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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

QuickSilver


blacktree.com
Mac OSX

Possibly my favorite utility ever created for OSX.  It is hard to describe what the program does exactly.  But I guess it could be called a application launcher.  Basically you press the specified shortcut key, and then start typing the title of what you want to launch be it a program, address book entry, bookmark, etc.  Sounds simple, but it can have a big impact on the way you navigate OSX.

Cyberduck


cyberduck.ch
Mac OSX
An easy to use FTP client for OSX. Even comes with a widget interface and example applescripts showing how to automate FTP transfers.

Sauerbraten


sauerbraten.org
Mac OSX, Windows, Linux
Sauerbraten is a free multiplayer/singleplayer first person shooter, built as a major redesign of the Cube FPS.

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.

AbiWord


abisource.com
Mac OSX, Windows, Linux
Yet another free alternative to Microsoft Word.  AbiWord is a full featured word processing program with intuitive controls and a clean layout, but minus some of the bells and whistles included in Word.  It can save documents in a variety of formats including doc, rtf, and the increasingly popular opendoc

SMARTReporter


corecode.at/smartreporter/
Mac OSX
Monitor your OS X (or OS X Server) hard drive/s. SMARTReporter runs in the background and periodically checks the SMART status of your hard drives.  SMART is a technology installed in the firmware of hard drives which detects hardware failures, or impending failures.  SMARTReporter can be set to popup alerts or send an email if there is a problem.

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.

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.

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.

NeoOffice


neooffice.org
Mac OSX
What could be better than the free feature-rich OpenOffice program suite?  How about an OSX native  version (no need for X11)!  In addition to word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations with NeoOffice you can create drawing documents, HTML pages, business cards, and master templates.

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.

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!

JumpCut and Clipboard Buddy


Jumpcut
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.

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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