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FTP/SFTP Clients
FileZilla Free FileZilla is a powerful FTP-client for Windows 9x, ME, NT4, 2000 and XP.
SmartFTP Free for Personal, Educational and Non-Profit use Even more powerful than FileZilla.
WinSCP Free (GPL) Using WinSCP it is possible to connect to a SSH (Secure SHell) server with SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol) or SCP (Secure Copy Protocol) service, mainly to UNIX machines. It's more secure than FTP as your password is not sent in plain text over the internet.
FAR Manager Free evaluation, full version - $25. Console file manager with FTP client, text editor, file viewer, extensive system of plug-ins and much more. Free and not time limited evaluation version is more than sufficient for most tasks.
WebDrive Shareware $30 If you have $30, fast connection and don't like separate FTP clients - this might be useful.
Imaging tools
JPEGCrops Free

Most digital cameras produce JPEGs with aspect ratio 4:3 (1600x1200, 2048x1536 etc). At the same time most photo paper sizes have different aspect ratio (4"x6" => 3:2, 8"x10" => 5:4 etc). Photolabs will do the cropping for you, of course, but there is a risk of losing somebody's head or other imporant part of the picture so it's safer to crop images yourself.

Dedicated image editors can do the cropping too, but when it comes to cropping 50 images it gets rather time consuming. Also the editors would recompress JPEG and compromise (slightly) image quality. JPEGCrops isn't a real image editor: it just rotates and crops losslessly, without recompressing. And it's fast and it's free.

FotoView Free

Similar to JPEGCrops above but with different user interface. The site is in Czech, but the program has English UI as well.

ImageMagick Free

ImageMagick is a great collection of tools to read, write, and manipulate an image in many image formats (over 89 major formats) including popular formats like TIFF, JPEG, PNG, PDF, PhotoCD, and GIF.

I use MOGRIFY very often to recompress full-size JPEG images before uploading to the web-site. With JPEG quality 85-90 it shrinks JPEGs produced by my Canon S40 camera to 40-50% of their original size (i.e. ~700-900KB out of 2MB).

IrfanView Free for non-commercial use Graphics viewer for Windows. Not quite ACDSee, but does not cost $50 either.
JHEAD Free Free utility to extract and modify image EXIF information. DAlbum EXIF parser is based on its source code.
PHP file managers
Invision Power File Manager Free Easy to install and use PHP file manager.
Comet File Manager Free Great explorer-like interface and tons of functionality. List of system requirements is a bit long though.
PHPFM Free Very small, simple and it works!
Web browsers
Mozilla Firebird Free The Browser.