You might have heard of Ashampoo, they sell a wide range of software at budget prices.
I use some of their tools for CD burning, file conversion (video and audion converters) and system tools (tune up utilities). they all seem reliable and effective.
They are now offering an ‘Educational Bundle’ free to schools. I suspect that the email address you use will get a lot of reminders to upgrade or other ‘offers’ but if you can put up with that then why not?
I’m not sure if it includes ‘free to students’.
- Ashampoo® Office 2006 (Star office I think)
- Ashampoo® Presentations 2008 (powerpoint compatible)
- Ashampoo® Burning Studio 2010 (CD/DVD authoring – works well)
- Ashampoo® Photo Commander 6 (I prefer Google Picasa)
- Ashampoo® Photo Optimizer 2 (some nice tools but Picasa has these)
- Ashampoo® Magical Snap 2 (camtasia type tool)
- Ashampoo® WinOptimizer 5 (system utilities – nice for standalone PCd)