Apple Announces Design Awards 2003 — Wrapping up the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) last week, Apple announced the winners of its annual Apple Design Awards. As with last year, the awards recognize Mac OS X software that excel in seven categories. Topping the list with two awards was Salling Clicker 1.5 from Salling Software, taking Best Mac OS X Product (Best of Show) and Most Innovative Mac OS X Product. Using Bluetooth networking, owners of select Sony-Ericsson cellular phones can control scriptable applications such as iTunes or Keynote on their Macs (especially cool is the capability to run “proximity sensor” scripts that activate when the phone comes into the Mac’s Bluetooth range).
In the Best Mac OS X User Experience category was Starry Night Backyard 4.0 from Space Holdings (see “Up, Up, and Away with Starry Night Backyard” in TidBITS-542). The Best Mac OS X Technology Adoption award went to World Book 2003 Jaguar Edition from Software MacKiev. Appropriately working together on a truly collaborative tool, Martin Ott, Martin Pittenauer, Dominik Wagner, and Ulrich Bauer of Technische Universitat Munchen won the Best Mac OS X Student Project for Hydra 1.0.1, a Rendezvous-based text editor that enables multiple people to contribute to a shared document. (Adam and about ten other attendees at MacHack used Hydra to take notes during this year’s Hack Contest.) This year’s Best Mac OS X Use of Open Source was the University of Michigan’s Fugu 1.0, a graphical front end for SFTP (Secure File Transfer). And, in a new category this year, the Best Mac OS X Server Solution award was accepted by BioTeam for iNquiry 1.0, software that can be loaded onto multiple Mac OS X Server machines to create processing clusters for analyzing biological data (see “Bioinformatics and the Mac” in TidBITS-622). Congratulations to the winners, as well as the runner-up applications in each category, which are listed at Apple’s Web site. [JLC]