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 30 Years Of 1-2-3

123_R1_boxSaturday was the 30th anniversary of the release of Lotus 1-2-3.  My interest in spreadsheets began with VisiCalc, but it really took off when I saw 1-2-3 running on an IBM-PC.

So, I've been messing around with spreadsheets for half of my life.

Dan Bricklin shares his thoughts.

There were many spreadsheet programs on the market when Lotus 1-2-3 came out, including VisiCalc, SuperCalc, Microsoft's Multiplan, and Context MBA. Mitch compared 1-2-3 in the demo he showed me to Context MBA. Context MBA was programmed in a slow, high-level, byte-coded language, as I recall, while 1-2-3 was in assembler for the IBM PC. He told me that Lotus tried to meet similar goals to what we had originally targeted with VisiCalc, such as keeping up with fast horizontal and vertical scrolling. It felt at least as good with big sheets and the full screen of the IBM PC as the original VisiCalc felt on small sheets on an Apple II with much fewer characters on the screen.

The image is from the Lotus Museum.

Permalink | Posted in General on 29 January, 2013 4:11pm

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