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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
wingztm_pgm.img_.sit (339.37 KB)
MD5: 8109cbc458d88f1b95a5e6dd133970c9
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
wzexamples.img_.sit (176.29 KB)
MD5: c9b336cc86e3514c0f964b873a48a483
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
This app works with: SheepShaver, Mini vMac

WingZ is a spreadsheet app aiming to offer "Excel-class power". After two years of perpetual delays and a long and elaborate promotional campaign (featuring Leonard Nimoy) it was finally released.

The most obvious feature, and the easiest to "checkbox review", was the size of the spreadsheets Wingz could process. Excel's maximum size was 256 columns by 16384 rows, while Wingz could handle spreadsheets up to 32768 in both directions. At the time spreadsheets were still being compared primarily on this feature.

A less-obvious feature was that Wingz allowed simple in-cell editing, whereas contemporary versions of Excel forced you to use a separate data-entry bar.

Another clear difference between Wingz and Excel was Wingz' powerful graphing system, once regarded as the most powerful available in any spreadsheet. Wingz' graphing system allowed the resulting graphs to be placed directly in the spreadsheets. At the time Excel offered an anemic variety of 2D graphs, and they could only be displayed in a separate view.

Additionally Wingz made it easy to make the graphs and modify them, allowing you to see your changes in real-time directly in the spreadsheet where the changes were being made. At the time it was an "obvious" feature, but one that no other program had managed to make work correctly. Other nice touches included the ability to shade boxes and annotate text.

A more hidden feature was HyperScript, a macro-programming language deliberately modeled on HyperCard's HyperTalk. HyperScript allowed even new users to write fairly powerful macros, which could include user-interface features such as buttons and dialog boxes. HyperScript 1.0 was missing some rather obvious features. For instance it could not open another spreadsheet, although it could refer to them if the user opened it for them. It was also less approachable and more intended for the corporate customer rather than the home user.

Architecture: 68k PPC


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by vintagegeek - 2013, July 20 - 3:16am

In will display in color on a color system.

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by vintagegeek - 2013, July 20 - 3:09am

The top file listed is the Program Disk. The bottom file is the Examples Disk. Drop Stuff v5.5 used to create the .sit's and the disks are in Disk Copy 4.2 format.