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MacWrite-1x-4x.sit (296.76 KB)
MD5: bd4df7e6aa279925f4546479cc4a7dab
For System 1 - 5 - System 6.x
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MD5: dfb5c361133185d9b78a97b42328b19a
For System 1 - 5 - System 6.x
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MacWrite4.5ITA.sit (59.73 KB)
MD5: f3f8c042fe559a1fefdc673a8ea0f100
For System 1 - 5 - System 6.x
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MD5: 841fa50882b4ceb11aa5d2dbb2c6eac5
For System 1 - 5 - System 6.x
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MacPaint_-_Mac_Write_ITA.image_.sit (198.98 KB)
MD5: 92ea7c0f6e8c191aa1bfc3e65a470027
For System 1 - 5 - System 6.x

MacWrite, along with MacPaint, originally were packaged along with the Macintosh operating system. This heavily promoted the image that Macs are easy to set up and use—a reputation that Apple still relies upon.

By the end of the 80s, MacWrite was becoming a victim of its own success. It had shown the world that typesetting need not be any more complicated than typing. Software developers scrambled to write applications that could support the growing desktop publishing industry.

Caught between complaints that the software was not evolving, and that it stifled competition by being bundled with the Mac, MacWrite produced a series of maintenance releases that left consumers uninspired.

With version 5.0 onward, all of MacWrite's production went to Claris Corporation, Apple's new software subsidiary company. Then, following on from MacWrite 5.0's development, MacWrite II was released, written from the ground up. For a time, it look poised to take the market lead away from Microsoft Word, but ultimately lost out while waiting for Claris to release their Pro line of applications. MacWrite Pro wasn't released until 1993.

#1 Download: MacWrite 1.0, MacWrite 2.2, MacWrite 4.5.

#2 Download: MacWrite 4.5 and 4.6, scans of packaging in PDF.

#3 Download: MacWrite 4.5 Italian version

#4 Download: MacWrite 4.5 Italian version - disk image

#5 Download: MacWrite 1.0 Italian version (with MacPaint 1.0 too) - disk image

Architecture: 68k

All versions up to 4.5 are designed for a 68000 (512K, Plus, SE) CPU. Only 4.6 will run on later Macs such as the Mac II.


LukasAppleFan's picture
by LukasAppleFan - 2021, April 4 - 5:38pm

I just tested PrintToPDF on a Mini vMac II, and same deal I was able to get a PDF but the fonts were missing so I tried the option to set the fonts as bitmaps but then it will hang out when printing and freeze the system.

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by LukasAppleFan - 2021, April 4 - 11:22am

I did try it and it worked, well kinda... some part of the text is not bold where it should be and on one sentence there is like a big space.

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by IIGS_User - 2021, April 4 - 7:49am

Myself need to check PDFWriter for use in Mini vMac. Thanks for the hint.

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by MikeTomTom - 2021, April 3 - 10:38pm

Yes, PrintToPDF is not compatible with Mini vMac (tho' in the Mac II variation it is).

Use Acrobat PDFWriter 3.0 instead. This works on Mini vMac.
The results you'll need to see on the host computer, I don't think version 3 of the Acrobat Reader will run on Mini vMac, but this PDFWriter printer driver does work.

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by LukasAppleFan - 2021, April 3 - 9:55pm

Thanks for the reply, so I installed PrintToPDF, but it does not work on Mini vMac, basically it's saying printing for ever and the cancel and pause buttons cannot be pressed, and when I try to go to preference of PrintToPDF it crashes the Mac.

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by IIGS_User - 2021, April 3 - 8:36pm

Nice idea with PostScript, but what about PrintToPDF?
This is a printer driver to be installed and creates PDF files that can be moved to modern systems.

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by LukasAppleFan - 2021, April 2 - 6:13pm

Ok thanks a lot, but I have one more question : I tried to print MacWrite documents and it's quite hard to get the right lay out (as you have to print from a modern machine, so some things messes up). After asking some poeple on Reddit, they told me to use PostScript but when I open the PS file on a modern Mac it's kinda off. But someone told me about a way to print (like virtually printing) to a PICT file to be sure to keep the structure. Or something raster based.

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by MikeTomTom - 2021, March 31 - 1:42am

@LukasAppleFan: No, you may need to run a System 6.0.8 or earlier Mac OS on Mini vMac for full compatibility with the MacWrite's on this page. MacWrite version 5 may be a safer bet on System 7.1 but you would be guaranteed to have a good result if you were to use MacWrite II instead. The #2 DL on that page has the full install set of MacWrite II, which includes translators for MacWrite 1x documents, so it could also open any of the files created by these earlier versions of MacWrite.

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by LukasAppleFan - 2021, March 30 - 2:42pm

I know that this version of MacWrite is not supposed to be compatible with System 7, but for me on Mini vMac (Macintosh Classic) on System 7.1 Update 3.0 it does open fine and work fine, it's just that I get error 12 when saving a document, and so MacWrite does actually write an 8K file but it cannot be opened. So could there be a patch or something ?

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by LukasAppleFan - 2021, March 27 - 10:58pm

@GliDev, you could try that :

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by MikeTomTom - 2021, March 27 - 10:45pm

@GilDev: I suspect that you are trying to install this onto a Basilisk II or SheepShaver emulator? And that you are extracting the .sit file while the archive is in the "shared" disk?

This .sit archive needs to be copied into the inside of an emulators hard drive, before extracting.

However, this software is too old to run on System 7.5.5, it requires an even earlier Mac OS to run in.

You may be better off using a more suitable program to run on System 7.5.5...
For example: ClarisWorks 3.0 or ClarisWorks 4.0 - both of these contain much of the strength of MacWrite in their word processors and more. I also cite those two examples as they have French versions, which I'm guessing that you are wanting.

[Edit] the French version of MacWrite has since been moved across to the Claris MacWrite page (it's a Claris app).

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by GilDev - 2021, March 27 - 9:07pm

I can uncompress the #4 French Stuffit archive, but then find a “Claris MacWrite 5.0” that I can’t open on System 7.5.5. It won’t open it because it cannot find the app to open it.
I guess the ressource informations got lost, is there any way to know what they are so I can set them back with Finder Info for example?

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by michele - 2021, February 21 - 9:43am

Added Italian MacWrite 4.5 compressed (.sit) file and disk image, plus the original disk image for MacWrite 1.0 and MacPaint 1.0 in Italian shipped with first Macs.

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by MacNiels - 2020, March 8 - 10:05pm

Added a disk image of the original 5.01 diskette of MacWrite 5.01, Dutch (Nederlands), released in 1988.

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by The Lightning S... - 2009, October 24 - 9:31am

This used to be on an LCIII at the local library. It was the first good GUI word processor. Sometimes less features is better. Hope it works.