TweetFollow Us on Twitter

MacWorld SF 95
Volume Number:11
Issue Number:3
Column Tag:Macworld Expo Notes

Have You Seen Anything Cool?

Another quest for good stuff at MacWorld

By various contributors

Our staff has assembled a near-random set of observations from various people who attended MacWorld Expo in San Francisco in January. They’re presented in a hodge-podge below. That’s fitting, given the helter skelter hit-and-miss nature of the four day event.

What was hot? Well there was that weird guy with a Connectix QuickCam wired into his baseball cap recording anything that moved in the Penthouse booth. I heard he got some great shots and great quotes. Did she really say, “Do it again, over here where the light’s better”?

Apple showed a great demo of an upcoming OpenDoc-based ClarisWorks in the Developer Showcase. This ClarisWorks, with one tool pallet in the belly of an animated bear and another as a traditional bar, demonstrates how OpenDoc allows the user interface to be tailored to different markets.

There were not many Internet savvy apps. Guy Kawasaki’s Emailer, by Fog City Software, looks good for those who support more than one service, but its lack of filters keeps it far from competing with Eudora. StarNine’s Macintosh list server looks very hot. It can process QuickMail and Internet messages with auto replies, activating other apps and more.

One developer reported that this was the first show where Performa owners discovered that their Macintoshes were good for more than typing school papers. All those doctors and lawyers are now seeing what fun they can have with QuickCam and Marathon on the Internet.

The conference organizers wouldn’t allow booths in Developer Central to put padding under their carpet. Ooh, those dogs hurt!

Main Event was showing their Apple Script development environment. It supports variable watching and changing on the fly, step tracing, pausing a script and running another in the paused script’s variable space, excellent point-and-click script building and a bunch of other cool tools for developing Apple Scripts. This is a must have for any Apple Script developer; let’s hope they finally ship it.

Of course, MetroWerks released a new version, but I didn’t take the time to see it. Their tree reduction effort seemed to be a success if you count the number of people rushing to buy the printed version of their documentation.

While looking for someone to comment on the Windows sessions for Macintosh programmers, we drew this comment, “Sorry, I can’t help you here. It repels me like a magnet. :-)”

The show is smaller because of the large number of mergers and acquisitios that have taken place in the industry.

Apple’s Pavilion set aside in a separate room continues to be a mistake. It’s difficult to navigate and it’s a very crowded and stuffy room. It needs to be back on the main show floor. Rumor has it that it will be this way in Boston.

Connectix continued to have hot products at the show. People were continuously stacked up four across, eight deep, eager to drop their $99 for a QuickCam. One Symantec exec was seen buying two, one for a friend who couldn’t get away from his booth in Developer Central.

You mean there’s a whole ’nuther hall to get through?

There were a number of Windows developers that came to Developer Central and asked about getting started in Macintosh programming.

Wearing a QuickCam on a hat while walking around the show capturing pictures and video is a great way to meet everyone at the show.

There were a number of people at the show who were amazed at how many tools and opportunities there were available on the Macintosh for developers.

The show had at least 30% more attendance than last Macworld (maybe even more).

People are over the phase of “is the Power Macintosh for real?”

When (if ever) are they going to open the passageway between the Marriott Hotel (where all the keynotes are) and the Moscone Center?

Developer Central was a resounding success. Everyone had space, the volume level was talkable, and the crowd passing through seemed to have a lot of developers in it.

Microsoft seemed quite pleased with the response to their Windows for Macintosh developers sessions.

There were simply too many interesting people at the show and not enough time to talk to them all.

People just don’t seem to be giving out enough free samples, especially of expensive hardware!

Staying up all night the night before the show to work with a small group of volunteers to get a demo going wore me out, but what a blast!

At long last, it was a simple matter to get a really good cup of coffee within just a few steps of the convention center.

The Williams Defender emulator looked really good. Maybe too good. Many people didn’t realize that the stand-up arcade machines had Macs inside, nor did they realize that Defender was for sale and available to run on their Macs at home. I shudder to think that it’s available for unlimited play at only $25 after I wasted a year of college dropping quarters.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the Apple Evangelism party was a great party. Ford puts on a good shindig.

Best booth? It had to be Bungie’s booth. It’s not that the booth itself was anything special. In fact, I can’t say that I ever saw the booth because you couldn’t get near it even by waving cash at them. People were crowded around five deep trying to buy Marathon.

Worst booth? It’s so hard to choose but we’ll give it to Pinnacle. Their steel box fortress may make for some nice, quiet conversations on the inside, but who found the door?

Most overly-hyped party? Could it be the Be In? Best happening at the Be In? Cool General Magic demos. Did you know that those things can send e-mail?

Who was showing at Developer Central? Hang on to your hats!

