The 15th Annual Editor's Choice Awards

The last year of the 20th Century was, all in all, a great year for the Macintosh. As we head into year 17 of the Macintosh Era, it's time for Macworld's annual look at the products that improve the lives of Mac users; products that make using your Mac easier, let you do your job more effectively, or simply give you freedom that you never had before.

We celebrate the crème de la crème of the Mac world with our annual Editor's Choice Awards. In this banner year for the Macintosh, our decisions were tougher than ever. After surveying every Mac product released between November 1, 1998 and November 1, 1999, we nominated 78 products, three in each of 26 categories.

These products--as well as the winners of our five special World Class Awards, all to be announced in a ceremony in San Francisco on Tuesday, January 4, 2000--have been recognized not just for their overall quality, but for the innovative new features they've brought to the Mac in the past year.

It's fitting that these awards go not to companies that rest on past laurels, but to the true innovators of the Macintosh world. Here's hoping that many more years of innovation are ahead of us!

Macworld.com editor JASON SNELL managed this year's Eddy Awards process.

 

Category Product Price Company
3-D Graphics Software Amorphium $150 Play
MetaCreations Canoma 1.0 $499 ** MetaCreations
MetaCreations Poser 4 $299 ** MetaCreations
Acceleration Hardware ATI Rage Orion $199 ATI Technologies
ProFormance 3 $259 * Formac Electronic
XLR8 CarrierZIF $179 XLR8 Division of Interex
Audio Software BarbaBatch 3.0 $395 MacSourcery
Cubase VST 4.1 $399 Steinberg
WaveBurner 1.0 $199 Emagic
Consumer Hardware IntelliMouse Explorer $75 Microsoft
Palm IIIe $179 ** Palm Computing
WOW Thing $30 * SRS Labs
Cross-Platform Utility Software Dave 2.5 $149 Thursby Software Systems
PC MacLAN for Windows 95/98 version 7.2 $199 Miramar Systems
Virtual PC 3.0 $179 Connectix
Data-Management Software DeltaGraph 4.5 for Macintosh $299 SPSS
MYOB Accounting Plus 8 $199 MYOB US
Viz!on $150 Data Description
Digital Camera Coolpix 950 $999 * Nikon, Inc.
Kodak DC265 zoom digital camera $899 Eastman Kodak Company
Olympus C-2500L SLR $1499 * Olympus America
Digital Video Software Adobe After Effects 4.1 $689 Adobe Systems
Commotion 2.1 $25 Puffin Designs
Final Cut Pro 1.0.1 $999 ** Apple Computer
Display Apple Studio Display (17") $499 * Apple Computer
Apple Studio Display (21") $1499 * Apple Computer
Radius Artica Flat Panel Display $2795 * Miro Displays
Educational Software Reader Rabbit's Complete Learn to Read System $70 The Learning Company
Thinkin' Things: All Around FrippleTown $30 Edmark
Uncle Albert's Magical Album $30 VTechSoft
Game Falcon 4.0 $50 MacSoft
Myth II: Soulblighter $49 Bungie Software Products
StarCraft $50 Blizzard Entertainment
Graphics Software Canvas 7 $375 * Deneba Software
MetaCreations Painter 6 $399 ** MetaCreations
Studio Artist 1.1 $295 ** Synthetik Software
Internet Client Software Anarchie 3.6.2 $35 Stairways Shareware
Eudora Pro 4.2.1 $50 Qualcomm
Microsoft Outlook Express 5 Macintosh Edition free Microsoft
Internet Server Software LinuxPPC 1999 Q3 $32 LinuxPPC
QuickTime Streaming Server free Apple Computer
WebSTAR Server Suite 4.0 $599 StarNine Technologies
MP3 Product AudioCatalyst 2.01 $30 Xing Technology
Rio 500 $270 ** Diamond Multimedia Systems
SoundJam MP 1.1.1 $50 Casady & Greene
Network Hardware OneWorld OfficePort Network Communication Appliance $1899 * OneWorld Systems
Snap! Server (40GB) $1799 * Quantum
SonicWall PRO $2995 * Sonic Wall
Network Utility EtherPeek 4.0 $995 AG Group
IPNetRouter 1.4.3.3 $89 ** Sustainable Softworks
netOctopus 3.5 $65 Netopia
Printer/Imaging Device BJC-6000 $199 * Canon Computer Systems Inc.
Brother MFC-8600 $599 * Brother International
HP DeskJet 970Cxi $399 * Hewlett-Packard
Productivity Software FastTrack Schedule 6.03 $199 AEC Software
Job Manager 2.0 $3699 MetaCommunications
MacInTax Deluxe 98 $50 Intuit
Publishing Software Adobe Acrobat 4.0 $249 ** Adobe Systems
Adobe InDesign 1.0 $699 * Adobe Systems
PhotoScripter 1.0 $299 Main Event Software
Science/Engineering Software Mathematica 4 $1495 Wolfram Research
VectorWorks 8.0.1 $895 Diehl Graphsoft
Vellum Solids 99 $3995 Ashlar.
Storage Hardware Spressa USB Plus CRX100E/X2 $329 * Sony Electronics
TurboMax $129 ProMax Technology
USB CameraMate $89 * Microtech International
Utility Software Action Utilities Collection $90 Power On Software
DiskWarrior 1.1 $70 Alsoft
Timbuktu Pro 5.2.1 $100 Netopia
Web Authoring Software Adobe GoLive 4.0 Software $276 Adobe Systems
BBEdit 5.1.1 $119 Bare Bones Software
Macromedia Dreamweaver 2 $299 * Macromedia
Web Graphics Software Adobe Photoshop 5.5 with ImageReady 2.0 $610 Adobe Systems
Macromedia Fireworks 2 $199 * Macromedia
Macromedia Flash 4 $299 * Macromedia
Web Video Software Electrifier Pro 1.02 $395 Electrifier
Media Cleaner Pro 4 $499 ** Terran Interactive
QuickTime 4 Pro $30 ** Apple Computer

 

* = company estimated price  ** = direct price

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