The Idiots Find Their Way Home From MACWORLD August 7th, 2001
Randy: Well, Gary here we are a few weeks past another MACWORLD Expo and we haven't said a thing about it yet.
Gary: You think it's too late to give a wrap up of our views on this year's New York Expo event?
Randy: Poor timing has never stopped us before.
Gary: Boy, have I heard your wife say that about you before.
Randy: You'a so funny, Grasshopper.
Gary: I know. And I wasn't even trying. But seriously, now that all the dust has settled, how do you think this year's NY MacWorld Expo went?
Randy: Well, if I had to judge by the attendance numbers alone, I'd say it was the best expo ever.
Gary: True, true. With something like over 64,000 attendees at this years show at the Javits Center, it was the biggest MacWorld Expo ever. It even eclipsed the PC Expo's attendance, now called the Tech Expo, just a month earlier at the Javits Center.
Randy: Humm, now it's called Tech Expo. I guess there just weren't enough people using Windows PCs to keep attendee interest. Go figure.
Gary: And if you look at the amount of booths on the floor it seemed like there were more than I've seen in years past. In particular I noticed tons of 3D software booths. Eovia's booth was showing Carrara Studio, formerly known as Infini-D AND Ray Dream, as well as a new version of Amapi 3D. Lightwave 6 on OS X looked awesome at New Tek's booth. And 3D veteran Hash, Inc was showing it's latest version of Hash Animator.
Randy: On a Windows laptop I might add! What the hell? Also Pixologic was showing off their killer ZBrush 3D software. Maxon tantalized attendees with Cinema 4D XL for OS X. And our friends over at VR Toolbox demoed the latest version of The VR Works 2.1, running on OS X. But the big drool among 3D enthusiasts was the new powerhouse 3D app Maya, which was blowing people away at Alais|Wavefront's booth.
Gary: And let's not forget the games for OS X! Apple had a great gaming pavilion sporting lots of hot new titles for all you game junkies out there. From Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, Tomb Raider: Chronicles and American McGee's Alice all from Aspyr, MacPlays Giants: Citizen Kabuto, Tropico, and Baldurs Gate II: Shadows of Amn, Blizzard's Warcraft III to Otto Matic, the fun new title from Pangea and Freeverse Software's nifty new iPuppet Classic cards, the games for OS X were enough to keep the show floor packed to the brim.
Randy: I agree. In the past you would see a huge chunk of one side of the convention center floor curtained off because there weren't enough exhibitors' booths to fill the room. But this year every inch of floor was used.
Gary: Tell me about it. I couldn't find a place to sleep anywhere. Which is surprising considering some major players in the Mac software market were conspicuously absent.
Randy: Yeah that was more than a little disconcerting. Especially hearing all the crazy rumors about how Apple offered to pay for Adobe's exhibitor and booth cost if they would attend.
Gary: Well, rumor or not, Adobe was only present during Steve jobs keynote speech to demonstrate Illustrator, InDesign and GoLive running on OS X. There was not an Adobe booth on the show floor.
Randy: And no demo of Photoshop on OS X either. To pull from the rumor mill one more time, word on the street has it that Adobe is VERY upset with Apple about not being fourth coming with developer info for programming apps for OS X. And I personally think there's still bad blood between the two companies over Final Cut Pro and Premier.
Gary: But wait, there's even more rumor speculation on this hot little brood war. I have heard that Apple is working on a photo imaging application to add to the "i"software family that could compete with Adobe's flagship application Photoshop, albeit on the low-end consumer level. In fact Steve jobs even demonstrated, with limited success, how OS X can access digital cameras and download images without any third party software.
Randy: Well all rumor mongering aside, let's get down to what really shaped our impression of this years New York MacWorld Expo.
Gary: How much fellow Mac Observer and MacExpo presenter John Braun can drink?
Randy: No, you stone throwing, glass house living Idiot! I meant the keynote speech.
Gary: Yeah, well John Braun was more entertaining than the keynote this year. Even though the attendance was at an all time high, the show had a disappointed, kind of down feel to it. People were really let down by the lack of news out of Cupertino.
Randy: The "big" news in the keynote was iDVD 2, and OS X 10.1 coming out. iDVD is neat but does not a keynote make. And there's no OS X for us until September. Even the good news was weak.
Gary: There was even some mumblings on the show floor from some folks that should know concerning the fact that Apple may have pulled the plug on a very cool demo at the last minute.
Randy: Well, the flat panel iMacs will have to wait. Guess the timing just wasn't right. But the keynote wasn't all bad, by any stretch.
Gary: The performance improvements will blow everyone away when OS X 10.1 is released this fall. It really smokes compared to current versions.
Randy: And that is something worth waiting for. So is waiting for you to clear out of my house after expo. Why won't you go home?!?
Gary: What's that you're saying? Pass me another beer. I spilled my other into your PowerBook keyboard. Then I gotta hit the can. You probably won't want to go in there for while.
Gary Randazzo and Randy Soare are the co-founders of IWS Interactive, a New York based game developer for Macintosh. The IWS in IWS Interactive stands for Idiots With Sticks. How that came about is a long and boring story, but suffice it to say that at four in the morning, it seemed like a good idea.
The demo for IWS Interactive's upcoming mystery-adventure game, Manhattan Apartment Hunter, has recently been released to rave reviews. The Idiots have been into gaming on Apple computers even before the Mac was around. Does anyone remember Choplifter on the Apple IIe? (Boy, we know we do.) Now, they are committed to help ensure that the Mac remains the premiere gaming platform on the planet.
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