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Drobe Awards 2008: The results

Published: 31st Dec 2008, 17:40:38 | Permalink | Printable

As the last few hours of 2008 slip away forever, it's time to recognise those who gave the most to the RISC OS platform over the past 12 months.

The votes have been counted, the results have been tallied up by a simple perl program. Thanks to everyone who took part and congratulations to this year's nominees for being shortlisted. Without further ado, give it up for the Best of 2008 award winners - as chosen by you, the Drobe-reading public:

Awards logoBest commercial product
Winner: ArtWorks
Runner-up: EasiWriter/TechWriter

Best non-commercial software
Winner: NetSurf
Runner-up: RPCEmu

Best innovative or interesting project
Winner: RISC OS Open
Runner-up: GCCSDK 4

Best show
Winner: Wakefield 2008
Runner-up: The South East show


This year has been a bit of a coup for Martin Wuerthner, who develops both ArtWorks and the TechWriter family of software. Punters gave a big thumbs up to ArtWorks for its PDF import, CMYK colour support, and clipping and transparency updates earlier this year. EasiWriter/TechWriter also earned second place for its new structure view window. Open source cross-platform web browser NetSurf once again landed the top slot in the non-commercial category, a soaraway success for RISC OS users. Promising open source RiscPC-class emulator RPCEmu also caught the attention of readers this year too. RISC OS Open's continuing campaign to release the source code to RISC OS 5 was backed by punters. Meanwhile work to produce a port of the GCC C/C++ 4 compiler with numerous brave changes, including a move away from the native RISC OS executable format to bring in new benefits, was recognised. Finally, the Wakefield 2008 show in April topped this year's poll, followed by the South East event.

Here's to 2009.

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Wooyay. Thanks to everybody who voted for NetSurf. We shouldn't forget the huge contributions done by the GCCSDK team, without which NetSurf would not be possible.

 is a RISC OS Userrjek on 31/12/08 5:47PM
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Condolences to the excellent and innovative work done by Christopher Martin on Murmong and FFMpeg.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 31/12/08 7:52PM
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Yes, the pity with this type of poll (interesting as it is) is that lots of splendid applications and developments go unrecognised. My icon bar bristles with apps such as Thump, Firefox, Photodesk, Variations, Ovation Pro and PDF without which RISC OS use would be unthinkably hard. I'm sure many others have their own indispensables, including no doubt Select and VARPC. So here's to the unsung band of developers, without which our platform would be in much worse shape than it is: happy 2009!

 is a RISC OS Userbucksboy on 1/1/09 10:51AM
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Glad to see Wakefield won, it's the only show with the opportunity for two nights of serious drinking. If other organisers want a tip for success, make sure the bar, bed and show are all within easy staggering distance.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 1/1/09 5:40PM
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I agree with druck - WROCC had a fine venue last year.

Mind you I have it on good authority that RISC OS SW also has similar benefits...

Here's to 2009! :-)

 is a RISC OS Userepistaxsis on 1/1/09 5:59PM
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Thank you all very much for the votes for RISC OS Open. I'm looking forward to some exciting developments in 2009.

 is a RISC OS Userriscosopen on 1/1/09 9:52PM
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Thanks!

Hi, perhaps in 2009 we can get a longer list and instead of voting just for one product we could enter up to 10 points per category (e.g. 5 for the best, 3 and 2 to the runners-up) and the resulting list could then show more detail. This would probably not change as for the two top most products but other good ones would be there too.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 2/1/09 9:21AM
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I'm surprised that VRPC for Mac didn't win best commercial product. Perhaps there aren't enough of us using it. Not that I can have any complaint about Artworks and Techwriter - two programs I use a lot.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 2/1/09 5:11PM
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I would have liked to have the opportunity to vote for StrongED as best non-commercial product this year. Fred Graute's development effort and almost instant response to problem reports has been truly outstanding.

 is a RISC OS UserJohnR on 2/1/09 11:03PM
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