Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Different Types of Software

Here are some common types of software. Click on More » to see more information about each type of software.

TypeOperating systems
ExamplesMicrosoft Windows. Linux. Macintosh OS X.
PurposeControl your computer.
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TypeWord processors
ExamplesWord. Corel WordPerfect. AbiWord.
PurposeWrite essays, novels, reports, or other types of text.
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ExamplesExcel. Lotus 1-2-3. VisiCalc.
PurposeTrack budgets or investments, or make other calculations.
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TypePresentation software
PurposeCreate slideshows for meetings.
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TypeDatabase management systems
ExamplesAccess. Oracle. Sybase. 4th Dimension.
PurposeOrganize and filter lists of data, such as addresses or inventories.
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TypePhoto editors
ExamplesPhotoshop. Fireworks. PhotoPaint. Gimp.
PurposeChange digital photos and other images.
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ExamplesThe Sims. PacMan. Minesweeper.
PurposeHave fun playing or experiencing challenges.
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TypeDesktop publishing
ExamplesPageMaker. InDesign. QuarkXPress.
PurposeMake a magazine, a poster, or an advertisement.
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TypeComputer-aided design (CAD) software
ExamplesAutoCAD. SolidWorks. MicroStation.
PurposeCreate blueprints or designs.
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TypeWeb browsers
ExamplesInternet Explorer. Netscape. Mozilla Firefox. Opera. Safari.
PurposeView pages on the World Wide Web.
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TypeE-mail clients
ExamplesOutlook. Eudora. Entourage.
PurposeSend letters and files to other people.
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And these categories are just the beginning.
Programmers have also created software to do the following tasks:
  • Organize employee schedules
  • Encode messages to protect bank transactions and other private information
  • Change speech into type
  • Format screenplays
  • Determine how to get the most lumber from a log
  • Count down seconds, like an egg timer
  • Create music CDs
  • Block unwanted advertisements on the World Wide Web or in e-mail
  • Keep track of airplane traffic
  • Design Web sites
  • Edit sound recordings
  • Help create more software

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