Here's a round up of the best Mac OS X software in 2010.
Apple announced in late April that its annual Apple Design Awards, given every year since 1997 during its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, would only be awarded for iPhone and iPad apps this year.
Many long-time Mac OS X developers felt a little slighted, so Ars Technica, a web site, was inspired to pick up the torch and start giving out its own Ars Design Awards.
First we solicited nominations from our readers. Then we culled that list of thousands of nominations down to five nominees in each of five categories: Best New App, Best User Experience, Most Innovative App, Best Education App, and Best Student-created App. The top 12 nominees were also put to a vote by you to pick a Reader's Choice award.
So, here are the 2010 Mac OS X Ars Design Award winners:
- Best New Mac OS X App: Transmit 4 by Panic
Runner up: 1Password 3 by Agile Web Solutions
- Best Mac OS X User Experience: Tweetie for Mac by atebits
Runner up: Transmit 4 by Panic
- Most Innovative Mac OS X App: Dropbox by Dropbox
Runner up: Snippets by Lucky Ants
- Best Mac OS X App for Education: Papers by Mekentosj
Runner up: Soulver by Aqualia
- Best Student-created Mac OS X App: Schoolhouse 3 by Logan Collins
Runner up: jitouch2 by Supasorn Suwajanakorn & Sukolsak Sakshuwong
- Reader's Choice Award: 1Password 3 by Agile Web Solutions
Runner up: Dropbox by Dropbox