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The Best .NET Products of 2007

VSM reveals the best of 2007 with its updated product guide and the announcement of this year's annual Readers Choice Award winners.

Chosen by you, the readers of Visual Studio Magazine, the Readers Choice Awards represent what you say are the best Visual Studio tools on the market right now.

The Readers Choice Awards consist of 22 categories of Visual Studio-related products that the readers vote on. These categories represent the wide range of applications and environments that help you create quality products that add value, efficiency, and performance to your customers worldwide.

The special Editors Choice Awards gives a nod to products that don't fit easily into one of the standard categories or would otherwise be ineligible (Microsoft products are excluded from the Readers Choice survey). You'll want to take a close look at all of these products.

Editors Choice Awards

Microsoft's Expression line of products:

  • Microsoft Expression Blend
  • Microsoft Expression Design
  • Microsoft Expression Web
  • Microsoft Expression Media

DotNetNuke (DotNetNuke Corporation)

 

Readers Choice Awards

Bug and Feature Tracking

Readers Choice Award:

  • IBM Rational ClearQuest (IBM)

Readers Choice Merit Award:

  • OnTime for Web/Windows/VS.NET (Axosoft)

 

Charting & Multimedia

Readers Choice Award:

  • ChartFX for .NET (SoftwareFX)

Readers Choice Merit Award:

  • Dundas Chart for .NET (Dundas Software)

 

Component Suites for .NET—Desktop and Web

Readers Choice Award :

  • NetAdvantage (Infragistics)

Readers Choice Merit Award:

  • ComponentOne Studio Enterprise (ComponentOne)

 

Data Editing, Reporting, & Analysis Tools

Readers Choice Award:

  • Crystal Reports (Business Objects)

Readers Choice Merit Awards:

  • Active Reports for .NET (Data Dynamics)
  • ComponentOne Reports for .NET Designer Edition (ComponentOne)

 

Data, Network & Web Connectivity

Readers Choice Award:

  • IP*Works! Internet Toolkit (/n software)

Readers Choice Merit Award:

  • .NET Internet Component Suite (ComponentSpace)

 

Development Tools

Readers Choice Award:

  • VMware Workstation (VMware)

Readers Choice Merit Award:

  • CodeSmith Professional (CodeSmith Tools)

 

Grid Components—Web Forms

Readers Choice Award:

  • Grid for ASP.NET (ComponentArt)

Readers Choice Merit Award:

  • ASPxGrid Suite (Developer Express)

 

Grid Components—Windows Forms

Readers Choice Awards:

  • Spread for Windows Forms (FarPoint Technologies)
  • Xceed Grid for .NET (Xceed Software)

Readers Choice Merit Award:

  • XtraGrid Suite (Developer Express)

 

Help Authoring

Readers Choice Award

  • RoboHelp (Adobe)

Readers Choice Merit Award

  • ComponentOne Doc-to-Help Enterprise (ComponentOne)

 

Imaging & Graphics

Readers Choice Award

  • LEADTOOLS Document Imaging Suite (LEAD Technologies)

Readers Choice Merit Award:

  • ImagXpress (Pegasus Imaging)

 

Installation, Setup, & Deployment Tools

Readers Choice Award:

  • InstallShield Windows (Macrovision)

Readers Choice Merit Award

  • Wise Package Studio (Symantec)

 

Instructor-Led Training

Readers Choice Award:

  • AppDev

Readers Choice Merit Award:

  • DevelopMentor

 

Middleware & Server-Based Tools

Readers Choice Award:

  • Crystal Reports Server (Business Objects)

Readers Choice Merit Award:

  • MySqlDirect .NET (Core Lab Software Development)

 

Mobility Tools & Frameworks

Readers Choice Award:

  • ComponentOne Studio Enterprise Mobile Device Toolset (ComponentOne)

Readers Choice Merit Awards:

  • IP*Works! V6 .NET Compact Framework Edition (/n software)
  • Pocket Chart FX for .NET (Software FX)

 

PDF Tools

Readers Choice Award:

  • activePDF Toolkit (activePDF)

Readers Choice Merit Award:

  • PDF Creator (Amyuni Technologies)

 

Performance, Profiling, & Debugging Tools:

Readers Choice Award:

  • DevPartner Studio (Compuware)

Readers Choice Merit Award:

  • ANTS Profiler (Red Gate Software)

 

Security & Copy Protection

Readers Choice Award:

  • Dotfuscator (PreEmptive Solutions)

Readers Choice Merit Award:

  • .NET Encryption Library (Kellerman Software)

 

Software Design, Frameworks, & Modeling Tools

Readers Choice Award:

  • IBM Rational Software Modeler (IBM Rational)

Readers Choice Merit Award:

  • Together (Borland)

 

UI Components: Web Forms

Readers Choice Award:

  • WebChart for ASP.NET (ComponentArt)

Readers Choice Merit Awards:

  • ASPxperience (Developer Express)
  • NetAdvantage for ASP.NET (Infragistics)

 

UI Components: Windows Forms

Readers Choice Awards:

  • NetAdvantage for Windows Forms (Infragistics)
  • DotNetBar Suite (DevComponents)

Readers Choice Merit Awards:

  • InputPro for Windows Forms (FarPoint Technologies)
  • Calendar Tools for .NET (DBI Technologies)

 

Web Design & Development Tools

Readers Choice Award:

  • Dreamweaver (Adobe)

Readers Choice Merit Award:

  • XMLSpy (Altova)

 

Web Hosting

Readers Choice Award:

  • DiscountASP.NET

Readers Choice Merit Award:

  • ASPwebhosting.COM

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