MacExpo Germany runs at K"lnmesse from June 16-18, 2005.

The organisers report that exhibitor numbers and visitor pre-registrations are significantly higher than in previous years, suggesting mass market interest in Apple and the Mac in the country.

Attendees will meet a "host" of new exhibitors and a hundred free seminars where attendees can learn new skils and get advice to hone existing ones.

Masterclass sessions, too

Paid masterclasses on a host of subjects are also available, these include extensive presentations on Mac OS X 10.4. Sessions on digital video production, DVD Studio Pro, photography and storage solutions for video and enterprise are also available. These sessions cost €75.00 and those interested are advised to book early.

MacExpo Germany also offers features for new iPod and Mac consumers, with sessions on topics likely to be of interest to new consumers, a games area, a music stage and more.

Professional users benefit from the dedicated areas, such as the Video Pro Applications and File Maker Solutions Parks.

Blurring the boundaries

With all these available features, Pein predicted a crossover between pro and consumer users, saying: "The transition from end-user to semi-professional enthusiast becomes blurred with all the excellent seminars available to them".

Show exhibitors include: Adobe, AJA, Apple, Avid, Canon, Epson, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Oracle, Quark, Roxio, Steinberg, FileMaker, and many more, with additional presentations from MacExpo's media partners, which include the majority of Germany's Mac press: Mac Life, MacNews.De, MacUp and Macwelt.