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Terminology flashcards for Chapter 3 - Application Software in the Discovering Computers: Fundamentals section of the CIS 110 text for Johnston Community College.

accounting software

Software that helps companies record and report their financial transactions.

application software

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.

business software

Application software that assists people in becoming more effective and efficient while performing their daily business activities.


Graphical element that is activated to cause a specific action to occur.


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).

clip art

Collection of electronic drawings, photos, and other images.

clip art/image gallery

A collection of clip art and photos included with application software.


Instruction on a menu that causes a program to perform a specific action.

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.

custom software

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.

database software

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.


On-screen work area that has a graphical user interface.

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.


To make changes to the existing content of a document.

educational software

Application software that teaches a particular skill.

entertainment software

Application software, such as interactive games, videos, and other programs designed to support a hobby or provide amusement and enjoyment.


Named collection of stored data, instructions, or information.


Name assigned to a specific design of characters.

font size

Size of the characters in a particular font.

font style

Font design, such as bold, italic, and underline, that can add emphasis to a font.


To change a document's appearance.


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.

legal software

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.

online Help

Electronic equivalent of a user manual that usually is integrated in a program.

open source software

Software provided for use, modification, and redistribution.

packaged software

Mass-produced, copyrighted retail software that meets the needs of a wide variety of users, not just a single user or company.

paint software

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.

presentation software

Application software that allows a user to create visual aids for presentations to communicate ideas, messages, and other information to a group.


Placing the copy of a document on paper or some other medium.

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.

public-domain software

Free software that has been donated for public use and has no copyright restrictions.

reference software

Application software that provides valuable and thorough information for all individuals.


To transfer a document from a computer's memory to a storage medium.


Copyrighted software that is distributed at no cost for a trial period.

software suite

Collection of individual programs available together as a unit.

spreadsheet software

Application software that allows a user to organize data in rows and columns and to perform calculations on the data.

system software

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.

title bar

Horizontal space, located at the top of a window, that contains the window's name.

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 app

Web site that allows users to access and interact with software from any computer or device that is connected to the Internet.

Web application

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.

Web-based training

Computer-based training that uses Internet technology and consists of application software on the Web.


Rectangular area of a computer screen that displays data or information.

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.


Rows and columns used to organize data in a spreadsheet.

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