Thanks for popping to our Post-NAB Roadshow!

Thanks for popping to our Post-NAB Roadshow!

Now that we’ve had chance to clear up and work off a bit of the ice cream, we just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who made it to our Post-NAB Roadshow in MediaCityUK and Soho. As well as a great chance to see some of the latest kit released at the NAB Show 2015 in Vegas, and hear from the manufacturers themselves, it was brilliant to be able to chat to some of you guys. Not to mention the after-party… 

So how did it all go down? We’ve picked out some of our highlights from the two dates below, along with some of our favourite pics from the events.

Post-NAB Roadshow, MediaCityUK

Our first date on the tour saw us set up shop at the University of Salford in MediaCityUK – a fantastic space right in the heart of the north-west’s creative media hub – on Tuesday 19th May. Following in tow was a whole host of the industry’s top manufacturers, with the hottest new kit straight from NAB. There was a big buzz around Canon as they showed off their new XC-10 video camera and DP-V3010 4K reference monitor, Avid were getting a lot of attention over on their stand, and the guys from Wacom were getting mobbed by attendees wanting to try out the new Cintiq 27QHD and Cintiq Companion 2.

Adobe were also on hand to talk about how to get the most out of Creative Cloud, we had storage and backup solutions from the likes of Quantum, Marquis, G-Technology and GB Labs, new kit from EIZO, Sony, Atomos, HP and Rotolight, as well as Blackmagic Design joining us on the piazza in a full-on OB van.

On top of being able to get hands-on with the latest kit, we also had a roster of keynote presentations during the day, including:

Adobe: New updates to Adobe video tools with Niels Stevens.

Sony: XAVC and wireless workflows with Tom Crocker.

Sony: ODA with David Young.

Quantum: The importance of an integrated storage workflow with Alistair Washbourn.

Just to keep everyone going, we even called in Neil Hemingway from Ice Dream Experience to dish out free gelato to everyone. Unfortunately we couldn’t predict the hail storm that battered MediaCityUK for most of the day, but Neil gamely persevered. It’s never hailing too much to enjoy a mint choc chip, we reckon.

Post-NAB Roadshow, Soho

The next stop on our Post-NAB Roadshow tour was down at our Soho service and customer experience centre in Golden Square on Thursday 21st May. Whereas MediaCityUK had been all about showcasing new products, we ran the Soho leg a bit more like a drop-in day where you could ask us and all the exhibitors questions about key kit and workflows.

As the biggest event we’ve put on so far at our new place, it was also a great chance to say hello to clients and fellow industry people in the area, and a chance for them to see the new centre (we’d even got some balloons in to mark the occasion).

Keynote presentations on the day included:

Adobe: New updates to Adobe video tools with Niels Stevens.

Sony: XAVC and wireless workflows with Tom Crocker.

Sony: ODA with David Young.

Holdan: Let’s talk Blackmagic Design with Richard Payne.

Holdan: NAB roundup with Richard Payne.

Quantum: The importance of an integrated storage workflow with Alistair Washbourn.

GB Labs: Supercharged intelligent NAS for media with Duncan Beattie and Chris Luff.

Thankfully, the weather was a bit kinder to us on the Thursday, topping out at around 20ºC, so Neil the ice cream man was in hot demand in the beautiful surroundings of Golden Square! Then, once the day’s presentations had wound down, it was time to chill with our exclusive Vegas-themed after-party. With roulette, blackjack, canapes and plenty of liquid refreshment, it was hopefully something of a consolation for anyone who didn’t manage to make it to the NAB Show proper (not that NAB is just one big party, of course).

So, once again, special thanks go to the University of Salford for being delightful hosts at MediaCityUK, and the very keen students who popped along and asked us questions. A big hand goes to Neil for providing us with frozen delights throughout, we’re very grateful to everyone who exhibited and showed off all the exciting new technology from NAB, but mainly we want to say a huge thank you to all you guys who came down to either of the sessions and the after-party.

