Macworld magazine has announced its Best of Show awards for the 2004 Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, Calif. The awards are given to products making their public debut at Macworld Expo. Freeverse and Elgato Systems led the way with two wins each. The full list of winners was:
Apple’s GarageBand. Macworld editors were impressed with the latest iApp’s ability to let anyone start their own garage band, even if they don’t have any fellow musicians.
CRYPTOCard’s CRYPTO-Server X. The first authentication solution specifically designed for Mac OS X v.10.3 (Panther) users scored high. Its ability to generate one-time passwords on the fly makes stolen credentials useless.
Elgato Systems’ EyeTV 200/EyeHome. EyeTV 200 improves on the previous edition with real-time MPEG-2 capturing of standard cable television and other analog sources, such as VHS. EyeHome plugs into your network via Ethernet and enables you to play music and movies and view photos on your TV.
Freeverse’s BumperCar/Toy Sight. BumperCar is a Web browser aimed at kids. It’s based on the Webcore technology that Apple uses in Safari as well as the technology employed in The Omni Group’s OmniWeb browser. It features plenty of ways to keep kids safe while online. ToySight works with an iSight, or other FireWire-based video camera or Webcam, and puts you in the middle of the action as you control the action on your Mac’s display by waving your arms and moving your hands.
Kaidan’s PiXiMation. Create your own QuickTimeVR videos, even if you’re just turning the objects by hand, with PiXiMation, which generates the properly spaced and indexed images that used to require special turntables.
LaCie’s Bigger Disk. Hook 1TB of data to your Mac via FireWire 800 or 400, iLink/DV, or USB 2.0 or 1.1 with Bigger Disk. That equals to almost two years of continuous music or one month of non-stop MPEG-2 video.
Slim Devices’s Squeezebox. The sequel to the SliMP3 music server, Squeezebox streams wired or wireless audio from your Mac to your home stereo. Analog and digital outputs are included.
Camdynamics’s lens&light optimizer. Correct imperfections in your images with this optimizer.
Roxio’s Toast with Jam. The new edition sports an improved interface, better cross-fading options, and integrated burning in Jam itself. It also features 2-channel Dolby Digital software for encoding and decoding, as well as Bias Peak Express audio editing software.
Rogue Amoeba’s NiceCast. Broadcast and stream any audio in Mac OS X with NiceCast. Become an Internet radio DJ or stream your iTunes library over the Internet and let the world know how funky your tastes are.
Software Mackiev’s Kid Pix Deluxe 3 for OS X. Software MacKiev rebuilt Kid Pix from the ground up to offer better graphics and animations, an easier-to-use interface, and seamless integration with Apple’s iLife suite.
WiebeTech’s G5 Jam. Increase your Power Mac G5’s internal storage to four drives or even RAID it with G5 Jam and enjoy performance exceeding 200MB per second.
WorldSync’s SyncDek 5.0. This software solves a long-standing need with distributed FileMaker databases — making sure that any changed data is synchronized between databases.
You Software’s You Control 1.0. You Control’s 11 modules allows you to be anywhere on your Mac but still control iTunes, access recent programs and files from any menu, track stocks, weather, and news headlines, and more. You Control menus can be placed in the main Menu Bar or in a corner of your display, or you can call them up with hot keys.
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