Macworld 2009 set to serve as launching pad for significant product announcements

IDG World Expo today announced that when Macworld Conference & Expo 2009 opens next week, many of the more than 450 companies exhibiting will premier the latest innovations for the Mac platform. Macworld runs from January 5-9, 2009 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Each year, Macworld becomes the epicenter of the Mac ecosystem, drawing more than 40,000 attendees to San Francisco to learn about what’s new, what’s hot and what’s next for the Mac. For exhibitors, the buzz and high traffic of Macworld makes the event an ideal launching pad for dozens of new tools, applications and gadgets.

The Macworld First Looks Program is all about highlighting new-to-market products that will debut at the show, and helping attendees and the media learn more about them. First Looks kiosks will be on display throughout the Moscone Center to help attendees identify and locate the products being introduced.

Highlights from this year’s First Looks Program include:

CHL Software (Booth #3726, North Hall): CHL Software will introduce DocMoto Mac, a complete digital file and document management system specifically designed to meet the demands of studios running Mac networks. Built on proven technology, DocMoto Mac is a native Mac application providing a familiar interface with full drag and drop functionality. At its core is a sophisticated file management system that delivers efficient storage and complete revision control of all the digital assets it manages.

Stardom Storage Solutions (Booth #4421, North Hall): Stardom Storage Solutions will introduce the Stardom Pro Drive 2.5-inch edition, the first internal storage device solely dedicated to the Apple Mac Pro with its slide-ready architectural design. The device delivers speed, performance and data protection in the smallest possible form factor and embeds a RAID controller that provides options for the drives to run with high speed or data backup in real-time, replacing traditional 3.5” drives that lack such functions.

Pinger, Inc. (Booth #1438, South Hall): Pinger’s new Pinger Phone upgrades the iPhone phone application by integrating instant messaging (IM) and social networking deeply into the basic phone experience. The service combines IM, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, calling and texting into one simple menu. The IM functionality supports AIM, Yahoo! IM, MSN IM, and Google Talk IM networks, sports a horizontal keyboard for fast, accurate typing, and allows Pinger Phone users to send text messages free via the IM interface.

Global Delight Technologies (Booth #1438, South Hall and #4330, North Hall): Global Delight is releasing Voila, a first-of-its-kind image capturing, annotating and sharing tool at Macworld. With Voila, users can capture multiple images of any shape, add effects, print, share, export and even upload exported images to blogs or Websites, all with a single tool. By combining pictures, words and other objects into a meaningful illustration, Voila speeds communication.

c:four (Booth # 3526-P in the Special Interest Pavilion, North Hall): c:four is launching iStudio Publisher. Built to make designing easier, iStudio Publisher gives you all the tools you need, within easy reach, to create great looking documents.

MIMvista Corp. (Booth #1438, South Hall): MIMvista will preview the Mobile MIM iPhone Application, currently pending FDA clearance, at Macworld. The Mobile MIM is an innovative, multi-modality imaging application for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch that frees physicians and patients from an imaging workstation and enables them to view medical images remotely on a mobile device.

IntelliScanner (Booth #537, South Hall): IntelliScanner will unveil the new IntelliScanner mini cubed, a next-generation scanner and intelligent home software solution that organizes home assets and valuables with barcode technology. Packaged in a sleek, metallic cubed box, IntelliScanner mini automatically tracks books, wine, comics, DVDs and more – simply plug it in and start getting organized.

Widget Press (Booth #1438, South Hall): Widget Press will unveil ModelBaker, a remarkable application that delivers point-and-click development, empowering users to build full-featured software applications for the Web and iPhone in minutes with a single mouse click and no programming required.

Ten One Design (Both #1912, South Hall): Ten One Design will showcase the Pogo Sketch stylus for use with iPhone, iPod touch and MacBook. The sleek design of the Pogo Sketch features an ultra-light aluminum body with an anodized finish and detailed graphics. The soft tip glides easily over the surface of the display, making it fun and easy to sketch, draw characters or just slide to unlock.

RAGE Software (Booth #1744, South Hall): RAGE Software will launch WebCrusher, a one-click Website optimization tool that reduces the time it takes for Websites to load in customers’ Web browsers. With this new solution, users can create a Website any way they like, run it through WebCrusher and publish it to their Web server. In less than five minutes, companies can have a faster-loading Website with absolutely no additional work.

IN YOUR FACE, LLC (Booth #4415, North Hall): IN YOUR FACE will be debuting the IN YOUR FACE viewbase, an ergonomically designed holder for the iPhone and iPod Touch that securely attaches to most surfaces. The IN YOUR FACE viewbase brings the screen right to eye level, allowing users to view videos or movies on their device comfortably and hands free.

SMART Technologies (Booth #826, South Hall): SMART Technologies will showcase the SMART Table, the world’s first multi-touch, multi-user table designed specifically for preschool to sixth grade students to create, explore and discover together. This versatile and interactive learning center has a durable screen and comes with a variety of ready-to-go lesson activities and the ability to customize activities to suit teachers’ own lessons.

Additional products expected to be launched or featured at Macworld this year include:

Small Tree Communications (Booth #3534-G, North Hall): Small Tree Communications is launching its GraniteSTOR family of shared storage solutions at Macworld. Specifically designed for Final Cut Pro, Pro Tools and Photoshop users looking for economical, functional and easy-to-manage shared and direct attached storage solutions, GraniteSTOR products provide the best value and features for shared storage needs.

WeatherHawk (Booth #3734, North Hall): WeatherHawk will unveil the company’s line of rugged weather stations for educational, business and home automation. WeatherHawk weather stations measure, store and display wind speed and direction, air temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, solar radiation and rainfall all in real time.

MusicSkins, LLC (Booth #4128, North Hall): MusicSkins will unveil its line of high-quality vinyl skins to the Mac market for the first time. MusicSkins is the first company to license imagery from bands, musicians, clothing companies and artists from around the world, including Madonna, 2Pac and Coldplay. The skins provide protection and an ultra-low profile for MP3 players, phones, laptops and gaming devices, transforming devices into portable canvases for style and individuality.

For more information or to register for the event, please visit www.macworldexpo.com.