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.

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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.
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The number 1 reason we love AJA (spoiler: warranties)

The number 1 reason we love AJA (spoiler: warranties)

It’s pretty easy to fall for AJA. Their capture cards and converters, plus routers and recorders, have seen them become industry favourites for acquisition and conversion, renowned for their high quality build and reliability. And now with their new CION 4K production camera, they’ve given camera buffs something to swoon over too.

But the reason we love AJA goes beyond the surface. It might sound mundane, but it’s one of the top reasons we recommend AJA to customers: warranties. Yup, the fact that AJA offer longer warranties than pretty much any other vendor has completely endeared them to us.

This is a great thing for video professionals, as it means your kit is covered for far longer, giving you complete peace of mind should anything go wrong. Take the popular Mini Converter range for example – these come with five year warranties included as standard, as do their Kumo routers. AJA’s Kona capture cards give you a warranty of three years.

Confidence in quality

The fact that AJA can do this shows the confidence they have in the quality of their kit, and know that it’s going to last. And they’ve got the pedigree to back it up. California-based AJA were founded by engineer John Abt in 1993, and now 20 years later they employ some 200 people worldwide, building industry-leading video capture cards, digital recording devices, video routers, frame synchronisers and scalers, digital converters and professional 4K cameras that are built to last.

If any product does happen to fail within the warranty period, you can just give us a call and we will get it replaced for you. In many cases, we can even offer advanced replacement, whereby we’ll ship you a new item while yours is being repaired, so you can carry on working and not suffer any downtime.

We’ve worked with AJA products for years now, have one of the largest stock holdings in the UK, and can get all key items out to you with next day delivery. So if you’re on the lookout for any AJA product, get in touch with the team or have a browse of the full range in our AJA shop.

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Business app of the week: Microsoft OneNote for iPad

Business app of the week: Microsoft OneNote for iPad

There are a number of note-taking apps out there, but in our eyes none quite match the excellent Microsoft OneNote. Letting you sync, back up and organise your notes on iPad as well as across all your desktops and devices, it’s almost made us forget jotters even existed.

What is Microsoft OneNote for iPad?

Microsoft OneNote (Microsoft Corporation, free) is available for free for any platform, be it Windows 7/8, Android or iOS, but we’re looking specifically at the OneNote app for iPad here. Like Apple’s own Notes app, which comes pre-loaded on iPad, or other solutions like Evernote, it essentially lets you take notes, capture thoughts and ideas and set to-dos on your tablet wherever you are, be it in the office, out on the road or in a meeting, but packs a few other tricks up its sleeve which set it apart from the competition too.

How does it work?

The great thing about OneNote is that any notes you take in the iPad app will automatically be synced with any other desktop computers and devices that you have the OneNote app installed on too. It’s really quite impressive!

If you’ve already got a Microsoft Account (these are free to set up if you don’t), you just need to sign into the app using your credentials, and everything gets saved in the cloud on Microsoft’s OneDrive service. You can then share notes with colleagues to collaborate on in realtime, and quickly search through them using keywords to easily find what you’re looking for.

Who is it for?

The best application for OneNote we have found is definitely for taking down ideas in meetings, so it’s brilliant for the business environment. Equally, it would be ideal for a field salesperson to jot down notes while on the road, or while meeting a client face-to-face, then continue to work on them on their desktop or laptop machine when they get back to the office. (Oh, and it’s pretty handy for creating and ticking off your weekly shopping list too!)

What’s the best feature?

One of the most interesting features (and certainly one that sets it apart from Notes, Evernote et al) is the whiteboard feature. Say your business meeting has resulted in a pretty epic flowchart taking up the whiteboard, and you want to save it before it gets wiped away – simply point your iPad and take a snap, and OneNote automatically crops and optimises your picture to be shared. Take a look at this quick example from  our Warhol-inspired meeting room…

Using the whiteboard function in OneNote

How much is it and where can I get it?

Microsoft OneNote for iPad (Microsoft Corporation, free) is completely free, as is the desktop version. Both can be downloaded from the App Store on your Mac and iPad, as well as from iTunes. If you’re an Office 365 user, there’s also the option to go pro with OneNote, which gives you access to premium features such as audio and video capture (you can check out Microsoft Office 365 subscriptions here).

– Missed last week’s app review? Check out Parallels Access for iPad here.

Want to know more about making the most of iPad in business? Give our team a call on 03332 409 306 or email B2B@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

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iPad tip of the week: How to organise your iOS apps using folders

iPad tip of the week: How to organise your iOS apps using folders

Once you’ve had your iPad for a while, the number of apps you’ll have downloaded will probably start to stack up and spill over on to multiple home screens. There is a really easy way to organise your app collection though, using iPad’s folders.

With these, you can group all your apps together by relevancy (say, rounding up all your productivity apps, reading apps, photo or video apps into their own folders). You can create as few or as many folders as you want by simply dragging one application icon onto another, so all your similar apps are kept in one place.

Creating folders in iOS

Here’s how to do it:

1. To move an app, hold your finger on an app icon and you’ll see it begin to shake.

2. Drag the app you want to move onto another app.

3. A folder will appear, and iPad will automatically name it based on which apps you’ve combined eg Photography or Reading).

4. You can customise the name to your liking by opening a folder and holding your finger on an app until it starts to shake.

