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

iClockr


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

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.

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 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.

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).

GIMP


gimp.org
Mac OSX, Windows, Linux
The GNU Image Manipulation Program. Or as I like to think of it as the open source equivalent of Photoshop. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.

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.

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.

Onyx


http://www.titanium.free.fr
Mac OSX
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.

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.

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.

Tux Paint


www.tuxpaint.org
Mac OSX, Windows, Linux
A kind of open source version of KidPix.  TuxPaint is a drawing program for children, and as such has big easy to use controls, lots of color, and lots of sound effects.  The developer's site has some great videos of the software in action. While your there remember to download the additional rubber stamps for the program.

AVG Free Edition


free.avg.com
Windows, Linux
Have Windows?  You need to worry about all kinds of security problems.  AVG will do a decent job of keeping your computer virus free... for free!
Please note that the free addition is only licensed for home/personal use.

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.

TextWrangler


barebones.com
Mac OSX
A free scaled down version of the popular BBedit program. A big help for projects that require a pure text editor (one that does not apply formatting), such as unix scripting, javascript, plist editing, or HTML coding.  See their site for the long list of features.

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.

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.

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.

Angry IP Scanner


www.angryziber.com
Mac OSX, Windows, Linux
Angry IP scanner is a very fast IP address and port scanner. It can scan IP addresses in any range as well as any their ports. Useful in analyzing firewall rules and security concerns. It is cross-platform and lightweight.

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

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.

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