Calendar and Association News

by Gary Schnitz, CMI, FAMI



Announcing IBC2005 Conference
September 8-12, 2005

The IBC2005 Conference is set for Sept. 8-12 at the Amsterdam RAI. Its focus: meeting the needs of the creative, business, and technical communities through comprehensive coverage of subjects and a variety of formats. Amsterdam RAI is one of the largest exhibition and conference centers in the Netherlands, hosting most international trade fairs, exhibitions, and congresses held in Amsterdam.

The Conference Theme Day on Sept. 10 will be Mobile Applications. Recent advances in mobile technologies and services have enabled the delivery of a vast range of broadcast content via an increasing array of mobile devices. Mobile Application Theme Day will examine some of the issues and opportunities arising from this revolution in mobility.

Theme days, a major part of the IBC conference, offer delegates an opportunity to learn about a topic that is crucial to the present state of our industry. IBC2005 will be no different. These highly successful sessions provide a forum for international experts to explore a subject over an entire day. The structured format gives delegates the “big picture” of where the industry is heading. The conference also features excellent networking opportunities.

Body Worlds 2 Exhibitions:

Museum of Science and Industry
Chicago, Ill.
Exhibition Dates: Feb. 4 – Sept. 5, 2005

Great Lakes Science Center
Cleveland, Ohio
Exhibition Dates: April 9 – Sept. 18, 2005

Museum of Science and Industry
Toronto, Canada
Exhibition Dates: Sept. 30, 2005 – Feb. 26, 2006

Franklin Institute Science Museum
Philadelphia, Penn.
Exhibition Dates: Oct. 7, 2005 - April 23, 2006

Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS 2

Throughout the ages, scholars and students have strived to understand how our bodies function through exploration of real human specimens. Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS 2, one of the most highly attended touring exhibitions in the world, takes this tradition a step further by presenting a new look at the human body.

The exhibition features more than 200 authentic human specimens, including entire bodies as well as individual organs and transparent body slices.

Using the revolutionary process of plastination invented by von Hagens, the body specimens are preserved with special plastics that enable us to view the many layers and systems under our skin. BODY WORLDS 2 offers a unique chance to see and understand our own physiology and health and to gain new appreciation and respect for what it means to be human.

Announcing Apple Expo 2005
Sept. 20-24, 2005

Meet Apple and 250 partners. Find the answers at the Solutions Centers. Learn new skills at the professional conferences. Take part in demonstrations and exhibitors workshops.

New for 2005! “The National Pavilion" is supported by Japan this year. The latest technologies from Japanese companies will be featured.

Find the dedicated solutions for your business life at Apple Expo 2005!

Washington, D.C., to host International Health Communications Conference 2006 HeSCA Conference

Washington, D.C. – The 47th Annual International Conference on Healthcare Communication, sponsored by the Health and Sciences Communications Association (HeSCA) has chosen Washington, D.C., as the host city for its 2006 conference. The conference will give attendees the opportunity to learn the latest technical aspects of media production and delivery as well as addressing the challenges of providing leadership in a creative environment constrained by dollars, pounds, and yen. A selection of workshops and lecture sessions for communications professionals will be offered throughout the four-day event. Leaders from North America, Europe, and the Pacific Rim are expected to attend, at a time when international healthcare initiatives are flourishing.

HeSCA's strength is providing advanced educational opportunities to people at the forefront of communications technology, and conference networking enables participants to generate strategies for the future.

Details on next year's ABCD conference in Washington, D.C. will be posted as they become available at:

Boston chosen as location for the 2006 AMI Annual Meeting and Conference

Details on next year's AMI conference in Boston will be posted as they become available at:

Washington, D.C., chosen as location for 2006 ABCD Conference

Details on next year's ABCD conference in Washington, D.C., will be posted as they become available at:


Apple Enhances Mac mini


The Mac mini line, the most affordable and compact Mac, now boasts 512MB memory standard in every model, as well as models with built-in wireless and SuperDrive.


Apple Unveils Faster iBooks

The affordable iBook G4 line for consumers and education customers now features faster Power PC G4 processors running up to 1.42GHz, 512MB memory across the line, higher performance graphics, built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, the scrolling TrackPad, and the Sudden Motion Sensor.

Apple Computer Unveils Video / Audio Production Suite

Apple's Vice-President of applications product marketing Rob Schoeben unveiled Apple's HD new video and audio production suite at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Las Vegas show.

Apple's ultimate video and audio production suite called Final Cut Studio features the following software components:

  • Final Cut Pro 5, a major upgrade to the Emmy award-winning editing software for DV, SD, HD, and film. Final Cut Studio also includes state-of-the-art tools that complement Final Cut Pro 5.
  • Soundtrack Pro, a revolutionary new audio editing and sound design application that makes video projects sound as good as they look.
  • Motion 2, the world’s first real-time motion graphics application with GPU accelerated 32-bit float rendering.
  • DVD Studio Pro 4, the first commercially available DVD authoring software that burns DVDs to the latest HD DVD specification.

Apple Upgrades Power Mac G5 Line

In April, Apple Computer, Inc. unveiled its fastest, most powerful Power Mac G5 line, featuring dual 64-bit PowerPC G5 processors running up to 2.7GHz and including Mac OS X version 10.4 “Tiger.”

The new Power Mac G5 line delivers higher performance graphics options with more memory and built-in support for Apple’s 30-inch Cinema HD Display on the 2.7GHz model, as well as larger hard drives, a faster 16X SuperDrive with double-layer support and 512MB of memory across the line.

Apple Reduces Prices on Cinema Displays

Also in April, Apple reduced the prices of two models in its award-winning line of widescreen flat panel Cinema Displays. They offer both 20-inch and 23-inch models.

In addition, Apple’s new 2.7GHz Power Mac G5s and 1.67GHz 17-inch PowerBooks now feature built-in support for the 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display.

New Iomega® REV™ 35GB 1394/FireWire® External Drive

The Iomega® REV™ 35GB 1394/FireWire® drive is a revolutionary removable hard disk-based system that provides an easy backup solution with the convenience of high capacity, removable disks for saving, transporting and sharing large files. The system can transfer data more than two times faster** than DVD and save the equivalent of 7 DVDs onto a single REV 35GB disk without the inconvenience of swapping out DVD discs. This system includes:

  • One Iomega® REV™ 35GB 1394/FireWire® External Drive
  • One REV 35GB disk (in plastic case with 3 disk labels) - Mac (HFS+)
    format (can be reformatted for use with PC)
  • One 6-pin to 6-pin 1394/FireWire data cable
  • One power supply (required for 4-pin connections)
  • One Solutions CD

New Iomega® REV™ 35GB/90GB USB 2.0 External Drive

The Iomega® REV™ 35GB/90GB* USB 2.0 external drive is a revolutionary removable hard disk system that is more efficient and reliable than traditional tape systems, and it provides portable, high-performance file storage. Back up and restore up to eight times faster than tape, access files in seconds with drag-and-drop, and secure data with password protection. Includes Iomega Automatic Backup Pro*** software for “set-it and forget-it” file backups, plus full system backup and fast disaster recovery software. This system includes:

  • One Iomega® REV™ 35GB/90GB* USB 2.0 External Drive
  • One REV 35GB/90GB* disk (in plastic case with 3 disk labels)
  • One USB 2.0 data cable
  • One power supply
  • One Solutions CD

*Compressed capacity assuming 2.6:1 data compression with "high" compression on Iomega Automatic Backup Pro software. This capacity may vary since compression is data and software dependent.

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