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Basic computer application software

All computers in schools require a basic set of software applications, both for computer literacy programmes and to be integrated effectively into mainstream education programmes. These applications generally include software for word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, graphics software, and software to create Websites and HTML documents, such as Frontpage and Dreamweaver. As with operating system software, commercial and public domain options are available. Major commercial applications are often purchased since these are used in the working world, so students will be prepared to use what is common in the workplace.

Where funding is a constraint, schools can use Sun Microsystems public domain software application suite, called OpenOffice. This includes an integrated graphical interface similar to MS-Office and WordPerfect and includes word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications. StarOffice also has support for AutoPilot Web page design software, 3D graphics, HTML editing, e-mail, photo editing, and other applications. This software is available in a variety of languages and can be downloaded for free from the Internet. There are versions of StarOffice for both Windows and Linux operating systems.

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 is both an Open Source product and a project. The product is a multi-platform office productivity suite, that includes key desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to other office suites. also works transparently with a variety of file formats, including those of Microsoft Office. Available in 25 languages with more being constantly added by the community, runs stably and natively on Solaris, Linux (including PPC Linux), and Windows. Additional ports, such as for FreeBSD, IRIX, and Mac OS X, are in various stages of completion.

Frontpage in the classroom - This eight-unit tutorial shows K-12 teachers how to make a web page using FrontPage, from the basics on FrontPage toolbars, embedding images and choosing fonts, to adding video clips and making a connection to the Internet.