updated 05:10 pm EST, Thu January 5, 2006
Macworld Expo announced
IDG World Expo today officially announced that is set to kick off next week in San Francisco at the Moscone Center, featuring over 300 exhibiting companies and hundreds of new product introductions. Macworld will include five days of educational content with conference sessions appropriate for Mac users of all levels and backgrounds. The conference program runs Monday through Friday, January 9-13th, while the exhibit hall opens on January 10th at 11 a.m. and runs through January 13th. The exhibit hall is expected to feature the latest products and software for the Mac from companies such as Adobe, Canon USA, Epson America, FileMaker, Harman Multimedia, HP, Microsoft, Nikon, Quark, Xerox, XtremeMac and many others. Exhibit hall passes are available for $30 until January 8th, or $45 at the door.
Macworld Conference and Expo highlights
- 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: a newly introduced conference that features five unique day-long Market Symposiums designed to 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: a newly introduced Exhibit Hall feature offering 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.