Third Parties Crowd Macworld Aisles
Scores of third party developers, from ATI to OpenLink, hawked their Apple-compatible wares at Macworld.While Apple Computer Inc. CEO Steve Jobs introduced a swarm of products and technologies during his keynote at Macworld Conference & Expo in New York this week, third-party developers and manufacturers were hawking their compatible wares on the show floor. In the past year since the general release of Apples Mac OS X, a new breed of developer has joined the more traditional booths for graphics, video, productivity and consumer software -- those offering Unix-based networking, administration and development tools.
OpenLink Software of Burlington, Mass., was at the show, showing off an update to what it calls a "collective ODBC ecosystem for Mac OS X." This product includes ODBC drivers for "all major databases," an ODBC SDK for creating ODBC-compliant applications and ODBC Driver Manager, a runtime environment.
Hardware ATI Technologies took the wraps off their next-generation video cards, getting the jump on rival nVidia, which is not expected to announce its next products for months. The Radeon 9000 Pro and 9700, expected to hit the Mac in "late summer and early fall," both support dual displays via Apple Display Connector (ADC) and Digital Video Interface (DVI) connectors. The Radeon 9000 Pro will have 64MB of DDR memory; the Radeon 9700 will have 128MB. In a first, CMS Peripherals announced that it would produce Mac OS X-bootable external hard drives. The ABSplus series will ship in August with pricing beginning at $299 for the 20GB pocket-sized drive or the same price for a 40GB full-sized drive. Touting their Mac OS X drivers, Canon USA debuted the CanoScan LiDE 20 and CanoScan LiDE 30 USB-based flatbed scanners, both with single-pass scanning and the ability to scan to PDF. The former has 600x1200 dpi optical scanning resolution while the latter boasts a resolution of 1200x2400 dpi. The company also showed the S530D, S830D and S330 Bubble Jet printers. All are on tap for late July to August. Related Stories: