Lifetime Award for Changing Printing

The Commonwealth Club of San Francisco has presented Dr. Charles Geschke with a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to changing the way we print documents and pictures.

The Adobe co-founder invented the laser printer together with his partner John Warnock after they left Xerox. That launched what became desktop publishing. Their invention caught the attention and imagination of Steve Jobs, who did not want the first Mac, he was about to sell, to be limited to just dot matrix printers. Jobs was inspired to think he would have to make bitmap images of every letter and character rather than having the ability to change fonts on the fly the way Geschke and Warnock did it.

It led to Photoshop, Premiere (for video and audio) and Acrobat, which has helped eliminate rows and rows of filing cabinets.


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