Software and Documentation, Software Arts, Inc., Visicalc

Software and Documentation, Software Arts, Inc., Visicalc

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Visicalc is software for the Apple II and II Plus was written by Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston for Software Arts, Inc and published by Personal Software, Inc. of Sunnyvale, California, in 1979. The binder includes a 5.25" disk with sleeve, a user manual, and a reference card. Visicalc was an early spreadsheet application that organized data in a grid of columns and rows with the capability of creating formulas to run arithmetic operations. The data and calculations could be saved, updated, and printed. According to the user manual, "VisiCalc combines the convenience and familiarity of a pocket calculator with the powerful memory and electronic screen capabilities of the personal computer - a better 'pencil' and 'sheet of paper'."
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Object Name
software with documentation
date made
Personal Software, Inc.
place made
United States: California, Sunnyvale
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
paper (overall material)
overall: 10 3/16 in x 7 5/8 in x 1 1/2 in; 25.87625 cm x 19.3675 cm x 3.81 cm
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catalog number
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National Museum of American History
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