Every year, the editors here at Macworld get together to take a look back through all of the products released over the past 12 months to find the absolute finest. 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 in the past year.

Now in its 18th year, the Macworld Awards 2013, held on 20 June at London's Royal Garden Hotel, brought together best of the technology industry. Here's what we found particularly noteworthy…

Apple product of the year

As voted for by Macworld readers

Winner: iPad mini

Website: Apple

Price: From £269

We said:

We love the iPad mini. After just a few days, we already thought of it as the best iPad on the market. It's just like its bigger counterpart, but has a smaller, 7.9in display and a compelling asking price of £269 for the 16GB WiFi model.

The iPad mini's internal components are reminiscent of the iPad 2 model, which was first introduced in March 2011. Externally, however, the iPad mini has more in common with the latest generation of the iPhone and iPod touch. Like the iPhone 5, the first thing you'll notice about the iPad mini is how incredibly thin and light it is. The bezel between the screen and the edge of the device is also much smaller on the mini.

The iPad mini sports the A5 processor first found in the iPad 2, and is perfectly capable of running powerful games like Real Racing 2 and N.O.V.A 3 with respectable frame rate and no frame drops. We think the iPad mini is a real contender for the best portable gaming system around.

The iPad mini is a definite 'buy' in our book. If you can spare the £269 the 16GB WiFi is a great little device to own. Even if you've got an iPad, the iPad mini's portability and lightness makes a lot of difference to usage.

Read more in our full review.

Nominees:

13in MacBook with Retina display, iPhone 5, iMac, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Grand Prix Award

Sponsored by Computer 2000

Winner: LaCie CloudBox

Website: LaCie

Price: From £139

We said:

The Grand Prix award is given to the most ground-breaking product of the year. This year, that prize goes to LaCie Cloudbox, the winner of our Best Consumer Storage. Find out more below.

Best Consumer Storage

Sponsored by Parallels

Winner: LaCie CloudBox

We said:

LaCie's CloudBox combines a large hard disk with a smaller amount of online storage, and works with Apple's Time Machine, so that anyone using your home or office network can back up to it automatically. It's perfect for consumers who have had no experience setting up a NAS drive.

As for its design, it has a creamy white casing with a gentle blue status light glowing out from beneath the front edge of the unit.  

Prices start at £139 for a model with 1TB of storage, while the 2TB unit costs £159. There are also 3TB and 4TB models available, priced at £189 and £249 respectively. The 10GB online storage component is free for a year, but is expandable through subscription via Wuala, a division of LaCie.

There are plenty of network drives available that also provide additional online storage. However, the updated CloudBox is more Mac-friendly than it has been in the past, making it a good choice for home users who want an affordable network drive they can share with other family members.

Read more in our full review.

Highly Commended: Elgato Thunderbolt SSD

Website: Elgato

Price: £239.95

We said:

Elgato's Thunderbolt SSD is solidly built and performs well. It gets full marks for build quality, with a solid metal casing that should certainly be able to survive a few knocks. Elgato also offers a full three-year warranty on the Thunderbolt SSD.

It performs well too, with its Thunderbolt interface achieving write and read speeds of 228.5MB/s and 322.2MB/s when running the Aja System Test with large video files.

Overall, the Thunderbolt SSD does work well when handling larger file sizes, and its sturdy design will appeal to photographers or videographers working on outdoor shoots.

Read more in our full review.

Nominees:

Western Digital WD TV Live, Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt Portable SSD, Verbatim Store 'n' Go External SSD, Seagate Slim Portable Drive, Freecom Mobile Drive Mg

Best Business Storage

Sponsored by Oki

Winner: G-Technology G-Dock ev

Website: G-Technology

Price: £599.95

We said:

The G-Dock ev is a dual bay enclosure that supports G-Drive ev hard drives. These are rugged, mobile, 2.5inch hard drives designed for mobile use. So, in effect, the G-Dock is two products in one. The unit we tested shipped with two 1TB G-Drives – but you can buy more. You can also add G-Technology's G-Drive ev Plus, a portable SATA III drive with accelerated transfer rates.

Designed with media professionals and enthusiastic hobbyists in mind, the G-Dock is like a next-generation ZIP drive. It combines portability and storage capacity in one gorgeous, high performance box. And with dual Thunderbolt connectivity, you won't lose that all-important port if you have other compatible peripherals.

Read more in our full review.

Nominees:

LaCie 5-big Thunderbolt, LaCie Rugged USB 3.0, Western Digital My Book VelociRaptor Duo, Verbatim Store 'n' Go Executive, Iomega StorCenter ix4-300d, QNAP Turbo NAS TS-269L, Synology DiskStation DS213n, Netgear ReadyNAS duo V2, FirmTek miniSwap/U3

Camera of the year

Winner: Nikon D5200

Website: Nikon

Price: £700

We said:

The Nikon D5200 is a mid-range DSLR, a streamlined step up from the Nikon D7000. It's geared towards anyone keen for good quality images but without being able to afford a high-end DSLR.

We found the Nikon D5200 to have excellent picture quality, and we experienced good quality when shooting video.

Build quality is good with a deep hand grip in the front and rubberised thumb grip on the rear for comfort. At 505g for just the body it's fairly light for a DSLR, and quite comfortable to hold.

The Nikon D5200 is ideal for anyone wanting their first good-quality DSLR or wanting to upgrade from their current mid-range DSLR.

Read more in our full review.

Highly Commended: Canon EOS M

Website: Canon

Price: £769.99 with 18-55mm image stabilised zoom

We said:

Canon's compact debut, the EOS M, immediately ticks one box in featuring a large APS-C sized sensor for theoretically better image quality than a typical pocket snapper, but design wise it owes more to a consumer-end Canon PowerShot than an EOS DSLR. Nevertheless, as the 'EOS' in its model name indicates, the 'M' provides the ability to use Canon's DSLR range's 70+ EF lens line up, albeit via an optional adapter.

It appears that Canon has followed the CSC pitch of 'DSLR performance from a compact body' to the teller. Even automatic sensor cleaning is built in.

Though it's not immediately obvious that this is a touch screen model until you discover that a flick of finger and thumb will enlarge a portion of an image as on your phone, the sense here is that Canon, rather than deliver a breakthrough product, has competently delivered enough to get it in the game, with the real innovation to follow.

Read more in our full review.

Nominees:

Sony SLT-A37, Fujifilm X-Pro1, Canon EOS 6D, Olympus E-PL5, Pentax K-5 II, Nikon D7100

Best Creative Hardware

Sponsored by MacAce

Winner: Wacom Cintiq 13HD

Website: Wacom

Price: £749.99

We said:

As with previous models, you can draw directly onto the Wacom Cintiq 13HD's built-in LCD screen with a digitiser pen. This new model, joins Wacom's current Cintiq 22HD, Cintiq 24HD, and Cintiq 24HD touch lineup of high-end pen displays. The Cintiq 13HD has a slim design and its compatible with both Macs and PCs. It sits neatly on your lap or a desk at one of four heights using the detachable stand, and is excellent for transporting – it’s very easy to slip in a rucksack with a laptop and go about your business. To make travelling with the Cintiq 13HD as painless as possible, Wacom has shipped it with a new pocket-sized pen-and-nibs case.

Overall, the Cintiq 13HD is a great piece of kit that is more affordable than the 24HD, at £749.99, and it takes up less space too.

Read more in our full review.

Nominees:

NEC MultiSync EA244WMi, Matrox DS1, AOC I2757FH, Samsung series 9 S27B970D, BlackMagic Design Intensity Shuttle, X-Rite ColorMunki Smile.

Best Professional Printer

Winner: Oki C321dn

Website: Oki

Price: £220

We said:

Oki's C321dn is one of the most affordable colour laser printers currently available. It provides good performance and print quality, along with moderate running costs.

