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Claris MacWrite II 1.0v2 - 1.1v2

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
macwriteii.sit (562.61 KB)
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
macwrite-ii-complete-v11.sit (2.21 MB)
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
macwrite_ii_1.1e.sit (218.33 KB)
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
claris-int-dictionaries-mw2.sit (1.19 MB)
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
This app works with: Basilisk II, Mini vMac

From Wikipedia:

Claris formed in 1987 and re-released the existing versions of the Apple products under their own name. Initially it seemed Claris was as uninterested in developing MacWrite as Apple had been. Several minor upgrades were released to allow MacWrite to run on newer versions of the Mac OS, but few other problems were addressed.

Things changed in the later 1980s with the introduction of MacWrite II. The main changes for this release were an updated user interface, a number of new "style" capabilities, and the inclusion of Claris' file translator technology, XTND. MacWrite II was the first really new version of the software.

By 1989 Word already dominated the Mac with about 60% market share, but the introduction of MacWrite II changed things dramatically; by 1990 Word had dropped to about 45% of the market, and MacWrite had risen to about 30%. This seemed to demonstrate that it would be worth developing further, but Claris did not respond quickly with updated versions.

Microsoft, on the other hand, did, and soon introduced Word 4.0. MacWrite's share once again started to erode.

1st DL above: Claris MacWrite II 1.0v2, partially complete, missing are Claris XTND, Claris Translators & "Claris Help System" files.

2nd DL above: Claris MacWrite II 1.1v2 - June 1991 (US), complete set includes international dictionaries, Claris XTND, Translator files, Help, Stationery Templates, a pre-installed but "virgin" application file.
MD5sum & filename: 98e8726105cf8c661028fa9b266b8f27 *macwrite-ii-complete-v11.sit

3rd DL above: MacWrite II 1.1 Spanish version, the executable app only.

4th DL above: International dictionaries and hyphenation software for Claris MacWrite II.
For the French, German, Spanish, UK English and US English languages.
MD5sum & filename: d69fd4518f67c6e83ab652e6675c8a5f *claris-int-dictionaries-mw2.sit
Note: If you've downloaded MacWrite II version 1.1v2 (2nd DL above) you do not need to DL this dictionary set, as its already included in the 2nd DL.

Architecture: 68k

The Complete set (2nd DL above) runs very well on Basilisk II running SSW 7.1.1, also runs fine on Mini vMac, SSW 6.0.8 - SSW 7.1.

Interesting "Help" system. The HyperCard Engine is built into this. Version 1.x HyperCard? The Help file itself is a Stack and the MacWrite II 1.1v2 Help system can open external HyperCard Stacks with limited User Levels available (can copy and paste cards from external HyperCard Stacks into the MacWrite II Help stack).

The optional MacWrite II Thesaurus works well in SSW 6, in SSW 7 it works but its a struggle to use.


macjames's picture
by macjames - 2013, June 17 - 4:39am

Okeley Dokeley!

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by MikeTomTom - 2013, June 17 - 4:37am

@macjames: You could add it (the Spanish version). I've added international dictionaries above, which includes the Spanish dictionary for MW II.

iMachinchilla's picture
by iMachinchilla - 2013, June 12 - 9:08pm

Thanks! I've been looking for Mac Write II so long - and now it's finally here.

macjames's picture
by macjames - 2013, April 15 - 1:06am

I could also upload version 1.1 but it's in spanish, and no extra files, just the application, is it worth it?