The annual Apple Design Awards has recognised technical excellence and outstanding achievement on Mac OS X.

Winners received prizes and praise and will be showcased at Macworld Conference and Expo 2007, and on the Apple website.

This year's winners included best development tool TextMate billed as the missing editor designed to reduce repetition and aimed at expert scripters and novice users alike.

Modo 201 won the best use of Mac OS X graphics prize. It combines 3D modeling, painting and rendering in a single integrated and accelerated platform. The Mac OS X version of modo enables Apple users to create 3D models and images for uses including graphic design, game and film production, education, and design visualisation.

Best Dashboard Widget went to iClip lite 2.0 a free multiple clipboard and scrapbook widget designed to improve efficiency and productivity. It enables you to store and retrieve snippets of information like text, pictures, internet addresses and more in its multiple "clip bins".

Best Mac OS X Automator workflow prize went to Build Real Estate Catalog/Ultimate Productivity Action Pack a variety of Automator actions for a number of applications including InDesign, Photoshop, QuarkXPress and iPhoto.

Best Mac OS X user experience went to iSale 3 the application that lets you create and manage eBay auctions.

Best Mac OS X game went to the evergreen The Sims 2.

The best Mac OS X scientific computing solution went to EnzymeX 3.1, a program for molecular biologists, developed to help determine which restriction enzymes should be used to cut your DNA of interest.

Finally best Mac OS X student product was awarded to Lineform 1.1 a new drawing program designed as an ideal tool for posters, diagrams and drawings.