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Seven ASP Members Win SIC People’s Choice Awards

Seven ASP members took home Peoples Choice Awards at SIC 2005 in Denver, Colorado, July 16th. The Shareware Industry Awards Foundations “People’s Choice Awards” are voted on by the public. While the Shareware Industry Awards are determined based upon technical merits and other criteria, the People’s Choice Awards are voted upon by the public at large, without restrictions.

ASP members winning People’s Choice Awards were:
Best Overall Utility – WinZip by WinZip Computing, Inc.
Best Application – NoteTab Pro by Fookes Software
Best Sound Program or Utility – Blaze Media Pro by Mystik Media
Best Educational Program or Game – AceReader by StepWare, Inc.
Best Internet Communication – ICUII by Cybration, Inc.
Best Non-Action Game – Pretty Good Solitaire by Goodsol Development, Inc.
Simtel “Most Votes” – Registry First Aid by Rose City Software

A Quick Recap of SIC ’05

The 2005 Shareware Industry Conference, held July 14 – 16, at the Denver Hyatt Tech Center, was a huge success as both a social and business event.

On the social side, thanks to the SIAF for the welcome Reception Wednesday night, including a very spicy dish that required an elevated level of beer consumption. Great food, great beer and a mechanical bull were the features of the Digital River reception Thursday night. Fortunately, no one got hurt this year (unless you count the bull riders’ pride).

Friday noon was the ASP lunch. Attending volunteers were recognized for their service to the association. The fact that all volunteers were not called up and presented with certificates of appreciation at the lunch does not mean that the ASP values your service any less. The lack of a formal presentation was just the result of the number of volunteers that we have active in running the affairs of the ASP these days. “An hour lunch just doesn’t provide enough time to make the presentations”, said Sheila Manning, ASP Volunteer Coordinator.

Numerous door prizes were given out to those in attendance, and a grand prize drawing from among all volunteers (a Western Digital 320 GB USB external hard drive) was won by Brian Rassmusson.

Friday night was exhibit night, with more great food, and an open bar. I know that Fred Clabuesch signed up two new ASP members during exhibit night, and many of our members talked up membership to all that would listen.

Saturday noon, the ESC hosted their annual lunch. According to Rosemary West’s blog at , the highlight of the lunch was their presentation of awards. The People’s Choice award went to Adrian Ternouth of RecallPlus. The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Educational Software went to Kathy Salisbury of Pharos Games.

Saturday night was devoted to the annual SIAF Awards Banquet. The Shareware Industry Awards were conceived to honor the very best products produced using the shareware marketing model. 13 of the 19 winners (68%) are ASP members (shown with an asterix).

Best program/utility for PDAs was awarded to Google Mobile, by Google, Inc.
Best game action/arcade – Astrogeddon, ORT Software Best game – non action/arcade – NoLimits Roller Coaster Simulation, Mad Data
* Best server program/utility – Servers Alive, BVBA Woodstone
* Best web enhancement/utility – HTML Match, Salty Brine Software, Inc.
* Best Internet communications program – Feed For All, NotePage, Inc.
* Best Internet enhancement/utility – FTP Vowager, Rhino Software, Inc.
Best hobby/personal interest – PhotoMiz, fCoder Group, Inc.
* Best educational program or game – Cherokee Trails, Pharos Games Best business application/utility – Black Hole Organizer, Lincoln Beach Software
* Best vertical market program/utility – Help And Manual, EC Software
* Best sound program/utility – Microsoft Media Player, Microsoft Corporation Best utility using .Net – FILEhand Search, Filehand, LLC.
* Best application using .Net – Guitar and Drum Trainer 2, Renegade Minds
* Best photo program/utility – Images in Context!, Liquid Mirror Software
* Best desktop enhancement – Microangelo Creation, Eclipsit Corporation
* Best graphics program/utility – SnagIt, Techsmith
* Best application – UltraEdit, IDM Computer Solutions, Inc.
* Best overall utility – TuneUp Utilities 2004, TuneUp Software GmbH

Of course, the biggest business benefit to be obtained from attendance is the networking with other attendees and the knowledge gained from the presenters and panelists at the sessions. A total of 30 educational sessions were presented, and many commented that the quality of the presentations was better than ever. A highlight of this year’s SIC was the participation of newly returned ASP member, Microsoft Corporation, who sent 4 representatives to the conference. Microsoft presented two sessions on Visual Studio 2005 for Independent Developers and Visual Studio Shareware Starter Kit. Just as important, the Microsoft representatives did a LOT of listening to what the attending developers had to say.

At the conclusion of this year’s SIC, ASP President Jessica Dewell said, “The ASP thanks the SIAF board and volunteers for their tremendous effort in hosting this conference. We were proud to again be one of several sponsors of this year’s event. I’d like to urge our members to make plans to be in Denver, Colorado at the Hyatt TechCenter from July 13-15, 2006 for another exciting Shareware Industry Conference”.

Association of Shareware Professionals Inducts Three into Hall of Fame

At the Association of Shareware Professionals (ASP) lunch, held July 15, during the Shareware Industry Conference in Denver, CO., Jerry Stern, Chris Thornton and Steve Pavlina were inducted into the ASP Hall of Fame.

The ASP Hall of Fame was established in 2000. Some previous inductees include Jim Knopf (also known as Jim Button) and Bob Wallace, arguably the founders of the shareware marketing concept, as well as Phil Katz, founder of PKWARE and author of PKZip, and Marshall Magee, who started his company in 1983 with a product called Automenu; he became one of the first shareware authors to make more than $1 million dollars in sales. He was the founding ASP President. All ASP Hall of Fame members can be seen at .

Jerry Stern is a computer consultant and software developer. His current shareware titles include FileTiger and Graphcat.

Jerry joined the ASP in 1992, and has served the organization as editor of its monthly news magazine ASPects since 1997. He scanned past issues of ASPects and published all back issues on CD and on the ASP members only web site, so that new members have full access to the ASP’s history.

Chris Thornton established Thornton Software Solutions in 1991, later incorporating as Thornsoft Development, Inc. He is the author of the popular Clipmate Windows clipboard extender. Clipmate has won the SIAF best utility award three times. In 2004, Chris was inducted into the SIAF Shareware Hall Of fame.

Chris joined the ASP in 1992 and served as ASP Chairman of the Board in 1999 and 2000. During his term, the ASP purchased what became the PAD standard, and launched the popular standard for download sites. The ASP also launched its Hall of Fame during his term as chairman.

Steve Pavlina founded Dexterity Software in 1994 as a retail game developer. The company switched to direct Internet sales in 1999, with Dweeb and other titles. In 2005, Steve switched careers, and is starting a new business as a motivational speaker (

Steve has had a profound effect on the growth of the ASP membership over the years. He has consistently urged new game developers to take advantage of the benefits of membership in the ASP. In 2004, Steve was a major source of new members, when he published an article on his web site, backed by an offer of a free copy of Dweeb to developers who joined the ASP.