It provides two-sided printing, and has a 250-sheet paper tray along with a second multi-purpose tray that can hold another 100 sheets.

Print quality is very good, with crisp, black text even at small point sizes. Colour graphics were bold and colourful, and benefitted from a glossy sheen that helps to give colour documents a professional-looking finish.

Print speed is also good for such an inexpensive printer.

Read more in our full review.

Nominees:

HP OfficeJet 150 Mobile, Canon i-Sensys MF4730, Epson Expression Premium XP-800, Xerox WorkCentre 3325, HP Officejet X551dw, Brother HL-3170DW, Kyocera FS-C5150DN.

Best Photo Printer

Winner: Canon PIXMA MG6350

Website: Canon

Price: £169

We said:

Canon's MG6350 photo printer manages to be both massive and oddly sleek at the same time. The angled front edged is one big touch panel, with buttons glowing into life around the 8.8cm screen. It defaults to Eco mode for double-sided prints and Quiet mode, and it also has an automatic paper tray.

There's a main A4 tray and a separate photo tray tucked in beneath the output area, and it prints onto DVDs. Above that, the front panel lifts effortlessly so you can install the six inks: three individual colours, a pigmented black, and dedicated photo grey and black tanks. Set up was a breeze, with the installer taking us online to make sure we had the latest drivers.

There's no doubt the MG6350 is a top-quality printer. Photographs were detailed and vivid, while the text in our documents was deep and crisp, and colours were accurate.

Read more in our full review.  

Highly Commended: Epson Expression Photo XP-750

Website: Epson

Price: £229.99

We said:

The Epson Expression XP-750 packs a lot into its compact chassis – starting with the paper. There's a main A4 tray at the bottom, a photo tray above it and a further input area at the back. There's even a CD-printing tray tucked neatly in the base, ready to be slid into place when required.

WiFi setup is quick and simple, and we were printing snaps from our iPad over AirPrint in minutes. The printer is fast too.

Photos are the XP-750's main selling point, achieving perfectly accurate colours and a bright, vibrant tone. We'd happily put its prints on our wall.

Read more in our full review.

Nominees:

Canon PIXMA MX925, HP Photosmart 5520 e-All-in-One, Brother MFC-J4510DW, HP Envy 120 e-All-in-One, Brother MFC-J4510DW

Best Consumer Hardware

Sponsored by STM

Winner: HyperDrive iUSBportCAMERA

Website: Hypershop

Price: £279.95

We said:

Compatible with a range of DSLR cameras, Sanho's HyperDrive iUSBportCAMERA promises the ability to turn your iPad, iPhone, Android device, Mac or PC into an advanced remote control, while significantly improving on your camera's LCD display when you want to view your images in more detail while shooting or even editing photos and video. It works particularly well on an iPad, because Sanho offers a free iUSBport app for Apple's tablet. Within a simple and intuitive interface, the app offers a fair amount of control over your camera including the ability to change ISO settings, aperture, shutter speed, and white balance along with the chance to refocus view histogram information.

Overall, the iUSBportCAMERA is fairly compact and lightweight, and appears sturdy with a nicely tactile texture. It's a useful addition to a photographer's Canon or Nikon toolkit.

Read more in our full review.

Highly commended: Y-cam HomeMonitor Indoor Camera

Website: Y-cam

PRICE: £149.99

We said:

If you've been burgled or if you just want to keep an eye on a room in your house the Y-Cam HomeMonitor Indoor Camera can give you peace of mind.

It's a wireless camera that, combined with an iPhone/iPad app, lets you call up a stream of video anytime you want to spy on your living room. Should someone enter the room, the camera will automatically be triggered and you'll get an alert to let you know.

The video isn't completely smooth and detailed bit it is sufficient for most people's needs and the night vision is very good. Since it uploads to the cloud there is no need for tapes and hard drives for saving the video on to – and sending it to the cloud means that the burglar can't get his hands on the video either. It's also incredibly simple to set up.

