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.


NAB 2014: The Panasonic Lumix GH4 4K is available now!

NAB 2014: The Panasonic Lumix GH4 4K is available now!

Very exciting news for anyone looking to shoot 4K on a tight budget – the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is now available (and for just over a grand too!). On top of 4K video, you also get a brand new sensor, focusing peaking and a 200,000-cycle shutter.

That means the GH4 has even better stills game than Panasonic’s previous Lumix GH3 too, so it’s an ideal DSLR for photographers as well as videographers. The 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor is capable of capturing high-resolution JPEG and RAW stills, as well as UHD 4K 3840×2160 24p/24p/30p, cinematic DCI 4K 4096×2160 video at 24p, and full HD at up to 96 fps onto SD card. It’s also compatible with Micro 4/3″ lenses, so you can use your favourite glass with this system.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 on Jigsaw24

4K video shooting

On the video front, the GH4 can handle 4K shooting and offers 12fps full resolution burst shooting mode. Panasonic have added new Depth from Defocus technology for better clarity and accuracy in shots, and also equipped it with Variable Frame Rate which ranges from 2fps to 96fps or 4x speed, all in full 1080p HD.

You get two OLED displays on the Panasonic Lumix GH4 – one for the rear monitor and the second for the Live View Finder – and it also has built-in WiFi and NFC connectivity, all packaged up in a weather-sealed body that’s both dustproof and splashproof (pretty handy for outdoor shooting in our unpredictable weather!). There’s also the option of adding the DMW-YAGH base module interface unit, which even includes timecode for integration into broadcast workflows

The full features are listed below:

– Highest quality 4K shooting experience.

– High quality, high sensitivity 16.05 megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor.

– Micro 4/3″ lens mount.

– 1024×768 OLED panel.

– HDMI 1.4a outputs 4K or 1080 streams.

– PAL/NTSC switchable.

– Wireless connectivity via WiFi/NFC with smartphones.

– Precision AF: Contrast AF system is enhanced by the integration of DFD (Depth from Defocus) technology.

– Video formats: MOV, MP4, AVCHD Progressive and AVCHD.

– Durable, ergonomic and intuitive design.

– Optional interface unit available – DMW-YAGH.

Panasonic at NAB 2014

Panasonic will be exhibiting again this year at the NAB Show, 7-10 April, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. They’ll be debuting a pair of their signature VariCam cameras, one 4K VariCam and one 2/3 type, plus P2 solid-state recording media, the expressP2 card, 4K capture and the expressP2 card drive. Visit them to find out more at booth C3607 in the Central Hall.

Panasonic Lumix GH4 on Jigsaw24

Want to know more about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 4K system camera? Call 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.  

Jigsaw24’s top tech bloggers

Jigsaw24’s top tech bloggers

We love a good blog as much as the next person, and are constantly on the lookout for the latest Apple news, Mac Pro reviews and other creative bits and bobs. So we thought it’d be a good idea to round up all our top tech bloggers into one place, and for each of the chosen bloggers, we designed a custom Jigsaw24 badge to show our gratitude (there was a bit of a fight over who got the rabbit).

These guys are all well worth a look into if you’re interested in anything technology-related. You can see their bios and Twitter profiles below.


Brian Westover – PCMag.com

Bio: “Brian Westover is an Analyst for the Hardware Team, reviewing laptops, desktops, and storage devices. Brian has been writing professionally since 2007, and his work has appeared in business newsletters, websites, textbooks, and magazines.” Twitter: @BrianatPC

Dave Neal – The Inquirer

Bio: “Thyroid Cancer Enduring Technology Journalist & Geek. Of Mice, Memory and Chemotherapy.” Twitter: @DaveNeal33


Neil Bennett – Digital Arts

Bio: “Editor of Digital Arts. Man about town. Music snob. Father. You know the rest.” Twitter: @NeilBennett


David Pierce – The Verge

Bio: “Senior Reviews Editor at The Verge. Formerly an analyst at PCMag. Written for Wired, The Washington Post, PC World, and others. Zog Sports soccer champion. I live in Brooklyn, studied politics at the University of Virginia (properly known as Mr. Jefferson’s University), and have been known to eat Ramen from time to time.” Twitter: @PierceDavid

Matt Hill – T3.com

Bio: “Tech! Games! Films! Magazines! Tablets! Spurs! Monsters! Own views! Live! Editor, T3 Magazine & Digital Editions.” Twitter: @gethill


Greg Koenig – Atomic Delights

Bio: “I’m a product designer living in Portland, Oregon. Eventually I’ll tell you more, but the only germane thing to know is that I love making things and appreciating how others make things.” Twitter: @gak_pdx

Sanjiv Sathiah – Electronista.com/MacNN.com

Bio: “News Editor at Electronista.com/MacNN.com, Transport for NSW, muso, music lover, movie lover.” Twitter: @sathinator


Khidr Suleman – ITPro

Bio: “Khidr Suleman is the Technical Editor at IT Pro, a role he has fulfilled since March 2012. He is responsible for the reviews section on the site  – so get in touch if you have a product you think might be of interest to the business world. He also covers the hardware and operating systems beats.” Twitter: @TechPunk316


Gerald Lynch – Tech Digest

Bio: “News Editor @ Gizmodo UK . Successful tech blogger, failed guitar hero. WL2M Iggy Pop, Reeves and Mortimer. Keep the Faith.” Twitter: @geegeemidnight


Hunter and Tom at Digital Spy Tech
Hunter Skipworth and Tom Mansell – Digital Spy Tech

Hunter: “Technology Editor for Digital Spy. Not related to Hunter from Gladiators. Views my own. I like tech, turtles and cars … sorry.” Tom: “Video Producer for @digitalspy All views expressed here are my own. More moderate in real life.” Twitter: @HunterSkipworth/@Mansellto

Jonny Evans – Computerworld

Bio: “Word-miner, watching iChange since ’99. Watching Apple since ’99.” Twitter: @jonnyevans_cw


Matthew Bolton – MacFormat/TechRadar

Bio: “Deputy Editor of MacFormat and Future’s Apple Specials (and tech journalist). Opinions expressed are entirely my own folly.” Blog: MacFormat Twitter: @matthewbbolton


Scott Hansen – ISO50/Tycho

Bio: “I am a San Francisco, California based musician (Tycho) and artist (ISO50). I created the ISO50 site originally to house my design work in a portfolioformat but over the years it has grown to encompass a shop, clothing line, and blog.” Twitter: @ISO50


Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.biz

Bio: “Meet Larry Jordan, an internationally-renowned consultant and Apple-Certified trainer with over 35 years experience as a television producer, director and editor with national broadcast and corporate credits.” Twitter: @LarryJordanFCP


Mark Prigg – MailOnline/StuffTV

Bio: “US Science and Technology Editor @MailOnline, Welsh, Cardiff City fan, primate enthusiast.” Twitter: @markprigg

Ian Osborne – MacFormat/TechRadar

Bio: “I’m the reviews editor for MacFormat. This is my personal Twitter account, so all opinions expressed here are my own and not those of my employer.” Twitter: @ijosborne

Stephen Dean – The Register

Bio: Tech writer and reviewer at The Register, specialising in Apple Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, iPad and iPhone news and review. Twitter: @TheRegister


Darrell Etherington – TechCrunch

Bio: “A writer focused on covering early-stage startups, especially those with a technology focus.” Twitter: @drizzled


Jackson Wong – Videomaker

Bio: “I keep Star Wars stuff on my desk and love video production. I also appreciate foley and sports broadcast. And I usually know how to write longer sentences…” Blog: Twitter: @Videomaker

Peter Cohen – iMore

Bio: “Managing editor, iMore.com. Freelance tech journo. Husband to @fletchen, dad to three kids.” Twitter: @flargh


Dana Wollman – Engadget

Bio: “Engadget managing editor (still overseeing reviews), native Brooklynite, marathoner, lover of puns. No Twitter pitches, please.” Twitter: @DanaWollman


Want more of the latest news on Apple, Mac and iPad and the hottest new creative technology? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest festive news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.



Win a ton of film gear in the My RØDE Reel competition

Win a ton of film gear in the My RØDE Reel competition

Microphone kings RØDE have launched a short film competition, with a bountiful hoard of film gear up for grabs. Here’s how you can enter My RØDE Reel, and potentially get your hands on some of the $70,000 worth of swag…   

My RØDE Reel is an international short film competition, and as such you need to enter a short film to be in with a chance  of winning (no premium rate phone-ins here). Two films, in fact. Firstly, an original short film on any topic of up to five minutes, and secondly an accompanying behind-the-scenes video that shows a RØDE microphone in use.

What can I win?

