It's been a year of big changes and tiny products since Macworld editors and contributors last voted on their favourite Mac hardware and software of the previous 12 months.

Apple announced a switch to Intel processors and started shipping its new Macs ahead of schedule.

The iPod got smaller, but the accessory market can't stop growing – and neither can the exciting fields of internet telephony, digital photography, and digital home entertainment.

The competition for the 2006 Macworld Awards is therefore tougher than it has been for years.

Winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony on June 29 at the Royal Courts of Justice, London.

Nominees for the four awards voted by Macworld readers and the FileMaker Solution of the Year Award will be announced in May.

The 2006 Macworld Awards is sponsored by JBL, Harman Kardon, Quark, and FileMaker.



Editors' Choice: Productivity Hardware
MicroLink dLAN – Devolo
Pixma iP4200 – Canon
Pixma MP780 – Canon
Smart Label Printer 430 – Seiko
Vigor 2800VG – DrayTek
Vonage – Vonage

Editors' Choice: Productivity Software
FileMaker Pro 8 – FileMaker
NetSuite – NetSuite
Oracle 10g – Oracle
Script Debugger 4.0 – Late Night Software
Skype 1.3 – Skype
Traffic T9 – Sohnar

Editors' Choice: Creative Hardware
D50 – Nikon
EasyShare P850 – Kodak
EOS 350D – Canon
FinePix F10 Zoom – Fujifilm
Graphire 4 Studio XL – Wacom
Perfection 4490 Photo – Epson

Editors' Choice: Creative Software
Canvas X – ACD Systems
Freeway 4 Pro – Softpress
Portfolio 8 – Extensis
QuarkXPress 7 – Quark
SketchBook Pro 2 – Alias
Studio 8 – Adobe/Macromedia

Editors' Choice: Print Imaging
DeskJet 9800 – HP
Helios UB – Helios
Ilumina Digital Colour Press – Xanté
Phaser 7750 – Xerox
Magicolor 2450 – Konica Minolta
Stylus Pro 4800 – Epson

Editors' Choice: Storage
MediaVault 4210 – Huge Systems
MiniMax – Iomega
SuperDuper 1.5.5 – Shirt Pocket Software
PresStore 2.1 – Archiware
Raven XTR 500 – Formac
Toast 7 Titanium – Roxio

Editors' Choice: Video
After Effects 7 – Adobe
Final Cut Studio – Apple
HVR-A1E – Sony
MV880X – Canon
NGVS17 – Panasonic
Shake 4 – Apple

Editors' Choice: Animation and 3D
Animator 1.1 – Ikivo
Carrara Pro 5.0 – Eovia
Cinema 4D R9.5 – Maxon Computer
Daz|Studio 1.0 – DAZ Productions
Hexagon 2 – Eovia
I Can Animate – Kudlian Soft

Editors' Choice: Entertainment
Doom 3 – Aspyr
Lego Digital Designer – Lego
Myst V: End of Ages – Ubisoft
Quake 4 – Aspyr
The Sims 2 – Aspyr
Tropico 2: Pirate Cove – MacSoft

Editors' Choice: Consumer Hardware
EyeTV – Elgato
Ozonic MIDI Keyboard – M-Audio
Squeezebox – Slim Devices
TVMini – Miglia
Watchandgo – Formac
Wi-Fi Radio – Acoustic Energy

Editors' Choice: Consumer Photo
IR-300 – Olympus
Ixus 750 – Canon
Perfection 3590 Photo – Epson
Photosmart 475 – HP
PictureMate 500 – Epson
ScanJet 4890 – HP

Editors' Choice: Consumer Software
Comic Life - Plasq
Flickr – Yahoo
Google Earth – Google
HandBrake – Eric Petit & Laurent Aimar
Personal backup X4 – Intego
Photoshop Elements 4 – Adobe

Editors' Choice: Audio
i-Deck – Monitor Audio
iDrive+Play – Harman Kardon
iFi – Klipsch
inMotion iM7 – Altec Lansing
iSongBook – Tivoli Audio
mm50 – Logitech

Editors' Choice: iPod Accessory
AirClick – Griffin Technology
E500 headphones – Shure
iSA silicon case – zCover
PocketPower – Gear4
On Time – JBL
TuneStage – Belkin

Editors' Choice: Apple Product of the Year
Boot Camp
Front Row
iLife '06
iPod nano
MacBook Pro
Mighty Mouse