Freeware... because the software police will eventually carry mace.

Colloquy


colloquy.info
Mac OSX

Traditionally, chat clients on the Mac have been anything but glamorous. Colloquy is an advanced IRC client which aims to fill this void. By adhering to Mac OS X interface conventions, Colloquy has the look and feel of a quality Mac application.

MacLoc


ourapples.com
Mac OSX

This simple application activates the Fast User Switching feature built-in to Mac OS X. After clicking on MacLoc, it will appear that you've logged out, however upon entering your username and password, all open documents and applications will be right where you left them. MacLoc is the perfect solution when you need to step out of the room for a moment.

Omni Dazzle


www.omnigroup.com
Mac OSX
Adds all kinds of fun functions to your mouse when doing presentations via a keyboard or mouse hot key.

Deploy Studio


deploystudio.com
Mac OSX, Windows, Linux
Made by Apple engineers in France (though not offically sanctioned by Apple) Deploy Studio is an excellent replacemnet for the now end-of-life NetRestore. With Deploy Studio you can create a master image of any Mac or PC and clone that image through your network to any number of other computers. BUT WAIT, there is so much more. The program is designed so you may easily setup pre and post imaging events in a workflow. So as an example, you could setup a workflow for your school's video production lab that went like so:
  1. Create two partions on the drive one for OSX one for Windows.
  2. Blast my mac and PC master images to those new partitions.
  3. Install my video editing software.
  4. License said video editing software.
  5. Run some more post install scripts.
  6. Setup the proper network settings, and bind this computer to my directory.
  7. Etc, etc.

Google Earth


earth.google.com
Mac OSX, Windows, Linux

Well if you have yet to try out Google Earth you are missing out. This program is an amazing geographic vistualizer and mapping tool. Check out Google's education site for suggestions on how it can be incorporated into the classroom.

iConcertCal


iconcertcal.com
Mac OSX, Windows
Being a big concert goer I was so happy to stumble onto iConcertCal. It is an iTunes visualizer that will show you upcoming concerts and CD releases for the bands in your iTunes library. With nice rollover effects and direct links to buy tickets I think I can finally stop pouring over the early warning section of The Reader.

Scribus


www.scribus.net
Mac OSX, Windows, Linux

An open source professional page layout program, very popular on the Linux platform. Features a clean user interface and advanced functions such as color seperations.

Firebug


getfirebug.com
Mac OSX, Windows, Linux
I consider this Firefox addon a MUST for anyone involved in website development. With it you can view and edit the source and CSS code for sites your building IN REAL TIME while viewing the pages in firefox. Use the built-in inspector to drill through your own code or to see what other sites are empoying. Try out the debugging console for javascript or PHP. Validate your code. Get that placement just right with the DOM editor... and so much more.

Google Chrome


google.com/chrome
Windows
Google's newly launch web browser Chrome has got to be the fastest one out there for Windows. You can tell they put a lot of thought into it's clean design (what they are calling "one box") and interesting features (favorite thumnails, application shortcuts, crash control, etc).

Smell-O-Mints


www.jschilling.net
Mac OSX
The periodic table of elements never looked so good. With an aqua and brushed metal interface, this periodic table will display basic characteristics of each element when you click on them.

iRedLight


www.filewell.com
Mac OSX
Greatly extends the use for that tiny Apple remote that came with newer Macs. It allows the remote to control many system actions and programs including PowerPoint, NeoOffice, and QuickTime. Comes in very handy for presentations in and out of the classroom. The remote buttons can also be mapped to applescripts (the possibilities are endless).

Audacity


audacity.sourceforge.net
Mac OSX, Windows, Linux
A very nice interface for editing sound files, or recording voice.  It is a great choice for teachers interested in doing a podcasting project.

AVG Free Edition


free.avg.com
Windows, Linux
Have Windows?  You need to worry about all kinds of security problems.  AVG will do a decent job of keeping your computer virus free... for free!
Please note that the free addition is only licensed for home/personal use.

Carbon Copy Cloner and Netrestore


bombich.com
Mac OSX
Both written by a Mac administrator's best friend... Mike Bombich.  Much like Norton Ghost for windows, Netrestore allows you to create disk image files and "clone" computers through a network connection.  Carbon Copy Cloner does the same but between two local disks.

Disk Inventory X and WinDirStat


windirstat
Mac OSX, Windows
Both programs are similar in function.  DiskInventory X works in OSX, WinDirStat in Windows.  When opened both programs index the files and folders on your hard drive (this could take awhile), then display the sizes of said files and folders graphically.  This helps answer two important questions:
1.  "Who is taking up all the space on my file server" - Network Admin
2.  "How do I get rid of this message saying my startup disk is full" - User

MyHome


software.relevantwalk.com
Mac OSX
An excellent addition to any elementary school who uses locally managed accounts in OSX and has students manually mount their home folders.  Just put MyHome in the dock, and no more "I forgot how to get to my server."

Img2icns


www.img2icnsapp.com
Mac OSX
 Img2icns is a converter tool for your images. Enjoy creating thousand of icons from your pictures.

NmapFE


faktory.org/m/software/nmap/
Mac OSX
A popular port scanning and network security utility; NmapFE for OS X is a no hassles, GUI version for us Mac users.

Gawker


gawker.sourceforge.net
Mac OSX
Makes time-lapse photography/movie making extremely easy using the built-in iSight on the new macs, or any attached camera. Just input the interval between frames, and what movie output you would like. Interesting also is it's ability to attach to remote cameras attached to other macs through bonjour.

iStache!


freemacware.com/istache
Mac OSX

This programs sole purpose is to help putting staches on your photos. Nice!

MacSaber


blog.isnoop.net
Mac OSX
Turns your Macbook into a virtual light saber!

Image Tricks


www.belightsoft.com
Mac OSX
This is not so much a image editing program as it is a image manipulation program. With Image Tricks you can apply a large number of effects to pictures using the core image filters built into OS 10.4.

Perian


www.perian.org
Mac OSX
Help Quicktime be all that it can be with Perian. This utility will allow Quicktime to play a wide range of video formats it otherwise would not support, like the popular DivX.

PDFCreator


pdfcreator
Windows

Every Mac user knows that you can create a PDF directly from any print job in OSX.  But did you know you can get the same functionality in Windows?  Enter PDF Creator.  A free tool which will act as a virtual printer, and create PDF files from any print job.

Klondike Forever


solitaireforever.com/klondike/
Mac OSX, Windows
Fast-pased 3D Solitare.

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