Macworld Announces Best of Show Awards

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JANUARY 10, 2002 – IDG's Macworld, the premier Macintosh magazine and Web sites, today announced the winners of the "Macworld Best of Show Awards," representing the most exciting new hardware and software products announced at Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco. The awards were presented by Jim Dalrymple, News Director of MacCentral.com, Macworld¹s news site, and Kristina DeNike, Lab Director of Macworld.

 

"Apple has once again revolutionized the design of the computer with the new iMac," stated Dalrymple. "And it¹s now clear that Macintosh developers strongly support Apple¹s new operating system, Mac OS X. 2002 is starting out to be a great year for the Mac."

"I was impressed that companies new to the Mac market or that had strayed away from the market have introduced some compelling products. CMS, Smart Technologies, e-on, and Mind Avenue all won for the first Mac versions of their products," said DeNike.

To be eligible for Best of Show consideration, products were either making their public debut at Macworld Expo or were recently introduced and likely to generate excitement on the show floor. In addition, the editors had to see the products in action, although some evaluations were based on beta versions or prototypes.

"Macworld Best of Show Awards" represent a highly-coveted honor within the Macintosh industry and are presented exclusively at tradeshows that feature Mac products.

The Macworld Best of Show award winners are:

Apple iMac (www.apple.com)

Apple has reinvented the iMac with an arresting design. The monitor is on an articulated arm attached to a hemisphere base. Improvements include a G4 processor, flat screen, and SuperDrive. The 800MHz model will ship later this month for $1,799. (Booth 1217)

Apple iPhoto (www.apple.com)

Apple rounds out its line of easy-to-use, free multimedia applications with iPhoto. iPhoto automatically launches when a camera is plugged into the Macintosh then downloads the images and organizes the thumbnails into folders and groups. This program is available now as a free download on Apple.com. (Booth 1217)

Adobe LiveMotion 2.0 (www.adobe.com)

LiveMotion 2.0 improves on the Web graphic and animation tool by adding support for JavaScript and Mac OS X. It also supports ActionScript to help designers create animated content in a variety of formats, including SWF and QuickTime. This product will ship during the first quarter of 2002 for a price of $400. (Booth 1829)

Asanté FriendlyNet 5037 Accelerated Cable/DSL Router (www.asante.com)

Asanté¹s FriendlyNet 5037 Accelerated Cable/DSL Router allows users to share any high-speed Internet connection at up to 100 Mbps. It includes a built-in 30GB hard drive, allowing back-ups of local hard drives or date sharing. The FriendlyNet 5037 is available now at $1,399. (Booth 2007)

CMS ABS (www.cmsproducts.com)

The ABS drive (Automatic Backup System) is the quickest way to back up your Macintosh. When the drive is connected to the computer via FireWire, the ABS software launches and copies over new or changed files. The CMS ABS works with Mac OS 8.6, and 9.x; Mac OS X support is to come. It¹s shipping now for

$279. (Booth 3426)

Creo Six Degrees (www.creo.com)

Six Degrees manages projects by linking e-mail messages, word processing documents, and contact information. While the relevant files remain in different applications and folders, the user is able to virtually group the files to help organize and maneuver through the data. This product will ship in July for $249. (Booth 2117)

e-on Vue d¹Espirt 4 (www.e-onsoftware.com)

Vue 4 is an approachable 3-D scenery application. The program comes with a library of 3-D objects and materials to help beginners quickly create their first scenes. This Mac OS X­only application supports multiple processors and OpenGL previews and is currently shipping for a price of $200. (Booth 2531)

Kaidan 360 One (www.kaidan.com)

Kaidan has introduced the 360 One, which it co-developed with EyeSee360. The system includes a reflective attachment for the Nikon CoolPix 990 or 995 along with software to create a QuickTime VR movie. With a single shot, the 360 One can create a 360-degree movie with a 100-degree vertical field-of-view. This product will ship in March for $995. (Booth 445)

MacSoft Sid Meier¹s Civilization III (www.wizworks.com/macsoft)

The sequel to one of the most popular strategy games of all time, Civ III is a turn-based strategy game that appeals to those who want to rule the world. Civ III is easier to learn, more challenging, and better looking than its predecessor. This game is available now for $50. (Booth 4227)

Mind Avenue AXELedge (www.mindavenue.com)

AXELedge is a 3-D creation application for Web authoring. It includes character animation and scripting but does not require programming. It runs in Mac OS 9 or X and it¹s currently shipping for $990. (Booth 927)

NCSoft Lineage: The Blood Pledge (www.lineage-us.com)

Popular in Korea, Lineage is a massively multi player online role-playing game that already has millions of user accounts and hundreds of thousands of simultaneous players. This game will be downloadable in February for a $15 monthly subscription. (Booth 4327)

Roxio Toast with Jam (www.roxio.com)

Jam, the industry leader in CD audio recording software, now has a version that runs in Mac OS X. Jam 5 has new cross-fade tools and support for 24-bit audio files. It also comes with a full version of Peak LE. Jam now uses Toast as its CD- and DVD-burning engine and will ship in March for $200. (Booth 935)

QPS Que 007 (www.qps-inc.com)

The portable Que 007 holds a CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive. It can play a DVD movie on a computer via the FireWire connection or on a TV via the S-video port. The case also has a PCMCIA slot that allows you to view images from your camera media or burn the files onto a CD-R. Shipping February, this product will cost $400. (Booth 635)

Smart Technologies SynchronEyes 2.0 (www.smarttech.com)

Perfect for classrooms or training sessions, SynchronEyes lets an instructor view thumbnails of up to 40 student screens. The teacher can take control of a student¹s system to correct a problem or give direction. The teacher can also broadcast the master screen to all the students. SynchroEyes is shipping now for $1,000. (Booth 2423)

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