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Since you readers offered such great suggestions when we asked you to name the top trends in technology in the next 12 to 18 monthsmore than two dozen ideas and counting—we thought we would ask for your help with another project. And this one should be near and dear to your heart—singling out the best Mac hardware and software of the past year.

Yes, it’s time once again for Macworld editors to start gathering up the top products of the past 12 months for our annual Editors’ Choice Awards. We’re already well into our research of each piece and hardware and software that’s hit the market since last November, looking for the ones that meet our standards for quality, uniqueness, innovation, and value. We’ll announce this year’s crop of winners online in December and in the February 2007 issue of the magazine.

But we’re not the only ones who get to bestow top honors on Mac products. For the past two years, we’ve asked our readers to nominate and vote on the best hardware and software products for the Mac. Last year, you selected the Mac mini G4 as the top hardware of 2005 and Mac OS X 10.4 as the year’s best software release. In 2004, your picks for top hardware and software honors went to the flat-panel iMac G5 and Final Cut Pro HD 4.5, respectively.

Will Apple’s stranglehold on the Readers’ Choice Awards continue into 2006? You’re the ones who will make that determination when we put it to a final vote next month. But first, we need your nominations.

In the forum thread below, list your choices for the best hardware and software products to come out in the past year. Any product released after November 1, 2005, is eligible for the award. The nomination period closes October 16. After that, we’ll prepare a list of finalists, with the final vote slated for early November.

So let us hear about your picks for top products. Mac hardware and software makers around the globe are counting on you.

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