Read more in our full review.

Nominees:

Just Mobile AluBase, Devolo dLAN 500 AV Wireless+, Linksys Smart WiFi Router EA4500, iTwin iTwin Connect, Sony HMZ-T2 Personal 3D Viewer, TP-Link N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router

Best Consumer Software

Winner: Symantec Norton One

Website: Symantec

Price: £99.99

We said:

Norton One is really a service rather than a single piece of software. It allows you to protect up to five different devices from viruses, which can be any combination of Macs, PCs and Android phones and tablets.

Hopefully it'll be able to handle most problems automatically, but if you need any extra help or advice then your Norton One account also includes access to a 24-hour telephone helpline. And, as a bonus, your account also includes 25GB of online storage that you can use to back-up important files.

The ability to protect five different Macs, PCs and Android devices will appeal to many home and small business users. Norton One is a little more expensive than some rivals, but its 24-hour telephone support will provide extra peace of mind if you think you’ve been hit by a virus or some other form of malware.

Read more in our full review.

Highly Commended: MacPaw CleanMyMac 2.0.2

Website: MacPaw

PRICE: £34.95

We said:

CleanMyMac 2 has had a complete facelift from its predecessor, with a new, professional looking user interface. A click on the Scan button sets the Automatic Cleanup mode into action, analysing the system and reporting back on possible savings. A click on Clean can finish the job or more info can be found in the manual System Cleanup results.

Beyond the system, CleanMyMac 2 can examine various other aspects such as Large & Old Files and iPhoto. Uninstaller is also a cut above the rest.

Possibly the best feature is the Extensions Manager. To be able to access all system-based extensions in one central repository is brilliant.

Here we have a seasoned utility that can deal with almost every aspect of data cleaning. It is expensive when compared with single-function open source apps but its integrated approach is well worth it. There’s a very good reason why CleanMyMac built up an enviable reputation over the past four years and this version will only further enhance that.

Read more in our full review.

Nominees:

Reallusion CrazyTalk 7, Corel Painter Lite, 1&1 MyWebsite Personal, Adobe Premiere Elements 11, Rosetta Stone TOTALe, Parallels Desktop 8 Switch to Mac edition, Absolute Software LoJack for Laptops, SecureMac PrivacyScan

Best Professional Software

Winner: Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac

Website: Parallels

Price: £64.99

We said:

Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac takes advantage of some of the Mountain Lion's new features. It works with Launchpad so that you can quickly launch the Windows programs you need. It also uses Notification Centre to provide status updates for your virtual machines, and provides high-res graphics for the Retina display on the new MacBook Pro. Further still, you can now use Mountain Lion's Dictation feature with Windows applications.

Parallels gets brownie points for its Parallels Mobile app, which not only allows you to remotely control your virtual machines but also lets you control your Mac too.

Parallels Desktop 8 has an edge in 3D performance and in the way that it integrates Windows programs into the Mac operating system, so people who need to use Windows software on a regular basis will find that it’s well worth the money.

Read more in our full review.

Highly commended: MacAce MacMate

Website: MacAce

Price: £79

We said:

MacMate offers web hosting, cloud storage, Galleries and email to Mac users, in a package reminiscent of Apple's discontinued MobileMe service. MacMate isn't a MobileMe clone, though, which for some users will be a blessing, but its familiar enough to make the switch a painless process. It's also worth mentioning that you don't need to have any previous web hosting package to have a website up and running fairly quickly with MacMate.

MacMate is a simple and affordable way of having an online presence that doesn't look cheap or feel compromised, while offering some useful online storage space and reliable email.

Read more in our full review.

