Macworld 2007: More Announcements for the Web Worker


It’s not all about the phone. Despite some disappointment that Apple said absolutely nothing about any of their other hardware or software products, (including Leopard OS X 10.5) in the keynote today, there are still some good things coming into focus for the Mac-loving web worker.

Highlights include:

Apple quietly slipped in a new AppleExtreme base station. Barely mentioned in the keynote (except to say that the Apple TV worked over 802.11n), this new base station is attractive and competitive. Shipping next month and priced at $179, the new base station supports 802.11b, g & draft n. The box is the closest thing to a home server, with the added ability to access a shared hard drive plugged into the USB port. Now with 3 Ethernet ports and that Apple plug & play ease.

Microsoft Office 2008. Announced for shipping later this year, the focus in the next version of Office for the Mac appears to be on compatibility with other versions and visual editing. Details are still sketchy in this press release. Screenshot from

PowerPoint 2008

BareBones BBEdit 8.6 and TextWrangler 2.2. BareBones has been making Mac software since forever, and they do a very good job of it. With the lightweight, yet powerful TextWrangler being completely free there’s little reason to stick with TextEdit for text file editing. Best yet, it’s shipping now!

MissingSync for Blackberry. Mark/Space has been eliminating the barrier between Mac owners and Windows-only handhelds for a while now, with their well-reviewed MissingSync for Windows Mobile. Now they’re planning to do the same for Blackberry owners.

Billings 2, from Marketcircle. It’s a time management, expense and billing application with a very pretty interface.

Nisus Writer Pro, a more advanced version of the student-focused Nisus Writer Express word processor.



I was surprised that a new (and redesigned) Airport Express wasn’t released as well. I hoped to see it support 802.11n, offer the same support for external hard drives via it’s USB port and AppleShare, and possibly come with the standard Apple-remote to allow control of iTunes from afar (just basic playback features like Play, Pause, Next, etc).

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