In many ways, LDI98 fulfilled the promises made at LDI97. The Stage Line of fixtures from Clay Paky, the Coemar CF 1200, the High End Systems Studio Spot(TM), the Martin MAC 500, and the Vari*Lite(R) VL7(TM) all debuted in prototype in 1997, and are now in production. LDI98 was the first time we as an industry could see all of these new fixtures in one place at one time.
But the manufacturers hadn't rested on their laurels. The pervasive new technology advance for 1998 came with the "