Video: What’s new in Adobe Photoshop CC?

Video: What’s new in Adobe Photoshop CC?

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

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

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

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

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

Desktops

Supported:

– Mac Pro mid-2012, 2010 & 2009 5,1

– Mac Pro early 2009 4,1

Not Supported:

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

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

Laptops

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

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

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

– MacBook Pro 15-inch (Mid 2012: 9,1)

– MacBook Pro 13-inch (Mid 2012: 9,2)

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

Mac mini

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

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

iMac

– iMac 2012 13,1 i5

– iMac 2010 11,3 i7

– iMac 2009 11,1 i5

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

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All the news from WWDC 2013

All the news from WWDC 2013

There’s no escaping the fact that last night was WWDC 2013 (or Worldwide Developers Conference to the non-Apple-fanboys out there); the one day of the calendar year pre-billed in advance when everyone turns their attention to Apple expecting to find out what the latest round of technology updates is going to be.

It’s safe to say that this year didn’t disappoint. In what was an incredibly exciting Apple update, there was a preview of the brand-new Mac Pro, a refresh of the MacBook Air, the biggest redesign of iOS in years, iOS 7, and the latest OS X release (OS X Mavericks)! Here are the highlights!

MacBook Air – A battery that will last all day, and faster performance all round

OK, let’s get one thing straight – the battery life on the MacBook Air has always been exceptional! But it’s just got a whole lot better, with up to 12 hours of battery life on the new 13″ model (and 9 hours on the 11″). It’s safe to say that Apple have squarely positioned this as the perfect business tool – while you could always rely on the MacBook Air to last you for most of the day and not pack up mid-meeting, the new models will rival the iPad in their ability to deal with constant use from the morning commute right through to getting home in the evening.

It’s not just the battery that has had an overhaul though – the processors, WiFi and storage have all been updated to keep the MacBook Air at the forefront of portable computing. As far as the processor goes, the new models feature the latest fourth-generation Intel Core Haswell processors and Intel HD Graphics 5000 which, as well as helping to give MacBook Air a boost, are partly responsible for that amazing battery life; they use less power than their predecessors.

There’s also support for the next generation of WiFi (802.11ac technology) which gives up to three times the wireless speed of the previous generation. Finally, the flash storage that we saw introduced in previous models is 45 percent faster in this generation, and the 11″ model comes with twice the capacity as standard – 128GB for the same price as the previous 64GB model. All in all, this now offers exceptional value!

Mac Pro – The future of professional desktops

There’s been a refresh of the Mac Pro on the cards for a while, and last night it was previewed. With an all-new sleek design and internal hardware to match, this is the next generation of pro desktop computing.

First up, it’s hard to miss the design of the Mac Pro. Gone is the matte silver finish that’s become expected of the Mac range, and instead is a tube-like black design – it’s only 9.9 inches tall and 6.6 inches wide! Inside, there are up to 12 cores of processing power (which is up to two times faster than the previous model, thanks to 40GBps of PCI Express gen 3 bandwidth and 256-bit-wide floating-point instructions), a four channel DDR3 memory controller that delivers up to 60GBps of memory bandwidth (again twice the amount of the current Mac Pro!) as well as next generation PCI Express flash storage that’s up to 10 times faster than a 7200rpm SATA hard drive. And how do they pack so much in? There’s an all-new thermal core that conducts heat away from the CPU and GPUs and distributes it evenly across the core.

Mac Pro is expected to arrive later on this year in Autumn, and we’ll have a more detailed rundown on what it means for pro computing soon! In the meantime, get in touch with the team with all your questions.

OS X Mavericks – Making waves on the desktop

Whether you were just getting used to having an operating system named after a big cat or were expecting OS X Ocelot to rear its head any day, the name of OS X Mavericks (a surfing location in California, by the way…) was far from the biggest news in last night’s announcement. From iBooks and Maps making their way to the Mac to improved support for multiple displays (yes!) we are expecting big things from this new version of the Mac OS. Here’s a rundown of just some of the new features:

– Multiple Displays – OS X has supported multiple displays for a long time, but one of the biggest disadvantages so far has been only having access to a Dock and menus on the main screen. Not anymore! It’s complete flexibility – you can run an app full screen on each display, have multiple windows on one screen and a full screen app on the other, or access the dock from wherever you choose. This is a great new feature – particularly for business users.

