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Chapter 6. Software and Multimedia. Programs Used in Multimedia. Developing a multimedia production requires an array of software to create, edit, and combine text, sounds, and images. Elements of Multimedia.

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Chapter 6

Chapter 6

Software and Multimedia


Programs used in multimedia
Programs Used in Multimedia

  • Developing a multimedia production requires an array of software to create, edit, and combine text, sounds, and images.


Elements of multimedia
Elements of Multimedia

  • Different software is used to create the various elements of multimedia. These elements are:

    • Text

    • Graphics and animation

    • Sound or audio

    • Video


Programs for managing text
Programs for Managing Text

  • Text can be created with many programs.

    • Multimedia developers use word processing software to include text in their projects and to create documents about their projects.

    • Full-featured word processors have text formatting capabilities which set the appearance of the text.


Desktop publishing programs
Desktop Publishing Programs

  • Desktop publishing programs are sometimes called page layout programs.

  • They are better at handling the placement of graphics and processing very large documents.


Programs for graphics
Programs for Graphics

  • Graphics software is used for creating, editing, manipulating, and storing graphics.

    • Graphics software is also known as image management software.

    • It works with still and animated drawings, as well as photographs.


Programs for sound or video
Programs for Sound or Video

  • Most operating systems have the capability of playing sound or video files.

    • Audio or sound software is used to create or edit music or sound files.

    • Video software is used to edit video files.


Creating a multimedia production
Creating a Multimedia Production

  • Different kinds of software are used to combine the elements to create a multimedia production.

Embedded sound file

Imported graphic file


Web design software
Web Design Software

  • Web pages are written in a markup language such as HTML or XML.

    • Web design programs allow you to create Web pages without learning markup languages.

    • Many current word processing and desktop publishing programs let you convert their files to HTML for use in Web pages.

    • Web browsers are needed to view and use the Web pages on the Internet.


Multimedia presentations
Multimedia Presentations

  • Presentations are sequences of slides that usually incorporate text, sound, graphics, and animation.


Multimedia authoring software
Multimedia Authoring Software

  • Authoring programs link graphics, text, and other objects. They are used to create:

    • Interactive tutorials

    • Simulations

    • Games


Planning and managing projects
Planning and Managing Projects

  • There is also software for planning and managing multimedia projects.

    • Spreadsheet software is used to develop cost estimates, budgets, and reports.

    • Database software is used to control and retrieve information used in projects.

    • Project management software is used to coordinate the work of people and tasks to ensure that projects are completed on time.


Multimedia software suites
Multimedia Software Suites

  • A software suite is a group of programs from the same company sold in a single package.


Utility software for multimedia
Utility Software for Multimedia

  • Multimedia developers often need software for specific tasks. These tasks might include:

    • Screen captures

    • File compression

    • File conversion

    • Virus protection

    • Optical character recognition (OCR)


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