Nominees:

ZipCloud, Egnyte HybridCloud, VMWare Fusion 5, Kerio Samepage

Publishing & Design Software of the Year

Sponsored by G-Technology

Winner: Adobe Creative Cloud

Website: Adobe

Price: From £17.58 per month for Creative Cloud for individuals, £37.11 per month for teams

We said:

Adobe first launched its Creative Cloud software subscription service last year, and has this year taken it even further, by releasing, what under its previous approach to upgrades would have been CS7, within Creative Cloud as CC versions of its software. Adobe has moved to a largely subscription-only model – bundling online services for typography and portfolio hosting, alongside its core desktop applications. CC versions of all the key creative tools, from old favourites, including Photoshop and Illustrator, After Effects and Premiere Pro, Flash Pro and Dreamweaver, to newer tools such as Muse and Edge Animate.

Subscribers will get access to all of Adobe's software, and will be able to update their applications as soon as new features are available.

Read more in the full review.

Highly Commended: QuarkXPress 9.5

Website: Quark

PRICE: Free update for QuarkXPress 9.x; Full price £799 ex VAT; separate pricing plan for publications

We said:

Quark has implemented an App Studio Publishing palette upload panel within QuarkXPress as part of the 9.5 update. The new Quark App Studio represents a shift from the propriety ACE format and workflow developed by Aquafadas to one based on HTML. It allows users to develop content for iOS, Kindle Fire and Android devices.

Digital publishing with QuarkXPress is more streamlined in version 9.5 and improved by the new App Studio. As well as still providing a path for AVE and ePub publication workflows, it offers a fairly stable HTML5-based publication route, with an enhanced variety of interactive features on offer.

What's more, QuarkXPress 10 is expected to launch soon, and is likely to bring even more new features along with it. 

Read more in our full review. 

Nominees:

Adobe Edge Animate 1.0, AmbientDesign ArtRage 4, Extensis Portfolio Server 11, Anthropics Portrait Professional Studio 11

3D & Video Software of the Year

Winner: Maxon Cinema 4D Studio R14

Website: Maxon

Price: £3360

We said:

If you're new to CINEMA 4D, you'll be interested to know that, what was always one of the most user-friendly 3D packages has got even more so, and for veterans there are improvements across the board. These include the interface, camera enhancements, dynamics, rendering, Nuke and Photoshop integration, and the ace in the hole, a new sculpting toolset.

There's a lot going on with this release. The sculpting is the star new feature and really adds something extra to CINEMA 4D. For dedicated CINEMA users, an excellent upgrade and for newcomers it remains one of the easiest 3D packages to get into.

Read more in our full review.

Highly Commended: The Foundry MODO 701

Website: The Foundry

PRICE: $1,495 (£967) individual licence, $495 (£321) upgrade from 601

We said:

MODO 701 provides end-to-end 3D content creation. While safely established as a great package for modelling, MODO had remained in something of a 3D ghetto until the release of 601. The idea was to take MODO into being an all-round package, taking on CINEMA4D and Lightwave. With version 701 this advancement continues.

For those interested primarily in modeling it's worth the time investment to get over the learning curve as 701 is a clear leader here. Match it with ZBrush and you have an unbeatable system. Things are getting cleaner and more efficient, hence the animation, large file and rendering enhancements and for existing users, the new particle simulation system adds a whole raft of functionality.

Read more in our full review.

Nominees:

Avid Media Composer 6.5, Autodesk Maya 2014, Autodesk Inventor Fusion, E-on Software Vue 11 Infinite

Best Headphones

Winner: Klipsch Image X10i

Website: Klipsch

Price: £249.99

We said:

The Klipsch Image X10i in-ear headphones are smaller and lighter than any other headphones we've tested, and they're comfortable to wear too. The benefit of a good fit means you can enjoy your music at lower, safer volumes.

The audio quality of the X10i is superb. The balance is just right; it feels real, clear and bright. There's an inline microphone and volume control too.

The X10i comes with a two-year warranty, which is reassuring when you are spending so much money. If you have that sort of money to spend, and you're looking for a good, comfortable pair of in-ear headphones then these are a very good buy.

Read more in our full review.

