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Software Key terms

Learn about the definitions of the main tech terms used in software

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accounting software Application software for managing finances.
application software Software which allows users to produce work, such as documents and presentations.
application suite Collection of application programs that perform related tasks, sold together.
assistant Step by step help system to guide a user through a task.
audio software Application software for creating, recording, and editing sound.
automatic recalculation Spreadsheet feature that updates results when cells are changed.
backup Spare copy of data to be used in the event of an emergency.
browser Software used to view web pages.
Business Software Alliance Organisation that works to reduce illegal copying of software.
bug Error or mistake in a program.
closed source Software whose source code is not publicly available.
cloud computing System whereby application software and data are stored on a remote Internet server.
command line interface System the user controls by typing in commands.
commercial software Software which is sold for profit.
compatibility Idea that two systems work together and can share hardware, software, or data.
concurrent licence Software licence that allows a specific number of copies to be used at one time.
copyright Law protecting intellectual property from unauthorised copying.
cross-platform Hardware or software that works on multiple operating systems.
database software Application software for creating, recording, and finding large collections of data.
Defragmentation Process of reducing disk fragmentation.
desktop publishing software Application software used to lay out pages for printed publications.
device drivers Utility software used by the operating system to communicate with peripheral devices.
DTP Application software used to lay out pages for printed publications.
EULA Licence agreement for software that sets out the users rights and responsibilities.
end user licence agreement Licence agreement for software that sets out the users rights and responsibilities.
Federation Against Software Theft Organisation that works to reduce illegal copying of software.
firewall Hardware or software that controls access to a network.
fragmentation Problem that occurs as files are saved on non-contiguous sectors on a disk.
free and open source software Software whose source code is freely available and can be changed and distributed.
freeware Software which is distributed for no cost.
frequently asked questions List of questions and answers often found in manuals and help screens.
Full backup Backup that copies all data from a system.
Graphical User Interface System the user controls using a mouse to click on icons, buttons, and windows.
graphics software Application software for creating and editing images.
GUI System the user controls using a mouse to click on icons, buttons, and windows.
Incremental backup Backup that copies only the changed data since the last backup.
mail merge Automatically customising a standard letter with individual names and addresses.
MDI Interface that presents a series of pre-defined options to the user.
Menu Driven Interface Interface that presents a series of pre-defined options to the user.
multi-user licence Software licence that allows a specific number of copies to be used at one time.
multimedia software Application software for creating and editing presentations, animations, and video.
open source Software whose source code is freely available and can be changed and distributed.
operating systems Software that manages the computer system and controls the hardware.
platform Refers to a particular combination of hardware and operating system.
presentation software Application software for creating slides used for lectures, presentations, and lessons.
product activation Process of registering software online before it can be used, to reduce illegal copies.
productivity software Software which allows users to produce work, such as documents and presentations.
public domain Software to which the author has waived all rights.
read me file Help file containing latest updates and information about using a system.
restore (a backup) Copying data from a backup copy back to the main system.
safety critical system System whose failure could result in injury or loss of life.
serial number Registration number needed during software installation, used to reduce illegal copies.
shareware Software which is free to use initially, but which must be pay for if use continues.
single-user licence Software licence that allows the use of only a single copy on a single computer.
site licence Software licence that allows an organisation to use software on an unlimited number of computers.
source code Instructions that make up the software, entered by the programmer using a programming language.
spreadsheet software Application software for performing numerical calculations and analysis.
tutorials Step by step help on using a system.
User interface Method used to communicate with a computer system.
utility software Software used to perform maintenance jobs such as defragmenting disks.
video editing software Application software for creating and editing video.
voice controlled interface Ability to operate a computer by issuing spoken commands.
web development software Application software for creating HTML pages for web sites.
Web-based software System whereby application software and data are stored on a remote Internet server.
wizard Step by step help system to guide a user through a task.
word processing software Application software for creating written documents such as letters or essays.
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