updated 09:45 am EST, Tue January 4, 2005
New products at MWSF
IDG World Expo today that said that it expects "hundreds of new products" to make their debut next week at in San Francisco. IDG also said the semi-annual tradeshow will feature a single exhibit hall (South) with 275 companies exhibiting--a marked departure from previous shows, which have traditionally utlized both the North and South hall at the Moscone Center. The Expo, which runs from January 10-14, will also include five days of educational content as well as concerts by six different music stars. The exhibit hall opens on Tuesday, January 11 at 11:00 a.m., and will include companies such as Apple, Adobe, Aspyr, BlackBerry, Canon, FileMaker, Harman Multimedia, HP, Intuit, Microsoft, MYOB, Nikon, Oxford Semiconductor, Quark, Roxio, Sonos, Xerox and more. New product introductions will include those from Altec Lansing, Atempo, Corriente Networks and more.
Altec Lansing (Booth 2149) will unveil two new products. inMotion iM3 Black Limited Edition is a special version of its iM3 portable audio system for iPods that is custom-designed to match the black enclosure of Apple's iPod U2 Special Edition; The VS Series are three new sleekly designed stereo speaker systems for the PC, television, DVD player, MP3 or CD player, or game console.
Atempo (Booth 2531) will announce Time Navigator Enterprise Edition for Mac OS X Server, an enterprise level backup and restore solution for Mac OS X and clients - Mac OS X server, Xserve G5 and Xserve RAID.
auto.des.sys (Booth 2117) will announce form.Z 5.0, which offers a new open architecture for the popular solid and surface 3D modeler, making form.Z even more customizable, versatile, and adaptable to the current trends of creating free flowing 3D forms never attempted before.
BlackBerry (Booth 2107) will showcase three new handhelds: BlackBerry 7520 is the first to combine Bluetooth, speakerphone and cross border walkie talkie services; the BlackBerry 7290 for International travelers is Cingular's first quad-band handheld that extends the BlackBerry experience to GSM/GPRS markets worldwide; and the BlackBerry 7100t from T-Mobile.
Boinx Software (Booth 649) will unveil three new products. Boinx FotoMagico 1.2 adds the feature most requested by users: titles; Boinx iStopMotion 1.8 adds support for audio synch which has been asked for by many professional animators; Boinx Mouseposé 1.0 is for people doing presentations or on hand trainings and working on big screens such as the Apple 30 inch display.
Clarion (Booth 717) will announce a fully integrated iPod solution for its new VRX755VD in-dash DVD player/monitor combination. Clarion will also showcase a new CD receiver solution for Apple's popular music player. Clarion will also launch its N.I.C.E. (navigation in car entertainment) transportable navigation system for mobile information and entertainment solutions.
Corriente Networks (booth 849) will debut Elektron, new server software that secures AirPort and other Wi-Fi networks. It ensures that only authorized users are granted access to your Wi-Fi network and that each user's data is protected using the strongest encryption available.
CRYPTOCard (Booth 1442) is expected to announce CRYPTO-Server 6.3, the first authentication solution to provide simple, secure access to the network to positively identify all Mac users attempting VPN or Web-based access.
Intelli Innovations (Booth 2242) will unveil two new products: IntelliScanner Express automatically organizes wine collections, digital media, home inventory, and books with barcodes and its Daneizo Lending Management System offers a business-class solution for lending and member management making operating a library and keeping track of assets.
Lynda.com (Booth 528) will unveil Learning DVD Studio Pro 3, a user workshop for the beginning or intermediate user that includes movie-based tutorials and all the exercise files needed to follow along at your own pace.
Mariner Software (Booth 2410), which acquired MacJournal, will release MacJournal 3.0, which can be used to create a personal journal, record daily ideas, manage scripts and novels, or generate blogs.
Master Colors (Booth 649) is introducing HVC Color Composer, a Mac Photoshop plug-in used to pull up millions of unique, harmonically coherent palettes requested by the artist to fulfill the specific needs of the artwork.
Open Door Networks (Booth 649) will announce Envision Everywhere, a comprehensive set of technologies and recommendations for displaying Web images in new ways, not just on the Mac, but on flat-panel HDTVs, digital picture frames and media centers, and even the iPod photo.
Optibase (Booth 1647) will release Media 100 HD for the Mac, a 10-bit editing system that enables the mixing of HD and SD formats, 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios, and uncompressed and compressed data - all in the same timeline.
SmileOnMyMac (Booth 749) will introduce two new products, including photoprinto, which will create and print designer photo albums and single sheets; and PDFpenPro, which is designed to create, fill, and save interactive cross-platform PDF forms.
Sorenson Media (Booth 1546) will announce Sorenson Squeeze 4.1, the latest update to its video encoding and compression applications. The new Telestream plug-in allows Mac users to encode video for Windows Media 7, 8, and 9 formats directly on the Mac. It also compresses audio files to half their original, uncompressed size.
The Macworld Conference will also include an opening Keynote by Steve Jobs (Jan 11 at 9:00 a.m.), The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and Concerts, a feature by Wil Wheaton (author of "Just a Geek" and actor in "Star Trek: The Next Generation"), the Macworld After Dark Concert featuring The Jackie Greene Band (Jan 12 at 6:00 p.m.), the MacIT Conference with in-depth public training on Mac OS X Tiger, 15 separate Power Tools Conferences, 20 hours of free training in the Live On Stage exhibit, a Macintosh Games Pavilion, a public Internet Café, a Digital Art Gallery, and a Birds-of-a Feather Meetings on various topics (Jan 12 at 6:00 p.m.).