Macworld has announced its Best of Show awards for London’s MacExpo 2004. The 10 awards are given to products either making their public debut at MacExpo or recently introduced and generating excitement on the show floor. This year's honorees included:
Apple’s iPod Photo is the first of its portable music players to offer a colour screen and the ability to display digital pictures and album art. Available in two configurations – a £359 40GB model and a £429 60GB version – these new iPods feature not only new graphic capabilities, but increased playtime and the power to project video to a television or projector via a composite- or S-video cable.
Apple also won a Best of Show for its professional music-making application, Logic. Logic Pro 7 offers new software instruments such as Sculpture, a component-modelling based synthesizer; UltraBeat, an innovative and powerful drum machine; and new plug-ins including Guitar Amp Pro, a full-featured guitar amplifier simulator. It also offers over 100 workflow enhancements, new mastering plug-ins and support for Apple Loops.
Epson’s P-2000 Multimedia Storage Viewer could be the video iPod many have been dreaming of – storing, viewing and sharing digital photos, movies and music. The Epson P-2000 is compact but makes a big impact thanks to its crystal-clear 3.8-inch Photo Fine colour display, 40GB hard drive and long battery life.
When used with Apple’s AirPort Express Keyspan’s Express Remote provides a powerful way to locally control music being streamed from iTunes on a remote PC or Mac. When connected directly to a PC or Mac, it allows you to control audio and video media players on your computer in the same convenient way that you control a TV or VCR.
Adobe will release version 7.0 of its Acrobat products, including a new free Acrobat Reader that now includes reviewing capabilities, by the end of the year. The client products all tie in to the company's Intelligent Document Platform, a set of elements Adobe wants to use to make PDF (Portable Document Format) with XML (Extensible Markup Language) additions a common way to get data in and out of enterprise systems.
Microsoft claims that its Virtual PC 7 for the Mac boasts a 10 to 30 per cent increase in performance, as well asd support for Apple's Power Mac G5. The biggest improvements are around graphics performance with screen redraws, refresh rate and text rendering." Mac OS X 10.3 Panther users can print from any PC application, and the file will automatically print to the Mac's default printer, using a new printing wizard in Virtual PC.
Quark’s QuarkXPress 6.5 is a free update to its flagship desktop publishing software application. The new version includes new features such as the QuarkVista image-editing plug-in, which allows uers to apply scale, crop, angle and skew transformations, import graphic files and manage color space conversions. Native multi-layer Photoshop file import and layer editing is now supported with PSD Import.
Hewlett-Packard’s Photosmart 375 Compact Photo Printer is designed to print snapshots on the spot, wherever you are. It is dedicated to producing 4-x-6-inch prints, and can run on an optional internal battery or an optional car adaptor. It weighs less than 3 pounds and has a PictBridge port and memory-card slots, as well as a colour LCD. Bluetooth-compliant, the Photosmart 375 will print a photo sent to it by a mobile-phone camera in under a minute.
Hermstedt’s Hifidelio is a networked audio-CD player/recorder with 80GB of hard-disk space to hold up to 20,000 tracks. It holds a full music database for album titles, tracks and artists, displaying a simple user interface on its high-resolution backlit display. Hifidelio also comes with wireless options to enable users to listen to their digital music throughout the house.