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

Adium


adium.im
Mac OSX

Consolidate all of your instant messaging accounts into one program with an outstanding interface. Adium can be used with AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, and more.

NameChanger


mrrsoftware.com
Mac OSX
NameChanger is designed for the sole purpose of renaming a list of files.
Bonus, you get to See how the names will change as you type.

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.

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.

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.

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).

SyncBack


www.2brightsparks.com
Windows
A simple yet powerful backup utility for Windows.  Can be used to backup or synchronize critical folders to backup drives, or network shares.  Contains many advanced options like email notifications, encryption, compression, filtering, and will even close active programs if you like.

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

Free Ruler


pascal.com
Mac OSX
The name says it all. Measure things in pixels, inches, etc with this nice looking screen ruler. Found it helpful for object placement in web development. And in the creation of object reports for powerschool.

Wink


www.debugmode.com
Windows, Linux
One piece of freeware I really wish they made for Mac. Wink is a Tutorial and Presentation creation software, primarily aimed at creating tutorials on how to use software (like a tutor for MS-Word/Excel etc).  Since you can save in flash format Wink makes it extremely simple to publish your tutorials to the web.

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."

SeaShore


seashore.sourceforge.net
Mac OSX
Seashore is an OSX native image editor based on the popular unix program GIMP.  The program has the look and feel of Photoshop Elements,  and shares many of photoshop's features such as: layering, alpha masks, and channels.  Files can be saved as TIFF or JPEG.  Great for middle school classes that want to do more advanced image editing.

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.

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.

MAMP and WAMP


www.mamp.info
Mac OSX
The ultimate web programming and design test tube.  Both WAMP and MAMP are self-contained environments running Apache, MySql, and PHP.  Meaning you can develop "traditional" websites and/or complex CMS web portals from the comfort of your personal computer. No knowledge of setting up web servers is required. WAMP is for Windows, and MAMP for Mac folk.

Tiler


www.mindcad.com
Mac OSX
A small application used to break up and print PDFs on multiple 8.5 x 11 pages. An easy way to make those long banners that line the school hallways.

Integrity and Xenu's Link Sleuth


Integrity
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.

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.

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.

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.

iStache!


freemacware.com/istache
Mac OSX

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

PHPList


www.phplist.com
Web-Based
An open source news letter manager which is easily integrated into an existing school/district website. It features RSS aggregation, scheduling, mailing-list opt in, tracking, and a bunch of other useful functions.

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