We’ll be holding another Post-NAB Roadshow the same time next year, and we’re also putting on a Post-IBC event too, so get in touch to register your interest. In the meantime, don’t forget to check out all our other upcoming events…

Jigsaw24 Events
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Education app of the week: Google Slides for iPad

Education app of the week: Google Slides for iPad

With constant updates to their Google Docs suite, Google are really trying to become a dominant force in the productivity app arena. And with the ability to add images to collaborative slide decks becoming the latest feature to hit Google Slides for iPad, we look at why this is now one presentation app you should really consider for the classroom…

What is Google Slides for iPad?

Google have now broken the services and functionality available in Google Drive down into separate apps: Docs, Sheets and Slides. Google Slides for iPad (Google Inc, free) handles the presentation side, letting you create, edit, collaborate on and present presentations directly on your iPad (not to mention the ability to add images to collaborative slide decks, which we’ll go into in more detail below). You get a variety of presentation themes, fonts, embedded video and animations built-in to get you started, and it’s all packaged in a simple and easy to use interface.

Google Slides for iPad

How can it benefit the classroom?

You’re likely already using a presentation app of some form in the classroom, so the real question is: how will Google Slides benefit the classroom over another free app such as Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad?

One of the key things about Google Docs has always been the collaborative aspect – multiple students can work on the same slide deck at the same time, making edits and annotations in realtime (something which edges Google Slides over Microsoft PowerPoint). And all your changes are saved as you make them, so you never need to worry about losing that last animated gunshot bullet point. If you thought Google Docs traditionally required you to be online to edit, you needn’t worry, as it’s now possible to view, edit, and run Google Slides presentations when offline. You can even present your Google Slides presentation directly from iPad. And if you still need to work with PowerPoint, Google Slides is completely compatible with Microsoft Office, meaning you can open as well as edit .ppts.

What’s the best feature?

The real headline feature, only released last week, is the ability to add images to collaborative slide decks, which has really put Google Slides up there as a presentation app. It means you can for the the first time really create and edit entire presentations on the go, from scratch. Just tap the plus sign [+] in the top menu within your presentation, and choose Image from the menu. You’re then able to either insert an image or capture a new one with your device’s camera, and apply a few editing options too, including moving, copying, deleting, resizing, rotating, cropping and masking.

Where can I get it?

Google Slides for iPad (Google Inc, free), like all Google’s productivity apps, is completely free, and available to download from the App Store on your iPad, or through iTunes.

– Missed our last app of the week article? Catch up on our review of SQA My Study Plan for iPad here.

Want to know more about our favourite apps and Apple iPad for the classroom? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 333, email learning@Jigsaw24.com, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.

Education app of the week: SQA My Study Plan for iPad

Education app of the week: SQA My Study Plan for iPad

It’s that time of year again when the sun seems to shine more invitingly than it has done all school year, and daytime TV ratings see a massive spike. Yes, exam revision season is upon us, but luckily SQA’s My Study Plan for iPad is on hand to help students better organise their study.

What is SQA My Study Plan for iPad?

SQA My Study Plan (Kotikan Limited, free) is an iPad app developed to help students (and adults too!) organise their study time. It lets you automatically create your own personalised study plan based on your exam times, their importance and when you want to study, as well as view and edit your plan after to further customise to your needs. While it has the SQA (Scottish Qualification Authority), the national accreditation and awarding body in Scotland’s branding on it, you’ll be pleased to know it works just as well for anyone not in Scotland.

In fact, our close partner Conyers School, in Stockton-on-Tees, have been recommending all of their students to download SQA My Study Plan to their iPad in the run-up to exam time.

SQA My Study Plan for iPad

How can it benefit the classroom?

We don’t need to tell you the importance of a well structured study plan for exam revision, but a few of the benefits of SQA My Study Plan include: setting your preferred study period for each subject and prioritising subjects, setting the times when you want to study, automatic generation of a study plan based on your preferences, editing and sharing plans, receiving notifications about study periods, and the ability to mark off and monitor completed study. If you’re in Scotland and rocking the SQA MyExams app (you’ll need v1.0.9), you can also import exams into SQA My Study Plan.

What’s the best feature?

The reminders are probably the most useful thing about SQA My Study Plan; they’re something I could have certainly done with all those summers ago. As one iTunes reviewer puts it: “the app makes me feel bad as I am meant to be sticking to my timetable and it tells me if I’ve not. I know I’ve not been studying and I know that I’ve been doing many pointless things like playing video games and watching repeated episodes of the chase every night.” Quite.

