COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 70 — 101 MACROS FOR LOTUS 1-2-3 AND UNNAMED LOTUS SYMPHONY ADVENTURE GAME

If you’ve ever watched retro-tech YouTube videos, you might get the impression that the most widely used computer programming language of the 1980s was BASIC.

COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 69 — PAGEMAKER, VENTURA PUBLISHER, AND THE DEST PC SCAN PLUS

Computer software giant Adobe recently made headlines with its proposed $20 billion acquisition of Figma, the developer of a popular web-based interface design application.

COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 68 — FONTOGRAPHER, THE RADIUS FULL PAGE DISPLAY, DESKTOP ART, AND READY, SET, GO!

In September 1986, roughly 1,000 people attended the first Seybold Conference on Desktop Publishing, where the featured speaker was exiled Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED SPECIAL NO. 9 — THE 1986 EXCELLENCE IN SOFTWARE AWARDS

The Software Publishers Association (SPA) began in 1984 as the lobbying arm for the still-nascent computer software industry.

COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 67 — THE BOSTON COMPUTER EXCHANGE

On August 12, 1991, the Boston Computer Exchange (BCE) held an “Irish wake” for the original IBM Personal Computer.

COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 66 — DISK OPTIMIZER, DOUBLEDOS, XTREE, HOT, ABOVE DISC, DBASE PROGRAMMERS' UTILITIES, AND DETENTE

Business applications and games may garner the most attention when talking about computer software from the 1980s, but for many companies the real key to success was in utility programs.

COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 65 — THE IBM RT PC

During the run of Computer Chronicles thus far, IBM launched a number of products that failed to dominate their respective markets, including the PCjr, TopView, and token ring.

COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 64 — THE MUSIC STUDIO, EZ-TRACK, SOUNDSCAPE, THE APPLE IIGS, AND THE COMPUSONICS DSP-1000

The Battle of the 16-Bit Computers was in full swing by late 1986, with the Apple IIgs joining the fray against the Commodore Amiga and the Atari ST at the lower end of the market.

COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 63 — FIRST SHAPES, INFOMINDER, THE NAME GAME, PLATO, AND THE ELECTRONIC UNIVERSITY NETWORK

The second part of Computer Chronicles’ fourth-season look at educational software was something of a grab bag.

COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 62 — APPLE CLASSROOMS OF TOMORROW, INFORMATION LABORATORY, VOYAGE OF THE MIMI, AND THE FACTORY

The fourth season of Computer Chronicles premiered in September 1986 with a two-part look at educational software.