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Mine was probably either Word Writer or Atari Writer, although I also mastered vi at about the same time.
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Date: 2017-09-09 08:37 pm (UTC)
naomikritzer: (Default)
From: [personal profile] naomikritzer
WordPerfect for DOS. With a homemade template made out of an index card to go around the function keys and help me remember what shift-F7 did.

Date: 2017-09-10 06:07 pm (UTC)
thewayne: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thewayne
Ditto. Back around '83 I'd guess. Then Samna. The first one that I bought for myself would be Borland's Sprint: awesome word processor that had real-time spell check. Very fast on DOS boxes.

I hated Word Perfect initially, but after I started having problems with Word doc formatting, I envied the Reveal Codes function of WordPerfect.

Date: 2017-09-09 08:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] penlessej
Wordperfect before the failed Windows rollout and the dominance of MS Word.

Date: 2017-09-09 08:56 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] mcbadger
gcal. That dates me, and probably locates me fairly precisely, not many sites used that.

The name was a terrible joke. roff was short for "run off", and gcal was allegedly short for Geococcyx californianus, the taxonomic name for the great road runner, which runs off at great speed.

(I'm assuming I'm allowed a text processor, and I reckon half your commentariat are going to answer TeX anyway).
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Date: 2017-09-10 04:35 am (UTC)
brooksmoses: (Default)
From: [personal profile] brooksmoses
TeX is a really horrible editor, though. It makes EDLIN look user-friendly. :)

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Date: 2017-09-09 08:57 pm (UTC)
jwgh: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jwgh
Franklin AceWriter II, which came with the Apple ][ knockoff we got. (Franklin was later sued by Apple for copyright infringement.)

Date: 2017-09-09 09:04 pm (UTC)
ravenskyewalker: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ravenskyewalker
WordPerfect? Probably something else, actually, but that's what I remember...

Date: 2017-09-09 09:15 pm (UTC)
graydon: (Default)
From: [personal profile] graydon
Ur... Ok, an editor lets you manipulate text files. A formatter applies styles to input text files. A word processor combines the two in some way.

So the first editor I used was ed (on a decwriter!); the first formatter I used was IBM DCF; the first word processor I used was Norton Textra on DOS.

Today I hardly ever need to use a word processor outside of work requirements to interact with MS Word. (The XML guts of Word 2016 docx files have become surprisingly tidy and useful.)

Writing happens in vim. Publishing to epub happens via XSLT.

Date: 2017-09-11 12:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mmcirvin
I found that I never entirely warmed to WYSIWYG word processors once they came along. I'd always wanted to "reveal codes" and mess with the text on an atomic level.

But I'd liked Wordstar and WordPerfect on MS-DOS. When I encountered Wordstar on my dad's Compaq, it inspired me to a prolific burst of terrible and unpublished science-fiction writing that I've never replicated since. I probably should have kept it up, and I'd be a decent writer by now. As it was, my audience was my group of high-school buddies.

I recapitulated a bunch of half-decent ideas in those stories that I thought were original (of course they were not; most were hoary old ideas from the Thirties and Forties and a few were unusual enough to have been concocted as late as the Sixties, though sometimes two or three would be nailed together in a novel manner).

Date: 2017-09-09 09:25 pm (UTC)
metahacker: The corner of a Commodore 64 keyboard (c64)
From: [personal profile] metahacker
Technically, a Sharp minicomputer like this one, but more realistically some sort of Brother with a two-line display.

Or vi, is that what you want?

Date: 2017-09-09 09:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kate_schaefer
It was 1980. Can't remember its name; it was a single-purpose machine (like most word processors at that time) made by 3M, which got out of the business really fast. It handled multiple columns well, better than any other word processor I used for several years, but it could not handle scrolling backward. Once text had vanished off the top of the screen, the only way to get back to it and edit it was to save the file and re-open it.

Almost everyone else in that office was terrified of the machine. All the other typing was done on IBM Selectric II, the world's best typewriter ever. Self-correcting! Lots of different typefaces on cute little golfballs! What more could you want?

Date: 2017-09-10 12:07 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] scott_sanford
Agreed about the Selectric. I'm biased; I learned to type on them. There were several gadgets to turn Selectrics into computer printers, but I never used any of those myself.

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Date: 2017-09-09 09:44 pm (UTC)
snippy: Lego me holding book (Default)
From: [personal profile] snippy
CPT 8000. It used 8 inch floppy discs for storage. After that, NBI. Both with dedicated hardware and terminals. I was a secretary at a firm that produced environmental monitoring reports for a nuclear plant using the first one, and was trained on NBI at Argonne National Laboratory.

Date: 2017-09-11 04:02 am (UTC)
carbonel: (Default)
From: [personal profile] carbonel
I used a CPT 8000 at a temp job in 1990. It was an utter dinosaur at a law firm headed by an utter dinosaur.

I hated that device, but it was work when I really needed it.

Date: 2017-09-09 09:59 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Copy con: (filename).txt

More seriously, and depending on how you define 'word processor' as opposed to 'text editor', either EDT on Vax/VMS, Edit on MS-Dos, EZ on Andrew, or Borland's Sprint on Dos. Sprint was the first one I paid money for.

