Macworld has announced the winners of the “Best of Show Awards,” representing the most exciting new hardware and software products announced at Macworld Conference & Expo in New York. Jim Dalrymple, news director of MacCentral.com and Macworld news, presented the awards.
“The Best of Show winners exemplify the tremendous commitment of developers to the Macintosh platform,” stated Dalrymple. “I was particularly impressed with the way most of them are taking advantage of Apple’s new operating system, Mac OS X.”
To be eligible for Best of Show consideration, products were either making their public debut at Macworld Expo or were recently introduced and likely to generate excitement on the show floor. In addition, the products had to be seen in action. The Best of Show Awards represent a highly coveted honor within the Macintosh industry and are presented exclusively at the expo.
The Macworld Best of Show award winners are:
OS 10.1: This update, due in September, will address many of the shortcomings found by Mac users since the initial release of the OS.
867 MHz PowerMac G4: In addition to a significant increase in performance, the mid-range G4 now offers DVD-RW capabilities at a lower price point, making this technology available to a broader range of Macintosh users.
FriendlyNet Wireless Ready Cable/DSL Router: This wireless router offers additional security for your network, including connectivity to the Internet, printers, files and other resources.
D2400UF: This scanner goes far beyond typical text and graphics scanning capabilities to include a versatile, built-in, large format film adapter.
Font Reserve Server for OS X: Font Reserve Server, designed for publishing work groups, provides effective font management across an entire organization.
ViaVoice for OS X: The new update to IBM’s voice-activation software is faster and more efficient than the previous version.
Drive 10: Sporting a sleek aqua interface, this advanced disc repair and recovery product has been designed exclusively for Mac OS X.
Office 10 for OS X: Due this fall, the updated suite of business applications boasts some exciting and useful innovations.
FireLite 5GB FireWire Hard Drive : This 5GB FireWire hard drive is one of the smallest and most portable external hard drives to enter the Macintosh market.
Toon Boom: Designed for animators in the Mac community, this powerful software increases productivity when creating digital animation.
Phaser 860: This color laser printer is compatible with OS X over a network and produces prints of amazing quality.