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4 categories of application software

business;; graphics and multimedia;; home, personal, educational;; and communications

characteristics of a user interface

desktop, pointer, start button, menu, clickable links and icons throughout menu and desktop

processing software

allows users to, documents, edit and format documents,

spreadsheet software

organize data in rows and columns, recalculate when data changes, and input data in graphical form

database software

create a collection of data organized that allows easy access to retrieval, and use of the data

presentation software

create slides on monitor to show projects or ideas

note taking software

type text, enter hand written submissions, and sketches

personal info.. management

appointment calender, address book. notepad, and features to organize what you have to do.

software suite

A group of software programs sold as a single unit. Usually the programs have common features that make it easy to integrate and share data.

project management software

an application program, such as Microsoft Project, that helps project managers generate charts and tables used to manage aspects of a project.

accounting software

An application program that helps business owners manage their finances more efficiently by providing tools for tracking accounting transactions such as sales, accounts receivable, inventory purchases, and accounts payable.

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 software

Sophisticated type of application software that assists a professional user in creating engineering, architectural, and scientific designs.
, Used to create 3D models
Applications for architecture, automotive, aerospace, and medical engineering industries
Example: Autodesk's AutoCAD

desktop publishing software

This software is another step up from word processing software and allows a user to create complicated document containing various columns, inlays, graphics, drawings, fonts, and special characters.

paint software

Application software that allows users to draw pictures, shapes, and other graphical images with various on-screen tools. See also illustration software.

image editing software

programs designed to edit, manipulate, or modify digital photographs

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

video editing software

program used to capture, edit and manipulate video images, add effects, titles, music to create studio-quality video

audio editing software

Programs that perform basic editing tasks on audio files such as cutting dead air space from the beginning or end of a song or cutting a portion from the middle.

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.

web page authoring software

Software used to 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 users balance their checkbooks, pay bills, track personal income and expenses, track investments, and evaluate financial plans.

tax preparation software

an application program, such as Intuit's TurboTax or H&R Block's TaxCut, for preparing state and federal taxes. Each program offers a complete set of tax forms and instructions as well as expert advice on how to complete each form.

legal software

Application software that assists in the preparation of legal documents and provides legal information to individuals, families, and small businesses.

personal DTP 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 paint/ image editing software

Provides an easy-to-use interface; includes various simplified tools that allow you to draw pictures, shapes, and other images; and provides the capability of modifying existing graphics and photos.

clip art/ image gallery

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

home design/ landscaping software

Application software that assists users with the design, remodeling, or improvement of a home, deck, or landscape.

Travel and mapping software

Application software that enables users to view maps, determine route directions, and locate points of interest.

reference software

software that provides valuable and thorough information for everyone in an educational setting and in the family.

educational software

Application software that teaches a particular skill.

entertainment software

Programs designed to provide users with entertainment. Computer games make up the vast majority of entertainment software.

web applications

..., a Web Site that allows users to access and interact with software from any computer or device that is connected to the internet

application software used in communication

chat rooms;; e-mail;; instant messaging;; online typed conversions;; blog software or blogware;; newsgroup/ messageboard programs

learning aids for application software

the are several tools that help a user work with an application. A few of these tools are wizards, online help and web-based help which provides updates and resources to respond to technical issues about software. such as Web- based training

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