Program designed to make users more productive and/or assist them with personal tasks.
audio editing software
Application software that allows a user to modify audio clips, produce studio-quality soundtracks, and add audio to video clips.
Application software that assists people in becoming more effective and efficient while performing their daily business activities.
The act of moving the mouse pointer to a button and then pressing and releasing a button on the mouse (usually the left mouse button).
computer-aided design (CAD) software
Sophisticated type of application software that assists a professional user in creating engineering, architectural, and scientific designs.
computer-based training (CBT)
Type of education in which students learn by using and completing exercises with instructional software. Also called computer-aided instruction (CAI).
To enter text or numbers, insert images, and perform other tasks with a document using an input device such as a keyboard, mouse, or digital pen.
Software that performs functions specific to a business or industry, developed by a user or at a user's request.
Collection of data organized in a manner that allows access, retrieval, and use of that data.
Application software used to create, access, and manage a database; add, change, and delete data in the database; sort and retrieve data from the database; and create forms and reports using the data in the database.
desktop publishing (DTP) software
Application software used by professional designers to create sophisticated documents that can contain text, graphics, and many colors.
distance learning (DL)
Delivery of education at one location while the learning takes place at other locations.
document management software
Application software that provides a means for sharing, distributing, and searching through documents by converting them into a format that can be viewed by any user.
Short for electronic learning; delivery of education via some electronic method such as the Internet, networks, or optical discs.
Application software, such as interactive games, videos, and other programs designed to support a hobby or provide amusement and enjoyment.
Copyrighted software provided at no cost to a user by an individual or a company that retains all rights to the software.
home design/landscaping software
Application software that assists users with the design, remodeling, or improvement of a home, deck, or landscape.
Small image displayed on a computer screen that represents a program, a document, or some other object.
image editing software
Application software that provides the capabilities of paint software and also includes the capability to enhance and modify existing images and pictures.
Application software that assists in the preparation of legal documents and provides legal information to individuals, families, and small businesses.
Short for malicious software; programs that act without a user's knowledge and deliberately alter a computer's operations.
Item on the computer screen that contains a list of commands from which a user can make selections.
multimedia authoring software
Software that allows users to combine text, graphics, audio, video, and animation in an interactive application and that often is used for computer-based training and Web-based presentations.
note taking software
Application software that enables users to enter typed text, handwritten comments, drawings, or sketches anywhere on a page.
Mass-produced, copyrighted retail software that meets the needs of a wide variety of users, not just a single user or company.
Application software that allows users to draw pictures, shapes, and other graphical images with various on-screen tools. See also illustration software.
Portable Document Format. A popular file format used by document management software to save converted documents.
personal DTP (desktop publishing) software
Application software that helps home and small office/ home office users create newsletters, brochures, advertisements, postcards, greeting cards, letterhead, business cards, banners, calendars, logos, and Web pages
personal finance software
Simplified accounting program that helps home users or small office/home office users manage finances.
personal information manager (PIM)
Application software that includes features to help users organize personal information.
personal paint/image editing software
Application software that provides an easy-to-use interface, usually with more simplified capabilities that allows users to draw pictures, shapes, and other images.
personal photo editing software
Application software that allows users to edit digital photos by removing red-eye, erasing blemishes, restoring aged photos, adding special effects, enhancing image quality, or creating electronic photo albums.
photo management software
Application software that allows users to view, organize, sort, catalog, print, and share digital photos.
Small symbol displayed on a computer screen whose location and shape changes as a user interacts with a mouse or other pointing device.
Application software that allows a user to create visual aids for presentations to communicate ideas, messages, and other information to a group.
professional photo editing software
Type of image editing software that allows photographers, videographers, engineers, scientists, and other high-volume digital photo users to edit and customize digital photos.
project management software
Application software that allows a user to plan, schedule, track, and analyze the events, resources, and costs of a project.
Free software that has been donated for public use and has no copyright restrictions.
Application software that provides valuable and thorough information for all individuals.
Application software that allows a user to organize data in rows and columns and to perform calculations on the data.
Software that serves as the interface between the user, the application software, and the computer's hardware.
tax preparation software
Application software that is used to guide individuals, families, or small businesses through the process of filing federal taxes.
travel and mapping software
Application software that enables users to view maps, determine route directions, and locate points of interest.
video editing software
Application software that allows a user to modify a segment of video, called a clip.
Web site that allows users to access and interact with software from any computer or device that is connected to the Internet.
Web site that allows users to access and interact with software through a Web browser on any computer or device that is connected to the Internet. See also Web app.
Web page authoring software
Software used to create Web pages that include graphical images, video, audio, animation, and other special effects with interactive content.
Computer-based training that uses Internet technology and consists of application software on the Web.
word processing software
One of the more widely used types of application software; allows a user to create and manipulate documents containing mostly text and sometimes graphics. See also word processor.