Individual Software is a leading publisher and developer of award-winning education, business, and personal productivity software and apps for consumers, schools, businesses, and government. The Company has empowered millions of home, school, and office computer users to excel in their daily lives and has provided essential computer training and career development solutions to thousands of Fortune 500 corporations, colleges and universities, and career centers. Founded in 1981, Individual Software Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Livermore, California.
Individual Software’s commitment to innovation, excellence, and value are demonstrated in over 100 software products, apps, and web-based services. Affordable, high-quality software titles provide education and training, develop computer skills, facilitate career development, and help people and businesses achieve success. Individual Software has won numerous awards for its desktop software and web-based solutions from industry associations, publications, resellers, and distributors.
Since 1981, Individual Software has been a leading provider of award-winning educational, business, and personal productivity software. Jo-L Hendrickson, founder, Chairman, and CEO of Individual Software, recognized that people were eager to learn and take advantage of the power the personal computer had to offer. Realizing the need for basic information and computer training, Hendrickson led the development of Individual Software’s first product, PC Instructor, which is widely recognized as the first, commercially successful PC-based training software. Subsequent products, such as the Professor Teaches series and Typing Instructor helped the company grow for the next decade.
In 1989, Individual Software expanded into personal and business productivity software with ResumeMaker, the flagship of its personal productivity product line, cited as a “blockbuster”, by the New York Times. In 1992, Individual Software introduced AnyTime Organizer, the #1 best-selling personal organizer, and the popular genealogy product, Family Tree Heritage.
Through the decade of the 1990’s, Individual Software developed a suite of innovative tools to enhance each line of best-selling software and invented several technologies that are patented. The Company continues its success with consumer products garnering market shares within their respective categories in the consumer retail channel and e-commerce sales. The Company also developed a business training division to provide training solutions for corporate needs in the business-to-business market.
With the proliferation of the Internet, Individual Software transitioned its career development, typing instruction, and training solutions into web-based services, allowing users to access these products and services directly through the Internet. Corporations can also provide training to employees via their intranet or network.
Individual Software is continuing to add new product lines and enhance products with increased research and technology. The Professor Teaches training and Typing Instructor dominate the market in addition to the continuing success of ResumeMaker and AnyTime Organizer, and the addition of Easy Language and Business Planning & Tools products.