Where can I get it?

You can get SQA My Study Plan (Kotikan Limited, free) by searching in the App Store on your iPad or heading on over to iTunes. Best of all, it’s completely free, so well worth passing on to your students.

– Missed last week’s app? Catch up with our review of PhotoMath for iPad here.

Want to know more about our favourite apps and Apple iPad for the classroom? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 333, email learning@Jigsaw24.com, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.

JAMF Software release new Relo app for iPad

JAMF Software release new Relo app for iPad

JAMF Software took the opportunity of last week’s JAMF Nation ‘Ice-Out’ event to launch their latest endeavour – Relo for iPad, a handy little app that lets you shift all your important data from Android devices and tablets over to iPad and iPhone.

For anyone who’s tried to do this manually in the past without the aid of a dedicated app, especially any IT admins in big businesses, you’ll know that this can be a right chore. As well as being time-consuming and often frustrating, there’s also the added risk of losing important and sensitive data such as photos, videos and contacts, ending in information often being left on old devices. Ditto apps. But now JAMF Software, makers of the excellent Casper Suite, have addressed the needs of those working on multiple platforms, or making the move from Android to iOS, by letting them quickly and simply copy data from non-iOS devices to iPhone and iPad.

JAMF Software promise their Relo app will let users:

Bring Important Data With You. Relo wirelessly copies all contacts, photos and videos from an Android to a new iOS device. Just download the app on both devices, scan a QR code and you’re done!

• See iOS Versions of Your Apps. If you have an Android app that is also available in the App Store, Relo will display the iPhone or iPad version for you to download.

• Ensure Privacy of Your Data. Relo doesn’t upload any data to the cloud or anywhere else, ensuring that private information stays private for users and organisations alike.

Another big plus point for Relo: it’s completely free! You can download it right now from the App Store on your iPad or head on over to iTunes.

Want to know more about JAMF Software’s Casper Suite? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

App of the month: Apogee MetaRecorder for iOS

App of the month: Apogee MetaRecorder for iOS

This month, we’ve been looking at MetaRecorder, Apogee’s new field recording app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch (and Apple Watch too). With high quality audio recording, comprehensive metadata and Final Cut Pro X integration, find out why we think this is going to be one to interest pros as well as consumers…

What is Apogee MetaRecorder?

Years ago there was a piece of software called MetaCorder, developed by Gallery. New app MetaRecorder is very similar, but developed for iOS and now with the Apogee name on it. Apogee are hailing it as the “first two-channel audio recording app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to offer intuitive multi-take recording, tagging and file organisation for any field recording scenario”.

How does it work?

First of all, connect a microphone, audio interface or use the built-in microphone on your iOS device to record mono or stereo audio up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution. MetaRecorder then lets you add keywords, markers and notes, designate ‘favourite’ takes and customise auto file naming for a unique, informative and easily searchable name. Once you’re done, save your session as an FCPXML file from the app. When opened in Final Cut Pro, metadata entered in the field makes searching and organising your media fast and effortless.

MetaRecorder for iOS

Who is it for?

While Apogee are positioning this as a simple high-quality setup to record podcasts, presentations, news reports, interviews or meetings, as well as a consumer app for recording school plays, wedding speeches and the like, we can also see it being used in more professional applications. The FCP X workflow is certainly very interesting for audio post.

MetaRecorder lets you apply metadata tags like keywords, favourites, markers and more to your audio files while recording in the field, then share the recorded audio and Final Cut Pro XML files directly to Dropbox. Once you’ve imported it into Final Cut Pro on a Mac, the captured metadata gives you a much simpler way of organising and parsing your media, substantially accelerating your post-production workflow.

What’s the best feature?

OK, we’re going out on a limb here to suggest a feature that we may not have yet actually used, but can see being very useful – Apogee have already developed an Apple Watch version of MetaRecorder, enabling you to have a remote control for the iPhone or iPad app. Essential features that can be controlled from Apple Watch include start and stop recording, adding a take to favourites, adding markers and setting your microphone input level. Now, just wake us up when our Apple Watch delivery gets here, will you?

How much and where can I get it?