– iBooks – We’re now used to iBooks being available on iPhone and iPad, and it only seemed like a matter of time before it found its way on to the Mac too. If you’re already familiar with the mobile equivalents, this is going to be familiar ground – you can pinch, zoom, swipe etc. to control your pages – but the nice part is that all of your iBooks purchases will be automatically synced and downloaded on all of your devices. Start reading on your iPhone on your commute home, then open it up on your Mac when you get home to finish it off.

– Maps – Another new addition to the Mac is Maps. This uses the full power of your Mac’s graphics capability to create a photorealistic 3D experience to complement your route planner. Also, with OS X Mavericks, Maps works alongside your Mail, Contacts and Calendar so whenever you see an address, you can see it on a map straightaway.

– Calendar – The OS X Calendar has had a complete facelift! Aside from a simpler and easier to use interface, there’s a new Inspector tool that looks at your agenda and tells you estimated travel times and local forecasts. There’s never going to be an excuse to miss a meeting or leave without a coat again…

– iCloud Keychain – Ever been annoyed by having to retype passwords and credit card details on different devices? I know I have! A nice new feature called iCloud Keychain will now let you save both of them securely in the cloud. The big benefit is that all of your OS X and iOS devices will be able to access that information so you’ll only have to type it once, if you want to.

– Safari – While the new Shared Links (for visiting URLs linked to on Twitter) and Top Sites features are big news because they allow you to organise your favourite sites in a way previously unmatched, it’s the improved speed in Safari that’s really worth shouting about! As far as performance goes, Safari is now 1.44 times faster than Chrome and 1.17 times faster than Firefox, yet still manages to use far less energy than both!

– Notifications – With OS X Mavericks, you can now access notifications and reply to them, without having to leave the app that you’re in – that include responding to calls, deleting emails and replying to a message.

– Tabs and Tags – Finder now includes even better tools for organising your work. You can add Tags to content to bring it up in Finder search results, and there’s the ability to open Tabs so your can search for different files or applications without having to open new windows.

iOS 7 – The biggest thing to happen to the mobile operating system since the iPhone launch!

We’d expected a new version of Apple’s mobile operating system, and we’d heard rumours of a stripped back design, but of all the announcements last night, the new iOS 7 was one of the biggest crowd-pleasers.

From a design point of view, it looks amazing! There are all-new icons and (Sir) Jonny Ive’s much-talked-about translucent layers, which combine to make the process of using iPhone and iPad a simpler and more enjoyable one.

But it’s the new features where this really shines. Highlights include:

– Control Center – Users have been wanting a central place to control some of iPhone’s and iPad’s key functions for some time, and Apple have answered that call. Control Center allows you to do everything from turn on and off Airplane mode, WiFi and Do Not Disturb, to connect to AirPlay and control music. It’s all accessible from a single popup that is accessed by swiping on your Lock screen.

– Notification Center – This is an old favourite, but has been revamped to include Today, a new summary of what you have on in your To-Dos, Calendar, as well as the usual notifications of missed calls and app updates. It will even tap into your Weather and Maps to tell you if you you’ll need an umbrella or if traffic will be a problem on the commute.

– Multitasking – Multitasking is now far more intuitive than ever before! Aside from now including a preview of the different apps that you have open, iOS 7 knows when you are most likely to use each app and will ensure that the content is updated before you open it. This takes multitasking to a whole new level!

– Camera, Collections, Moments and Years – The camera now has a new user interface. There’s even easier access to different shooting formats – video, photo, square and panoramic – and filters that let you polish up your photos before sharing them. When it comes to accessing your photos, there are now new options for scrolling through them. Collections, Moments and Years are new options that group photos and videos based on when they were taken and where.

– AirDrop – Don’t want to use a text or email to send a photo or document? AirDrop will now let you share them quickly (and in far fewer steps) with nearby iOS users simply by hitting the standard Share button. It uses a combination of WiFi and Bluetooth and all transfers are encrypted so you don’t have to worry about your messages being intercepted.

– Safari gets smarter – There’s a new tab view for browsing opening pages, a smart search field (which will recommend close search matches in the same way as it does on a desktop), a Shared Links function that lets you browse URLs send via Twitter, and iCloud Keychain (which remembers your passwords between devices and automatically fills them out for you).

-Siri becomes more human – A redesigned interface, more natural speech patters, new male and female voices, more sources checked (including Wikipedia and Twitter) and the ability to deal with voicemails return calls and more mean that Siri is now one step closer to replacing your P.A. entirely.

 Want to find out more about any of these releases? Get in touch with us on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.comOr you can already order the new MacBook Air models, as well as the updated Time Capsule and AirPort Extreme here.

