Keep your students safe online with Lightspeed

Keep your students safe online with Lightspeed

If you want a simple way to keep students safe online, in and out of the classroom, Lightspeed Systems is the way to go. There’s three educational specific tools – 1. Mobile Manager; 2. Rocket content filtering appliance and 3. My Big Campus, the engaging collaborative workspace – that work together to create a safe, managed, engaging environment.

We’ve picked out what each element of Lightspeed does and how it can benefit the classroom below, but get in touch with us if you need any more information on Lightspeed and eSafety!

Control your iPad deployment with Mobile Device Management

Lightspeed’s MDM tool, Mobile Manager, lets you look after your whole iPad deployment and apps, and set restrictions on web access. Create profiles and groups to control what departments and what groups of pupils have access to what, or even lock all your devices into a single app using the Single App mode. There are also really handy Advanced Reporting options that let you manage your network, adjust policies and troubleshoot problems.

Get safe web access with Rocket and filtering tools

Rocket is the appliance behind Lightspeed’s web filtering tools, which also features advanced reporting. Web Filter makes sure your iPad and PC estate can only access pre-approved content, reporting any suspicious searches and behaviour to the school’s pastoral care team. Mobile Filter, a combination of the MDM and Web Filter tools, then lets you filter from anywhere, without a VPN, for offline protection. In other words, your pupils are just as safe on their devices at home as they are at school.

Your own safe, collaborative web portal from My Big Campus

My Big Campus is an alternative to a VLE, and works a bit like your own Facebook, encouraging collaboration and promote self learning. You can set up groups for different projects, share work and resources in a pupil-friendly environment. The best thing is, it’s all monitored by Lightspeed using their Bob Campus realtime moderator service. Bob monitors and advises on safe and appropriate codes of practice, stepping in to give advice to pupils if anything inappropriate is shared, plus it will integrate with your existing Active Directory!

Want to know more about Lightspeed? Give our team a call on 03332 409 333 or email For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

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…

Want to know more about subscribing to Adobe Creative Cloud? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

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

Want to know more about Universal Audio cards and Apollo interfaces? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email You can also follow @Jigsaw24Audio on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

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.

Want to know more about subscribing to Adobe Creative Cloud? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook


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

Want to know more about Sony’s TRIMASTER EL OLED monitors? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

Do you need a Digital Asset Management (DAM) system?

Do you need a Digital Asset Management (DAM) system?

Wasting time looking for files, or even having to recreate them from scratch because you can’t find what you’re looking for? File formats and naming conventions all over the place? Take our quiz to see if you’re ready for DAM! 

Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world’s leading questionnaire tool.

If you’ve found out you might need DAM, we have a range of solutions to help,  including Extensis Portfolio Server 11. Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email

Is your WiFi ‘fit for 21st Century learning’?

Is your WiFi ‘fit for 21st Century learning’?

According to a report on WiFi in education, only a quarter of schools have a fully accessible wireless network, and if students are to have the chance to learn both in and out of lessons, Valerie Thompson of the eLearning Foundation argues that it needs to be addressed.

If schools are to use digital technology like iPad, 1:1 notebooks and other mobile devices, to their full potential, they need to make sure their wireless networks are up to scratch, Ms Thompson argued, according to a BBC news report, adding: “It’s vital to a 21st Century learning environment.”

Some 600 state schools across the UK were surveyed by market research company C3 Education, and there were some quite surprising results from the panel. Here are the highlights:

– 22% of 250 secondary schools said they had WiFi in most or all of their classrooms, 39% in some classrooms, and a remaining 39% with WiFi in either none or just a few of their classrooms!

– Primary schools fared just as badly in the WiFi connectivity stakes, with about 28% saying they had WiFi in most or all classrooms, 22% had in some classrooms and a massive half with WiFi in only a few or no classrooms!

A better way…

It doesn’t have to be that way though – as a WiFi expert and member of the eLearning Foundation ourselves, we’re well placed to help. We can carry out a free predictive WiFi survey to check your WiFi is in good nick, and offer solutions to remedy it if it’s not. Using a simple, controller-less solution from Aerohive, we help schools get a good network connection which has enough coverage and capacity to cover all your wireless devices.

