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MacRumors
Jan 17, 2008, 04:50 AM
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Macworld announced (http://www.macworld.com/article/131642/2008/01/bos.html) their Best of Show awards today for Macworld San Francisco 2008.

- Photoshop Elements 6 (http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshopelmac/) - Universal version of Adobe's consumer photo editor.
- MacBook Air (http://www.apple.com/macbookair/) - Apple's thin laptop
- Guitar Hero III (http://www.aspyr.com/product/info/85) - Aspyre's rhythm game for Mac.
- BusySync (http://www.busymac.com/) - share iCal calendars (MacRumors writeup (http://www.macrumors.com/2008/01/16/busymac-previews-busysync-2-ical-syncing-software/))
- Eye Fi card (http://www.eye.fi/a-wireless-memory-card/) - SD card with Wifi built in
- Flow (http://gridironsoftware.com/Flow/) - organize and track the relationships between files
- Dictate (http://www.macspeech.com/pages.php?pID=53&osCsid=a9d639ddf7dfdc0b358589df81897dbd) - $99 Dictation / voice command software from MacSpeech
- NEC Multisync LCD3090WQXi (http://www.necdisplay.com/) - 30 inch display
- Omnifocus (http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnifocus/) - personal task management software (to do's)
- Parallels Server (http://www.parallels.com/en/) - virtualize Windows, Linux and Mac OS X Server
- Vector Designer (http://www.tweakersoft.com/vectordesigner/index.html) - vector drawing tool

Other products we've covered:

- iLidz (http://www.macrumors.com/2008/01/17/ilidz-personal-media-viewer/) personal media viewer (aka hat + clips + lens + iPhone)
- sd200v Notebook Docking Station (http://www.macrumors.com/2008/01/17/kensington-add-an-extra-monitor-over-usb/) - Add a monitor to your Mac via USB
- Bobcat (http://www.macrumors.com/2008/01/17/garmin-releases-bobcat-software-for-mac-os-x/) - Mac software for Garmin GPS intergration
- SubRosaSoft (http://www.macrumors.com/2008/01/17/subrosasoft-shows-data-protection-and-recovery-utilities-at-macworld-2008/) - Data protection and Data Recovery
- ProVideoPlayer/ProPresenter (http://www.macrumors.com/2008/01/16/renewed-vision-creates-a-display-with-provideoplayer-propresenter/) - grid-map video content across multiple displays attached to multiple computers
- GelaSkins (http://www.macrumors.com/2008/01/16/gelaskins-custom-skins-for-ipods-macbooks-iphones/) - custom skins with original art for your iPod, iPhone, MacBook

Article Link (http://www.macrumors.com/2008/01/17/macworld-best-of-show-awards-and-others/)



TheSpecialist
Jan 17, 2008, 05:02 AM
Great new products this year!

Rychiar
Jan 17, 2008, 05:46 AM
OMG! I had no idea they made Guitar Hero III for mac!!!:eek:

dante@sisna.com
Jan 17, 2008, 07:02 AM
Excited to see that NEC 30" display.

spinko
Jan 17, 2008, 08:02 AM
Great new products this year!

the Macbook Air which apart being "thin" has not much appeal .. to me at least.

BrianMojo
Jan 17, 2008, 08:30 AM
Wow, that wireless SD card is pretty amazing! Awesome!

brad.c
Jan 17, 2008, 08:48 AM
Excited to see that NEC 30" display.

