Electric Pencil PC

Electric Pencil, which first appeared in 1976 for the MITS Altiar, is the first word processor for home/micro computer systems. It was ported to many other systems, including the SOL-20, NothStar Horizon, and TRS-80. Eventually an enhanced/re-written version was created for the IBM PC.

It had the rudimentary features of a word processor and remained relatively primitive throughout its life. The IBM PC version makes use of some IBM PC specific abilities.

Wanted: Other ports.


Release notes

Electric Pencil PC bundles Pencil Ace (an enhancement to the program), Pencil Tutor, and a Bonus disk with document templates.

Archive includes four 160k 5.25" floppy disk images.

This software does not appear to be copy protected.

Note: These disks are formatted for DOS 1.x and therefore may not open in tools like Winimage.

Minimum requirements: IBM PC with DOS 1.x, or 2.0 and 48K bytes of RAM or more. Compatible with IBM PC-DOS 1.0.

Product type
Application Word Processor
IJG Inc.
Release date
Minimum CPU
User interface
Download count
2 (2 for release)


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Electric Pencil PC (1983) (5.25-160k) PC (1983) English 23.57MB 2


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