IDG’s Mac Publishing LLC Hires Rob Griffiths, Acquires Leading Mac Tips Site MacOSXHints.com

SAN FRANCISCO, June 1, 2005 — Today Mac Publishing LLC announced the appointment of MacOSXHints.com founder Rob Griffiths as Senior Editor at both Macworld magazine and Macworld.com, as well as its acquisition of the Mac OS X Hints web site itself. In addition to working closely with the world’s premier source of Macintosh information in print and online, Griffiths will continue in his role as editor of MacOSXHints.com.

"Mac OS X Hints is the industry's leading site for Mac-related tips and tricks, and Rob is a leading Mac expert. This acquisition allows Macworld to add vital editorial talent while also giving MacOSXHints.com room to grow and serve its own unique community even more effectively," said Mac Publishing President Rick LePage.

Griffiths has been a Macworld Contributing Editor for several years, and has written a monthly Mac OS X Hints column for the magazine since the November 2003 issue. By joining the staff full time, he’ll be able to contribute even more to Macworld magazine and Macworld.com, as well as increase his commitment to MacOSXHints.com.

"These past few years, I've come to know and trust the staff at Macworld quite well," said Griffiths. "They're a great group of people who believe in the Mac and their role in providing useful information to Mac users, and they understand my site and its community. Now for the first time in nearly five years, I have only one job, and I'm thrilled that I'll be able to focus 100% of my attention on MacOSXHints and the Mac community."

Griffiths and MacOSXHints.com will both continued to be based in Portland, Oregon, with Mac OS X Hints remaining a standalone site for the foreseeable future. Since the site's inception in November 2000, Griffiths and the members of the Web site’s community have generated thousands of tips and tricks that make using Mac OS X and its related applications more productive.

"Mac users are insatiably thirsty for tips and hints about Mac OS X, and Rob’s column is incredibly popular with Macworld readers," said Mac Publishing Editorial Director Jason Snell. "I’m excited that Rob will be able to contribute even more to Macworld, and as a daily user of MacOSXHints.com, it's great that he’ll be able to devote even more time to that excellent site."

In addition to being a Contributing Editor and Mac OS X Hints columnist for Macworld magazine and founding MacOSXHints.com, Griffiths has also authored two books from O'Reilly Press, Mac OS X Hints: Jaguar Edition and Mac OS X Power Hound: Panther Edition. He has also produced an iWork training video, Inside iWork '05, part of Magnet Media's Digital Media Training Series.

About Mac Publishing, LLC

Mac Publishing, LLC publishes the world’s leading independent Macintosh publication and Web sites. Every month the award-winning Macworld magazine reaches 1.2 million Macintosh professionals and enthusiasts while the Mac Publishing Web presence garners an average of over 1.6 million unique visitors. The Mac Publishing sites include: Macworld.com, MacCentral.com, ProductFinder.com, PlaylistMag.com, MacOSXHints.com, and JavaWorld.com.

Headquartered in San Francisco, Mac Publishing, LLC is a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading technology media, research, and event company.

More information on Mac Publishing, LLC and IDG can be found on the Internet at http://www.macworld.com and http://www.idg.com.

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