23 downloads win CNET Editors' Choice

CNET extends the CNET Editors' Choice badge to software listed on CNET Download.com.

If you read CNET's hardware reviews, you've probably seen the CNET Editors' Choice award appear from time to time. The badge has always denoted our editors' favorite products--best-of-breed technology that stands apart from the competition.

Today, we're pleased to extend the CNET Editors' Choice badge to software listed on CNET Download.com.

CNET Editors' Choice badge
CNET Editors' Choice badge indicates award winner. (Credit: CNET Download.com)

We're introducing the award on 23 products, each a clear leader in its category. We determine award winners on a case-by-case basis, and we always mark the award with the month and date so that you know when the software in question won the prize. As time goes on and we continue to review new software, we will award more badges. We may remove awards if we find that the winning software is no longer a leader in its class. (Read more about how we determine Editors' Choice winners here.)

Not all categories of software on CNET Download.com will have a winner--we reserve the award only for software that truly knocks our socks off. So without further ado, we present our very first CNET Download.com Editors' Choice winners:

Windows software
Antivirus software: Avira Antivir
Diagnostic software: CCleaner
Encryption software: TrueCrypt
FTP software: FileZilla
Internet security suite: ESET Smart Security
Media management: Picasa 3
Office suite: OpenOffice
PDF reader: Foxit Reader
Screen capture: SnagIt 9
Spyware removers: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
System utilities: Smart Defrag
Video Jukebox: Miro

Mac software
Browser: Mozilla Firefox
Communications: Adium
Educational: Google Earth
Encryption software: TrueCrypt Mac
Image editor: Pixelmator
Music jukebox: iTunes
Password manager: 1Password

Mobile software
Mobile browser: Opera Mini
Mobile music: Slacker Radio for BlackBerry
Mobile RSS: Viigo
Mobile reference: Google Mobile App (BlackBerry|iPhone|Windows Mobile)