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will announce on Tuesday that last weeks Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, CA, attracted 90,473 attendees to the event. The producers of the tradeshow also said that more than 330 companies exhibited on the Expo’s show floor.
Last week’s Macworld saw the introduction of new products from many third-party developers, but as with most Macworld Expos, the limelight was saved for Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ opening keynote address.
During his keynote Jobs introduced the largest and smallest PowerBooks, showing off 17- and 12-inch notebooks. Jobs also introduced a couple of new software products during the show including keynote and the company’s new Web browser, Safari.
A presentation software package, Keynote includes professionally designed themes, typography, pro-quality image resizing, animated charts and tables, and cinematic-quality transitions. Available for US$99, Keynote imports and exports PowerPoint, QuickTime, and PDF files.
Safari is Apple’s own implementation of a standards-compliant Web browser. Built around KHTML using open source code, Safari is optimized for speed, rendering Web pages at up to three times faster than Microsoft Internet Explorer. The software is available from Apple’s Web site as a public beta version. Safari has already garnered more than 500,000 downloads since its release.
Jobs also took time during his keynote address to update the company’s iApplications and bundle them together making a new suite called iLife. The bundle will include iTunes, iPhoto 2, iMovie 3 and iDVD 3 and promises tighter than ever integration between all the solutions. It will be available January 25 for US$49.