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Eight-in-One (Better Working)

Eight-in-One (Better Working)
Eight-in-One (Better Working)

Speed8 MHz

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Release Date: 1/1/1987
Manufacturer: Spinnaker
FOR many users of I.B.M. PC's and compatibles, Better Working Eight-in-One may be the only computer program they will ever need. Even people who have more ambitious requirements in one or two areas may find that Eight-in-One is just fine in the others.

Eight-in-One puts together the eight basic computer functions in one package, with consistent operations across the board. It would be only a slight exaggeration to say that once you know how to use one of the subprograms, you know them all.

The eight functions are a word processor, a spelling checker, a data base, a spreadsheet, an outliner, a graphics program, a communications program and a set of desktop utilities.

The word processor is an able example of the breed, and it uses the special function keys on the keyboard, plus logical combinations of cursor, control and ''alt'' keys, to produce straightforward documents. For example, to boldface a word you press the alt key followed by b; to underline a word you use alt and u. To move the cursor a character to the left, you naturally press the left-arrow key; the control-left arrow combination moves all the way to the left, to the beginning of the line.

The various editing and file commands available on the keyboard are also accessible, along with many others, by calling up one of seven menus of options. Help is never more than a keystroke or two away.

The usual other word-processing features - cutting and pasting blocks of text, searching and replacing words and phrases, counting words, putting titles at the top or bottom of a page and checking the spelling - are all there. Printing is just as simple.

And if you need a feature that is not offered - it's hard to think of one offhand - you can convert what you have written into a form that can be used with another word processing program with more features.

The word processor and spelling checker would be worth the $59.95 alone.

For those who are still interested in running this program on modern PC's, it works very well under DOSBox, a free download!

User Comments
Stellair on Friday, June 17, 2016
My Dad recently passed away and I am trying to access some of he 8 in 1 files. Can't seem to figure out how to open a file in a wordprocesser without a bunch of formatting commands. Makes it very difficult to read. Would love some help! (416-287-9813)
Matt M on Monday, May 2, 2016
I grew up on this program! Awesome to see I can still play with it. For those who want to take a look at it, use DosBox to run it.
Kiriann on Thursday, September 18, 2014
I cut my teeth on this program. I just loved it. Unfortunately, although I still have files on my computer that I made up in this program, the program does not work on my new computer.
Ray Kidder on Tuesday, December 17, 2013
I am still using this software after purchasing it for the first time around 1991. It runs on my Windows XP Operating System. I like it for its simplicity and the small files that it creates for data storage. This does not have the complicated features that today's applications software has, but still fulfills my basic needs. I do not get frustrated with choices that I do not understand very well and cause me to make an accidental mess of my data.
Harlan on Monday, September 26, 2011
This is a fantastic program I have been using for ages. Problem is a lack of support as it seems the Spinaker (sp) is defunctl. I now have a new laptop that will not run it. Seems I need to switch my 16 bit program to a 32 or 64 bit version! Lots of luck there!
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