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Software Selection

Chapter 8

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Choosing Appropriate Software


Software selection is generally simple.

However, a choice normally exists


To make the correct choice, you need to

know,

Strengths and limitations of each piece of software.

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Common Software
Software Text Editor Word Processor Desktop Publisher Database Package Spreadsheet Package Charting Package Presentation Authoring Package Web Browser E-mail Editor Graphics Package Programming language
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Brand Name

Alternative Software

Text Editor
A text editor allows you to _____

______ . It has few or no features that allow you to format a document. You can write some ________ code. Examples of text editors include ____________ ___________ ___________.

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Database Package
The database gives ____________

structure to the data items and gives you tools to that you can use to __________ or ________ the data. This is often managed by a ________ _______ __________. Databases can be _______ ________ or ____________ , which is more complex.
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Spreadsheet package
A spreadsheet is a ____ of information

used to display ___________ or ___________ statistical information. Data is arranged in _______ and ____________. Spreadsheets are very good at ________ situations. This involves ___________ data and examining the effect of those changes.
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Web Browser
A web browser allows you to display

web pages from an _____________ or the ___________. One example of an Internet Browser is Microsoft Internet Explorer.

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Database Package
The database gives ____________

structure to the data items and gives you tools to that you can use to __________ or ________ the data. This is often managed by a ________ _______ __________. Databases can be _______ ________ or ____________ , which is more complex.
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Programming Language
A programming package is used to write

________ that will perform a task within the computer. A computer program follows a ________ of _________ to perform a pre-defined function.

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Tasks
For each of the following, describe

which is the most appropriate application package(s) for each task and justify your reason.
1 .) Produce a full colour booklet for a

local company using web offset printing machines.


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Tasks Contd
Task 2 Present figures to the company director,

showing the changes in sales of a number of products and the profit margins over 5 years.
Task 3 A local shop sells TVs. It needs to store the

info and search different makes and models and prices. Using these records stored about TVs sold and its customers, it wants to send out letters to the customer automatically.

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Tasks contd
Task 4 A local shop sells fridges

and freezers. The owner needs to store the info about each fridge in stock and those they have recently sold. She also needs to store records of the customers who have bought the fridges.

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Tasks Contd
A new company designs commercial

artwork. It needs to be able to create and edit the artwork on the computer and send copies of it electronically to clients.

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