Apple announced the winners of its Apple Design Awards at WWDC 2002 yesterday.

Best new Mac OS X product was Toon Boom Studio 1.1, an animation tool with 2D drawing, 3D scene painting, painting to film and sound synching features. Runner-up in this category was Marketcircle Inc., a customer relationship management tool.

The Most Innovative Mac OS X product award went to Karelia Software's Watson 1.5, a tool for viewing Internet-based information. Toon Boom Studio took the runner-up position in this category.

Dan Wood, Kerelia president and developer of Watson, said: “With such great company, it's a real honour to have Watson chosen for this award. It's also especially gratifying to have Watson and Karelia recognized as innovative by Apple.”

Best Mac OS X users experience was awarded to OmniGraffle 2.0, the diagramming and charting tool. Runner-up was STX 1.0 from Salon Transcripts, an integrated business-management tool with timesheets, payroll, inventory, billing and accounting capabilities.

The Best Mac OS X Technology Adoption award was also given to OmniGraffle 2.0, while the runner-up prize in the category went to Vektor 33.1.3 by Manfred Schubert. This is a chess game that makes extensive use of Mac OS X technologies, including Quartz and Speech.

The Best Mac OS X Open Source Port prize was awarded to Richard Koch of Oregon University's maths department for his scientific and technical document formatting tool, TexShop 1.19. Vektor 33.1.3 took the runners-up prize.

The Best Mac OS X Student product award went to Dan Schimpf for his MacJournal 2.1, a tool for keeping and organizing logs and diaries. Runner-up was CanCombinelcons 2.1.0 by David Remahl, an icon-creation tool.