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1 Understanding Computers Today and Tomorrow 12 th Edition Chapter 6: Application Software

2 Learning Objectives Describe what application software is, the different types of ownership rights, and the difference between installed and Web-based software. Detail some concepts and commands that many software programs have in common. Discuss word processing and explain what kinds of documents are created using this type of program. Explain the purpose of spreadsheet software and the kinds of documents created using this type of program. Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 2

3 Learning Objectives Identify some of the vocabulary used with database software and discuss the benefits of using this type of program. Describe what presentation graphics and electronic slide shows are and when they might be used. List some types of graphics and multimedia software consumers frequently use. Name other types of application software programs and discuss what functions they perform. Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 3

4 This chapter covers: Overview Characteristics of application software in general A look at a variety of types of application software, including: Word processing Spreadsheet Database Presentation graphics Graphics and multimedia software Other types of application software Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 4

5 The Basics of Application Software Software ownership rights: Specify the allowable use of the program Software license: Specifies the conditions under which a buyer of the program can use it Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 5

6 Software Ownership Rights Commercial software: Copyrighted software developed, usually by a commercial company, for sale to others Shareware: Copyrighted software distributed on the honor system; consumers should either pay for it or uninstall it after the trial period Freeware: Copyrighted software that may be used free of charge Public domain software: Software that is not copyrighted and may be used without restriction Open source software: Programs with source code available to the general public Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 6

7 Software Ownership Rights Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 7

8 Installed vs. Web-Based Software Installed software: Must be installed on the PC before it can be run Can be purchased in physical form Can be downloaded from the Internet Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 8

9 Installed vs. Web-Based Software Web-based software: Run directly from the Internet Also called Software as a Service (SaaS) Includes games and other free programs Includes feebased software available through an application service provider (ASP) Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 9

10 Software Suites Software suite: Collection of software programs bundled together and sold as a single software package Office suites (e.g. Microsoft Office) are used by most businesses and many individuals to produce documents; typically include: Word processing software Spreadsheet software Database software Presentation graphics software Additional productivity tools like calendars, messaging programs, or collaboration tools Facilitate object linking and embedding Integrated software programs: Similar to suites, but with fewer features (e.g. Microsoft Works) Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 10

11 Desktop vs. Mobile Software Desktop software: Used with desktop and notebook PCs Mobile software: Used with handheld PCs and mobile devices Wide variety available Some is compatible with popular desktop software, such as Microsoft Office Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 11

12 Common Software Commands Application programs today have a number of concepts and commands in common Toolbars Menus Icons Keyboard shortcuts Ribbon Mini toolbar Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 12

13 The Ribbon Used in Office 2007 programs Commands are organized into groups located on tabs Contexual: Commands appear as they are appropriate Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 13

14 Common Software Commands Editing a document (changing the content of the document) Insertion point: Indicates the current location in the document (where changes will take place) Typing text will insert it Delete and Backspace key will delete text Text and objects can typically be selected to be moved, copied, deleted, or formatted Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 14

15 Common Software Commands Formatting a document (changing the appearance of the document), such as Changing font face, size, style or color Changing line spacing or margins Adding page numbers or borders Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 15

16 Common Software Commands Help for software programs Often built into the program Table of Contents Browsing Search Online help (via manufacturer s Web site and independent sites) Offline help (periodicals, books, tutorial videos, classes) Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 16

17 Built-In Help Systems Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 17

18 Word Processing Concepts Word processing software: Used to create written documents (memos, letters, reports, etc.) Actual commands and features vary somewhat from program to program Important to be familiar with the basic features of word processing and the general concept of what word processing enables you to do Common programs Microsoft Word Corel WordPerfect Apple Pages Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 18

19 Microsoft Word Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 19

20 Creating a Word Processing Document Word wrap: Automatically returns the insertion point to the next line when the end of the screen line is reached Character formatting (font face, size, style, or color) Paragraph formatting (line spacing, left and right margins, tabs, alignment, and styles) Page formatting (top and bottom margins, paper size, orientation, headers, footers, etc) Document formatting (footnotes, end notes, table of contents, index, background, theme) Like all electronic documents, need to be saved so they can be retrieved Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 20

