Adobe Systems Incorporated (pronounced a-DOE-bee IPA: /əˈdoʊbiː/) (NASDAQ: ADBE) is an American computer software company headquartered in San Jose, California, USA.
Adobe was founded in December 1982 by John Warnock and Charles Geschke, who established the company after leaving Xerox PARC in order to develop and sell the PostScript page description language. In 1985, Apple Computer licensed PostScript for use in its LaserWriter printers, which helped spark the desktop publishing revolution. The company name Adobe comes from Adobe Creek, which ran behind the house of one of the company's founders. Adobe acquired its former competitor, Macromedia, in December 2005.
As of January 2007, Adobe Systems has 6,677 employees, about 40% of whom work in San Jose. Adobe also has major development operations in Seattle, Washington; San Francisco, California; Ottawa, Ontario; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Newton, Massachusetts; San Luis Obispo, California; Hamburg, Germany; Noida, India and Bangalore, India.
Since 1995, Fortune has ranked Adobe as an outstanding place to work. Adobe was rated the fifth-best U.S. company to work for in 2003, sixth in 2004, 31st in 2007 and 40th in 2008. In 2007 Adobe ranked 9th on the list of largest software companies in the world.
Adobe's first products after PostScript were digital fonts, which they released in a proprietary format called Type 1. Apple subsequently developed a competing standard, TrueType, which provided full scalability and precise control of the pixel pattern created by the font's outlines, and licensed it to Microsoft. Adobe responded by publishing the Type 1 specification and releasing Adobe Type Manager, software that allowed WYSIWYG scaling of Type 1 fonts on screen, like TrueType, although without the precise pixel-level control. But these moves were too late to stop the rise of TrueType. Although Type 1 remained the standard in the graphics/publishing market, TrueType became the standard for business and the average Windows user. In 1996, Adobe and Microsoft announced the OpenType font format, and in 2003 Adobe completed converting its Type 1 font library to OpenType.
In the mid-1980s, Adobe entered the consumer software market with Adobe Illustrator, a vector-based drawing program for the Apple Macintosh. Illustrator, which grew from the firm's in-house font-development software, helped popularize PostScript-enabled laser printers. Unlike MacDraw, then the standard Macintosh vector drawing program, Illustrator described shapes with more flexible Bézier curves, providing unprecedented accuracy. Font rendering in Illustrator, however, was left to the Macintosh's QuickDraw libraries and would not be superseded by a PostScript-like approach until Adobe released Adobe Type Manager.
In 1989, Adobe introduced what was to become its flagship product, Adobe Photoshop for the Macintosh. Stable and full-featured, Photoshop 1.0 was ably marketed by Adobe and soon dominated the market.
Arguably, one of Adobe's few missteps on the Macintosh platform was their failure to develop their own desktop publishing (DTP) program. Instead, Aldus with PageMaker in 1985 and Quark with QuarkXPress in 1987 gained early leads in the DTP market. Adobe was also slow to address the emerging Windows DTP market. However, Adobe made great strides in that market with release of InDesign and its bundled Creative Suite offering. In a failure to predict the direction of computing, Adobe released a complete version of Illustrator for Steve Jobs' ill-fated NeXT system, but a poorly produced version for Windows.
Despite these missteps, licensing fees from the PostScript interpreter allowed Adobe to outlast or acquire many of its rivals in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In December 1991, Adobe released Adobe Premiere, which Adobe rebranded to Adobe Premiere Pro in 2003. In 1994, Adobe acquired Aldus and added Adobe PageMaker and Adobe After Effects to its production line later in the year; it also controls the TIFF file format. In 1995, Adobe added Adobe FrameMaker, the long-document DTP application, to its production line after Adobe acquired Frame Technology Corp. In 1999, Adobe introduced Adobe InCopy as a direct competitor to QuarkCopyDesk.
- Acquired OCR Systems, Inc.
- May: Acquired Syntrillium Software, adding Adobe Audition to its product line.
- December: Acquired French company OKYZ S.A., makers of 3D collaboration software. The acquisition added 3D technology and expertise to the Adobe Intelligent Document Platform.
- December 12, 2005: Acquired its main rival Macromedia in a stock swap valued at about $3.4 billion adding: Adobe ColdFusion, Adobe Contribute, Adobe Captivate, Adobe Acrobat Connect (formerly Macromedia Breeze), Adobe Director, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Fireworks, Adobe Flash, Macromedia FlashPaper, Adobe Flex, Macromedia FreeHand, Macromedia HomeSite, Macromedia JRun, Adobe Presenter, and Macromedia Authorware to Adobe's production line.
