The Softsel Hot List for the week of December 22, 1986

Raymond Chen

Raymond

Back in the days before Internet-based software distribution, heck back even before the Internet existed in a form resembling what it is today, one of the most important ways of keeping track of the consumer computing industry was to subscribe to the Softsel Hot List, a weekly poster of the top sellers in various categories. Here is the Softsel Hot List for the week of December 22, 1986, or at least an HTML reproduction of it. The title at the top was inspired by a space agey font popular at the time, but I am too lazy to figure out how to do that in HTML so you’ll have to use your imagination. (If your imagination fails you, you can use the photo from this page.)

SOFTSEL® HOT LIST®
HARDWARE
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 PRINTERS
 1  1  43  120D Dot Matrix • Citizen America
 2  3  30 P7 Pinwriter • NEC Information Systems
 3  2  100  MSP-10 Dot Matrix • Citizen America
 4  4  19  P6 Pinwriter • NEC Information Systems
 5  5  34  Premiere 35 Daisywheel • Citizen America
 6  6  37  MSP-20 Dot Matrix • Citizen America
 7  7  86  MSP-15 Dot Matrix • Citizen America
 8  8  46  3550 Spinwwriter • NEC Information Systems
 9  9  33  P5 Pinwriter • NEC Information Systems
 10  –  1 KX-P1080i Dot Matrix • Panasonic
 
 MONITORS
 1  1  40  JC 1401 Multisync • NEC Home Electronics
 2  2  98  Video 310A Hi-Res Amber TTL • Amdek
 3  3  79  Color 600 Hi-Res RGB • Amdek
 4  4  33  JB 1285 Amber TTL • NEC Home Electronics
 5  6  37  Color 722 CGA/EGA • Amdek
 6  5  82  121 Hi-Res Green TTL • Taxan
 7  –  1 318 Hi-Res Color • AT&T
 8  7  50  122 Amber TTL • Taxan
 9  –  1 Super Vision 720 Hi-Res • Taxan
 10  –  1 313 Mono • AT&T
 
 DISK DRIVES & STORAGE DEVICES
 1  1  27  Laser FD100 Apple Drives • Video Technology • AP
 2  4  17 Bernoulli Box Dual 20MB • Iomega • IBM, MAC
 3  2  26  FileCard 20MB Hard Disk/Card • Western Digital • IBM
 4  3  36  QIC-60H External Tape Backup • Tecmar • IBM
 5  6  23  Bernoulli Box Dual 10MB • Iomega • IBM, MAC
 6  5  26  QIC-60AT Internal Tape Backup • Tecmar • IBM
 7  8  3  Teac AT 360k Drive • Maynard • IBM
 8  –  23  Maynstream 20MB Portable Backup • Maynard • IBM
 
 BOARDS, MODEMS & INTERFACES
 1  1  165  Hercules Graphics Card Plus • Hercules • IBM
 2  2  155  SixPakPlus • AST Research • IBM
 3  3  113  Hercules Color Card • Hercules • IBM
 4  4  170  Smartmodem 1200B • Hayes • IBM
 5  7  14  Above Board/AT • Intel • IBM
 6  5  188  Smartmodem 1200 • Hayes • AP
 7  8  38  Advantage AT! • AST Research • IBM
 8  6  68  Smartmodem 2400 • Hayes • IBM
 9  9  36  Gamecard III • CH Products • IBm
 10  11  35  Smartmodem 2400B • Hayes • IBM
 11  13  113  Grappler • Orange Micro • AP
 12  16  37 Practical Modem 1200 • Practical Peripherals • IBM
 13  12  37  Above Board/PC • Intel • IBM
 14  10  31  QuadEGA+ • Quadram • IBM
 15  15  7  SixPakPremium • AST Research • IBM
 16  20  20  Rampage! AT • AST Research • IBM
 17  –  19  Hotlink • Orange Micro • AP
 18  18  17  Autoswitch EGA • Paradise Systems • IBM
 19  19  39  Expanding Quadboard • Quadram • IBM
 20  17  2  Advantage Premium • AST Research • IBM
 
