How to buy apps with VPP Credit

How to buy apps with VPP Credit

When Apple first introduced their Volume Purchase Programme (VPP) – it was great news for schools using iPad, letting you easily buy multiple copies of apps, and dish them out to pupils’ devices via managed distribution (as well as getting you bulk discounts of 50% off on many apps too!).

The only problem with VPP previously was that you needed a credit card to facilitate the purchase – not the best way to buy for some schools. But now, with VPP Credit, you can simply pay for credit to use in the VPP App Store with a purchase order, meaning more flexible payments. And you can do it really easily through us, without needing to go to anyone else.

Here’s how it works:

1. Sign up for the Volume Purchase Programme

The first thing you’ll need to do, if you haven’t already, is enrol onto Apple’s Volume Purchase Programme (if you’ve done this already, you can happily skip to Step 2). You’ll need to set up an Apple ID for your institution by entering your details and your institution’s details before verifying your contact details and Apple reviewing your application.

Sign up for VPP here.

2. Buy your VPP Credit

Once you’re enrolled, you can now actually buy your VPP Credit. Just send us, as an Apple Authorised Reseller, a purchase order from your school with the following information, so we can begin to process your order:

– Amount of VPP Credit required (please only use increments of £1).

– First and last name of VPP account holder (the one you set up in Step 1).

– Email address on VPP account.

– School name (if the order comes from the LA, they need to state your school name).

– The part code you need to order for VPP Credit is: D6701Z/A – VPP Credit for Education.

We’ll then process your order, and when it’s ready, you’ll receive an email from Apple sent to the email address registered to your VPP account, with a link to a secure inbox which you can use to access VPP Credit for your institution.

3. Use the secure inbox to purchase apps
You can now sign in to the secure inbox with your Apple ID and, after signing in, download a spreadsheet with a redemption code for each VPP Credit order. Now, use this code to start buying apps and books from the VPP Store. You’ll have four weeks to download VPP Credit from the secure inbox. After that time, you (or we) can resend the VPP Credit.

 4. Distribute apps to devices

Once you’ve bought your apps, it’s now time to distribute them to your iPad deployment. VPP makes it easy to push out content to student and staff devices, letting you distribute to selected devices either through USB with a Mac and Apple Configurator or over the air via a mobile device management (MDM) solution. MDM solutions will let you control the entire distribution process, assigning apps to users, and revoking and re-assigning unused app licences.

Of course, if you do have any trouble at any step of the process – from setting up VPP to purchasing credit to distributing content – don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team for help on the details below.

Got another VPP question? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email education@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and FAQs, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

Last chance to save when you move to Adobe Creative Cloud!

Last chance to save when you move to Adobe Creative Cloud!

We really mean it this time. If you’re still on old versions of Creative Suite, you only have until 27th November 2015 to migrate over to Adobe Creative Cloud (and save a cool £543 over three years). After that, you’ll only be able to buy new, full price seats, so it’s definitely time to make the move!

Adobe have been offering discounted migration pricing ever since they first launched Creative Cloud (way back in 2012!), so the fact that it will no longer be available is a really big deal for anyone who hasn’t moved over to Cloud yet. And they’re making migration an even more enticing prospect by also reintroducing their three year price lock.

Calculating Creative Cloud costs

Now for the money bit. Adobe migration pricing costs £455 ex VAT per seat for a 12 month term, but with the three year price lock taken into account, seats purchased now at £455 will be locked in for the next two renewals – which all saves you a whopping £543 per seat. After 27th November, however, new licences can only be purchased at the standard cost of £636 ex VAT for a 12 month term. It’s a massive opportunity for anyone who hasn’t yet migrated, as well as anyone who is looking to expand their estates, especially when you consider everything you get in Adobe Creative Cloud for teams

Why migrate to Creative Cloud?

We don’t really need to tell you that using legacy versions of software means you’re missing out on all the new features and workflow improvements that have come out since Adobe moved to Creative Cloud, not to mention the issue of file compatibility. For more info on how it works, check out our handy Adobe Creative Cloud infographic here, or for more on the new features, Adobe tutorials, customer stories and tons of other Adobe resources, head to our Adobe Creative Cloud hub.

