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North Carolina Computer Apps II Competency 001 Vocabulary

Animation

The process of adding movement to a graphic.

Audio card

A card (set of chips) that converts analog sound to digital data for use or storage inside a computer.

Audio files

Files that add music or voice sounds to a presentation.

Bitmap images

Images created in paint programs or through scanners; the information is stored as a group of pixels and mapped to a grid.

Cache

A special, extra part of RAM where frequently accessed information is stored.

Camera ready

The final copy of a document or artwork used by commercial printers to make the plate for printing multiple copies.

CD-ROM

A medium that holds text, graphics, and sound.

Compressed files

Data encoded so it takes less storage space.

Configuration

Makeup of a computer system; choose from a variety of options such as a specific monitor, printer, etc.

Decompress

Restore compressed data back to its original size.

Digitize

A method of recording information in binary pulses so it can be stored in computers.

Driver--(device driver)

A program that links a device, such as a mouse, printer, CD ROM player, etc. to the operating systems.

Execution file

A file name having a .COM or .BAT or .EXE extension; used to load the computer software.

File formats

(examples) - ASCII, CAD, BMP, EPS, JIFF, PC Paintbrush, PIC, TIFF, JPG, AU, DOC. The format often is shown in the extension for the file name.

Media player

A Windows utility that can play video clips, animation, or sound files.

MIDI

A file containing musical data encoded according to Musical Instrument Digital Interface specifications.

Motion card

A card that enables a presentation to dispaly a motion picture on a computer monitor.

PhotoCD

A system used to store camera photographs on a compact disk.

Printer drivers

Software that converts an application program's printing request into the language that the printer understands.

Videodisk

A magnetic disk device that records both video and audio from a television signal.

Waveform file

A file that stores digitized sound (such as music or spoken words).

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