[ 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?

12 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


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