21 Tables, Graphics, and Templates Tables allow content to be organized in a table consisting of rows and columns Graphics or drawing features allow images to be inserted into a document (clip art, photographs, drawn images, etc.) and then modified Templates help users create new documents quickly Wizards available for creating documents (envelopes, legal pleadings, calendars, and agendas), as well as for tasks (sending a fax or publishing a Web page) Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 21

22 Tables, Graphics, and Templates Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 22

23 Word Processing on the Web Most word processing programs today include Webrelated features allowing you to: Send a document as an message Include Web page hyperlinks in documents Create or modify Web pages Default Word 2007 file format is.docx There are optional file formats for documents created in many word processing programs Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 23

24 Spreadsheet Concepts Spreadsheet software: Used to create electronic spreadsheets Spreadsheets: Documents which typically contain a great deal of numbers and mathematical computations and are organized into rows and columns Worksheet : A single spreadsheet Workbook: Multiple worksheets saved in a single file Most widely used spreadsheet programs Microsoft Excel Corel Quattro Pro Apple Numbers Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 24

25 Microsoft Excel Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 25

26 Creating a Spreadsheet Worksheets are divided into rows and columns The intersection of a row and a column is called a cell Each cell is identified by a cell address Cell pointer marks current cell Groups of cells are called ranges or blocks; can be selected with mouse or keyboard Data can be entered into current cell Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 26

27 Entering Data into a Spreadsheet Cell Cells can contain: Labels: Text-based entry in a worksheet cell that identifies data on the worksheet Constant values: Numerical entry in a worksheet cell Formulas: Performs mathematical operations on the content of other cells Usually reference cell locations, not the current data in a cell Use mathematical operators + - / * ^ e.g. =B8+C8+D8 Functions: Named programmed formula Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 27

28 Entering Data into a Spreadsheet Cell Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 28

29 Absolute vs. Relative Cell References Relative cell references: Cell addresses are adjusted as the formula is copied The default in most spreadsheet programs Written as B6 Absolute cell references: Cell addresses are not adjusted as the formula is copied Used when the formulas should always use the value in a particular cell, regardless of in which cell the formula is placed Constant value (sales tax rate, etc.) Percent computation (always divide by total) Written as $B$6 Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 29

30 Absolute vs. Relative Cell References Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 30

31 Charts and What-If Analysis Most spreadsheet programs include some type of charting or graphing capability Can create graphs from the data in the spreadsheet (don t have to reenter it) Graphs change accordingly if the data in the spreadsheet changes What-if analysis (sensitivity analysis) Allows you to change certain numbers on a spreadsheet and immediately see the results of that change Tool frequently used to help make business decisions Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 31

32 Spreadsheets and the Web Most spreadsheet programs have built-in Web capabilities Many spreadsheet programs have an option on the File menu to save the current worksheet as a Web page Hyperlinks can be inserted into worksheet cells Ranges of cells can be selected and copied to a Web publishing or word processing program to insert spreadsheet data into a Web page as a table Default Excel 2007 file format is.xlsx Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 32

33 Database Concepts Database: A collection of related data that is stored in a manner enabling information to be retrieved as needed Database management system (DBMS): Software that allows the creation and manipulation of an electronic database Most widely used database programs Microsoft Access Corel Paradox Lotus Approach Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 33

34 Database Concepts Most PC-based databases are relational databases and organized into fields (columns), records (rows), and tables Field (column): A single type of data to be stored in a database Record (row): A collection of related fields Table: collection of related records Database: Collection of related tables Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 34

35 Database Concepts Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 35

36 Microsoft Access Databases contain a variety of objects (such as tables, queries, forms, reports) Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 36

37 Creating a Database Database file is created first Tables can then be created Typically, the table structure is specified first Includes a list of fields and their properties, including: Field name (unique identifying name) Data type (text, number, date, object) Field size (maximum number of characters) Default value (initial content of the field) The table is named and saved The table structure can be modified using the Design view Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 37

38 Creating a Database Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 38

39 Creating a Database After the table structure has been created, data is entered into the table Datasheet view: Lists all data and looks similar to a spreadsheet Form: Created by the user and typically displays just one record at a time In either case, data is entered into the database table Either Datasheet view or a form can be used to modify data or delete records Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 39

