How can we help?

You can also find more resources in our Help Center.

128 terms

Chapter 3

STUDY
PLAY
Adobe Captivate
a multimedia authoring software application that allows users to create engaging and interactive Flash videos.
Adobe Dreamweaver
Web page authoring software.
AppleWorks
popular integrated software package for Macintosh computers.
application program
programs designed to perform specific tasks for users; examples include educational, business, and scientific computer programs. Also called application software, or software application.
application software
programs designed to perform specific tasks for users; examples include educational, business, and scientific computer programs. Also called application, or software application.
appointment calendar
feature of personal information manager used to schedule activities.
assistant
automated tool that helps a user complete a task by asking questions and automatically performing actions based on the answers. Also called wizard.
AutoSave
feature that automatically saves open documents at specified time periods.
beaming
a method of transferring data through an infrared port.
border
decorative line or pattern along one or more edges of a page or graphic.
button
graphical element (usually a rectangular or circular shape) that, when selected, causes a specific action to take place.
Camtasia Studio
a multimedia authoring software solution for recording, editing, and sharing high-quality videos on the Web, CDs, DVDs, and portable media players, including Apple's iPod and Microsoft's Zune.
cell
the intersection of a column and a row in a spreadsheet.
chart
graphical illustration of the relationship of numeric data.
clip art
type of graphic that may include drawings, diagrams, and photographs that can be inserted in other documents.
clip art collection
contain several hundred to several thousand images, usually are grouped by type, such as buildings, people, or nature.
clip art/image gallery
collection of clip art images, pictures, video clips, and audio files.
Clipboard
temporary storage location for electronically storing text or other information during cut or copy operations.
command
instructions that cause a computer program to perform specific actions.
copy
process of duplicating a portion of a document and electronically storing it in a temporary storage location called the Clipboard.
creating
process of developing a document by entering text or numbers, designing graphics, and performing other tasks using an input device such as a keyboard or mouse.
curriculum page
teacher-created document or Web page that contains hyperlinks to teacher-selected and evaluated sites that assist in teaching content-specific curriculum objectives.
cut
process of removing a portion of a document and electronically storing it in a temporary storage location called the Clipboard.
database
collection of data organized in a manner that allows access, retrieval, and use of that data.
database file
collection of related data that is organized in records.
database software
software used to create a computerized database; add, change, and delete data, sort and retrieve data from the database and create forms and reports using the data in the database.
delete
process of removing text or other information from a document's existing content.
desktop
onscreen work area that uses common graphical elements such as icons, buttons, windows, menus, and dialog boxes, to make it easy and intuitive for users to interact with the computer.
desktop publishing (DTP) software
software used to design, produce, and deliver sophisticated documents that contain text, graphics, and brilliant colors.
dialog box
special window displayed by a program to provide information, present available options, or request a response using command buttons, option buttons, text boxes, and check boxes.
document
piece of work created with an application program and saved on a storage medium with a unique file name.
editing
process of making changes to a document's existing content.
educational software
software designed for the learning environment that supports learning objectives and goals.
entertainment software
software that includes interactive games, videos, and other programs designed to support a hobby or just provide amusement and enjoyment.
FAQ (frequently asked questions)
answers to frequently asked questions contained in many Web pages and newsgroups.
field
collection of related facts in a database.
file
named collection of related data, instructions, or information, such as a document, a program, or a set of data used by a program.
filename
unique set of letters, numbers, and other characters that identifies a file.
find
feature that locates all occurrences of a particular character, word, or phrase. Also called search feature.
font
name given to a specific design of characters.
font size
size of characters in a particular font.
font style
feature that adds emphasis to a font, such as bold, italic, and underline.
footer
text at the bottom of each page.
formatting
process of changing the appearance of a document.
formula
calculations performed on numeric data in a spreadsheet; results are displayed in the cell containing the formula.
function
predefined formula that performs common calculations such as adding the values in a group of cells.
grade book software
program that allows teachers to track and organize student tests, homework, lab work, and other scores.
graphical user interface (GUI)
user interface that combines text, graphics, and other visual cues such as icons that allow a user to interact with software.
header
text at the top of each page in a document.
Help
feature integrated into an application software package that is the electronic equivalent of a user manual; provides assistance in learning how to use an application software package.
icon
small image that represents a program, instruction, or some other object.
image editing software
software used to draw pictures, shapes, and other graphics using various tools on the screen such as a pen, brush, eye dropper, and paint bucket and is used to modify existing graphics.
import
process of bringing objects into a document.
insert
process of adding text or other information to a document's existing content.
label
text entered in a spreadsheet cell used to identify data and help organize a spreadsheet.
legal software
software that assists in the preparation of legal documents and provides legal advice to individuals, families, and small businesses.
Linux
popular, multitasking UNIX-type operating system that is one of the faster growing operating systems in use today. Linux is open source software, which means its code is available free to the public.
Mac OS X
unique operating system used by many Macintosh computers. Version of Macintosh operating system, released in 2001and upgraded in 2004 and 2007. Mac OS X is a significant upgrade to the previous Macintosh operating systems.
Mac OS, version 9.1
older version of Mac OS operating system used by many users of Apple and Macintosh school computers.
margin
portion of a page outside the main body of text, on the top, bottom, and sides of the paper.
menu
list of commands from which a user can select.
Microsoft Office Open XML Formats
can be used as a Web page authoring program.
Microsoft Publisher
can be used as a Web page authoring program.
Microsoft Windows
most used personal computer operating system and graphical user interface in the world.
Microsoft Works
popular integrated software package for PCs.
multimedia authoring software
application software that enables users to enter typed text, handwritten comments, graphs, drawings, or sketches anywhere on a page and then save the page as part of an electronic notebook.
note taking software
