[ Retro Scan of the Week ] TRS-80 Word Processing

September 8th, 2009 by Benj Edwards

TRS-80 Word Processing Newspaper Ad - 1982Click above to see the ad in situ.

Here’s another vintage clipping from my grandmother’s cedar chest, this time from a Knoxville, TN newspaper. It mentions SCRIPSIT, early word processing software for the TRS-80 computer line.

[ From The Knoxville News-Sentinel, May 2nd, 1982, pC-6 ]

Discussion topic of the week: What was the first word processing software you ever used?

13 Responses to “[ Retro Scan of the Week ] TRS-80 Word Processing”

  1. Dr. Zoidberg Says:

    I wrote a really bad bare-bones word processor in BASIC for my C-64 that I used for a little while. About a year later I bought PaperClip.

  2. Ben Says:

    Pretty sure I used WordStar before Appleworks

  3. myce Says:

    Not quite sure if it was Electric Pencil or Scripsit. On a Model I clone.

  4. SQLGuru Says:

    Something from Commodore on the 64 — came in the traditional silver package with the title and picture. Don’t remember the name.

  5. Anachostic Says:

    It was Bank Street Writer for me. What a weird name. Probably wouldn’t make it in today’s marketplace.

    Strangely, I remember that when you password-protected your BSW files, it would put hidden letters in the Apple II CATALOG listing. I had one of my disks of things I wrote and password-protected, but no one I asked could remind me how to expose those hidden characters in the CATALOG. They would appear in inverse when the proper POKEs were performed.

  6. robert Says:

    Can’t remember what it was called; it came on a 386 that ran the GeoWorks OS (how obscure is that?). Or, it’s possible I ran WordPerfect or something for DOS, but I usually just used EDIT before that 386. Also used something on the Apple IIgs, I think, and Word on the Mac Classic at some point.

  7. Esteban Says:

    The first word processing program I ever used was the built-in text-editor in the Tandy DeskMate program. I thought it was pretty cool at the time.


  8. PWP Says:

    That would have to be Apple Writer II.

  9. Moondog Says:

    I had one that came on a cartridge for the C-64, but can’t think of the name. It wasn’t that great, and combined with a 1526 printer, was not very impressive.

    The next one I had (or first good one) was pfs:write on a 486pc I built.

  10. Jim Says:

    My first word processing software was cartridge Scripsit for the Color Computer II. When I finally added a floppy disk to the CoCo II, I ran Disk Scripsit, then TS-Word/TS-Edit under OS-9 and finally DynaStar under OS-9 Level II on my CoCo III. Then came the PC…..

    Wow, good times!!!

  11. Jason L Says:

    Not counting “Fileform” for the Aquarius computer, the first real word processor I used was “Word Power 3.3” for the Coco 3.

  12. Joseph Regan Says:

    Here’s an awesome site for you all…www.RadioShackCatalogs.com.

    It contains every Radio Shack Catalog from 1939 to 2005, plus TRS-80 and Tandy computer catalogs, old Radio Shack commercials, and a LOT more!

    If you want to see about 500 old Radio Shack advertisements like the one above, go to: http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/catalogs_extra/advertisements_small/

    or for a large viewing format, go to: http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/catalogs_extra/advertisements


  13. Barton Bright Says:

    This was my store for several years. I worked there from September ’82 till October ’84. I still have some of my business cards from this store. We used to hold these “Scripsit” seminars on a regular basis and I used to present them. I sold a lot of the Model II computers with the 8MB hard drive and the Daisy Wheel II printer to law offices. Scripsit 2.0 offered three things that law offices needed and did it far cheaper than “Wang” word processors did …line numbering, double-line spacing and page numbering. I sold several hundred thousand dollars worth of these systems. Scripsit 2.0 combined with the Spelling Dictionary was truly unbeatable. They were truly state of the art back then.

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