Nominees:

NOXS NS800 Monitors, Parrot Zik, Sennheiser Amperior, KitSound Audio Earmuffs, Jabra REVO Wireless, Logitech UE 9000, The House of Marley Buffalo Soldier

Best Speakers

Winner: JBL OnBeat Venue Lightning

Website: JBL

Price: £179.99

We said:

The JBL OnBeat Venue LT was one of the first speakers to sport Apple's 8-pin Lighting dock. The dock is compatible with Apple's newest iOS devices, including the iPad mini, iPad 4 and iPhone 5.

Additionally, the JBL OnBeat Venue LT has two other options for playing music, Bluetooth and AUX, adding further compatibility with other devices.

There's no remote control in the box, but JBL does provide a free MusicFlow app that lets you create playlists from the music stored on the device. It also allows access to equalizer settings, as well as volume control.

Read more in our full review.

Highly Commended: Jabra SOLEMATE

Website: Jabra

Price: £149

We said:

The Jabra Solemate is small, but, for its size, it produces enough sound to fill a large room. Connecting it to a smartphone or tablet is easy, and the speaker with auto-connect to either device once the Bluetooth is turned on. Stowed away in the Solemate's rubber bottom, there's a 3.5-millimeter audio cable for connecting devices to the speaker as an alternative to Bluetooth.

Underneath the audio jack is a micro-USB port for power. Plus, once plugged into a computer via USB, the Solemate can be used as an external speaker and microphone.

Read more in our full review.

Nominees:

Edifier Spinnaker, SuperTooth Disco 2, Libratone Zipp, Orbitsound M9 soundbar, Bowers & Wilkins Z2, Pioneer XW SMA3-K, X-Mini MAX Capsule Speakers, Harman Kardon G+Play

iOS Accessory of the Year

Winner: FitBit One

Website: Fitbit

Price: £80

We said:

Effectively, the Fitbit One is a wearable computer that tracks your activity and tells you how well you're doing. With a big helping of motivation, its main aim is to help you get fitter. It's absolutely tiny, and virtually weightless so you can pop it in your pocket or use the included clip to attach it to your belt. Depsite its size, it still has a nice OLED display which shows steps, calories, distance, time and a flower which tells you as you become more active. It also shows how many floors you have climbed. It can even track your sleep by monitoring movement while you're in bed.

The Fitbit One costs £80, which may sound a lot, but it's considerably cheaper than competing devices such as Nike's Fuelband, which costs £130. Plus, we found that the Fitbit One was more accurate than wrist worn devices like the Fuelband.

Overall, if you're looking for something to motivate you to exercise more and accurately measure your steps, the Fitbit One is a reasonably priced gadget with lots of functions.

Read more in our full review.

Highly commended: Tech21 Impact Shield

Website: Tech 21

Price: From £20

We said:

Tech21 – purveyor of smartphone, tablet and laptop cases – has come up with a super easy to apply screen protector (no more annoying air bubbles) that is optically clear, self-healing and also disperses the force of an impact to reduce the chance of your glass screen shattering or smashing.

The Impact Shield is a bit cleverer than your average screen protector as it has three layers. A hard top layer spreads the force of an impact and has a scratch resistant coating, while the BulletShield layer absorbs the impact. Last is the soft base layer, which also helps absorb impacts, and has an adhesive backing to stick to your smartphone or tablet. It feels nice to touch too. 

Read more in our full review.

Nominees:

Artist Hardware Sensu Brush, Blue Microphone Spark Digital, Wacom Bamboo Stylus Pocket, Olloclip

Best iOS Storage & Charging accessory of the year

Winner: mophie juice pack air

Website: mophie

PRICE: £89.95

We said:

The Mophie Juice Pack Air is an iPhone 5 case that offers substantial protection, but more importantly contains a built-in battery that enables you to run the iPhone 5 for longer.

Keen gamers, those who use the iPhone 5 as a Sat-Nav and anybody on a long-haul flight will find solace in the Mophie Juice Pack Air. It completely surrounds the rear and sides of the iPhone 5, but there are gaps for the earphone socket and the camera lens, and replacement buttons on the sides. We were impressed with the fit and finish.

