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A Short History of Adobe - Development of New Computer Software Technologies

If you have been following the newest computer technologies over the last 25 years, you will be quite familiar with the evolution of Adobe products. Formally known as Adobe Systems Incorporated, Adobe is a computer software company based in San Jose, California. The main goal of the company throughout the years has been to focus on developing creativity and multimedia software products, relying heavily on the ingenuity of their staff. Recently, they have been testing the waters of Internet application software development, and have been steadily increasing their portfolio to keep up with modern technologies. Here is a brief history of a company that has truly made its mark in the computer technology arms race.

The Founders of Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Systems Incorporated was founded by Charles Geschke and John Warnock, two computer scientists who were inspired to create Adobe while doing research on device-
independent graphic systems and printers for another company. After leaving their jobs, they founded Adobe Systems Inc. in December of 1982, with the hopes of developing and selling their PostScript page description language. This would help cement their role as technological innovators, their ability to translate digital text and images from on a screen, accurately onto the printed page, setting them apart from the rest of their field. After Apple Computers licensed their PostScript in 1985 for use in their LaserWriter Printers, the desktop publishing revolution began, and Adobe was well on it's way to consistently innovating and re-inventing computer technology.

Humble Beginnings

Adobe PostScript, Adobe's first product on the market, was soon followed by other graphic technologies such as Illustrator, Photoshop and Type Manager. By the late 80's and early 90's, digital documentation and work systems were becoming more and more sophisticated, and Adobe's graphic and print technologies were revolutionising the print industry.

Fast Track to Success

Since the first string of successes, Adobe continued to refine their PostScript language, and designed a file format that was based on PostScript technology: the PDF format. Additionally, Adobe released Adobe Acrobat in 1993, and over the next decade, both PDF and Acrobat proved successful with each subsequent version they released. Each year would see the release of new products as well as improvements to old ones. Some great examples of software innovations include Adobe Creative Suite, InDesign, Flex, Reader LE, Adobe Media player, Aldus, GoLive, Accelio and Macromedia. Their most recent creative endeavours include Dreamweaver software, the launching of as well as the development of Adobe Creative Suite 4, which include Web, Design, Master Collection and Production Premium.

Adobe Today

Although the company headquarters is based in San Jose, California, Adobe has had international success. With several branches in Europe, Asia, South America and Australia, Adobe has become one of the most recognised computer software manufacturers in the world. Adobe Systems Inc. is also repeatedly ranked by Fortune magazine as one of the top companies in the world to work for.

To this day, Adobe software remains completely user-friendly, with Adobe courses available where you can receive helpful Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Indesign training, all great ways to broaden your understanding of the latest and greatest software.

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This is the guest article by Sachin about the short history of Adobe in the development of new computer software technologies.

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