The machine had just 128KB of memory and had two applications - MacWrite
and MacPaint - which were run on a 400KB floppy disk drive.
As the audience is filled with actual users and seemingly some of the era's top nerds, it is interesting to see the Macintosh team interacting with them one-on-one on queries on everything from the system hardware to the justification of text in MacWrite
, something inconceivable to imagine Apple executives doing today, the report said.
I bought one (it is still in my basement) and began to explore the new world of computing with tools like MacWrite
, MacPaint, MacDraw, and a Professional Bibliographic System to help create and save bibliographies.
, Paint Shop, CorelDRAW, Photoshop, Illustrator, Micrografx, OpenOffice.org, Visio, Lotus 1-2-3, Access, Paradox, Outlook, and Yahoo!
For example, if you used a computer 20 years ago to create a recital program or to write your dissertation, you probably used a word processor, such as WordStar, MacWrite
or an early version of Word.
The writing instruction was conducted in a computer classroom, where LD and non-LD students had access to their preferred computer types (Apple II, Macintosh 512, Zenith 159, and IBM PCs), and different word processing software, such as MacWrite
for Macintosh, Applewriter, Appleworks, Fredwriter, Wordstar, Volkswriter, and PCWRITE, or products students brought for their own use.
Think back to what it was like to first learn WordStar or MacWrite
(or whatever word processor you started on), and compare that with what it is like now, when you upgrade or learn a new one.
For really old Macs, like Classics, you'll need something like Mac System 6.7, and I recommend MacWrite
. Even machines without hard drives are very usable with such software.
Across the Atlantic in Silicon Valley, a prominent ex-Claris executive proudly displays a copy of the Irish language version of MacWrite
on his shelf.
By the time students reach the 5th and 6th grades, they are editing stories and school papers with MacWrite
. "After the computer, my teaching has changed completely," says Barbara Moreno, a writing teacher.
if you send material in Mac format, use Word, MacWrite
, or WordPerfect.