Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) May 19, 2014
Yesterday, Karl De Abrew brought cost-effective PDF creation and editing tools to the masses as founder and CEO of Nitro PDF Software. Today, as CEO and co-founder of Debenu, he works to democratize the creation of the tools themselves with Debenu's flagship developer product, Debenu Quick PDF Library. Tomorrow, continuing that mission will mean going mobile, which is exactly where Debenu is heading; the team is currently hard at work adding native support for building iOS and Android applications.
One striking thing about Debenu is that it strives to make other people look good. Debenu Quick PDF Library lets software engineers build solutions around PDF without having to learn all of the ins and outs of the documentation standard. That means that, while its technology drives countless software solutions, "Debenu" isn't generally the name splashed in big letters across the screens of end users when they fire up the resulting applications.
In De Abrew's words, "Consider the old saying about teaching a man to fish. This is the next logical step. If Nitro's business was selling fishing rods, Debenu's mission is to give you everything you need to make your own."
Behind the scenes, Debenu technology powers large-scale solutions implemented by the likes of American Airlines, Bank of America, Disney, General Motors, Hewlett Packard, IBM, the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Energy, the U.S District Courts, Samsung, Brother and Microsoft. Of course, working hard and making others better is a lifelong habit for De Abrew, and it's really no surprise that this generous diligence is reflected in his current endeavour.
The former green beret was a lieutenant in good standing when he left the Australian Army in 2001. As a cadet and later reservist, he saved the seed money for his first business while sleeping on the floor between evening and graveyard shifts working in the financial services industry. All the while, he was also completing his Bachelor of Digital Systems degree with Melbourne-based Monash University.
In 1997, he founded his first business to handle contract work building custom software solutions, taking on the dual roles of CEO and co-lead developer. After completing several projects based around the PDF documentation technology, De Abrew's fledgling company turned its attention to the creation of retail-level PDF software products. The spiritual and, in some cases, literal successors of these original products are reflected in the current range of Debenu desktop products.
In those days, the PDF software market was composed mainly of third-party (i.e., independent) developers who made add-ons (known as "plug-ins") for Adobe Acrobat, the 400-lb gorilla of the PDF world. In an effort to provide such independent vendors (including his own business) with an accessible retail channel, De Abrew oversaw the founding of PDF Store in 1999. PDF Store was undoubtedly a boon to independent PDF software vendors and their customers, who now had a central location to trade in PDF tools. Nevertheless, De Abrew's generosity is perhaps best reflected in his tireless devotion to the PDF community.
In 1998, he founded Planet PDF, a hub that became a mainstay for the burgeoning PDF community. Due to his demonstrated expertise in PDF development, demand was high for De Abrew's services as an expert writer, conference speaker and session chair at web sites and conferences around the world. Adobe, the original creator of the PDF format, solicited content from him for its own web site, and De Abrew and his small team briefly worked from the Adobe Systems offices in San Jose.
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