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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 Most that fall into the latter category deserve their fate, because either they weren't very good or they were superseded by a better option.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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Another Mac utility, Symmetry Acta started life as a Desk Accessory -- a small program launched from a special menu -- and did what seems like a simple thing: outlining. But as one reviewer said, it "seems to be able to do everything, including jobs unforeseen by its designer," and people used it to organize information of all sorts. The program won multiple awards between 1988 and 1989, and a version for Windows came out in 1993. Now that word processors have outlining built in, there's not much of a market for a separate utility.

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