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Multimedia – application – Hypertext – Hypermedia

Multimedia means that computer information can be represented through audio, video, and animation in addition to traditional media (i.e., text, graphics/drawings, images).

A Multimedia Application is an application which uses a collection of multiple media sources e.g. text, graphics, images, sound/audio, animation and/or video.

Hypertext is a text which contains links to other texts.

Hypermedia is not constrained to be text-based. It can include other media, e.g., graphics, images, and especially continuous media sound and video.

Hypermedia Applications

  • The World Wide Web (WWW) is a clear example of a hypermedia application.
  • PowerPoint
  • Adobe Acrobat (or other PDF software)
  • Adobe Flash and many others.

Multimedia Applications include

  • World Wide Web
  • Multimedia Authoring, e.g. Adobe/Macromedia Director
  • Hypermedia course-ware
  • Video-on-demand
  • Interactive TV
  • Computer Games
  • Virtual reality
  • Digital video editing and production systems
  • Multimedia Database systems etc.