Chris BarylickMacworld

Chris Barylick is an Apple-Certified Macintosh Technician living in the San Francisco Bay Area. In his 25 years of tinkering with Macs, he has accidentally lit two (and counting) hard drives on fire. He also wouldn't mind being Gonzo the Muppet when he finally grows up.

Expo: Quark Interactive Designer adds Leopard compatibility

Quark Interactive Designer 1.0.2, used by designers to create Flash layouts for the Web without having to code, is a free update for existing users.

Expo: iBank update to tap into Leopard, iPhone

In addition to adding features built around Apple's recent OS X 10.5 update, iBank 3 also will include iBank for iPhone, a Web-based application that allows users to enter transactions via Apple's smartphone.

Expo: IntelliScanner SOHO tracks inventory, assets

The latest product frrom IntelliScanner features a barcode reader and software for cataloging business inventory, assets, and media.

Expo: XtremeMac updates iPod-compatible alarm clock

The updated Luna X2, compatible with any iPod that has a dock connector, now lets users set dual alarms that include iPod tracks, radio stations, and buzzers.

PDF2Office Personal adds full Leopard support

PDF2Office Professional from Recosoft ships in March. The PDF to Word conversion software is now Leopard compatible and adds tons of new features.

LightSpeed sales system adds touch screen

LightSpeed, the point of sale system that uses a Mac as the register, is implementing touch screen support in a new version.

Expo: Bare Bones updates TextWrangler

TextWrangler 2.3 introduces built-in support for the Lua programming language as well as improvements to the Disk Browser workflow.

Expo slideshow: Day 1

Chris Barylic's pictures from the opening day of Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco.

LightWork updates flagship rendering program

LightWorks 7.8 focuses on improvements in accuracy, performance and ease-of-use for lighting, global illumination, tone mapping and gamma correction.

Expo: FirmTek ships five-bay SATA enclosure

The SeriTek 5-Bay SATA Port Multiplier enclosure can hold up to five hot-swappable Serial ATA drives, each with a transfer rate up to three gigabits per second.

Expo: Ovolab updates Phlink, Geophoto apps

Phlink 4 adds call-screening and talking caller ID on top of a revamped interface, while Geophoto 2 will make it easier for users of the image-sharing application to position photos on a 3-D map of the Earth.

Expo: REALBasic to support introspection

One of the most heavily requested features according to developer Real Software, introspection is the ability to examine an object to determine what it is, what it knows, and what it's capable of doing. It will appear in REALBasic 2008 Release 1 when that software ships in February.

Expo: On2 releases Flix video encoding and publishing app

Flix Publishing 2.0 lets users encode and publish video through a browser-based interface.

iPhone release brings out the crowds

From across the country, Macworld reports on the scene from the iPhone launch at various Apple Stores.

TurboTax Premier

Facing renewed competition from H&R Block's TaxCu, Intuit has done a great job with this year's version of TurboTax, which makes the tedious process of filing tax returns easier. Despite a few confusing interface details, this Premier version of TurboTax is worth its asking price.