Absoft - MacFortran, C++

ACI - 4th Dimension and 4D Server, Object Master

Aladdin Systems - StuffIt InstallerMaker

Apple Computer, Inc. - APDA, Apple Dylan, Apple Guide Authoring, Apple Media Tool, Developer Press, Developer Support Programs, Developer University, HyperCard/AppleScript, Mac OS SDK, MPW Pro / E.T.O., Multimedia Development Tools, Newton Toolkit, OpenDoc, QuickTime

BareBones Software- BBEdit 3.1, PopupFuncs 2.5, Cool T-Shirts, Bowers Development - AppMaker

Claris Corporation - FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Pro Server and Runtime. Claris Solutions Alliance

Digitool, Inc. - Macintosh Common Lisp

dtF Americas, Inc - dtF Relational Database

EveryWare Development Corp. - Butler SQL Server

Graphical Business Interfaces Inc. - TableIt!, Cataloger™ and Template Constructor™

Hayden Books - Programming Books

Jasik Designs - The Debugger/MacNosy

Kaleida Labs, Inc. - ScriptX

Language Systems - LS Pascal and LS Fortran

MacTech Magazine - MacTech CD, MacTech Mail Order

Main Event Software - Scripter®, Rosanne™ Data Processing Package.

Mathemæsthetics, Inc. - Resorcerer

Metrowerks - CodeWarrior 5

Micro Macro - MicroGuard

Microsoft Corporation - FoxPro, Visual C++ 2.0 Cross-Development Edition

Motorola

PACE Anti-Piracy - PACE Anti-Piracy

Prograph International - Prograph CPX 1.1, Prograph Client/Server Tools, Prograph Classic

Quasar Knowledge Systems - SmalltalkAgents 2.0

Remote Measurement Systems - EnviroMac

SAS Institute - SAS: JMP

Scientific Placement - Recruitment services for professional Macintosh Software Developers.

Stone Tablet Publishing - StoneTable

Summit Software Company - BasicScript™ Toolkit for Macintosh

Symantec Corporation - Symantec Developers Advantage, Symantec C++ 8.0 for Power Macintosh

Tenon Intersystems - Tenon’s Unix/Mach software, MachTen

True BASIC, Inc. - True BASIC

Waterloo Maple Software - Maple V, Theorist, Expressionist, MicroExpressionist, MathEdge.

and hiding off on the edge, as if they were really a part of Developer Central, was Dell, surrounded by sand bags and signs saying, “Don’t shoot! We’re not the enemy.” Right.

 
AAPL
$517.96
Apple Inc.
-3.72
MSFT
$39.75
Microsoft Corpora
+0.57
GOOG
$536.44
Google Inc.
+3.92

MacTech Search:
Community Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty 1.1.1.180...
Download the patch by launching the Starcraft II game and downloading it through the Battle.net connection within the app. Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty is a strategy game played in real-time. You... Read more
Sibelius 7.5.0 - Music notation solution...
Sibelius is the world's best-selling music notation software for Mac. It is as intuitive to use as a pen, yet so powerful that it does most things in less than the blink of an eye. The demo includes... Read more
Typinator 5.9 - Speedy and reliable text...
Typinator turbo-charges your typing productivity. Type a little. Typinator does the rest. We've all faced projects that require repetitive typing tasks. With Typinator, you can store commonly used... Read more
MYStuff Pro 2.0.16 - Create inventories...
MYStuff Pro is the most flexible way to create detail-rich inventories for your home or small business. Add items to MYStuff by dragging and dropping existing information, uploading new images, or... Read more
TurboTax 2013.r17.002 - Manage your 2013...
TurboTax guides you through your tax return step by step, does all the calculations, and checks your return for errors and overlooked deductions. It lets you file your return electronically to get... Read more
TrailRunner 3.8.769 - Route planning for...
Note: While the software is classified as freeware, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development. TrailRunner is the perfect companion for runners,... Read more
Flavours 1.1.10 - Create and apply theme...
Flavours is a Mac application that allow users to create, apply and share beautifully designed themes. Classy Give your Mac a gorgeous new look by applying delicious themes! Easy Unleash your... Read more
Spotify 0.9.8.296. - Stream music, creat...
Spotify is a streaming music service that gives you on-demand access to millions of songs. Whether you like driving rock, silky R&B, or grandiose classical music, Spotify's massive catalogue... Read more
SlingPlayer Plugin 3.3.20.475 - Browser...
SlingPlayer is the screen interface software that works hand-in-hand with the hardware inside the Slingbox to make your TV viewing experience just like that at home. It features an array of... Read more
S.M.A.R.T. for USB and FireWire Drives 0...
S.M.A.R.T. for USB and FireWire Drives is a kernel driver for OS X external usb or firewire drives. It extends the standard driver behaviour by providing access to drive smart data. The interface to... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

