WWDC: Apple Design Award 2005 winners announced

Apple has crowned the winners of the 2005 Apple Design Awards, held this week at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco. Panic, Delicious Monster Software and Blizzard Entertainment were among the many recipients of this year’s award.

During his keynote presentation to WWDC attendees on Monday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs noted that there were more than 400 entries under consideration for this year’s Apple Design Awards, a new record.

“It just shows the vibrancy of the developer community out there, it’s fantastic,” said Jobs.

This year was the tenth anniversary of the Apple Design Awards. To celebrate, Apple offered the biggest prize packages in the history of the awards: Winners in each category received a 17-inch PowerBook G4, Power Mac G5, 30-inch Cinema HD Display, Intel transition system, ADC Premier Membership and a Macworld 2006 marketing package.

Panic’s Transmit FTP client software took the award for best Mac OS X Tiger technology adoption, for its use of features like Automator, .Mac sync, Spotlight, Dashboard and more. Equinux’s iSale, used for managing eBay auctions, was the runner up. The OmniGroup’s OmniOutliner got a special mention.

Delicious Monster Software’s Delicious Library got the nod for Best Mac OS X User Experience. Software MacKiev’s 3D Weather Globe & Atlas Mac OS X Edition was chosen as best runner up.

The Best Product New to Mac OS X award went to plasq’s ComicLife, an application that turns digital photos into comic book-like strips and panels. Delicious Library was the runner up, and SolidWorks’ eDrawings for Mac 2006 was also recognized with a special mention.

Blizzard Entertainment walked off with the Best Mac OS X Entertainment Product award for its massively multiplayer online role playing game World of Warcraft, which was released simultaneously for Mac OS X and Windows. DanLabGames’ kart-style racing game Jammin’ Racer was chosen as runner up.

The Best Use of Open Source award went to OsiriX, a medical imaging product that lets radiologists, surgeons, clinicians and others examine images generated by MRI, CT and PET scanners. Blender Foundation’s Blender, a 3D modeling, animation and rendering application, was the runner up, and a special mention was given to AdiumX, the instant messaging application that supports AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo and other services.

The Best Mac OS X Scientific Computing Solution award went to DataTank from Visual Data Tools Inc., a mathematical modeling and graphics, data mining and programming utility. OsiriX was selected as runner up, and a special mention was given to Wolfram’s Mathematica.

Best Mac OS X Server Solution went to Small Tree Communications and SilverStorm Technologies‘ Quicksilver InfiniBand Software, which lets Xserves communicate using a high-performance 10Gb/sec networking interface — particularly handy in clustered computing and high performance computing enviroments. Corriente Networks Elektron, a network security solution that works over wireless networks, was chosen as runner up.

Simon Bovet’s GraphClick was awarded as Best Mac OS X Student Product. The graph digitizer application retrieves images of graphs, bar charts and scatter plots, and it can digitze trajectories of objects from within QuickTime movies. Peter Schols’ iMap, a latitude/longitude mapping application, was the runner up. Antoine Missout’s SonicBirth, an AudioUnit designing application, got a special mention.

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