Apogee MetaRecorder (Apogee Electronics Corp, free) is free to download from the App Store on your iPad or iTunes. Just a word of warning – the free version of MetaRecorder does limit you to just 60 seconds’ continuous recording time. For a limited time, if you have a compatible Sennheiser or Apogee device, you can unlock unlimited continuous recording for free by connecting to MetaRecorder (check iTunes for a full list of compatible devices), or purchase the full version in the app to unlock the recording time restriction.

Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Audio on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

24/7 support now included in Adobe Creative Cloud

24/7 support now included in Adobe Creative Cloud

Midnight oil-burners and creative insomniacs, rejoice: Adobe now offer 24/7 phone support included as standard in Creative Cloud for teams. Any admins needing technical support out of office hours, or just fancying a chat (don’t actually do this – we’ve tried), can now connect with an Adobe rep to resolve critical issues and minimise creative downtime.

“But haven’t we always had access to technical support from Adobe?”, we hear you say. Well yes, technically, but Adobe have now introduced the out of hours aspect so you can get support at any time. They’ve also made the process far simpler, by introducing a new Support tab in the Admin Console, detailing regional phone numbers and generally making the whole thing a little more customer-friendly.

What do I actually get?

IT admins now have access to 24/7 advanced technical support (English only after business hours and weekends though) to enable quick issue resolution and help deploy their Creative Cloud for teams software. The advanced technical support regional phone numbers can be found on the Support tab of the Admin Console. As this level of support is only available to those on a Creative Cloud for teams licence, it’s definitely another point in the ‘pros’ column for anyone still considering making the move to teams from an individual Creative Cloud membership.

– For more information on Adobe Creative Cloud for teams 24/7 support, click on the image below.

Creative Cloud for teams 24/7 support

Want to know more about Adobe Creative Cloud for teams? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.


Education app of the week: PhotoMath for iPad

Education app of the week: PhotoMath for iPad

Want to see a magic trick? This week’s app of the week, PhotoMath for iPad, pulls off the feat of being able to both solve basic maths problems, and get children engaged with maths. See the magic for yourself below…

What is PhotoMath?

PhotoMath (PhotoPay Ltd, free) is an ingenious little app that solves maths equations on iPad. Just point your Camera at the page, and PhotoMath will instantly display the answer. PhotoMath currently supports basic arithmetic, fractions, decimal numbers, linear equations and several functions like logarithms. Unfortunately the magic is limited to just printed type, so can’t work its magic on hand-written expressions.

How can it benefit the classroom?

Now, we’d never suggest using PhotoMath as a replacement for good old fashioned working out, but as a tool for testing whether results are correct, it is very handy. It also means parents can quickly check any equation-based homework their child comes to them with at home, without the cold sweats sometimes induced when faced with having to think back to GCSE maths lessons.

What’s the best feature?

The best feature of PhotoMath, we’d have to say, is the Steps button. Give this a quick tap and the app will give you a step-by-step solution, broken down with full working, so students can see exactly how the answer comes about. The only problem is that, at the moment, not every maths problem is supported, but the developers are constantly adding in support for new problems in every update. And they urge users to feed back with any problems where the magic didn’t quite work, so they can add support in future versions.

Where can I get it?

PhotoMath (PhotoPay Ltd, free) is completely free which, for what is really quite a magical app, is just fine by us. Search the App Store on your iPad or download PhotoMath on iTunes here.

– Missed last week’s app? Check out our review of Seesaw for iPad here.

Want to know more about our favourite apps and Apple iPad for the classroom? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 333, email learning@Jigsaw24.com, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.

Lesson ideas for using touchscreens in the classroom

Lesson ideas for using touchscreens in the classroom

Interactive touchscreen technology is great – you get to present content to your class in a more engaging way than with a whiteboard, and teach content in different ways for a more effective pedagogy. Think multitouch collaboration, integration with your mobile devices and feedback in exciting quizzes and surveys.

And the list of benefits is as long as your arm. As well as improved educational outcomes (for pupils, teachers and the school), better engagement between teachers and pupils, ease of use (it’s quick and easy to add content), touchscreens can support multiple subjects and are suitable for the whole secondary spectrum. While the possibilities are endless, we’ve come up with a few very basic lesson ideas to get you started…

Our top touchscreen lesson ideas

 

1. Pointless history quiz

If your students are anything like the teenagers we know, then they’ll be big fans of daytime quiz shows. As the questions on quiz shows take a format students recognise, we’ve found this can be a great way to really engage them in topics, and splitting them into teams builds on the collaborative aspect too.