I'm curious too, although they haven't put it up on their site yet.

atticusbcr
Jan 17, 2008, 08:53 AM
Im kind of disappointed with the Macbook air, i know its thin and it looks nice...but 1.6Ghz? thats so 3 years ago for the price of the laptop. i guess its understandable for the size of the thing but does it really need to be that thin? if i buy it i'll be afraid to just snap it in half. I had $2k saved up to buy a laptop for school (which already started) but now idk what to do. I was really expecting an upgrade to the MBP...but it didnt happen. I hope they upgrade the MBP soon, because to be honest i rather have a MBP thats 2 more pounds and .3 more inches than to have a thing that might be tiny but its really lacking a lot of things that makes a laptop great.

puffnstuff
Jan 17, 2008, 08:53 AM
Sadly for me the only mac laptop it can run on is the macbook pro

mrgreen4242
Jan 17, 2008, 09:09 AM
Hm, the Eye-Fi is pretty neat, but from the looks of it it's not a new product. I followed the link to their site, and from there to Amazon to check out availability and there's people with reviews talking about pre-Christmas use.

Anyways, I'd be curious to see someone figure out how to make this work with the iPhone/touch... I'd really love to be able to:

1) offload photos onto another drive while "in the field". 8/16gb isn't much, but if you knew you were going to need it you could keep a couple gigs free to empty your card on to and keep shooting (of course, for $100 you could just buy 8gb of SD storage). More importantly, though, is...

2) I'd LOVE to take photos and then look at them on the larger, higher res touch/iPhone screen and be able to pinch zoom, etc them to get a fast, really accurate in the field review. And...

3) for iPhone users at least, it would be nice to take high quality shots with the camera of your choice and then wirelessly email/post them to the web without being near a WiFi connection. This would be handy in a way for touch uses, as it would enable them to download and mail/post to a blog their photos without a laptop, but not as cool as with the iPhone.

On a related note, is there anyone making or working to make one of those adaptors for the touch/iPhone that are available for the regular iPods to download photos from your camera's memory card? It wouldn't integrate into your photo application or anything, but with MobileFinder you could at least look at them. I understand the issue is likely the lack of a disk mode on the touch/iPhone... but hadn't heard much about it.

mrmma
Jan 17, 2008, 09:19 AM
Did anyone notice that the language support for Mac Speech Dictate includes "US Teen"? What the heck is this? I'm not _THAT_ old.

SciTeach
Jan 17, 2008, 09:30 AM
Bobcat looks pretty cool with the integration of Garmin GPS.

MacBookAir....wow.....didn't see THAT coming.:rolleyes:

Guitar Hero III was a no brainer.:cool:
--In a related note...Call of Duty 4 was announced too.:cool:

shecky
Jan 17, 2008, 09:30 AM
Flow (http://gridironsoftware.com/Flow/) - organize and track the relationships between files


that could be worth a looksie.

BKKbill
Jan 17, 2008, 09:53 AM
Nice to see 16 positive votes with 12 replies.

SHOlover
Jan 17, 2008, 10:36 AM
OMG! I had no idea they made Guitar Hero III for mac!!!:eek:
Yeah, but no one carries it! I checked all of the sites listed. :mad:

hayesk
Jan 17, 2008, 10:38 AM
I voted negative on this because there are products that aren't even shipping that won awards. Shouldn't the product exist to qualify?

minik
Jan 17, 2008, 10:46 AM
Although the Macworld management is a bit confusing to me this year, no more North and South Halls pass thru, conference pass mailing, etc. In general, it's a good Macworld.

I really enjoy it.

There is also a 2008 Best of Show by iLounge.com (http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/articles/comments/2008-best-of-show-winners-announced/)

jmadlena
Jan 17, 2008, 10:47 AM
At first I thought that it was strange that the Eye-Fi card, which is pretty cool, would win 'Best of Show' when it isn't Leopard compatible. But then I saw the latest company news that they announced Leopard support at Macworld. That makes it a lot cooler to me now.

And I wouldn't mind getting Guitar Hero 3... I'm getting a little tired of playing emulated Super Nintendo games.

caccamolle
Jan 17, 2008, 11:19 AM
what awards !?!?

This has been the worst macworld in a while ,,,, well, I guess Steve spoiled me too much.

Consider that for me the only thing worth noting out of it is the aTV2.

Oh well, that's fine.

