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

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

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.

Mouse Locator
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.

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.

Image Tricks
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Mac OSX, Windows, Linux
A very nice interface for editing sound files, or recording voice.  It is a great choice for teachers interested in doing a podcasting project.

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.

JumpCut and Clipboard Buddy

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
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.

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
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.

Disk Inventory X and 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

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.

Integrity and 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.

Mac OSX, Windows, Linux

Probably the most widely recognized open source program, Firefox is a very secure and versatile web browser. Some of my favorite classroom add-ons to Firefox include: adblock menu editor public fox. And if you ever need a hand with something there is a great support community at

Tux Paint
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.

Klondike Forever
Mac OSX, Windows
Fast-pased 3D Solitare.

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.