All the Work That Went into ’Works

030211_clarisworks.gifThis history of ClarisWorks is an engaging foray into the pre-dotcom era, when a software startup might have begun with the development team moving in together to save on rent. Bob Hearn, one of the program’s two original authors, recounts the ups and downs of trying to kick Microsoft’s pants, and working with the legendarily and myopically purist Claris Corporation with sober, touching hindsight.