An application program that helps business owners manage their finances more efficiently by providing tools for tracking accounting transactions such as sales, accounts receivable, inventory purchases, and accounts payable.
The set of programs on a computer that helps a user carry out tasks such as word processing, sending e-mail, balancing a budget, creating presentations, editing photos, taking an online course, and playing games.
audio editing software
Programs that perform basic editing tasks on audio files such as cutting dead air space from the beginning or end of a song or cutting a portion from the middle.
An application that is still under development.
The pre-installed software (often trial versions) on a new computer.
computer-aided design (CAD)
A 3D modeling program used to create automated designs, technical drawings, and model visualizations.
A simplified licensing scheme that enables copyright holders to grant certain rights to a work while retaining other rights.
course management software
A program that provides traditional classroom tools, such as calendars and grade books, over the Internet, as well as areas for students to exchange ideas and information in chat rooms, discussion forums, and e-mail.
The process of installing only those features of a software program that a user wants on the hard drive.
customer relationship management (CRM) software
A business program used for storing sales and client contact information in one central database.
An electronic filing system best used for larger and more complicated groups of data that require more than one table and the ability to group, sort, and retrieve data and generate reports.
desktop publishing (DTP) software
Programs for incorporating and arranging graphics and text to produce creative documents.
digital video editing software
A program for editing digital video.
drawing software (illustration software)
Programs for creating or editing two-dimensional line-based drawings.
enterprise resource planning (ERP) system
System that is used to control many “back office” operations and processing functions such as billing, production, inventory management, and human resources management.
Programs designed to provide users with entertainment. Computer games make up the vast majority of entertainment software.
Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB)
A self-regulatory body established in 1994 by the Entertainment Software Association that rates computer and video games according to the age appropriateness of content.
financial planning software
Programs for managing finances, such as Intuit’s Quicken and Microsoft Money, which include electronic checkbook registers and automatic bill payment tools.
Any copyrighted software that can be used for free.
The process of installing all the files and programs from the distribution CD to the computer’s hard drive.
image editing software (photo editing software)
Programs for editing photographs and other images.
Documentation for a software product that is built directly into the software.
integrated software application
A single software program that incorporates the most commonly used tools of many productivity software programs.
A small program that groups a series of commands to run as a single command.
Software that provides street maps and written directions to locations.
Programs that include image, video, and audio editing software, animation software, and other specialty software required to produce computer games, animations, and movies.
online mapping service
An alternative to more traditional mapping software programs; easily accessible with any Internet connection and updated more frequently than offline services. Examples include MapQuest, Yahoo! Maps, Google Maps, and Google Earth.
open source software
Program code made publicly available for free; it can be copied, distributed, or changed without the stringent copyright protections of proprietary software products.
personal information manager (PIM) software
Programs such as Microsoft Outlook or Lotus Organizer that strive to replace the various management tools found on a traditional desk such as a calendar, address book, notepad, and to-do lists.
An application program for creating dynamic slide shows such as Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple Keynote.
Programs that enable a user to perform various tasks generally required in home, school, and business. Examples include word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, personal information management (PIM), and database programs.
A series of instructions to be followed by a computer to accomplish a task.
project management software
An application program, such as Microsoft Project, that helps project managers generate charts and tables used to manage aspects of a project.
Custom software application that is owned and controlled by the company that created it.
Software that enables users to “test” the software by running it for a limited time free of charge.
Software, often used for training purposes, which allows the user to experience or control an event as if it is reality.
The set of computer programs or instructions that tells the computer what to do and enables it to perform different tasks.
Software as a Service (SaaS)
Software that is delivered on demand over the Internet.
An agreement between the user and the software developer that must be accepted before installing the software on a computer.
Violating a software license agreement by copying an application onto more computers than the license agreement permits.
A collection of software programs that have been bundled together as a package.
Software that translates spoken words into typed text.
An application program such as Microsoft Excel or Lotus 1-2-3 that enables a user to do calculations and numerical analyses easily.
The set of minimum storage, memory capacity, and processing standards recommended by the software manufacturer to ensure proper operation of a software application.
The set of programs that enables a computer’s hardware devices and application software to work together; it includes the operating system and utility programs.
tax preparation software
An application program, such as Intuit’s TurboTax or H&R Block’s TaxCut, for preparing state and federal taxes. Each program offers a complete set of tax forms and instructions as well as expert advice on how to complete each form.
A form included in many productivity applications that provides the basic structure for a particular kind of document, spreadsheet, or presentation.
vertical market software
Software that is developed for and customized to a specific industry’s needs (such as a wood inventory system for a sawmill) as opposed to software that is useful across a range of industries (such as word processing software).
virtual reality program
Software that turns an artificial environment into a realistic experience.
Web-based application software
A program that is hosted on a Web site and does not require installation on the computer.
Web page authoring software
Programs you can use to design interactive Web pages without knowing any HyperText Markup Language (HTML) code.
A step-by-step guide that walks you through the necessary steps to complete a complicated task.
word processing software
Programs used to create and edit written documents such as papers, letters, and résumés.