40 Creating a Database Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 40

41 Queries and Reports Query: A question; a request for specific information from the database Contain criteria to specify the records and fields to be included in the query results Are named and saved so they can be run again at a later time Results always include the current database data Reports: Created when a more formal output is desired Associated with either a table or a query Data is displayed in the specified format Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 41

42 Queries Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 42

43 Databases and the Web Many Web sites use one or more databases to: Keep track of inventory Allow searching for people, documents, products, or other information Place real-time orders Anytime you type keywords in a search site or hunt for a product on a retail store s Web site using its search feature, you are using a Web database Default Access 2007 file format is.accdb Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 43

44 Presentation Graphic Concepts Presentation graphic: An image designed to visually enhance a presentation Can be used in electronic slide shows, as well as in printed handouts, overhead transparencies, word processing documents, and Web pages Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 44

45 Presentation Graphic Concepts Electronic slide show: Group of slides containing images, text, video clips, or sound clips displayed for educational or business presentations Presentation graphics software: Used to create presentation graphics Most common presentation graphics programs are Microsoft PowerPoint Corel Presentations Apple Keynote Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 45

46 Microsoft PowerPoint Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 46

47 Creating a Presentation Templates and preformatted slide layouts can often be used New slides can be added as needed Slides can contain a variety of elements Text Images Charts Audio clips Video clips Slides can be formatted as needed Animated effects can be added to slides and objects Animation Transitions Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 47

48 Finishing a Presentation Slide sorter view: Used to rearrange the slide order Can add speaker notes, recorded narration, etc. Show can be set up to run automatically or on mouse clicks Can usually print the slides to create overhead transparencies or an audience handout Speaker tools Speaker notes Pens and highlighters Presenter view Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 48

49 Presentation Graphics and the Web Presentation graphics programs can be used to generate Web pages or Web page content Slides can include hyperlinks Users can usually control Web-based presentations Default PowerPoint 2007 format is.pptx Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 49

50 Graphics and Multimedia Concepts Graphics: Graphical images, such as digital photographs, clip art, scanned drawings, and original images created using a software program Multimedia: Typically refers to content containing sound or video Large variety of graphics and multimedia software, such as to Create or modify graphics Edit digital audio or video Play multimedia files Burn CDs and DVDs Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 50

51 Graphics Software Graphics software: Used to create or modify images Painting programs: Typically used to create bitmapped images (Microsoft Paint, Corel Painter X) Drawing programs: Typically create images using mathematical formulas (Adobe Illustrator CS3, CorelDRAW X3) Image editing or photo editing programs: Designed for touching up or modifying images Crop, eliminate red-eye, etc. Optimize file size for the Web Adobe Photoshop, Apple iphoto, etc. Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 51

52 Graphics Software Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 52

53 Audio Editing Software Audio editing software: Used to create and edit audio files Podcasts, musical compositions, etc. Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 53

54 Video Editing Software Video editing software: Used to modify existing videos Deleting scenes Rearranging scenes Adding voiceovers, etc. DVD authoring software: Used to create DVD content Importing videos, creating menus, burning onto a DVD CD and DVD burning software: Used to record data on recordable or rewritable CDs and DVDs Custom music CDs Home movie DVDs Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 54

55 Video Editing Software Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 55

56 Media Players Media players: Used to play multimedia Music CDs, downloaded music, online audio Downloaded and online video Rip and burn CDs and DVDs Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 56

57 Graphics, Multimedia, and the Web Graphics and multimedia software is often used by individuals and businesses alike to create Web sites or content to be shared via the Web Games Tutorials Videos Demonstrations Other content Creating multimedia Web sites is discussed in Chapter 10 Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 57

58 Other Types of Application Software Desktop and personal publishing software Educational software Entertainment software Reference software Accounting and personal finance software CAD and other types of design software Project management and collaboration software Remote access software Note taking and personal productivity software Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 58

59 Other Types of Application Software Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 59

60 Summary The Basics of Application Software Word Processing Concepts Spreadsheet Concepts Database Concepts Presentation Graphics Concepts Graphics and Multimedia Concepts Other Types of Application Software Chapter 6 Understanding Computers, 12th Edition 60

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