58,250 people attended Macworld Expo and Conference last week in the Jacob Javits Center, New York from July 15 to 19.

Organizer IDG World Expo claims the tech-fest was the best attended of its kind in New York City in 2002, with nearly 250 companies exhibiting. However, last years show attracted 64,480.

The event attracted educators, graphic artists, filmmakers, musicians, students and retired professionals eager to see the latest Mac innovations.

Content The event's conference program featured more than 170 workshops, conference sessions and hands-on labs.

Charlie Greco, president and CEO of IDG World Expo, said: "Once again, the Mac community has come out in full force to investigate the latest for the Macintosh and learn from their peers.

"The passion and enthusiasm of this community drives the continued success of Macworld Conference & Expo. As New York City's largest technology event, Macworld is a bright light in an otherwise dim industry."

Karen Eisen, global industry marketing manager for Maya 3D software, said: "We at Alias/Wavefront were impressed with the Macworld Expo New York this year. Despite the current economic climate, our booth was swamped with show attendees eager to learn more about Maya on Mac OS X."

Apple's CEO Steve Jobs' key note speech saw the introduction of a Windows-compatible iPod and 17-inch widescreen iMac.

Mac OS X 10.2 was also unveiled ahead of its August 24 release date. Other new products included: calendar program iCal; iSync, which syncs data between a user's iPod, Palm handheld and cell phone; and iTunes 3, an upgrade to the company's digital-music software.