Best of 2007 awards resultsPublished: 31st Dec 2007, 01:41:11 | Permalink | Printable
Roll out the red carpetTime is up. The votes have been counted. The results are in. With less than 24 hours to go until the end of the year, a small perl script has informed us who has won this year's Best of 2007 awards. The chosen few, selected by drobe.co.uk readers, should come as no surprise to anyone closely following the RISC OS news scene over the past 12 months.
Without giving too much away before unveiling the winners, it appears RISC OS users, or at least those who read Drobe and voted on the shortlist, hold their graphics software in high esteem. Applications involving the Internet also proved popular, and a particular operating system development was a hit with voters.
And now, the results:
Best commercial product
Winner: ArtWorks 2.7. Top new features for this vector graphics package included support for documents with multiple pages and multi-page PDF export.
Runners-up: Messenger Pro 5 and the TechWriter/EasiWriter family.
Best non-commercial program
Winner: NetSurf. This year saw the release of version 1.0 and 1.1 of the open source web browser.
Best show of initiative
Winner: The joint Castle-RISC OS Open shared source project. In 2007, the RISC OS 5 shared source licence was unveiled, source code and binaries were released for download, and third-party developers started feeding much needed updates back into the operating system.
Runner-up: Paul Stewart's A9home-in-a-flight-case portable computer.
Best event of 2007
Winner: There was no outright winner as the large majority of readers who voted plumped for the 'Can't decide' option in this category.
Runner-up: The Wakefield 2007 show.
Congratulations to the winners, a nod of recognition to the other nominees, a big thank you to everyone who voted, and a pat on the back for anyone who contributed to the RISC OS platform this year. Let us know if you have any predictions for 2008, and have a happy new year.
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