The Software Toolworks

Location: Sherman Oaks, CA


The Software Toolworks started in 1980. See more details on The Software Toolworks website

The following is from their Spring 1982 Catalog: 

About The Software Toolworks

It started two years ago when several computer scientist became interested in personal computers. We built H89 computer kits, then developed software tools for ourselves, programs of the quality and responsiveness we had become used to on larger machines.

The Software Toolworks is our way of sharing both those tools and the improvements and new products we have come up with in response to user requests. As our professional associates have heard of our success in distributing our software, a number of them have also acquired personal computers and contributed their creativity and expertise to our product line.

Although we are in business, we remain first and foremost computer hobbyists. Therefore, we continue to make these programs available at the kind of prices we would like to pay ourselves.

But despite the low prices, this software is solid. We used it ourselves, and sell only programs that meet our personal standards of excellence. We are proud of these software products, and hope you will enjoy them.


The company offered a wide range of software, including spreadsheets, games, utilities, editors, and software development tools.

For a full list of products offered for Heath computers see the software libary page


Founder: Walt Bilofsky

Current Status: Company is now called Mindscape. Wikipedia has a detailed history of how that happened.

Last Modified: Sunday, 25-Feb-2024 22:35:05 PST

Contact Details

Mark Garlanger

Email: heathkit [at] garlanger [dot] com

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This site is dedicated to preserving the history of the original Heathkit computers. They were initially release in 1977 and included the 8-bit H-8 and 16-bit H-11 systems. The H89 was released in 1979.