- January: Released Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to assist photographers in managing digital images and doing post production work. The product was intended as a competitor to Apple's Aperture in the RAW image editing market.
- May 2007: Acquired Scene7, which makes an image processing and display platform used in many retail sites on the web.
- July: Adobe released Adobe Soundbooth. This product was not intended to replace the existing Adobe Audition but merely to provide an environment for professionals not specializing in audio.
- August 3, 2007: announced their plans to discontinue development of Authorware, the “visual authoring tool for creating rich-media e-learning applications for delivery on corporate networks, CD/DVD, and the Web.” Authorware was one of the development tools acquired in the Macromedia/Adobe merger. No comparable eLearning development tool in terms of capabilities is being offered at this time by Adobe.
- October 2007: Acquired Virtual Ubiquity, with its online word processor, Buzzword.
- November 12, 2007: CEO, Bruce Chizen resigns. Effective December 1, he is to be replaced by Shantanu Narayen, Adobe's current president and Chief Operating Officer. Bruce Chizen is expected to serve out his term on Adobe's Board of Directors, and then continue in a strategic advisory role until the end of Adobe's 2008 fiscal year.
- In December 2007, Apple Inc. released a security update for Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server to address vulnerabilities in the Adobe products Flash and Shockwave and in Tar, a GNU utility. Among the problems addressed were the ability to "execute arbitrary code" and to "surreptitiously initiate a video conference".
- 27 April: Adobe discontinues development and sales of its older HTML/web development software, GoLive in favor of Dreamweaver. Adobe offers a discount on Dreamweaver for GoLive users and supports those who still use GoLive with online tutorials and migration assistance.
- 1 June: Adobe launches Acrobat.com, a series of web applications geared for collaborative work. 
Adobe's products include
This article uses content from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_systems.
Adobe revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and information. Our award-winning software and technologies have set the standard for communication and collaboration for more than 25 years, bringing vital and engaging experiences to people across media and to every screen in their lives, at work and at play.
The impact of Adobe® software is evident almost everywhere you look. Whether people are collaborating at work, transacting online, or socializing with friends, businesses use Adobe software and technologies to turn digital interactions into richer, high-value experiences that reach across computing platforms and devices to engage people anywhere, anytime.
With a reputation for excellence and a portfolio of many of the most respected and recognizable software brands, Adobe is one of the world’s largest and most diversified software companies.
A rich history of innovation
Our commitment to innovation is as strong today as it was in 1982, when Chuck Geschke and John Warnock founded Adobe. The two men initially set out to solve a problem long familiar to creative professionals at the time: getting text and images on a computer screen to translate beautifully and accurately into print. A year later, they helped launch the desktop publishing revolution with Adobe PostScript®, a technology that took the publishing world by storm with its radical new approach to printing text and images.
That was just the beginning. From the earliest days, we embraced our role as industry visionary and leader, continuing to solve previously insurmountable problems. The release of two ground breaking applications—Adobe Illustrator® and Adobe Photoshop®—forever changed the quality and complexity of images that could be created for print, and later for content created for video, film, the web and other digital channels. The design industry was never the same.
As computers became more interconnected and people needed to collaborate online using a wide variety of documents, a new problem emerged: sharing this content. Incompatible operating systems and programs hindered collaboration, a problem made worse as the use of e-mail and the web skyrocketed. Adobe’s breakthrough Portable Document Format (PDF) technology provided a solution for the problem, enabling businesses to deliver platform- and application-independent files across operating systems and devices. Suddenly, enterprises had new opportunities for—and returns from—document sharing and collaboration. Today, we extend the benefits of dynamic collaboration through web conferencing and enterprise solutions offering powerful document security, process management, and other capabilities.
As the Internet exploded into a viable economic engine, we quickly recognized that static HTML pages could not deliver the end-user interactivity and integration with enterprise systems that businesses required. We again took the lead—first with Adobe Dreamweaver® and Flash®, and later with Flex® and the Flash Media Server—by making cost-effective, reliable development of engaging websites a reality.
We are now leading the next wave of industry innovation, helping companies integrate enterprise technologies and rich media into solutions that solve real-world business problems. With the Adobe Flash Platform, including Flash Player and the Adobe AIR® runtime, businesses are building
rich Internet applications (RIAs) that offer vital efficiencies and provide a competitive edge by transforming the quality and reach of their services. With our 2009 acquisition of Omniture, a leader in online business optimization, we will also help customers more effectively measure, analyze, and optimize their online assets to improve their bottom line.
ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED
San Jose, California
ADOBE FISCAL 2009 REVENUES
US $2.946 billion (FYE Nov. 27, 2009)
Adobe founders Chuck Geschke and John Warnock received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists, engineers, and inventors, in 2009
Omniture, An Adobe company, is a leader in Software-as-a-Service, with one trillion user interactions measured per quarter
Adobe Systems Incorporated
Redefining customer value
Our customers span a range of industries and represent global brands such as FedEx, Sony Pictures, T-Mobile, eBay and the New York Times. Today, more than half of Adobe’s revenue comes from outside the United States, a trend that will likely increase as we reach more customers with the tools and technologies to deliver rich content and services anytime.
Across industries, our customers face the challenge of adapting to new ways of working inside and outside their organizations. Underlying this shift is the fact that people’s relationship with software is changing. Gone is the view of technology as an impersonal tool. Instead, technology has become a vital part of many people’s lives, transforming how they work, play, and connect with family and friends. People have new expectations around application quality and usability and are demanding rich, satisfying experiences on every screen.
The impacts are evident everywhere. In publishing, there has been tremendous upheaval as content is produced and consumed in new ways. With people enjoying unprecedented access to information and services, traditional publishing models are failing. To recreate their businesses and drive new revenue streams, publishers are turning to Adobe solutions to deliver high-value, relevant content and services that engage and entertain global audiences and for ways to measure and monetize that content.
Creative professionals are also responding to this shift with an expanded view of content that crosses print, digital media, and screens. Our comprehensive product portfolio and integrated technologies give creative professionals many of the solutions they need to rapidly deliver compelling
content to diverse audiences. With Adobe solutions, creative professionals can focus on bringing their ideas to life.
As people demand richer content and more dynamic services, developers are leveraging Adobe solutions to create a new breed of applications. Mobile is the new design center, with developers thinking first about the experience of using an application on a mobile device and then relating that application back to desktops and enterprise systems. For developers and businesses alike, this fundamental change in application development is critical to reaching a vast and increasing number of people around the world who now use their phones as their personal computers. With Adobe solutions, developers have tools that can help them move efficiently from application concept through development to delivering and optimizing powerful RIAs on virtually any device.
Not surprisingly, people’s changing expectations are prompting enterprises of all sizes to adopt more engaging applications to achieve greater efficiencies and strengthen customer relationships. Leading financial companies, government agencies, e-commerce providers and others use Adobe solutions to enhance how employees and partners work together, while giving customers streamlined access to high-impact, personalized products and services. Transforming these customer interactions enables corporations to improve returns from complex enterprise systems by securely extending their power via easy-to-use RIAs while effectively measuring and optimizing
their online customer presence.
Around the world, the pace of technology adoption and change is phenomenal. We are committed
to delivering the tools and technologies that our customers need today, while providing them with next-generation solutions to respond to future opportunities.
A reputation for excellence
The same passion we bring to revolutionizing how people engage with ideas and information is evident in our work fostering change in communities worldwide. The Adobe Foundation works to improve the lives of people in the communities where we operate, and the Foundation’s signature philanthropy program, Adobe Youth Voices (AYV), puts creative tools into the hands of underserved
youth. AYV has already provided software and education to thousands of youth in more than 30 countries, helping them create and communicate important stories about issues impacting
their lives—ultimately paving the way for social change at home and abroad.
More than one billion Flash technology-enabled devices have shipped worldwide2
More than 75% of online videos are viewed using Adobe Flash technology, making Flash the #1 format for video on the web1
More than half of Adobe annual revenues are generated outside of the United States
Our standards of excellence influence every aspect of our business. Adobe ranked as one of the top 50 socially responsible companies in the United States4 and is a recognized leader in promoting
environmental stewardship and maintaining a healthy work environment for employees. Our corporate headquarters has achieved many “green building” firsts. In 2010, Adobe was recognized
as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for its commitment to ethical leadership, compliance practices, and corporate social responsibility5. Equally important, we are consistently rated as one of the top places to work in North America, Europe, and Asia.
From our award-winning creative and development tools to our innovative servers and services to the unparalleled reach of PDF and the Adobe Flash Platform, we enable businesses to bring greater value to every interaction—and deliver more powerful, meaningful digital experiences to everyone, anytime. At Adobe, we continue to innovate and challenge expectations of what customer engagement means in the 21st century.