Spotlight: Thorsten Lemke of Lemke Software GmbH

Who are the people behind the technology that we love so much? We know the products, the websites, the online personalities but we want to learn more! 

Every week here at, we will spotlight a company, developer or person that supports Apple users by creating solutions or entertainment for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and other platforms we all use and love by asking them to answer seven questions.

This week, we turn our attention to Thorsten Lemke of Lemke Software GmbH

1 – How did you get your start in technology?

I bought my first computer a Commodore C64 in 1982 at the age of thirteen. Playing games was boring for me. So, I started programming in Basic and Assembler on the C64. My second computer was an Atari ST a few years later. Which forced me to learn Pascal and C for the software development.

I studied electrical engineering at the TU Brunswick in Germany after school and 15 month of basic military service.  I bought my first Apple Macintosh in 1992. It was an IIsi with 17MB of memory, a 40MB hard disk and a 13 inch color monitor. 

There was a lot of graphics on my old Atari ST. But I found no good software to convert them on the new Mac. So, I started myself the development of GraphicConverter in 1992. I worked around 7 years at the GESIS as requirements engineer after the degree in electrical engineering. Developing software for MacOS is my main profession since July 2001. You find the detailed data at:

2 – What is your favorite computer of all time?

I like my new MacPro. Because it is very fast, silent and uses very low electrical power.

3 – Tell us about your latest product 

My latest product is GraphicConverter 10. You find all details at

4 – What was your first job?

I ported an application for mechanical calculation in 1991/1992 from an old historical computer to an app under DOS. I used the earned money to buy my first Apple Mac. It was really expensive in 1992 (around 10 000 DM that are about $5000)

5 – What advise would you give to younger people just getting into technology?

Be interested in technology and ask all your questions. Also, often there is no direct solution. Think around the edge.

6 – Who was your inspiration? 

With a degree in electrical engineering and the early beginning of software development my inspiration came from the guys that helped me to learn that languages: Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis M. Ritchie, Niklaus Wirth

7 – Where can people follow you online, and what is your website? 

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