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Apple II Software - Visicalc, Spreadsheet, 5¼" Floppy Disk, 1981 Object Reg. No: HT 13376

Visicalc electronic worksheet, later known as a spreadsheet.

VisiCalc, introduced in 1979, was the world's first electronic worksheet (spreadsheet).

VisiCalc automated many business calculations and produced results more efficiently than manual use of pencil, paper and calculator. According to the VisiCalc manual, 'The power of the VisiCalc program lies in the fact that the computer remembers the formulas and calculators used in solving a problem.'. Note that the term 'electronic workshheet' is used: the term 'spreadsheet' had yet to be coined.

Microsoft subsequently developed MultiPlan, which was released in 1984, which was the first 'spreadsheet' (as opposed to electronic worksheet) on the first Macintosh, and the ubiquitous spreadsheet, Excel, which was released for the Macintosh in 1985 and later for Windows. Excel had a significant impact on the sales of the Macintosh into the business sector.

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.
Boxed manual including two 5.25 inch disks.
Statement Of Significance:
VisiCalc, introduced in 1979, was the world's first electronic worksheet (spreadsheet).
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Brian Ferguson, 2006
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 45 mm (Height), 200 mm (Width), 260 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: computer graphics, computer software, computers, computing, spreadsheet software, spreadsheets software, making history - apple computer collection
Themes this item is part of: Apple II - The Donors' Story, 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
Sticker: IMAGINEERING, Approved Software
Rear Sleeve: Includes the words 'The program that takes the work out of working with numbers' and a screen shot.
Manual - ring binder has logo and VISICORP PERSONAL SOFTWARE.
The manual consists of a black plastic cover with approx. 174 pages and 4 information sheets:
1. User Support Plan.
2. License agreement.
3. Pocket reference.
4. Promotional material.

Two 5.25 inch floppy disks:
1. VisiCalc program diskette, Apple II and II Plus 48k, 16 sector by Software Arts Inc.
Handwritten in pe: B.J. Ferguson 857-7625.
© 1979, 1981. all rights reserved.
2. One spare 5.25 inch floppy disk with write protect tab.
Manufacturer: Visicorp, United States of America, 1981

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