This year’s Macfest roadshow was hailed as “our best ever” by organizer Garrett Doyle.
The roadshow made London its last destination in a three-day whistle-stop tour of the UK. It also paid visits to Cambridge and Manchester.
Doyle summed up the event’s theme: “This year’s Macfest had a video focus. “Apple’s DVD Studio Pro has been well-received.
“People that come to an event like Macfest are passionate about the Mac platform. Seminars were well-attended. Quark had its own seminars, and enjoyed a lot of one-to-one exchanges with attendees. This is a change of approach for the company, and is due to the launch of QuarkXPress 5.0, and an increasingly competitive market."
Some 2,000 people attended the three-day roadshow. Added Doyle: “This year’s Macfest has been significantly better than last year’s – and the year before.
"Macfest is a great platform to work from, and to go on to Mac Expo this autumn. Coming here has been a great experiment for a lot of exhibitors.”
Showing out LaCie exhibitor, Gary Ward, said: “There’s been a steady flow of people at the stand today in London. People have been most interested in LaCie’s range of pocket drives and monitors. Overall, the event has been buoyant with people asking ‘where to buy’”.
Keyspan exhibitor, Kevin Brady, said: “Macfest has got better over the years. There are more exhibitors this time around. I think Macfest is a great opportunity to meet the people.”
Hermstedt demoed its Web Shuttle DSL, and ADSL USB modem. Lee Ward, Hermstedt’s representative, sang its praises: “Web Shuttle is a great new product. People see the words DSL, and identify it with high-speed Internet access. The exposure has been good for us.”