Visual Studio Magazine, an 1105 Media, Inc. Product, Announces 2021 Reader's Choice Award Winners

Visual Studio Magazine shares the results of their 27th annual Reader’s Choice Awards.

Woodland Hills, CA, Jan. 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Visual Studio Magazine today announced the winners of its 27th annual Reader’s Choice Awards. The 2021 winners are chosen by the readers of Visual Studio Magazine and honor the best Visual Studio-related tools and services in more than 41 categories.

“This past year, of course, provided many new challenges for developers, including working remotely,” said David Ramel, Editor in Chief of Visual Studio Magazine. “To meet these challenges, developers used tried-and-true tools and services along with new offerings catering to remote development and collaboration. Here you will find crowd-sourced expertise on the best of these products – straight from developers on the front lines.”

Across the 40-plus categories, more than 400 products were voted on, with the top three entrants in each category receiving Gold, Silver and Bronze badges, respectively.

The winner’s list will be available in a special edition PDF available for download in February.

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

Component Suite: Desktop (WinForms, WPF):

  • DevExpress Universal
  • Telerik DevCraft
  • /n software IPWorks EDI

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

  • DevExpress DXperience
  • Progress Kendo UI
  • WebGrabber (from ActivePDF)

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

  • DevExpress DevExtreme
  • Aspose.Total for .NET 
  • LEADTOOLS Pro Suite

Component: Grid and Spreadsheet:

  • DevExpress Data Grid
  • Telerik UI for Blazor Grid
  • Aspose.Cells for .NET

Component: Chart, Gauge, Graph and Flow:

  • DevExpress Charts
  • Telerik UI for Blazor Charts
  • ComponentOne FlexChart

Component: Imaging, Image Processing and Drawing:

  • Telerik UI for WPF ImageEditor
  • LEAD Technologies LEADTOOLS Imaging Pro 
  • GrapeCity Documents for Imaging

Component: Mapping/GIS:

  • ArcGIS Runtime SDK for .NET
  • DevExpress Maps
  • Telerik ASP.NET MVC Map

Component: Text, OCR, Scanning & Barcode:

  • ActivePDF OCR
  • DevExpress Rich Text Editor
  • Telerik UI for WinForms BarCode

Component: UI, Toolbar, Menu, Ribbon:

  • DevExpress Ribbon
  • Codejock Software Toolkit Pro
  • ComponentOne Studio for WPF

Component: Multi-Document Processing:

  • DevExpress Office File API
  • Aspose.Total for .NET
  • Telerik Document Processing Libraries

Blazor Components and Tools:

  • DevExpress Blazor UI
  • Telerik UI for Blazor
  • jQWidgets for Blazor

Software Design, Frameworks, and Modeling Tools:

  • DevExpress XAF
  • Altova UModel
  • Devart Entity Developer

Performance, Profiling, and Debugging Tools:

  • JetBrains dotTrace
  • Telerik Fiddler Everywhere
  • PostSharp Logging

General Development Tools (includes IDEs)

  • JetBrains ReSharper
  • PostSharp Tools for Visual Studio
  • Altova MapForce

Collaboration, Project Management and Agile Solutions:

  • Atlassian Bitbucket
  • JetBrains TeamCity
  • VisualSVN

ALM, SCM and Requirements Management:

  • VisualSVN Server
  • CollabNet TeamForge
  • TechExcel DevSuite

BI, Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) & BI Development Studio:

  • Telerik Report Server (Tie for 1st)
  • SAP Crystal Reports for Visual Studio (Tie for 1st)
  • TechExcel DevSuite
  • GrapeCity Wyn Enterprise

Bug, Defect and Feature Tracking:

  • Atlassian JIRA
  • BugZilla
  • DevExpress Logify

Software Testing and Quality Assurance:

  • DevExpress TestCafe Studio
  • Telerik Test Studio
  • a1qa Full-Cycle Testing

FTP, Email and Network Connectivity:

  • Aspose.Email for .NET
  • SolarWinds Serv-U File Transfer Protocol Server
  • Catalyst Development SocketTools .NET Edition (Tie for 3rd)
  • Xceed SFTP for .NET (Tie for 3rd)

Reporting, Analysis and Visualization:

  • DevExpress Reporting
  • Telerik Reporting
  • combit List & Label

Databases and Data Development and Modeling:

  • DevExpress XPO
  • CData Embedded Data Virtualization Driver
  • Devart dbForge Fusion for SQL Server

Big Data/Data Analytics/Data Science:

  • DevExpress Dashboard
  • RapidMiner
  • Codealike

SharePoint Components and Tooling:

  • ArcGIS Maps for SharePoint
  • ShareGate Desktop
  • Bamboo Knowledge Management Suite

PDF and Print/Preview Components and Tools:

  • ActivePDF Toolkit Ultimate
  • DevExpress PDF Editor
  • Telerik UI for Asp.NET Core PdfViewer

Mobile Development Tools and Frameworks:

  • Bootstrap
  • Telerik UI for Xamarin
  • Altova MobileTogether

Middleware, SOA and Server-Based Tools:

  • ComponentSpace SAML Suite for .NET
  • Syncfusion Essential Studio for Xamarin
  • JNBridgePro

Web Design & Development Tools and Frameworks:

  • DevExpress React Controls
  • Devsense PHP Tools for Visual Studio
  • Infragistics Ultimate

Productivity Tools:

  • DevExpress CodeRush
  • ApexSQL Complete
  • Redgate SQL Prompt

Content Management Systems:

  • DNN Evoq Content
  • Orchard CMS
  • Kentico CMS

Cloud Development Tools:

  • Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Azure
  • Acquia Cloud
  • Google Cloud Tools for Visual Studio

Security & Copy Protection:

  • CrypKey Instant
  • Callback Technologies CBFS Filter
  • Wise Owl Demeanor for .NET

Installation, Setup & Deployment Tools:

  • JetBrains TeamCity
  • Chef
  • Flexera Software InstallShield

uParallel and Multicore Development Tools:

  • Intel Parallel Studio XE
  • Imperas M*SDK Advanced Multicore SDK
  • PostSharp Thread

Web Hosting:

  • GoDaddy
  • myASP.NET
  • Arvixe Web Hosting

Help Authoring:

  • Adobe RoboHelp
  • HelpSmith
  • WinCHM


  • AppDynamics
  • Redgate SQL Change Automation
  • CloudBees Jenkins Enterprise

Developer Training Resources:

  • Pluralsight
  • Coursera
  • DevExpress Training

Specialized Search Engines:

  • Elasticsearch
  • Apache Lucene
  • dtSearch Engine

Containers & Docker:

  • Docker Development Tools
  • Amazon Elastic Container Service
  • Google Kubernetes Engine

AI/Cognitive Services/Machine Learning:

  • Microsoft ML.NET
  • TensorFlow
  • 360Science AI Matching Engine

About Visual Studio Magazine
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