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Application Software Overview - Chapter Summary
Our instructors have created engaging lessons that closely examine CAD software, hypertext markup language, communication software and much more. You'll study the uses, characteristics and components of frequently-used application software. When you've finished with this chapter, you will be able to:
- List and describe application software for personal, workgroup and enterprise objectives
- Share details about MS Word, InDesign and other desktop publishing and word processing software
- Identify and discuss different types of presentation software and graphic suites
- Discuss the purpose and list types of image processing software
- Exhibit knowledge of database and spreadsheet software
- Describe enterprise software for business applications
- Detail how to work with audio and video using multimedia software
- Provide details about proprietary, free and open-source software licensing
This chapter's flexibility lets you review the lessons you think will help you gain full comprehension of application software. Feel free to navigate them in your sequence of choice and visit them as often as you'd like. Test your knowledge of the concepts they cover by taking mini quizzes and a chapter exam. Submit any questions that arise while studying the lessons to our experts using the Dashboard.
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.
2. Desktop Publishing & Word Processing Software: MS Word, InDesign & WordPerfect
Word processing software is used to manipulate text and apply a basic design to your pages. More sophisticated design can be accomplished using desktop publishing software. Learn about the functionality of these two types of application software.
3. Presentation Software & Graphic Suites: Purpose & Examples
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.
4. What is CAD Software? - Definition & Uses
This lesson provides an overview of what CAD software is, how it is used, and details the up-and-coming applications of CAD modeling. Information on two-dimensional modeling, three-dimensional modeling, types of CAD software, and 3D printing is included.
5. Image Processing Software: Purpose & Types
In this lesson, we'll take a look at image processing software, what it is, some of the types available, and some examples of those types. At the end, you should have a good understanding of this important area.
6. 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.
7. Communication Software: Purpose & Examples
You use communication software every day, from E-mail to texting. In this lesson, we'll review the purpose of communication software and provide examples of its use in modern systems.
8. Enterprise Software for Business Applications
Enterprise software gives multiple users in different locations access to the same functionality. This central system ensures that information is shared across all functional areas and levels of management within an organization.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
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