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Posted by Lothar Scholz
Nov 7, 2017 at 01:05 AM


I used the term application and not app to show that i really mean old software.

I’m asking because in the “Is the original OneNote desktop app doomed?” thread the question about perpetual licenses vs subscription licenses came up again.

So what are the apps you use already for a long time without upgrading? 

On Windows i have

-  A 16bit Windows Application “Forte Agent” from 1999.  (yes an 18 year old Internet client without updates).
-  The screenshoot utility “SnagIt”, from 2002.
-  The screen recoding utility “Camtasia”  from around 2005 (same company as SnagIt)
-  Adobe Fireworks 8 from 2005
-  MSOffice 2007

I think every well working outliner or writing tool could age upto 25 years now if the Operating System would allow it.


Posted by Wojciech
Nov 7, 2017 at 01:52 PM


KeyNote, from 2000-2006 - it is still great!

And yes, SnagIt… as well as WinRAR, Total Commander, Composer…



Posted by Pierre Paul Landry
Nov 7, 2017 at 02:33 PM


- “no ribbon” Office XP 2002
- Visual Studio 6, 1998
- Ecco 4.0 (for archived stuff), 1997

IQ Designer


Posted by Steve
Nov 7, 2017 at 03:14 PM


Lotus WordPro; Still installed on my Windows 8 desktop, then survived the upgrade to 10 on same computer.  Main reason for using WordPro are all the templates I have in it for flyers.  Still works, still prints, and don’t see the need to spend the hours it would take to replicate those flyers in something else.

AskSam; the last version - 7.  Installed it on my Microsoft Surface Pro 4 just last week.  Wanted to search 700+ little text files. Worked it’s magic.



Posted by Geoffrey Miller
Nov 7, 2017 at 05:49 PM


Blackwell Idealist version 3 from 1995.

Has been installed on every subsequent version of Windows, has never crashed, never suffered data loss, in constant daily use . . . and NEVER attempts to connect to the internet thingy.


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