In 2004, we reviewed more than 450 products. We saw the introduction of the iPod mini and the iPod-influenced iMac G5. And we got important updates to Mac standards such as FileMaker Pro, Bare Bones Software’s BBEdit, and QuarkXPress, as well as a bunch of Mac gems—little apps that didn’t have megamillion-dollar promotion budgets but still made us stand up and say, “Cool!” But which of these products were the best? To find out,
s editors went back over the products they’d seen and reviewed over the past year—those released between November 1, 2003, and November 1, 2004—and they nominated their favorites. Then we went through a rigorous, hotly debated culling process, eliminating products that didn’t withstand comparison. We were left with the 34 that follow—the best Mac products of 2004.