Macworld Conference & Expo Delivers New Products, Valuable Education and Increased Attendance

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JANUARY 14, 2003 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets around the globe, today announced that last week's Macworld Conference & Expo attracted 90,473 attendees to the Moscone Center in San Francisco. More than 330 companies showcased products on the Macworld expo floor, and thousands of conference attendees participated in a wide variety of educational sessions throughout the week. Now in its 19th year, Macworld Conference & Expo is San Francisco's largest annual technology event and the world's most comprehensive Macintosh OS event.

 

The industry's most innovative companies again participated in last week's event, including Apple, Adobe, Canon, Corel, EPSON, eZedia, FileMaker, Harman Multimedia, Hewlett-Packard, Intuit, Macromedia and Microsoft.

"eZedia was extremely pleased with the attention our two newest applications, eZeMotion for iMovie, and eZediaQTI, received from the Macworld audience," said Stefan Embleton, president and CEO of eZedia Inc. "All of our scheduled product presentations drew such large crowds that there was barely enough standing room around the booth."

Apple CEO Steve Jobs kicked off the week with the opening keynote address on Tuesday, January 7, announcing a host of new hardware and software products. These included two new PowerBook G4 notebook computers, available in 12-and 17-inch sizes. Jobs also introduced Safari, a new Web browser based on Open Source; Keynote, Apple's new presentation software; and iLife, which integrates Apple's popular iTunes, iMovie, iDVD and iPhoto into one application.

Following Jobs' keynote in the morning, Macworld attendees were treated to a second presentation featuring Apple's other co-founder, Steve Wozniak. In a special presentation, "The Move to Mac OS X," Wozniak and other noted Mac experts shared their opinions and experiences with a packed audience. Hosted by Dave Mark, editor-in-chief of MacTech Magazine, the panel also featured noted Mac authors Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus and Robin Williams, and MacTech Publisher Neil Ticktin.

Macworld Conference & Expo also featured the debut of the MacBrainiac Challenge, a game show-style contest testing the wits of well-known Mac experts held Thursday, January 9. Hosted by Mac author and New York Times columnist David Pogue, the MacBrainiac Challenge featured two teams of Mac luminaries answering sometimes obscure questions about Mac technology and culture as well as performing technology challenges. Led by "Your Mac Life" founder and host Shawn King, "X.F.L." ultimately defeated the Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus-led "Mad Dogcows" in a hotly contested yet humorous match.

Mac enthusiasts from all walks of life crowded the halls of the Moscone Center to check out the latest hardware and software for the Mac. Among the companies introducing new products at Macworld were:

4D, Inc. (booth 1442) announced 4th Dimension 2003, a groundbreaking tool that offers support for integrated Web Services and application integration capabilities.

Alias/Wavefront (booth 3729) announced the availability of the highly anticipated Maya 4.5 Personal Learning Edition(TM) software, which can be downloaded at no cost by anyone interested in learning digital content creation.

Avid Technology Inc. (booth 2239) announced Avid(R) Free DV, a free, DV-only version of its award-winning video editing software.

Blacksmith (booth 3561) showcased Chartsmith version 1.1, the premium charting and graphing application for Mac OS X.

DAS Technology (booth 4036) announced the availability of LSP for Mac OS X Server, a new tool that makes it easy for users to migrate from Windows NT or Windows 2000 servers to Apple's Xserve.

Discreet (booth 2125) announced updates to its award-winning Mac OS X software products cleaner(TM) 6.01, a professional video and audio encoding software solution; and combustion(R) 2.1, Discreet's unified paint, animation and 3D compositing software application.

EZQuest (booth 1143) introduced its Cobra+ 200GB, 7200 RPM FireWire hard drive, which allows fast, easy transfer and storage of large video, audio and data files.

FOCUS Enhancements (booth 3961) announced its iTView Mac as the exclusive desktop-to-video output solution for Apple's eMac.

Other World Computing (booth 2323) demonstrated the beta version of XpostFacto(C) 3.0, the software utility that enables users of older machines to boot the Macintosh OS X 10.x from an external FireWire drive using a FireWire PCI card.

SmartDisk Corporation (booth 1142) introduced its 60 GB FireWire FireLite(TM) high performance, portable hard drive for consumers and professionals.

While Mac developers and enthusiasts were striking deals on the expo floor, thousands of attendees participated in conference sessions providing education on a wide variety of topics. Macworld Conference & Expo offers the nation's largest technology conference program, providing in-depth, unbiased Macintosh education and training for thousands of Mac professionals and enthusiasts. More than 200 sessions – the most ever offered at Macworld Conference & Expo – covered everything from digital photography to advanced OS X troubleshooting, and from desktop publishing to wireless networking. The newly expanded Macworld Power Tools Conferences again proved most popular, while many other conference sessions drew standing room only crowds.

Also at the show, Macworld magazine announced winners of the "Macworld Best of Show Awards," highlighting the most exciting new hardware and software products announced at Macworld Conference & Expo. Winners included:

Apple 12" and 17" PowerBook G4s

Pixion PictureTalk 4.0

4D, Inc. 4th Dimension 2003

M-Audio Revolution 7.1

DigiDesign Inc. Pro Tools 6.0 for Mac OS X

LaCie Big Disk

LaCie Data Bank

Sorenson Squeeze 3 Compression Suite

Apple AirPort Extreme

Dr. Bott ExtendAir

MasterWriter Inc. MasterWriter 1.0

MacSoft Unreal Tournament 2003

Hewlett-Packard 6127 Printer

The next Macworld Conference & Expo will take place at New York City's Javits Center, July 14 – 18, 2003. For more information, please visit http://www.macworldexpo.com.

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 consumers 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 consumers alike the opportunity to discover the latest developments and hottest products these markets offer. For more information, please visit the Web site at www.macworldexpo.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) produces IT-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of IT-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo, COMNET Conference & Expo, Integrated Security Conference & Expo and BiometricsWorld Conference & Expo. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

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