VisiCalc IV

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VisiCorp's "Visi" series programs were to be superseded by VisiCorp Visi On, a GUI based environment.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 IV, from VisiCorp, adds graphing, sorting, arranging columns, and keysaver macros.

It does this by including StretchCalc. StretchCalc was a third party VisiCalc add-on from Multisoft Corp that added this functionality to previous VisiCalc versions.

This is believed to be the last version from VisiCorp.

Installation instructions

This archive contains one 320K floppy disk image in Copy 2 PC + Snatchit, Transcopy, Kryoflux, and SuperCard Pro format.

Important: This software contains copy protection, and no unprotect is known to exist. To recreate a functional disk, you must use one of the included formats to write it.

Works with DOS 1.1 or higher.

Product type
Application Spreadsheet
Vendor
VisiCorp
Release date
Sat Nov 19 1983
Minimum CPU
8088
Minimum RAM
128KB
Minimum free disk space
320KB
User interface
Text
Platform
DOS
Download count
21 (9 for release)

Downloads

Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
VisiCalc IV v2.0 (5.25) IV V2.0 English 794.69KB 3
VisiCalc IV v2.0 (Kryoflux) IV v2.0 English 5.64MB 2
VisiCalc IV v2.0 (SCP) IV v2.0 English 1.77MB 2
VisiCalc IV v2.0 Manuals IV v2.0 English 90.68MB 2

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