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Ch 1: Application Software

About This Chapter

Watch short video lessons that cover some of the most common types of application software, including word processors, spreadsheet programs, and presentation software. This chapter provides an introduction to the types of software you use every day.

Application Software - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, learn about the most common types of application software as well as some specific, well-known products, such as Microsoft Office. Application software is used in both business and home contexts. Students may use word processing software to write papers, while office workers use the same software to create reports. The lessons in this chapter will give you the basics so that you can further explore the different types of software and how they're used. Some of the specific topics covered in this chapter include:

  • Microsoft Office suite
  • Word processing software
  • Macros and automation
  • Presentation software
  • Graphic software
  • Image types
  • Database software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Communication software

Learning Objectives

The table below outlines the learning objectives for each video lesson in this chapter.

VideoObjective
Application Software for Personal, Enterprise & Workgroup ObjectivesOverview of how application software is used by different audiences.
Microsoft Office and Open Office: Office Suite ApplicationsIntroduction to Microsoft Office, the most-used office software, and Open Office, a popular free alternative.
What Is Word Processing Software? - Definition, Types & ExamplesBasics of word processing software, one of the components of the Office suite and a commonly-used software by both personal and business users.
Macros, Animation & AutomationIntroduction to macros and the automation tasks that they enable.
Presentation Software and Graphic Suites: Illustrator, PowerPoint & CorelDrawExplanation of how presentation software is used and basics about some well-known products.
Types of Images: Rasterized, Vector & Compound GraphicsExplanation of the different types of computer-generated images and when they're used.
Database and Spreadsheet Software: Excel, Access, dBase & Lotus 1-2-3Overview of when you might use database and spreadsheet software and some of the more well-known products.
Communication Software: Terminal Emulator, Chat & FTPExplanation of some of the common types of file sharing software.

11 Lessons in Chapter 1: Application Software
Application Software for Personal, Enterprise & Workgroup Objectives

1. Application Software for Personal, Enterprise & Workgroup Objectives

Application software is a computer program to carry out a specific task. Learn about the different types of applications at the individual, workgroup and enterprise level.

Microsoft Office and Open Office: Office Suite Applications

2. Microsoft Office and Open Office: Office Suite Applications

Office suite software is a collection of commonly used applications. It typically includes word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database software. Learn how these applications work together to increase productivity in this video lesson.

What Is Word Processing Software? - Definition, Types & Examples

3. What Is Word Processing Software? - Definition, Types & Examples

Word processing software is used to manipulate text and apply a basic design to your pages. Learn about the functionality of word processing software in this video lesson.

Automating Tasks Using Macros

4. Automating Tasks Using Macros

Computer users often have to perform repetitive tasks. A macro is a set of computer instructions that you can record and execute later as needed. Learn how to use macros to automate workflows and save time.

Presentation Software and Graphic Suites: Illustrator, PowerPoint & CorelDraw

5. Presentation Software and Graphic Suites: Illustrator, PowerPoint & CorelDraw

To make an impact on your audience, you not only need a strong message, you also need strong visuals. Learn how presentation and illustration software helps you make an impact when showing your work.

Types of Images: Vector & Raster Graphics

6. Types of Images: Vector & Raster Graphics

Software applications work with two types of images: vector graphics and raster graphics. Learn about the different characteristic of each type of image.

Database and Spreadsheet Software: Excel, Access, dBase & Lotus 1-2-3

7. Database and Spreadsheet Software: Excel, Access, dBase & Lotus 1-2-3

Spreadsheet software and database software are both used to organize and manipulate data. Each application has its own unique strengths. Learn about the functionality of both types of software.

Communication Software: Terminal Emulator, Chat & FTP

8. Communication Software: Terminal Emulator, Chat & FTP

There are numerous ways to communicate over a computer network. Learn about a number of very specialized software applications for communication, including terminal emulator software, online chat and FTP.

Software Licensing: Proprietary and Free and Open-Source Licenses

9. Software Licensing: Proprietary and Free and Open-Source Licenses

All software applications require a software license that describes how software can be used and distributed. Learn about the differences in licensing between proprietary and free and open source software.

Hypertext Markup Language: Software to Create Web Pages

10. Hypertext Markup Language: Software to Create Web Pages

Web pages are created using HyperText Markup Language, or HTML. Learn how HTML uses tags to display information in a web browser and how web design software makes it easy to develop a website without having to become an HTML expert.

Multimedia Software: Working with Audio and Video

11. Multimedia Software: Working with Audio and Video

Audio and video have become increasingly important in today's computer systems. Learn about how media players play back multimedia files as well as audio and video editing software to create your own productions.

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