via The Great Software blog
________________________________________________MOST EXCITING SOFTWARE OF THE YEAR
XYplorer's combination of raw power and creative efficiency screams German; its developer, Donald Lessau, has built XYplorer into a power user's paradise.
________________________________________________BEST CHALLENGER TO SHAREWARE
— Screenshot Captorhttp://www.donationc...hotcaptor/index.html
And incredible donationware screen capture utility that will instantly impress you, and make you want to think of new ways to use it.
________________________________________________SOFTWARE YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT
From scripts to spelling to starting programs to autocorrect to autocomplete to coding, AutoHotkey is an absolute must-have app for your desktop.
________________________________________________MOST PROMISING ACHIEVEMENT OF THE YEAR
— ODF, OASIS OpenDocument format becomes ISO certifiedhttp://en.wikipedia....rg/wiki/OpenDocument
OpenOffice is the first office suite to use the new OASIS OpenDocument format, the future-proof international standard for office software (ISO/IEC 26300:2006). ODF is overseen by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) and is supported by Microsoft rivals IBM, Google, and Sun Microsystems, among other companies.
— Bulk Rename Utilityhttp://www.bulkrenam...co.uk/Main_Intro.php
A well-designed fast, easy renamer with all its functions on one screen. Every app should be this easy.
________________________________________________BEST SOFTWARE UPGRADES OF 2006
— EmEditor Pro
— TextMaker word processor
________________________________________________BEST ONLINE APP OF THE YEAR
— Google RSS Readerhttp://www.google.com/reader/view/
Google gave readers what they wanted: an RSS reader that's fast, simple, and always on.
________________________________________________BEST TECH BLOG
— Bob Sutor: Open Bloghttp://www.sutor.com.../blog-open/index.php
________________________________________________BIGGEST SOFTWARE UPGRADES OF 2007— Microsoft Office 2007
— If you like the UI, you'll love Office 2007.— OpenOffice 3.0
— Now set to be the future standard around the world.
________________________________________________SOFTWARE ASSHOLE OF THE YEAR AWARD
— Microsoft Corporationhttp://www.microsoft.com/
Microsoft beat out the RIAA with its Windows and Office "Geniune Advantage" and validation programs that phone home and offer a kill-switch for Office 2007 and Vista, despite company denials. Microsoft tried to mitigate the damage by tweaking both WGA and OGA, but the damage was done. And don't forget the whole silliness of tying Vista's EULA to the hardware contained in "one device." That, too, was changed, but by then customers were left wondering what hit them.