Application software tells the computer
how to accomplish specific tasks, such as
word processing or drawing, for the user. Thousands of applications are available
for many purposes and for people of all ages. Some of the major categories of
these applications include
- Word processing software for creating text-based documents such as
newsletters or brochures (see Fig. 1).
Fig. 1: Word processing software.
- Spreadsheets for creating numeric-based documents such as budgets or balance sheets.
- Database management software for
building and manipulating large sets of
data, such as the names, addresses, and
phone numbers in a telephone directory.
- Presentation programs for creating and
presenting electronic slide shows (see Fig. 2).
Fig. 1: Presentation program.
- Graphics programs for designing illustrations or manipulating photographs,
movies, or animation.
- Multimedia authoring applications for
building digital movies that incorporate
sound, video, animation, and interactive
- Entertainment and education software,
many of which are interactive multimedia events.
- Web design tools and Web browsers,
and other Internet applications such as newsreaders and e-mail programs.
- Games, some of which are for a single player and many of which can be
played by several people over a network or the Internet.