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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Adobe release Creative Cloud for teams single app licences

Adobe release Creative Cloud for teams single app licences

While subscribing to Creative Cloud for teams complete gives you access to a huge range of applications and collaborative goodness, what if you’re just after the one app? Well, happily Adobe have now released Creative Cloud for teams single app subscriptions.

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 page layout, you can do just that. With a single 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.

Put simply, Adobe now offer two Creative Cloud for teams plans to choose from – complete and single app. A single app plan includes access to the latest version of one CC desktop app of your choice such as Photoshop CC or Illustrator CC, updates and upgrades the moment they are released, and select services and business features. The full list of 14 Adobe apps available as single standalone licences is as follows: Audition CC, Muse CC, Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Dreamweaver CC, Edge Animate CC, Edge Inspect, Flash Professional CC, Illustrator CC, InCopy CC, InDesign CC, Photoshop CC, Prelude CC and SpeedGrade CC.

How to buy Adobe CC single apps
Adobe have made it really easy to purchase their Creative Cloud for teams single apps, using the same Value Incentive Plan (VIP) that you use to buy Adobe Creative Cloud for teams complete from Jigsaw24. VIP uses a simple enrolment process to initiate your Creative Cloud membership (your Jigsaw24 contact sets up a VIP portal and invites you in). You then deploy the software as needed, and you can monitor who’s got access to what. Becoming a VIP member also lets you keep track of licences and set a single anniversary date, so you can predict your budget and never lose track of what needs renewing.
Still not sure when you should be choosing Adobe Creative Cloud for teams single apps over a complete licence? We’ve rounded up all the common queries we get asked into these Adobe Creative Cloud FAQs. There you’ll find info on everything from upgrades, downgrades and what services you’re entitled to as an end user, to how to deploy licences using Adobe Creative Cloud Packager, and more.
– We will be taking orders for Adobe Creative Cloud for teams single apps from 1 August, and they’re due to ship from 15 August. As with Creative Cloud for teams, if you purchase a single app seat before 31 August, you can sign up for a second year renewal for the same price.

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G-Technology’s G-DOCK ev Thunderbolt system lands

G-Technology’s G-DOCK ev Thunderbolt system lands

It’s not very often that the release of an external hard drive marks a complete revolution of the market (Thunderbolt connectivity was probably the last really big milestone), but G-Technology’s new G-DOCK ev Thunderbolt has done just that.

A fully swappable dual-bay storage system, the G-DOCK, from G-Technology’s new Evolution series, is probably the most versatile, unique drive around, and we reckon it’s going to be massive boost for onset 2K and 4K video workflows, photographers or indeed anyone working with large digital assets on the move or in the field.

The G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt is essentially the hub of the system, which then comes with two removable G-DRIVE ev hard drives, also brand new. These 1TB RAID drives are standalone, plug and play USB 3.0 and SATA drives in their own right (with speedy 136MBs transfer rates), and can be removed for capturing content from cameras or other workstations – think card backups, dailies and proxies.

Then when you’re ready to dump your data to your workstation, you simply plug the G-DRIVEs back into your G-DOCK to take advantage of the blistering Thunderbolt transfer speeds, work on your content then save all your final work back to the removable drives ready to pass on to clients and colleagues. It’s even possible to swap out those G-DRIVEs for the G-DRIVE ev PLUS drives, which boost your transfer speeds up to 250MBs, and use the ev with the ev PLUS interchangeably. It’s a unique system that will appeal to any creatives who are after a speedy, flexible workflow.

“Evolutionary” storage solutions

Still a very new solution, the G-DOCK ev has already found some early adopters, in particular the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and filmmaker Vincent Laforet. “I’ve been testing an early sample of the G-DOCK ev and G-DRIVE ev and it’s clear that G-Technology understands the demands of pre-production and post-production workflows. This is definitely an evolutionary approach in delivering storage solutions that help speed up the workflow,” Vincent said.

And Mike Williams, vice president and general manager of G-Technology/HGST branded business thinks that it’s the time-saving aspect that’s going to be the biggest boon for professional digital workflows. He said: “We’ve designed the new Evolution Series to meet the rigorous demands of the world’s best content creators. The new Evolution Series makes it fast and simple to make backup or duplicate copies of digital content in a portable format for various team members involved in the post-production process. Providing a clear return on investment, the design of the G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt also lets customers invest in a Thunderbolt-based system with the flexibility to buy multiple G-DRIVE ev or G-DRIVE ev PLUS drives for customised, project-based workflows.”

Key features and pricing

A fully RAID-configured, Time Machine-compatible Thunderbolt solution in a stylish aluminium case, here’s what you get from the G-DOCK ev and G-DRIVE ev hard drives, and how much they’re going to set you back.

G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt technology:

– Transfer rates up to 10Gb/s

– Dual Thunderbolt ports

– Ships in JBOD, with RAID 0, 1 configurable

– Hot swappability

– Kensington slot

(2) G-DRIVE ev hard drives:

– Up to 1TB of configurable storage (it ships with 2x 1TB drives but 1TB is the max capacity for each drive)

– Ruggedised 2.5” USB 3.0

G-Technology’s G-DOCK ev is out now and shipping, and you can pick yours up from Jigsaw24 for an incredible £495 ex VAT. If you’re just after the hard drives, or are expanding your G-DOCK system, you can pre-order the G-Technology G-DRIVE ev 1TB USB 3.0 ev hard drive for just £132 ex VAT.

Want to know more about the G-Technology G-DOCK ev Thunderbolt storage system or the G-Technology G-DRIVE ev hard driveGive 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.

McDSP release 64-bit AAX plug-ins for Pro Tools 11

McDSP release 64-bit AAX plug-ins for Pro Tools 11

McDSP have shown they’re on board with Avid Pro Tools 11, releasing 64-bit AAX Native and DSP versions of a range of their plug-ins, designed specifically for PT11 users on Mac.

AAX is the new plug-in format for Avid Pro Tools 11 (initially introduced with v10) and, while 64-bit is still very much the hot topic in the world of audio production, it’s good to see McDSP supporting those at the cutting edge with a whole raft of 64-bit AAX plug-ins.

This is a Mac only release at the moment (McDSP have also hinted that a 64-bit Windows release will be coming shortly), and requires you to have the iLok2, but it is a free upgrade for any existing McDSP v5 customers. The release means that all v5 products are now available in 32/64-bit AAX except for Revolver and Channel G Surround, which are still currently being ported to AAX.

In addition to support for AAX DSP, AAX Native, TDM, and RTAS plug-in formats, all McDSP plug-ins now include 64-bit support for the Audio Unit (AU) plug-in format, which means not only can you use them in Pro Tools HD, LE, and M-Powered, but also in Logic, Garage Band, Digital Performer, Ableton Live and all other AU compatible DAWs.

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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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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 learning@Jigsaw24.com. 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…

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