Macworld Shepherds in The New Year With Product Announcements, New Event Features

FRAMINGHAM, MA – DECEMBER 30, 2002 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets around the globe, today announced that the industry's most innovative companies will debut new products at the upcoming Macworld Conference & Expo. More than 325 exhibitors will be on hand at Macworld to showcase the latest hardware and software for creative professionals, educators, consumers and Mac enthusiasts.

 

Macworld Conference & Expo, San Francisco's largest annual technology event and the world's most comprehensive Macintosh OS event, takes place January 6-10, 2003 at The Moscone Center.

Among the many companies debuting products at Macworld in San Francisco are the following:

Arboretum Systems (booth 943) will introduce Montage, new Mac OS X video software featuring a "trackless" workspace that allows users to easily create movies with video, audio, stills and text

E-Book Systems (booth 547) will unveil Mac FlipAlbum® 3, the world's first software that lets users create realistic 3D page-flipping photo albums on a computer

Extensis (booth 2223) will announce Portfolio 6.1, the first professional quality Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution on Mac OS X that helps professionals share, organize, retrieve and distribute digital files

eZedia Inc. (booth 521) will showcase eZediaQTI, a cross-platform QuickTime® interactive authoring software for creating rich Internet content and movies

Intuit (booth 1817) will debut QuickBooks® Pro Edition 5.0 for Mac, which allows small business owners to create, customize and e-mail reports, statements and invoices, track expenses and organize their business finances – all in one place

I.R.I.S. (booth 545) will showcase its new Business Card Reader, the first card scanner for Macs where information from a scanned card is quickly and automatically transferred into your contact management database

M-Audio (booth 442) will announce Ozone, a complete personal mobile studio – featuring an all-in-one keyboard, MIDI control surface, mic preamp, USB audio interface and USB MIDI interface – that's no bigger than a laptop

Oki Data Americas, Inc. (booth 2149) will showcase three series of color printers for graphic arts and commercial printing professionals – the OKI C7000 Series Color Digital LED Printers, the OKI C9000 Series Color Digital LED Printers, and the OKI C5000 Series Digital Color Printers

REAL Software (booth 3261) will announce the latest version of REALbasic, the powerful, easy-to-use tool that allows users to create their own software for the Mac

Sonic Desktop Software (booth 2423) will demonstrate SmartSound® Movie Maestro, audio software that allows home video enthusiasts and educators to easily enhance visual projects with perfectly timed, customized music soundtracks

Sorenson Media (booth 2233) will debut three new video encoding products to meet the needs of both novice and professional content creators who want to encode and deliver high-quality video – Sorenson Squeeze 3 for MPEG-4, Sorenson Squeeze 3 Compression Suite, and Sorenson Squeeze 3 for Macromedia Flash MX

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. This year's event boasts a number of new features, including a special panel presentation with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7. "The Move to Mac OS X," hosted by MacTech Magazine Editor-in-Chief Dave Mark, will explore the reasons for upgrading to OS X and the environment for those with earlier versions of the Mac OS. In addition to Wozniak, the all-star panel will include noted Mac authors Bob LeVitus and Robin Williams, and MacTech Publisher Neil Ticktin.

Macworld will also introduce the all-new MacBrainiac Challenge, a game show-style event that pits two teams of Mac luminaries against one another in a quick-witted trivia contest. Two lucky volunteers will be chosen from the audience to join either the "Mad Dogcows" or "X.F.L." Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus will head up the Mad Dogcows, which will include Adam Engst, publisher of TidBITS and Ted Landau, MacFixIt founder, Macworld contributing editor and Mac OS X Disaster Relief author. Shawn King, founder and host of Your Mac Life, will do his best to ensure a victory for the X.F.L. team, which includes Christopher Breen, contributing editor at Macworld and Andy Ihnatko, Chicago Sun-Times and Macworld columnist. The MacBrainiac Challenge will take place on the North Hall Stage on Thursday, January 9 at 12:30 p.m.

The Hands-On MacLabs will also make their San Francisco debut at the upcoming event. These labs provide hands-on computer training for Mac users on topics ranging from PDF production to Flash 5 ActionScript to wireless networks. MacLab attendees are required to bring their laptops to these sessions, taught by trainers who are experts in their fields. The popular Power Tools Conferences will also feature six new topics this year, providing two days of intense training on the most popular Mac tools and applications.

Additional event highlights include:

Opening Keynote: Presented by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, the opening keynote will take place on Tuesday, January 7, 2003 at 9 a.m.

Feature Presentation: Philip Schiller, senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing at Apple, will discuss "The Power of X" on Wednesday, January 8, 2003 at 9:30 a.m.

Final Cut Pro User Group Film Theater: Attendees can watch films contributed by the various user groups and meet with the filmmakers that created them through a Filmmaker Talk Series in booth #3740.

Special Interest Areas: Attendees strolling this portion of the expo floor can interact with Mac developers showcasing products encompassing an array of categories ranging from digital media to enterprise solutions to wireless technologies.

Digital Art Gallery: Thirty-two digital masterpieces will be on display here in booth #3640, chosen by a respected panel of judges from the digital art community.

For more information or to register for Macworld Conference & Expo, 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.

About IDG

IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (www.idg.net), which comprises more than 330 targeted Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and IDG's research company, IDC, provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries. Company information is available at www.idg.com.

 

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