Want to know more about how we can improve your WiFi connectivity with a free WiFi survey and Aerohive

Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 333, email, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Jigsaw24 Education Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.


What’s new in Autodesk AutoCAD 2014?

What’s new in Autodesk AutoCAD 2014?

Autodesk may be inching towards a more cloud-based workflow, but they haven’t forgotten to add plenty of new 2D and 3D design tools and productivity features in AutoCAD 2014.

In fact, with AutoCAD 360 and the Design Feed taking care of collaboration, advanced rendering, camera creation and walkthroughs, as well as new documentation features and user settings, it’s the most impressive, feature-packed AutoCAD release yet. There’s even a new logo! Here, we’ve picked out a few of the top new tools for architects, CAD technicians, designers and engineers…

Improved collaboration with Design Feed

In AutoCAD 2014, Autodesk have made it even easier to collaborate with colleagues and clients through their Autodesk 360 cloud-based service. Simply speaking, this lets you communicate and have conversations about designs with stakeholders. Forget emails and screenshots – Design Feed lets you send messages and even add images to a conversation next to your design so everyone can see what you’re seeing, and mark up any relevant areas. It works on iPad too, so you can keep in the loop from wherever you are!

Support for Windows 8

With AutoCAD 2014, Autodesk have embraced Windows 8. Yay! Obviously this isn’t massive news if you’re an AutoCAD LT for Mac user, but PC owners can rejoice that AutoCAD now supports Window’s latest OS. The full list of Autodesk products that support Windows 8 is here.

Geo-location with Live Maps

AutoCAD now has extended geo-location capabilities to connect to real world environments, via Live maps. This means you get, as Autodesak explain, “expanded coordinate system choices, address geo-coding and the ability to access live map data directly in canvas”. All of that means it’s a lot easier to locate drawings and do site analysis, but you can of course just pan and zoom on a map to find what you’re looking for.

Improved command line function

Documentation has been given a boost in AutoCAD 2014, with an improved command line function. What’s really interesting about this is that it now automatically learns how to improve your efficiency, in a scarily intelligent twist. This basically boils down to auto correcting any clumsy typing, spell checking and suggesting synonyms, then keeping track of your most used commands. A small change, but one that’s likely to improve the efficiency of your workflow.

Want to find out more? Check out Autodesk AutoCAD 2014 here. You can also give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

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.

Want to know more about Matrox? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email For all the latest NAB 2013 news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter‘Like’ us on Facebook or check out our roundup post

Become an Adobe CS and DPS master with Academy Class!

Become an Adobe CS and DPS master with Academy Class!

Want to boost your Photoshop skills, improve your Illustrator knowledge, sharpen your InDesign expertise, and generally add to your Adobe repertoire? We’ve now teamed up with Academy Class to offer a range of completely free masterclasses this summer.

The Creative Classes are official Adobe user groups, so they’re a great chance to get the most out of your Adobe Creative Suite and Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) software, without having to fork out for expensive seminars. They’re also held in a London bar, so it’s a relaxed environment to chat to other creative professionals and pick up a few tips. Details of four of this summer’s Adobe events are below, as well as a paid-for but very worthwhile sounding tablet-focused DPS seminar day, but if you want to know more, head to the Creative Class website.

Adobe Indesign and DPS Loveliness

– April 23rd – 6.30pm-9.00pm – Free

Adobe Illustrators Colour Tools

– May 21st – 6.30pm-9.00pm – Free

The 25 best shortcuts in Photoshop CS6

– June 18th – 6.30pm-9.00pm – Free

Anchored objects, inline graphics, story jumps and ‘live captions’ in InDesign CS6

– July 16th – 6.30pm-9.00pm – Free

Adobe Digital Publishing Suite Seminar

– May 8th – 10am-4pm – £19 fee

For more information, check out the Creative Class seminar website, or check out more from Adobe Creative Suite here. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.