dBase IV for VAX/VMS (was WordPerfect 5.1+ for VMS)
nw.johnson at ieee.org
Sat Jul 20 17:26:09 CDT 2019
Wordperfect is still available for the PC at least:
On 20/07/2019 18:23, Zane Healy via cctalk wrote:
>> On Jul 20, 2019, at 10:20 AM, Antonio Carlini via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
>> Lotus 1-2-3 had AL-IN-1 integration (at least that's what the announcement of it's retirement suggests. It sounds like Lotus developed and sold it and Digital just advertised it. The retirement happened in 1995.
> It definitely had ALL-IN-1 integration. The rest of that sounds right, I think it was released around 1990. Does anyone remember when IBM bought Lotus? That likely had something to do with the retirement, I know that by ’95 IBM had owned them for a while. It also had Rdb integration.
>> Back in 1991, all three were available on the VAXstation 4000 VLC:
>> "VAXstation 4000 VLC
>> The VAXstation 4000 VLC workstation is the first workstation in the industry
>> to break the $3,500 price barrier. Offering 6.2 SPECmarks (6 VUPs) of
>> processing power, this system is twice as powerful as the previous entry-
>> level VAXstation 3100 Model 30 system. This low price and DEC SoftPC V3.0
>> software (Digital's PC emulator) or native applications, such as Lotus
>> 1-2-3, dBASE IV, or WordPerfect, make the VAXstation 4000 VLC system a
>> desirable alternative to PCs in the VMS environment. For more information
>> regarding DEC SoftPC software, see the related article in this issue of
>> Digital's Customer Update."
>> I don't see a price anywhere so I can't tell how "low" it really was :-)
> That would explain why the VLC I have, had both Wordperfect and Lotus 1-2-3. Both reminded me of the DOS versions. Unfortunately I have no idea on what the original prices were. It would definitely be interesting to know. I need to get organized. I’m honestly not sure where a lot of the DEC documentation I still have is.
> SoftPC sounds like it would be interesting to play with.
> I’m not sure when WordPerfect ceased to be available. I’m pretty sure you could still buy 7.1 in 2000, as I considered finding out what it would cost at that time.
> Here is some info on pricing of Lotus 1-2-3…
> "Prices for 1-2-3 for VAX/VMS range from $800 for single-user VAXstation 3100 systems to $67,473 for VAX 9000 systems; 1-2-3 for All-In-1 prices range from $1,197 to $94,462 on the same machines.”
> Also pricing info for WordPerfect v4.2:
> "Wordperfect 4.2 for DEC VAX/VMS its European debut: the pack – UKP850 on a VAXstation to UKP23,570 for the VAX 8978"
> It looks like dBase IV must have been released for VAX/VMS between July of 1990 and 1991, since it looks like Borland acquired them in July of ’91, and announced continued support for VAX/VMS.
> For those that don’t remember that time period, Lotus 1-2-3 and WordPerfect for DOS both cost several hundred dollars.
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