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.

SuperDocker


superdocker.en.softonic.com/mac
Mac OSX
Add a little extra style to your Mac by changing the dock background. The utility also has a few other system tweaks for the look of Dashboard and Safari.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Transmission


www.transmissionbt.com
Mac OSX
My favorite Bittorrent Client. Extremly Lightweight with just the right amount of features.

Mouse Locator


www.2point5fish.com
Mac OSX
Great for presentations or demonstrations on the computer. Mouse Locator will put an target graphic around your mouse cursor whenever a set hotkey is used. You can set the duration, intensity, and hotkey combination.  In addition, Mouse Locator allows you to chose which graphic is used and weather or not mouse clicks should be highlighted.

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.

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.

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.

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.

SpiceWorks


www.spiceworks.com
Windows
Is a network monitoring and inventory type software.  It can track and give all kinds of details about nodes on your network (PCs, Switches, Routers, Printers, etc). Unfortunately it must be run from Windows. But it can report on OSX, Linux, and Unix stations just fine.

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."

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

Disk Inventory X and WinDirStat


windirstat
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

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.

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