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It's Mike here, writing to you from Seybold 2003 in San Francisco. This is my second year covering this publishing technology conference, and I must say that I feel a little more "in tune" with it this year.
At the 2002 show, everything was printer-and-digital-imaging heavy. This year, I think people have gotten the message that most designers are working on the Web in at least some capacity. The evidence: there are far more Web-specific products and services this year. Content management, data storage, XML document conversion, et cetera. I'll be doing a full write-up later this week... I have a few more meetings to endure, then maybe I'll scope the expo floor one last time before calling it a day.
Oh, and they have bocce! Can you believe it? A full-blown bocce court right in the middle of the second floor landing. Seybold is at Moscone West this year, the brand-new facility that housed the Apple WWDC a few months ago. If you inhale through the nose, you can still detect a hint of that "new conference center" smell. And bocce balls.
Also, I want more free t-shirts. Don't these people know how to grease up members of the press? Hrmph.