Basic generic software

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Basic generic software
Word processors
Allows the creation of publications such as letters reports and memos
Definition: a application that allows you to edit, store and print documents
Revolutionised the way people work with computers
Computers used to be used only for numerical calculations
People used type writers and paper and pen to write up documents
If a mistake was made you would have to start again
Word processors use editing tools and allow documents to be printed
WYSIWYG: What you see is what you get- you can preview documents
before printing off, you get exactly what you see on the screen
Desktop publishing (DTP)
Allows user to combine text and images to produce publications
Word processors focus on text based applications
Allow users to manipulate the position of text to create a composite
DTP's can create: flyers, brochures, business cards and posters
More tools are available which help produce a publication easily.
Mathematical/financial calculations
Complex formulas- update automatically with contents of related cell
Users only need to work out the formula and not the calculations
Allow data to be presented in different ways like in graphs to show trends.
Answer `what if' questions
Models created to answer these questions
Other functions include: goal seek, forecasting, and number manipulation
Allow data to be saved and sorted
Some databases use more than one table which are related to each other
Can be linked to other applications e.g. word to create a mail merge
Web authoring
Allow users to create and edit web pages
Other applications like word allow web pages to be created
Some functions/features of web authorising software don't use other
generic applications- e.g. the web code behind WYSIWYG interface

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Additional training may be needed to use this software
Basic knowledge of how web pages are created is useful to understand
Allows users to edit images by size and shape
Allows users to easily position images and text
Allows users to manage files by creating virtual sites
Some only let you create HTML pages but others allow you to create pages
with other web codes such as PHP, ASP and Perl files
Allows forms to be created without the user needing to understand how
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