Macworld has announced its Best of Show awards for London’s MacExpo 2005. The awards are given to products either making their public debut at MacExpo or recently introduced and generating excitement on the show floor. This year's honorees include:
Apple's video iPod
The first iPod music player to play video is thinner, offers bigger capacity, and sells at the same price point as previous models. It also comes in black.
The new iMac is thinner, lighter, and more entertaining, thanks to Apple's Front Row software and remote control that lets users listen to music and view videos.
Elgato's EyeTV for iPod
Weeks after the video iPod launched, Elgato was on the case demonstrating how to export to iPod using EyeTV software. EyeTV has H.264 export capabilities built in, exporting to the iPod is merely a question of configuring the H.264 export settings correctly, explained the company.
Extensis' Portfolio 8
The soon-to-ship product offers industrial-strength workflow features to organise and route digital files using visual catalogues and embedded metadata.
Macromedia Studio 8
The newest version of the company's suite of applications for content authouring includes Dreamweaver 8; Flash Professional 8 (including a new Flash 8 Video Encoder); Fireworks 8; Contribute 3; and FlashPaper 2.
Quark's QuarkXPress 7
One of the highlights of the show was Quark's in-depth demo of the new features, including integrated job definitions, transparency effects, and enhanced typography. QuarkXPress 7 will ship "early next year".
FileMaker Pro 8
Considered to be FileMaker's first, feature-complete development application, Pro 8 includes a number of excellent improvements such as date pickers and tabbed controls.
Acoustic Energy's Internet Radio
This is the first WiFi Internet radio capable of accessing over 10,000 radio stations. It can access over 99 per cent of radio stations from across the world. It costs £199.
The iFM integrates FM radio tuning, recording – voice or radio - and remote control functionality to the iPod. It costs £31.
Intego Personal Backup X4
This is a backup, synchronisation and volume cloning solution for Mac OS X. It features four-times faster backup, the ability to span multiple CDs or DVDs, AES 128-bit encrypted archiving, a Dashboard widget showing backup status, Spotlight search results, and an iCal calendar. It costs £37.
Shure's E Series Sound Isolating earphones
Apple's trademark white headphones might match the white iPods, but they don't really compliment the popular black versions of the top selling product. Shure has made its E2c, E3c, and E4c headphones available in black as well as white.