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

iClockr is focused to show you a simple way to track your time. Great for calculating billable hours of freelance work.

Want to see what is lurking around the background of your network? Just start Flame to see all the computers on the network that are advertising services. You can even delve right into the service record to see the gory details, if you like that sort of thing.

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
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
Adds all kinds of fun functions to your mouse when doing presentations via a keyboard or mouse hot key.

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.

Deploy Studio
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 Chrome
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).

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.

Integrity and 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.

Mac OSX, Windows, Linux
An open source media player capable of playing a wide verity of video formats.  Definitely a good replacement for the sometimes clumsy Windows Media Player, which is no longer being updated for OSX.

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


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.

Turns your Macbook into a virtual light saber!

 Img2icns is a converter tool for your images. Enjoy creating thousand of icons from your pictures.

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.

Mac OSX, Windows, Linux
Njam is a full-featured cross-platform pac-man-like game

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.

JumpCut and Clipboard Buddy

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.



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.

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

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

There are many system utilities people have written to access the hidden command-line options in OSX.  Onyx is my favorite of the bunch.  It allows you to do such things as show hidden files/folders, deactivate dashboard, alter the login window, increase the speed of Safari, clean every cache, run maintenance scripts, etc.

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.

An in genius open source program which works to filter out spam email on your Windows computer.  The program works by actively monitoring traffic coming into the POP and IMAP ports, and therefore does not need to be setup for a specific email client (making the setup very simple and effective).