Handic Software AB

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Commodore International
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Founded 1978
Closed 1986
Headquarters Stockholm, Sweden
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Sector Hardware, Software
Website http://www.pcmuseum.ca/companyprofile.asp?id=197
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The Swedish state-owned electronics import company Handic Computers AB cooperated with the Commodore distributor Datatronic Commodore in the early 1980s. This was necessary for Datatronic to get the needed infrastructure for the production of the home computers VIC-20. During the first years of cooperation (roughly between 1980 to 1984), the company was renamed Handic Electronic AB.

Besides hardware and accessories, software was also developed or rewritten for the Swedish market and since 1984 marketed under the name Handic Software AB, while Handic's hardware division moved to Datatronic. After Commodore became the leading home computer brand in Sweden, Commodore opened its own distribution in Sweden in 1986, so Handic and Datatronic were forced out of the market.

The company Handic Software AB' distributed Swedish versions of well-known Commodore software for the CBM/PET,VIC-20, C64 and C128 on datasette, floppy disk and plug-in module, as well as their own games and applications. Furthermore also corresponding hardware, like the adapter switches Super Box 64 (expansion port switch with 3 connectors) and PET-Switch.

In 1983, Handic Software AB had quite a big success with the first Swedish computer game, developed by programmer Arne Fernlund for the C64. The side-scrolling shooter was distributed exclusively as a plug-in module version and sold more than 10,000 copies worldwide. This shooter game was very popular in Italy and Australia.

Furthermore, between 1982 and 1985, Handic published the VIC-rapport (formerly VIC-news and VIC-klubben), which later continued to exist as Commodore rapport.

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Applications[edit | edit source]

  • Calc Result C64 (Easy/Advanced), 1985
  • Diary 64, 1983
  • Forth 64, 1983
  • Graf 64, 1983
  • Muistio 64, 1983
  • Stat 64, 1983
  • Simons' Basic 64, 1983
  • Tele-Data 64, 1983
  • Text 64, 1983
  • Tool 64, 1983
  • Viditel 64, 1982

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