Visual Studio Magazine Announces 2017 Reader’s Choice Award Winners

Readers Picked Top Tools and Services in 36 Categories from more than 400 Products

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IRVINE, CA, Dec. 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Visual Studio Magazine today announced the winners of its 24th annual Reader’s Choice Awards. The 2017 winners are chosen by the readers of Visual Studio Magazine, a brand owned by 1105 Media Inc., and honor the best Visual Studio- and .NET Framework-related tools and services in 36 categories.

“This year, Visual Studio Magazine readers weighed in with votes on their favorite products ranging from individual component collections to full-fledged frameworks,” said David Ramel, Editor in Chief of Visual Studio Magazine. “Whether you’re looking for just the right security solution or a good Web host, there’s no better guidance than the opinions of your fellow coders.”

Visual Studio Magazine presented three awards per category: Gold, Silver and Bronze.

The awards are based on the responses of Visual Studio Magazine subscribers. An e-mail invitation was sent to subscribers and responses were collected earlier this year. The online ballot, which was compiled by the editors of Visual Studio Magazine, included more than 400 products.

The winner’s list is available in a special edition PDF available for download at

Here is the list of the top award recipients for each individual category:

Component Suite: Desktop (WinForms, WPF)

Gold: Developer Express DevExpress DXperience Suite
Silver: Infragistics Ultimate UI for Windows Forms
Bronze: Infragistics Ultimate UI for WPF


Component Suite: Web (ASP.NET, HTML5, JavaScript, XAML)

Gold: Developer Express DevExpress Universal
Silver: Progress Telerik
Bronze: Ignite UI for JavaScript/HTML5 and ASP.NET MVC


Component Suite: Cross-Platform (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.)

Gold: Developer Express DevExpress DevExtreme Complete
Silver: Infragistics Ultimate UI for Xamarin
Bronze: Aspose.Total for .NET


Component: Grid and Spreadsheet

Gold: Developer Express DevExpress Grid
Silver: Syncfusion Grid Control
Bronze: Aspose.Cells for .NET


Component: Chart, Gauge, Graph and Flow

Gold: Developer Express DevExpress Charts
Silver: Software FX Inc. Chart FX
Bronze: GrapeCity ComponentOne Studio FlexChart


Component: Imaging, Image Processing and Drawing

Gold: Aspose.Imaging for .NET
Silver: LEAD Technologies LEADTOOLS Imaging Pro Developer Toolkit
Bronze: Intel Integrated Performance Primitives


Component: Mapping/GIS

Gold: DevExpress Map Control
Silver: Esri ArcGIS Desktop
Bronze: Telerik DevTools


Component: Text, OCR, Scanning & Barcode

Gold: Developer Express DevExpress Rich Text Editor
Silver: Aspose.OCR for .NET
Bronze: Aspose.BarCode for .NET


Component: UI, Toolbar, Menu, Ribbon

Gold: Developer Express DevExpress Ribbon Control
Silver: Xceed Toolkit Plus for WPF
Bronze: Codejock Software Toolkit Pro


Component: Multi-Document Processing

Gold: Developer Express DevExpress Document Server
Silver: Aspose.Words for .NET
Bronze: LEAD Technologies LEADTOOLS Recognition Imaging Developer Toolkit


Software Design, Frameworks, and Modeling Tools

Gold: Developer Express eXpressApp Framework by DevExpress
Silver: IBM Rational Rose Developer for Visual Studio
Bronze: Infragistics Indigo Studio


Performance, Profiling, and Debugging Tools

Gold: JetBrains dotTrace
Silver: Redgate ANTS Performance Profiler
Bronze: Intel Trace Analyzer and Collector


General Development Tools (includes IDEs)

Gold: JetBrains ReSharper
Silver: Developer Express CodeRush by DevExpress
Bronze: Altova XMLSpy


Collaboration, Project Management and Agile Solutions

Gold: VisualSVN - Subversion for Visual Studio
Silver: Atlassian Bitbucket
Bronze: JetBrains TeamCity


ALM, SCM and Requirements Management

Gold: IBM Rational ClearCase
Silver: CollabNet TeamForge
Bronze: SourceGear Vault


