A-level Computing/CIE/Computer systems, communications and software/Choosing appropriate applications software

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Custom-written software versus off-the-shelf software packages
(a) distinguish between custom-written software and off-the-shelf software packages, and discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each in given situations
(d) identify application areas for which generic application software is not appropriate
Application software
(b) identify the features of common applications found in business, commercial and industrial

applications, e.g. stock control, payroll, process control, point-of-sale systems

(c) identify suitable common generic application software for particular application areas, e.g. word processors, spreadsheets, desktop publishers (DTP), presentation software, drawing packages, and justify the choices
(e) describe the purpose and impact of different types of generic application software, e.g. word processors, spreadsheets, desktop publishers (DTP), presentation software, drawing packages