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Ch 3: Application & System Software

About This Chapter

If you need to review application and systems software for an exam, homework assignment or class assignment, take a look at this chapter's engaging video lessons and mini quizzes. These mobile-friendly resources can be accessed at any time that fits your schedule.

Application & Systems Software - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll review a series of engaging video lessons that cover types of application and systems software. Use any computer or mobile device to access this chapter and study the functions of firmware, MS Word, InDesign, PowerPoint, Illustrator and more. Following each lesson is a short quiz that can help you memorize key terms and concepts. Printable lesson transcripts are also included, and if you have any questions about the material, you can submit them to our instructors. When you're done, you should be equipped to:

  • Discuss the applications of computer software
  • Compare types of systems software, including firmware, device drivers and utility software
  • Explain how application software can be used to achieve enterprise, workgroup and personal objectives
  • Evaluate types of desktop publishing, word processing and presentation software
  • Work with audio and video using multimedia software

6 Lessons in Chapter 3: Application & System Software
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What is Computer Software? - Definition & Applications

1. What is Computer Software? - Definition & Applications

In this lesson, we'll briefly go over the basics of what software is and how it's different from hardware. We'll also talk about a couple of examples and see some common uses of software.

Systems Software: Utility Software, Device Drivers and Firmware

2. Systems Software: Utility Software, Device Drivers and Firmware

System software coordinates the activities and functions of hardware and software, and it controls the operations of computer hardware. Learn about different types of system software, including utility software, device drivers and firmware.

Application Software for Personal, Enterprise & Workgroup Objectives

3. 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.

Desktop Publishing & Word Processing Software: MS Word, InDesign & WordPerfect

4. 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.

Presentation Software & Graphic Suites: Purpose & Examples

5. 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.

Multimedia Software: Working with Audio and Video

6. 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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