Subject: [ANN] REAL Software announces this year’s Cubies contest!

The categories are; Advocate of the Year, Cross-Platform, Developer Tool,
Game, Internet, Mac OS X, Utility, Overall, and Business.

We want to recognize the contributions our users have made to the industry
by recognizing the excellence of what they have produced with REALbasic.
The contest opens now, and closes April 26, 2002. REAL Software will
announce the finalists the following week and the winners in each category
during Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference.

We will accept nominations from anyone, but no REAL Software employee or
member of their family will be eligible. The only other requirement is that
the products be Premier partners in the Made with REALbasic program
Winners will receive TWO free upgrades to REALbasic, our support in
publishing the product (if desired), free publicity, the admiration and
envy of their peers, and other prizes to be announced.

The entries will be judged on quality, fitness to the task (fun game?
useful utility?), polish, verve, and brio. The categories are as follows:

Mac OS X: The best application for Mac OS X. It need not fall into any
particular category, and can also support the classic Mac OS (and heck,
Windows too).

Business: The best tool for conducting some sort of commercial activity,
whether it is a traditional business application or a tool for creating
stuff that makes money for the user.

Game: The best game. We will know it when we see it, can be pure
entertainment, action, strategy, educational, you name it, it’s all good.

Internet: Best tool for the Internet. This could be anything useful in that
rather large arena, from a server tool, to a decoder, player, testing tool.
If it uses IP (or its cousins) or some known protocol or format, it’s in!

Cross-platform: The best example of an application that embraces both the
Mac OS and Windows.

Utility: The best application that does something useful. This too is
intentionally broad! All it has to do is crank out the utiles, and we will
be all over it.

REALbasic development aid: This includes plug-ins, classes, modules,
frameworks, pre- and post-processors, anything that helps some REALbasic
developer get the job done.

Overall: The very best REALbasic application we receive. It can be a double
winner, or it can be one of those None of the Above fliers that just blows
us away.

Advocate of the Year: Finally, there’s a special category for the REALbasic
advocate of the year, that person who has done the most for the community,
and helped make REALbasic known everywhere as the truly great tool that it

These are all open for nominations from the community. To nominate someone,
or some product, send email to
( Don’t be shy, either! Nominate
yourself! It’s not a vote, though, so no need to stuff the ballot box!

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Check out last year’s winners: