Universal Audio’s UAD-1 goes into retirement

Universal Audio’s UAD-1 goes into retirement

After 12 years, Universal Audio have announced they’re putting their UAD-1 DSP Accelerator Card into retirement on 31st December. It will live out the remainder of its quiet years functioning as normal, with plug-ins still fully in use, but not receiving support from Universal Audio.

The spirit of the UAD-1 will live on in Universal Audio’s subsequent hardware – the UAD-2 platform, released in 2008, and the brilliant Apollo interface, launched in 2012. But the company will be shutting down their UAD-1 registration/authorisation servers, card transfer functions, and support.

They’ll also be discontinuing the sale of UAD-1 plug-ins (which haven’t seen a new release since 2009) in their online store. The planned deactivation of the 12-year-old UAD-1 servers is, they say, “a necessary step for us to move the UAD platform forward into 2014 and beyond.”

Where do we go from here?

Universal Audio assure UAD-1 users that their hardware and plug-ins will continue to work exactly as they always have, and after December 31st, you’ll still be able to download your final UAD-1 authorisation file. You just won’t be able to make any changes to it — including adding plug-ins and/or transferring card ownership.

Universal Audio UAD-2 on Jigsaw24

If you’ve decided it’s time to move on, the UAD-2 platform is a more than worthy successor, and Universal Audio are even offering a huge $200 off plug-ins for anyone upgrading. All you have to do is buy a Universal Audio UAD-2 card or Apollo interface from us before 31st December, register your new hardware, and then you’ll receive the ‘Last Chance’ voucher in your account, allowing you to redeem it against any UAD plug-ins up until 28th February 2014.

Universal Audio UAD-2 on Jigsaw24

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New iPad Air ready to hit classrooms

New iPad Air ready to hit classrooms

It’s all change on the iPad front, with Apple releasing a new thinner and smaller iPad Air. But what do the new specifications actually mean for the practicalities of using them in the classroom (and the battery life!)? We get hands-on for a first look…

New form factor

iPad Air is 20% thinner and 28% lighter than the 4th gen iPad. It weighs in at around just half a kilo, and you can really feel that difference when you hold the two together. That means it’s a tad more portable, and isn’t going to weigh down school bags as much.

Amazing visuals

The Retina display on iPad Air packs in an incredible 326 pixels per inch. At 2048×1536, the resolution is higher than that of an HD TV, but in a device that fits in the palm of your hand. Photos are noticeably more vibrant and text is really crisp and clear, so reading iBooks and other course materials will be a much better experience.

More powerful performance

Internally, iPad Air boasts the latest A7 processor and 64-bit architecture. Without getting too spec-heavy, Apple claim that will make response times twice as fast on iPad Air compared to the previous model. This means multitasking with various different apps running in iOS 7 is going to be a lot smoother.

Stronger WiFi

iPad Air has doubled up on wireless capabilities too. With two antennas and MIMO technology for connecting to the school’s wireless network, you should get stronger, faster WiFi connectivity. WiFi + Cellular models also apparently support even more networks for better connections on the move.

Better battery

This is the killer – how long does the battery on the new iPad Air actually last? Even with more powerful performance and improved visuals, Apple claim the battery will keep going for up to ten hours from a single full charge. We’re yet to benchmark the figures, but that should definitely cover a school day!

The new Apple iPad Air is available now, with education exclusive pricing from £303.50 (£364.20 inc VAT).
Buy iPad Air now!

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Apple iWork and iLife now free for new Macs and iPad

Apple iWork and iLife now free for new Macs and iPad

For the first time ever, Apple have taken the new step of making their full range of productivity and creativity tools – iWork and iLife – completely free. That means anyone buying a new Mac or iPad with iOS 7 will automatically get apps like Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iMovie and iPhoto for nothing.

And if you already use iWork and iLife, you’ll be happy to know that Apple have also updated the full range of apps with new features for everyone, regardless of whether you’re buying a new iPad or not. All apps have been updated to 64-bit, are integrated with iCloud, and there’s now much greater cross-compatibility between iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, with unified file formats in iWork that make sharing documents much easier.

There’s good news for anyone currently using Mac or iPad, as GarageBand is now free of charge for all devices too. It’s also been given a new look, an all new Sound Library, and new features like Drummer and Smart Controls which let you start making music straight away.

iWork and iLife savings

The big news here really though is how you can now get both iWork and iLife for nothing when you buy a new Mac or iPad (it does need to be a new model running iOS 7 or Mavericks to qualify). For example, pricing for iOS versions of iLife was formerly:

– iPhoto, £2.99.

iMovie, £2.99).