On the other hand I am looking forward to seeing whether the new MB air thing is a real laptop (that is, whether or not it can rest on my laps w/o setting them on fire !!!!).

skorpien
Jan 17, 2008, 11:21 AM
Yeah, but no one carries it! I checked all of the sites listed. :mad:

I found it easily enough at walmart.com. Here's the link...

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=7790619

and according to the store, it's in stock!

edit: Box says for PC, but I think the included DVD should be both PC and Mac compatible *crosses fingers* Still waiting on them to increase supply for Canada for the PS3 bundles...

twoodcc
Jan 17, 2008, 11:28 AM
that's a nice list of great products! if only i had more money :(

ridli
Jan 17, 2008, 11:33 AM
Did anyone notice that the language support for Mac Speech Dictate includes "US Teen"? What the heck is this? I'm not _THAT_ old.

I'm assuming it's a language devoid of punctuation and grammar.

mainstreetmark
Jan 17, 2008, 11:54 AM
I'm assuming it's a language devoid of punctuation and grammar.

..and spelling and coherence.

D 5
Jan 17, 2008, 12:45 PM
WORST MACWORLD EVER!!!!!!

Can someone remember a more disappointing Macworld?

Antares
Jan 17, 2008, 01:07 PM
Can someone remember a more disappointing Macworld?

Well, if you're obviously not counting the WWDC: Macworld Boston 2004, Macworld 1999. I also wasn't keen on Macworld 2007 (mostly just iPhone stuff).

Darkroom
Jan 17, 2008, 01:12 PM
the eye-fi card is a great idea!

shadowfax
Jan 17, 2008, 01:18 PM
Excited to see that NEC 30" display.

Looks like it costs more than apple's 10 million year old 30 inch display, and not as pretty to boot. What's the deal with it, did I look at the wrong press release?

http://www.hdtvorigin.com/hdtv/nec-multisync-lcd3090wqxi-monitor-introduction/

sishaw
Jan 17, 2008, 01:29 PM
I think Time Capsule is going to be the sleeper product when folks look back. My understanding is it not only provides wireless backup, it can also serve out data and act as a wireless router. Combined with the computer and Apple TV, it can be a kind of data/entertainment hub for your home. I'm very much look looking forward to getting one in February. I've dreamed of a wireless disk solution for a long time, because I have wires going every which way from my old (but still working great on Leopard!) iBook.

Not even Apple can come out with an iPhone every year. I think it was a good MacWorld with some fine products. I too wish the MB Air had been a tablet form factor, but, let's face it, most people still use regular laptops. On a recent visit to Micro Center, the entire laptop section only had two nontraditional models--the Q1 Ultra, and some underpowered tablet from HP. I'm not sure Apple can justify the R&D that goes into a tablet in terms of the outlook for future sales.

Also, movie rentals over the air could potentially rock pretty hard. I mean, it may not be Blu-ray quality, quite, but I hear it is good, and you have that instant gratification factor as well.

SheriffParker
Jan 17, 2008, 01:37 PM
That usb monitor hub looks interesting. I'd love to plug in less cables when I dock my laptop to my ACD every night. Right now its 5:

speakers,
power,
DVI,
USB,
Firewire.

I hope they make a better docking station that will hold the laptop off the ground vertically to save desk space, and the less cables the better.

This hub thing is definitely a step in the right direction.

ChrisA
Jan 17, 2008, 02:18 PM
I voted negative on this because there are products that aren't even shipping that won awards. Shouldn't the product exist to qualify?

That's what I'm thinking. But then this the macRUMORS so I gues All you need to quality is that you have some photoshopsed pictures on a product.

NYCMacFan
Jan 17, 2008, 02:53 PM
From Endgadget

The speaker is mono only (not stereo), so your audio output will suffer a bit. The audio comes out of the keyboard holes in the right side, and it sounds a little funny.

Does this mean that I spend $2,000 on a laptop that supposedly didn't compromise and I can't watch a video on itunes in my hotel room without using headphones? The sound had better work on this.

