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Computer concepts chapter03

Chapter 3
Computer Software

Computer Concepts
2012


3 Chapter Contents






Section A: Software Basics
Section B: Popular Applications
Section C: Buying Software
Section D: Installing Software and Upgrades
Section E: Security Software

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3 FastPoll True/False Questions
Answer A for True and B for False

 030100 Word processing software and operating
systems are examples of application software.
 030200 Spreadsheets are classified as utility software.
 030300 The software you install to help a printer
communicate with a computer is called a device driver.
 030400 Desktop publishing software is based on
frames.
 030500 Spreadsheet software is particularly useful for
what-if analyses.

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3 FastPoll True/False Questions
Answer A for True and B for False

 030600 Database software stores information in HTML
codes.
 030700 CAD software is a good choice for professionalquality photo editing.
 030800 Payroll software is a good example of vertical
market business software.
 030900 If the main screen of a software product does not
contain a copyright notice, it is legal to make copies and
share them with your friends.
 031000 A EULA is a license agreement that specifies how to
legally use a software product.
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3 FastPoll True/False Questions
Answer A for True and B for False

 031100 Open source software is public domain.
 031200 The Windows Registry is a database that
keeps track of a computer’s peripheral devices,
software, preferences, and settings.
 031300 Downloaded software is usually zipped to
decrease download time.
 031400 Hash codes are used to generate a unique
number as part of the software activation process.

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3 FastPoll True/False Questions
Answer A for True and B for False

 031500 Web apps typically are installed on your
computer’s local hard disk.
 031600 A software worm can replicate itself.
 031700 To keep your antivirus software up to date,
it is important to get updates of the rootkit.
 031800 Botnets offer effective security protection
from spyware.

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SECTION

Software Basics

A

Software Categories
Application Software
Utility Software
Device Drivers

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3 Question
 032100 Software publishers offer a huge variety of
products for personal computer owners. From which
of the following categories does the typical
computer owner purchase add-on software?
– A. System software and operating systems
– B. Application software and utilities
– C. Device drivers and application software
– D. System software and antivirus software

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3 Software Categories

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3 Application Software
 Productivity software can
be defined as any type of
application software that
has the potential to help
people do their work more
efficiently
 Groupware is designed to
help several people
collaborate on a single
project using local networks
or Internet connections

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3 Utility Software
 Utility software (a type of
system software) is designed
to help you monitor and
configure settings for your
computer system equipment,
the operating system, or
application software
 A desktop widget is a
specialized utility program that
appears on a computer’s
screen-based desktop

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3 Device Drivers
 A device driver is software
that helps a peripheral
device establish
communication with a
computer
 Windows Device Manager

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SECTION

Popular Applications

B

Document Production Software
Spreadsheet Software
“Number Crunching” Software
Database Software
Graphics Software

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SECTION

Popular Applications

B

Music Software
Video Editing and DVD Authoring Software
Educational Software
Entertainment Software
Business Software

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3 Question
 032200 Just about everyone has used iTunes
software to download music. iTunes software also
allows you to list the songs you’ve downloaded,
delete songs, find songs, and organize your music
into play lists. These features of iTunes are similar
to what type of software?
– A. Word processing software
– B. Spreadsheet software
– C. Database software
– D. Groupware
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Document
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 Assists you with composing, editing,
designing, printing, and electronically
publishing documents
– Word processing
– Desktop publishing
– Web authoring

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Document
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 Document production software may include:
– Spelling checker
• Spelling dictionary
– Thesaurus
– Grammar checker
– Feature to analyze the reading level
• Readability formula
– Search and Replace feature

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Document
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 The format for a document refers to the way that all
elements are arranged on the page

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Document
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Document
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 Mail merge automatically creates personalized letters by
combining the information in a mailing list with a form letter
 Additional capabilities of word processing software include:
– Automatically generating table of contents and index
– Numbering and positioning footnotes
– Providing document templates and document wizards
– Exporting to HTML format

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3 Spreadsheet Software
 A spreadsheet uses rows
and columns of numbers to
create a model or
representation of a real
solution
 Spreadsheet software,
such as Microsoft Excel,
iWork Numbers, or
OpenOffice Calc, provides
tools for creating electronic
spreadsheets

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3 Spreadsheet Software

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3 Spreadsheet Software
 A formula tells the computer how to use the contents of cells
in calculations
– Cell references
• Relative reference
• Absolute reference
– Mathematical operators
– Functions
– Automatic recalculations

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