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1. Application Software - Programs designed to make users more productive 2. System Software - Programs that control and maintain operation of computer - Serves as an interface between the user, the application software, and the computers hardware

Application Software
How is software distributed? Packaged software, mass produced Custom software, performs functions specific to a business or industry Open source software, provided for use, modification, and redistribution Shareware, distributed free for trial period Freeware, copyrighted software provided at no cost Public-domain software, freeware with no copyright restrictions

1. Business Software

Word Processing Software Allows users to create and manipulate text and graphics (Ex. Microsoft Word) Spreadsheet Software Organizes data; performs calculations and recalculates when data changes (Ex. Microsoft Excel) Database Software Allows you to create and manage data; add, change, delete, sort, and retrieve data (Ex. Microsoft Access)

Presentation Graphics Software Used to create visual aids for presentations; A presentation is sometimes called a slideshow (Ex. Microsoft PowerPoint) Note Taking Software Enables users to enter typed text, handwritten comments, drawings, or sketches anywhere on the page; Notes are organized like a notebook (Ex. Microsoft One Note)

Personal Information Manager Software Includes a calendar, address book, synchronization with desktop computer (Ex. Microsoft Works) Project Management Software Allows you to plan, schedule, track, and analyze the events, resources, and costs of a project (Ex. Gantt Project)

Accounting Software Helps companies record and report their financial transactions (Ex. QuickBooks) Enterprise Computing Software Large organizations require special computing solutions; Each functional unit has specialized software requirements (Human Resource, Accounting, Engineering, Manufacturing, Marketing, Sales, etc.)

2. Graphics and Multimedia Software

Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Sophisticated applications software that allows you to create engineering, architectural, and scientific design (Ex. AutoCAD) Desktop Publishing Software Enables you to design and produce sophisticated documents that contain text, graphics, and many colors (Ex. Microsoft Publisher)

Paint/Image Editing Software Used to create and modify graphical images; Sometimes called illustration software (Ex. Adobe Photoshop) Video and Audio Editing Software Video Editing software allows you to modify a segment of a video, called a clip; Audio Editing software allows you to modify audio clips (Ex. Adobe After Effects, Audacity)

Multimedia Authoring Software Allows you to combine text, graphics, audio, video, and animation into an interactive presentation (Ex. Windows Movie Maker) Web page Authoring Software Allows users of all skill levels to create Web pages

3. Application Software for Communications

E-mail Web Browsers Chat rooms Video Conferencing Newsgroups Instant Messaging

Application Software on the Web

Web applications A software application that exists on a Website, such as image and directions

System Software
Two Types: 1. Operating systems 2. Utility Programs

1. Operating System (OS)


Sometimes called the platform Coordinates all activities among computer hardware resources (Ex. Windows XP)

Booting Process of starting or restarting a computer Cold Boot Turning on computer that has been powered of Warm Boot Restarting computer that is powered on

2. Utility Programs

System software that performs maintenance-type tasks Antivirus Program File Compression File Conversion PC Maintenance