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Claris MacWrite Pro 1.5

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
macwrite-pro-15.sit (1.89 MB)
MD5: 1663ff5543cbf692cf369c207c1565cf
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
MacWrite_Pro_1.5v3.smi_.sit_.hqx (3.94 MB)
MD5: 5413f963dca4eb981bf0638582989eaa
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II, Mini vMac

A very polished and capable word processor, MacWrite Pro 1.5 was the end of line for the MacWrite series from Claris. Top DL is the full install of version 1.5v1. - Second download is the full install of version 1.5v3.

A note about downloads available from above:

    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. This included a common toolbar bar running down the left side of the screen, and a number of standardized tool palettes. In addition, the Pro series also used common international spelling dictionaries and a thesaurus. The result was a suite of products that all looked and worked the same way, and able to read and write each others formats.

    The resulting MacWrite Pro, released in early 1993, was a major upgrade from previous versions. Reviewers almost universally praised the new release as offering all the required tools while still being very easy to use. However, development had been slow; one developer claimed it was primarily due to extremely demanding quality assurance requirements. By the time MacWrite Pro was released, Word completely dominated the word processor market. Pro did little to address MacWrite's rapidly dwindling market share, which briefly stabilized at about 5% of the market before starting to slide again. 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.

— excerpt: Wikipedia  

Architecture: 68k PPC

Top DL 68k coded app; Also works fine on PPC Macintosh systems.
2nd DL 68k and native PPC encoded application
Minimum Requirements:
Macintosh Plus
2.5 MB RAM under Mac OS 7
8 MB RAM on PowerPC

System 6.0 and newer OS's for 68k version.
PPC native version requires SSW 7.1.2 and newer.


MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2020, June 27 - 1:09pm

Does anyone have the British English Installer for MacWrite Pro?

Several of the Claris apps all share the same dictionaries etc, located in the common "Claris" folder inside of the System folder. It's not necessary to wait for a UK version of MW Pro to turn up. Install a UK (or International English) version of another Claris product and you'll have access to those UK dictionaries within MW Pro.

For example, you could download and (custom) install ClarisWorks 3.0, to get the spelling modules that you need. ClarisWorks 3.0 is from the same year as MW Pro 1.5 and its language dictionaries will be the same as those used in MW Pro.

The top #1 download on that page is for the Int' English copy of CWks 3.0, it installs the UK English spelling modules.

To choose the correct spelling module in MW Pro you must choose menu "Style" > "Language" > and select the UK modules. After this your language will be set for UK English.

Apart from the spelling modules, there's no difference between the US, UK or Int' English versions of MW Pro.
Install the US version from this page and use the UK spelling modules from CWks 3.0 and you'll be fine.

But, if someone were to add the UK and/or Int' English released versions of MW Pro v1.5 to this page, that and any other language version added to the page would also be just as good to see uploaded to here.

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by adrianrmarsh - 2020, June 27 - 10:14am

Does anyone have the British English Installer for MacWrite Pro? I have a floppy disk with the UK Theasaurus and UK Hyphenation (and presumably UK Dictionary) but it has become corrupted and I can't repair it using Disk First Aid. I'd really like to reinstall this and the US version (I don't wish to offend our cousins across the pond) is not the one I'd prefer to use. As someone once remarked, British and American (US) people are one people divided by two langauges… Smile

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by MikeTomTom - 2016, February 18 - 10:37am

We've waited several years for 1.5v3. Many thanks.

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by IIGS_User - 2016, February 18 - 9:28am

Uploaded MacWrite Pro 1.5v3 full installer as the second download.

Thanks, this is the one which comes with PowerPC code as well.

blackholemac's picture
by blackholemac - 2016, February 18 - 2:32am

Uploaded MacWrite Pro 1.5v3 full installer as the second download.

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by MikeTomTom - 2016, February 17 - 11:10pm

@LeoET: You were right, they were unusable in Mini vMac and SSW 6.0.8 or earlier. Problem was they were Disk Copy 6.x (compressed format) images - meaning: unmountable in a Mini vMac window or under a native SSW 6 and earlier systems.

I've replaced the previous archive with something more suitable, for System 6 to Mac OS 9 users.

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by LeoET - 2016, February 17 - 8:27am

Couldn't mount the disk images in Mini vMac running System 6.0.8... Says "Damaged disk... Eject or Initialize"? On a Windows 8 machine I don't think I have any option for reformatting them, either.

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by soudesune - 2015, November 25 - 5:38pm

Review from contemporary magazine (MacFormat 02 — April 1993) added.

