The Computer for the Professional (Apr, 1978)

The Computer for the Professional

The 8813 was built with you, the professional, in mind. It quickly and easily processes cost estimates, payrolls, accounts, inventory, patient/client records and much more. You can write reports, briefs, and proposals on the 8813’s typewriter keyboard, see them on the video screen, and instantly correct, revise, or print them.

Using the 8813, one person can process what would normally require many secretaries, several bookkeepers, and a great deal of time. And data storage takes a small fraction of the space used by previous methods.

You don’t need to learn complicated computer languages. The 8813 understands commands in English. If you want to write your own programs, the 8813 includes a simple computer language, BASIC, that you can master in a few days. The 8813 slashes the professional’s overhead. It’s a powerful time and money-saving ally. Prices for complete systems including printer start at less than $8,000.

See the 8813 at your local dealer or contact PolyMorphic Systems, 460 Ward Drive, Santa Barbara, California, 93111, (805) 967-0468, for the name of the dealer nearest you.

PolyMorphic Systems

  1. woofer says: May 30, 20115:49 am

    Check out that Bicentennial tie and those boss-friendly sideburns! Within 2 years the computer will be expensive junk. Learn BASIC in a few days? ha ha ha ha… As far as briefs and proposals, most companies at the time required everything to be re-typed by the typing pool or head secretary on her trusty Selectric, not a dot-matrix output on fan-fold paper. This is why most companies were very slow to implement desktop PCs; the technology was oversold-sometimes wildly-at first.

  2. tweeter says: June 23, 20112:27 am

    …doesn’t sound like it turned out quite that way (i.e. “expensive junk”).

    From “” (the second hit on Google, which took 0.15 seconds):

    William Davis reports :
    This unit could connected to an add-on unit (MS 88) that consisted of two 8″ Shugart DSDD disk drives. Near the end Polymorphic System also featured a 10 MB hard disk and a unit called the “Twin Systems” which allowed two simultaneous users on a shared bus.

    I had all the above, buying the first of three 8813s in 1978 and continuing to use it until 1987[…]

    Kyle York reports:
    Best use was a business-basic package that was incredible.

    Charles A Thompson reports:
    It took some time for the IBM PC-type of machine to catch up to the capabilities Poly already had when the PC was first introduced (such as subdirectories). Poly could have lengthy file names (up to 32 characters, as I recall, which included any subdirectory names), plus a two-character extension.

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