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Adobe Systems (now called Adobe Inc.) is a multinational software company headquartered in San Jose, California in the United States. The company publishes software applications such as Adobe Illustrator, Premiere, and Acrobat for multimedia and creative users. Adobe acquired the rights to distribute Adobe Photoshop in 1988.


The company was founded in 1982 by Charles Geschke and John Warnock in Warnock's garage in Los Altos, California. Adobe Creek ran by the back of Warnock's house. Warnock's wife Marva designed the original logo. Adobe's first product was Adobe PostScript.

Adobe's second product was called Adobe Type 1, which was developed for Apple Computer's LaserWriter line of printers. However, due to Adobe's steep licensing fees, Apple began work on its own rival technology called TrueType. TrueType, like Type 1, defined font shapes with scalable vectors instead of more primitive bitmaps, but Apple was also willing license it to Microsoft to create competition with Type 1. Before Apple could introduce its technology in its System 7 software, Adobe publicly released the Type 1 specification and rushed Adobe Type Manager out to the Macintosh market. Type 1 retained its place in graphics and publishing, but TrueType became the standard for Windows users. In 1996, Adobe and Microsoft announced the newer OpenType specification. By 2002, Adobe finished converting its entire font library to OpenType.

In January 1987, Adobe released Adobe Illustrator. Illustrator is a vector-based drawing program, which entered Adobe into the consumer market. It was first designed for Apple's Macintosh computer. This software featured more accurate shapes and lines through bezier curves, an improvement over crude splines used by MacDraw. This was left to the QuickDraw libraries until Adobe came out with Adobe Type Manager.

On February 19, 1990, Adobe released with one of its most popular products, Photoshop 1.0.

In December 1991, they released Adobe Premiere, and in 2003, renamed it to Adobe Premiere Pro.

In 1993, the PDF (Portable Document File) was announced and eventually became an international standard.

In 1994, Adobe acquired Aldus and control of the TIFF file format. They released Adobe PageMaker, and Adobe After Effects.

In 1995, Adobe acquired Frame Technology Corporation and released the long-document DTP application, Adobe Frame Maker.

In 1999, Adobe released Adobe InCopy and Adobe InDesign which succeeded PageMaker.

In 2003, Adobe released Creative Suite, which was a success.

In December 2005, Adobe acquired Macromedia, adding their suite of programs, including Flash, Dreamweaver, and Fireworks, to Adobe's own catalog.

On October 3, 2018, Adobe officially changed its name from Adobe Systems Incorporated to Adobe Inc.

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See the Wikipedia article at Adobe Systems.