One of the founders of the American software company Adobe passed away at the age of 81. Chuck Geschke used PostScript and PDF file formats to revolutionize home printing. His software makes it easier to use pictures and layouts.
Geschke co-founded Adobe in 1982 with his colleague John Warnock. They met at the work of copying giant Xerox. When that company was not interested in the idea of making digital documents look the same on any printer, they formed their own company, named after the creek behind Warnock’s house.
Adobe’s work quickly attracted the attention of Silicon Valley. Steve Jobs and others have invested millions of dollars in the company. He launched the first batch of PCs with graphical interfaces on Mac computers, and on Adobe, users can print their work exactly as shown on the monitor.
In this way, designing attractive-looking reports, flyers, and other paperwork at home has become much easier, rather than beautifying typewriter layouts that were common before.
Adobe subsequently made important achievements in other digital technologies: PDF files make it possible to share documents that look exactly like the original files on the Internet. Their Photoshop became the standard for photographers’ photo editing: the program was so popular that “photo shopping” became a verb for adjusting images.
Adobe’s success had devastating consequences for Geschke in 1992: He was kidnapped by criminals for several days. He was released four days later, and one of the perpetrators was arrested with a ransom of 650,000 U.S. dollars.
Geschke and Warnock abandoned Adobe’s daily management in 2000. However, they do remain active on the board. President Obama awarded them the National Medal of Technology in 2009, which is the highest award won by American scientists and developers.
Adobe said in the in report: “Chuck and John Warnock completely changed the way people create and communicate things.” “Chuck’s unwavering enthusiasm inspired this company’s breakthrough software development.