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Apple A/UX is an early port of Unix to Apple's 68k based Macintosh platform. It features a full Unix system with a Mac OS GUI and the ability to run classic Mac OS applications.


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Adobe Acrobat is a desktop publishing tool that excels at creating highly accurate printed documents. Its free companion product, Acrobat Reader, lets users easily distribute Acrobat (PDF) files electronically.


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Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics editor developed and marketed by Adobe Systems. It was often sold as a companion product to the bit-map/photo editor Adobe Photoshop. Illustrator was originally released in 1987 for the Apple Macintosh. Early versions were ported to NexT, Silicon Graphics, and Sun Solaris.


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Adobe Photoshop is a powerful drawing and photo manipulation program released for both Mac and Windows. It was sometimes accompanied by the vector graphic editor Adobe Illustrator


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AIX (Advanced Interactive eXecutive) is a Unix port originally developed by IBM and released in 1986 for the IBM RT 6150, a RISC based desktop workstation. It was later ported to the RS/6000, POWER, and PowerPC platforms as well as IBM System i, System/370 mainframes, and the PS/2 personal computers, and the Apple Network Server.


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AppSoft Image is a bit-mapped photograph editing program written specifically for NeXT computers.


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AT&T UNIX System V ("System Five"), first released in 1983, is significant as it was one of the first commercial versions of the Unix operating system. It was the result of much collaboration between vendors and became the core basis for many other operating systems including Xenix, AIX, UnixWare, Solaris, and HP-UX.


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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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First released in 1984, Banyan VINES (Virtual Integrated NEtwork Service) was a network operating system originally designed for Unix, initially based on Xerox XNS. It was considered fairly lightweight both on clients and servers and used minimal bandwidth. It featured an early directory services system prior to either Novel or Microsoft.


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Corel Draw is a vector based drawing and illustration program. It is primarily a Windows application, but was ported to Mac OS, Mac OS X, Linux, CTOS and OS/2. It competed against Aldus Freehand, Adobe Illustrator, and Micrografx Designer.


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DEC OSF-1 was a version of UNIX from DEC built on the Mach kernel. It was first developed for MIPS based DECStations, and then ported to 64-bit DEC Alpha (AXP). It was later renamed to Digital Unix, and then again to True64 Unix.


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Dell Unix, first introduced in 1989, was an adaptation of AT&T Unix intended for Dell hardware. Although Dell Unix received much praise, Dell found they could not reasonably support it on non-Dell hardware, as many customers wanted, and in 1993 discontinued it.


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Formerly OSF/1, in 1994 after the Open Software Foundation (run by DEC, IBM, and HP) ceased involvement, Digital Equipment Corporation renamed the OS to "Digital UNIX". In 1998, DEC was bought out by Compaq and the product was again renamed, to Tru64 UNIX.


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FoxBASE, a relational database from Fox Software, started off in 1984 as a clone of dBase II that boasted many speed improvements. FoxBASE+ adds feature parity and compatibility with dBase III Plus. It later became FoxPro


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FoxPro, originally from Fox Software and later Microsoft, is a relational database that clones the functionality of dBase IV, but offers vast speed improvements. It was based on Fox Software's FoxBASE (a dBASE II clone) and FoxBASE+ (a dBase III Plus clone). It adds a new mac-like user interface that was first developed for FoxBASE+/Mac.


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FrameMaker, originally from Frame Technology Corporation and later Adobe, is a professional document system for creating large, complex documents with highly structured layout. It was often accompanied by FrameReader.


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FreeBSD is an open source Unix variant based on BSD Unix 4.3. Its licensing terms permit use of its code with more restrictive / closed-source code.


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HP-UX is a Unix variant based off of System III, later System V Unix. Released in 1984, the initial version of HP-UX supported the Motorola 68k processor family, specifically the HP 9807A, the "HP Integral PC". This OS is still updated, with its latest being version 11i. Platforms that HP-UX have ran on were the Motorola 68k, RISC, HP FOCUS, and the Itanium family of Intel processors. HP-UX was the first UNIX to provide access control lists (acls), logical volumes, features that are currently supported by newer mainstream Operating Systems. HP-UX versions before 11.0 are not deemed as being Y2k-compliant by HP.


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The IBM Architecture and Engineering Series (AES) is a complete, high end, integrated, 3D drafting and information system. Developed by the firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) for IBM, this 3D Computer Aided Design system meets the needs of architects, engineers, and builders.


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IBM VisualAge C++ is a set of development tools that include an IDE, compiler, debugger, code browser, and on-line help. VisualAge C++ is the successor of IBM C Set


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VisualAge Smalltalk is a powerful application server and development environment based around the Smalltalk language.


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Internet Explorer is Microsoft's venture into the Web Browser market. The initial version of Explorer was incarnated from Spyglass Mosaic which Microsoft licensed for a modest quarterly fee and a share of the non-Windows product revenues. As Microsoft decided to distribute Internet Explorer "free of charge" with their Windows operating system, they were able to avoid most royalties. This resulted in a lawsuit and a US$8 million settlement in January 1997. Being included in Windows since Windows 95 and beyond, it quickly overtook Netscape in the first Browser War and retained ~95% of market share until the early 2000's when popular alternative browsers such as Mozilla Firefox came to market sparking the 2nd browser war. Internet Explorer was long known for disobeying set web standards by the W3C until version 9 when Microsoft took a new commitment to HTML5 and web standards.


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IRIX was a operating system created by SGI (Silicon Graphics Inc) that was based off of System V Unix. In addition, this OS had additional BSD elements. It's initial release was in 1988 and was designed to on MIPS processors. IRIX machines were typically used for visual effects in the entertainment industry and in the scientific community for several years after the fall of Amiga in the early 90s.


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Although Microsoft did not invent BASIC, their founding product was a BASIC interpreter for the Altair computer. The descendants below includes Microsoft's BASIC-80 (MBASIC), BASIC-86 (pre-GWBasic), BASIC for Mac, BASIC Compiler 86/88, Basic Compiler for Mac, and Professional Development System 7.x. IBM Personal Computer Basic Compiler, GW-BASIC, QuickBasic, and Visual Basic are listed separately.


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The Microsoft Word word processor was first introduced for MS-DOS in 1983. Its design made use of a mouse and WYSIWYG graphics. Its crude WYSIWYG/mouse support was a direct response to the Apple Lisa/Mac, and VisiCorp Visi On. Initially it competed against many popular word processors such as WordStar, Multimate, and WordPerfect. Word for DOS was never really successful.