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by MacinTricks - 2013, April 15 - 11:41pm

Is anybody willing to post version 1.5v3 here as well? That would be awesome!

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2012, October 5 - 2:19am

@24bit: I do own a copy of the English version, Claris Home Page 2.0 and am intending uploading (the Mac & Win installers from it) at some stage. But as the superior Home Page 3.0 is already here, I haven't been in a particular hurry to do so.

About the "LassoLite" interface to FileMaker Pro. I recall this from when I'd purchased CHP 2, new. I had to activate it by registering (free) on-line with BlueWorld. Likely this is no longer possible.

When Home Page version 3.0 became available, LassoLite was redundant. Claris had built-in the Home Page to FileMaker Pro interface for that release, native.

If you decide to upload your German version CHP 2 some time, it'll probably prompt me to archive the English copy to the same page. Or perhaps someone else will, before either of us Wink

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by 24bit - 2012, October 4 - 1:44pm

I have a Home Page 2 CD (456MB), but as you may have guessed, its a German version.
Extra items seem to be in English though.

Installing Extra Items from the Claris Home Page 2.0 CD

- Internet Movie Tool

Internet Movie Tool is a freeware utility from Apple Computer to flatten QuickTime movies. Either run the application from the CD. Or, copy it to your hard drive. Instructions are included in the same folder. Do not use this application on QuickTime VR files.

- Internet the City

Internet the City™ is a QuickTime introduction to the Internet. To install the movie, double-click the Installer file within the Internet the City folder. The Claris Home Page 2.0 CD must be present for Internet The City to run.

- LassoLite for CHP 2.0

LassoLite is a CGI program from BlueWorld Software for connecting web pages to FileMaker Pro databases. The program can be installed by dragging from the CD to your hard drive. Additional instructions are included in the readme files. In order to use LassoLite, you will need access to a Macintosh WebServer. The included sample database does not require that you have FileMaker Pro, but if you'd like to do your own databases you will need to have a copy of FileMaker Pro, also.

- Maxum Tools

Maxum Tools are a set of tools for building web pages from Maxum Development. The tools included are a full version of TagBuilder 1.0, and demo versions of NetCloak 2.0, NetForms 2.0, and PageSentry 2.0. An overview of the products can be found in the "HowTheyWork.html" file within the Quick Start folder. These programs can be installed by dragging them to your hard drive. A Macintosh Web Server with NetCloak and/or NetForms installed is required to use TagBuilder.

- Premium Web Art

The Premium Web Art files are additional artwork for building your Claris Home Page 2.0 documents. The images are already inserted into Claris Home Page libraries. So, you can either insert directly off of the CD. Or, copy the images and the libraries to your hard drive.

- TextureMill 1.0

TextureMill is a shareware graphics tool for creating seamless background textures. It can be installed by dragging the folder to your local drive. Additional information on the product as well as shareware registration is included in the README file in the Texture Mill folder.

- Web Explosion™ Sampler

Web Explosion files are additional artwork for building your Claris Home Page 2.0 documents. The images are already inserted into a Claris Home Page library. So, you can either insert directly off of the CD. Or, copy the images and the library to your hard drive.

- WebSTAR™

WebSTAR is a web server for the Macintosh from StarNine Technologies, a Quarterdeck Corporation. Install WebSTAR buy running the Installer file. The included version an evaluation copy. The Read Me file contains instructions for obtaining a temporary serial number.

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by MikeTomTom - 2012, October 4 - 11:44am

I have a bunch of Apple/Claris apps (also from Macintosh Garden). The only apps missing are MWII and MacProject II.

ClarisDraw 1.x (successor to MacDraw Pro) springs to mind as being missing. Oops, [appended] also Claris Home Page 1 and 2 and 3 (full version).

Only Home Page 2 to go Wink

Home Page 2 now archived.

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by bertyboy - 2010, August 23 - 7:26pm

I have MacWrite II and the french version of MacProject II. But neither are the original install media. Can anyone help ?

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by iMachinchilla - 2010, August 23 - 3:52pm

One thing is missing: MacWrite II (1.0 or 1.1). I'm looking for MWII for so long, and I can only find a DEMO which can't save. If someone has MacWrite II, so please upload. I have a bunch of Apple/Claris apps (also from Macintosh Garden). The only apps missing are MWII and MacProject II.
Did you know that is down?

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by Dave_89 - 2010, January 11 - 3:42pm

Thank you for uploading this! I've been looking for this for ages!