[NTLK] Autoserver: Tweet from @bryanstearns - now Claris Works

Gene beaird bgbeaird at sbcglobal.net
Sat Jul 20 12:58:42 EDT 2019

Lots of brain cells have succumbed to age since then, but I seem to remember that while I had Claris Works, I also had access to Microsoft Office, which I used mostly, since I also used Office at work.  IIRC, at the time any sort of DB app from Microsoft was almost useless and expensive, so I stuck with FileMaker for any of my small DB projects.  That stopped when Claris ‘upgraded’ the package, unbundling FM, and requiring you to purchase a much more expensive version of FileMaker Pro.  

Like you, I switched most of that stuff to a spreadsheet.  But then again, I don’t have any heavy duty database needs.  I could use it, but since Excel has become the be-all, end-all to spreadsheets, I guess I’d just use it.  :-(

Gene Beaird,
Pearland, Texas

> On Jul 20, 2019, at 11:00 AM, newtontalk-request at newtontalk.net wrote:
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> Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:16:37 -0700
> From: Dennis Swaney <romad at nvwisp.com>
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> Subject: Re: [NTLK] Autoserver: Tweet from @bryanstearns
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> But at least ClarisWorks was an integrated package complete with (list
> courtesy of Wikipedia):
>  - a word processor <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Word_processor>, which
>  in version 6 also includes an equation editor
>  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formula_editor> based on MathType
>  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MathType>
>  - a drawing program,
>  - a painting program,
>  - a spreadsheet <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spreadsheet>,
>  - a database <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Database> program,
>  - a terminal program <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terminal_program>
>  for communications (up to version 5), and
>  - a presentation program (in version 6).
> Its replacement was (and STILL is) a bundle of 3 separate applications
> covering word processing, spreadsheet and presentation that are not tightly
> integrated. The main module/application missing in this consumer package is
> a database program. Supposedly the ordinary consumer is supposed to buy the
> overpriced and extremely complex FileMaker, but that suggested answer is
> just asinine. So in lieu of a database program, I'm forced to use the
> spreadsheet program. I started with AppleWorks 1 and went up through
> version 5 on my Apple IIc and when I moved to Macintosh, I started with
> ClarisWorks 1 and continued to the end with version 6 (though I almost went
> with "BeagleWorks"). What is interesting that after ClarisWorks 5 was
> renamed "AppleWorks 5" there were two separate programs with the name,
> neither of which had a "for..." suffix to tell them apart by name!
> Sincerely,
> Dennis B. Swaney
> "Cogito Ergo Mac"

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