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Apple II Software - Zardax Word Processor II, 5¼" Floppy Disk, 1983 Object Reg. No: HT 13375

Zardax word processor is an Apple II software program, introduced in 1983.

Zardax was developed in Queensland, Australia, and was the very first word processor used in the Queensland Department of Primary Industries. The donor used it while Registrar of Cattle Branding. It was given to the donor by the program's developer.

This item is part of a representative collection of hardware, software, trade literature and promotional material that documents the history of the Apple company, and its contribution to, and impact on the computer industry and society.
A plastic ring binder with approximately 173 pages, two plastic end pouches with two 5 1/4 inch floppy disks, notes on attached materials, a business card of Donor, , service information and warranty sheet and an order form and a licence registration post card
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Peter Newland, 2006
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 40 mm (Height), 200 mm (Width), 260 mm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: computer software, computers, computing, word processing software
Themes this item is part of: Internet Macintosh User Group (iMug) Collection, The Apple Computer Story - Corporate Rise 1977-1983, Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: software
Inscriptions: Plastic Binder: Zardaz Registered
Word Processor II
Computer Solutions PO Box 397 Mt Gravatt Q 4122
Publishers of Zardax Software.

Program Disk Zardax Word processor II ©1984 ProDOS ©1983 -84 Apple Computer Inc.
Datalife generic disk, content unknown.
Manufacturer: Computer solutions, Mount Gravatt, Queensland, Australia, 1983


Charles McGill Posted on 06 Apr 2011 6:37 AM
I remember this software was recommended to me in the 1980's by a colleague who said order it and then phone me and I will teach you how to use it over the phone in minutes. It was very intuitive and much superior to the rivals of the time. I lived in South Africa at that time.
Megan McConnell Posted on 28 Sep 2011 7:54 PM
In 1983, when I was at Kangaroo Point TAFE, this was the word processing program that I learned! I had no idea that, at the time, it was the latest thing!
dan garrett Posted on 06 Jul 2012 12:01 PM
There was a hardware add-on called a Zardax Bug. It provided support for upper and lower case. A single jumper clip on the keyboard harp connected to a chip that "piggy backed" another chip on the mother board.
Paul Posted on 01 Oct 2012 7:14 PM
Brilliant software, I never spotted a single BUG in it. The Jumper clip was only needed on the Apple 2, it was not needed on the Apple2e
Angela Booth Posted on 20 Dec 2013 5:24 PM
I can't believe 30 years have passed. Zardax was my first word processing program on my Apple IIe. Excellent program, very easy to use, and I have fond memories of it. Thanks for the info. Memory lane. :-)
Adam Posted on 09 Jul 2014 11:16 AM
We used Zardax in 1984 to edit our boarding house magazine. It was easy to format text into newspaper style columns. We loved it!
Nick Earls Posted on 16 Sep 2014 8:37 AM
I wrote my second novel-length story using Zardax in 1983-84. I had no idea that it was developed just across town. The novel was awful, but Zardax was great.

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