by Robert John Stevens
I am currently the CEO of WriteExpress and founder of Invent.me. For those trying to find me, I was born in the United States, raised in Potomac, Maryland where I attended Wayside Elementary School, moved to Portsmouth, Rhode Island for a year and attended Portsmouth Middle School, returned to Maryland and attended Robert Frost Junior High School, Bullis High School and later Wootton High School. After graduation I attended BYU and roomed with the now famous football coach Mike Leach, took time off to serve as a missionary in the California Oakland Mission, returned to BYU and graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science, landed my first job at the David Taylor Model Basin where my father spent his career, returned to BYU and completed my M.S. course work in Computer Science, programmed for eight years at WordPerfect where I am most known for creating Rhymer, co-founded WriteExpress, programmed two more years at Novell, six months for Broderbund, three months at both InstallShield and NetSchools, six months at Orabrush. I currently serve as an advisory board member for the BYU IT Department, still run WriteExpress and am building a new startup named Invent.me. I married the most beautiful girl I ever met and we are the proud parents of seven children.
Every Internet user in the entire world uses Incremental Find (listed below under 1992).
March 26, 2013: Released WriteExpress 4,001 Letters for the iPad
February 15, 2013: Released WriteExpress 4,001 Letters Mac OS X Mountain Lion
2011-2012: Programmed many changes to the Orabrush website
February 25, 2010: More than 1,000 Free Stationery Templates
May 2005: Journal of 9/11 Studies—Peer-reviewed science and investigation doesn't support the official government story. After I designed and programmed the Web site for Dr. Steven Jones. I believe he has maintained it ever since.
2004: Christian Art—Paid for new Website for artist Derek Hegsted and took over Web orders for a few years
2004: LocalPlans.com. Killer Web business. 2009—Need investment capital to finish and re-launch the company.
2001: Social Networking—Utah Valley Programmer Scott Hill and I coined it trust networking. We pitched it in 2002 to Utah Angel Investor Kyle Love and later WordPerfect co-founder Alan C. Ashton; the Orem, Utah incubator board at CEDO which included PowerQuest founder Eric Ruff, Director Brad Whitaker, and BYU Professor Gary Rhoads; I personally presented it to FamilySearch.org architect Tom Creighton, manager Steve Cannon, Oracle VP Julian Critchfield and many others. I was about to pitch it to AOL's Advanced Technology Division the day they fired me in November 2002 after just three weeks of employment spent trying to find the Time Warner Help Desk code they lost after firing the programmer and recycling his computer.
Nobody but Scott Hill and I and our spouses believed it was a good idea. Abandoned because we both needed income.
Still kicking myself at the time of this writing—December 8, 2009.
1999: Online Naming—The world's first online business- and website-naming tools
1997: WriteExpress Easy Letters—The ultimate tool for writing letters
1994: Novell GroupWise Telephone Access Server (TAS) Text-To-Speech Exceptions Dictionary—The system read your e-mail messages to you by telephone
1992: Incremental Find—Now used everywhere on the Internet and in software applications. For example, type something in the Google edit box and a list appears.
To quote Wikipedia, "The first mainstream appearance may have been in the Speller for WordPerfect 5.2 for Windows, released 30 November 1992. As programmer Robert John Stevens, now CEO of WriteExpress, watched users at the WordPerfect Usability Lab in Orem, Utah use the 5.1 Speller that he and Steve Cannon ported to Windows, he noticed that when a word was not found in the dictionary and no alternative words were presented, users seemed lost, moved the mouse cursor around the page and even exited the Speller. Dumbstruck by the anomaly, he went home, sat on the couch and discussed his observations with his wife when they idea came to his mind. Stevens coded the solution: as a user typed in the edit box, Speller would suggest words beginning with the letters entered."
1991: WordPerfect Writing Tools API—First released in WordPerfect 5.1 for Windows. After ripping the Speller and Thesaurus out of WordPerfect for DOS, I devised a communication API so these and other writing tools can install on any WordPerfect product menu, launch as a modeless dialog, highlight, manipulate and replace text in the document. This technology, last time I checked, was still being used in Novell GroupWise.
1991: WordPerfect 5.1 Thesaurus for Windows—Remember the three list boxes with the cool hand icon marking the last word you double clicked? Apple Computer later copied my user interface for the Mac Finder.
1990: WordPerfect Rhymer—The world's first electronic rhyming dictionary: Rhymer is a 93,460-word dictionary with one or more phonetic transcriptions per word. Originally written in Intel Assembly Language for DOS, it packed both dictionaries, two programs, Help, and install on just two 360K floppy disks.
1988: WordPerfect PC to Data General Assembly Language Automatic Code Converter—In minutes this powerful tool ported code that required weeks of manual programming. Used internally. Later replaced by the C-language ports of WordPerfect products.