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Apple Macintosh Software Package - MacWrite & MacPaint, 3½" Floppy Disks, circa 1985 Object Reg. No: HT 13387

Software package containing MacWrite and MacPaint and System disks, manuals and other items.

This item was collected as it represents the care taken by Apple in packaging their products. The packaging was attractive, acted as protection and was portable. Apple has excelled in the presentation and packaging of its products throughout its history, a feature that has continued through to current product lines.
Despite a short life span, MacPaint was many people's first GUI-based bitmap editing experience, and became the benchmark by which similar later products were measured.

The original Mac bundle also included MacWrite, a similarly easy-to-use word processor, and pictures from MacPaint could be placed inside MacWrite documents in a few keystrokes. The two applications literally defined user expectations of a GUI-based computer. MacWrite was initially the Word processor of choice for the Macintosh. Its initial use far exceeded that of Microsoft Word. The ability to format and edit changes in a word processing document without programming tags was considered revolutionary. It enabled users to typeset a myriad of type faces colours and sizes without regard for conventional design rules.

This software was bundled with the 512k Macintosh and the MacPlus. It contained the system disks, back up disks and the two major programs, MacWrite and MacPaint.

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..
This software package contains a plastic box with two manuals, five disks, an audio cassette tape in crystal case, logo stickers, disk labels and an American power cable.

Plastic lidded box (blow moulded)
two manuals
five 3 1/2 inch 800k disks
Apple logo stickers x 3 with "Apple Computer" Apple coloured logo in sealed plastic envelope
Spare Disk labels X 2 with Coloured Apple logo
Compact cassette tape in Crystal cassette case
Power cable (American)

Disks with labels as described:
1. Macintosh (TM) SYSTEM DISK
4. Macintosh (TM) MACWRITE
5. Macintosh (TM) MACPAINT

"Macintosh (TM) MACPAINT" 32 page leaflet
"MacWrite(TM)" 144 page spiral bound
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Bill Jamieson, 2006
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 55 mm (Height), 300 mm (Width), 225 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Dimensions of box containing software, includes ECM 90048 and ECM 90049.

More information

Tagged with: computer graphics, computer software, computers, computing, graphic design, operating system, paints, word processors, making history - apple computer collection, innovation design
Themes this item is part of: Paint & Draw: The Difference - A Technical Comparison, Internet Macintosh User Group (iMug) Collection, The Apple Computer Story - Imaging 1987-1994, The Apple Computer Story - The Graphic User Interface 1983-1984, Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: software
Inscriptions: Macintosh , apple logo as hand drawn icon
Manufacturer: Apple Computer Inc, Cupertino, California, United States of America, 1985

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