FRI: January 4, 2002 Late-Breakers What's new at Macworld Expo: Beyond the Keynote As has been traditional, our coverage of troubleshooting news takes a bit of a back seat for the next week, as we focus our attention on Macworld Expo. We'll be there all week, with daily "live" coverage. For starters, based on press releases sent to us in the last few weeks, here are the highlights (in alphabetical order) of what Macworld Expo attendees can expect to see, after the hoopla of the Keynote is over: 4D will be showing its latest products, including WebSTAR. Blue World Communications will showcase Lasso Professional 5 working with the Apache Web server embedded in Mac OS X and with 4D WebSTAR V. Blue World will also showcase connectivity to Lasso MySQL. Charismac will release Discribe for OS X. Discribe v5.0 will include a host of new features including DVD mastering support as well as full native Macintosh OS X support. CMS Peripherals will debut a line of portable notebook and desktop Automatic Backup Systems (ABS) for Mac users with support for OS X and FireWire. Connectix will be demonstrating its recently released Virtual PC for Mac 5.0. Dartware is launching InterMapper 3.6. Datadesk Technologies will be showcasing a number of products, including TrackBoard (USB), a USB version of its "innovative" keyboard. DiamondSoft will be showing their new OS X versions of Font Reserve Single User and Font Reserve Server. Discreet will be showing its "newly acquired family of streaming products including the interactive streaming media creation software, Cleaner 5.1 for Mac OS X and editing software Cinestream. eBeam Group will be previewing the latest eBeam Mac Software designed for OS X. Equilibrium is launching DeBabelizer Pro 5 for Mac OS X. Now digital artists can automatically prepare images, animations and digital video for Web, wireless, multimedia and game development on Mac OS X. Extensis will be announcing two new products: A new version of QX-Tools product (a plug-in for QuarkXPress) and a new version of Portfolio (an asset management tool for anyone that needs to organize, retrieve and distribute digital images from photographs to PowerPoint presentations). eZedia will release eZediaMX 3.0 for Mac OS X. It's media integration software. Gefen will unveil its latest ex-tend-it invention on the showroom floor: the ex-tend-it VGA to ADC Conversion Box. With the VGA to ADC Conversion Box, Apple's line of digital flat panel Cinema Displays may be plugged into older Macintosh computers with analog VGA monitor connectors, including Apple's PowerBook computers. Gefen will also be showing the ex-tend-it CAT5-1000; it consists of a Sender unit and a Receiver unit. Iomega will be introducing new CD-R burning software written for the Mac. It will also be demonstrating its Peerless (10GB and 20GB) drives. LaCie will roll out a host of new products, including a new portable CD-RW drive. MacPlay will debut two new games: The Operative: No One Lives Forever and Icewind Dale. "One of the most critically acclaimed first person shooters, No One Lives Forever is scheduled to ship in early 2002 on the Mac OS X and classic Mac OS platforms." Maxtor will be announcing and showing a new high capacity hard drive. MindAvenue will be showing the two latest versions of AXEL 1.5, the complete authoring solutions for high-impact, programming-free, interactive 3D web content: AXELcore and AXELedge. Minolta will be showing new magicolor laser printers. NCsoft Corporation is preparing to launch a Mac version of LINEAGE, "the most popular subscription-based online game in the world." ProVUE Development will be demonstrating its new Panorama iPod Organizer. With the Panorama iPod Organizer users can store and access phone numbers, email addresses, flight numbers, appointment times and more on their iPods. Real Software will be showing REALbasic 4. Roxio will demonstrate a new update to Toast with Jam, an audio tool that allows users to produce high-quality commercial CDs and demos, delivering CD and DVD burning power plus professional audio editing and mastering for the Mac. School Zone Interactive will be showcasing a new product line, Pencil Pal Software Synthetic will be announcing Studio Artist 2.0. Studio Artist 2.0 has loads of new features and over 8 hours of Digital Training Videos. Smith Micro will be showing the new FAXstf for OS X. Sonic Desktop Software will be debuting Sonicfire Pro version 2.1, an OS X carbonized version of their professional level software. Final Cut Pro and iMovie users can score their videos quickly and easily, with professional results, using Sonicfire Pro. Stone Design will be showing a new version of Stone Studio. Sustainable Softworks will be showing IPNetShareX, the company's entry-level Internet sharing software for OS X, and an OS X version of IPNetMonitor, the company's set of networking diagnostic tools. Ultimate Recording Systems will unveil a complete new line of Macintosh based music recording systems. Vicomsoft will be showing the brand new Internet Gateway for Mac OS X. XtremeMac will be announcing a new line of iPod accessories, including iPod cases. Tevanian and Schiller on the "Power of X" IDG World Expo has announced the addition of a special Apple feature presentation: Avie Tevanian, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, and Philip Schiller, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing will give a presentation entitled "Power of X" on Tuesday, January 8 from noon until 1 p.m. Ted Landau at Macworld Expo MacFixIt Editor Ted Landau will be speaking at two Macworld Expo sessions - and doing a book signing at the Peachpit Press booth: Using the Classic Environment in Mac OS X (with Dan Frakes) Wednesday, January 9 from 2:00 to 3:15 pm; Room 305 Troubleshooting Mac OS X Thursday, January 10 from 1:45 to 3:00 pm; Room 305 Sad Macs book signing (and announcement of a new book scheduled for later this year) Wednesday, January 9 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm; Peachpit booth (#1037) Party time Finally, if you are looking for something to do after the Exhibit Hall closes for the day, check out Ilene Hoffman's Macworld Expo Events page. Sadly, unless there are a number of invitation-only parties not listed on the page (we are aware of at least one: the Macworld Eddy Awards on Monday), this Expo appears to be continuing the downward spiral over the past few years of less-and-less Expo parties.