Apple will be demonstrating Mac OS X, and how it can be used as the basis for authoring and design creation, asset management, and media and production preparation.
IPEX 2002 offers visitors a glimpse at solutions from across the gamut of print, publishing and media – from asset management to pre-press, production; colour management to printing. It's laid out to reflect perceived workflow practices - visitors can move logically between the production and pre-publishing halls all the way to the press machinery and finishing equipment halls.
Apple is exhibiting its own workflow solutions for the industry, based on a dual-1GHz G4 Power Mac and Macintosh Server G4 – both running Mac OS X.
There will also be information on how Mac OS X Server provides high-performance printer sharing and queuing services for Mac OS, Windows, UNIX and Linux clients.
Apple has prepared a series of seminars, presentations, briefings and question and answer sessions during the show.
IPEX 2002 features over 1,200 companies exhibiting at nearly 700 stands. The 1998 show attracted 91,622 visitors, 30,108 from overseas. Marketing director, Ashley Whitworth, said: "The show's shaping up to be bigger than last time, excellent given the current economy." Pre-registrations so far have exceeded those of Ipex 1998.
Other Mac-related exhibitors include Canto Software, EnFocus, Epson, Hermstedt, Hewlett-Packard, LaCie and Markzware. Adobe is taking space on the stands of some of its key partners (including Apple) to bring its network-publishing message home.
Admission costs £25 on the door; pre-register for a special £15 rate. Children under 16 won't be admitted to the show because of health and safety legislation – the exhibition features heavy machinery. The show's opening hours are: April 9-16: 9.30 – 17:30, April 17: 9:30 – 16:00. There's a host of information about the show, and pre-registration opportunities on the Ipex Web site.