4 years ago = You could buy a 12inch PB with the same vertical viewing space (it was non widescreen), same sized keyboard, was 4.6lbs and less width/length (but thicker).

Take the old PB case. Just using an LED, shrinking the battery slightly and dropping the optical drive from that old machine would get us to like 3.5 lbs and probably 0.8 thickness right? And it had good sound. What the hell Apple?

sartinsauce
Jan 17, 2008, 03:05 PM
that could be worth a looksie.

Ditto here. I had no idea Flow (or any other similar software) was automated! The effing rocks the panties off my pen and paper asset tracking and management.

I want it!

rockosmodurnlif
Jan 17, 2008, 04:37 PM
Is this going to turn into another MacBook Air hate/love thread?

I am also interested in that 30" display.

hayesk
Jan 17, 2008, 04:46 PM
Does this mean that I spend $2,000 on a laptop that supposedly didn't compromise


Ha ha! A subnotebook is all about compromise. You should have purchased a regular MacBook.

and I can't watch a video on itunes in my hotel room without using headphones? The sound had better work on this.

Hard to say - mono does not mean bad sound. It only means one speaker. You'll have to listen for yourself.

4 years ago = You could buy a 12inch PB with the same vertical viewing space (it was non widescreen), same sized keyboard, was 4.6lbs and less width/length (but thicker).

Yes - it was a better machine in my opinion.

Take the old PB case. Just using an LED, shrinking the battery slightly and dropping the optical drive from that old machine would get us to like 3.5 lbs and probably 0.8 thickness right? And it had good sound. What the hell Apple?
If you wanted good sound, thin is not what you should purchase. To get good sound you need to move air. Do you think a thicker or thinner speaker is better at moving air? The speaker coil needs room to move.

NYCMacFan
Jan 17, 2008, 04:48 PM
Hard to say - mono does not mean bad sound. It only means one speaker. You'll have to listen for yourself.

To get good sound you need to move air. Do you think a thicker or thinner speaker is better at moving air? The speaker coil needs room to move.

I am more spooked at initial reports that it comes from under the keyboard and reports that it sounds "unusual". Will see.

I am not looking for rocking music. To be honest I just want to know that if I watch an episode of some TV show streaming or with itunes that it sounds okay. I thought the PB 12inch and 12inch iBook (I have the later) had okay and acceptable sound...

akadmon
Jan 17, 2008, 05:39 PM
Wow! This Macworld must really have been a bust. It's 12 hours since this thread got opened up and there is less than 50 posts :eek:

caccamolle
Jan 17, 2008, 06:18 PM
WORST MACWORLD EVER!!!!!!

Can someone remember a more disappointing Macworld?

pretty much....not that I remember all of them. But there really was not much at all in the air.

appleface
Jan 17, 2008, 06:42 PM
i love the eye-fi technology. it's such a great idea. there has to be more creative uses for it than just uploading fotos.

barijazz
Jan 17, 2008, 10:19 PM
Anyone know how the NEC Multisync LCD3090WQXi compares to apple's 30" display for final cut studio editing?

pretty much....not that I remember all of them. But there really was not much at all in the air.

I was hoping for ACD and MBP refreshes, as well as mac mini (if it hasn't already died). But I think that apple didn't want to take away from itunes movie rentals for the apple t.v. The MBA is pretty cool but not very practical except to a small market. You can't get let down unless you're built up first, and macworld was definitely a let down.:(

BKKbill
Jan 17, 2008, 11:53 PM
I'm assuming it's a language devoid of punctuation and grammar.

Priceless to say the least.

BlueRevolution
Jan 18, 2008, 12:06 AM
..and spelling and coherence.

Speaking of spelling, "Aspyre"? :rolleyes:

SHOlover
Jan 18, 2008, 04:51 PM
I like turtles.

hatzalot
Jan 19, 2008, 12:05 PM
I was impressed with Macworld 2008. Certainly not the best Macworld but had some good contributions and very cool products.