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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
MacWrite.sit (3.26 MB)
MD5: 2d74f7f9b49ac285eace152356743a11
For System 1 - 5 - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us (1.15 MB)
MD5: dfb5c361133185d9b78a97b42328b19a
For System 1 - 5 - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
MacWrite_5.01-NL_image.sit (420.71 KB)
MD5: 17c48f553a2825e5b6cbb8b9a20ebbb7
For System 1 - 5 - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
macwrite_5.01f.sit (189.93 KB)
MD5: 6716b9ae3b4e31b9105d34038506ebab
For System 1 - 5 - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
This app works with: Basilisk II, Mini vMac

MacWrite, along with MacPaint, originally were packaged along with the Macintosh operating system. This heavily promoted the image that Macs are easy to setup 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.

MacWrite II, published by Apple's software spin-off, Claris, was 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 was released in 1993.

#1 Download:: MacWrite 1.0, MacWrite 2.2, MacWrite 4.5, MacWrite 5.0, and MacWrite Pro 1.0.

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

#3 Download:: MacWrite 5.01 Dutch (Nederlands). Original disk image, created using Disk Copy 4.2 and compressed with Stuffit 3.5.

#4th Download: MacWrite 5.01, french version

Architecture: 68k

All version 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.


MacNiels's picture
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.

The Lightning Stalker's picture
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.