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Output: Intro

What is Output?


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Output is data that has been processed into useful form, now called Information.

Types of Output

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Hard copy:

Printed on paper or other permanent media

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Soft copy:

Displayed on screen or by other non-permanent means

Categories of Output

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Text documents including reports, letters, etc. Graphics
charts, graphs, pictures
combination of text, graphics, video, audio

Example multimedia from Microsoft via YouTube:

The most often used means of Output are the printer for hard copy and the computer screen for soft copy. Let's look at the features of each.