Macworld today announced the winners of the “Macworld Best of Show Awards,” representing the most exciting new hardware and software products announced at MacExpo 2001 in London.

The awards were presented by Simon Jary, Editor-in-Chief of Macworld, and David Fanning, Deputy Editor of Macworld.

"We awarded Best of Show to those forward-thinking products that take advantage of Mac OS X," stated Jary. “These companies have reacted quickly with superior products that dig deep into OS X's many layers, and aren't just a pretty Aqua face – although, of course, that's nice, too.”

To be eligible for Best of Show consideration, products were either making their public debut at MacExpo 2001 or were recently introduced and likely to generate excitement on the show floor. In addition, the Macworld editors had to see the products in action, although some evaluations were based on beta versions or prototypes.

“Macworld Best of Show Awards” represent a highly coveted honor within the Macintosh industry and are also presented at January's Macworld Expo San Francisco and July's Macworld Expo New York.

The Macworld Best of Show award winners are:

Apple iPod & iTunes 2.0.2 Apple's MP3 player is so small it'll fit in your shirt-pocket yet capacious enough to carry 1,000 songs. Allied with the updated iTunes, it's what digital music is all about.

Apple iDVD 2 Building on the success of iDVD, this latest version makes amateur DVD productions look better than many professional efforts – and its free with SuperDrive-wielding Power Macs.

Microsoft Office v. X The best-ever version of this venerable suite of business apps with Quartz graphics will make Mac OS 9 users wilt with Aqua envy.

Hermstedt WebShuttle DSL Capable of transferring up to 8Mbps downstream, this X-ready USB-powered DSL modem is perfect for when BT offers line-only ADSL next February.

Formac Gallery 1740 Formac's cool-looking ADC-based 17.4-inch LCD display is bigger, better and cheaper than Apple's Studio Display.

Proxim Stratum MP It’s AirPort’s big brother, offering building-to-building wireless connectivity (based on a proprietary version of AirPort 802.11b) up to seven miles away.

Adobe InDesign 2.0 Version 2.0 of this PDF-championing DTP program offers object transparency, long-document management options, one-step table creation, XML import and export, and improved performance.

Corel Graphics Suite 10 This superbly priced suite of four Corel graphics apps is Carbonized for Mac OS X, and includes Photo-Paint, Draw, Trace and R.A.V.E.

Hewlett-Packard Designjet 10ps If you can spare a Mac for the software RIP, this speedy, top-quality A3+ colour proofer is priced from just £700.

DrawWell 1.1 A modular drawing, charting and graphing presentations package developed exclusively for Mac OS X that integrates with databases from FileMaker to iTunes.