On Saturday July 16th, 2005, the annual SIAF People's Choice Awards and Shareware Industry Awards were presented at a gala banquet. The banquet took place during the annual Shareware Industry Conference and this year the conference was held at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center in Denver, Colorado.
These awards are something that are very near and dear to my heart. I created the Shareware Industry Awards in 1992 and the People's Choice Awards in 1993. I've been pleased to see these award grow and mature over the past 14 years. The Shareware Industry Awards, for example, now span 19 categories. At the same time, the SIAF People's Choice Awards receive votes from tens of thousands of users just like you!
In my Dr. File Finder's Picks the next several weeks I'll be reviewing just some of the winners of both the People's Choice Awards and the Shareware Industry Awards, but I'd like to give you a head start. So, here are the winners of the 2005 SIAF People's Choice Awards. Take some time, download them, and find out why they won. Just click on the links I've provided to go to the programs preview page. ALL of these programs are excellent and it's only fitting that they appear in the "Shareware Spotlight!"
Best Overall UtilityWinZip
by WinZip by WinZip Computing, Inc. Best ApplicationNoteTab Pro
by Fookes SoftwareBest Graphics Program or UtilityPaint Shop Pro
by Corel CorporationBest Sound Program or UtilityBlaze Media Pro
by Mystik MediaBest Vertical Market Program or UtilityMacro Express
by Insight Software Solutions, Inc. Best Business Application or UtilityMicrosoft Office 2003
by Microsoft CorporationBest Educational Program or GameAceReader
by StepWare, Inc. Best Hobby or Personal InterestPicasa
by Google, Inc. Best Internet EnhancementAd-Aware SE
by Lavasoft Sweden Best Internet CommunicationICUII
by Cybration, Inc. Best Web EnhancementMozilla Firefox
by The Mozilla FoundationBest Non-Action Game Pretty Good Solitaire
by Goodsol Development, Inc. Best Action/Arcade GameUnReal Tournament
by Epic Games Best Program for PDA'sPocket Informant 2005
by Web Information Solutions, Inc.
And now for the winners of the Shareware Industry Awards.
Once again, ALL of these programs, and the ones that were nominated, are worth your time and investment. I hope you check them out. Best Overall UtilityTuneUp Utilities 2004
by TuneUp Software GmbHBest ApplicationUltraEdit 32
by IDM SoftwareBest Graphics Program or UtilitySnagIt
by Techsmith CorporationBest Desktop Enhancement Microangelo Creation
by Eclipsit CorporationBest Photo Program or Utility Images: In Context!
by Liquid Mirror SoftwareBest Application Using .NetGuitar and Drum Trainer 2
by Renegade MindsBest Utility Using .NetFILEhand Search
by Filehand LLC. Best Sound Program or UtilityMicrosoft Media Player
by Microsoft CorporationBest Vertical Market Program or UtilityHelp And Manual
by EC Software Best Bussiness Application or UtilityBlack Hole Organizer
by Lincoln Beach Software, Inc. Best Educational Program or GameCherokee Trails
by Pharos GamesBest Hobby or Personal InterestPhotoMix
by fCoder Group, Inc. Best Internet EnhancementFTP Voyager
by RhinoSoft.ComBest Internet CommunicationFeedForAll
by NotePage, Inc. Best Web EnhancementHTML Match
by Salty Brine SoftwareBest Server Program or UtilityServers Alive
by bvba WoodstoneBest Non-Action Game NoLimits Roller Coaster
by Mad DataBest Action/Arcade GameAstrogeddon
by ORT SoftwareBest Program for PDA'sGoogle Mobile
by Google, Inc.
About Michael E, Callahan
Michael E. Callahan, known around the world by the trademarked name Dr. File Finder, is regarded as the world's leading expert on shareware. Dr. File Finder works with software programs and developers full-time, and in the average year he evaluates 10,000 programs. Since 1982 he has evaluated over 250,000 software and hardware products. Mr. Callahan began evaluating software online in 1982 and no one has been at it longer. He currently works doing online PR and marketing for software companies, and is the Senior Content Producer for Butterscotch.Com.