Placing Images and Multimedia on the Corporate Network
The primary use of images was for incorporation into word processing or desktop publishing applications, and most images remained local to the personal computer they were stored on. The use of images has moved off the individual PC workstation and onto network servers and mainframes, making images available for retrieval by virtually any employee with a PC connected to a local area network or to the corporate network. In addition, the recent standardization of multimedia data storage has increased the ability of organizations to purchase or develop applications that merge audio, video, and data. The primary use of audio is to supplement images and text with sound. Unlike a conventional PC, which can display any image supported by the resolution of the computer’s monitor, the use of audio requires specialized equipment. The term multimedia is a catchall phrase that refers to the use of two or more methods for conveying information.