Macworld US announced its Macworld Best of Show Awards yesterday.

The awards acknowledge what the company's editorial staff feels are the most exciting hardware and software products announced at show.

"Apple continues to innovate and lead the way for the personal computing industry," said Jim Dalrymple, editor of and

Eligible products need to either debut at the Expo or be recently introduced, and they must generate excitement on the show floor.

The Best of Show winners are:

Apple Computer for its 12- and 17-inch PowerBook G4s - the largest and smallest full-featured portable computers on the market today;

Pixion PictureTalk 4.0 Web conference software.

4D Inc: 4th Dimension 2003 database software, with Web services and application integration.

M-Audio Revolution 7.1, which provides 7.1 channel surround sound capability for Macs.

DigiDesign Pro Tools 6.0 for Mac OS X, the company's audio recording, editing and mixing software.

LaCie Group SA Big Disk portable, external hard disks available in 500GB and 400GB capacities; LaCie's Data Bank 20GB pocket drive.

Sorenson Media Squeeze 3 Compression Suite video encoding software.

AirPort Extreme New from Apple - its high-speed wireless networking technology, which offers speeds of up to 54Mbps.

Dr Bott ExtendAir, a range extending antennae for the new AirPort Extreme Base Station.

MasterWriter MasterWriter 1.0, a songwriting software application built in 4D.

MacSoft Unreal Tournament 2003, a first-person shoot-em-up featuring new special moves, weapons and maps.

HP 6127 Printer, a colour inkjet with built-in Ethernet networking and 4,800-x-1,200dpi output.