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Claris MacWrite Pro 1.0v4

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
macwritepro_1.0v4.sit (998.70 KB)
MD5: 17962860c0c816bf62df57cebcd71e46
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
MacWrite_Pro_1.0v4_EN-US.sit (1.71 MB)
MD5: 5b3d7595bd3602a7157a33f1a4434ac8
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
This app works with: Basilisk II,

MacWrite Pro

In the late 1980s Claris started a massive upgrade series to produce the "Pro" line of products. The main change would be to integrate all of their products with a consistent GUI based on that of FileMaker, notably a control bar running down the left side of the screen. The result would be a complete suite of high-end products that all looked and worked the same way, and would be able to read and write each other's formats.

For some reason, development of the Pro series took a long time; one developer claimed it was primarily due to extremely demanding quality assurance requirements. By the time MacWrite Pro was released in 1992, Word completely dominated the word processor market. There was simply no way for any other product, no matter how good, to make a dent in what had become a de facto standard among Mac users.

While the new user interface was a dramatic improvement over earlier versions, the program continued to lack a number of obvious "high-end" features, and was unable to compete in a checkbox comparison with Word and other Mac products. Performance was also poor. Sales were apparently dismal, and it was one of the first products Claris abandoned in the mid-1990s.

The word-processing module of AppleWorks is very similar to MacWrite Pro. While it was written entirely from scratch, it retained some of the design limitations of MacWrite Pro. However, later versions of AppleWorks are unable to read older MacWrite Pro files.

DL #1: Spanish
DL #2: US English

Architecture: 68k



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by MikeTomTom - 2020, October 2 - 11:20pm

@krausjxotv: Thank you for the US addition (+ quick ref PDF). Very nice to see it archived here.