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Professional Write 3.0 for DOS screenshot (splash screen)
Professional Write 3.0 for DOS screenshot (splash screen)
Developer(s)Software Publishing Corporation (SPC)
Initial release1983; 36 years ago (1983)
Operating systemDOS, Windows 3.0 and Apple II and Apple II Plus
TypeWord processor
LicenseProprietary software

pfs:Write was a simple word processor created by Software Publishing Corporation (SPC) in the early days of desktop computing. It was intended for DOS systems, but Apple II versions were also released.[1]

It included all the basic features common to most word processors of the day, including automatic word wrapping, spell checking, copy and paste, underlining, and boldfacing; and it also boasted a few of the most-commonly-used advanced features, such as mail merge and few others. The product was considerably easier to both learn and use than its far more fully featured and expensive DOS word processing competitors, WordPerfect, Microsoft Word and XyWrite.

pfs:Write was announced in 1983 and it was part of a family of products released by SPC under the "pfs:" brand (Personal Filing System[2]) which, when installed onto the same computer, combined to form a sort of office suite which included companion products pfs:File in 1980 (a database), pfs:Plan (a spreadsheet), pfs:Report in 1981 (reporting software), and pfs:Graph in 1982 (business graphics software). Other, mostly utilitarian products bearing the "pfs:" brand subsequently emerged, including pfs:Access (for data communications), pfs:Easy Start (a menuing utility), and pfs:Proof (a proofreading utility). Eventually, SPC offered a low- to mid-level desktop publishing product called pfs:Publisher; and it packaged the core word processing, database and spreadsheet products into a suite named pfs:Office.

A Windows 3.0 version, called Professional Write Plus 1.0, was released in 1991.

The last version, Professional Write 3.0 for DOS, was released in 1994.

A Windows Version was available to registered users of PW 3.0.

Lotus 1-2-3 integration[edit]

The market dominance of Lotus 1-2-3 encouraged SPC to allow its integration with pfs:Write. A user could use pfs:Write for word processing and link to Lotus 1-2-3 for spreadsheet use through the pfs menu system. Some setup was required, but as Lotus was deficient in word processing, this proved popular, especially among users already devoted to 1-2-3.


Byte in 1984 described pfs:Write 1.1 as "an elementary program for users who don't have time to major in word processing or who have basic needs". It cited "major deficiencies", however, including the inability to easily justify or delete text, poor printed and built-in documentation, and very slow file saves.[3] II Computing listed it fourth on the magazine's list of top Apple II non-game, non-educational software as of late 1985, based on sales and market-share data.[4]


  1. ^ "Scholastic pfs:Write manual for Apple II" (PDF). Scholastic Software. 1986.
  2. ^ Bartimo, Jim: Ease of Use takes Hold, in: InfoWorld, p. 36, 30. Apr. 1984.
  3. ^ Cameron, Janet (1984). "Word Processing Revisited". Byte (review). p. 171. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  4. ^ Ciraolo, Michael (Oct–Nov 1985). "Top Software / A List of Favorites". II Computing. p. 51. Retrieved 28 January 2015.