It’s that time of year again – when schools and colleges head back for the new academic year. Although it is always bound to be a hectic time, never fear! We are here to help with a selection of applications designed to make your Mac even more useful for school work and college life.
As students are always strapped for cash, each application featured is either completely free or available at discounted student pricing.
If you’ll be learning a language (or anything requiring memorising words/equations), Keep Your Word is an excellent solution.
It allows you to build your own dictionary as new words are discovered, classifying and grouping the terms exactly how you want to, while helping you learn a large vocabulary through various exercise modes.
Developer: Bamboo Apps
Requires: Mac OS X 10.5 or later
Obviously you’ll need a way to communicate with all your new college friends. The problem is, they’ll likely all be using different IM protocols for chatting. Adium is a central solution for staying in touch with anyone, regardless of network. You can chat to friends on MSN, AIM – even Facebook chat!
Developer: Open Source
Requires: OS X 10.4.0 or newer
Designed by college students, for college students, iProcrastinate is a full-featured system for managing all your school tasks and homework assignments. You can stay on top of what needs to be done, and easily assign priorities to different pieces of work.
For a completely free app, iProcrastinate seems like a solution definitely worth taking a look at. Nothing better than free software for a cash-strapped college student!
Developer: Craig Otis
Requires: OS X 10.4.0 or newer
Yojimbo makes keeping all the small (or even large) bits of information that pour in every day organized and accessible. Whether you’re wanting to conduct research for a project/essay, or manage all the presentations provided for lectures – Yojimbo is a simple and attractive solution.
They offer a student discount, at $10 off the regular price.
Price: $29 (student pricing)
Developer: Bare Bones Software
Requires: Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later
Managing finances can be a tricky thing for students, and iBank is a popular OS X app for keeping track of what’s coming in and going out. You might also be interested to take a look at our financial software roundup for a few more appealing options.
IGG Software are also offering a 20% discount as a back to school promotion for all students or educators. To take advantage of education pricing, customers must email a scan of their school ID or registration info, or a link to a current faculty profile, online course schedule or similar verification, to IGG Software. They’ll then send you a promo code.
Price: $47 (with discount)
Developer: IGG Software
Requires: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher
In a perfect world, all your college friends and professors would be using a Mac. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. You may find yourself regularly needing to use a Windows-only application for schoolwork, and Parallels Desktop is a solid option for easily running Windows side-by-side OS X.
Parallels offer a good deal for students – a discounted price of $39.99 (see the link above). If you’d prefer a completely free solution, VirtualBox is worth trying out.
Price: $39.99 (student price)
Requires: Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later & an Intel Mac
I’m sure there are many other pieces of software that work brilliantly for school and college work. Please feel free to share in the comments, along with any free alternatives to the applications featured above.
I hope you enjoy the new academic year!