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GBIC >> Software >> Shareware Industry Awards
Shareware Industry Awards
Pretty much everyone has heard about shareware by now - programs whose authors chose to sell the product themselves, foregoing the typical commercial outlets. This approach gives the author more control over the product, including more financial benefits from its sale.

Each year, the very best of the shareware is honored as part of the Shareware Industry Awards - basically a peer voting system that allows shareware authors, journalists, and reviewers to vote for the best program in several categories. Here's a list of the winners over the last few years.

Be sure to visit the SIA site. They also list the runners-up to the awards so you'll have a chance to see even more excellent shareware!

Best Overall
2004compressionWinZip
2003clipboardClipmate
2002folder comparisonFoldermatch
2001application infoPADGen
2000password managerDarn! Passwords
2000compressionWinZip
Application
2004-askSam
2003-TextPipe
2002CD label makerSureThing CD Labeler
2001text editorNoteTab Pro
2000text editorNoteTab Pro
Graphics
2004graphics editorPaint Shop Pro
2003graphics editorPaint Shop Pro
2002icon editorMicroangelo
2001icon editorMicroangelo
2000icon editorMicroangelo
Desktop Enhancement
2004desktop icon managerMicroangelo Creation
----(new category in 2004)
Photo
2004-ThumbBuddy
----(new category in 2004)
App Using .Net
2004-SourceGear Vault
----(new category in 2004)
Utility Using .Net
2004-FILEhand Search
----(new category in 2004)
Sound
2004-Blaze Media
2003-Blaze Media
2002-Cool Edit 2000
2001-WinAmp
2000-Cool Edit 2000
Vertical Program
2004-Help & Manual
2003installationInnoSetup
2002installationInnoSetup
2001installationEmmaSetup Pro
2000-PageGate
Business
2004installationInnoSetup
2003-Pay Window
2002business diagramsSmartDraw
2001-Task Plus
2000-Financial Freedom Billing Manager Pro
Educational
2004-Cherokee Trails
2003-WinFlash Educator
2002-SkyMap
2001-Animated Beginning Phonics
2000-Animated Puzzles
Hobby
2004-Word Search Construction Kit
2003-Trip Pilot
2002-Crossdown
2001-My Personal Diary
2001-Poetry Generator
2000-SkyMap Pro
Internet Enhancement
2004-FeedDemon
2003-Dewq's No More Spam
2003ftp clientFTP Voyager
2002ftp clientCuteFTP
2001ftp clientFTP Voyager
2000ftp clientFTP Voyager
Internet Communication
2004universal messengerTrillian
2003universal messengerTrillian
2002-ICUII
2001-CoffeeCup WebCam
2001-NetCaptor
2000-ICUII
Web Enhancement
2004email clientThe Bat!
2003email clientThe Bat!
2002-CoffeeCut Firestarter
2001-Internet Watcher
2001email clientThe Bat!
2000email clientEudora
2000-Just Buttons
Non-Action Game
2004-Jig Jag! Gold
2003match gameKyodai Mahjongg
2002match gameKyodai Mahjongg
2001solitairePretty Good Solitaire
2000-Score A Million
Action/Arcade Game
2004-Snood
2003-Solid Spheres
2002-Charlie II
2001-Dweep Gold
2000-Dweep
PDA Program
2004-Teal Doc
2003-World Atlas
2002-TealGlance
2001-Pocket Chess
2000-Action Names