Bob LeVitus Announces Finalists For The Dockies Mac OS X Shareware Awards

Bob LeVitus has announced the finalists for the first "Dr. Mac Presents the 2002 OS X Shareware, Freeware, and Otherware Awards," otherwise known as The Dockies. Mr. LeVitus will be presenting the awards in a session at Macworld San Francisco in January, and he has announced the list of finalists. In the press release, he notes there are no rules for having been considered, as it is all subject to his preferences. The finalists are broken down into nine categories. From Bob LeVitus:

Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus is presenting a unique session for the first time at Macworld Expo and Conference 2003 in San Francisco. Entitled, "Dr. Mac Presents the 2002 OS X Shareware, Freeware, and Otherware Awards," heill be honoring the best and brightest alternatively distributed software of the year. Come early -- itis sure to be yet another standing-room-only session.

Shareware, freeware, and otherware (e.g., beerware, postcardware, e-mailware) are different flavors of what is loosely termed "freely distributed" software. Most of it isnit sold in stores, isnit packed in shrink-wrapped boxes, and doesnit include printed documentation. And mostly, very low prices...Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus has collected and evaluated thousands of freely-distributed OS X programs. In this session heill demonstrate his favorites--the best and brightest non-commercial software available today and award "Shiny Silver Disc Awards" to what he deems the top programs in categories like: best productivity enhancers, best free productivity enhancers, best low-cost games, best free games, best Web sites to find and download all this fabulous stuff and lots of other best-of-breed shareware, freeware, and otherware demonstrations. Youill get all this delivered in Dr. Macis trademark style (a mix of encyclopedic knowledge of Mac OS Xis inner workings, bad jokes, and worse puns). Come early; seats fill up fast.

Here are this yearis categories and finalists:


  • Curator
  • GraphicConverter
  • PixelNhance
  • Slick Transitions & Effects
  • Sound Studio


  • Carbon Copy Cloner
  • ChronoSync
  • ExecutiveSync
  • OmniDiskSweeper
  • Synchronize! Pro

Finder Enhancement

  • DragThing
  • Drop Drawers
  • LaunchBar
  • LiteSwitch
  • MaxMenus
  • Snard


  • Goban
  • iColumns
  • iPoker
  • JewelToy
  • WingNuts


  • Acquisition
  • MacReporter
  • NetNewsWire Lite
  • Transmit 2
  • URL Manager Pro
  • Watson


  • OmniGraffle
  • OmniOutliner
  • StickyBrain
  • textSOAP

System Utility

  • Cee Pee You
  • File Buddy
  • Grafboard
  • Memory Usage Getter
  • MemoryStick
  • Pseudo
  • System Manager
  • TinkerTool
  • USB Overdrive

Screen Saver/Effect

  • Bumps
  • illumineX Screen Saver Pack
  • Marine Aquarium
  • Mister Hankey
  • StonerView

System Enhancement

  • Default Folder
  • FruitMenu
  • PTHPasteboard
  • Snapz Pro
  • Visage
  • Windowshade

The event will be held in the Moscone Center in San Francisco, but a specific location has not yet been announced. The event itself will take place as a Macworld session on Thursday January 09, 2003, from 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM Pacific. You can find more information on the session at the Macworld Conference & Expo Web site.