Apple has announced the winners of this years annual Apple Design Awards.
It's the eleventh year of the contest, which this year focused on software products and solutions developed for Mac OS X. The winners were announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), taking home free MacBook Pros for their labour.
This years winners and runners up include:
Best Mac OS X Student Product
Winner: Lineform 1.1, developed by William Thimbleby. This is a powerful tool for creating vector-based art.
Runner-up: PhotoPresenter 2.5.5 by Simon Bovet.
Best Mac OS X user experience
Winner: iSale 3.1, developed by Till Schadde. This is an excellent tool for creating and monitoring eBay auctions.
Runner-up: Boinx FotoMagico 1.7 by Peter Baumgartner, a powerful slideshow creation tool.
Best Mac OS X Dashboard widget
Winner: iClip lite 2.0. Developed by John Casasanta, iClip is a multi-clipboard widget that lets users copy and paste multiple items at a time.
Runner-up: WeatherBug, a local-area weather information widget.
Best use of Mac OS X graphics
Winner: modo 201 by Matthew Craig, a powerful 3D-surface-rendering application that's widely used in the 3D movie and modelling sectors.
Runner-up: Unity 1.5 by David Helgason, a games development application.
Best Mac OS X Automator workflow
Winner: Build Real Estate Catalog. Part of the Ultimate Productivity Automator Action Pack, this is a collection of 50 Automator actions.
Runner-up: Lecture Recording Workflow 1.2 by Pietrek Glowacki, scripts to turn recorded lectures into podcasts.
Best Mac OS X Developer Tool
Winner: TextMate 1.5.2 by Allan Odgaard, a multilingual text editing application.
Runner-up: F-Script 1.3.3 by Philippe Mougin, a helpful tool for Cocoa developers.
Best Mac OS gamer
Winner: The Sims 2, 1.0 Rev E. The highly successful Mac port of the popular PC title, developed by respected Mac industry veteran, Glenda Adams.
Runner-up: WingNuts 2: Raina's Revenge 1.0 by Ian Smith, a fast-action flying and shooting arcade game.
Best Mac OS X scientific computing solution
Winner: EnzymeX 3.1 by Alexander Griekspoor and Tom Groothuis. This is an essential tool for molecular biologists.
Product: FuzzMeasure Pro 2.0.2 by Christopher Liscio. This software helps sound professionals figure out the acoustic properties of different-sized halls.
Award-winners in each award category received two 15-inch MacBook Pros, two Apple 23-inch Cinema Displays, an ADC Premier Membership, a WWDC 2006 e-ticket, and an exhibitor space at Macworld 2007. The Student category winner received one 15-inch MacBook Pro, one Apple 23-inch Cinema Display, one 60GB iPod, an ADC Student Membership, and a WWDC 2006 Student e-ticket.