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Spell Catcher 8 Version History

Instead of being specific, we'll just say boxes 1-5, and 7 of the history of Spell Catcher itself.

Thunder!

Thunder!
Batteries Included, 1985-1986 - First Mac version.
Electronic Arts (Version 1.1), 1987-1988.

Thunder!

Batteries Included, 1985-1986
Electronic Arts, 1987-1988 (Version 1.1).

First-ever Mac version (the Atari ST version was released a couple of months earlier). Developed on a home-made "Fat Mac" with a 10M Hyperdrive hard disk installed (the drive cost $3,500 CAD), using Consulair C. Existed as an old-style Desk Accessory.

Batteries Included sold the rights to this product and a few others to Electronic Arts shortly after releasing Thunder! for the Mac, then closed their doors. See .

Wins MacUser Editors' Choice Award (Eddy) in 1986, and again in 1988 (or 1987 - EA has that trophy).

Thunder II

Thunder II
Electronic Arts, 1988-1990 - Major re-write from Desk Accessory to a Control Panel.

Thunder II

Electronic Arts, 1988-1990.

Electronic Arts took a good stab at getting into Utilities and Productivity software. They were a pretty cool company to work with. Ultimately, they lost interest in products like this, and stuck to what they really knew - games (obviously). They're doing just fine without us...

EA sold Thunder II to Baseline Publishing as I was readying a pretty major upgrade that they weren't interested in publishing.

Thunder!

Thunder 7
Baseline Publishing, 1991-1994 - First version to include a thesaurus.

Thunder 7

Baseline Publishing, 1991-1994.

Baseline Publishing picked up the product when EA lost interest. For those that don't remember Baseline, their claim to fame was The Talking Moose. Believe it or not, the Moose lives on and runs on OS X!

Baseline, however, did not fare as well. Their CEO was, well, a bad guy that pretty much sucked the company dry of any and all funds (and apparently didn't just stop there). Read about some of this strange tale, as told by mlcs (a Spell Catcher Plus customer to this day, and one of Baseline's good guys).

This was the first version to include a Thesaurus, and its release more-or-less coincided with Apple's System 7.

Thunder 7 1.5

Thunder 7 1.5
Baseline Publishing, 1991-1994 - Now with Ghostwriter!

Thunder 7 1.5

Baseline Publishing, 1991-1994.

Baseline Publishing did one relatively major upgrade to the product, including Ghostwriter for the first time, and adding a bunch of newly-designed icons.

Spell Catcher 1.6

Spell Catcher 1.6
Casady & Greene, 1996, two years after Baseline Publishing "disappeared".

Spell Catcher 1.6

Baseline Publishing, 1991-1994.

Baseline Publishing did one relatively major upgrade to the product, including Ghostwriter for the first time, and adding a bunch of newly-designed icons.

It took almost two years after Baseline had stopped shipping the product and essentially gone out of business before they actually agreed that the rights to it were no longer theirs. I sold a few copies myself in the meantime. Casady & Greene expressed interest early on, but wouldn't touch the product with a 10-foot pole until they were truly satisfied that Baseline's CEO wouldn't try to cause them any grief.

Spell Catcher 8

Spell Catcher 8
Casady & Greene, 1999 - Total re-write, first multi-lingual version, new linguistics supplier.

Spell Catcher 8

Casady & Greene, 1999

This was a total re-write of Spell Catcher 1.6, from Control Panel to Application + Extension, from THINK Pascal to Metrowerks. This was the first multi-lingual version, and used Proximity Technology's linguistics for both spelling and look up (thesaurus and dictionary definitions).

The "8" referred to the 8 languages that were included, and that it was built with Apple's Mac OS 8 in mind.