S6E01 Broderbund Bank Street Writer – Supplement

This episode features Bank Street Writer, originally released in 1982 by Broderbund. It was a beginners word processor.  It was developed by Intentional Software, Bank Street College of Education and Franklin E. Smith, with the Atari version being credited to Charles Olson Jr.

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Supplement Scans

Advertisement (Retail) from 1983:

Advertisement (Education) from 1983:

Bank Street Writer in Action


Boot screen:

Booting program with insufficient memory and/or cartridge present:
Booting tutorial with insufficient memory and/or missing BASIC cartridge:


Blank editor screen:

Main menu screen:

Memory low error:

Memory full error:

Editing text with formatting applied:

Editing on the Apple II:



Initializing a disk:

Exiting the program:

Retrieving a file from disk:

Saving a file:


Utility Program



Setting program defaults/configuration items:


Viewing document passwords:


Changing color:





Lesson 1 – Entering Text:

Lesson 2 – Cursor Movement:

Lesson 3 – Erase and Unerase:

Lesson 4 – Move and Moveback:

Lesson 5 – Find and Replace:

All done:



Viewing the contents of a file from SpartaDOS, and Atari DOS 2.5:

Editing a file with T:Edit:

Files on program side of disk:

Files on tutorial side of disk:


I couldn’t get any correctly formatted output via emulation, thus I’m not sharing it here.  I think this was an emulation issue rather than a program fault.


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Intro music is an excerpt from a chip tune by Wizwars named 8 Bit Raceway.  It is used under Creative Common license Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States.

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