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Packt Publishing (newssite) has released the names of the next set of winners in its annual Open Source Awards. This round includes the winner of the Open Source E-Commerce Applications category and the Open Source Graphics Software category. Packt will announce winners for the remaining three categories later this week.

The Winners’ Circle

E-Commerce

This is the first year Packt has included an e-commerce category in the Open Source Awards. The new category focuses on software that simplifies sales transactions on the web. France based PrestaShop, bested competitors OpenCart and TomatoCart for the top honors and a US $ 2,500.00 prize. OpenCart, the free shopping system, won first runner-up with Tomato cart completing the winners circle in the second runner-up position.

PrestaShop, initially released in 2008, is used by over 40,000 stores. The PHP-based solution has a long list of features including:

  • Internationalization
  • Multiple out of the box payment system integrations
  • Customizable catalogs (discounts, wish lists, featured products, etc.)
  • Customer management (loyalty program, customer referral, customer groups)
  • Configurable ordering
  • SEO Management

which users can configure add, and remove based on site needs. If the core solution isn’t sufficient, PrestaShop also provides an official marketplace that offers add-ons for the product.

Graphics

Blender, the free open source 3D graphics suite, is the winner for the Open Source Graphics software category. Like e-commerce, the graphics category is new for Packt’s Open Source Awards. Graphics applications include any open source software used for graphic design, multimedia development, specialized image development, general image editing or to access graphic files.

Blender was followed by the popular raster editor GIMP and SVG editor Inkscape, who secured the runner-up positions. Ton Roosendaal, the creator of Blender, said the prize money will be invested in a dedicated server for a wiki, an improved design for blender.org and an upgrade to the back-end for software projects and bug tracking.

What’s Next?

Packt has three categories left to announce for the 2010 awards, including the Hall of Fame CMS. How is your favorite package doing in the awards this year?