Best Products: Macworld Expo SF 2000

SAN FRANCISCO (01/25/2000) - Once Again, the editors of Macworld have selected the hottest new products to appear at Macworld Expo.

Apple Mac Os X

Apple Computer Inc.'s (800/795-1000, http://www.apple.com) next-generation operating system, formally unveiled at Macworld Expo, provides the modern OS features Mac users have long clamored for, along with a slick new graphical user interface.

Canon PowerShot S20

Canon Inc. (800/652-2666, http://www.usa.canon.com) has announced the first three-megapixel digital camera for the Mac. Based on the same compact design as that of the PowerShot S10, the S20 captures images at 2,048 by 1,536 pixels.

Canon BJC-85

Canon (800/652-2666, http://www.ccsi.canon.com) thinks small with this portable ink-jet printer, which is barely larger than a tissue box.

Creative Labs

Sound Blaster Live Platinum

Creative Labs Inc. (408/428-6600, http://www.creative.com) marks its entry into the Mac market with its PCI audio card, which is wildly popular in the PC market. In addition to offering MIDI connections and surround sound, the card frees your Mac CPU from audio-processing tasks.

IBM ViaVoice

IBM Corp. (800/772-2227, http://www.ibm.com/software/speech/) wins the race with DragonSystems to deliver the first continuousÐspeech-recognition software for the Macintosh. It sells for $90 and is available now.

Macromedia

Dreamweaver 3/FireWorks 3

Macromedia Inc. (415/252-2000, http://www.macromedia.com) updates its Web authoring applications by improving integration with other leading graphics software, including Adobe Photoshop.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0

Microsoft Corp. (425/882-8080, http://www.microsoft.com) has added numerous usability enhancements to the default Mac Web browser, including improved rendering of HTML pages, new search capabilities, and a Scrapbook feature that makes it easy to store search results (see lead news story elsewhere in this section).

MicroNet Sancube

This FireWire-based storage network from MicroNet Technology Inc.

(949/453-6100, http://www.micronet.com) offers up to 220GB of online hard-drive capacity with a maximum throughput of 30 MBps-all for a fraction of the cost of a fibre-channel storage network.

Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator

This Adobe After Effects plug-in from Zaxwerks (800/549-0250, http://www.zaxwerks.com) lets you create 3-D models, with sophisticated lighting effects, from within the host program.

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