|Free software||Purchased Equivalent||What it does||Why you might need it|
|OpenOffice (Windows, Mac, Linux)||MS Office, Word Perfect, AppleWorks||Word processing, spread sheets, presentations, (database, calculator for some)||Must have. OpenOffice will open all MS Word and Word Perfect Files and save them in MS Word format if you wish.|
|| Pinacle Studio, Corel VideoStudio, Nero, etc...
||Create animation, edit movies, gaming video||Ever want to edit your own videos or create your own animations?|
|Sketchup (Windos & Mac)
|| Any CAD program
|| Create 3D images of any kind or size.
||Projects involving 3D imaging. Easier to use than "pay-for" products.|
||??||Reads almost anything on your desktop (Word processing, ermail, web sites, ...)
||Great tool for students with reading difficulties/dissabilities. May be used as a proof reader
|AVG Anti-virus (Windows)
AVG Anti-Virus (Linux)
MPP (Mac OS X)
|Norton/Symantec, McAfee||Virus protection||Must have. Viruses are prolific on the Internet and spam emails.|
|Zone Alarm firewall (Windows)
Firewalk X (Mac OS X)
|Norton/Symantec, McAfee||Protects people from hacking your computer and letting unwanted information from getting out.||First line of electronic defense for your computer. Mac's have one. Windows has one that only works for incoming, not outgoing info|
|Spybot Search & Destroy (Windows)||??||Detects and removes spyware.||Anti-virus software does not detect these threats.|
|Ad-Aware (Windows)||??||Detects and removes spyware.||Anti-virus software does not detect these threats.|
|Foxit Reader (Windows)
Adobe Acrobat Reader (Windows, Mac, Linux)
|N/A||Opens .PDF files||Must Have. Many documents are sent in this format.|
|Defender (Windows)||??||Detects and removes spyware.||Anti-virus software does not detect these threats.|
|Firefox (Windows, Mac, Linux)||N/A||Web browser||More secure than Internet Explorer. Very customizable.|
|GIMP (Windows, Mac, Linux)||Fireworks, Photoshop, Elements||Picture/graphic editor||Picture/graphic editing|
|Picasa (Windows, Linux)||??||Photo Album/Organizer||Organize photos on your computer easily. Download, touch up photos and even email them right out of the Picasa program. Program automatically discovers pictures on your computer.
|CmapTools (Windows)||??||Webbing/ideas organizer/concept map creator||Organize your ideas/brainstorming sessions in a professional looking format.|
|NA|| email client (and more...)
||Required for school email!|
|??|| Web based scrapbooking. Can print and purchase high quality printed books.
|| Creatively display pictures, create storyboards, etc...
| EasyCapture (Windows)
||??||Captures a part, active window, whole desktop, etc... You can edit the captured area by adding text, ballons, etc...
||Great for wanting/capturing a picture or a piece of a web site.|
| Word Learner (no software download - web based)
||??||Generator for - Word Searches, Word Jumble, Crossword, Matching, Bingo Cards, Flash Cards
|| Great for classroom activities and resource development.
|??||Turn One PC into Two !!!!!!!!!
||Want another PC for free? Download this software and turn your existing computer into two!! You only need a dual video card and an extra monitor and keyboard.