February 19, 2013

Trivia Tuesday: What year was Photoshop V1.0 released by Adobe?


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Version 1.0 of Photoshop was released by Adobe in 1990. The original creators of Photoshop were Thomas Knoll and John Knoll. They began creating the soft ware for self use in the late 1980s and in 1989 the finalized a deal with Adobe to sell the software. As explained on the Computer History Museum post about Adobe V1.0:

Thomas Knoll, a PhD student in computer vision at the University of Michigan, had written a program in 1987 to display and modify digital images. His brother John, working at the movie visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic, found it useful for editing photos, but it wasn’t intended to be a product. Thomas said, “We developed it originally for our own personal use…it was a lot a fun to do.”

Gradually the program, called “Display”, became more sophisticated. In the summer of 1988 they realized that it indeed could be a credible commercial product. They renamed it “Photoshop” and began to search for a company to distribute it. About 200 copies of version 0.87 were bundled by slide scanner manufacturer Barneyscan as “Barneyscan XP”.

Recently, the Computer History Museum has made the source code of the first version of Adobe Photoshop available for download. Check it out on the Computer History Museum site.