VisiCalc Advanced IBM

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VisiCorp's "Visi" series programs were to be superseded by VisiCorp Visi On, a GUI based environment.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


Release notes

VisiCalc Advanced, released by Software Arts instead of VisiCorp, is historically important as it was both the last version of VisiCalc, and the late delivery date threw VisiCorp in to a litigious battle with Software Arts, the actual authors of VisiCalc. VisiCorp blamed this delay for harming their reputation and revenue, rather than their failure to market the product, but either way it played a major part in VisiCorp's demise.

The "Advanced" capabilities include: Variable Column widths Expanded formatting option Flexible printer control financial functions a smart help facility Microsoft mouse support full word prompts keystroke memory (macros)

Earlier "Advanced" versions were released for the Apple II and Apple III.

Installation instructions

This archive contains one 320K disk image.

This disk is formatted for DOS 1.x. Some tools like WinImage may not open it.

This software is NOT copy protected.

Product type
Application Spreadsheet
Software Arts
Release date
Wed Mar 28 1984
Minimum CPU
User interface
Download count
20 (2 for release)


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
VisiCalc Advanced (5.25) Advanced English 185.24KB 2


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