Best of Show
Bi-annually Macworld’s editors select the hottest new products introduced at Macworld Expo! Check out the Best of Show winners from the San Francisco January ’99 Expo. And check back here on Wednesday 7/21/99 for the New York Best of Show winners!
This $149 3-D sculpting program from Play’s Electric Image division (888/888-7529,
) lets 3-D newcomers create animated models with minimal fuss. It’s one of the most painless ways we’ve seen to create animated 3-D imagery.
G3 Power Macs
The latest G3 systems from Apple Computer (408/996-1010,
) sport a faster bus, FireWire and USB connections, and an iMac-inspired industrial design. Better yet, Apple has aggressively priced the machines, available in 300Mhz, 350Mhz, and 400Mhz models.
Kai’s Photo Soap 2.0
) has overhauled its $50 image-editing package with a more-intuitive interface and useful new features, including the ability to run Photoshop plug-ins. You can even use Photo Soap’s brushes to paint filter effects into an image.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.5
The latest edition of Microsoft’s (425/882-8080,
) free Web browser–and Outlook Express 4.5, its free e-mail client–dispenses with fancy bells and whistles in favor of small but important productivity improvements. We especially like the Page Holder feature, which lets you store a page outside the main browser window, and Form AutoFill, which lets you automatically complete online forms.
Virtual Game Station
This $49 program from Connectix (650/638-7380,
) performs a seeming miracle: letting you run many Sony PlayStation games on a G3 Mac. It won’t run every PlayStation game, and it sometimes drops frames, but it instantly brings dozens of new game titles to the Mac.