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

Carbon Copy Cloner and Netrestore
Both written by a Mac administrator's best friend... Mike Bombich.  Much like Norton Ghost for windows, Netrestore allows you to create disk image files and "clone" computers through a network connection.  Carbon Copy Cloner does the same but between two local disks.

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.

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.

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.

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

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  Definitely a good replacement for the sometimes clumsy Windows Media Player, which is no longer being updated for OSX.

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.

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.

AVG Free Edition
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.

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.

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.


Possibly my favorite utility ever created for OSX.  It is hard to describe what the program does exactly.  But I guess it could be called a application launcher.  Basically you press the specified shortcut key, and then start typing the title of what you want to launch be it a program, address book entry, bookmark, etc.  Sounds simple, but it can have a big impact on the way you navigate OSX.

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

 Img2icns is a converter tool for your images. Enjoy creating thousand of icons from your pictures.

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.

Turns your Macbook into a virtual light saber!

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bonjour Browser
The application will scan the LAN for any nodes which are Bonjour enabled, and present them in a single window.