Nominations are closed for the Readers' Choice Awards 2013
We are now in the voting phase. Please use the Readers' Choice Awards 2013 Mac Voting Ballot to cast your votes.
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We are once again accepting nominations for About.com's Reader's Choice Awards. This is the first of a two-stage process. In the nomination stage, you submit your favorite Mac-related products or services in up to eight categories. You can submit up to three nominations in each category.
Once the nomination phase closes, up to five nominees will be selected from your submissions to advance to the second stage, which is the voting round.
In the voting round, you'll choose which of the selected nominees should be the Reader's Choice Award winner for each category.
With the background info out of the way, let's get down to the nomination round. Below you will find the eight Mac or Mac-related Readers' Choice Categories for this year's awards. Each category has a link to the nomination form. You may submit up to three nominees per form.
Nominations will be accepted from January 14, 2013 (01/14/2013) until February 11, 2013 (2/11/2013). If a link isn't active, it's because the nomination phase hasn't yet opened or has closed.
The Best Mac System Utility is usually one of the most fun categories to watch. The fun doesn't really begin until the voting stage, though, so first, we need your nominations. We're looking for any application that provides features that are missing from OS X, make it easier to use OS X, provide access to hidden or secret OS capabilities, or just provide a better user experience.
If you have a favorite OS X utility, let us know by nominating it for the Readers' Choice Awards 2013.
The Best Mac Backup Application category is open to any backup app that, at a minimum, is able to back up the user's data to local storage, network storage, or cloud-based storage. Of course, if it can do more than that, that's good too.
The only limitation is that the apps must work with the Mac.
We expect most nominees will go beyond basic backups and have additional capabilities, but in the end, the choice is yours.
We routinely host a Mac browser shootout here at About: Macs, where we pit popular browsers against each other. We only rate them on raw speed and performance, though. For the Best Mac Browser category, you can submit nominations for any Mac browser you like, for any reason. Perhaps there is a browser whose user interface you really like, or which has the best plug-in(s) for a service you use. The reason it's your favorite browser doesn't matter; the only requirement is that it be a Mac-based web browser.
Let us know your favorite Mac browser by submitting a nomination.
A friend of mine once said that the best Windows PC she ever used was a Mac running Windows. I tend to agree. When I need to run Windows or a Windows app, I turn to my Mac and either use a virtualization application or boot directly into Windows using Apple's Boot Camp.
For this category, we're interested in how you run Windows on your Mac. This category is open to any application or service that allows you to run Windows or Windows applications on your Mac.
If you have a favorite way to run Windows on your Mac, please submit a nomination.
Everyone uses word processors. For many of us, it's the app we use most often on a typical day. But which word processor is the best? I know what I like, but it may not be the same app that you prefer.
The Best Word Processor category is open to any application whose primary function is to provide word-processing capabilities. This includes stand-alone apps, apps bundled into a suite of tools, and web- or cloud-based word processors.
Let us know which word processor is your favorite by submitting a nomination (or two).
What image editor do you use? If you like it, then this is the place to let us know.
The Best Image Editor category is open to just about any application whose primary purpose is editing still images. This category includes both consumer and professional image editing applications, because the dividing line has blurred so much that it's getting difficult to distinguish between them.
It seems just about everyone uses image editing software on their Mac, so let us know which one is your favorite. (Feel free to nominate more than one.)
Year after year, one of the most popular sets of articles here at About: Macs is the one that explains how to get a Mac and an HDTV connected and working together.
With that in mind, this category is all about using your Mac in a home entertainment system. We would like to know what your favorite Mac application is for working with video and images in your home entertainment system.
This category isn't limited to software; you can also nominate hardware products, as long as they work with a Mac.
So, take a break from watching movies and submit a nomination.
This is the second year for the Best Mac Peripheral Reseller category. We're asking where (other than directly from Apple) you prefer to buy Mac-related products. When you're in the market for RAM, hard drives, printers, displays, and other Mac peripherals, where do you go first?
This is a chance to let the world know who best supports the Mac market. You can nominate up to three different resellers, so don’t worry if you can't pin it down to just one.