CGS 1000 Introduction to Computers and Technology Chapter 3 Application Software Objectives Identify the categories Identify the key features of widely used of application software home, personal, and educational programs Explain how to work Identify the types of application with application software software used in communications Identify the key features of widely Describe the function of several used business programs utility programs Identify the key features of widely used Describe the learning aids available graphics and multimedia programs for application software Application Software Programs designed to make users more productive. Uses: Efficient business activities Assist Graphic & Multimedia projects Support home/personal & educational tasks Facilitate Communication 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 Custom software: performs functions specific to a business or industry Open source software: provided for use, modification, and redistribution Shareware: distributed free for trial period Freeware: copyrighted software provided at no cost Public-domain software: freeware with no copyright restrictions Categories of Application Software 1. Business Software • Assists people in becoming more effective & efficient while performing business activities. Business 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? Columns identified by letters Rows identified by numbers A cell is the intersection of a column and row Business 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: A large organization requires special computing solutions because of its size and large geographical distribution Each functional unit has specialized software requirements Graphics and Multimedia Software Graphics and Multimedia Software •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 FTP Web Browser Video Conferencing Message Board Chat Room Instant Messaging Blogging Popular Utility Programs Antivirus Personal Spyware Internet File Program Firewall Remover Filters Manager File CD/DVD PC Backup Compression Burning Maintenance Learning Aids and Support Tools for Application Software What is Online Help? Learning Aids and Support Tools for Application Software 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? Books Web School What is Web-based training (WBT)? Self-directed, self-paced instruction on a topic on the Web Summary of Application Software Application software Software for communications Business software Popular utility programs Graphics and multimedia software Learning aids and support tools Software for home, personal, within an application and educational use Questions?