Looks like Mac Developers will be in the running for an ADA after all…ADA as in “Ars Design Award,” that is. Ars Technica is stepping up to fill the empty space left by Apple this year by hosting their own ADAs. Apple is only accepting nominations for iPhone OS apps this year, which left many developers discouraged at having to take a back seat.
Ars is taking nominations for Best New Mac OS X App, Best Mac OS X User Experience, Most Innovative Mac OS X App, Best Mac OS X App for Education, and Best Student-created Mac OS X App. The nominations will be narrowed down to the top five, of which the staff at Ars will choose the winners in each category.
Ars will also be giving a special “Readers Choice” award, selected by the number of votes each of the top 10 nominations receives. All winners will be announced in June during the WWDC.
Even though Apple sometimes leaves developers out in the cold, the great Mac community steps in to fill the gaps. Leaving the Mac OS X Apps out of this years WWDC shows Apple’s focus, but I expect the awards to be back next year to coincide with the release of OS X 10.7. Apple might be all about the mobile devices right now, but we know that the Mac is not going anywhere, and it’s good that we can take the time to recognize the developers who work so hard to bring us the best applications on any platform.