XyWrite 4

XyWrite is a word processor for MS-DOS and Windows modeled on the mainframe-based ATEX typesetting system. Popular with writers and editors for its speed and degree of customization, XyWrite was in its heyday the house word processor in many editorial offices, including the New York Times from 1989 to 1993. XyWrite was developed by David Erickson and marketed by XyQuest from 1982 through 1992, after which it was acquired by The Technology Group. The final version for MS-DOS was 4.18 (1993); for Windows, 4.13. An offshoot descendant of XyWrite called Nota Bene is still being actively developed.

Wanted: XyWrite I, XyWrite II (non Plus), XyWrite III, XyWrite III Plus, XyWrite for Windows. Proper dump of XyWrite 4. Manual scans.


Release notes

XyWrite 4 was a major re-write intended to be sold as a new product under the name "Signature" and marketed by IBM. At the last minute IBM withdrew from this agreement and the product was sold as XyWrite 4 instead. It features many changes such as an IBM CUA menu interface. Existing XyWrite customers did not like these changes. By the mid 90s, XyWrite had lost out to other word processors such as WordPerfect.

Installation instructions

The file "XY Write 4" contains an installed copy. Extract the files and subfolders in this archive in to a folder C:\XY4 and then run Editor.exe.

Wanted: Dump of original disk media.

Product type
Application Word Processor
The Technology Group
Release date
Minimum CPU
User interface
Download count
1 (1 for release)


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
XyWrite 4.014 for DOS (1993) (3.5-720k) 4.014 for DOS English 11.4MB 1
XyWrite 4.018 for DOS (1994) (needs redump) 4.018 for DOS English 9MB 0


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