Mac Product Pace Sustained at Macworld Expo

UPDATED: At this week's Macworld Expo, many companies introduced updates and new hardware and software, from high-end 3-D applications to music software, and from storage solutions to designer tools, a favorite

SAN FRANCISCO—Following a major act, such as Apple Computer Inc. CEO Steve Jobs keynote address to the Macworld Expo crowd here Tuesday, might give some third-party developers pause when it comes to introducing their own products—theres just too much competition for airtime.

Still, many companies moved right ahead and introduced updates and new hardware and software, from high-end three-dimensional applications to music software, and from storage solutions to designer tools, a favorite of the content creation-centric Mac community. Some attendees walking the Expo floor must have found items they never knew they might need.

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Here are more of the many new products and updates showcased at Macworld Expo San Francisco:

  • Disk Warrior 3 from Alsoft Inc. of Spring, Texas, is a new version of the directory repair utility. This version brings compatibility with Mac OS X 10.3 (a k a "Panther") and Apples new Power Mac G5 models. Upgrades from Version 2.1 or earlier cost $39.95 plus $7.95 for shipping and handling.
  • San Antonio-based NewTek Inc. showed off Lightwave 3D 8, a new version of its industrial-strength 3-D modeling and rendering application. The company said Version 8 will feature better workflow management, increased rendering speed, improved inverse kinematics and bone dynamics capabilities. Upgrades will run $500 from recent Lightwave versions.

In addition, NewTek said it will take advantage of Apples new Xcode development environment when designing its own products.

  • Actual Technologies LLC of Libertyville, Ill., announced its Actual SQL Server ODBC Driver for Mac OS X, which allows access to Microsoft SQL Server databases from within Microsoft Excel. Its available for download for $29.95.
  • Alpharetta, Ga.-based Apago Inc. released its PDF Enhancer 2.0, adding a larger selection of configurations, pre-press-quality color and more. Pricing ranges from $179 to $999, with upgrades ranging from $29 to $399.
  • Code Line Communications of West Hills, Calif., released its Art Directors Toolkit 4,, built "from the ground up" for Mac OS X, the company said. The product includes improved rulers and an updated user interface, support for Apples Help system, and on-the-fly unit conversions. Its $29.95 new, with a $14.95 upgrade fee from earlier versions.
  • St. Louis-based Centurion Technologies Inc. introduced MacShield, based on the companys DriveShield for Windows. Supporting Mac OS 8 through X 10.3, MacShield enables remote administration of machines as well as both regular and automated server backups.
  • WorldSync Inc. of Berkeley, Calif., introduced its all-Java SyncDek 5.0, a technology that uses XML to synchronize data and fields across FileMaker Pro databases. Licenses cost $999 for the Server component and $199 for the Client portion; both will be available within a month.
  • Portland, Ore.-based NetXposure revealed its Image Portal X Web-based asset management application. The $14,995 (per CPU) solution now can use the Adobe InDesign plug-in InCaddy, as well as adds LDAP support. Owners of previous versions with current service contracts can upgrade for free.
  • The Winnipeg, Manitoba-based eZedia Inc. showed off its eZediaQTI 2.0, a $99 multimedia-authoring application. New in Version 2 are its user interface, inclusion of six new themes, an Attributed Panel, built-in spell checking and improved text handling. Owners of Version 1 can upgrade for free until the end of the month.

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