This is the exciting bit. The overall winner of the My RØDE Reel Judges’ Film Prize 2014 gets a whole heap of film kit. There isn’t room to fit it all in here, but suffice to say, some of the highlights include a Blackmagic Cinema Camera, a couple of Zeiss lenses, dozens of microphones and accessories from RØDE including the NTG-3, SmartLavs and VideoMicPro, a pair of Event Opal speakers, storage such as the G-Technology G-DOCK ev, camera support and software including a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud. Phew.

There are also six category prizes – Best Sound Design, Best Soundtrack, Best Documentary, Best Cinematography, Best Location and Best Non-English Film – which all walk away with an NTG-3, Blimp, Boompole and Event 20/20 monitors. Oh, and you get a free RØDE t-shirt just for entering too.

What do I have to do?

Once you’re happy with your film and the behind-the-scenes video, upload them to YouTube with ‘My RØDE Reel 2014′ at the end of the titles, then just fill out the entry form here to be in with a chance. Entries must be submitted between 1 March and 31 May 2014.

Want to know more about RØDE microphones? 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.


6 app ideas to boost your business

6 app ideas to boost your business

From sales tools to logistics and reporting tools to mobile versions of your key business systems, a killer mobile app can allow your business to capture and access information on the move at all times. It can also bring your mobile workforce closer to your office workflows. 

Here are just 6 of the ways your business can benefit (plus a couple of examples for you to try out)…

1. Sales tools and catalogues

One great use of a mobile app is as a customer-facing sales tool that lets customers browse and purchase on their iPad. You can build full product price lists and ensure salespeople have the most up to date information when pitching or putting together quotes, all helping you streamline your sales experience and reduce your time to quote.

You can even accept credit card payments on the spot, using functionality much like in the iZettle app (iZettle AB, free).

App development from Jigsaw24

2. Presentation tools

An app is also a great way to showcase what your business does to a customer, presenting your full roster of services, as well as case studies and other resources. We recently worked with Phoenix IT to develop their own custom app, which has helped their field sales team promote the company’s services, streamline the customer-facing sales experience and make them look professional too.

Take a look at the brilliant Lowe + Partners app (Lowe and Partners, free) for an idea of how you can effectively showcase your business with a custom app.

3. Key business systems

Custom apps can also be mobile versions of your key business systems, integrating into your backend systems and providing shortcuts to frequently required resources. Integrating your apps with Salesforce or other CRM and mission-critical systems is a great way to ensure field staff have all the data they need, when they need it.

It also improves reporting and process consistency between mobile workers and those in head office.

4. Logistics tools

Another thing to think about is location awareness. Laptops don’t tend to share their location, whereas mobile apps can, which makes them great as logistics tools. By using a check-in function to record the time and date at a location, a custom app can track inventory and help you manage appointments with customers.

One of our most recent projects involved building an app that allowed drivers for a furniture company to track their location, pinpoint nearby customers, then assess and photograph returned items before they headed back to the office, speeding up processing and improving data flow.

5. Data capture

That leads us on to the data capture abilities of mobile apps. Simple input forms can be used to capture data on the move, and can be enhanced with iPhone and iPad features such as the camera and GPS. Forms can also be expanded into checklists, which can allow interactive checklists for site visits, surveys and inspections.

With a custom app, your mobile device can essentially become a camera, bar code reader, GPS tracker, survey tool and checklist tool, all in one.

6. Reporting tools

All that data captured by field staff can then immediately be viewed back at the office through a custom app. Harnessing web interfaces and APIs or database queries and spreadsheets, data from field staff can be viewed by office based staff or other mobile workers. And of course, emails and push notifications via a service provider can be used to feed back to other users too.

These are really just a few starting points, though – there are hundreds of possibilities for an app to change your business. Maybe you’ve already got your own billion-dollar app idea and just need someone to crack on with the coding… 

Custom app development from Jigsaw24

Want to know more about developing your own killer business app? Get in touch with our app development team on 03332 400 888, email appdevelopment@Jigsaw24.com or head to our custom app development site.

Autodesk subscriptions: What do I need to do?

Autodesk subscriptions: What do I need to do?

By now, you should know that Autodesk subscriptions are the best way of keeping your software current. As well as saving a packet by getting free automatic upgrades (typically 25-30% on the price of a full software upgrade), you also get the benefits of flexible licensing and tech support too.

But maybe you think you don’t qualify for an Autodesk subscription, or they’re not right for you? Well here are four scenarios where subs can save you, no matter what product you’re currently on…

Autodesk on Jigsaw24

I don’t even have any Autodesk products yet – If you’re only just looking into purchasing your Autodesk products now, you can take out a subscription at the same time. That way you can make sure your licence is always current and you never have to worry about upgrading!

