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Jake Widman
Jake Widman

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 Most that fall into the latter category deserve their fate, because either they weren't very good or they were superseded by a better option.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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XyWrite was a word processor for DOS -- and, eventually, Windows -- modeled on the Atex mainframe text-composition engine in common use at newspapers in the pre-desktop publishing era. A writer would type simple commands into a command line to manage operations ranging from formatting to printing without ever taking his hands off the keyboard. You could also write custom command shortcuts and macros, which were widely shared. The program lives on, sort of, in the academic word processor Nota Bene.


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