Disk-Based MacWrite

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2K on disk

April 1985

Disk-Based MacWrite

Finally, more than 10 pages

What was “Disk-Based” MacWrite, and how did it differ from previous versions?

Some people assume that the “Disk” in question refers to where the program is stored — that this version is somehow different from a previous version stored in ROM. But the term actually refers to where documents were saved.

There were two Macintosh Technical Notes issued by Apple on MacWrite — one for the Memory-Based version, and one for the later Disk-Based.

As early as December 1984, rumors were flying about a revision that would remove the limitations of the memory-based approach.

InfoWorld December 1984

A March 1985 article notes that “Apple has been “pre-releasing” disk-based versions of MacWrite which create files incompatible with the old memory-based MacWrite.

Next, we should mention that this version was authored by a company named Encore Systems:

Disk-Based MacWrite

Encore was the company which originally authored MacWrite. A May 1985 article from InfoWorld seems to suggest that 4.5 was a substantial rewrite with new features.

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Disk-Based MacWrite
Kind: Finally, more than 10 pages
Size: 1580 bytes, accounts for 2K on disk
Where:Software, internal drive
Created:Wednesday, April 17, 1985 at 8:38 AM
Modified:Monday, April 11, 2011 at 1:06 PM