We ran a fully charged up iPhone 5 with a fully charged Mophie Juice Pack Air for a whopping 38 hours and 35 minutes.

We think the Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 5 is a cracking piece of kit. It’s stylish and offers good protection, and the extra oomph on the battery can be tremendously useful.

Read more in our full review.

Highly commended: Kensington Charge & Sync Cabinet

Website: Kensington

Price: £649

We said:

As the iPad becomes ever more ubiquitous the tablet is taking over the corporate and educational world as well as our living rooms. The Kensington Charge & Sync Cabinet means that a classroom full of iPad-using students or a sales team, for example, will be able to securely store, sync and charge their tablets simultaneously.

The Charge & Sync Cabinet can hold up to ten iPads, and is compatible with all of Apple's current iPad models.

The Kensington Charge & Sync Cabinet is a boon for corporations or educational establishments (or even very large households!). Its looks fit with Apple’s minimal aesthetic, and it doesn’t take up any more space than is necessary.

Read more in our full review.

Nominees:

Just Mobile Gum Plus, Seagate Wireless Plus, HyperDrive HyperJuice 2, Corsair Voyager Air

iOS App of the Year

Winner: Quark DesignPad

Website: Quark

Price: Free

We said:

Quark's DesignPad is a useful free tool that can be used to create grid-based designs on the fly. It compliments QuarkXPress but doesn't require the professional design and layout software to be of use. Making the most of the iPad's tactile qualities, users can create and fine tune a range of pre-defined layouts for potential projects – posters, brochures, flyers and more – simply by using their fingers or adjusting sliders. If you're stuck for ideas, tapping a pair of dice produces random designs, which you can use as your creative starting point.

DesignPad for Quark is user friendly and capable of producing attractive designs in minutes. Ideally suited to design students and enthusiasts, it's a good way to learn the fundamentals of grid-based design without the cost and time needed to invest in full scale desktop publishing software.

Read more in our full review.

Highly Commended: Autodesk Homestyler

Website: Autodesk

Price: Free

We said:

Based on photographs of your room, Autodesk Homestyler will apply and align a grid for placement of furniture and repainting the walls. Once signed in, a friendly wizard will walk you through the process. Choose a photograph from your iPad's Photo Library or take one using the iPad's camera, and they you can start styling the room. Paint a wall by selecting a swatch from the paint chart and squiggle-paint with a finger on the wall. If the Auto setting is on, the rest of the wall area will be painted quickly and effectively. Using the Catalog, you can add content such as rugs and beds to the room.

Homestyler is free and fun. If more international content were included it would be even better.

Read more in our full review.

Nominees:

MeteoGroup WeatherPro, Dropbox Mailbox, Boinx iStop Motion for iPad 2, Simon Filip AfterLight, Splashtop Splashtop 2, BeesApps Beesy for iPad, Readdle Documents, Sonio Mobile iTranslate Voice

iOS Game of the Year

Winner: Chillingo Kumo Lomo

Website: Chillingo

Price: Free

We said:

Chillingo's Kumo Lumo is a unique, adorable, and (best of all) free mobile game available for iOS devices. Gameplay is simple and straightforward, which makes it perfect for casual play. It's a universal app, so it will run smoothly on both your iPhone and your iPad. 

Kumo Lumo doesn't really fit into a specific genre, but it can be best described as a 'rain 'em up' game. You play as Lumo the storm, whose job is to circle the planet and rain on things to make them grow.

There are more than 35 levels in Kumo Lumo, each of which has one goal and three possible stars to be earned.

If you’re a casual gamer who likes cute, unique games (and who doesn’t?), Kumo Lumo is a great game for the price.

Read more in our full review.