As an example, take our current daytime favourite, BBC One’s Pointless (though we’re rarely home in time to catch it, unfortunately), and apply a history angle. Come up with sets of questions and answers based on the current topic you’re covering in the style of the quiz format, and get teams of students up to the front to answer them on-screen and compete to see who can get the lowest scoring answers, while you play joint Xander/Richard hosting duties. “We asked 100 people what the main causes of the First World War were”, “We asked 100 people if they could name these Elizabethan figures” etc.

2. Understanding imagery in poetry

Getting students to understand some of the often complex imagery in poetry and ballads can be difficult (it’s not really an onion, is it, Carol?), but using a more visual approach can really aid their comprehension so they can go off and start using more advanced poetic techniques in their own creative writing. That’s where an interactive touchscreen can come in useful.

A fun, engaging activity is to choose a variety of images that pertain to the imagery of the set of poems the class is currently studying (you could search stock photos or Google Images to download some free to use ones), then get students to think about what the image connotes. Get them up to the front of the class to annotate the images on the interactive touchscreen with creative adjectives. Go further by getting them to think about similes and metaphors they could use in their own writing.

3. Discussing drugs in PSHE

Interactive touchscreens are perfect for any topic where group discussion is involved, so they lend themselves perfectly to personal, social and health education lessons. This lesson idea uses students’ listening, answering and researching skills to discuss drugs, smoking and alcohol.

Split students into groups to answer as many questions as they can on the effects of drugs (how does smoking affect your lungs, for example). You start by running through the questions on the touchscreen, while the group-assigned scribe jots them down. Now get them to go off and find the answers themselves on their iPad, making sure they’re working together so that each group member knows the answer to each question. A good tool to use for this would be a mind-mapping app like BaiBoard for iPad, that lets students combine text, drawing and images to create a ‘mood board’ of ideas, connecting with other users to collaborate on a brainstorm as a group.

Now you can go through the set of questions gain, getting another member of each team to give their answers for each question. Students can annotate the questions and compare answers and bits of additional information they didn’t find, while another team member writes up the answers. These findings can then be shared with the class as a resource.

Want to know more about interactive touchscreens? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 218 or email learning@Jigsaw24.com For all the latest news and reviews follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Facebook page.

The Jigsaw24 guide to finance

The Jigsaw24 guide to finance

Once you’ve decided your school is heading down the iPad route, the next step is to find the perfect financial option for your scheme (one that’s going to help you get the most out of your budget, ideally). To get a better understanding of the range of options out there, we sat down with our finance partners Burnetts and CHG Meridian to ask the big questions concerning finance…

We’ve never heard of a contribution scheme. What are they and how do they work?

“A parental contribution scheme is a programme whereby the parents of pupils opt to pay towards devices their children are going to be using in school, whether that be in full or in part. For a lot of schools, parental contribution schemes are the only way to make a new technology investment happen. If you’ve decided to run a contribution scheme, the first question to ask is whether you have any budget to put towards the scheme or if you need to fund the whole scheme through contributions. Don’t worry, either way works.”

How does it benefit the school?

“It’s all about providing sustainable IT. We all know the advantages mobile device technology can bring to teaching and learning, especially in a 1:1 deployment, but they can be expensive for a school to cover the whole cost, so getting parents on board is key. If they can see the advantages iPad is having to their child’s progress, they will pay towards the technology needed.”

What does a monthly payment from a parent actually pay for?

“That monthly payment pays for: the iPad (along with any associated accessories, such as cases), warranty protection for the length of the lease, insurance against accidental damage, theft and misappropriation by an authorised user. It also covers parental contribution cancellation insurance to make sure the school isn’t out of pocket if a parent leaves the scheme for any reason. Also Direct Debit collection costs and all administration costs for managing changes of payment details, and all correspondence with parents if a payment is missed.”

How do we make sure we’re getting the most out of our budget?

