IDG's Macworld Magazine Announces 2001 Editors' Choice Awards

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SAN FRANCISCO, December 3, 2001 -- Macworld magazine, IDG's premier Macintosh publication and Web site, has named the winners and finalists of its prestigious seventeenth annual Editors' Choice Awards for 2001.

The Eddy Awards, the Apple Macintosh industry's highest distinction for breakthrough product development, are being given to the year's top software and hardware products in 25 categories. The Macworld editors surveyed every Mac product on the market from November 1, 2000 to November 1, 2001, evaluating them for their overall quality as well as their utility, innovation, and elegance. A celebration party will be held in honor of all the award recipients during the week of Macworld Conference & Expo San Francisco, which begins Monday, January 7th, 2002.

"It was a year of transition as the industry moved to adopt Apple's new operating system, Mac OS X," stated Rick LePage, Macworld 's Editor in Chief. "However, we were thrilled to see so many great products introduced from new and established Macintosh developers."

Macworld magazine's 2001 Editors' Choice Award winners and finalists are:

Best Illustration Software
Zbrush 1.2, Pixologic (Winner)
Illustrator 10, Adobe Systems
ToonBoom Studio, Toon Boom Technologies

Best Image-editing Software
Photoshop Elements, Adobe Systems (Winner)
Fireworks 4, Macromedia
Test Strip 3.1, Vivid Details

Best Web Development Software
BBEdit 6.5, Bare Bones Software (Winner)
Dreamweaver 4, Macromedia
LIFT Onsite 2.0.1, UsableNet

Best Business Productivity Software
Office v.X, Microsoft (Winner)
mimio 1.5, Virtual Ink
Virtual PC 4, Connectix

Best Data Management Software
AccountEdge 2.0, MYOB US (Winner)
FileMaker Pro 5.5, FileMaker
Quicken 2002 Deluxe, Intuit

Best Digital Camera
PowerShot S110 Digital Elph, Canon (Winner)
Coolpix 995, Nikon
PowerShot G2, Canon

Best Display
Formac Gallery 1740, Formac (Winner)
electron22blue III, LaCie
VB50HRTV, Viewsonic

Best Education Software
Robolab 2.5, Pitsco Lego Dacta (Winner)
Kid Pix Deluxe 3.0, Broderbund
World Book 2002 Mac OS X, World Book

Best Game
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, Aspyr Media (Winner)
Escape from Monkey Island, Aspyr Media
Rogue Spear, MacSoft

Best Printer
Stylus C80, Epson (Winner)
HL-1670N, Brother International
Stylus Photo 820, Epson

Best Productivity Utility
QuicKeys X, CE Software (Winner)
FileGuard 4.0, Intego
StuffIt Deluxe 6.5, Aladdin Systems

Best Science/Engineering Software
VectorWorks 9, Nemetschek (Winner)
CalculationCenter, Wolfram Research
CrystalMaker 5.0, CrystalMaker Software

Best 3-D-Graphics Software
LightWave 3D 7b, NewTek (Winner)
Cinema 4D XL 7.1, Maxon Computer
Maya for Mac OS X 3.5, Alias|Wavefont

Best Acceleration Product
GeForce3, NVIDIA (Winner)
Encore/ST G4 Duet, Sonnet Technologies

Best Development Software
REALbasic 3.5.1, REAL Software (Winner)
Interface Builder, Apple Computer
Script Debugger 3.0, Late Night Software

Best Digital Video Software
Final Cut Pro 2.0.2, Apple Computer (Winner)
DVD Studio Pro 1.1, Apple Computer
Premiere 6.0, Adobe Systems

Best Input Device
Cintiq, Wacom (Winner)
Cordless MouseMan Optical, Logitech
Turbo Mouse Pro Wireless, Kensington Technology

Best Multimedia Product
MOTU 828, Mark of the Unicorn (Winner)
Formac Studio, Formac
Reason 1.0, Propellerhead Software

Best Personal Digital Assistant
Palm m505, Palm (Winner)
Palm m125, Palm
Visor Edge, Handspring

Best Storage Product
DVR-A03, Pioneer (Winner)
DiskOnKey, M-Systems
VXA-1 FireWire, Ecrix

Best System Utility
BrickHouse 1.1b6 , Brian Hill (Winner)
Drive 10, Micromat
Unsupported Utility X 2.0, Ryan Rempel

Hardware Product of the Year
Titanium PowerBook G4, Apple Computer

Software Product of the Year
Office v.X, Microsoft

Technology of the Year
SuperDrive, Apple Computer and Pioneer

Impact Award
Mac OS X 10.1, Apple Computer

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