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MacWorld Exposition: Boston 96
|Here we go again. We keep having fun looking for the cool and the new Mac stuff at MacWorld Expo. With this 5th edition, N.E.Mac ["any Mac"] issues its 100th Best of Show award!|
Best of Show Award to...
Best of Show Company
What We Say!
|Canvas 5.0||Deneba||A powerful EPS drawing program with a familiar tool palette. If you just can't find your decoder ring for Illustrator and Freehand then Canvas is for you.|
|SnapScan||Agfa||A Hyundai-priced flatbed scanner from the Cadillac of image hardware companies! Three hundred and something dollars.|
|Stuffit Deluxe 4.0||Aladdin||The legend continues. Here's one you just can't live without... if you can't live without a Mac. The Magic Menu idiot-proofs the stuffing and unstuffing process for all of us.|
|Virtual Pool||MacPlay||No one dies, everyone has fun. Nine Ball. Eight Ball. Need I say more?!|
|Designing Multimedia||Peachpit Press||Very colorful and information-rich book. A great resource for more than just the web. Easy to understand chapters on such difficult subjects as color depth, color palettes, and user interface design.|
|Kai's PowerGoo||MetaTools||Too much fun to pass up. Ye olde morphing technology, what a drag... really just drag and morph.|
|Now Utilities||Now Software||There should be an FDA warning label for this one saying, "highly addictive." I know I get a little sweaty and fidgety when I use a Mac w/o Now Utilities' file maneuvering. Sure I could do w/o it BUT I DON'T WANT TO. Pick and choose the parts you can't live without.|
|3D Web Workshop||Specular||The first of the batteries included packages to provide more than web art. You'll actually make web stuff including animations.|
|RAM Doubler 2.0||Connectix||Never ever no way no how under any circumstances use Virtual Memory. Use RAM Doubler.|
|Web Buddy||Dataviz||The manage-your-internet-life gadget programs for email-ftp-other urls are opening [and closing] all over town. This one makes sense and doesn't require a manual.|
|ColorWeb||Pantone||Internet-safe colors. From the color company comes a web coloring add-on that works right thru Apple's Color Picker. Already finished that web site? ColorWeb suggests internet-safe color changes. Even comes with Pantone swatches. Way under $50.|
|Expression||Fractal Design||Like Richard on Caroline in the City it strokes, textures, and completes your illustrations for you. But it has hundreds of built-in styles and Expression likes your cat.|
|Myrmidon||Terry Morse Software||Damn we like this guy. With this "one who guides" you use the Chooser to print to disk any document from any application creating an HTML file: words-- big and small, tabular info, graphics, all get plucked, coded, and converted. It's that easy to make a web page.|
|WAV||Digital Harbor||Like PageMaker in 1985... but it's 1996. So WAV is DTP and HTML and .AU
and QuickTime and more.|
What? Is it drag-and-drop-easy, you ask? Of course.
|Zaurus||Sharp||A lot for the money. Take your Sharp PDA and add: email, the web, faxing, basic Microsoft-compatible apps. and a video camera but still stuff the thing in your coat pocket after you take out a thousand bucks.|
|MovieStar 1.5||Intelligence at Large||Want to know what Best of Show means to me? Check out these guys: take a
tough, expensive job like preparing a QuickTime movie or animation for the
web. Automate it. Optimize smartly. Price it so it looks like a typo. |
Our operatives also loved their boothmate's video compressor Movie Cleaner Pro & WebMotion... if you're into this stuff [or want to be]-- get both: they offer a show bundle.
|Lari Software||Web animations made easy.|
Very small K and not much $ either.
Best of Show operatives and unindicted co-conspirators: Joe Kelley, Jacob Russell, and Jeff Kane, MD, and Tom Tyning.
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