Objectives Identify the categories of application software Explain how to work with application software Identify the key features of widely used business programs Identify the key features of widely used graphics and multimedia programs Identify the key features of widely used home, personal, and educational programs Identify the types of application software used in communications Describe the function of several utility programs Describe the learning aids available for application software
Application Software Programs designed to make users more productive. Programs designed to make users more productive. Uses: Uses: Efficient business activities Efficient business activities Assist Graphic & Multimedia projects Assist Graphic & Multimedia projects Support home/personal & educational tasks Support home/personal & educational tasks Facilitate Communication Facilitate Communication 4 Categories: 4 Categories: 1. Business 2. Graphics & Multimedia 3. Home/Personal/Educational 4. Communications
How is software distributed? Packaged software: mass-produced, copyrighted retail software. MS Office Packaged software: mass-produced, copyrighted retail software. MS Office Custom software: performs functions specific to a business or industry Custom software: performs functions specific to a business or industry Open source software: provided for use, modification, and redistribution Open source software: provided for use, modification, and redistribution Shareware: distributed free for trial period Shareware: distributed free for trial period Freeware: copyrighted software provided at no cost Freeware: copyrighted software provided at no cost Public-domain software: freeware with no copyright restrictions Public-domain software: freeware with no copyright restrictions
1. Business Software Assists people in becoming more effective & efficient while performing business activities.
Business Software Word Processing Software: Word Processing Software: Allows users to create and manipulate text and graphics. Clip art, font, font style, font size, formatting, print Spreadsheet Software: Organizes data Calculations Charts How is a spreadsheet organized? How is a spreadsheet organized? Columns identified by letters Rows identified by numbers A cell is the intersection of a column and row
Business Software Database Software: Database Software: Allows users to create, access, and manage a database. Database is a collection of organized data that allows access, retrieval & use of data. Parts of database: A table contains records A record is a row in a table that contains data about a given person, product, object, or event. A field is a column in a table that contains a specific category of data within a record.
Business Software Presentation Graphics Software: Presentation Graphics Software: Used to create visual aids for presentations A presentation is sometimes called a slide show Note Taking Software: Enables users to enter typed text, handwritten comments, drawings, or sketches anywhere on the page Notes are organized like a notebook
Business Software Personal Information Manager Software: Personal Information Manager Software: Allows PDA users to help users organize personal information Calendar, address book, notepad, and synchronization with desktop computer PDA Business Software: In addition to PIM software, a huge variety of business software is available for PDA like: Create documents & worksheets Manage databases Create slideshows Take notes Manage budget
Business Software Software Suite: Software Suite: A collection of individual applications sold as a single package Microsoft Office, Sun StarOffice. Project Management Software: Allows you to plan, schedule, track, and analyze the events, resources, and costs of a project.
Business Software Accounting Software: Accounting Software: Helps companies record and report their financial transactions. Document Management Software: Provides a means for sharing, distributing, and searching through documents by converting them into a format that can be viewed by any user. PDF
Business Software Enterprise Computing Software: Enterprise Computing Software: A large organization requires special computing solutions because of its size and large geographical distribution Each functional unit has specialized software requirements
What is computer-aided design (CAD)? Software that allows you to create engineering, architectural, and scientific designs What is desktop publishing (DTP) software? Enables you to design and produce sophisticated documents that contain text, graphics, and many colors What is paint/image editing software? Used to create and modify graphical images Sometimes called illustration software
Graphics and Multimedia Software What is video and audio editing software? Video editing software allows you to modify a segment of a video, called a clip Audio editing software allows you to modify audio clips What is multimedia authoring software? Allows you to combine text, graphics, audio, video, and animation into an interactive presentation What is Web page authoring software? Allows users of all skill levels to create Web pages Some application software programs include Web page authoring programs
Software for Home, Personal, and Educational Use
Application Software for Communications Email Email FTP FTP Web Browser Web Browser Video Conferencing Video Conferencing Message Board Message Board Chat Room Chat Room Instant Messaging Instant Messaging Blogging Blogging
Popular Utility Programs Antivirus Program Personal Firewall Spyware Remover Internet Filters File Manager File Compression Backup CD/DVD Burning PC Maintenance
Learning Aids and Support Tools for Application Software What is Online Help? What is Online Help?
Learning Aids and Support Tools for Application Software What is Web-based Help? What is Web-based Help? A Web site linked from Online Help Provides updates and more resources to respond to technical issues about a program Some Web sites contain chat rooms where a user can talk directly with a technical support person
Learning Aids and Support Tools for Application Software How can I learn more about a software package? How can I learn more about a software package? Books Web School Self-directed, self-paced instruction on a topic on the Web What is Web-based training (WBT)? What is Web-based training (WBT)?
Summary of Application Software Application software Business software Graphics and multimedia software Software for home, personal, and educational use Software for communications Learning aids and support tools within an application Popular utility programs