Migrate to Creative Cloud now

To migrate to Adobe Creative Cloud and take advantage of this limited time offer, you’ll need to get your orders in before 27th November. Just give us a call on 03332 409 251 or email adobe@Jigsaw24.com and we’ll sort you out!

Interested in Adobe Creative Cloud for teams? Give us a call on 03332 409 251 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Jigsaw24 scoop Blackmagic Design Outstanding Achievement award

Jigsaw24 scoop Blackmagic Design Outstanding Achievement award

It’s official – we’re excellent. Or at least, that’s what Blackmagic Design think, handing us an Outstanding Achievement award for excellence in distribution. We’re really proud of being honoured with such an achievement, so we want to say a big thanks to everyone at BMD!

The award was dished out at the Blackmagic Design dealer briefing on 10th September by Director of Channel Sales at Blackmagic Design, Tim Siddons, and our very own solutions and business development guru Jamie Allan went up to receive it. There were no Gwyneth/Kanye-style speeches, but Jamie and everyone at Jigsaw24 was very chuffed to be recognised by Blackmagic Design (just check out that proud dad look in the pic below). Now we just need to find somewhere to display the shiny statuette!

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Jigsaw24 and Blackmagic Design

We like to think our close relationship with Blackmagic Design stood us in good stead for the award. As well as excelling in distribution (we were the first in the UK to get our hands on their Cinema Camera and Pocket Cinema Camera), we’re also the UK’s sole provider of the DaVinci Resolve for Linux systems, as well as the leading provider of DaVinci Resolve for Mac, so it’s safe to say we know Blackmagic Design pretty well.

On top of all that, we now have our Soho service and customer experience centre, featuring our Steampunk demo room which is completely kitted out with the Blackmagic Design Resolve panel, as well as the Avid Pro Tools | S6 surface, and more.

Exclusive Resolve 12 and Cintel Scanner launch

To further boost our Blackmagic Design credentials, we’re even playing host to the official Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 12 launch at our place in Soho. During the day we’ll be showing Resolve 12 running on Linux, Mac and Windows, with stations set up to show project collaboration, editing and grading. We’ll also be showing the latest versions of the Cintel Film Scanner and Fusion Studio fresh from IBC. During the evening, we’ll be welcoming a series of special guest speakers to present on their experiences using these products in the real world. Just pop your details in the form below to RSVP!

Want to know more about Blackmagic Design products? Give 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.

NewTek expand lineup with new TriCaster Mini HD-SDI

NewTek expand lineup with new TriCaster Mini HD-SDI

A little over a year after releasing the original TriCaster Mini, NewTek are at it again with a brand new HD-SDI model. TriCaster Mini HD-4 SDI gives users a choice between professional SDI I/O and the HDMI version of TriCaster Mini, meaning professionals have even more scope to transform presentations into engaging multimedia content that looks like network-style TV. 

“The SDI version of TriCaster Mini is a direct response to feedback we’ve received from SDI camera owners who like the form factor and small size coupled with its comprehensive capabilities,” said Dr Andrew Cross, president and CTO of NewTek.

“We’re pleased to offer customers a choice of models to support either their SDI or HDMI equipment depending on preference. Not only professionals, people in every industry are seeking to deliver their messages like seasoned television professionals in order to engage their audiences. No other system in the world makes it as easy for them to create sophisticated broadcast content, webcasts, and presentations and stream them live, publish to social media or upload to a website from the office, an event, or any location with an internet connection.”

Why TriCaster Mini HD-4 SDI?

Just as with the original TriCaster Mini, the new SDI version features a whole host of features and creative tools for producing multi-camera content from anywhere. It lets you:

– Mix different visual sources.

– Overlay logos, presentations, charts, titles, media files and animations.

– Import your own branding elements and have them appear in transitions and animations.

– Incorporate a slideshow and web pages from another computer.

– Replace solid backgrounds with a simulated environment.

– Webcast programmes on a live video stream.

– Post clips to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, and your own website.

– Have guest speakers call in from their webcams.

– Record the programme so people can watch it on demand.

– Record all camera footage simultaneously so you can edit the programme.

– Make keyboard shortcuts for sophisticated sequences with one touch.