Bug, Defect and Feature Tracking

Gold: Atlassian JIRA
Silver: Smartbear Software Collaborator
Bronze: Countersoft Gemini


Software Testing and Quality Assurance

Gold: JetBrains dotCover
Silver: Developer Express TestCafe by DevExpress
Bronze: Parasoft SOAtest


FTP, Email and Network Connectivity

Gold: Xceed SFTP for .NET
Silver: Catalyst Development SocketTools .NET Edition
Bronze: Advanced Intellect aspNetEmail


Reporting, Analysis and Visualization

Gold: Developer Express DevExpress Reporting
Silver: GrapeCity ActiveReports
Bronze: Syncfusion Dashboard Platform


Databases and Data Development and Modeling

Gold: Redgate SQL Toolbelt
Silver: Developer Express eXpress Persistent Objects by DevExpress
Bronze: Quest Software Toad for SQL Server


Big Data, Hadoop

Gold: Apache Spark
Silver: Tableau
Bronze: Syncfusion Big Data Platform


Data Sciences, Analytics

Gold: Developer Express DevExpress Dashboard
Silver: Rstudio
Bronze: CData Software CData ODBC Drivers


SharePoint Components and Tooling

Gold: Infragistics SharePlus Enterprise
Silver: Sharegate Migration
Bronze: Bamboo Project Management Suite


PDF and Print/Preview Components and Tools

Gold: Developer Express DevExpress PDF Viewer
Silver: ActivePDF DocGenius Toolkit
Bronze: Accusoft pdf Xpress


Mobile Development Tools and Frameworks

Gold: Developer Express DevExpress DevExtreme Mobile
Silver: GrapeCity Xuni Xamarin Edition
Bronze: NativeScript (created by Progress)


Middleware, SOA and Server-Based Tools

Gold: SAP Crystal Server
Silver: ComponentSpace SAML Suite for .NET
Bronze: CData Software CData ADO.NET Subscriptions


Web Design & Development Tools and Frameworks

Gold: Adobe CreativeCloud
Silver: Progress Kendo UI
Bronze: GrapeCity Wijmo Enterprise


Productivity Tools

Gold: Redgate SQL Prompt
Silver: StudioWorks Software DesignBox
Bronze: Devart Code Compare


Content Management Systems

Gold: N2 Open Source ASP.NET CMS
Silver: Kentico
Bronze: Progress Sitefinity


Cloud Development Tools

Gold: Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
Silver: VMware vCloud Suite
Bronze: Cerebrata Azure Management Studio


Security & Copy Protection

Gold: CrypKey SDK
Silver: Black Duck Hub
Bronze: CrypKey Instant


Installation, Setup & Deployment Tools

Gold: Flexera Software InstallShield
Silver: InstallAware Software InstallAware
Bronze: Indigo Rose Software MSI Factory


Parallel and Multicore Development Tools

Gold: Intel C/C++ Compiler
Silver: Intel Parallel Studio XE
Bronze: PostSharp Technologies PostSharp Threading


Web Hosting

Gold: myASP.NET
Silver: HostGator
Bronze: Discount ASP.NET



Gold: Atlassian
Silver: Developer Express DevExpress Training
Bronze: Redgate ReadyRoll


Developer Training Resources

Gold: Pluralsight
Silver: Developer Express DevExpress Training


About Visual Studio Magazine 
Visual Studio Magazine provides news, analysis and how-to, practical articles that teach developers how to create applications with Visual Studio better, faster and more easily. The portfolio includes, .NET Insight e-newsletter, Visual Studio Live! and Live! 360 events. The award-winning editorial reaches the core of the Microsoft developer community—software architects, senior developers and development managers. For more information, visit

About 1105 Media, Inc.
1105 Media, Inc., is a leading provider of integrated information and media in targeted business-to-business markets, including the public sector (FED/SLED) information technology community; enterprise computing; industrial health, safety, and compliance; security; environmental protection; and home healthcare. 1105's offerings span marketing services; print and online magazines, journals, and newsletters; seminars, conferences, and trade shows; training courseware; web-based services. 1105 Media is based in Chatsworth, CA, with offices throughout the United States.



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