Nikon Turned Down Buying Photoshop In 1988 [Software History]

Posted Feb 13, 2011

In 1987, Thomas Knoll began writing graphic subroutines on a Mac Plus. He teamed with his brother John to combine the subroutines into an application called “Display.” Display was refined into software called ImagePro. About a year later, the two brothers displayed their software at the MacWorld tradeshow. The two brothers approached Nikon and offered them the rights to the image editing program. Nikon U.S. and Europe liked the idea, but Nikon Japan decided against the idea because they believed there wouldn’t be much demand. Kodak and a few other big photography companies also turned down the software made by the Knoll brothers. In 1989, Adobe struck a deal with the two brothers to license their image editing program. It would be called “Photoshop.” Today Adobe Photoshop is one of the company’s best selling software. [PetaPixel]