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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gawker


gawker.sourceforge.net
Mac OSX
Makes time-lapse photography/movie making extremely easy using the built-in iSight on the new macs, or any attached camera. Just input the interval between frames, and what movie output you would like. Interesting also is it's ability to attach to remote cameras attached to other macs through bonjour.

SpamPal


www.spampal.org
Windows
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).

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

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

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.

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."

KompoZer


kompozer.net
Mac OSX, Windows, Linux
A powerful yet easy to use WYSIWYG web page creator suited for students and teachers.  An excellent replacement to Netscape Composer in districts who do not wish to pay for costly HTML editors.  It includes much of the options that you find with expensive programs like Dreamweaver such as: CSS editing, FTP client, webdev support, and site management.

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.

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.

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.

Image Tricks


www.belightsoft.com
Mac OSX
This is not so much a image editing program as it is a image manipulation program. With Image Tricks you can apply a large number of effects to pictures using the core image filters built into OS 10.4.

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

KeyPass


keepass.info
Mac OSX, Windows, Linux
A lightweight open source password manager.  The perfect way to keep track of passwords and other sensitive notes.  KeePass is a strongly encrypted database which is searchable, portable, and is unlocked with a single master password or password disk (for the 007 types).

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.

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.

OpenOffice


openoffice.org
Mac OSX, Windows, Linux
The open source alternative to Microsoft's Office suite of programs.  I have been using the software for a couple years, and have been amazed how quickly it has matured. Open Office can read/write the common Microsoft formats (.doc, .ppt, .xls), and has the useful ability to save slide shows as flash movies.  Unfortunately it is not an OSX native program and must be run inside the the X11 window system.  I recommend NeoOffice for the OSX folks.

MAMP and WAMP


www.mamp.info
Mac OSX
The ultimate web programming and design test tube.  Both WAMP and MAMP are self-contained environments running Apache, MySql, and PHP.  Meaning you can develop "traditional" websites and/or complex CMS web portals from the comfort of your personal computer. No knowledge of setting up web servers is required. WAMP is for Windows, and MAMP for Mac folk.

Galerie


myriad-online.com
Mac OSX
A favorite of elementary teachers who take large amounts of pictures.  Galerie is an easy way to make great looking web pages to showcase pictures.  Just point the program to either a folder of pictures or iphoto album, specify a few settings, select a template, and the program will create a nice looking web site with click-able thumbnails of the photos.  All you have to do to publish is throw the entire folder created on the district web server.  There are a large number of user created templates you can download from the publisher's web site.

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.

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.

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.

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