Last week resolved a big unknown in the Mac community: Would Macworld Expo survive without Apple as an exhibitor? We were there and can confidently report that the show, while certainly different, was as vibrant as it has ever been. We identify the gems from the exhibitors who chose to appear, Tonya offers a peek at Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac, and Adam looks at the show in general, including a special discussion with Mac luminary Bill Atkinson about his new iPhone app and how the iPad actually predated the iPhone. Also in this issue, Glenn covers the hum around Google Buzz and speculates on a version of Hulu for the iPad and iPhone, and Doug McLean notes the release of Aperture 3. Lastly, notable software releases this week include Microsoft Office 2004 11.5.7, Google Chrome 5.0.307.7, VueScan 8.6.11, Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 3.0, 2009 Aluminum Keyboard Firmware Update 1.0, and Mac Pro Audio Update 1.0.
After a long hiatus, Apple's professional photo editing program Aperture is back with over 200 new features, including support for Faces, Places, and Brushes.
Google wants to capture what's most hip about Facebook, Twitter, and other social-networking sites, and wrap it inside Gmail's already bulging bag of tricks. Is Google Buzz worth the buzz?
One of the main arguments for Adobe Flash support in the iPhone OS is to provide access to Hulu, the streaming television and movie service that requires Flash. TechCrunch says an iPhone app is likely in development.
Microsoft was one of the few large Mac developers to appear at Macworld 2010; the firm used its presence to show off the upcoming Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac.
Much to the consternation of the naysayers, and despite seeing a drop in exhibitor count and attendance, Macworld Expo 2010 appears to have been a success - and Macworld Expo 2011 is in the works.
Although finding new products was more of a challenge at this year's show than in the past, the TidBITS staff report back with products that caught their attention.
Our staff and contributors have been overwhelming us with great content of late, prompted in large part by Apple's iPad announcement, but in case you read TidBITS only in email, we wanted to make sure you didn't miss these great articles simply because timely Macworld 2010 news took over this week's issue. These articles will likely appear in the future, but if you want to read them now, just visit our Web site (where you can make comments too!).
Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Office 2004 11.5.7, Google Chrome 5.0.307.7, VueScan 8.6.11, Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 3.0, 2009 Aluminum Keyboard Firmware Update 1.0, and Mac Pro Audio Update 1.0.
Just two quick links this week - Macworld's Best of Show slideshow highlighting their top picks for Macworld 2010 Conference and Expo, and Apple's countdown to the 10 billionth song sold via iTunes.