Where can I get it?

NewTek’s TriCaster Mini HD-4 SDI is available to pre-order now from Jigsaw24, with stock arriving soon. Just click on the banner to scope out specs and put an order in.

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Want to know more about NewTek TriCaster Mini HD-4 SDI? Give 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.


IBC 2015: Excitement in Amsterdam as Sony unveil the PXW-FS5!

IBC 2015: Excitement in Amsterdam as Sony unveil the PXW-FS5!

Amsterdam, September 11th 2015: Sony has today announced the PXW-FS5, the latest addition to its rugged range of professional camcorders with superior creative features and flexible shooting. The versatile “grab and shoot” style PXW-FS5 provides unsurpassed on-the-go shooting in the most demanding of conditions, with stunning image choices and creative features. Complementing the successful PXW-FS7, this compact camcorder delivers high quality imagery suitable for a range of professional applications from event videography to corporate and online video production.

The PXW-FS5 is ergonomically designed with the user in mind; the 0.8kg lightweight body has excellent weight balance ensuring reliability and all-day comfortable handheld shooting, for almost any location, even airborne mounted on a drone. Ease of use for a variety of shooting applications is possible with the one-touch rotatable grip; all of the key controls are at the user’s fingertips allowing for ultimate shooting flexibility and instant switch between low or high angle shooting. In response to users demand for more ergonomic flexibility, the 3.5-inch type LCD panel can be attached to different positions on the handle or the compact camera body, further supporting easy handheld operation and offering customisable shooting.

Superb creative expression is visible through the inclusion of 4K XAVC high-definition shooting, with the Super35 ExmorTM CMOS sensor incorporating 11.6 million pixels and 8.3 million effective pixels, capturing detail and image texture that even HD sensors cannot see. The high sensitivity and large size of the sensor delivers background defocus, increased low-light sensitivity and lower image noise coupled with stunning picture quality. High quality imagery is further ensured by High Frame Rate cache recording at 10bit 4:2:2 Full HD and an incredibly high frame rate of up to 240fps, in 8 second bursts, which makes 1/10 times Super Slow Motion possible without sacrificing bit depth or loss of image quality.

The PXW-FS5 is the world’s first* Super35mm camcorder to feature built-in electronic variable ND filters, further expanding the depth of field representation by the large-format sensor and enabling flexible exposure control, encouraging the user to reach their full creative potential. Professionals can push their work to the next level with a high-end cinematography feel to footage, coupled with the mobile feel of the camcorder. Get the exact shot needed for a project, even in difficult shooting locations; as the compact power zoom E lens PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS( SELP18105G), provided in the PXW-FS5K kit model, enables zoom operation with one hand.

Integrating easily with other camera lenses, α Mount System offers unsurpassed compatibility with both Sony and third-party lenses. The PXW-FS5’s E-mount can take virtually any lenses, such as SLR lenses via an adaptor, as well as Sony’s E-mount and A-mount lenses; ensuring the camcorder adapts to multiple environments. Sony’s α Mount System and its enhanced interfaces include 3G-SDI, HDMI output and SD dual card slots. Also equipped with Wi-Fi and a Wired LAN terminal, the PXW-FS5 features enhanced network functions such as file transfer and streaming transmission.

Furthermore, the future firmware update will provide RAW output.

“Last year we launched the PXW-FS7 at IBC, which changed the way broadcast programmes and documentaries were made. With that in mind and building on the success of the PXW-FS7, we’re introducing a lighter more compact camcorder, the PXW-FS5,” said Claus Pfeifer, Strategic Marketing Manager at Sony Professional Solutions Europe.

“The PXW-FS5 presents unrivalled flexibility coupled with complete creative control, equipping professionals with all the tools needed to exceed any brief. It stands apart in the current market as a comfortable handheld, lightweight camera, which at the same time delivers high quality imagery for content creation spanning; cinematic wedding videography, corporate footage, online and event videography. Professionals have all the practical and creative functionality at their disposal, leaving them without any limits to realise their full potential.”

