We heard some very sad news this weekend. Charles Geschke has passed away. I don’t know his name? But you all know him indirectly, I’m sure of that. Charles Geschke, known as “Chuck”, is not only a co-founder of Abode, but also the creator of the PDF format. The American company announced its death in a great press release. Shantanu Narayen, the current CEO of Adobe, told his staff, “This is a huge loss to the entire Adobe community and tech industry, for which he has been a leader and a hero for decades.”
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Narayen goes on to explain how Charles Geschke and lifelong friend John Warnock revolutionized the way people create and communicate by starting Adobe. According to the CEO, Chuck was a true visionary who continually pushed his company to innovate. With this goal in mind, Adobe is able to deploy critical software used by a vast majority of creatives and communicators like Photoshop, Illustrator, or even Premiere Pro.
The birth of PDF
The most important invention in the eyes of Charles Geschke and certainly the most famous of all remains the PDF (Portable Document Format). Since 1992, this format has been used by tens of millions of people every day.
Charles Geschke and John Warnock met while working at the famous Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, which they left in 1982. The two friends then worked on their first project: Adobe PostScript. It was a programming language that made a significant contribution to the development of today’s DTP. When John Warnock heard of his pal’s death, he said, “I could never have imagined having a better, nicer, or more knowledgeable business partner. When we no longer have Chuck in our lives it will leave a great void, and those who knew him will all agree. “
Charles Geschke died at the age of 81, leaving behind his wife, Nancy Geschke, with whom he had been married for 56 years, as well as three children, seven grandchildren and millions of creative people who use his daily life. Inventions.