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 Most that fall into the latter category deserve their fate, because either they weren't very good or they were superseded by a better option.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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Corel still sells Ventura Publisher for Windows, though the latest version dates to 2002. But the one that users remember fondly came out in 1986 and included a run-time copy of Digital Research's GEM graphical interface. It was speedy even on the PCs of the time, in part because rather than building one big file with everything in it, it created chapter files that contained instructions on how to format the source files, which remained in their native formats. Corel acquired the application in 1993, but its versions never caught on, especially as word processors got more page layout features.