Seybold San Francisco Conference & Exposition Drives Electronic Publishing
Discussions and Features New Product Demonstrations
Contact: Kathleen Burke, Softbank Expositions, (415) 578-6963
FOSTER CITY, CA (September 20, 1994) - Over 38,000 people visited more than 300
companies exhibiting the latest in publishing technology at the Seybold San
Francisco Exposition. Reflecting the explosive growth of the computer publishing
industry, more than 3,400 took part in the educational Conference portion of the
event. In its ninth year history as the gathering place for graphic
communicators, Seybold San Francisco ran September 12-16 at the Moscone Center.
The Conference opened with keynote addresses from major industry influencers,
including Michael Spindler, President and CEO of Apple Computer, Inc., Roger
Heinen, Senior Vice President, Developer Division, Microsoft Corporation, and
John Gage, Director, Science Office, Sun Microsystems Computer Corporation.
Spindler's theme was integration of the computer, telephone and television into
a single product. Heinen presented his vision for pioneering new technology in
information publishing and Gage focused on the future of the Internet.
Hot New Product announcements - a sampling of new developments that may have
significant impact upon publishing - were also made at the Conference. R.R.
Donnelley & Sons Company announced a new Digital Division and PowerBase, a set
of special-purpose publishing capabilities. Adobe Systems, Inc. revealed
upcoming features of Acrobat, including the ability to access a document from a
Mosaic home page. First Virtual Corporation, Ralph Ungermann's new company,
unveiled a set of products designed to competitively price ATM networking
technologies with switched Ethernet. Radius, Inc. described technology for the
production of newspapers featuring multimedia elements.
SEYBOLD SAN FRANCISCO RESULTS
"Last year everyone was focused on CD-ROM, which presented challenges to this
traditionally text-based industry," explains founder Jonathan Seybold. "Now the
Internet is hot because it's the medium with which publishers are most familiar.
We are at the juncture where what happens on the Net will set the de facto
standards for electronic documents and this conference is the one place where
our industry gathers to discuss these issues."
Closing Session speakers presented their perspectives on the future of the
Internet: Carl Malamud, President of the Internet Multicasting Service; Tim
Gill, Vice President, Research and Development, Quark, Inc.; and Yuri Rubinsky,
President, SoftQuad Inc.
The Seybold San Francisco Exposition is the largest and most comprehensive event
of its kind in the world. More than 300 companies, including Aldus, Linotype
Hell, Canon, Apple and Microsoft, showcased the latest breakthroughs and
announced major new product releases. One of the themes throughout the
Conference and the show floor was large format color output devices. Companies
exhibiting this technology included Encad, Summagraphics, Phoenix Precision
Graphics and Alpha Merics. Other hot technologies include Agfa's new font
compression technology called MicroType and Optronics' new line of ColorGetters
that feature increased resolution.
Additionally, the show floor features the following special events:
- Seybold Live! - The Imaging Center
Attendees participated in real-time production of actual projects.
- Radius Virtual Publishing
Radius exhibited the Virtual Newsroom, a prototype agent newspaper that gathers
and digitizes information and images and is then published conventionally and on
- Sessions! A World Premier Gallery Exhibit and Book Review
This gallery featured high-fidelity black and white IRIS prints from the
WhaleSong Collections that were created on the Power Macintosh and published in
the book Sessions!
- Computer Artist Gallery
This eclectic exhibition of digital art included the best work from recent
- Real World Imaging Gallery
Presented by Micro Publishing News, Real World Imaging Gallery attendees viewed
works from some of California's leading imaging service bureaus.
MORE SEYBOLD SAN FRANCISCO RESULTS
- Type Directors Club Annual International Show
A showcase of the best use of typography for 1993 chosen from the 40th annual
international competition of the Type Directors Club.
- New Technology Labs
Hands-on demonstrations of the latest technologies and trends in graphics
Recognized as the largest and most comprehensive shows in the computer
publishing industry, Seybold events have enjoyed a successful nine-year proven
track record for attracting thousands of graphic communicators and prepress
professionals to see the latest technological innovations.
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