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

EverSave


www.tool-forcesw.com
Mac OSX

EverSave is a clever tool which allows you to save all of your documents - if possible - in a specific time interval or by changing the frontmost application. This means no more data loss if applications crash.
OS 10.7 (Lion) has this ability built-in!

Anxiety


www.anxietyapp.com
Mac OSX
A super-lightweight to-do list application for Mac OS X Leopard that synchronizes with iCal and Mail. Its aim is to provide a streamlined, easily accessible interface to add and check off your tasks.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Klondike Forever


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

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.

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.

Njam


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

VLC


http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
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.

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."

MacSaber


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

Img2icns


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

MacTracker


mactracker.ca
Mac OSX, Windows
A helpful program for people in charge of maintaining or repairing Apple products.  It is basically a database of all the specifications for every Apple product ever made. Constantly updated with new products by the developer.

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.

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.

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.

NHR


mac.softpedia.com
Mac OSX
Network Home Redirector is a series of install packages for OSX which simplify's the task of redirecting the cache stores for things like fonts and Microsoft Office when you are logged into a network home folder. Before now this process was complex to setup, but essential in districts using Network home folders in conjunction with Microsoft office.

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.

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