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software package

[′sȯf‚wer ‚pak·ij]
(computer science)
A program for performing some specific function or calculation which is useful to more than one computer user and is sufficiently well documented to be used without modification on a defined configuration of some computer system.

software package

An application program developed for sale to the general public. Packaged software is designed to appeal to a large audience of users, and although the programs may be tailored to a user's taste by setting various preferences, it can never be as individualized as custom-programmed software.

Since so much software is downloaded via the Internet these days, the term is not as widely used as it was when all software was "packaged" in a box for sale. Contrast with custom software.
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Constructing a price index that properly accounts for the seasonality in software purchases is important for accurately measuring real personal consumption expenditures on prepackaged software.
First-issued and recalculated index values for SIC 7372, Prepackaged Software First-issued Index Jan.
The American Electronics Association (AEA) [1] reports the rate of small startups has continued to grow and the prepackaged software segment of the industry has grown dramatically.
This Frankfort-based software developer does a large amount of custom work, but it also is behind such prepackaged software as Vendor Master and Drain Master.
Currently, the information available on the prices of prepackaged software is limited, and no information is available on the prices of custom software or of own-account software.
The prepackaged software industry employs slightly less than 200,000 individuals.
The 2012 Software Publishing Industry & Market report also includes five-year historical trends on industry sales, establishments and employment, a breakdown of establishments, sales and employment by employee size of establishment (9 categories), and estimates on up to 10 sub-industries, including: prepackaged software, operating systems, word processing applications and business software suites.
The report also includes industry definition, 5-year historical trends on industry sales, establishments and employment, a breakdown of establishments, sales and employment by employee size of establishment (9 categories), and estimates on up to 10 sub-industries, prepackaged software, operating systems, word processing applications and business software suites.
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Its SIC equivalent code is: 7372 - Prepackaged Software (mass reproduction of software).