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

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."

Transmission


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cyberduck


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

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.

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.

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.

Camino


caminobrowser.org
Mac OSX
Camino is an OSX only web browser which combines the look of OSX with the Gecko rendering engine (used by Firefox). Definitely worth a look.

ClamXav


clamxav.com
Mac OSX
Free virus scanning for OSX.  Yes it's true that viruses, for the most part, do not effect OSX users.  However, since most of the world uses Windows it is a good idea to make sure you are not emailing something harmful to your fiends and colleagues.  It also will scan for macro viruses which are a problem if running Microsoft Office on a Mac.

MAMP and WAMP


www.wampserver.com
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.

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.

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.

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.

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