Coming up on the 26th October running through to the 28th is the annual Mac Expo at the National Hall, Olympia. The annual gathering for the Macintosh fraternity that acts pretty much like a show and tell for all things Apple related.

As is usually the case the expo has something of a leaning towards the creative side of Mac computing (which lets face it is something the Mac has always been renowned for). This year the show will function on a themed basis. The show will be covering design & publishing, photography, audio and video as well entertainment and the prospect of the Macintosh in a business environment.

The beauty of the expo for the “technologically curious” is the different fields that are on show to the public are usually accompanied by a host of experts in their respective fields. Macintosh User Groups from up and down the country will be on hand for you to bend their ears looking for nuggets of information to make your computing experiences that much easier.

There will also be seminars and “hands on sessions” for the public enabling them to get to grips with new hardware and software. The expo is usually a good environment to see what the big manufacturers have got up their sleeves and of course if you want to buy their wares everything you see is usually for sale. So be warned if you bring a credit card then be prepared for it to take a hammering.

Amongst the hands on sessions that will be available will be making music sessions on a live stage as well as a photography stage which will be exhibiting just how to get the best out of your digital camera and the associated software that you are probably already using.

As well as the creative arts being represented there will also be a dedicated theatre looking at how to use Filemaker in a business scenario complete with feature presentations from developers. The MacFormat labs will also be hosting a stage which will demonstrate just how to get the best out of the iLife suite that most modern Mac users should already have some degree of familiarity with.

So if you are a Mac user regardless of what your chosen field is you should find something of interest at the expo and if you’ve been promising yourself a new bit of kit this might just be the time to get it.
The expo will be running from Thursday 26th October through till Saturday the 28th if you pre register early (like now) then you can get admission for ?6 including VAT. On the door admission however will be ?12 so if you’re planning on heading along then it might be a prudent idea to book your tickets now.