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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That's exactly what happened in the early days of the computer industry, when the first spreadsheet program, VisiCalc, spurred sales of the Apple II computer.
Later that year, when we bought personal computers and I transferred my numbers to a Visicalc spreadsheet, that was considered state-of-the-art.
One of the best examples of the mutual benefits of compatibility is the success of VisiCalc, a program which would perform financial calculations on the Apple II.
Rebuffed by salespeople interested only in volume sales to businesses, he acquired an Apple II instead and created VisiCalc.
Seven years ago I taught essentials of school budgeting with a single software package: VisiCalc.
Some of his customers balked at buying VisiCalc, a then-popular, but very sophisticated spreadsheet program, unless they were assured they could comprehend the manual.
In 1981 Software Arts, the purveyors of VisiCalc, the first popular spreadsheet, wrote TK Solver, making it one of the first mathematical packages for the PC.
Now that it has been accomplished, everybody is copying the VisiCalc idea.
For that purpose, we added the VisiCalc program (VisiCorp, San Jose, Calif.
Very early in my learning efforts, I wrote a simple VisiCalc program to yield recoil energy figures for all practical gun weights by half-pound increments, using a formula I got out of a magazine article.
Business Week magazine and Computer Reseller News have identified Ed as one of the pioneer and visionary leader of the personal computer industry who is credited with developing the marketing and distribution strategies for two of the world's best selling software packages of the 1980s, VisiCalc and dBase.
Data collection, analysis, and presentation are rapidly moving beyond electronic spreadsheets, the analytical tool that revolutionized accounting analysis when VisiCalc was introduced in 1979.