Want to find out more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest IBC news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

IBC 2015: Blackmagic Design announce DeckLink Quad 2

IBC 2015: Blackmagic Design announce DeckLink Quad 2

IBC 2015, Amsterdam, Netherlands – September 11, 2015 – Blackmagic Design today announced DeckLink Quad 2, a new high performance capture and playback solution that puts the power of 8 DeckLink cards onto a single circuit board that plugs into a single PCI Express slot. Designed for developers and OEMs, DeckLink Quad 2 is the ideal solution for media play-out servers, multi screen digital signage servers, real time processors and more. DeckLink Quad 2 will retail for $995.

DeckLink Quad 2 will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2015 booth in Hall 7, Stand H20.

This new model of DeckLink Quad 2 features 8 independent 3G-SDI connections so it can now work in high HD frame rates and it supports SDI formats in SD and HD up to 1080p60. Each SDI connection is completely independent, meaning that each of the 8 connections can input or output entirely different video standards and content streams, all at the same time. DeckLink Quad 2 can also capture and playback at the same time, and also includes a reference connection for black burst/tri-sync. Developers can use the SDK to configure the eight SDI connections to be any combination of inputs and outputs.

Featuring the latest, high performance 8 lane generation 2 PCI Express, DeckLink Quad 2 takes up only one single PCI slot in the computer, which makes it the perfect solution for system integrators and developers that need completely customizable, flexible I/O configurations on a single card. DeckLink Quad 2 appears as 8 independent SDI cards to the host computer, even though it only uses a single PCI Express slot and is ideal for use in servers that need to handle multiple video streams for both simultaneous capture and playback.

“Developers building playback servers have been asking us for ways to reduce equipment size,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “The new DeckLink Quad 2 is exciting because it’s like getting 8 independent SDI capture and playback cards in one! Best of all, the new SDK lets OEMs and developers control each SDI connection independently for incredible flexibility. This means customers can have any combination of inputs or outputs and for example they could have 8 inputs or 8 outputs or 1 input with 7 outputs or simply 4 inputs and 4 outputs. It’s really their choice and they can use the one card even when the systems they are building could vary from customer to customer.”

Availability and Price

The new DeckLink Quad 2 will be available in Q4 from US$995 from all Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

Want to find out more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest IBC news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

IBC 2015: G-Technology add brand new products to their Evolution Series

IBC 2015: G-Technology add brand new products to their Evolution Series

2015 IBC, Amsterdam (Hall 7, Stand 7.J31), September 9, 2015 – G-Technology, a leader in delivering premium storage solutions, today announced four new products in its Evolution Series, a flexible ecosystem of docking stations and interchangeable and expandable external hard drives and accessories that makes transferring, editing and distributing content more efficient, scalable and reliable.

The new products include the G-SPEED Studio XL with two ev Series Bay Adapters, ev Series Reader RED MINI-MAG Edition, G-DOCK ev Solo and the ev Series FireWire™ Adapter. Designed with creative professionals in mind, the new Evolution Series products provide the ultimate flexibility and customization for all workflows.

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G-SPEED STUDIO XL with two ev Series Bay Adapters

The G-SPEED Studio XL with two ev Series Bay Adapters is a flexible, eight-bay Thunderbolt 2 storage solution, which comes with six enterprise-class hard drives and two integrated ev Series Bay Adapters. It offers professional content creators colossal capacity and huge performance. The integrated ev Series Bay Adapters accommodate all ev Series drive modules, enabling cross-functionality with the Evolution Series for enhanced workflow and productivity.

Configurable in RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, & 10, it supports multi-stream compressed 4K workflows with extremely large volumes of data at transfer rates of up to 1,200MB/sec and has the ability to daisy-chain via dual Thunderbolt 2 ports. Complete with a three-year limited warranty and sleek black enclosure, this modular, enterprise-class solution provides optimal storage for demanding workflows. The G-SPEED STUDIO XL with two ev Series Bay Adapters will be available in October. Manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing for 18TB is $2,799.95, 24TB is $2,999.95, 36TB is $3,999.95 and 48TB is $4,999.95.

ev Series Reader RED MINI-MAG Edition

Designed to optimize and simplify a RED camera workflow, the ev Series Reader RED MINI-MAG Edition leverages high-performance connectivity for fast RED footage transfers and backup. Users can transfer content quickly from a RED MINI-MAG media1 card onto any G-DOCK ev docking station or G-SPEED Studio XL with ev Series Bay Adapters. When shooting on-the-go, simply slip it into the watertight protective ev Series All-Terrain Case3 for added protection. The ev Series Reader RED MINI-MAG Edition will be available in October. Manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing is $199.95.

