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Application Software by Mind Map: Application Software
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Application Software

Objectives Overview

Identify the four categories of application software

Differentiate among the seven forms through which software is available

Explain how the operating system and utility programs work with application software

Describe characteristics of a user interface

Identify the key features of widely used business programs

Identify the key features of widely used graphics and multimedia programs

Identify the key features of widely used home, personal, and educational programs

Discuss the advantages of and ways to access Web applications

Identify the types of application software used in communications

Describe the learning aids available for application software

Application software consists of programs designed to make users more productive and/or assist with personal tasks

To make business activities more efficient

To assist with graphics and multimedia projects

To support home, personal, and educational tasks

To facilitate communications

Application Software

Available in a variety of forms

System software serves as the interface between the user, the application software, and the computer’s hardware ...-Utility programs


Business software is application software that assists people while performing business activities

Word Processing




Note taking

Personal information manager

Business software for phones

Business software suites

Project management


Document management

Enterprise computing software

Business Software

Word processing software allows users to create and manipulate documents

Clip art is a collection of electronic drawings, photos, and other images

Additional word processing features include

Developing a document

Spreadsheet software allows users to organize data in rows and columns and perform calculations

A function is a predefined formula that performs common calculations

Charting depicts data in a spreadsheet in graphical form

A database is a collection of data organized in a manner that allows access, retrieval, and use of that data Database software allows users to create, access, and manage a database

Presentation software allows users to create visual aids for presentations to communicate ideas, messages, and other information to a group

Note taking software is application software that enables users to enter typed text, handwritten comments, drawings, or sketches anywhere on a page

A software suite is a collection of individual programs available together as a unit

A personal information manager (PIM) is application software that includes

Scaled down versions of software are available to work with smart phones and other mobile devices

Project management software allows a user to plan, schedule, track, and analyze the events, resources, and costs of a project

Accounting software helps companies record and report their financial transactions

Document management software provides a means for sharing, distributing, and searching through documents by converting them into a format that can be viewed by any user

Enterprises typically require special computing solutions for various functional units

Graphics and Multimedia Software

Computer-aided design (CAD) software

Desktop publishing software

Paint/Image editing software

Professional photo editing software

Video and audio editing software

Multimedia authoring software

Software for Home, Personal, and Educational Use

Personal finance software

Legal software

Tax preparation software

Personal DTP software

Personal paint/image editing software

Personal photo editing software

Clip art/image gallery

Video and audio editing software

Home design/landscaping software

Travel and mapping software

Reference software

Educational software

Entertainment software

Web Applications

A Web application is a Web site that allows users to access and interact with software from any computer or device that is connected to the Internet

Application Software for Communications

Web Browser


Instant Messaging

Chat Room

Text, Picture, Video Messaging

RSS Aggregator


Newsgroup/Message Board


Video Conferencing

Learning Tools for Application Software

Online Help is the electronic equivalent of a user manual

You can ask a question or access the Help topics in subject or alphabetical order

Web-based Help provides updates and more comprehensive resources to respond to technical issues about software

Web-based training is a type of CBT that uses Internet technology and consists of application software on the Web

Distance learning (DL) is the delivery of education at one location while the learning takes place at other locations