The Software Toolworks

I was able to reach Walt Bilofsky, the owner of The Software Toolworks. He stated that the rights to the 8-bit software remained with him and his partner Joe Abrams. Also, if the software listed another author, that author retains rights to the software. He stated that I may post the software and manuals, non-commercially, with the following restrictions: list the correct copyright notice (author(s) name(s), year written) and state that the software is not for commercial use.

History

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.

Catalog

Here are a few of their catalogs:

Software

Here is a table of the software provided by The Software Toolworks. If the software name in the table below is a link, additional information and possibly  links to disk images and manuals are available on that page. This software is strictly for non-commercial use, additional information is presented on the following pages.

Order Number

Formats

Name

Description

Original Price

#201

C8, C5, or H5

PIE 1.5

Full screen editor makes it easy to create and change text and program files.

$29.95

#202

C8, C5, H5, or O5

C/80

C/80 2.0 Compiler generates fast assembly language code - now supports most C features.

$49.95

 #203

C8, C5, H5, or O5

Macro Assembler Z80

Macro assemblers for Z80 or 8080 opcodes

$29.95

 #204

C8, C5, H5, or O5

Macro Assembler 8080

Macro assemblers for Z80 or 8080 opcodes

$29.95

 #205

C5 or H5

REACH

Access MICRONET, SOURCE, timesharing; transfer files between computers

$19.95

 #206

C8, C5, H5, or O5

PACK and CRYPT

Save room on your disks; protect sensitive files

$24.95

#207

C8, C5, or H5

TEXT

Produce neatly formatted documents with TEXT

$39.95

 #208

D5

AIRPORT

Discover for yourself why Air Traffic Controllers wanted psychiatric benefits

$19.95

 #209

C8, C5, H5, or O5

LISP/80

Now there's an economical way to experiment with LISP

$39.95

 #210

C8, C5, H5, or O5

MYCHESS

Play championship chess with full graphics

$34.95

 #211

C8, C5, or H5

ED-A-SKETCH

Create, save, display with fill screen graphics editor

$29.95

 #212

H5

Catalog System; Utility Programs

Keep track of all your files with master catalog system; plus handy utilies

$24.95

 #213

C8, C5, H5, or O5

RATFOR

RATFOR adds structured programming features to Microsoft FORTRAN

$39.95

 #214

D5

INVADERS

Play the INVADERS video action game

$19.95

 #215

H5

SPOOL-N-GO

Printer spooler lets you continue working while printing

$29.95

 #216

C8, C5, or H5

SUPER ZAP

Interactive disk patcher lets you make system patches, repari damaged data

$24.95

 #217

C8, C5, or H5

MUNCHKIN

Action maze game with arcade excitement

$19.95

 #218

D5

SPACE PIRATES

Fight exciting space battles in full graphics

$19.95

 #219

H5

Introduction to BASIC Programming

Learn to program in BASIC

$29.95

 #220

C8, C5, H5, or O5

ELIZA

Your computer can be a good "therapy"

$24.95

 #221

C8, C5, H5, or O5

SPELL

Eliminate embarrassing spelling mistakes with compact 50,000 word proofreader

$49.95

 #222

C8, C5, H5, or O5

ADVENTURE

Dare the dangers of Colossal Cave with the original Adventure game

$19.95

 #223

C5, H5, or C8

ZENCALC

Full-featured ZenCalc comes all set to do your taxes and more

$99.95

 #224

C8, C5, H5, or O5

COMPUTER CHEF

Save time an money with automated recipe file

$29.95

#225

C8, C5, or O5 AutoDIFF

Locate changes, revisions in document and program source files.

$29.95

#226

C8, C5, H5, or O5 Snake

Action video game for the entire family.

$19.95

#227

O5 Arcturus Ranger

Three exciting arcade style games for your Osborne.

$24.95

#228

O5 Arcturus Control $19.95

#229

O5 Arcturus Exterminator $24.95

#230

C8, C5, H5, or O5 Word Wiggle

Exercise vocabulary skills as you challenge the computer.

$29.95
#231 C8, C5, H5, or O5

C/80 Mathpak

Add float and long data types to C/80 Version 3.

$29.95
#232 D5

Missile Control (Evryware)

Guard cities from missile attack.

$17.50
#233 D5

Galatic Warrior (Evryware)

Goes beyond Space Invaders with a variety of weapons and targets.

$19.50
#234 D5

Y-Wing Fighter (Evryware)

Battle a variety of dangers just above the surface of a hostile planet.

$19.50
#235 D5

Space Odyssey I(Evryware)

Space navigation game features 3-D movement.

$21.50
#236 D5

Exterminator (Evryware)

Complex game pits you against the ecology of Yargon.

$19.50
#237 D5

Y-Wing II (Evryware)

Exciting undersea sequel to Y-WING.

$21.50
#238 D5

Zeetle-Deet (Evryware)

Tunnel through the earth to save the princess.

$19.50
#239 I5

ZP/SIM

Run most of CP/M software from your ZDOS disk.

$29.95

#240

C8, C5, H5, or O5 Best of Wok Talk

Computer Chef Series #2: Exotic oriental cuisine made convenient, even for beginners.

$29.95

#241

C8, C5, H5, or O5 What's For Dinner

Computer Chef Series #3: Add over 200 recipes to your Computer Chef collection.

$19.95

Note: At some point, Software Toolworks also added support several other computer systems, from Xerox, Kaypro, DEC and Epson in many (but not all) of their software titles, but this site is not tracking those.

Last Modified: Monday, 30-Nov-2020 20:12:59 PST

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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.