What do you think of these new releases? Leave us a comment below and let us know what your favourite announcement from last night was!

 

Space’s Core v3 OS has lift-off

Space’s Core v3 OS has lift-off

After previewing at NAB 2013, the latest version of GB Labs’ Core operating system for their Space storage solutions is out now. As well as performance boosts and better file management, there are also a couple of essential goodies on offer for those on an Avid workflow.

Core v3 now includes Avid Project Sharing and Storage Tiering, enabling you to share Avid bins and projects among editors from a single Space volume. Apparently, performance has now been upgraded by up to 20% too, with Version 2 of BlueShift, Space’s Ethernet from NAS delivery engine.

“Space has always been an intelligent system, able to operate without a control workstation,” said Ben Pearce, Sales & Marketing Director of GB Labs. “Core V3 takes this even further, with automated media and storage management built in. We have also developed the system to make integration with 3rd party archiving, asset management and project tools even easier.”

A few more additions, according to GB Labs, include:

Advanced Workspaces and Profiles. Save pre-sets for quick creation and delivery to your connected clients across different operating systems.

Storage Tiering. Automated management for where your files are stored – Super Tier 1 SSD, Tier 1 or Tier 2 spinning disk or archived on to LTO tape.

Hot Folders. Delivering automated rule-based hot folders for media traffic.

File Management. Copy, move and distribute data between Space systems with fast transfer speeds, without tying up client computers.

Additional Protocols. With Version 2 of BlueShift comes AFP, giving improved performance from 1Gbe or 10Gbe attached Macs using Space.

Active Directory integration. Bind Space to an AD and allocate groups and/or users to Workspaces. Available over SMB and AFP.

Secure location/Offline Updates. With many Space solutions residing behind secure networks or remote locations Core V3 allows for offline updates via USB key.

Single interface. Core V3 is available from the web browser and the engineering VGA port.

Extended UPS Support. Core V3 extends UPS support to Eaton products to boost support for APC.

Enterprise SSD. SSD OS drive as standard. Upgrade Kits will be available for older systems.

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Our Adobe Creative Cloud features and price guide

Our Adobe Creative Cloud features and price guide

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

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Universal Audio announce UAD v7 software

Universal Audio announce UAD v7 software

Universal Audio have released the latest version of their UAD software, version 7. With it, there are a few hot new plug-ins to splash out on – Ocean Way Studios, SPL TwinTube Processor and Sonnox Oxford Inflator – but also brand new feature updates for the Universal Audio Apollo interface.

First up, the plug-ins: there’s a new one from UA themselves, plus one each from developers SPL and Sonnox, all designed for the UAD-2 DSP Accelerator hardware or the Apollo High-Resolution Audio Interface. Universal Audio’s new Ocean Way Studios plug-in is supposed to emulate the sound of the legendary Ocean Way Studios (the Nashville recording studio that’s had everyone from Frank Sinatra to Kanye West through its doors), with elements of room, microphone and source modelling, as well as Alan Sides’ huge mic collection.

SPL’s TwinTube Processor plug-in is a recreation of the renowned tube processor, offering the “ability to make vocals and instruments pop, emphasizing select harmonics to add warmth, presence and dimension without impacting dynamic range.” Sonnox’s Oxford Inflator mastering plug-in has been around for a while, and is now available for UAD-2, intended to “increase the apparent loudness of your mix, without audibly affecting quality or reducing dynamic range”. All three of the new plug-ins are available as 14-day free trials

New Apollo updates

What’s also very interesting for Apollo interface users is UAD v7 includes a number of updates to make them even more awesome. The main headlines are that you can now chain multiple Apollos, process DAW Tracks and VST Plug-ins in realtime, a new Pro Tools mode and console usability enhancements. The full list of new features includes:

– Support for new Apollo 16 High Resolution Audio Interface

– Multi-Unit Cascading of two Apollo units or two Apollo 16 units (Note: Combining Apollo with Apollo 16 is an unsupported configuration)

– Virtual I/O feature for Realtime UAD Processing of virtual instruments and DAW tracks

– New PT Mode for easy insertion of outboard analogue hardware in Pro Tools

– Enhancements to Console mixer interface

– Improved Console session file handling

– Revised Console Recall plug-in window

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Adobe Creative Cloud licensing explained

Adobe Creative Cloud licensing explained

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

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

So how do we buy into Creative Cloud?

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

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

What’s happened to TLP/CLP?

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

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

But I only ever use one application…

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

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

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

How much am I likely to pay?

