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ALISON: Introduction to Information Technology

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  • Abdulrahman Ismail Nigeria What are Application software
    2014-07-21 11:07:45

    • Abdulrahman Ismail Nigeria Application software allows the user to interact with the information system with ease. It provides in general a GUI (graphical user interface) that gives users an easy mouse driven graphical environment. Users, through efficient use of this software, can ensure relevant, timely, accurate, concise and complete information. The main general usage types of application software include: Word-processing: This is the most widely used software type. It allows users to type documents, save them, and edit them or reuse them as required. Text can be presented in an attractive format incorporating graphics and many other enhancement features, assisting in creating clear, readable and informative documents. Spreadsheets: allow the manipulation of primarily numerical data, it incorporates the use of formula, the user can then change or modify data without redoing calculations. Spreadsheets are particularly useful when wanting to do regular calculations such as monthly reports where only the data changes not the method of analysing it. Spreadsheets: allow the manipulation of primarily numerical data, it incorporates the use of formula, the user can then change or modify data without redoing calculations. Spreadsheets are particularly useful when wanting to do regular calculations such as monthly reports where only the data changes not the method of analysing it. Databases management: This type of software is heavily utilised by organisations with a large number of members, clients, employees etc. It provides structure for storing data about one item, whether that is employees' personal details or the details of a newly purchased video. Data is stored in fields, each item forms a record and a collection of records forms a database table. The data type of field can be specified, that is as numeric, text, graphic, date etc, and can include set rules or validation of the possible content, for example only a number between 1 and 10. Record can be sorted and searched to provide data to management. Desktop Publishing/Presentation: This provide users with more features than a word processor to allow the layout of documents such as brochures, pamphlets and posters. It has in some cases sophisticated features to improve layout. Presentation software also allows the incorporation of animation to produce interactive publications. Desktop Publishing/Presentation: This provide users with more features than a word processor to allow the layout of documents such as brochures, pamphlets and posters. It has in some cases sophisticated features to improve layout. Presentation software also allows the incorporation of animation to produce interactive publications. Web browsers: This software is now standard on all PCs. It provides access to Internet web sites, if the computer has the ability to be online. Web browsers read and interpret HTML documents and display them as the designer specified. Web browsers: This software is now standard on all PCs. It provides access to Internet web sites, if the computer has the ability to be online. Web browsers read and interpret HTML documents and display them as the designer specified. Electronic Mail: Most users now have access to e-mail software that provides them with the ability to send electronic mail within the organisation or worldwide. It not only allows text letters to be sent but attachments may also be sent with the message. These attachments can be of any file type, for example graphics or word processing. There are also a range of other software types that are more specialised. Various forms of software are available to provide easier use of data. Various forms of software are available to provide easier use of data. Project Management - This allows the in-depth planning of projects; users allocate resources and time to tasks, and monitor the project as it progresses. Web development - A range of web development tools exist, all providing a range of features so that users may create web pages from the simple to the more complex. Programming Environments - All software is created by using a programming language, it is these programming statements that the computer interrupts before displaying anything on screen. In some cases the software that is available on the shelf is not suitable for an organisation's need so they employ a programmer to develop a piece of software specific to their needs. The programmer uses a programming environment to create a solution to the organisation's needs.
      2014-07-21 11:07:39
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