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Visual Studio Magazine Readers' Choice Awards

Visual Studio Magazine Readers' Choice Awards: The best tools in the industry across 22 categories, as chosen by VSM readers and editors.

Every year, readers of our sister publication, Visual Studio Magazine, cast their votes for the best tools across 22 categories representing a broad range of applications and environments. The result is the Visual Studio Magazine Readers' Choice Awards, which highlight the best and brightest in the industry.

Also included are special Editors' Choice Awards, given to products that don't fit 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 Corp.)


Bug and Feature Tracking
Readers' Choice Award
  • IBM Rational ClearQuest (IBM)
  • Readers' Choice Merit Award: OnTime for Web/Windows/VS.NET (Axosoft LLC)
Charting and Multimedia
Readers' Choice Award
  • ChartFX for .NET (SoftwareFX Inc.)
  • Readers' Choice Merit Award: Dundas Chart for .NET (Dundas Data Visualization Inc.)
Component Suites for .NET -- Desktop and Web
Readers' Choice Award
  • NetAdvantage (Infragistics)
  • Readers' Choice Merit Award: ComponentOne Studio Enterprise (ComponentOne LLC)
Data Editing, Reporting and Analysis Tools
Readers' Choice Award
  • Crystal Reports (Business Objects SA)
  • Readers' Choice Merit Award: Active Reports for .NET (Data Dynamics Ltd.)
  • ComponentOne Reports for .NET Designer Edition (ComponentOne LLC)
Data, Network and Web Connectivity
Readers' Choice Award
  • IP*Works! Internet Toolkit (/n software Inc.)
  • Readers' Choice Merit Award: .NET Internet Component Suite (ComponentSpace Pty. Ltd.)
Development Tools
Readers' Choice Award
  • VMWare Workstation (VMware Inc.)
  • Readers' Choice Merit Award: CodeSmith Professional (CodeSmithTools LLC)
Grid Components -- Web Forms
Readers' Choice Award
  • Grid for .NET (ComponentArt Inc.)
  • Readers' Choice Merit Award: ASPxGrid Suite (Developer Express Inc.)
Grid Components -- Windows Forms
Readers' Choice Award
  • Spread for Windows Forms (FarPoint Technologies Inc.)
  • Xceed Grid for .NET (Xceed Software Inc.)
  • Readers' Choice Merit Award: XtraGrid Suite (Developer Express Inc.)
Help Authoring
Readers' Choice Award
  • RoboHelp (Adobe Systems Inc.)
  • Readers' Choice Merit Award: ComponentOne Doc-to-Help Enterprise (ComponentOne LLC)
Imaging and Graphics
Readers' Choice Award
  • LEADTOOLS Document Imaging Suite (LEAD Technologies Inc.)
  • Readers' Choice Merit Award: ImagXpress (Pegasus Imaging Corp.)
Installation, Setup and Deployment Tools
Readers' Choice Award
  • InstallShield Windows (Macrovision Corp.)
  • Readers' Choice Merit Award: Wise Package Studio (Symantec Corp.)
Instructor-Led Training
Readers' Choice Award
  • AppDev Products LLC
  • Readers' Choice Merit Award: DevelopMentor
Middleware and Server-Based Tools
Readers' Choice Award
  • Crystal Reports Server (Business Objects SA)
  • Readers' Choice Merit Award: MySqlDirect .NET (Core Lab Software Development)
Mobility Tools and Frameworks
Readers' Choice Award
  • ComponentOne Studio Mobile Device Toolset (ComponentOne LLC)
  • Readers' Choice Merit Award: IP*Works! V6 .NET Compact Framework Edition (/n software Inc.)
  • Pocket Chart FX for .NET (Software FX Inc.)
PDF Tools
Readers' Choice Award
  • activePDF (activePDF)
  • Readers' Choice Merit Award: PDF Creator (Amyuni Technologies Inc.)
Performance, Profiling and Debugging Tools
Readers' Choice Award
  • DevPartner Studio (Compuware Corp.)
  • Readers' Choice Merit Award: ANTS Profiler (Red Gate Software Ltd.)
Security and Copy Protection
Readers' Choice Award
  • Dotfuscator (PreEmptive Solutions)
  • Readers' Choice Merit Award
  • .NET Encryption Library (Kellerman Software)
Software Design, Frameworks and Modeling Tools
Readers' Choice Award
  • IBM Rational Software Modeler (IBM Rational)
  • Readers' Choice Merit Award: Together (Borland Software Corp.)
UI Components -- Web Forms
Readers' Choice Award
  • ComponentArt Charting for .NET (ComponentArt Inc.)
  • Readers' Choice Merit Award: ASPxperience (Developer Express Inc.)
  • NetAdvantage for Web Forms (Infragistics)
UI Components -- Windows Forms
Readers' Choice Award
  • NetAdvantage for ASP.NET (Infragistics)
  • DotNetBar Suite (DevComponents)
  • Readers' Choice Merit Award: InputPro for Windows Forms (FarPoint Technologies Inc.)
  • Calendar Tools for .NET (DBI Technologies Inc.)
Web Design and Development Tools
Readers' Choice Award
  • Dreamweaver (Adobe Systems Inc.)
  • Readers' Choice Merit Award: XMLSpy (Altova)
Web Hosting
Readers' Choice Award
  • DiscountASP.NET
  • Readers' Choice Merit Award: ASPwebhosting.com

About the Author

Michael Desmond is an editor and writer for 1105 Media's Enterprise Computing Group.

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