Macworld magazine’s editors have put forth their choices for the Best of Show Awards at this year’s Seybold San Francisco 2001 trade show. The magazine said that the six products listed are some of the most interesting, innovative and buzz-worthy products and technologies on display at the show, which wraps up today at the Moscone Center.
On the list are:
Adobe Systems’ InDesign 2.0 — The editors pointed to this show as the layout application’s “official coming-out party.” InDesign gets points for an OS X-friendly architecture, the ability to add editable transparency effects, and the ability to import Photoshop and Illustrator files with transparency preserved.
Adobe Systems’ XMP — A technology based on XML’s Rich Data Format, it’s an open standard that’s been created for designers and creative professions. The technology is being integrated into Acrobat 5, Illustrator 10 and InDesign 2.0.
Apple’s own AppleScript Studio — a professional development environment that lets AppleScript jocks build Mac OS X-native Cocoa applications using just AppleScript. It’s coming later this year.
Electronics for Imaging’s eBeam — A $599 device that captures whiteboard content on the Mac. It works using two pods that attach to the white board, along with sleeves that go on your dry-erase markers. Macworld’s editors note that the system takes up less space that Virtual Ink’s Mimio product.
Hewlett-Packard’s DesignJet 10ps — A comping and proofing printer that sports a top resolution of 2400 by 1200 dpi, a maximum print size of 13 by 9 inches, six individual ink tanks, and a software-based PostScript 3 RIP, all at a list price of US$995.
Wacom Technology’s Cintiq 15x — A 15-inch active-matrix color LCD display mated to stylus tablet. The system works with a 1024 by 768-pixel resolution and has a high-contrast output with an 80 degree viewing angle. And at $1,899, it’s less than half the price of its predecessor.