VisiCalc


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VisiCalc

The first electronic spreadsheet. It was introduced in 1978 for the Apple II. Conceived by Dan Bricklin, a Harvard student, and programmed by a friend, Bob Frankston, it became a major success. It launched an industry and was almost entirely responsible for the Apple II being used in business. Thousands of USD $3,000 Apples were bought to run the $150 VisiCalc.

VisiCalc was a command-driven program that was followed by SuperCalc, MultiPlan, Lotus 1-2-3 and a host of others, each improving the user interface. Spreadsheets have also been implemented on minis and mainframes, and it all started with VisiCalc.
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"When I was designing VisiCalc, people kept saying, 'you can do better,' and it really helped."
The precursor to Lotus 1-2-3 (you need to travel forward in time to 1983 for that one) and to Microsoft Excel, VisiCalc opened up spreadsheets to anyone with a personal computer.
I was around in the days of VisiCalc and other early software.
Taylor, The Power OF: VisiCalc (1981) (advising how to properly use the VisiCalc system and providing practice exercises on the system).
Back in the day, when departments bought Apple lie computers to run VisiCalc and IBM PCs were bought to run Lotus 1-2-3, it wasn't because corporate IT thought it was a good thing to do.
* Tools/Technologies used: Spreadsheet programs VisiCalc and Lotus 1-2-3; electronic calculators; copiers; printers; and word processing software.
One of the things people always ask me [is] 'what we've got right now is just fine; VisiCalc runs fast enough.
See www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0wUcCInJ2o.) I used Apple Writer for word processing and VisiCalc to calculate student grades.
He remembers vividly using VisiCalc to manage financial projections.
It was called VisiCalc. However, it was not until the introduction of the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet system that the use and importance of spreadsheet programs began to be recognized and appreciated.
"We were in the right place at the time," Wozniak said in his Chico speech While the Apple II was a leap forward and introduced color and pixels to the computer, Wozniak says Visicalc, which he calls the first "killer app," increased demand for the Apple II.
Visicalc, the first desktop spreadsheet program, gave way to Lotus 1-2-3, which in turn gave way to Excel.