software history


How an Airline Pilot Took on Adobe Photoshop—and Nearly Won

Paint Shop Pro was a 90s shareware superstar that still lives on today, and it was first developed by one guy who loved to be an underdog.


The Rise and Fall of the $100 Million Company That Taught America to Compute

For more than 20 years, John Scherer’s Video Professor offered instructional videos and discs to make computers accessible to novices. Where did it go?


The Story of Shareware, the Original In-App Purchase

It wasn’t just about games. In the 80s and 90s, shareware democratized the way computer software was sold. Unfortunately, adware sort of dimmed its charm.