 ACCESSORIES
 1  1  116  Mach III • CH Products • AP, IBM
 2  2  98  Microsoft Mouse • Microsoft • IBM
 3  3  178  Joystick • Kraft Systems • AP, IBM
 4  4  35  Mach II • CH Products • AP, IBM
 5  5  2 Tac 10 • Suncom • AP, IBM
 6  7  34  Safe Strip • Curtis Manufacturing
 7  8  222  System Saver • Kensington • AP, MAC
 8  9  10  Intel 80287 Coprocessor • Intel • IBM
 9  10  99  MasterPiece • Kensington • IBM
 10  –  21  Intel 8087 Coprocessor • Intel • IBM
SOFTWARE
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 BUSINESS
 1  1  138  WordPerfect • WordPerfect Corp • AP, IBM
 2  2  202  1-2-3 • Lotus • IBM
 3  5  22 Javelin • Javelin • IBM
 4  3  161  Microsoft Word • Microsoft • IBM, MAC
 5  4  7  Quicken • Intuit • AP, IBM
 6  6  15  PFS:First Choice • Software Publishing • IBM
 7  8  31  SQZ! • Turner Hall • IBM
 8  7  49  dBase III Plus • Ashton-tate • IBM
 9  11  3 Lotus HAL • Lotus • IBM
 10  9  57  Q & A • Symantec • IBM
 11  12  113  Sidekick • Borland Int’l. • IBM
 12  10  56  Paradox • Ansa Software • IBM
 13  27  2 NewsMaster • Unison (Brown-Wagh) • IBM
 14  20  27 ProDesign II • American Small Bus. Comp. • IBM
 15  15  27  DAC Easy Accounting • DAC • IBM
 16  16  9  Microsoft Works • Microsoft • MAC
 17  13  57  VP Planner • Paperback Software • IBM
 18  18  11  PFS:Professional Write • Software Publishing • IBM
 19  14  18  MacDraft • IDD • MAC
 20  21  177  Multimate • Ashton-Tate • IBM
 21  22  55  Reflex • Borland Int’l. • IBM, MAC
 22  19  37  Multimate Advantage • Ashton-Tate • IBM
 23  24  25  Note-It • Turner Hall • IBM
 24  25  8  Clipper • Nantucket • IBM
 25  23  97  Wordstar 2000 • MicroPro Int’l. • IBM
 26  28  52  Microsoft Windows • Microsoft • IBM
 27  17  62  Microsoft Excel • Microsoft • MAC
 28  –  9  MORE • Living Videotext • MAC
 29  –  1 PFS:Professional File • Software Publishing • IBM
 30  –  7  R:Base System V • Microrim • IBM
 
 SYSTEMS & UTILITIES
 1  1  167  Crosstalk XVI • DCA/Crosstalk Communications • AP, IBM
 2  3  116  Norton Utilities • Norton Computing • IBM
 3  4  140  Sideways • Funk Software • IBM
 4  2  39  Fastback • Fifth Generation • IBM
 5  9  109 Turbo Pascal • Borland Int’l • AP, IBM, MAC
 6  8  17  Carbon Copy • Meridian Technology • IBM
 7  6  25  Dan Bricklin’s Demo Program • Software Garden • IBM
 8  5  99  Smartcom II • Hayes • IBM, MAC
 9  7  27  XTREE • Executive Systems • IBM
 10  10  5  Disk Optimizer • SoftLogic Solutions • IBM
 
 HOME & EDUCATION
 1  1  128  Print Shop • Broderbund • AP, IBM, MAC, COM
 2  2  163  Math Blaster! • Davidson & Assoc. • AP, IBM, MAC, COM, AT
 3  6  5 Microsoft Learning DOS • Microsoft • IBM
 4  3  122  Typing Tutor III • Simon & Shuster • AP, IBM, MAC, COM
 5  4  21  Certificate Maker • Springboard • AP, IBM, COM
 6  –  90 Managing Your Money • MECA • AP, IBM
 7  5  95  The Newsroom • Springboard • AP, IBM, COM
 8  8  194  Bank Street Writer • Broderbund • AP, IBM, COM
 9  7  211  Mastertype • Mindscape • AP, IBM
 10  –  118  E.G. for Young Children • Springboard • AP, IBM, MAC
 
 RECREATION
 1  1  203  Microsoft Flight Simulator • Microsoft • IBM, MAC
 2  2  156  Sargon III • Hayden Software • AP, IBM, MAC, AT
 3  4  3  King’s Quest III • Sierra On-Line • IBM, ST
 4  3  71  Jet • SubLogic • AP, IBM, COM
 5  5  52  Winter Games • Epyx • AP, MAC, COM, ST
 6  7  91  F-15 Strike Eagle • Microprose • AP, IBM
 7  6  204  Flight Simulator II • SubLogic • AP, COM, AT, AG
 8  8  43  Silent Service • Microprose • AP, IBM
 9  10  48  Where is Carmen San Diego • Broderbund • AP, IBM, COM
 10  –  1 Bop’N Wrestle • Mindscape • AP, IBM, COM
BEST PERFORMERS THIS WEEKCOMING UP FASTWATCH CLOSELY

Week of December 22, 1986

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COM = Commodore, IBM = IBM PC/XT/AT, MAC = Apple Macintosh, ST = Atari ST.
The HOT LIST is compiled from Softsel sales to over 15,000 dealers in 50 states and 45 countries. Sales may vary regionally. The names of the products and companies appearing above may be trademarks or registered trademarks.
For an annual HOT LIST subscription, send your check for to: Softsel Computer Products, Inc., Attn: Hot List Subscriptions, 546 North Oak Street, P.O. Box 6080, Inglewood California, 90312-6080. For more details, please call Softsel’s Marketing Department at (213) 412-8290.
©1986 Softsel® Computer Products, Inc.

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