Macworld Conference & Expo in Boston Kicks Off Next Week; Event highlights include Tiger education, Apple Specialists Pavilion, new products and music festival

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JULY 7, 2005 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets, today provided a preview of Macworld Conference & Expo(R) in Boston, to be held next week at the Hynes Convention Center. Macworld will feature an exhibit hall filled with several exciting highlights, plus four 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 Thursday, July 11-14, 2005. The Macworld exhibit hall opens on Tuesday, July 12 at 11:00 a.m. and will stay open until 7:00 p.m. and has the same schedule for Wednesday, July 13. The exhibit hall is open on Thursday, July 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Apple Specialists Pavilion, sponsored by Apple Specialists Dealers, will have the most current Mac products on display including PowerMac G5's, Xserve and Xserve RAID as well as iMac G5 and Mac mini lines. In addition, Macworld and Berklee College of Music will present a free music festival, featuring select Berklee artists who compose and produce their works on the Mac.

The Macworld exhibit hall will feature the newest products and applications for the Mac platform from companies such as Apple Specialists Marketing Co-op, Quark, Xerox Corp., Software Mackiev, Guitar Center, Harman Multimedia, Rimage, Peachpit, Seiko Instruments USA, and many others. A small sample of exhibitors planning to showcase new products at Macworld includes the following:

Advance Reproductions Corp. (Booth 214) CSI Lightjet Digital Imager: photographic large-format prints from digital files.

Battery Technology (Booth 321) iPod Tunestir is the first FM radio transmitter and FM radio receiver for the iPod; iPod AA Battery provides an additional 12-14 hours of music playtime and is compatible with all iPod models; iPod A Shuffle accessories, including an AC power adapter/charger and a headphone splitter.

Delapod by Delarew Designs (Booth 222) Delapod is a stylish handbag design that integrates the iPod or iPod mini into the handbag; Delapod Laptop Bag is a stylish laptop bag design that integrates the iPod or iPod mini into the laptop bag; Delapod AccessPak is a stylish backpack design that integrates the iPod or iPod mini into the backpack.

Hewlett-Packard (Booth 207 – Apple Specialists Pavilion) The latest Mac OS X Tiger-ready HP products from Designjet printers for creative professionals, Color LaserJet all-in-ones for business, and Photosmart printers and cameras for digital imaging will also be featured throughout the Pavilion.

Peachpit (Booth 202) "Photoshop CS2 Down & Dirty Tricks," This new edition includes step-by-step tutorials on how to create the same exact effects you see every day in magazines, on TV, at the movies, and on the Web; "Robin Williams Mac OS X Book, Tiger Edition," Robin once again works her magic by providing a gentle and friendly introduction to Mac OS X Tiger.

SEIKO INSTRUMENTS USA, Inc. (Booth 221) Smart Label Printer 410, prints one-inch labels for common applications such as addressing envelopes, labeling file folders and creating bar codes; in addition to printing one and two-inch labels for many applications, the highly affordable Smart Label Printer 420 is a world-class label printer, and the Smart Label Printer 240 is a high speed label printer.

Software Mackiev (Booth 408) 3D Weather Globe & Atlas 2.0, this new edition is Tiger-ready with Spotlite and our 3D Weather Station widget; The Print Shop Tiger Edition is now Tiger-ready with Spotlight enabled and a Greeting Card Reminder widget with hundreds of holidays celebrated all over the world; 2006 World Book Tiger Edition is Tiger-ready with Spotlight, two widgets and full VoiceOver support.

Unitek Computer Stores (Booth 315) Apple products: come and see the complete Apple product line on sale at eUnitek/Unitek booth at Macworld. Unitek has partnered with Apple to provide exceptional show specials for show customers; Rocstor Hard Drives: Rocstor offers the most extensive and innovative lines of FireWire, USB2, and lightweight portable HDD.

VersionTracker (Booth 623) VersionTracker Pro 4.0: the latest release of the VersionTracker Pro client features support for site licensing, integrated troubleshooting information from MacFixIt, and an improved update notification process.

Xerox Corp. (Booth 407) Phaser EX7750 is a tabloid color laser printer with EFI graphics controller; WorkCentre C2424 is a solid ink desktop multifunction printer; Phaser 8500/8550 is a solid ink color printer

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. These include:

— Feature Presentations: Feature presentations include an address by

popular Mac columnist, Andy Ihnatko; The MacBrainiac Challenge,

hosted by Mac industry pundit and Macworld 911 columnist Chris

Breen; and the Macworld Town Hall with Mac industry luminaries.

— Mac OS X Tiger Education: Macworld Boston will offer some of the

first public conference sessions on Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. With

classes taught by such Mac industry luminaries as David Pogue, Bob

LeVitus, Ted Landau and Dan Frakes, Macworld Boston will offer

attendees an opportunity to learn how to put many of Tiger's key

innovations to work.

— Macworld and Berklee Music Festival: Macworld and Berklee College

of Music will present a free music festival, featuring select

Berklee artists who compose and produce their works on the Mac.

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, one of Boston's most prolific and

original bands, will headline the festival. In addition, Macworld

attendees can download music festival music to their iPod for free

at the Macworld exhibit hall. Music Festival Schedule:

— Monday, July 11, 7:30 p.m. – Matt Jenson's Acid Reggae

Xperience; David Friend Recital Hall. 921 Boylston Street

(across from the street from the Hynes Convention Center).

— Tuesday, July 12, 8:15 p.m. – Birdsongs of the Mesozoic,

unique mix of rock, punk, classical, minimalism, and free-form

music; Berklee Performance Center (136 Massachusetts Avenue).

— Wednesday, July 13, 7:30 p.m. – Katahdin's Edge, jazz

improvisation with electric sounds; David Friend Recital Hall.

— Apple Specialists Pavilion: Sponsored by Apple Specialists

Dealers, this exhibit hall highlight will have the most current

Mac products on display. Presentations will be held in the Apple

Specialist Pavilion Theater every half hour.

— Power Tools Conference: 9 separate conferences will provide two