However, after the pioneering days of VISICALC
in 1979, their underlying computational idea has not changed much.
did a poor job of adapting its product to the DOS operating system, allowing Lotus 1-2-3 to dominate; Lotus lagged in adjusting its product to the Macintosh operating system and to Windows, allowing Microsoft Excel to take over.
was the first spreadsheet program, but Lotus 1-2-3 soon left it in the dust, largely because it made it easier for people to customize their spreadsheets with macros.
There are, however, a few contenders that are promising to be killer DVD-ROM applications (as Visicalc
was for the PC) or at least help to break the ice.
I know people will argue about which spreadsheet is the best and all that, but the general feeling is that VisiCalc
made the Apple system flourish and Lotus 1-2-3 did the same with the IBM PC.
, a very simple spreadsheet that ran on Apple IIs, was the first important software for personal computers.
, WordStar, dbase II, AutoCAD, Lotus 1-2-3, DOS 2.
Dan Bricklin of the Harvard Business School could have patented VisiCalc
, the first spreadsheet program.
The company was founded by Dan Bricklin, the legendary co-creator of VisiCalc
, the first electronic spreadsheet.
was a high-quality spreadsheet product in the 1970s, but it quickly disappeared upon the arrival of a better product, Lotus 1-2-3--which itself subsequently lost market share to an even better product.
Millions of households of all classes have already used VisiCalc
, Lotus, Excel, Quicken, and other programs to keep track of their personal finances in table form.
Very quickly, Java, writeable CDs, and innovations we haven't dreamed of will ship today's technology to the same computer-relic junkyard the Apple IIc, Visicalc
, and the dot matrix printer inhabit.
Many important software innovations, from VisiCalc
to Mosaic, started this way.
For example, before the development of Visicalc
, the first PC-based spreadsheet, the idea of manipulating large rows and columns of numbers in real-time on a computer was completely foreign and non-intuitive to users.
Remember, the explosion in personal computer purchases was owing to the arrival of VisiCalc
, the spreadsheet.