Adobe founder and PDF developer died at the age of 81

Los Altos, CA (AP) — Charles “Chuck” Geschke, co-founder of Adobe Inc., a leading software company that helped develop Portable Document Format Technology (PDF), died at the age of 81.

Geschke, who lived in the suburbs of the San Francisco Bay Area in Los Altos, died on Friday, the company said.

“This is a huge loss to the entire Adobe community and the tech industry. He has been a guide and hero for decades,” Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen emailed an employee of the company. I am.

“As co-founders of Adobe, Chuck and John Warnock have developed breakthrough software that has revolutionized the way people create and communicate. Their first product is to print text and images. It was Adobe PostScript, an innovative technology that provided a radical new way for Some of the most innovative software inventions were born, including PDF, Acrobat, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and Photoshop. “

His wife said Geschke was also proud of his family.

“He was a well-known businessman and founder of the big companies in the United States and the world. Of course, he was very proud of it and made great achievements in his life, but that was his focus. Wasn’t. His family said, “Nancy” Nan “Geschke, 78, Told Mercury News on Saturday.. “He always called himself the luckiest man in the world.”

After earning a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, Geschke began working at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, where he met Warnock, Mercury News reported. The man left the company in 1982 to find Adobe and work with him to develop software.

In 2009, President Barack Obama awarded Geschke and Warnock the National Medal of Technology.

In 1992, Geschke survived the kidnapping, Mercury News reported.

Two men who arrived at work one morning pointed a gun at Geschke (52 years old at the time) and took him to Hollister, California, where he was detained for four days. The suspect, arrested for a ransom of $ 650,000, was eventually taken to a hideout, where he was detained, according to the Associated Press.