G-DOCK ev Solo

For those who already have several G-DRIVE ev modules, the G-DOCK ev Solo is a convenient and flexible USB 3.0 docking solution for shared environments, including studios, labs and classrooms. Simply insert an existing Evolution Series hard drive module into the G-DOCK ev Solo to transfer, edit and backup with ease. When paired with the G-DRIVE ev, G-DRIVE ev RaW, G-DRIVE ev 220 or the G-DRIVE ev SSD, the G-DOCK ev Solo can easily store up to 2TBs of data and transfer content at rates up to 400MB/s, making it is ideal for a variety of workflows. The G-DOCK ev Solo will be available in October. Manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing is $99.95 with ev Drive modules sold separately.

ev Series FireWire Adapter

The ev Series FireWire Adapter easily attaches to your ev Series drive, enabling you to connect to an existing FireWire 800 port on your computer. Connect your G-DRIVE ev RaW, G-DRIVE ev, G-DRIVE ev 220 or G-DRIVE ev SSD to your computer via one of two FireWire 800 ports or daisy-chain them with ease so you can access personal and/or professional files, photos, videos, music and more. The ev Series FireWire Adapter is available today. Manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing is $49.95.

“Our goal at G-Technology is to create reliable and cross-functional products that meet the needs of all creatives, and we’ve done just that with our Evolution Series,” said Mike Williams, vice president and general manager, G-Technology. “Whether on set or in the field, as capacity or performance needs grow, our customers can simply expand and scale by using more external hard drive modules with G-DOCK ev docking station solutions or the G-SPEED Studio XL to easily separate and organize projects, shuttle dailies or proxies, or deliver final work to clients.”

“I’m constantly working in different environments around the world, and I need products that will adapt to my dynamic workflow,” said Aaron Lieber, surf cinematographer and filmmaker. “The Evolution and Studio Series were crucial in helping me win the 2015 REDirect Surf competition and these new additions will make my workflow even easier, allowing me to focus on making more great films.”

Want to find out more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest IBC news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

IBC 2015: Sony get all sensitive on us with the new α7S II

IBC 2015: Sony get all sensitive on us with the new α7S II

Sony today at IBC 2015 in Amsterdam announced the latest addition to its award winning series of compact, full-frame α7 cameras with the introduction of the α7S II. Offering ultra-high sensitivity and wide dynamic range across the entire ISO range and 5-axis image stabilisation for greater shooting control, the α7S II delivers stunning image quality for photographers who shoot in the most challenging light conditions.

Be it the brightest of mornings or darkest of nights, the α7S II enables new levels of photographic expression at whatever shutter speed you wish to deploy. The α7S II also incorporates a host of pro-style movie functions including the ability to shoot 4K video with full pixel readout and no pixel binning in full-frame format, making it an extremely appealing proposition for photographers and videographers alike.

The α7S II delivers an awe-inspiring sensitivity range of ISO 50-409600, thanks to the combination of its 35mm full-frame 12.2 megapixel image sensor and BIONZ X image processing engine. The sensor optimises the dynamic range across the entire ISO range and broadens the range of tonal gradation in bright environments and minimises noise in dark scenes meaning that it delivers impressive results even in the most extreme conditions. The upgraded image processing algorithm of BIONZ X maximises the sensor’s capabilities and improves depiction throughout the full sensitivity range with particular emphasis on the mid-to-high range. This means that the resulting stills and movies demonstrate extra-fine detail with minimal noise.

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The α7S II can record 4K movies internally in the XAVC S format meaning that content is wonderfully detailed. Because information from all pixels is utilised without line skipping or pixel binning, the camera can maximise the expanded power of the full-frame image sensor and produce 4K movies with higher image clarity and negligible moiré. Full pixel readout without pixel binning is also employed when shooting Full HD movies which means that it collects information from approximately five times as many pixels that are required to generate Full HD and condenses the information to produce extremely high quality movies.

