Software programs that are highly regarded for text-handling abilities may
not be appropriate software for handling artwork or images. To achieve the
flexibility and resolution required to create good graphics, you need graphics
software programs. Since so many graphics software programs are used in
the Navy; this section addresses them only in general terms.
Graphics software programs are intended primarily for the creation and
modification of graphics images. The three types of graphics software
programs are image-creation (drawing, animation, drafting, and painting),
image-editing (photographic), and image-presentation (briefing or training)
Graphics software programs have so many features and options that an
owner/operator manual is invaluable. Study software manuals and complete
any exercises and recommended applications. Keep software manuals near
computer work stations for easy reference.
Memory requirements for graphic software programs exceed those for text-
handling programs. Memory chips on CPUs store bytes of information in
kilobyte (KB), megabyte (MB); or gigabyte (GB) increments. Random
Access Memory (RAM) memory chips determine what programs your
computer is capable of running and how much information you are able to
store. Graphics software requires more RAM than text programs. When
purchasing software to increase graphics capabilities, compare the memory
capacity in the CPU to the memory requirements of the intended purchase.
Add more memory chips to the CPU if required to handle the new software.
Image-creation programs are programs that allow the SYSOP to create and
manipulate images. Image-creation software programs include draw, paint,
animation, and drafting software programs. The images may be initially
scanned into memory or created solely by using options available in the
software program. Drawing and painting software is generally raster-based
and animation and drafting programs are vector-based programs.
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