Every year the editors at Macworld sit down and decide what have been the finest products of the past 12 months. From the areas of professional creativity through to top consumer products – and, of course, Apple’s own offerings – we honour the best and brightest that have graced our offices over the past year.
Winning a Macworld Award is a seal of quality for any product. The winners are chosen by the Macworld editorial team and Macworld's army of enthusiastic readers. A Macworld Award is considered a benchmark of excellence throughout the industry.
The prestigious event was held Thursday evening at The Northumberland, a lavish new venue a short walk from London's Trafalgar Square. Macworld would like to thank everyone who attended the event, sponsored awards and voted.
Here then are the winners.
Apple Product of the Year
Winner: iPad - Apple
Price: From £429
We said: It’s a fantastic piece of hardware, inside and out, but more than that, it’s the apotheosis of Apple’s design philosophy, synthesizing cutting-edge hardware design with innovative system and application software into a single, unified product. Holding the iPad feels like you’re holding the future, and not in a hazy dream-like way, but in an “I can’t believe I’m actually here kind of way”.
Nominees: iMac i5, MacBook Pro, Magic Mouse, Mac mini Server
Sponsored by: Scosche
Winner: D5000 – Nikon
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Sponsored by: VMware
Best Consumer Storage
Winner: G-DRIVE - G-Technology
Price: From £249.95
We said: If you need your desktop storage fast, stylish and bomb-proof, look no further than the G-Technology G-Drive 2TB. For most users this versatile unit will prove the ultimate high-capacity non-RAID external drive.
Nominees: My Book World Edition – Western Digital, Network Space 2 – LaCie,
eGo Mac Edition – Iomega, SureFire FireWire 800/USB – Verbatim
Best Consumer Software
Winner: Bento 3 – FileMaker
We said: iPhoto integration, database security, database sharing, and a host of new templates and themes make Bento much more versatile for the small office and small business owner.
Nominees: Parallels Desktop Switch to Mac Edition – Parallels, VMware Fusion 3 – VMware, Picasa 3.5 – Google, Photoshop Elements 8 – Adobe
Sponsored by Elgato
Consumer Audio Product Of The Year
Winner: GLA-55 – Harman Kardon
We said: TBC - MARK
Nominees: iP1 – iHome, CX 550 Style II – Sennheiser, P5 – Bowers & Wilkins,
Snowball – Blue Microphones
Sponsored by: Computers Unlimited
Best Consumer Hardware
Winner: Eye TV Netstream DTT – Elgato
We said: An ideal device for extending your viewing pleasure around the home. No wires, no fuss and as long as you start with a solid signal, picture perfect reception anywhere.
Nominees: EX531p – Optoma, Bamboo Fun – Wacom, Microsoft Explorer Mouse – Microsoft, Share Video – Eye-Fi
Best Education Product
Winner: NoteBook 3.0 – Circus Ponies
We said: Circus Ponies NoteBook 3.0 is fairly priced, given its quality and usefulness. Once you adjust to its overwhelming abundance of options, it's a terrific notetaking program bursting with useful ways to organize your life.
Nominees: MindManager 8 – Mindjet, Scrivener 1.5 – Literature and Latte, Rosetta Stone – Rosetta Stone, MacSpeech Dictate 1.5 – Nuance
Readers Choice - Best Mac Reseller
Winner: Square Group
Nominees: Cancom, Solutions Inc, MacWarehouse, Micro Anvika, Square Group
Sponsored by: Computer 2000
[PHOTO & PRINT PRODUCTS]
Best Digital Camera
Winner: Lumix DMC-GF1 – Panasonic
We said: Panasonic’s 12.1-megapixel camera lets you change its lens – something it shares with true DSLRs. It is a very portable option for enthusiasts who want interchangeable lenses but not the bulk of a DSLR.
Powershot SX10 IS – Canon, FinePix F70 EXR – FujiFilm, EasyShare Z950 – Kodak, GR Digital III – Ricoh
Best Consumer Printer
Winner: Pixma MP990 – Canon
We said: For the avid photographer, the Pixma MP990 inkjet multifunction is fast, offers great print quality and it’s easy to connect (either directly or over a network).
Nominees: WorkCentre 3220 – Xerox, MFC-9320W – Brother, Photosmart A646 – HP, Stylus Office B1100 – Epson
Professional Camcorder Of The Year
Winner: GY-HM700 – JVC
We said: Featuring interchangeable lenses and with the facility to record native QuickTime to SDHC media at 35mbps, this professional camcorder has changed the playing field for those looking to jump into high quality affordable HD.
Legria HF S10 – Canon, HDC-SD60 – Panasonic, GY-HM100 – JVC, PMW-EX1R – Sony
Digital SLR Of The Year
Winner: D5000 – Nikon
We said: The Nikon D5000 is impressive. Not only can it be used as a fully-fledged DSLR with manual settings, but also as an advanced compact or a point-and-shoot camera – and it can shoot movies.
