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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Firefox


mozilla.com
Mac OSX, Windows, Linux

Probably the most widely recognized open source program, Firefox is a very secure and versatile web browser. Some of my favorite classroom add-ons to Firefox include: adblock menu editor public fox. And if you ever need a hand with something there is a great support community at mozilla.com.

JumpCut and Clipboard Buddy


Clipboardbuddy
Mac OSX, Windows
Both programs are what is commonly called clipboard-buffers. This means they will quietly sit in the background on your computer and store things that you cut or copy to the clipboard. After using one for a bit you will find yourself wondering how you ever got by with only copy/pasting one bit of text at a time. JumpCut is for OSX and Clipboard Buddy is for Windows.

Iceberg


s.sudre.free.fr
Mac OSX
A program which helps in the creation of OSX installer packages (.pkg files). Combined with Apple Remote Desktop, package files can be a powerful tool in the management of large scale Mac deployments.

Camino


caminobrowser.org
Mac OSX
Camino is an OSX only web browser which combines the look of OSX with the Gecko rendering engine (used by Firefox). Definitely worth a look.

Bonjour Browser


www.tildesoft.com
Mac OSX
The application will scan the LAN for any nodes which are Bonjour enabled, and present them in a single window.

MorphX


www.norrkross.com
Mac OSX
Use Norrkross MorphX for calculating images or movies where one image transforms into another. Simply drag 2 images to the document window, drag a few lines to indicate similar areas and Norrkross MorphX calculates images so that it looks like the first image magically is transformed into the other. You can save the morph as as still image snapshot or as a full animated QuickTime movie.

Cronnix


Cronnix
Mac OSX
A GUI frontend for creating cron jobs.

Disk Inventory X and WinDirStat


disk inventory x
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

HandBrake


handbrake.fr
Mac OSX, Windows, Linux
A program to rip DVDs to MPEG-4 video (or MP3 audio). Useful if you ever wanted to take your videos on the go without bringing the disk. Also handy if you want to cut a video or audio clip out of a movie and us it in a project.

MacSaber


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

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.

Picasa


picasa.google.com
Windows
An excellent piece of software made by the folks at Google to organize, edit, and share your digital photos. Very much the equivalent to iphoto for those poor people not fortunate enough to have a Mac.

Integrity and Xenu's Link Sleuth


Xenu's Link Sleuth
Mac OSX, Windows
If you run a website, it is always a good idea to check peridically for broken links. These two programs are the best automated link checkers I have found. Integrity for Macs, and Xenu's for PCs.

Thunderbird


www.mozillamessaging.com
Mac OSX, Windows, Linux

This open source email client is maintained by the same community that develops Firefox (Mozzilla).  It is a very clean and easy to use email program.  Basically all the best parts of Outlook, without the clutter.

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).

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