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Many App Gems Named Among Webware 100 Winners

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CNet’s Webware blog covers topics of interest to people whose working lives are concentrated on the web. Once a year, Webware readers cast their votes for the best web sites and services in the Webware 100. Webware has posted its list of 100 winners for 2009, which is based on nearly 630,000 votes. The winners include a number of sites to take note of, including newcomers. Here are some of the more interesting sites and services I came across in the list.

Maxthon is an interesting alternative browser that happens to be hugely popular in China. In the Webware 100, it was cited as getting a “disproportionately large number of votes.” One of its claims to fame is that you can hold down your right mouse button and use gestures to navigate online. That alone sounds worth a try.

Probably the most interesting application I noticed in the Webware 100 is Aviary (shown above). No, it’s not a site for bird lovers. The application won the Webware 100’s Technical Achievement award for this year, and according to the editors: “Aviary started as a photo editor built into a browser, but since we first covered the app its developers have rolled out a vector editor, a color palette editor, and a tool for creating visual effects.” They describe it as a “layer-based image editing application implemented within a browser.”

The award for “Best Twitter Rip-Off” went to, a microblogging application that includes features for business users not found in Twitter. Notably, can be installed as software rather than just used as an online service, which could be of interest to anyone who wants to privately collaborate.

There are also a lot of familiar names on the Webware 100 list. One winner that I was happy to see is OAuth. ¬†Somewhat similar to OpenID’s approach to password and identity management, OAuth is an open-source development standard that allows web services to interact with each other without users having to compromise their passwords and identities. It’s widely used to avoid having to give up Twitter passwords and credentials in order to use third-party Twitter-centric applications.

It’s worth spending some time checking out the winners from the Webware 100 for 2009, with the complete list found here.

Which apps didn’t make the Webware list that should have? Which apps do you think were worthy winners?