GarageBand, £2.99.

– Total: £8.97.

The iWork suite of productivity apps cost:

– Pages, £6.99.

– Keynote, £6.99.

– Numbers, £6.99.

– Total: £20.97.

So getting all this free with every new purchase of an iOS device running iOS 7 means your total saving per iPad is now £29.94.

For the Mac OS X versions of iLife apps, pricing was:

– iPhoto, £10.49.

– iMovie, £10.49.

– GarageBand, £10.49.

– Total: £31.47.

iWork worked out at:

– Pages, £13.99.

– Keynote, £13.99.

– Numbers, £13.99.

– Total: £41.97.

So your total saving on these apps per Mac is now a huge £73.44. It certainly makes a difference!

Want to know more about Apple’s iWork, iLife, and Macs and 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.


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

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PROMISE unleash world-first Thunderbolt 2 storage

PROMISE unleash world-first Thunderbolt 2 storage

Now that you’ve lined up your new Mac Pro or MacBook Pro with Retina display, it’s time to think about what’s on offer to use up those Thunderbolt 2 ports. Luckily, PROMISE have the answer, with the world’s first Thunderbolt 2-enabled storage – the Pegasus2 and SANLink2.

The Thunderbolt 2 standard is currently the fastest I/O connection out there, with a top speed of 20Gbps (twice that of the original Thunderbolt) and both the PROMISE Pegasus2 and PROMISE SANLink 2 storage solutions have been built specifically with Thunderbolt 2 in mind. That’s great news for anyone looking to edit 4K on the new Mac line-up, as it’ll let them fly through data transfers and keep their workflow as speedy as possible.

“SANLink2 and Pegasus2 have set new standards for performance and flexibility, creating a whole new realm of possibilities for multimedia pros and power users,” said James Lee, CEO, PROMISE Technology. “Being the first company to bring to market storage solutions with Thunderbolt 2 technology further validates PROMISE’s position as the leader in designing high-performance devices for the media and entertainment market – which revolutionizes the creative workflows of our customers so they can be ready for creating, editing, and delivering HD and 4K and beyond content.”
PROMISE Pegasus2 R8
PROMISE Pegasus2

The Pegasus2 is a RAID system that comes in three tiers: R4, R6, and R8, offering four, six, and eight drive bays respectively, thus providing up to 32TB of storage. Highlights include:

– Support for the maximum throughput allowed by Thunderbolt 2 interface.

– Support for simultaneous streaming, editing, and backup of 4K video.

– Dual Thunderbolt ports for daisy chaining.

– Hot-swappable drive bays for effortless drive access.

– Portable hardware RAID protection for offsite shoots.

– Massive storage capacity for backing up creative projects and digital libraries.

– Thunderbolt cable included.


The new SANLink2 is a Thunderbolt 2 to 8Gbps Fibre Channel bridge storage device that provides direct connectivity to an external Fibre Channel Storage Area Network (SAN) such as a VTrak x30 RAID storage system or a VTrak A-Class shared SAN filesystem. Highlights include:

– Enables Fibre Channel connectivity on systems with a Thunderbolt 2 port.

– Dual 8Gbps Fibre Channel ports.

– Dual 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 ports with DisplayPort and device daisy-chain support.

– Supports OS X and OS X Server.

– Supports Xsan and StorNext filesystems.

– Supports all VTrak storage subsystems (4 and 8 Gbps Fibre Channel).

– Thunderbolt cable included.

The PROMISE Pegasus2 and PROMISE SANLink2 are now shipping! Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com for more information. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.


Welcome to our Wicked Week of Halloween deals and prizes

Welcome to our Wicked Week of Halloween deals and prizes

Offers and deals and prizes, oh my! To celebrate Halloween this year, we’re taking to Twitter to bring you a whole five days of the deadliest deals and most chilling competitions, snappily titled Wicked Week.

Whatever your tech persuasion, we’ve got an incredible offer that’s guaranteed to put the willies up you. These deals are limited time, and exclusive to Twitter, so we don’t want to give too much away, but if we say the words Canon, Wacom, HP, Avid, Quark and ‘massive savings’, you might get the idea.

We’re also running a competition where you can bag yourself a ‘mystery Apple device’ just by tweeting us your best Halloween pics. So get dressed up in your most terrifying finery and practise your best demonic gurn for a chance to win. Of course, the only way you’ll be able to keep up with all our Wicked Week deals and competitions will be to follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter. You can also find the competition details and Ts & Cs here.

Take care now. Mwahahaha…

Follow @WeAreJigsaw24 for Wicked Week!

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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.


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!
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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.

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Microsoft Office for Mac


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.