Apple ducked out of awarding Mac design laurels at WWDC this year in favor of iPhone and iPad apps, so the geeks at Ars Technica jumped into the pool with valor and distinction.
Ars Technica solicited nominations from readers, then used staff to cull the list to get some well deserved winners.
The winners in each category are:
Best New OS X App: Transmit 4 by Panic (FTP client)
Best Mac OS X User Experience: Tweetie for Mac (Twitter client)
Most innovative OS X App: Dropbox (file sync tool)
Best App for Education: Papers (digital document management)
Best student-created App: Schoolhouse 3 (student database)
Readers' Choice Award: 1Password 3 (password management)
The winners get a laser engraved cube which looks quite spiffy. It's nice to see these apps recognized. Apple seems to expending a lot of energy on all things iPad and iPhone. We love our Apple mobile gadgets, but we still love our Apple desktops and laptops too.