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

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Compare Sony TRIMASTER EL OLED monitors with our chart

Compare Sony TRIMASTER EL OLED monitors with our chart

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

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

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

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NAB 2013 news: Matrox release Monarch HD, Mojito 4K, immediately win awards

As if being inundated with awards for launching their Monarch HD live streaming appliance wasn’t enough (three and counting), Matrox have also used NAB 2013 to showcase the Mojito 4K monitoring card, and announce  full support for the next round of Adobe video editing tools, including Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade. Show-offs!

All the gossip from Matrox is below in press-release form, but if you still happen to be knocking about at NAB 2013, head over to booth SL4616 to take a look at Monarch HD and the Mojito 4K in action.

Matrox Launches World’s First Live Streaming Appliance Under $1000 that Simultaneously Records a Blu-ray Quality Video File — Matrox Monarch HD
LAS VEGAS – April 8, 2013 — Matrox Video today announced Matrox Monarch HD, a small, easy-to-use video streaming and recording appliance priced at just $995. Matrox Monarch HD is designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a Blu-ray quality version for post-event editing. It overcomes the limitations of today’s content delivery networks that only allow recording and archiving at the lower quality available while streaming by providing two independent delivery channels in an integrated unit.
 
Matrox Introduces 4K Video Monitoring Card for Adobe Premiere Pro — Matrox Mojito 4K
LAS VEGAS – April 8, 2013 — Matrox Video today announced Matrox Mojito 4K, a quad 3G-SDI, 4K video monitoring card for use with the upcoming release of Adobe professional video editing tools on Windows platforms. Matrox Mojito 4K enables realtime monitoring and output of video footage at resolutions up to 4096 x 2160 and at frame rates up to 60 fps (4Kp60).
 
Matrox Announces Support for the Next Version of Adobe Professional Video Editing Tools
LAS VEGAS – April 8, 2013 — Matrox Video today announced support for the upcoming release of Adobe professional video editing tools, including Adobe Mercury Transmit for Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe SpeedGrade, with the Matrox MXO2 family of I/O devices and the Matrox Mojito MAX I/O card. The award-winning Matrox I/O products provide broadcast-quality video and audio input, output and monitoring to enable traditional tape-based workflows including deck control for frame-accurate batch capture and print-to-tape. They are also the only I/O solutions on the market that let users encode H.264 files for delivery to the web, iPad and iPhone up to five times faster than software alone without sacrificing quality. In addition, MXO2 devices provide cross-platform Mac and Windows support and are still the only solutions that connect anywhere, Mac and PC, via Thunderbolt, PCIe or ExpressCard/34 — with the same versatile unit. WYSIWYG support for Adobe After Effects and Adobe Photoshop will also be provided.

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NAB 2013 news: Sony release V1.12 firmware update for F5, F55 and R5

Anyone rocking a Sony F5 or F55 camcorder, or indeed their R5 external recorder, is being advised by Sony to download the latest firmware. V1.12 gives letter box video output and letter box SxS recording, FZ lens support, as well as a few bug fixes.

The update is available to download now from the Sony Community. Just as a quick note, if you are using the AXS-R5 external recorder, you will need to update firmware for both your recorder, and your Sony PMW-F5 or PMW-F55 camcorder to the same version. Here’s what you get in the firmware:

1. Letter Box Video Output

Regardless of 4K to HD Conv. SETTING, HD VIDEO OUTPUT aspect is always H-Fit (Letter Box) in Cine-EI Mode. In the next version, Sony will support switchable, Letter Box or Edge Crop.

2. Letter Box SxS Recording

Regardless of 4K to HD Conv. SETTING, simultaneous SxS recording aspect is always H-Fit (Letter Box) in Cine-EI Mode. In the next version, Sony will support switchable, Letter Box or Edge crop.

3. Temporary support for the SCL-Z18x140 lens

You can control now Sony FZ Zoom lens manually, with lens information such as values of iris, focus and zoom. Full support will be updated in later firmware.

4. Bug fixes

In XAVC HD S&Q mode on 51-60FPS, an occasional dropped frame problem occurred. Sony have fixed this but only on 60FPS for the time being. When you use the S&Q function, Sony ask you to avoid selecting 51-59FPS in this version. They will fix it completely in the next firmware. In XAVC HD S&Q mode and 29.97 system frequency, recording failure occurred after rebooting the power, but Sony have now fixed this.

Want to know more about the Sony PMW-F5 and F55 camcorders? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest NAB 2013 news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter‘Like’ us on Facebook or check out our roundup post