was a type-in word processor
for various home computers
. Approximately 5 KB
in length, it provided many of the same features as commercial word processing packages of the early 8-bit
era, such as Easy Script
and Bank Street Writer
was written by COMPUTE!'s Gazette
Program Editor Charles Brannon
for the Commodore 64
, and published in the January 1984 issue of the Gazette
. It was later ported
to various other computers that used the 65xx family
, including the Atari 8-bit family
and the Apple II family
was written entirely in assembly language
, and COMPUTE!
Publications later released a book/disk combination that contained the complete commented source code (as well as compiled object code).
The original versions of SpeedScript
were designed for the 40-column Commodore 64 and the 22-column VIC-20. When the Commodore 128
was released, featuring an 80-column display, many users requested an updated version of SpeedScript
to take advantage of this new capability. In June 1986, COMPUTE!'s Gazette
, a short patch
3.0 or higher, which enabled the use of the VDC
's new 80-column capabilities on a Commodore 128 running in 64 mode. However, this did not take advantage of the C128's expanded memory, and a few minor commands were eliminated due to the alterations to the existing code. A native version of SpeedScript
for the C128 was finally released in October 1987. This version eliminated the problems of the patch and took full advantage of the C128's 80-column screen, expanded memory, and enhanced keyboard.
In December 1987, COMPUTE!'s Gazette published Instant 80, a utility for the C64 version of SpeedScript that allowed 80-column document previewing (though not editing) on a standard C64. This was done by using half-width characters on a high-resolution graphics screen.
did not include a built-in spell checker
, additional utilities were soon published to fill this hole. In December 1985, SpeedCheck
was published in COMPUTE!'s Gazette
. This external utility accepted SpeedScript
files (as well as those from compatible word processors, such as PaperClip
) and spell-checked them against a user-defined dictionary. An enhanced 80-column version for the C128, SpeedCheck 128
, was published in September 1988.
- Charles Brannon. "SpeedScript Word Processor For Commodore 64 And VIC-20". COMPUTE!'s Gazette, January 1984.
- Charles Brannon. "SpeedScript 3.0: All Machine Language Word Processor For Expanded VIC-20". COMPUTE!, April 1985.
- CAPUTE!. "SpeedScript 3.0 Update". COMPUTE!, May 1985.
- "SpeedScript 3.0: All Machine Language Word Processor for Atari". COMPUTE!, May 1985. ISSN 0194-357X.
- "ScriptSave: Automatic Disk Saves for Commodore 64 SpeedScript 3.0". COMPUTE!, May 1985. ISSN 0194-357X.
- Charles Brannon and Kevin Martin. "SpeedScript 3.0: All Machine Language Word Processor For Apple". COMPUTE!, June 1985.
- Charles Brannon. "SpeedScript 3.0 Revisited". COMPUTE!, December 1985.
- Ottis R. Cowper. "SpeedCheck: An Expandable Spelling Checker For The Commodore 64 And 128". COMPUTE!'s Gazette, December 1985. ISSN 0737-3716.
- Charles Brannon. SpeedScript: The Word Processor for Atari Computers. Greensboro, North Carolina: COMPUTE! Publications, Inc., 1985. ISBN 0-87455-003-3.
- Todd Heimarck. "SpeedScript-80 For The 128". COMPUTE!'s Gazette, June 1986. ISSN 0737-3716.
- Charles Brannon. "SpeedScript 3.2 For The Commodore 64". COMPUTE!'s Gazette, May 1987. ISSN 0737-3716.
- Charles Brannon and Robert Kodadek. "SpeedScript 128". COMPUTE!'s Gazette, October 1987. ISSN 0737-3716.
- Glen Mackinnon. "Instant 80: True 80-Column Preview For SpeedScript". COMPUTE!'s Gazette, December 1987. ISSN 0737-3716.
- Larry D. Smith. "SpeedCheck 128: A Spelling Checker For SpeedScript 128". COMPUTE!'s Gazette, September 1988. ISSN 0737-3716.