VisiCalc 1.x

VisiCalc was the first spreadsheet program for personal computers. It was extremely successful, and pivotal as it was significantly responsible for moving personal computing out of the realm of hobbyists and in to the realm of serious business tools.

It was originally created by Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston of Software Arts and first released in 1979 for the Apple II. It was published through Personal Software, who due to the success of VisiCalc, changed their name to VisiCorp.

It was then ported to a wide variety of platforms including the Apple III, TRS-80 series, Sony SMC-70, HP, Commodore, and Atari computers. It was one of the first commercial packages available when the IBM PC shipped in 1981.

VisiCalc was marketed by VisiCorp as was part of their integrated office application suite that also included VisiWord, VisiFile, VisiSpell, VisiTrend/Plot, and VisiTutor.

VisiCorp's "Visi" series programs were to be superseded by VisiCorp Visi On, a GUI based environment. But that did not catch on. The similarly named Visi On Calc spreadsheet is not at all related to VisiCalc, and later had to be renamed to Visi On Plan.

After its release, a large number of spreadsheet clones appeared, notably SuperCalc and Multiplan. It was later overtaken by Lotus 1-2-3 until Microsoft Excel claimed world domination.

Also see WinWorld's complete list of preserved spreadsheet products


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Installation instructions

Note: This software is copy protected. The "Files" folder contains an unprotected version that is ready to run. The Images folder contains a Copy II PC/Snatchit and Transcopy image that will recreate an original 160k disk with the copy protection intact.

The Images folder also contains a raw 160k disk image with a different unprotect that will permit you to run VisiCalc in an emulator. This enables you to boot the disk directly, which contains PC-DOS 1.1, and use both 80-column VisiCalc and 40-column VisiCalc.

SuperCard Pro and Kryofux images have also been added.

Product type
Application Spreadsheet
Vendor
VisiCorp
Release date
1982
Minimum CPU
8088
Minimum RAM
256KB
Minimum free disk space
160KB
User interface
GUI
Platform
DOS
Download count
7 (3 for release)

Downloads

Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
VisiCalc 1.1 for IBM PC 256k (VC-177Y2-IBM) (1982) (5.25-160k) (Kryoflux) (SCP) (TC) 1.1 for IBM PC 256k (VC-177Y2-IBM) English 10.7MB 1
VisiCalc 1.1.Manual PDF 1.1 English 30.73MB 0
VisiCalc 1.74A for Atari 800 32k (1981) (5.25-SSSD) (Kryoflux) (SCP) (TC) 1.74A for Atari 800 32k English 7.24MB 1
VisiCalc 1.74A for Atari 800 32k (1981) Manuals 1.74A for Atari 800 32k English 42.29MB 0
VisiCalc for IBM PC (VC-202Y2-IBM) (1983) (5.25-160k) (Kryoflux) (SCP) (TC) VC-202Y2-IBM English 10.28MB 1

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