5. Take your finger off and then tap in the text field above the folder.

6. Enter your preferred name and then press your Home button to exit and save the folder.

There you have it – custom folders that make for less cluttered home screens and easier to find apps.

Got a question about iOS and iPad in business? Give our team a call on 03332 409 306 or email B2B@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

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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.”

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The results are in… iPad in education survey 2014

The results are in… iPad in education survey 2014

Early in summer 2014, we asked education institutions to fill in a survey to let us know how they are currently using iPad and mobile technology in school. The aim was to find out what your experiences have been so far and what your plans for the future are, so we can understand how we can better support schools in the UK.

It was also a chance for you to see how you compare with schools across the country, and get a regional look at how you compare in your local area. We had a fantastic response, with everyone from teachers to assistant heads to network and infrastructure managers filling in the survey, so thank you very much for your time. As promised, here are the results…

Majority of schools are using iPad

First of all, we asked respondents whether or not they were using iPad, and a staggering majority had already taken iPad on board (83.33%). Of those, around a third had fewer than ten devices, around another third had 11-50, while 12.5% had between 51 and 250 devices, and 18.75% were clearly at the full adoption stage, currently having more than 251 devices.

It was also interesting to note that many schools had a small amount of non-iPad tablets too. 69.23% owned fewer than ten non-iPad tablets, and 7.69% had somewhere between 11 and 50.

Satisfaction levels are good

Everyone who filled in the survey were at some stage of deploying mobile technology in their school, whether at the early stage of their journey (37.5% are currently trialling mobile devices), at an intermediate stage (43.75% have adopted a significant number of devices, but wanted to scale up further) or at a more advanced level (18.75% are ready to fully implement a 1:1 deployment).

It looks like those schools who have begun their iPad journey are generally satisfied too. Half of the respondents are fairly satisfied, using iPad in some areas but inconsistently, and are yet to use iPad as it was fully intended, 18.75% are finding iPad is being used well but usage could be improved with certain teaching staff and classes, and 31.25% are pleasingly finding their iPad satisfaction levels excellent, with it being constantly used in a productive and beneficial way.

Plans for moving to Mac are still unlikely

While uptake of iPad is widespread and mostly positive on the whole, there is still some resistance to making the move to Mac. Only 15.38% said it would be ‘likely’ they would adopt the Apple ecosystem (including Mac notebook and desktop computers) further, the same amount were indifferent, and 7.69% each were either ‘very likely’, ‘very unlikely’ or responded ‘other’. The majority – 46.15% – were in the ‘unlikely’ camp, and 53.85% said they would be likely to further implement iPad, but unlikely to implement Mac.

Cost and training remain hurdles

Finally, we asked respondents what, if anything, they saw as possible hurdles in reaching their mobile technology goals. There were two clear front-runners for this question: curriculum integration and training (69.23%), and cost (61.54%). Other factors included infrastructure (30.77%), technical training, administration and stakeholder support (each on 23.08%), as well as choosing an IT partner (7.69%).

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Business app of the week: Parallels Access for iPad

Business app of the week: Parallels Access for iPad

For a newly mobilised workforce, having access to key apps and files from mobile devices is essential, but with some solutions this can be a bit of a faff. With Parallels Access for iPad, staff can log in to your PC and Mac office environment and fully-fledged apps using iPad gestures. It’s time we looked inside Access for businesses…

What is Parallels Access for iPad?

If you’re used to working with both Mac and PC in your business, you may have heard of Parallels Desktop as the software that lets you run Windows virtually on your Macs. Parallels Access (Parallels, Inc, free) is like its mobile sister, letting you log in to your PC or Mac environment using your iPad, and access all the Windows apps and files on there remotely, so you can continue to work on projects when you’re away from the office.

Parallels Access for iPad

How does the app work?

Access, as Parallels put it, ‘applifies’ your Windows and Mac software. That is to say, it adds a level of iPad gesture control to your key applications without losing the functionality of more intensive applications, as Parallels puts the workload on your PC rather than your iPad. You simply tap to start any PC or Mac application, then use familiar iPad controls such as the magnifying glass to select text, and copy and paste in your desktop apps as if they were iPad apps. It’s even possible to copy and paste between your Mac or PC applications and iPad apps.

Who is Parallels Access for?

Any business who runs both Mac and PC estates as well as iPad deployments will benefit from the level of integration that Parallels Access gives. It lets you run Windows applications like Microsoft Office and your key business apps directly from iPad, and remotely access legacy files and documents just by logging in.

What’s the best feature?

Security and compliance requirements are obviously a key consideration for businesses, and Parallels Access really excels in this area. It’s secure, encrypted and operates the same access permissions and restrictions that staff have on applications and data in the office. Staff can open and work on files stored in the cloud without moving them to third party apps that might not meet your security requirements, and there’s a two-way sync so you don’t have to worry about version control.

How much is it and where can I get it?

The Parallels Access app (Parallels, Inc, free) doesn’t cost anything, and you can download it from the App Store on your iPad, or from iTunes. You will, however, need a subscription get continued access to Access, which costs £34.99 per year per licence. If you’re already using Parallels Desktop for Mac, you’re also entitled to a free six month subscription to Access.

Want to know more about making the most of iPad in business? Give our team a call on 03332 409 306 or email B2B@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook
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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.
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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.