Software comes and software goes. Most that fall into the latter category deserve their fate, because either they weren't very good or they were superseded by a better option. Though such also-rans are soon forgotten, some defunct software still holds our affections, whether because nothing as good has come along or because it was our "first love" in a category. Software may seem a funny thing to be sentimental about, but when you use a tool every day, you can grow quite fond of it. We ransacked
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Improv was another attempt to move beyond the basic spreadsheet model. Pioneered by an advanced technology group within Lotus in 1985, the goal was to make spreadsheets not necessarily easier to use, but easier to create. As with Javelin, Lotus developers separated the components of the spreadsheet -- the data from the cells and the formulas. Steve Jobs was an admirer, and Improv became one of the most popular applications on Next computers. A Windows version arrived in 1993, but it was just too different from what people expected from a spreadsheet. Nevertheless, a derivative of Improv called Quantrix is still used in financial environments.
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