Unit 4: Vocabulary

Please study the 8 vocabulary terms from Unit 4: Software Applications. Then continue to the activities.

alpha version
normally the first version of a software application that is feature-ready and released to testers
Alpha versions are rarely released to the public and frequently contain serious bugs.
beta version
a software program used for testing purposes before it is released to the public
The beta version of our program was released for testing yesterday.
freeware
software distributed without cost by the developer which normally cannot be modified or sold without permission
The woman said she always searched for freeware versions of an application before buying one.
help file
a file containing instructions how to use a certain feature or program
The help file often contains useful program shortcuts.
patch
a software update intended to fix bugs or security holes in a software release
Software patches and other updates should be available on a software publisher's web site.
RC (release candidate)
a piece of software that has passed the beta testing stage and is almost ready to be released to the public
Apple refers internally to a release candidate as "the golden master."
shareware
proprietary software which can be distributed freely but is limited by features and/or time limit until a full version is purchased
Many companies have a shareware version of their software with a 30-day free trial.
upgrade
to replace an older version of software or hardware with a newer version
The man needed to upgrade his office suite so he could export files as XML
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