I’m on a current product but don’t have subs – If you’re on a current version of an Autodesk product but didn’t take out a subscription at the same time, there may still be time for you to add a subscription. Late fees may be applicable, and it will be backdated to the original purchase date. Drop us a line and we can take a look for you.

My subscription has expired – If it expired in the last 364 days, there may still be time for you to renew. Late fees may be applicable, and it will be backdated to the original expiration date. Again, get in touch and we can find out for you.

I’m on an old version of Autodesk – If it’s up to six releases back from the current release, you’ll need to buy an upgrade to the newest release, and make sure to take out a subscription with it. Upgrades cost 70% of the new licence price, and if you act now you can take advantage of up to 30% off this cost until April 24th!

– I maintain an Autodesk subscription – In which case none of these changes will affect you and you have nothing to do but renew when the time comes. Remember multi-year renewals are available, and renewing for three years saves you 5%!

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.


Autodesk are saying adios to upgrades come 2015

Autodesk are saying adios to upgrades come 2015

So. Farewell then Autodesk upgrades. On 1 February 2015, Autodesk will discontinue upgrade purchase options for all non-current product versions. So if you want to stay on the most current releases, you’ll need to make sure you’re up to date with an Autodesk subscription.

Purchasing one of these is 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, support, flexible licensing and access to select additional Autodesk 360 cloud services. Sounds alright, doesn’t it?

Autodesk on Jigsaw24

This change will affect all Autodesk products (excluding creative Finishing Products). Currently, you can upgrade up to six releases back to the newest version but, after 1 February 2015, this option will no longer be available. You will still be able to crossgrade to a higher value product from a current release – for example cross grade to Maya to an Entertainment Creation Suite or from AutoCAD to Design Suite. After this deadline, anyone with a non-current perpetual licence will be able to keep using it indefinitely (however it will not be upgradeable).

So what do I need to do?

If you have a perpetual licence and keep your subscription up to date, then this change will not affect you. If you’ve let your subscription lapse or you’ve purchased within the last year and didn’t take out a subscription, then adding or doing a late renewal to get it back up to date will usually be the best option for you.

If you’re running a previous version (up to six releases back) then it maybe time to start budgeting for and upgrade with a subscription. Also, if you’re adding any new seats, we’d strongly recommend taking out your subscription at the same time to ensure you get access to future releases.

The change won’t come into effect until Feb 2015, so there’s still time to consider options and budget for any necessary upgrades or subscription add-ons. To aid you in this, Autodesk are offering customers up to 30% off the cost of upgrades until 24 April. For customers who find that a perpetual licence with subscription isn’t right for them, Autodesk do now offer rental licences on both a quarterly and annual basis.

If all this sounds like a lot to digest, don’t worry, we’re here to help. Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email autodesk@Jigsaw24.com to talk through your options and any promotions you’re entitled to. For all the latest news and tips follow us on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.


Apple make big improvements to iOS management tools for schools

Apple make big improvements to iOS management tools for schools

Thinking of embarking on a large scale iPad rollout at your school, but worried about managing all those devices? Well now Apple have taken huge steps to allay any fears, with some big improvements to their iOS management and enrolment tools. (Our onsite engineers’ collective assessment of this: “Whoop!”)

The biggest improvement for schools, especially larger ones, looking at rolling out iPad are the changes to the Mobile Device Management (MDM) feature. This is now tighter than ever, forcing all devices to be configured according to each school’s requirements, and making it far more difficult for students to remove installed profiles and enable access to blocked content on the devices.

Another important update is Cache Server which allows schools to have students download any updates for apps locally. That will take a huge strain off the school’s internet bandwidth!

The full list of changes, as well as some location updates to the Volume Purchase Programme, are outlined in a series of documents Apple have posted on their IT deployment page. There are a few guides and cheat sheets aimed at IT teams looking to roll out devices too, but we would always recommend getting an engineer to come and sort this for you.

Whether you’re deploying 10 iPad or 1000, our Apple-certified onsite engineers can help set up and enrol every device, and also train IT teams in how to use Apple’s management tools efficiently. They can come at a time that suits your school and will be on hand to answer any question you may have at every stage of your deployment (in return for the odd cuppa).

To find out more about our Apple deployment services, get in touch with us on 03332 409 333 or email learning@Jigsaw24.com