Nominees:

BeamDog Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, Semi Secret Software Hundreds, Vlambeer Ridiculous Fishing, Terry Cavanagh Super Hexagon, Gameloft Iron Man 3

Readers' Choice Awards

Macworld called upon its readers to vote for their favourite hardware, software and reseller of the year. Votes flooded in, and we've tallied them to find out who came out on top. Here are the results.

Hardware product of the year

As voted for by Macworld readers

Winner: Canon EOS 650D

Website: Canon

Price: £1019.99 for 650D body plus 18-135mm telephoto zoom

We said:

Following on from the 550D and 600D, the 18-megapixel APS-C sensor 650D is described by Canon as ideal for beginners, though the size and solid construction won't shame a semi pro.

Setting this one apart is the compositional flexibility offered by the tilt and swivel 3in LCD screen at the rear, which is also a touch screen, allowing users to swipe through images in playback like you would on your iPhone.

The 650D also has a smattering of digital effects filters. So, for example you can give a vivid boost to colour at the point of capture.

If you’re a keen amateur looking for a jack of all trades digital SLR that will last you years of service this Canon should shoot to the top of your list.

Read more in our full review.

Nominees:

Nikon D7100, Elgato Game Capture HD, Amazon Kindle Fire, LaCie Rugged USB, Western Digital My Passport, HP Photosmart

Software product of the year

As voted for by Macworld readers

Sponsored by HyperShop by Sanho Corporation

Winner: Adobe Photoshop Elements 11

Website: Adobe

Price: £81.08; Upgrade - £66.43; Bundle With Premiere Elements - £122.11

We said:

Adobe has given Photoshop Elements' interface a bit of a makeover with version 11, one that makes it both more attractive and easier to use. The three editing modes – Quick mode, Guided mode and Expert mode – have all been reorganised too.

There are a few new photographic effects, with the most useful probably being the vignette effect that allows you to blur out the background of an image and focus on the main subject.

If you’re still mostly using iPhoto and are looking for something with a bit more editing power then Photoshop Elements 11 is an excellent choice. Its editing tools are much more advanced than those found in iPhoto, while the revamped interface is easier for new users to get to grips with.

Read more in our full review.

Nominees:

Pixelmator Team Pixelmator, Adobe Creative Cloud, Parallels Desktop 8 Switch to Mac, Adobe Lightroom, Evernote Corporation Evernote, AgileBits 1Password

Best Apple Reseller

Sponsored by JBL

Winner: Square

Website: Square

About Square:

Square has Apple Premium Reseller stores in Selfridges London and High Wycombe, where customers can test drive the latest Apple iPads, iPod, iPhone and MacBooks while also browsing a huge range of accessories.

Square provides a full range of support services for customers too, including Apple repairs and servicing by their very own team of Apple certified engineers.

Nominees: Amsys, AT Computers, Currys PC World, Farpoint, iStore (Albion), Stormfront, Solutions Inc, Western Computer, Jigsaw24, John Lewis, KRCS, MCC Group, Tramscom

Industry Award - Best Apple Distributor

Winner: Computer 2000

Website: Computer 2000

About Computer 2000:

Computer 2000, Part of the Tech Data Group, is the leading distributor of IT, communications and consumer electronics products and services in the UK and Ireland.

More than 13,000 resellers, independent computer retailers, e-tailers, mobile phone dealers, electrical retailers and other third party businesses, rely on Computer 2000 and its Collection of Specialists business units to provide sales and technical advice to deliver the products they need to meet customer requirements.

On the back of over 25 years of experience in the IT distribution industry Computer 2000 has built eden. This latest Apple shop is a place where all partners can come and take advantage of a competitive space where all requirements are met to the highest standard in an efficient manner.

The site covers the entire product range from the iPod touch and iPad to the Mac mini and iMac. You will find information, advice and an extensive range of accessories to complement your Apple purchases.

Nominees:

Computer 2000, Computers Unlimited, CMS Distribution, Frequency Telecom, Ingram Mirco, Softline, Westcoast, TNS Distribution, Gem Distribution

Congratulations to all of our winners!