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Karl De Abrew

Karl De Abrew is the founder of Planet PDF, President of Foxit SDK BU and ConnectedPDF Evangelist.

Karl is also the founder/former CEO of Debenu (now acquired by Foxit Software), one of the world's leading PDF and document management software vendors which has developed popular PDF SDKs, Acrobat plug-ins, desktop software and custom solutions for Adobe Acrobat, PDF and other file formats since 2007.

Karl is also the founder/former CEO of Nitro Software, the builder of Nitro Pro. He is a seasoned speaker, moderator, industry commentator and columnist for a variety of publications.

Karl's guidance has seen Planet PDF grow into the home of the PDF community. Karl is a well-recognized PDF personality and seasoned speaker, heavily involved in such events as Seybold SF, Seybold Boston, Seybold NY, PDF Conference 2000, East, West, Baltimore, TextOneZero, Open Publish, PacPrint which has seen him heading all over the east and west coast of the US, Australia and even Korea while fostering the development of the PDF Community. In addition, his PDF development experience is extensive, including IAC applications, plug-ins, JavaScript, forms, security handlers, dynamic PDF and more.

He is a seasoned speaker, moderator, industry commentator and columnist for a variety of publications.

Back in the mid '90s and prior to founding Debenu/Nitro/BinaryThing, Karl worked with a multinational investment bank as a Systems Engineer. He oversaw the development and deployment of a PDF-based Web publishing system for their Research department. Karl has also been a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MSCE) and a commissioned officer in the 1st Commando Regiment.

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