Apple Expo Paris kicks-off tomorrow with a keynote from Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and the event will see many new products showcased. Macworld has already learned details of product updates from Elgato, Intego, Elan, Dr Bott, and Smart.
Elgato Elgato is to release a new version of EyeTV.
The free software will include support for European Programme Guide VTV, enabling the location and automatic recording of programmes. It will also offer support for Toast 6 Titanium, allowing conversion of EyeTV recorded videos into DVDs.
Elgato CEO Freddie Geier said: "Ways to effectively network computers and home entertainment systems to enable the exchange of photo, video, and audio data will become one of the big topics for 2004."
The new software can be downloaded from Elgato's Web site, www.elgato.com, from Tuesday September 16.
Intego Intego will launch its Internet Security Barrier X Family Edition at booth E28.
The product suite offers Web security and parental control features.
Internet Security Barrier features NetBarrier X, designed to protect Mac users from the "dangers of the Internet" – offering four levels of defence and optimal security. A personal firewall blocks intrusion, cookies and Web banners; Virus Barrier X antivirus software is included as is and ContentBarrier X, a filtering solution that allows parents to protect their children from dangerous Web sites and chat rooms.
To celebrate the launch, Intego is offering a three for the price of one offer at the Apple Store.
Elan Elan Speech will demonstrate its new high-end vocalization tool, Speechissimo, at an Expo conference for visually impaired people.
Speechissimo is Elan's first consumer-targeted solution for Mac OS X. Elan claims that Speechissimo reads any text out loud in real time, with an intelligent and natural sounding voice.
The software incorporates Elan's Sayso text-to-speech (TTS) technology that is able to read any text aloud in a number of different languages, according to the company. TSS speech enables services and applications such as voice portals, voice emails, unified messaging, talking web, interactive games, educational software and navigation systems.
The conference is part of a series of Expo activities organised to reflect the European Year of People with Disabilities. It will look at "accessibility and the information society".
Speechissimo will also be demonstrated at the Educational Centre Theatre on September 16 (12.15-12.45pm) and September 20 (3.45-4.15pm).
eHUG unites HyperCard users The European HyperCard User Group (eHUG) will be attending Apple Expo Paris this year to request that Apple update the ageing HyperCard application for use with Mac OS X.
Hypercard is a comprehensive package of tools for authoring interactive solutions, including multimedia presentations, CD-ROM titles and courseware. The application offers an expanded AppleScript dictionary and AppleScript event handlers. It also has the capacity to send stacks by email, and to run a text search facility in user mode.
Lamenting Apple's decision not to carbonize its HyperCard application, Mark Schonewille, the Apple User Group (AUG) leader co-ordinating eHUG, said: "Apple introduced OS X without providing professional and home users with a product that is fully compatible with the latest HyperCard version. Many of eHUG's members feel betrayed by Apple."
eHUG is seeking to unite European HyperCard users at the AUG booth, stand A34, Hall 4. "The enthusiasm and support of our members is absolutely necessary for eHUG to be successful. Only if HyperCard users keep insisting on their wish to have an updated version will Apple listen."
Dr Bott Dr Bott will showcase half a dozen new products.
These include: the TiCase17 Powerbook case; ExtendAir Direct directional antenna for AirPort Extreme; TEN Technology's naviPod iPod remote control; and the SendStation PocketDock thumb-sized adaptor for FireWire for third-generation iPods.
Dr Bott will also demonstrate 150 items from its selection of Mac-compatible hardware products at booth B19.
Smart Daimler Chrysler's Smart division is preparing to introduce a limited-edition Smart car integrating an iPod, called the i-move.
Macworld sources say the iPod connects to the car stereo, with a dock that's built-into the car. It shows up on the stereo as an auxiliary device, and can be controlled using the stereo. Just 100 such cars will be released in France, though "Smart UK is really interested in doing the same" said a source.