Framework 1.0

Originally created by Forefront Corporation for Ashton-Tate and first released in 1984, Framework was an early integrated office suite for DOS. It has a built in word processor, spreadsheet, database, outliner, graphing, and telecommunications.

Framework provides a text-based "gui", including windowing and menus. All of the different components behave in similar, consistent ways.

The Framework office suite is historically distinguished as the first all-in-one office suite for IBM PC compatible computers.

The spreadsheet component is also unique, as its design let it support "3D" spreadsheets.

Initially, Framework competed against Epson's Z-80 CP/M based Valdocs integrated office suite, and the Macintosh. It later competed against Lotus Symphony and Microsoft Works.

Wanted: Framework V, later versions.


Installation instructions

IMPORTANT: This software is copy protected with laser-hole protection. There is no known unprotect. A modified version of DOSBox that can run it can be found in the Framework 1.0 Software Spotlight

Archive only include Kryoflux and SuperCard pro images.

Requires IBM PC or compatible, 384K RAM, PC-DOS 2.0 or later.

Product type
Application Word Processor Spreadsheet Graphics Communications Database
Ashton Tate
Release date
Minimum CPU
Minimum RAM
Minimum free disk space
User interface
Download count
14 (2 for release)


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Ashton-Tate Framework 1.0 (5.25-360k) (Kryoflux) (SCP) 1.0 English 37.93MB 0
Ashton-Tate Framework 1.0 Manuals 1.0 English 118.99MB 2


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