Expo Best of Show winner profiles
At a special event held during Macworld Expo, the editors of Macworld announced the winners of the 2007 Best of Show awards for the annual Mac trade show.
The Best of Show winners are selected by Macworld editors from products that have been recently introduced or were making their public debut at Expo. This year, Macworld ’s editors picked 11 products that stood out in a crowded field.
“We’ve found a way to share the very best products on display at Macworld Expo with Expo attendees,” said Jason Snell, VP/Editorial Director of Macworld . “Our Featured Presentation allowed us to honor the Best of Show winners in public, demonstrating why our editors picked them as the best the Mac world has to offer.”
• Toast 8 Titanium from Roxio: The disc-burning application added a long list of new features highlighted by support for TiVo to Go and Blu-ray Disc burning. Roxio secured an exclusive arrangement with TiVo to include TiVoToGo for the Mac, and is the first to offer Blu-ray disc burning on the Mac.($99.99)
• Parallels Desktop for Mac Release Candidate (Build 3120) from Parallels: The virtualization software that lets Intel-based Mac owners run other operating systems on their Mac hardware added long-awaited support for USB 2.0 devices and true drag and drop support. ($79.99)
• Adobe Premiere Pro from Adobe: Adobe re-introduced Premiere to the Mac after an absence of three years. The new Intel-only version of the software maker’s video editing application returns in style, as part of a larger Adobe Production Studio suite that will include Adobe Encore DVD and Adobe Soundbooth. (pricing not yet set)
• Adobe Photoshop CS3 from Adobe: The December release of a free beta of Adobe’s flagship image-editing application had people buzzing heading into Macworld Expo. Adobe Photoshop CS adds Intel-native support for the first time, promising improved performance on Intel-based Macs. Equally significant, the updated software adds a number of new features, from a new palette look to a Quick Selection brush to a new Refine Edge palette, that are sure to impress long-time users.
• Prey from Aspyr Media. The first-person shooter puts you in the shoes of a Cherokee garage mechanic fighting off an alien menace. Prey’s innovative “deathwalking” gameplay and basis in Cherokee mythology add unique twists to an intricately detailed first-person shooter that looks and plays great on MacBook Pros, Intel iMacs, and Mac Pros alike. ($49.99)
• George from Chestnut Hill Sound: George is a new iPod clock radio that features a detachable face which doubles as a remote control to provide full access to the iPod’s navigation menu via an LCD screen. The system features a patent-pending “bandless” tuner and station presets that you can assemble by category. ($599 with charging stand)
• IntelliScanner mini from IntelliScanner: The car keyfob-sized scanner and software package helps users organize collections and home assets using barcode technology to scan and store a list of books, DVDs, wine, comics, and other possessions. The hardware is as compact as its accompanying bundle is expansive. ($299)
• ModBook, from Axiotron and OWC: These two companies teamed up to transform a standard Apple MacBook into a tablet computer. The after-market hardware modification adds true pen input, a new 13.3-inch wide screen LCD and an optional Global Positioning System in a tough, satin chrome plated magnesium top shell, while keeping all the powerful features of the MacBook base system. (pricing starts at $2,279)
• LCD2690WUXi from NEC: The 25.5-inch widescreen display boasts 1,920-by-1,200-pixel resolution and features a Horizontal in Plane Switching module for superior color representation encompassing 91 percent of the Adobe RGB color triangle while minimizing off-angle color shift. ($1,699.99)
• Apple TV, from Apple: The set-top box wirelessly streams multimedia content from a computer’s iTunes library to a home entertainment center. Apple TV connects to a television via an HDMI port or component video and audio ports. The box can auto-sync with a Mac or PC, storing up-to-date content on its 40GB hard drive. It also can access and control music and photo libraries from up to five computers. ($299)
• iPhone from Apple: The iPhone brings together the major features of the iPod, smart phones and even portable computing to one device, with a widescreen display and an innovative touch screen input method. The iPhone, which runs Mac OS X, has full iTunes integration and can seamlessly sync data with a Mac, PC, or Internet service, including music and videos from iTunes, contacts, calendars, photos, notes, bookmarks and e-mail accounts. ($499 for the 4GB model, $599 for the 8GB model)
Macworld also has a video profile of the Best of Show winners.