Macworld Conference & Expo Kicks Off Next Week in San Francisco; Event Highlights Include New Exhibit Hall Features, over 300 Exhibiting Companies, Hundreds of New Product Introductions, World-Class Mac Education

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JANUARY 5, 2006 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets, announced that Macworld Conference & Expo(R) will kick off next week in San Francisco at the Moscone Center. Hundreds of new products are expected to debut at next week's event, which will feature an exhibit hall filled with over 300 of the most innovative companies serving the Mac community. Macworld will also include five days of world-class educational content, with conference sessions appropriate for Mac users of all levels and backgrounds.

The Macworld conference program runs Monday through Friday, January 9-13, 2006 at San Francisco's Moscone Center. The Macworld exhibit hall opens on Tuesday, January 10 at 11:00 a.m. and runs through Friday, January 13. The Macworld exhibit hall will feature the newest products and applications for the Mac platform from companies such as Adobe, Canon USA, Epson America, FileMaker, Harman Multimedia, HP, Microsoft, Nikon, Quark, Xerox, XtremeMac and many others.

Macworld Conference & Expo attendees can also network with their peers and obtain valuable education at a wide variety of informative conference sessions, special events and forums.

Highlights include:

— Feature presentations: Mac luminaries Michael Rubin, David Pogue, Chris Pirillo and Russell Brown will be featured. Topics include: George Lucas revolutionizing filmmaking; David Pogue's Macworld talk show; the rise of Podcasting; and new features in Photoshop CS. For the first time, the Feature Presentations are open to all attendees – those with conference passes as well as those with exhibit hall passes.

— Macworld Auto Show: an exciting new Exhibit Hall attraction that will feature several custom cars from leading manufacturers – highlighted by the latest in iPod integration, among other Mac computer integrations. A Volkswagen GTi and a Porsche Cayenne will display the latest in vehicle-specific iPod docks; a vintage Buick Riviera will be custom fitted with a Mac mini; plus many more Mac-auto integrations from leading companies Alpine, Dension Audio Systems, 2point5, and Schosche. Open to all attendees.

— The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus: a unique non-profit state-of-the-art mobile recording and multimedia studio. Attendees can learn how artists like the Black Eyed Peas have used the bus to work with students and record their own hit music with the products and solutions found on board. Open to all attendees.

— Power Tools Conference: 15 separate conferences will provide two days of in-depth training on specific applications and tools. This will mark the first in-depth public training on Aperture – the first all-in-one post-production tool for professional photographers. Other topics include: Dreamweaver; Professional Photoshop; DVD Studio Pro; Adobe Creative Suite; FileMaker Pro; Mac OS X Server Advanced Concepts; Logic for Professional Music Production; Flash 8; Adobe Acrobat; Final Cut Studio and more.

— Market Symposiums: this newly introduced conference features five unique day-long Market Symposiums that will help small business owners; educators (K-12); art directors; new media artists; and Podcasters get the most out of their Mac computing experience.

— Creative Corner: this newly introduced Exhibit Hall feature is a dedicated area that will highlight music and audio in the Berklee Dream Studio; digital photography with the "Dr. Is In" digital photography help area; and creative products and services on the Creative Professional Stage and Special Interest Pavilions. Open to all attendees.

— Berklee Dream Studio: the Berklee College of Music will present the Dream Studio, a state-of-the-art music studio filled with Mac hardware and software ready to bring your musical visions to life. This attraction will also feature a self-guided tour, music production demonstrations and daily lectures by Berklee faculty. Open to all attendees.

— Digital Photography: several new features have been added to this year's event that will provide attendees with more education, services and product insight about digital photography. Highlights include "The Dr. Is In" – Digital Photography Help; Aperture training; Photoshop education; Adobe, Nikon and Canon exhibiting.

— Taste of the Conference: over 20 hours of free education and training will be offered each day of the Expo. There will be several training sessions on: the iPod digital music player; the basics of the Mac; and the many creative applications associated with the Mac. Open to all attendees.

For more information or to register for the event, please visit .

About Macworld Conference & Expo

Owned and produced by Framingham Mass.-based IDG World Expo, Macworld Conference & Expo is the world's most comprehensive Macintosh OS event. Macworld Conference & Expo showcases products and services for professionals involved in media and creative content development for corporate and home applications, as well as prosumers using the Mac at home. Macworld Conference & Expo brings together the loyal base of Mac OS audiences in creative services, education, application development, entertainment, small office/home office and Internet-based environments. Macworld Conference & Expo offers professionals and prosumers alike the opportunity to discover the latest developments and hottest products these markets offer. For more information or to register for the event, please visit the Web site at , or call (800) 645-EXPO. For exhibiting opportunities, please contact Annie Rice at (508) 424-4839 or or Ron Moreau at (508) 424-4804 or

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( ) produces technology-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo(R), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Wireless Sensing Solutions(R), Syndicate(TM), GridWorld(TM), OSBC(R), Digital ID World(R), RoboBusiness and RoboNexus. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About IDG

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Macworld Conference & Expo(R), DEMO(R), and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at .