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Ensemble (aka CX MacBase)

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Billed as "the first fully-integrated productivity package for the Macintosh", Ensemble combined database, word processing, mathematical, and "business graphics" functionality. Still, MacUser called it "essentially a database" ("its major thrust is as a report and form generator.")

Up to three documents can be open at a time, and they can be linked together to share data between them. For instance, variables in a form letter can be populated with names and addresses from a customer list, or a budget can be recalculated to account for the latest expenses. (Meanwhile, an icon of a lighter inches toward a cartoon bomb on the other side of the screen to indicate how close you are to running out of memory. On a 128K Mac, it's not too hard to set off the bomb and be thrown back to the Finder.)

The program was called "CX MacBase" in its native France, where it was a major success: the 1 April 1985 InfoWorld reported 3,500 sales there since the product launched in December 1984, putting it on one out of every four Macs in the country. Hayden acquired the US rights and in early March 1985 shipped a translated version as "Ensemble", which actually made the title feel more French than it had in the first place.


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