148Apps Live on Twitch: Pivvot’s Looper...
On our latest Twitch stream, we’ll be playing a pair of minimalist arcade games, one that just got a big content update in Pivvot, and another that was inspired by it in 15 Coins. Whitaker Trebella, creator of Pivvot, will discuss the new modes... | Read more »
Word Cubes Review
Word Cubes Review By Jordan Minor on April 15th, 2014 Our Rating: :: SQUARESVILLEUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Word Cubes is fine, but it is barely any different from any other word game.   | Read more »
PAX East 2014 – Desert Fox: The Battle o...
PAX East 2014 – Desert Fox: The Battle of El Alamein is Coming to iOS Soon Posted by Rob Rich on April 15th, 2014 [ permalink ] Shenandoah Studio has become one of the go-to developers for war games on iOS, with | Read more »
Tank of Tanks Review
Tank of Tanks Review By Carter Dotson on April 15th, 2014 Our Rating: :: TANKS A LOT!iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad This multiplayer game played on a single iPad is simple, chaotic fun.   | Read more »
PAX East 2014 – Dungeon of the Endless J...
PAX East 2014 – Dungeon of the Endless Just Might Have a Shot at an iPad Release Posted by Rob Rich on April 15th, 2014 [ permalink ] I think it’s fair to say that | Read more »
SideSwype Review
SideSwype Review By Carter Dotson on April 15th, 2014 Our Rating: :: ON YOUR SIDEUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad SideSwype is a puzzler that takes inspiration from Threes, but becomes its own incredibly fun game.   | Read more »
PAX East 2014 – Bigfoot Hunter Invites P...
PAX East 2014 – Bigfoot Hunter Invites Players on a Wild and Wooly Photo Safari Posted by Rob Rich on April 15th, 2014 [ permalink ] Yeti. Sasquatch. Wendigo. | Read more »
Dungeon Quest Review
Dungeon Quest Review By Cata Modorcea on April 15th, 2014 Our Rating: :: NO STORY, BUT GOOD FUNUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Dungeon Quest does a lot of things right, but ultimately forgets about one of the core... | Read more »
Tempo AI and Speek Join Forces to “Kill...
Tempo AI and Speek Join Forces to “Kill the Conference Call PIN” Posted by Rob Rich on April 15th, 2014 [ permalink ] Today Tempo AI, makers of Tempo Smart Calendar, and | Read more »
Fighting Fantasy: Starship Traveller Rev...
Fighting Fantasy: Starship Traveller Review By Jennifer Allen on April 15th, 2014 Our Rating: :: A SIGNIFICANT VOYAGEUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Continuing the release of Fighting Fantasy titles, Starship Traveller... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Save $50 on Mac mini Server
B&H Photo has the 2012 Mac mini Server on sale for $949 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $50 off MSRP. Read more
PhatWare’s “Ultimate Writing App For iOS” Ren...
PhatWare Corp. has announced it has renamed its new WritePro word processing app for iPhone and iPad: WritePad Pro. The decision to change the app’s name to leverages the strong brand awareness and... Read more
Full Resolution Photo Editor Tint Mint 1.0 Re...
California based independent developer, Jeffrey Sun, creator of the iOS app Modern Editor, has released Tint Mint, a new photography app for editing enthusiasts. The app costs a dollar, and it packs... Read more
16GB iPad mini (Apple refurbished) available...
The Apple Store has refurbished 1st generation 16GB iPad minis available for $249 including free shipping. Both black and white models are available. Read more
Save $120 on the 27-inch 3.2GHz Haswell iMac
B&H Photo has the 27″ 3.2GHz iMac on sale for $1679.99 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is about $120 off MSRP. Read more
Using a Mac Doesn’t Eliminate The Heartbleed...
Low End Mac’s Dan Knight notes that any time you visit a website with an https: prefix or see that secure lock icon on your browser, some type of security software is busy trying to protect your data... Read more
AirPrint Basics Tutorial Posted
A new Apple Knowledge Base article helps get you started using AirPrint, the Apple protocol that enables instant printing from iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Mac without the need to install drivers or... Read more
Speed Tips For Running LibreOffice On The Mac
LibreOffice is my favorite of several free, open-source application suites, and the one I have configured on my Mac as my default app for Word documents that one frequently has to deal with. It also... Read more
Snag a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro for $115 of...
B&H Photo has 2013 15″ Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to $115 off MSRP for a limited time. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 15″ 2.3GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $2489.99... Read more
MacBook Airs on sale for $50 to $100 off MSRP
Several resellers are offering $50-$100 discounts on 11″ and 13″ MacBook Airs today, including Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, and others. See the breakdown of deals on our MacBook Air Price Tracker,... Read more

Jobs Board

Position Opening at *Apple* - Apple (United...
**Job Summary** Every day, business customers come to the Apple Store to discover what powerful, easy-to-use Apple products can do for them. As a Business Leader, Read more
Position Opening at *Apple* - Apple (United...
…challenges of developing individuals, building teams, and affecting growth across Apple Stores. You demonstrate successful leadership ability - focusing on excellence Read more
Position Opening at *Apple* - Apple (United...
…Summary** As a Specialist, you help create the energy and excitement around Apple products, providing the right solutions and getting products into customers' hands. You Read more
Position Opening at *Apple* - Apple (United...
**Job Summary** The Apple Store is a retail environment like no other - uniquely focused on delivering amazing customer experiences. As an Expert, you introduce people Read more
Position Opening at *Apple* - Apple (United...
**Job Summary** Being a Business Manager at an Apple Store means you're the catalyst for businesses to discover and leverage the power, ease, and flexibility of Apple Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.