Processing - for writing letters, reports and other documents.
Examples: Microsoft Word, Word Perfect, FlexiWrite. Facilities
include: easy editing of text, font & size changing, find
& replace, spell checker, word count, mail merge (to import
text from a database while printing each copy of a document).
Handling - for creating databases. Examples: Microsoft Access, FlexiData. Facilities include: creation & editing of fields,
sorting records and query searching, also ability to display data
in graphical and chart form.
Package - for drawing and painting. Examples: Microsoft
Paintbrush, Corel PhotoPaint, Paintshop Pro. Facilities include:
colour palette, various drawing, painting and editing tools.
Publishing (DTP) - for producing posters, leaflets and
newspapers. Examples: Microsoft Publisher, Adobe PageMaker.
Facilities include: ability to import text and images from other
programs or from disk plus ability to position them individually
on the page. Usually have some text editing tools included.
Spreadsheet Modelling - for producing invoices and cost plans. Can be
used to create models, simulations or expert systems for others
to use. Examples: Microsoft Excel, Lotus 1-2-3. Facilities
include: entry of formulas to perform calculations, also ability
to display data in graphical and chart form. Acts rather like a
multifunction pocket calculator, but once set up for a particular
purpose there is no need to remember all the formula and
functions each time you use it.
Design (CAD) - for floor layouts and product design. Examples: FlexiCad,
AutoCad. Facilities include: various drawing and
editing tools and ability to scale accurately, sometimes in three
dimensions and with ability to rotate in any direction.
Software - for demonstrations and lectures to live audiences.
Examples: Microsoft Powerpoint, RM Illuminatus. Facilities
provided to produce and edit on screen multimedia presentations
involving text, images, video and sound.
Software - for composing a musical performance. Examples: RM
Music Explorer, Cubase, Capella. Facilities provided to create,
edit, store, print and play scripts; to record, process and
replay a variety of sounds via input from a music keyboard and
other "midi" instruments.