Wednesday, January 16, 2008
A quick summary of some of the nifty stuff at MacWorld 2008, now happening at Moscone South and West. I thought these were fun, or interesting; your mileage may vary. Many of the prices quoted are available only at the show, or perhaps for a week or so afterwards. -- Rachel Holmen
SD chip that wifi's your pictures from your camera to your computer (avail center back of main hall, behind the big apple logo), sorry, I didn't get the vendor name -- probably eye-fi.
3-D mouse from Logitech -- SpaceNavigator, $60 (3dconnexion)
Download uTube videos to any MP4 player -- tooble.tv [Probably the most fun thing I saw, but it needs OS 10.4 and I only run 10.3.9]
Video tagging: yourview.tv
Recover files in damaged SD or other camera/PDA/MP3 player chips -- http://www.lc-tech.co.uk/
Computer advice from John Cleese: friendlyadvicemachine.com
A printer for $279 that would fit into a shoebox; puts professional-looking color printing on your inkjet-printable CD or DVD. Cartridges are $40 and good for approx 100 disks. (Can you imagine taking one of these to a family reunion?). Dymo Discpainter
$60 Mac webcam, USB 2 -- http://www.ecamm.com/mac/imagewebcam/
Turn your house wiring into a network: DS2.es
Sort of like Lojack for your Mac or iPod: GadgetTrak and bak2u anti-theft software
$50 drawing software for Mac: lineform from http://www.freeverse.com/; this firm also makes SoundStudio 3, for audio editing
Etch your mac or ipod (http://www.etchamac.com/)
Add a removable plastic skin, with an image on it, for your mac or gadget (approx $30) gelaskins.com
Remember hypercard? See tilestack
Capture a series of screenshots, add text -- voila! Documentation! -- www.screensteps.com
Similar to above: link pix, audio, video, text: memory miner, www.memoryminer.com; also showmacster from www.pleasantsoftware.com
Run windows software on a Mac without having a Windows license: www.codeweavers.com
Print really nice-looking books and calendars: blurb.com, also mpix.com
Screensaver world map, complete with light and dark areas, city lights, etc. EarthDesk4 from www.xericdesign.com/mwsf/
File conversions: Images -- see LemkeSoft. PDF to InDesign: recosoft ($229 show special)
Web design: www.sandvox.com. See also tilestack.com
A decent-looking bluetooth headset: http://www.joby.com/products/zivio/ (and their business card can be planted)
Call a number and dictate something; it will email you the text (perhaps a reminder to buy milk on the way home): www.integspeech.com or www.reqall.com
Web browser: FLOCK
$50 desktop publishing: iStudio Publisher from www.cfour.net
Want to get rich from your fabulously popular podcast? Contact podtrac, which will link your podcast to advertisers.
Also check out ubercaster, which helps create and edit podcasts.
Database for ordinary people: BENTO from FileMaker.
Idea mapping: www.thebrain.com
Put your screen on somebody else's (I believe this works online or at a the desktop): GLANCE.NET
Internet filter for content: getK9
Charging your gadgets: iVolta wireless charging from Taylor Technologies -- sorry, I couldn't find a link -- set your device on this metal grid, and it charges! You can get a charger plate for a desk or a car.
Or use a conventional connector, but go solar: solio.com [I'm buying one] Good show specials, not available on the web.
Digital rights management, asset management -- docmoto, libsyn, mavricmedia
the Napping Lounge
And of course, a million accessories, cases, earphones, etc. for an iPhone
Online training from Lynda.com
Roxio for CD and DVD burning software
AmbrosiaSW (games, audio editing "Wiretap Studio" and "iToner", video editing SnapzProX)
ToonBoom Studio 4 -- animation software
Frogpad -- type one-handed -- USB keyboard approx $130
Nisus Writer -- word processing that's not from Microsoft
Office suite or standalone apps: marinersoftware.com
the John Lennon bus -- it's a complete recording studio