In a first for the α7 series, the α7S II can record 120fps at 100Mbps with full pixel readout without pixel binning in full frame format which can be edited into wonderful 4x/5x slow motion footage in Full HD. The α7S II also has the ability to shoot 4x/5 slow motion footage internally which can be immediately reviewed on the camera screen.

Video functionality has been further enhanced with new profiles; S-Gamut3.Cine/S-Log3 and S-Gamut3/S-Log3. These new profiles deliver wide dynamic range and colour correction is easier to perform. The α7S ll even offers impressive 14-stop latitude in the S-Log3 gamma setting. The camera also supports S-Gamut/S-Log2 which is very popular among cinematographers and videographers. Gamma Display Assist is a new function that allows users to monitor images or check focus when recording S-Log movies and the Zebra function has been improved for even greater control.

5-Axis Image Stabilisation

The new α7S II is equipped with the innovative 5-axis image stabilisation system that is proving extremely popular in the α7 II and α7R II cameras. The system corrects camera shake along five axes during shooting, including angular shake (pitch and yaw) which has the greatest impact on image quality and tends to occur with a telephoto lens, shift shake (X and Y axes) which becomes noticeable as magnification increases, and rotational shake (roll) that often affects night shooting or video recording.

Autofocus accuracy

The autofocus system on the α7S II has been upgraded and now offers 169 AF points for fast, precise focusing with greater accuracy. The power of the image sensor means that the absence of noise in images generated, enables the Fast Intelligent AF to detect contrast more easily and react speedily even in low-light situations (as low as EV-4), when it’s even tough to check with the naked eye. When shooting video, the AF performance is twice as fast as the predecessor model.

Electronic Viewfinder

The XGA OLED Tru-Finder in the α7S II has been upgraded and offers the world’s highest viewfinder magnificationxi of 0.78x (roughly 38.5 degrees in diagonal field of view) and shows clear images across the entire display area. The use of ZEISS T* Coating ensures sharp reduction of reflections on the viewfinder and unlike an optical viewfinder, the OLED Tru-Finder can be used to instantly show how exposure compensation, white balance and other selected settings are affecting the displayed image.

User upgrades

A number of enhancements have been made to the look and feel of the α7S II to make it more user friendly, reliable and intuitive. Its magnesium-alloy body is both light and highly robust and the grip and shutter buttons have been re-designed so that the camera feels more natural in the hand. For situations when you just want to blend into the background, silent shooting mode can be activated for 5fps continuous shooting and reliability has been enhanced with reduced-vibration shutter movement.

The lens mount has been further reinforced to ensure greater resilience, particularly when attaching third party lenses and users can now charge the camera via a USB power supply whilst the camera is in operation, thus extending battery life. For greater comfort and safety, Sony is also launching the LCS-EBF; a new premium leather body case for the α7S II which is also compatible with the α7R II and α7 II.

The α7S II is also Wi-Fi and NFC compatible and fully functional with Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile application available for Android and iOS platforms, as well as Sony’s growing range of PlayMemories Camera Apps, which add a range of fun creative capabilities to the camera.

Want to find out more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest IBC news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Education app of the week: iTranslate for iPad

Education app of the week: iTranslate for iPad

For this week’s app of the week, we’re saying ‘hola’ to iTranslate – a fantastic free iPad translation tool that’s great for the classroom.

What is iTranslate?

iTranslate (Sonico GmbH, free) is an incredibly quick and easy to use translation app featuring more than 90 languages, from Afrikaans to Zulu. Open up the app and you’re immediately faced with the translation screen – simply tap on the input language to choose the language of the word or phrase you want to translate, type into the input box, choose your output language and tap the translate icon to get your result. iTranslate will even speak the results back to you.

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How can it benefit the classroom?

The obvious application for iTranslate is in modern foreign languages, but it can also be very handy in supporting students for whom English is not their first language. With a comprehensive built-in dictionary, you get more accurate, intelligent, context-specific results for translations, beating other translator apps which just give you one result.

