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Great Lost Software: 16 Gone But Not Forgotten

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 Most that fall into the latter category deserve their fate, because either they weren't very good or they were superseded by a better option.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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Mac users still speak fondly of the word processor WriteNow, which was available soon after the Mac's debut. It was known for its speed, its ability to handle long documents, and the inclusion of then-advanced features such as spell checking and footnotes. The application was eventually ported to the Next and shipped with Next computers until 1991. What finally doomed it was what made it great: It was originally written in Motorola 680x0 assembly language, which is why it was so fast, but it proved difficult to port to the Mac's new processors.

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