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(AP News)   The founder of Adobe and developer of the pdf has died. You'll be able to see this article in 3, 2, --------------------   (apnews.com) divider line
    More: Sad, Adobe Systems, huge loss, President Barack Obama, Carnegie Mellon University, PostScript, entire Adobe community, luckiest man, famous businessman  
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2021-04-18 5:48:39 AM  
I had a postscript cartridge for my HP Laserjet III. Fonts were really pretty new in the early 1990s. My second experience with a GUI was Aldus Pagemaker (later owned by Adobe) the first real publishing package and came with Windows 1 for free at the end of 1986 on a 386/33. Don't ask what Windows was like then. The first GUI I ever used was in 1983, the Apple Lisa. I tried all kinds of ways to get to a command line, and concluded, "this mouse thing will never go anywhere."
 
2021-04-18 6:30:08 AM  
The creator says its pronounced [pie-dee-if]
 
2021-04-18 7:05:05 AM  
I once coded BASIC to generate straight Postscript to a QMS printer, to print catalogues for electronic and mechanical parts. It was as stupid as it sounds, but it worked for years. Every engineering department in Australia carried them.
PDF was a somewhat different animal. Encapsulated Postscript needed a trailer that made the whole process a lot less fun.
 
2021-04-18 7:21:58 AM  
I used to see a car driving around Northern California with the license plate CURVETO.
Postscript nerds will get it.
 
2021-04-18 7:37:39 AM  
I started out on the Amiga platform in the early-1990s, using DeluxePaint IV as my primary paint software.

Switching to Adobe Photoshop 4 on the PC (ca. 1996) felt like a bit of a downgrade to me, at the time.

The software got better ... though -- being on a bit of a budget -- I would only upgrade occasionally; I owned Photoshop 4, 7, CS2 ... and then bought a licensed copy of CS6 the week before Adobe announced they were moving to "subscription-only"

I use CS6 to this day.
 
2021-04-18 7:44:16 AM  
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2021-04-18 9:02:24 AM  
A flounder adobo sounds tasty.
 
2021-04-18 10:51:02 AM  
OK anyone want to explain this headline to me? Seems like there are a million ways to mock Adobe but is this a joke about pop up ads?
 
2021-04-18 11:07:35 AM  

dukeblue219: OK anyone want to explain this headline to me? Seems like there are a million ways to mock Adobe but is this a joke about pop up ads?


Joke is that PDF's are slow.  Which they aren't anymore now that PDF viewers are written well.  But, that's the joke.
 
2021-04-18 11:07:55 AM  

downstairs: dukeblue219: OK anyone want to explain this headline to me? Seems like there are a million ways to mock Adobe but is this a joke about pop up ads?

Joke is that PDF's are slow.  Which they aren't anymore now that PDF viewers are written well.  But, that's the joke.


PDFs not PDF's
 
2021-04-18 11:19:46 AM  
Here is hoping they don't need to edit his obituary
 
2021-04-18 12:21:06 PM  
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2021-04-18 3:04:12 PM  
Dude was kidnapped in 1992? Crazy.
 
2021-04-18 5:27:14 PM  
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2021-04-19 9:25:27 AM  
The first GUI I ever used was in 1983, the Apple Lisa. I tried all kinds of ways to get to a command line, and concluded, "this mouse thing will never go anywhere."

I want to clarify what I wrote above, you have to realize I was 13/14 years old, and that everything was command line and what that really means - the tedious mastery of the commands of various systems, or earned knowledge. I had immediately walked up, had all of 2 minutes with the demo machine with no one showing me anything, with the salesman talking to my dad so I did not get to see what it could do or even the basic concepts before using it for a very short period.

I did realize the value of the mouse with Pagemaker in 1986 when I was 17.

//God Windows 1 was so horrible.
//Nothing like the Lisa that came 4 years before it
//What little I saw of the Lisa was far better and it didn't crash all the time
 
2021-04-19 11:40:55 AM  
CSB: My Dad was a middle school teacher who taught school with this guy's son.  I remember my dad talking about his friend's "rich dad" and also when the kidnapping happened. His son is still teaching HS science, maybe he'll get tossed a few bucks so he can retire.
 
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