As a very basic example, translating the English word ‘house’ to Spanish won’t just bring up the noun ‘casa’, as in building, but also the verb forms of accommodate – ‘alojar’, ‘hospedar’ and ‘albergar’.

What’s the best feature?

The free version of iTranslate has just received a major update that allows you to add a translating keyboard to apps as an extension through your device’s Settings. This means students can translate text from any app, be it Notes or Messages, without having to leave the app and open up iTranslate. Fantastisch!

Where can I get it?

iTranslate (Sonico GmbH, free) is free, although there is a Premium version, costing £3.99, which adds voice dictation, blocks ads and gives you unlimited translations. You can download it from the App Store on your iPad or by heading to iTunes.

– Missed our last app review? Check out Padlet for iPad here.

Find out more about our favourite apps and Apple iPad for the classroom. Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306, email education@Jigsaw24.com, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Jigsaw24 Education Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.

Our ultimate guide to networking, WiFi and servers

Our ultimate guide to networking, WiFi and servers

Are you an IT manager whose network regularly leaves you wanting to bang your head against your server rack? We know how important it is to make sure your network gives you the speed you need for users to work effectively – especially designers and anyone working with and transferring large files over the server.

So this article is for you, as we get down to the nitty gritty of scalable networking, how our solutions can see you right, and look at how we helped Space Digital future-proof their infrastructure…

Networking

First things first, if your network doesn’t have built-in resiliency or sufficient bandwidth, you’re never going to get the maximum ROI – or the best work out of your employees. We offer the full range of networking solutions, from the design and installation of complex multisite networks to tailor-made WiFi setup. Put simply, our engineers will make sure your network is fast, continuous and secure, and with our range of support options, our engineers are just a phone call away if you need help. It all means you get faster, more reliable network and device access across platforms, improved end user security, and the peace of mind that you have technical support in case of any network issues.

WiFi

Giving employees access to mobile devices is great for productivity (with everyone able to access business resources anywhere onsite), but it’s also going to have a knock-on effect on your network. We can help you deal with the challenges of connecting iPad, iPhone and more to your WiFi. We’ll do a WiFi survey and provide advice on hardware that’ll meet your needs, then install everything and perform ongoing network health checks, so you can ensure you have the bandwidth you need, without any loss of connection or disruption to your WiFi.

Servers

Whether you’re looking at a server upgrade, want to consolidate or virtualise your servers to host your legacy systems and web development, or give your business the agility and flexibility that comes with server virtualisation and consolidation, our solutions ensure you get the best fit for your business, and your investment is future-proof.

Some of the things we can do include workload optimisation, server room design, hardware provision, consolidation, virtualisation and migration pilots, and leasing, rental and finance options, all designed to give you faster delivery of core services, and a reduced energy and space footprint.

 

Customer story: Future-proof infrastructure at Space Digital

Over the years, we’ve helped many creative agencies and businesses get their network and infrastructure up to speed. For example, when post-production supremos Space Digital moved to new premises in MediaCityUK, they decided to build their own internal server room and recable their entire facility to enable their artists to work over 10GbE. As well as helping them design and install the facility, we’ve continuously advised Space Digital’s team on the latest hardware, including their new Thunderbolt-based workflow.

Simon Blackledge, Head of Post-Production at Space Digital, said: “Then we ran through where all the network points were going to be in the different offices, and the layout of the different edit suites. Jigsaw24 got back to me with the options for the cabling […] Jigsaw24 came up once all the floor had been laid and put down all the cabling for the network and the SDI leads and extenders. I moved my machines in a couple of days later and they had us all up and running – everything was fine.”

Free Server and Deliver event

If you want to learn more about infrastructure, particularly making your Apple estate work in perfect harmony with your IT environment, join us on Thursday 3rd September for our Server and Deliver event! Stop by from 5pm for a drinks reception before diving into keynote presentations with Dell, Quantum (Dothill) and Brocade on a whole host of key challenges creatives are facing today. We’ll be talking servers, storage and networking, Mac integration, device management, network migration, business continuity and much more. So if that sounds like your bag, RSVP your place by filling in the form below.

 

Want to know more about networking, WiFi and servers, and our insanely great infrastructure solutions? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email solutions@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.