Thanks for coming to our SEO Social!

Thanks for coming to our SEO Social!

Thanks to everyone who made it to our fourth Digital Creatives event, the SEO Social!

Thanks in particular to our DC regular, Iain Seers from Watershed Consulting, for getting the night started in style, Bing Ads’ Adela Popilkova for her insights on SEO layering, and Stephen Kenwright from Branded3 for sharing their success stories.

If you want a refresh of the key points (or if you couldn’t make it), you can always email events@Jigsaw24.com to request a copy of the night’s presentations.

If you were wowed by the reps from Extensis and Adobe but have sadly misplaced their cards, you can always get in touch with sales@Jigsaw24.com to request more information on any of the solutions you saw.

For those of you who were taken by Acronis’ Mac PC integration solutions, we offer free trials of  Acronis Access Advanced and Acronis Access Connect.

If you need anything else, just give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

OS X Yosemite: Compatibility roundup

OS X Yosemite: Compatibility roundup

With OS X Yosemite now available to download on your Mac, software manufacturers like Adobe and Quark are clamouring to let users know that their apps are compatible with Apple’s new OS. So we thought it was high time we rounded up all the announcements into one easy guide. 

We’ll be adding to the list as soon as we hear word from any other manufacturers regarding Yosemite support. Have we missed anything out? Let us know of any other updates in the comments below!

Adobe

“Adobe and Apple have worked closely together to test Adobe Creative Cloud applications for reliability, performance, and user experience when installed on Intel-based systems running Mac OS X Yosemite (version 10.10). The latest versions of all Adobe CC products are compatible. In addition to the current Photoshop CC release (2014.2), the Photoshop team has also tested Photoshop CC (14.2.1) and CS6 (13.0.6; 13.1.2) for compatibility.

“As with any new release of an operating system, there could be unexpected issues that arise that were not discovered during testing. If you encounter any issues, report them using the bug reporting form.” Check Adobe’s FAQs for more.

Avid

Avid have officially confirmed that Media Composer and Media Composer | Symphony Option will both work with OS X 10.10 Yosemite. However, users who are running “dual 6 core Mac Pro towers (Westmere) and the 2013 Mac Pro with a single 12 core CPU may experience performance issues with transcode, render, and playback. These degradations are typically seen with higher resolution material. The issue has been logged with Apple and [Avid] are awaiting an update.”

You’ll also need to make sure you’re running the latest builds of New Blue Titler Pro v1 and v2 in order to avoid installation errors.  These builds are available for download through Avid’s Application Manager, and details of how you’ll want things set up for a seamless installation can be found in the Media Composer | Software readme file.

You can find the readme and other key documentation over at the Avid Knowledge Base.

Enfocus

Enfocus PitStop 12 is also compatible with OS X Yosemite with the latest update (update 3). Users already on PitStop 12 can get the free update for PitStop Pro here, and for PitStop Server here.

Extensis

Suitcase Fusion 6 is compatible with Yosemite. Universal Type Server 5 and Universal Type Client 5 are compatible with Yosemite. Portfolio Web is compatible with Yosemite. Portfolio, Portfolio Express and Portfolio Netpublish are not currently supported on Yosemite. A future release is planned to add Yosemite support.” For more info, head to Extensis’s FAQs.

Quark

Quark have released a new update, QuarkXPress 10.5, which is a free update for QuarkXPress 10 that adds official support for OS X Yosemite. It’s available here. Note: “If you are on OS X Lion, please do not install this update. This update is not compatible with Quark Publishing Platform 10.2″. When QuarkXPress 2015 is released, that will also support OS X Yosemite.

Trim Enabler

Not strictly software, but if you’re using Trim Enabler to boost your SSD performance, it’s important to note this from Cindori:

“In OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), Apple has introduced a new security requirement called kext signing. (A kext is a kernel extension, or a driver, in Mac OS X). Kext signing basically works by checking if all the drivers in the system are unaltered by a third party, or approved by Apple. If they have been modified, Yosemite will no longer load the driver. This is a means of enforcing security, but also a way for Apple to control what hardware that third party developers can release OS X support for.

“Since Trim Enabler works by unlocking the Trim driver for third party SSDs, this security setting prevents Trim Enabler to enable Trim on Yosemite. To continue to use Trim Enabler and continue to get Trim for your third party SSD, you first need to disable the kext signing security setting. It is important to note that the kext-signing setting is global, if you disable it you should be careful to only install system drivers from sources that you trust.”

Wacom

Wacom have released new drivers for OS X Yosemite, and they’ve got a handy video and advice on installing them here.

  1. “Back up your preferences
  2. Uninstall the tablet driver, then restart your computer to empty out any residual processes
  3. Now you’re ready to install the latest tablet drivers
  4. Once the new driver is in place, click the backed up settings file to put your settings back to the way you like them
  5. Click this link for the latest Windows and OS X drivers: http://bit.ly/1tG3Cbu.”

Want to find out more? Give our team a call on 03332 400 888, email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

 

Our top 5 tips for asset metadata management

Our top 5 tips for asset metadata management

Want to make your digital assets work for you? By managing your assets’ metadata and sticking to standards, you can make locating them far quicker, easier and generally more workflow-efficient, leaving you more time to get on with being creative (or grabbing another coffee). Here we’ve broken down our top 5 ways to manage your metadata and keep on top of your digital assets.

From the moment you create an asset within your software, you need to make sure your associated metadata (document creation date, document page size, colour mode, resolution and more) or metadata from your camera (the date the image was taken, whether or not a flash was used, special aperture or exposure settings etc), is organised, stored and made available effectively. Here are a few of our essential starting points to managing metadata:

1. Work out how you work. Do you search by project, by job number, by client, or by any other metadata? Deciding on which descriptions and keywords are most important to how your team work, and making sure these are always added in the correct standard, will help make sure you’re working more efficiently.

2. Use well-written descriptions. There’s no use writing asset descriptions that only you can decipher – stick to simple but descriptive language that a general audience will be able to understand.

3. Keep consistent! We really can’t stress how important it is to stick to standards. Develop and put in place a procedure for everyone to follow when adding metadata and keywords too, so you’re all reading from the same page. It’s good to have a house style on locations, times, dates, settings and more.

4. Use naming conventions. We wouldn’t recommend adding keywords to the metadata of all your ‘DSC_001.jpg’ files – instead, use a DAM solution like Portfolio to batch rename files, keep your catalogue in shape and apply those naming conventions.

5. Try Digital Asset Management. If you are dealing with a large catalogue of assets, the best tip we can offer is to look into a Digital Asset Management solution. We use Extensis Portfolio to stay on top of our team’s database of images and files, which gives you an easy-to-use visual interface for searching and managing assets. Whether you’re in a small team or large business, there’s a solution from Extensis Portfolio to fit your workflow.

Get in touch for more info on DAM and Extensis Portfolio… 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

 

Using Extensis Portfolio to meet growing business needs

Using Extensis Portfolio to meet growing business needs

The customer came to Jigsaw24 needing a storage solution to meet their growing business needs. Our consultants advised them that Apple Xserve RAID and Extensis Portfolio would give their business the efficiency they needed by having digital asset management. With a searchable database to overcome the original problems with lost or dispersed files, and a backup system in place, they now have the reliability they need.

What they needed?

Our customer is an increasingly successful independently-owned publisher, whose computing infrastructure needed to match the growing business. The company is a specialist in photo-realistic art and creating books that are attractive to their readers. The customer came to us looking for a storage solution. A structured filing system had already been put in place, but even with the best efforts of their technicians, this was easily broken. They felt that they could improve efficiency in centralising their file storage on a server-based RAID with secure shared access. The business anticipated further growth so a solution that allowed expansion was needed.

Searchable images and files using DAM

After considering the problem, our consultants recommended Digital Asset Management. By using a searchable database of images and files, the customer could make best use of their investment in storage hardware. Extensis Portfolio was identified as the most cost-effective solution to meet the company’s workflow needs. In the early stage of consultation, Extensis spoke directly with the customer and ran a demonstration so that the benefits of DAM could be seen. From this, they were convinced that the gains of the Extensis solution would far outweigh the investment in new equipment.

3.5TB of server storage in an Apple Xserve RAID was identified as the most suited to providing standard central file storage for the business, as well as for hosting the Extensis Portfolio application. To complement the storage and asset management equipment, a tape library with capacity to backup between 15 and 30 terabytes of files was obtained. Backup software was included to automate and manage the backup of all their files.

Installation without disruption

We did some preliminary work to minimise disruption to the customer. The server was built and OS X Server software was configured ready for the Portfolio installation. A RAID1 (mirrored disks) configuration was chosen to provide good performance and minimal risk of data loss.

The new technology was to be installed alongside existing network equipment in the customer’s rack, which required the addition of rack-mounted power supplies to cover the server in the event of power outage. Extensis Portfolio was installed and the server was configured for file sharing. The backup software was installed and configured with scripts and a schedule. To ensure that the customer was able to get the most from the new installation, the technical staff received training.

Improved efficiency and availability

As a result of the installation, our customer has experienced greater efficiency to their workflow. All of their initial requirements were met and the backup system ensures maximum up-time and availability of computer systems. The use of DAM means that the previous loss or dispersal of files has now been removed.

According to Paul Scott, our systems installation and service engineer, “As well as higher performance when reading files, a RAID1 configuration was selected for its superior reliability. For example, built from hard drives with an estimated life expectancy of four years, a two-disk RAID1 setup might statistically be expected to suffer total failure only once in every 800 years.”

To find out more about how Extensis Portfolio could help your business, visit our Jigsaw24.com Extensis shop, get in touch with us on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com.