Nominees: EOS 500D – Canon, K-x – Pentax, E-P2 – Olympus, LUMIX DMC-GH1 –Panasonic
Best Professional Printer
Winner: Phaser 7500 – Xerox
Price: From £ 2,699
We said: The Phaser 7500 is a truly excellent A3 laser printer, capable of delivering quality colour prints to office users and creatives. It’s a truly excellent laser printer, and well worth investing in.
Readers Choice - Best Hardware
Winner: My Book - Western Digital
Price: Dependent on storage size
Nominees: Sanho – HyperMac, EOS 7D – Canon, D300 – Nikon, QNAP – TS-239 Pro, Western Digital – My Book
[BUSINESS & CREATIVE PRODUCTS]
Best Business Storage
Winner: TS-239 Pro – QNAP
We said: The TS-239 Pro Turbo NAS is ideally suited for IT professionals with high-end features including online RAID capacity expansion, built-in iSCSI target service, and remote access and replication.
StorCenter iX2-200 – Iomega, LinkStation Quad – Buffalo, Drobo S – Data Robotics, Crucial C300 – Crucial / Micron
Best Professional Software
Winner: FineReader Express Edition – ABBYY
We said: If you have a lot of data to input, printed documents or spreadsheets, this Optical Character Recognition (OCR) from ABBYY will significantly decrease your workload.
FileMaker 11 – FileMaker, CrashPlan – Code 42, Flow – GridIron, PresStore 3.2 – Archiware
Best Creative Hardware
Winner: Cintiq 21UX – Wacom
We said: Every artist, designer, animator and compositor will want a Cintiq 21UX. It makes drawing, painting, designing and rotoscoping like being a kid with crayons again – it’s just so much fun to use.
Ultrasharp U2711 – Dell, LCD2690WUXI 2 – NEC, ColorEdge CG243W – Eizo, Spyder3Studio SR – Datacolor
Creative Design Software Of The Year
Winner: InDesign CS5 – Adobe
We said: There’s a refocus on creativity and efficiency in the new InDesign. By concentrating on new design tools rather than whizz-bang interactive features, Adobe has made InDesign CS5 a must-have upgrade.
QuarkXPress 8.1 – Quark, Manga Studio 4 – Smith Micro, Pixelmator 1.5 – Pixelmator, MAXON CINEMA 4D R11.5 – MAXON
Sponsored by: G-Technology
Best Web And Online Software
Winner: Dreamweaver CS5 – Adobe
We said: Dreamweaver CS5 offers powerful tools for PHP programmers, a new tool for inspecting CSS, and simplifications that make setting up sites and building CSS-based layouts easier.
SpamSieve 2.8 – C-Command, LittleSnapper 1.6 – Realmac Software, FileZilla 3 –
FileZilla, Flash Catalyst – Adobe
Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Winner: James Sleater and Ian Meiers from Cad and the Dandy
Nominees: Mubaloo, Cad and the Dandy, Pipetto.
Sponsored by FileMaker Bento
[iPHONE & iPAD APPS]
Best iPhone Entertainment & Lifestyle App
Winner: Angry Birds – Chillingo
We said: Angry Birds is an addictive, clever, and challenging puzzler, offering good gameplay and more than one strategy. At 59p, it’s certainly worth checking out.
CoPilot Live – ALK Technologies, Quad Camera Multishot – Art and Mobile, Mill Color – The Mill, Weather Pro – WeatherPro
Best iPhone Business & Utility App
Winner: Things – Cultured Code
We said: Many of the other to-do list managers we’ve tried get in the way of getting things done. Things doesn’t do that. One of its killer features is integration with the Mac version of Things.
LogMeIn Ignition – LogMeIn, Bento – FileMaker Inc, Air Sharing Pro – Avatron Software , QuickOffice Mobile Office Suite – QuickOffice
Best iPhone & iPod Accessory
Winner: flipSYNC – Scosche
We said: It's a tight squeeze, but once you've got this in your USB slot it’s a perfectly portable way to recharge your iPhone whenever you are near a USB port.
HyperMac Mini – Sanho, PowerSkin – Mili, InMotion Compact iMT320 – Altec Lansing, GorillaMobile for iPhone – Joby
Sponsored by: Ranieri Communications
Best iPad Application
Winner: LogMeIn Ignition – LogMeIn Inc
We said: LogMeIn Ingition gives you access to your home computer and its contents from anywhere using your iPad (or iPhone). It is an essential tool many, and it's perfectly suited to the iPad.
Nominees: GoodReader – Good.iWare, Air Video – InMethod, The Guardian Eyewitness – Guardian News and Media, Bento for iPad – FileMaker
Sponsored by: Contour Design
Best iPad Accessory
Winner: MiFi – Three
We said: The 3 MiFi Huawei E5830 enables you to create your own WiFi network and walk around with it. For iPad WiFi owners this device is thoroughly recommended.
Nominees: zCover GloveOne Shield – zCover, Elan Passport – Griffin, iSee for iPad – Contour Design, Tuff-Luv – I-nique
Readers Choice - Best Software
Winner: CS5 – Adobe
Price: from £1,773
Nominees: CS5 – Adobe, Office for Mac – Microsoft, Bento 3 – FileMaker, Parallels Desktop – Parallels, VMware Fusion – VMware