application software that enables users to enter typed text, handwritten comments, graphs, drawings, or sketches anywhere on a page and then save the page as part of an electronic notebook.
notepad
feature of personal information manager used to record ideas, reminders, and other important information.
online banking
offers access to account balances, provides bill payment services, and allows users to download transactions and statements from the Web.
open source software
software that has code available free to the public.
operating system
one of the more important programs on a computer that contains instructions that coordinate all of the activities of the hardware devices.
page layout
process of arranging text and graphics in a document.
paint software
software used to draw pictures, shapes, and other graphics using various tools on the screen such as a pen, brush, eye dropper, and paint bucket.
paste
process of placing items stored on the Clipboard into a document.
personal finance software
simplified accounting program used to pay bills, balance a checkbook, track personal income and expenses, track investments, and evaluate financial plans.
personal information manager (PIM)
software installed on PDAs that includes an appointment calendar, address book, and notepad used to organize personal information such as appointments and task lists.
photo-editing software
software used to edit digital photographs.
Pocket PC
a type of PDA that uses the Pocket PC operating system software developed by Microsoft.
point
move an indicator to a particular position on the screen by using a pointing device such as a mouse
presentation
document created with presentation graphics software, used to communicate ideas, messages, and other information to a group.
presentation graphics software
software used to create presentations, which are used to communicate ideas, messages, and other information to a group.
printing
process of sending a file to a printer to generate output on a medium such as paper.
productivity software
software designed to make people more effective and efficient while performing daily activities; includes applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation graphics, and personal information management.
record
collection of fields (related facts) in a database.
reference software
software that provides valuable and thorough information for everyone in an educational setting and in the family.
replace
feature that substitutes existing characters or words with new ones.
saving
process of copying a document from memory to a storage medium.
school management software
centralized program that allows district and school personnel to manage school district operations.
scrolling
process of moving different portions of a document onto the screen into view.
search
feature that locates all occurrences of a particular character, word, or phrase. Also called find feature.
slide
document produced using presentation software that is displayed on a computer's monitor or a large-screen television, or projected on a screen; can be made into traditional overhead transparencies, or printed and given as handouts.
slide sorter
feature of presentation graphics software that allows viewing of small versions of all slides, used to organize a presentation.
software package
name given to a particular software product, such as Microsoft Word.
software suite
collection of individual software applications sold in the same box for a price that is significantly less than buying the applications separately.
special needs software
software designed specifically for students with physical impairments or learning disabilities, to assist them in completing school assignments and everyday tasks.
speech recognition
computer's capability of distinguishing spoken words. Also called voice recognition.
speech synthesis software
software used by students with speech and vocal muscle disorders to participate in classroom discussions.
spell checker
spelling review feature that compares words in a document to an electronic dictionary that is part of the software. Also called spelling checker.
spelling checker
spelling review feature that compares words in a document to an electronic dictionary that is part of the software. Also called spell checker.
spreadsheet
rows and columns of numeric data. Also called worksheet.
spreadsheet software
software used to organize numeric data in rows and columns.
student management software
a centralized program that allows administrators, teachers, and other staff to manage and track information on students.
synchronize
a feature of PDAs that allows users to transfer information and programs from a PDA to a personal computer and vice versa.
system software
programs that control the operations of a computer and its devices; includes the operating system and utility programs. System software serves as the liaison between a user and the computer's hardware.
tax preparation software
software that guides individuals, families, or small businesses through the process of filing federal taxes.
template
a document that contains the formatting necessary for a specific document type.
title bar
located at the top of a window, a horizontal space that contains the window's name.
trade book
book available to help a user learn to use the features of software application packages.
tutorial
step-by-step instructions, or teaching program that uses real examples that show a user how to use an application.
UNIX
multitasking operating system originally developed for mainframe computers but used today for computers of all sizes
upgrade
new version of software product designed to replace an older version of the same product.
user interface
part of all software with which a user interacts that controls how data and instructions are entered (input) and how the computer presents information on the screen (output).
value
number in a spreadsheet cell.
version
number designation for software.
video
photographic images or visual frames that are played back at speeds of 15 to 60 frames per second and provide the appearance of full motion in real time.
voice recognition
computer's capability of distinguishing spoken words. Also called speech recognition.
Web page authoring software
issues about software. Users can often search Help Web sites for answers to questions.
Web-based Help
provides updates and more comprehensive resources to respond to both technical and nontechnical issues about software. Some Help Web sites contain chat rooms, in which a user can talk directly with a technical support person.
WebBlender
Web page authoring software.
window
rectangular area of the screen used to display a program, data, and/or information.
Windows Vista
the successor to Windows XP and released in 2007.
Windows Vista Home Basic
designed for basic home use.
Windows Vista Home Premium
includes all the capabilities of Windows Vista Home Basic and also offers the Windows Aero interface, provides tools to create DVDs and edit movies, record and watch television shows, and connect to a game console.
Windows Vista Ultimate
includes all features of Windows Vista Home Premium and provides additional features designed to make mobile users' computers more secure and easier to network.
wizard
automated tool that helps a user complete a task by asking questions and automatically performing actions based on the answers. Also called assistant.
word processing software
most widely-used application software, used to create, edit, and format documents that consist primarily of text.
wordwrap
positioning of text that extends beyond a page margin or window margin at the beginning of the next line; performed automatically by a word processor.
worksheet
rows and columns of numeric data. Also called spreadsheet.