Riderius

Date: 2017-09-10 11:20 am (UTC)
autopope: Me, myself, and I (Default)
From: [personal profile] autopope
Sprint was worth every penny and I am still monumentally pissed off that it died the death; despite the odd bug here or there it was light years ahead of Turd Perfect.

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Date: 2017-09-09 10:00 pm (UTC)
baranduin: (Default)
From: [personal profile] baranduin
Vydec standalone word processor made by Exxon.

Date: 2017-09-09 10:17 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] martianmooncrab
1983 it was the Apple product and it was hot shit because I had two floppy disc drives.

Date: 2017-09-09 10:24 pm (UTC)
affreca: Cat Under Blankets (Default)
From: [personal profile] affreca
Wordstar on a Kaypro 2, roughly the same time I learned to read and write by hand. At home I used wordstar until I went to college.

Date: 2017-09-09 10:32 pm (UTC)
julian: Picture of Julian Street. (Default)
From: [personal profile] julian
Umm. Whatever the one that came with the C-64 was.

Date: 2017-09-09 10:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] glaurung_quena
The C-64 didn't have a default word processor that it came with, unlike a lot of other computers of that era, which pretty much all came with either Wordstar or Wordperfect. Someone's made up a list of the common Commodore word processors.

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Date: 2017-09-09 10:40 pm (UTC)
jazzfish: Jazz Fish: beret, sunglasses, saxophone (Default)
From: [personal profile] jazzfish
EasyWriter II, which came with the IBM-PC that my grandfather got us for Xmas in 1982.

Date: 2017-09-09 10:52 pm (UTC)
glaurung_quena: (Default)
From: [personal profile] glaurung_quena
Quick Brown Fox, which was a word processing cartridge (!) for the Commodore 64, but which didn't offer much in the way of features. Then Paperclip, which ran off a floppy disk on the c-64 and had high tech features like spell checking and saving to disk (and copy protection dongles!).

My dad was trying to run a business on the c-64 and the keyboards kept dying on him before the warranty ran out, so when the store stopped carrying the c-64, he was forced (with a report due the next day) to get a kaypro and learn Wordstar.

I kept using the c-64 and Paperclip through the second half of high school and the first few months of college, until the floppy drive on it died. At which point I also acquired a kaypro and switched to Wordstar. I used Wordstar exclusively from 1986 until the Internet arrived, at which point I started composing some things in Pine or in Eudora and other things in Wordstar.

The fact that the entire internet, from email to usenet to livejournal, used a completely incompatible set of conventions from Wordstar eventually caused me to abandon Wordstar except for archival purposes, and I started doing my offline composing in Word in the early 00's.
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Date: 2017-09-09 10:57 pm (UTC)
supergee: (computer)
From: [personal profile] supergee
WordStar

Date: 2017-09-09 11:06 pm (UTC)
thatdawnperson: (southpark)
From: [personal profile] thatdawnperson
FSE: Full Screen Editor on a CDC 6400 mainframe. 1984.
Nit: limited formatting capabilities might lead some to say it's not full featured enough to call a word processor.

Date: 2017-09-09 11:34 pm (UTC)
cyphomandra: boats in Auckland Harbour. Blue, blocky, cheerful (boats)
From: [personal profile] cyphomandra
Apple Works.

Date: 2017-09-09 11:47 pm (UTC)
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (Default)
From: [personal profile] beth_bernobich
Multimate, for word processors.

Brief, from Underware, for text editors.

Date: 2017-09-10 06:11 pm (UTC)
thewayne: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thewayne
Not only did I use BRIEF, I also bought the source control package for it: Sourcerer's Apprentice. AND I have the manuals for both programs!

But best of all: I recently came across the executables for B.R.I.E.F.! I was scavanging hard drives and found an old 800 meg IBM laptop HD and it had BRIEF on it! [cue Happy Snoopy Dance!]

I'm easily pleased sometimes. I did a lot of code work in BRIEF.

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Date: 2017-09-10 12:00 am (UTC)
ross_smith: Dalek (Default)
From: [personal profile] ross_smith
I wrote the first piece of fiction I ever finished (Blake's 7 fanfic) on the Turbo Pascal code editor.

Date: 2017-09-10 12:13 am (UTC)
ritaxis: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ritaxis
vi on the big machines at the university


then whatever was on the hand-me-down IBM machine my sister in law gave me

then wordstar till it went insane and corrupted every.single.file. I tried to read with it

the first one I liked was wordperfect and I only switched to libre office about four years ago when I just couldn't go on with the really old copy I had been moving from machine to machine.
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Date: 2017-09-10 01:09 am (UTC)
ironymaiden: (banana)
From: [personal profile] ironymaiden
Wordstar. It was on a Kaypro "portable computer" that my mom was able to borrow from work. I still miss dot commands.
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Date: 2017-09-10 01:22 am (UTC)
gingicat: drawing of me based on wedding photo (Default)
From: [personal profile] gingicat
Me too!

Date: 2017-09-10 01:52 am (UTC)
alexxkay: (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexxkay
Can I really be the first respondent to say emacs?

Date: 2017-09-10 01:54 am (UTC)
movingfinger: (Default)
From: [personal profile] movingfinger
Emacs I guess
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