At the 2001 Macintosh Worldwide Developers Conference, in front of a crowd of 2,000 engineers, Apple announced that OmniWeb won two of the four Apple Design Awards this year. The Omni engineers were all smiles as their native Mac OS X web browser, OmniWeb 4.0, won the awards for "Best Mac OS X User Experience" and "Best New Mac OS X Product."
OmniWebis lead engineer, Ken Case, said "As we said in our 4.0 press release, OmniWeb is your browser, so this award really belongs to all of you: thank you all for your feedback, which has helped us turn OmniWeb into an award-winning product! (But Iim keeping the Cinema Display.)"
Omniis president, Wil Shipley, added "Writing OmniWeb has been incredibly fun because of all the positive feedback weive received from our users. Having Apple officially recognize us just makes it that much sweeter! (Also, Cinema Displays rule.) Weire already planning what weire going to do to win again next year!"
Software was rated by a team of Apple engineers and designers using the criteria of "Ease of Use," "Use of Mac OS X Technologies," "Adherence to Aqua Interface Guidelines," and "Innovation." Various weighting factors were applied to these scores to determine the award winners in each category: "Most Innovative Mac OS X Product," "Best Mac OS X Technology Adoption," "Best Mac OS X User Experience," and "Best New Mac OS X Product." OmniWeb 4.0 won the latter two.
OmniWeb is available as shareware for US$29.95. You can find more information at The Omni Group Web site.