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Chapter 3 - Application Software

Vocabulary from Discovering Computers Fundamentals 2011 Edition
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application software
programs designed to make users more productive and/or assist them with personal tasks
packaged software
mass-produced, copyrighted retail software that meets the needs of a wide variety of users, not just a single user or company
custom software
performs functions specific to a business or industry
Web application
a Web site that allows users to access and interact with software from any computer or device that is connected to the Internet
open source software
software provided for use, modification, and redistribution
shareware
copyrighted software that is distributed at no cost for a trial period
freeware
copyrighted software provided at no cost by an individual or a company that retains all rights to the software
public-domain software
software donated for public use and has no copyright restrictions
desktop
an on-screen work area that has a graphical user interface
icon
a small image displayed on the screen that represents a program, a document, or some other object
button
a graphical element that you activate to cause a specific action to occur
click
moving the pointer to the button and then pressing and releasing a button on the mouse
pointer
a small symbol displayed on the screen that moves as you interact with the mouse or other pointing device
menu
a list of commands from which you make selections
command
an instruction that causes a program to perform a specific action
window
a rectangular area of the screen that displays data and information
title bar
a horizontal space that contains the window's name
business software
application software that assists people in becoming more effective and efficient while performing their daily business activities
word processing software
allows users to create and manipulate documents containing mostly text and sometimes graphics
clip art
a collection of electronic drawings, photos, and other images
create
to enter text or numbers, insert images, and perform other tasks using an input device
edit
to make changes to a document's existing content
format
to change a document's appearance
font
a name assigned to a specific design of characters
font size
the size of the characters in a particular font
save
to transfer a document from memory to a storage medium
print
to place the contents of the document on paper or some other medium
spreadsheet software
allows users to organize data in rows and columns and perform calculations on the data
database
a collection of data organized in a manner that allows access, retrieval, and use of that data
presentation software
application software that allows users to create visual aids for presentations to communicate ideas, messages, and other information to a group
note taking software
application software that enables users to enter typed text, handwritten comments, drawings, or sketches anywhere on a page and then save the page as part of a notebook
software suite
a collection of individual programs available together as a unit
personal information manager (PIM)
application software that includes an appointment calendar, address book, notepad, and other features to help users organize personal information
project management software
allows a user to plan, schedule, track, and analyze the events, resources, and costs of a project
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
computer-aided design (CAD) software
a sophisticated type of application software that assists a professional user in creating engineering, architectural, and scientific designs
desktop publishing (DTP) software
enables professional designers to create sophisticated documents that contain text, graphics, and many colors
paint software
allows users to draw pictures shapes, and other graphical images with various on-screen tools
image editing software
provides the capabilities of paint software and also includes the capability to enhance and modify existing images and pictures
professional photo editing software
a type of image editing software that allows photographers, videographers, engineers, scientists, and other high-volume digital photo users to edit and customize digital photos
video editing software
allows professionals to modify a segment of a video, called a clip
audio editing software
lets users modify audio clips, produce studio-quality soundtracks, and add audio to video clips
multimedia authoring software
allows users to combine text, graphics, audio, video, and animation in an interactive application
Web page authoring software
helps users of all skill levels create Web pages that include graphical images, video, audio, animation, and other special effects with interactive content
personal finance software
a simplified accounting program that helps home users and small office/home office users balance their checkbooks, pay bills, track personal income and expenses, set up budgets, manage home inventory, track investments, and evaluate financial plans
online banking
offers access to account balances, provides bill payment services, and allows you to download monthly transactions and statements from the Web directly to your computer
legal software
assists in the preparation of legal documents and provides legal information to individuals, families, and small businesses
tax preparation software
can guide individuals, families, or small businesses through the process of filing federal taxes
personal DTP software
helps home and small business users create newsletters brochures, flyers, advertisements, postcards, greeting cards, letterhead, business cards, banners, calendars, logos, and Web pages
personal paint/image editing software
provides an easy-to-use interface, usually with more simplified capabilities than its professional counterpart
personal photo editing software
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
clip art/image gallery
a collection of clip art and photos
home design/landscaping software
assists homeowners with the design, remodeling, or improvement of a home, deck, or landscape
travel and mapping software
enables users to view maps, determine route directions, and locate points of interest
reference software
provides valuable and thorough information for all individuals
educational software
software that teaches a particular skill
computer-based training (CBT)
a type of education in which students learn by using and completing exercises with instructional software
entertainment software
for personal computers, game consoles, and mobile devices includes interactive games, videos, and other programs designed to support a hobby or provide amusement and enjoyment
online help
the electronic equivalent of a user manual
Web-based training (WBT)
a type of CBT (computer-based training) that uses Internet technology and consists of application software on the Web
distance learning (DL)
the delivery of education at one location while the learning takes place at other locations
system software
the interface between the user, the application software, and the computer's hardware
file
a named collection of stored data, instructions, or information
cutting
the process of removing a portion of a document and storing it in a temporary storage location called a clipboard
charts
used in spreadsheet software to depict data in graphical form