Charles “Chuck” Geschke was one of the co-founders of Adobe and played a major role in the development of the PDF format that we have all used at one time or another.
Adobe is a company that has become a worldwide reference. Particularly among those of us who are dedicated to the development of materials or contents that require editorial, graphic, or audiovisual design.
But, anyway, if you have ever created or opened a PDF file, today you will likely keep a minute of silence in honor of the good Charles “Chuck” Geschke.
This man was one of the co-founders of Adobe and to a large extent also became the father of PDF. But today he is making headlines around the world for a sad reason: he has passed away at the age of 81.
A legacy at Adobe beyond PDF
According to an ABC News report, Chuck would have passed away last Friday, April 16, 2021. But it wasn’t until the final hours of the following day that they released the news to the media.
This is a huge loss for the entire Adobe community and the technology industry, for which he had been a guiding light and hero for decades.
As co-founders of Adobe, Chuck and John Warnock developed groundbreaking software that revolutionized the way people create and communicate.
These were the words of the current CEO of Adobe, Shantanu Narayen, in an email sent to the company’s employees to communicate the event and now obtained by several sites.
The statement, as well as Adobe’s social networks, highlight Geschke’s trajectory in this company. Where it all started with Adobe PostScript, a technology that allowed, read it well, to print text and images on paper.
This sounds absurd, but at the time it was the first step in a revolution for the industry. It led to a large extent to the point where all of us who work in this sector is now.
Innovation always distinguished Chuck and from his company, we saw how he created the PDF format. He also contributed to the birth of platforms such as Acrobat, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and Photoshop.