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

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.

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."

TrueCrypt


www.truecrypt.org
Mac OSX, Windows, Linux
Creates encrypted virtual disk files for storing data which must be kept secure even in the event that your computer is stolen. The program can also completely encrypt an entire disk, such as a USB key chain.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Firefox


mozilla.com
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 mozilla.com.

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).

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.

NmapFE


faktory.org/m/software/nmap/
Mac OSX
A popular port scanning and network security utility; NmapFE for OS X is a no hassles, GUI version for us Mac users.

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.

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

SyncBack


www.2brightsparks.com
Windows
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.

JumpCut and Clipboard Buddy


Clipboardbuddy
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.

Sauerbraten


sauerbraten.org
Mac OSX, Windows, Linux
Sauerbraten is a free multiplayer/singleplayer first person shooter, built as a major redesign of the Cube FPS.

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.

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.

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.

Klondike Forever


solitaireforever.com/klondike/
Mac OSX, Windows
Fast-pased 3D Solitare.

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.

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.

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