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Founder of Adobe and Developer of PDFs Dead at Age 81

Benjamin Turner, Staff Reporter, The Pawprint

Charles Geschke, the co-founder of major software company Adobe who helped with the development of the famous Portable Document Format technology (PDF) has died at age 81.

The company put out a statement that he had passed away Friday. On Top of this, the Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen wrote in an email to the company’s employees “This is a huge loss for the entire Adobe community and the technology industry, for whom he has been a guide and hero for decades,”. 

Narayen continued on praising Geschke for his relentless work ethic, with him detailing the grueling process of developing software inventions like Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Acrobat, ect. 

The final words of the letter Narayen said, “As I grieve the loss of my long-time role model, mentor and friend, I am comforted knowing that Adobe’s best days are ahead – exactly as Chuck would want them to be.”

His wife said to news outlets that he was always proud of his family, with him always working hard to provide the best he could for them. She also talked about how good of a person he was, both in and out of work.

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