THERE is little doubt that in the business of graphics and desktop publishing, Hongkong is as imaginative and innovative as anywhere else. But what the territory has lacked in the past is a regular forum at which people in these fields can learn more about the latest trends in the industry and swap ideas and techniques with fellow designers from around the world. Last year, Aldus Corp helped redress this problem when it held its first graphics show. This year, the United States-based software vendor held its second Hongkong exhibition. Held over three days, the Aldus Graphics Show '93 featured 12 seminars on desktop publishing (DTP). Subjects ranged from the latest trends in colour scanners to the power of its PageMaker 5.0, page layout program for personal computers. The show had the support of more than 10 hardware and software companies with close links to Aldus. ''We saw the show as being a good way to present software applications in their entirety along with all the necessary peripherals and other products - such as fonts - that make a complete workable solution,'' said the Far East manager for Aldus Corp, Mr M. K. Fung. Mr Fung oversees the company's operations in 13 countries, including South Korea, Taiwan, China, and Singapore. Hongkong is the company's regional headquarters. ''We all viewed the Aldus Graphics Show as an innovative marketing concept. Software products can be sold alone, but they are always used together with others, and 95 per cent of customers are looking for complete solutions,'' Mr Fung said. ''With the show, we aimed to bring these solutions to the Far East,'' he said. Aldus launched Aldus PageMaker in 1984, making it a pioneer in desktop publishing. The Aldus Graphics Show '93 was divided into four categories: An exhibition of the products of Aldus and its 10 partners in DTP, graphics and press resource development. Visitors were encouraged to participate in hands-on demonstrations, take advantage of discount coupons, peruse Aldus magazines, and win software gift packages. There were 11 seminars open to the public. Topics included cordless drawing tools, the frontiers of pre-press technology, high-resolution printing solutions, the impact of storage technology on DTP, colour printers, and an introduction to the ideal DTP studio. The show was opened with a keynote address by Mr John O'Halloran, vice-president of Aldus' Pacific Rim division. Other speakers included Mr Rajeev Chopra, product manager of Hewlett-Packard Singapore; Ms Alice Kung, director of sales and marketing, Far East, SuperMac Technology; Mr Moriyoshi Haraguchi, group manager, international department, Wacom Co Ltd; Mr Raymond Chung, managing director, RasterOps Asia Pacific Ltd; and Mr Stephen Siu, general manager of WYS Systems Ltd, Hongkong. The ''designers' rendezvous'' featured five designers from Japan, Taiwan, Hongkong and Singapore showing off their work and techniques live on computer to about 200 local designers. ''Straight talk'' sessions - a two-day series of gatherings where visitors were handed out tips on DTP techniques under the direction of Mr Dave Ciuba, Aldus Marketing Programs Manager for the Pacific Rim. ''These were 30-minute group discussions, where various experts offered customers important tips,'' Mr Fung said. While the primary target of the Aldus Graphics Show was to meet customer needs, the business interests of Aldus and its dealers and partners were served as well, Mr Fung said.