Charlie Geschke dead at 81

Adobe’s co-founder Charles Geschke, courtesy of

Toronto. You may wonder who the heck this guy was and why his passing merits attention on a photographic history website. Almost everyone above ground and many underground have used his products over the years.

Monday, April 19, 2021, I was watching CP24 on our Sony TV when a brief post caught my eye. It said the Adobe co-founder and co-person behind PDF, Charles Geschke had died at 81 years of age.

We at the PHSC use many older Adobe products like Photoshop, and the ubiquitous PDF (Portable Documentation Format) to post our journals and newsletters. As savvy folk know, PDF keeps the fonts and image positions exactly like they were created in a page layout program.

I personally used many Adobe products (Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, GoLive, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Lightroom, etc.) on both Windows and Apple platforms until Adobe moved to their current business plan making them uneconomical for non professionals to use. Before then, I was so impressed with Adobe that I bought Pamela Pfiffner’s 2002 book ‘Inside thePublishing Revolution‘.

Photographers and web browsing folk everywhere need shed a tear on the passing of this great and remarkable man.

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