Batteries Included (company)

Batteries Included was a computer software and hardware company based in the Toronto area. It developed products for the Apple II, Atari 8-bit family, Atari ST, Commodore 64, and MS-DOS.[1] The company was best known in the 1980s for its popular PaperClip word processor, which was available for the Atari 8-bit family and Commodore 64. Batteries Included was acquired by Electronic Arts in 1987.

Batteries Included
FatePurchased by Electronic Arts
FoundedToronto, Ontario (1978)
Defunct1987
Headquarters,
Key people
Alan Kofchick
Robbie Krofchik
Marcie Swartz
L. Brian Swartz

HistoryEdit

Batteries Included was founded by siblings Alan Krofchick, Robbie Krofchick and Marcie Swartz in 1978 as a calculator and personal computer retail store.[2] The hand-held electronic devices they sold were always advertised as "batteries not included," so they included the batteries for free and named themselves Batteries Included.[3] The company began to develop its own computer software and hardware and became a multimillion-dollar multi-faceted company, charging its way into the international computer software and accessory market.[3] Michael Reichmann joined the company in its early years and eventually became its president in the mid-1980s.[4]

The company's first retail location was established at Village by the Grange, (109 McCaul St, Toronto, ON). Head offices were later re-located to 30 Mural Street in Richmond Hill, Ontario.[2] The company also had a satellite office in California. At its peak, BI employed over 60 people.[3]

Batteries Included was purchased by Electronic Arts[4] in 1987, which cancelled most of its upcoming projects but continued to market products under the Batteries Included name.

ProductsEdit

PaperClipEdit

PaperClip, the company's flagship product, was first released for the Commodore PET in 1982, and later for the Commodore 64 and Atari 8-bit family systems.[2] The word processor was developed by Steve Douglas who formed a relationship with Batteries Included owners Robbie and Alan Krofchick through the retail store.[3] PaperClip became one of the highest selling home management programs, reaching No. 1 on "Billboard's Top Computer Software" chart and spending over 70 weeks on the charts.[5]

In 1986, Batteries Included released PaperClip II for the Commodore 128.[6]

PaperClip III was released by Electronic Arts in 1987, following its acquisition of Batteries Included.[7] Later Gold Disk released desktop publishing application PaperClip Publisher.

HomePakEdit

In 1984, Batteries Included released the integrated software suite HomePak, combining word-processor, database and communications modules into one application.

Product listingEdit

For the Atari ST:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "New Products From Batteries Included". Compute! (74): 117. 1986.
  2. ^ a b c "The Personal Computer Museum, Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - Recycle, donate, and browse your old computers, electronics, video games, and software". Pcmuseum.ca. Archived from the original on 2016-07-03. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  3. ^ a b c d Ellison, Peter (1985). "Canada's Atari". Rom Magazine (10): 7.
  4. ^ a b Morrissey, James (2005-03-14). "Artist Showcase: Michael Reichmann". The Nature, Wildlife and Pet Photography Forum. Archived from the original on 2016-07-07. Retrieved 2016-07-07.
  5. ^ "Top Computer Software". Billboard (97 No. 1): 39. 1985.
  6. ^ "The Personal Computer Museum, Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - Recycle, donate, and browse your old computers, electronics, video games, and software". Pcmuseum.ca. Archived from the original on 2016-07-03. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  7. ^ "The Personal Computer Museum, Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - Recycle, donate, and browse your old computers, electronics, video games, and software". Pcmuseum.ca. Archived from the original on 2016-07-03. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  8. ^ Delphi's oracle: Database management system: user's manual, By Dieter Demmer, Publisher: Batteries Included (1983), Amazon.co.uk
  9. ^ BusCard IEEE-488 Interface, BusCard Project, pdbuchan.com
  10. ^ BusCard II IEEE-488 Interface, Mike Naberezny, The Buscard II from Batteries Included is an expansion port device for the Commodore 64 that provides an IEEE-488 interface allowing peripherals designed for the PET/CBM series to be used alongside serial IEC peripherals....In addition to the IEEE-488 port, the BusCard II features a parallel printer port. This is a Centronics-style port but uses an nonstandard card edge connector that requires a special adapter. A pass-thru port on the right-side of the unit allows another expansion port device to be connected.
  11. ^ The Quest for 80 Columns on the Commodore 64, The 8-Bit Guy, ...The B.I.-80, made by Batteries Included...
  12. ^ I*S TALK - BI's feature-packed modem software, Reviewed by ERIC CLAUSEN, ANTIC VOL. 5, NO. 7 / NOVEMBER 1986
  13. ^ Portfolio Management: Editor's Choice: The ISGUR Portfolio System, By Nancy Gill, PC Mag, 15 Apr 1986, Page 217
  14. ^ a b Spelling Aid Works With ST GEM Programs, By Scott Mace, InfoWorld, 16 Jun 1986, Page 19