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RAM Requirement: 128k
Release Status: Abandonware
Year: 1984 - 1995
Publisher: Apple Computer Inc., Claris
Developers: Rupert Lissner, Alan Bird, Randy Brandt, Rob Renstrom, Dan Verkade
System 6 Compatible: Yes
Hard Drive Installable: Yes
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Appleworks, or Appleworks Classic if you want to differentiate it from the Mac version of the integrated software package (the Mac version having previously been called ClarisWorks) was probably the single best selling Apple II software of all time. Its word processor, spreadsheet and database combination as an integrated package proved an almost essential buy when getting an Apple II computer. Tightly coded, rock solid and becoming more feature rich with successive versions, AppleWorks even proved popular with IIGS owners, who could revel in large document file sizes, speedy operation and enjoy the larger capacity format of the 3.5" disk and stuck with that despite AppleWorks GS.
Version 2, coinciding roughly with the release of the IIGS around September 1986, is likely the earliest version of AppleWorks that runs well on the IIGS. Version 3 followed in 1989, released now by Claris and its update handled by folks from Beagle Brothers, who had extended AppleWorks with plug-ins. For release in 1993, AppleWorks 4 was now handled by Quality Computers. AppleWorks 5.1 was the last version released, in 1995.