviews and offers on our Twitter (@Jigsaw24Audio) and Facebook page.