“As the lease agreement is with your school rather than with individual parents, we don’t need to run any credit scoring or background checks. Instead, you can use public sector borrowing power to get lower finance rates, and students and parents pay you back a monthly fee based on that rate, rather than the higher one they’d be offered in the high street. You will need to pay the VAT upfront, but you can claim this back at the end of the scheme (to do this you need to prove the device is essential for learning, so you’ll need to offer it to all pupils within a year group or across your school to qualify).”

Do we have to organise all the admin side?

“Nope – Jigsaw24 have all the admin legwork covered, providing an exclusive digital portal, branded to fit in with the rest of your school website. Parents can log in to this using a secure username and password, then choose from a pre-selected list of devices and accessories. They then register their Direct Debit details so that Burnetts can administer their monthly payments on behalf of the school.”

How do we collect Direct Debits, and what happens if a payment bounces?

“When a Direct Debit collection fails, we know straight away. Burnetts will agree with you in advance how you would like this to be managed, then the team will contact parents on the school’s behalf and make alternative arrangements, all being discussed with you to make sure you keep control of your scheme. For example, you might want two collections to be made the following month, or might choose to spread the missing payment over the remaining period. If a parent stops paying, you can protect your school by taking out Burnetts’s Parental Contribution Cancellation Insurance.”

So who actually owns the devices?

“Good question. The leasing company technically owns the device, but the agreement is with the school directly. It is possible for school to pay a portion of the cost of devices (so things are cheaper for parents) and the monthly cost for parents can be adjusted to compensate for any extra investment from the school. The title to the devices can be transferred to parents by paying the residual value of the iPad as a one-off payment at the end of the scheme. Alternatively it could be built into the monthly contribution amount from the start.

“This can also be extended to staff. We’d advise setting up a separate login area for staff, showing a pre-agreed list of devices (which could extend to Mac notebooks and other additional devices) with options for monthly payments, but the mechanics of the system would be the same as the student purchase scheme. We can also offer salary sacrifice schemes for teaching staff.”

How do we get started?

“We can help you with everything from all the equipment, including iPad devices, WiFi, software and apps, to a compliant operating lease, theft and accidental damage insurance to make sure your devices are protected, as well as a system for collecting contributions from parents. If you’re looking to run one of these schemes, one of the Jigsaw24 education team can come to your school to have a chat about it with a representative of both CHG Meridian and Burnetts.”

Want to know more about options for financing your IT vision? Get in touch with the education team on 03332 409 217 or email learning@Jigsaw24.comFor all the latest news and reviews follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Facebook page.

JAMF Software release v9.7 of Casper Suite

JAMF Software release v9.7 of Casper Suite

IT admins the world over will be very happy to hear that JAMF Software have released a huge new update to Casper Suite. Version 9.7 will, JAMF Software assure us, help you deploy apps and OS X images far more easily than ever before, with new capabilities for securing Apple devices in both business and education environments alike.

What’s new then?

This new release includes a bunch of enhancements to Casper Suite, JAMF plug-ins and Self Service too. Among the many new features, JAMF Software have picked out a few highlights which allow you to:

– Streamline VPP assignment and distribution workflows for App Store apps to targeted users and groups.

– Create a single DMG that includes multiple partitions – eliminating the need for creating a separate DMG of the recovery HD partition.

– Support new OS X and iOS configuration profiles and security management features, including the ability to send a command to clear activation lock in mass.

There are also a number of bug fixes and enhancements which tackle a few tiny niggles some users had identified, including in Casper Focus, Casper Admin, Casper Imaging, jamf binary, JAMF Distribution Server, JAMF Software Server, Recon and Self Service Mobile.

How do I get it?

To ensure the upgrade goes as smoothly as possible, you’re probably best to check out JAMF Software’s own best practices, tips and considerations on upgrading your JAMF Software Server (JSS) explained in their Knowledge Base articles.

What is JAMF Software Casper Suite?

If you’ve never heard of JAMF Software before, Casper Suite is all about making the life of system administrators easier by improving the management and deployment of Apple Mac and iOS devices.

You get tools for: inventory, imaging, patch management, software distribution, remote control, settings and security management, licence management, usage management and more – all in one unified solution. With JAMF Software’s Casper Suite, you can deploy, update, activate and report on OS X and iOS devices, while reducing the cost of ownership and minimising liability.

Want to know more about JAMF Software’s Casper Suite? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.