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PlainTalk is the collective name for several speech synthesis (MacinTalk) and speech recognition technologies developed by Apple Inc. In 1990, Apple invested a lot of work and money in speech recognition technology, hiring many researchers in the field. The result was "PlainTalk", released with the AV models in the Macintosh Quadra series from 1993. It was made a standard system component in System 7.1.2, and has since been shipped on all PowerPC and some other 68K Macintoshes.


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This gave TCP/IP support to AppleShare on MacOS.


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AppleWorks is an all-in-one Word Processor, Spreadsheet, Database, Graphics Editor, and Presentations tool. The original product was a text-based product for the Apple II. The Apple Macintosh and Windows versions were forked from ClarisWorks in 1998 by Apple. At the time, Apple was under a lot of pressure to have a direct alternative to Microsoft Office. There were serious concerns that Microsoft might pull Microsoft Office for the Macintosh from development.


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ARCserve, from Cheyenne Software Inc., is an enterprise grade backup software for Windows NT.


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ArcView, from Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. is a geographical information system program for Win9x/NT.


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This server utility places and manages limits on the content size of network shares under Windows NT 4. Great for keeping users from hogging the entire file server!


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More Windows, from Aristosoft, is a video driver that gives you a large scrollable virtual desktop on your existing VGA or EGA system. It offers several virtual desktop sizes including Portrait and Landscape - that may be preferable for different kinds of tasks. It also offers a "paper white" monochrome mode that uses less memory and features a "birds eye" view. The other video modes will consume extra Extended memory.


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Artemis Presents! is a rudimentary graphics editor and charting tool. It was bundled with and integrated with other applications from Lucas Management Systems.


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Arts & Letters, from Computer Support Corporation, is an easy to use line based illustration package. It competed against Corel Draw, and Micrografx Designer. Features include multitasking, rotation, different viewing levels, shading, color, and image combining. The first version was for MS-DOS, and version 2 ran under Windows 2. It later repositioned itself as a sign/banner type program like the Print Shop.


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Ashlar Vellum is a CAD package for mechanical engineers and designers, that includes the ability to intelligently predict where the user wants to connect the next object. There were both "2D" and "3D" versions.


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Aslightly LabelPro is a label printing utility for use in conjunction with Aslightly label products. It supports mail merge, graphics and text, postal bar codes, and includes clipart.


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Astound is a powerful multimedia presentation authoring program originally for the Mac and Windows. Astound gives you the power to create presentations that persuade, inform, and entertain. Astound makes your presentations memorable. It competed against Microsoft Powerpoint and many others. Astound Incorporated was acquired by Genesys Conferencing in 2001.


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Apple At Ease is a simplified menu shell for the Macintosh that replaces the default Finder desktop. It is intended primarily for kiosk, shared, or public computers where users should only have access to designated application programs. At Ease was available in both standard and workgroup flavors.


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At Your Service is a talking schedule/reminder program. It presents your reminders with a talking butler character. It was designed for multimedia systems with sound cards, such as the Media Vision Thunder Board. The Thunder Board was a rather uncommon clone of the Creative Labs Sound Blaster.


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AutoCAD, from Autodesk and first released in 1982, is a powerful Computer Aided Design tool. It was, and still is, often considered the standard for CAD tools. Primarily for the IBM PC platform, it was ported to x86 machines with higher video resolutions such as the Zenith Z-100 and NEC APC. Intermittently, versions for the Macintosh appeared. Later versions use a dongle copy protection.


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AUTOMAP is a computerized US roadmap from NextBase that shows major US roads. It can plot travel routs, and displays various regional information.


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AutoRoute, from NextBase, is a mapping utility for plotting and planning travel routes. AutoRoute Plus is an enhanced version of the consumer oriented AutoRoute Express, that adds fleet management features specifically for business.


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AutoRun for Windows, from AutoSoft, Inc, is a tool for recording and playing back events within the Microsoft Windows environment. This enables you to automate tasks using existing applications from within the Windows GUI. It features the ability to make decisions during playback, and a playback scheduling tool. Time (Aldia Systems), AutoMate Pro (Unisyn) and Internet Agents


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AutoSketch is a 2D vector program sold by Autodesk. Although not as powerful as AutoCAD, it can work with 2D AutoCAD files.


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Avast is a robust and popular anti-virus tool for DOS and Windows. It was sold commercially but offered a free version.


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Driver disks for the AVGA3, a Cirrus Logic based video card. Includes drivers for Windows 3.0


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BackOffice was Microsoft's Windows NT along with an array of server side applications like SQL server, ISA server, et al. It was succeeded by Small Business Server.


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This CD contains device drivers for all Micro Solutions Backpack hard drives, CD-ROM drives, and disk drives as of 2002. Backpack drives were mostly external parallel port connected, and very useful on systems that could not be expanded otherwise.


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Backup Exec is an easy to use backup program. It can back up files to floppy disks or certain tape drives. companies including Maynard Electronics, Archive Corp, Quest Development Corporation, Conner Peripherals, Arcada Software, Seagate Technology, Veritas Software, and Symantec. On top of that, Microsoft bundled a version with MS-DOS 6.


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Balance of power is a strategy game where one must lead a superpower nation to avoid war. It was ported to the Mac, Apple II, Windows, Atari ST, and Amiga.