Howard Maxwell, president of Synergy Software, and Lonnie Abelbeck, president of Abelbeck Software, came from a large corporation environment where they used various terminals in conjunction with company mini/mainframe equipment. In 1984, Mr. Maxwell and his wife, Barbara, had already begun a computer-oriented business, and Mr. Abelbeck began developing terminal emulation / file transfer software to use with his then, "new" Macintosh computer. Housed in the same facility, they combined their expertise to bring VersaTerm to the marketplace in January 1985. KaleidaGraph was introduced in January 1988 under the direction of developer, Mr. William Jones. Synergy software is the software division of Maxwell Resources, Inc., and is privately held, and has funded its own activities.
KaleidaGraph, an analytical graphing and data analysis application, was introduced for the Macintosh in January 1988. In 1993, it was rewritten with an improved interface, enhanced mathematical function, speed improvements, and many new features. KaleidaGraph released a native Power Macintosh version in 1994. In early 1996, KaleidaGraph was expanded to Windows operating systems. Version 3.5 with over 100 new features and performance improvements began shipping in early 2000 and version 3.6 with new statistical tests and Mac OS X native support in early 2003. Version 4.0 began shipping in early 2005 and introduced new features designed to improve the visual impact of data, including axes improvements, a significantly redesigned data window, and interface updates.
Development on the VersaTerm product line has ended.
KaleidaGraph won the MacWorld 1994 World class Award for Best Scientific Analysis Software, and received a four-mouse rating from MacUser Magazine.
In 1996, KaleidaGraph for Windows was chosen as the best graphing option for under $300 by Desktop Engineering Magazine in a comparison of 11 Windows graphing applications.
During a six month period spanning late 1989 and early 1990, both KaleidaGraph and VersaTerm Pro won PC Week polls of Corporate Satistifaction.
(Synergy Software is especially pleased with both the MacWorld and PC Week awards because in addition to product excellence, they represented recognition by the end user of our high level of support and dedication to the market.)
In 1988, 1989, 1990, and again in 1991 VersaTerm Pro was the recipient of the MacWorld World Class Software Award in the Macintosh to Mainframe Communications category.
VersaTerm is the recipient of the MacWorld 1993 and 1994 Editor's Choice Awards for Terminal Emulation, and VersaTilities was nominated for the MacUser 1993 Editor's Choice Award for best new communications product.