40 Facts About Adobe Systems


Adobe Inc, originally called Adobe Systems Incorporated, is an American multinational computer software company incorporated in Delaware and headquartered in San Jose, California.

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Adobe Systems expanded into digital marketing software and in 2021 was considered one of the top global leaders in Customer Experience Management.

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Adobe Systems was founded in December 1982 by John Warnock and Charles Geschke, who established the company after leaving Xerox PARC to develop and sell the PostScript page description language.

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Adobe Systems has major development operations in the United States in Newton, New York City, Arden Hills, Lehi, Seattle, Austin and San Francisco.

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The name of the company, Adobe Systems, comes from Adobe Systems Creek in Los Altos, California, which ran behind Warnock's house.

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In 1989, Adobe Systems introduced what was to become its flagship product, a graphics editing program for the Macintosh called Photoshop.

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In 1993, Adobe Systems introduced PDF, the Portable Document Format, and its Adobe Systems Acrobat and Reader software.

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In 1992, Adobe acquired OCR Systems, Inc In 1994, Adobe acquired the Aldus Corporation and added PageMaker and After Effects to its product line later in the year; it controls the TIFF file format.

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In May 2003, Adobe Systems purchased audio editing and multitrack recording software Cool Edit Pro from Syntrillium Software for $16.

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Adobe Systems then renamed Cool Edit Pro to "Adobe Systems Audition" and included it in the Creative Suite.

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On December 3, 2005, Adobe Systems acquired its main rival, Macromedia, in a stock swap valued at about $3.

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Adobe Systems offered a discount on Dreamweaver for GoLive users and supports those who still use GoLive with online tutorials and migration assistance.

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On December 3, 2008, Adobe Systems laid off 600 of its employees citing the weak economic environment.

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On September 15, 2009, Adobe Systems announced that it would acquire online marketing and web analytics company Omniture for $1.

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Adobe Systems's 2010 was marked by continuing front-and-back arguments with Apple over the latter's non-support for Adobe Systems Flash on its iPhone, iPad and other products.

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Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs claimed that Flash was not reliable or secure enough, while Adobe Systems executives have argued that Apple wish to maintain control over the iOS platform.

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In July 2010, Adobe Systems bought Day Software integrating their line of CQ Products: WCM, DAM, SOCO, and Mobile.

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In January 2011, Adobe Systems acquired DemDex, Inc with the intent of adding DemDex's audience-optimization software to its online marketing suite.

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In October 2011, Adobe Systems acquired Nitobi Software, the makers of the mobile application development framework PhoneGap.

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In November 2011, Adobe Systems announced that they would cease development of Flash for mobile devices following version 11.

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In December 2011, Adobe Systems announced that it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Efficient Frontier.

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In December 2012, Adobe Systems opened a new 280, 000-square-foot corporate campus in Lehi, Utah.

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In May 2018, Adobe Systems stated they would buy e-commerce services provider Magento Commerce from private equity firm Permira for $1.

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In September 2018, Adobe Systems announced its acquisition of marketing automation software company Marketo.

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In January 2019, Adobe Systems announced its acquisition of 3D texturing company Allegorithmic.

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In September 2022, Adobe Systems announced that it had agreed to buy the software design start-up Figma for $20billion.

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Adobe Systems's currently supported roster of software, online services and file formats comprises the following:.

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In 2015, Adobe Systems acquired Fotolia, a stock content marketplace founded in 2005 by Thibaud Elziere, Oleg Tscheltzoff, and Patrick Chassany which operated in 23 countries.

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In March 2019, Adobe Systems released its Adobe Systems Experience Platform, which consists family of content, development, and customer relationship management products, with what it calls the "next generation" of its Sensei artificial intelligence and machine learning framework.

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Adobe Systems received a five-star rating from the Electronic Frontier Foundation with regards to its handling of government data requests in 2017.

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Adobe Systems has been criticized for its pricing practices, with retail prices being up to twice as much in non-US countries.

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Observers noted that Adobe Systems was spying on its customers by including spyware in the Creative Suite 3 software and quietly sending user data to a firm named Omniture.

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When users became aware, Adobe Systems explained what the suspicious software did and admitted that they: "could and should do a better job taking security concerns into account".

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Adobe Systems later admitted that 38 million active users have been affected and the attackers obtained access to their IDs and encrypted passwords, as well as to many inactive Adobe Systems accounts.

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Adobe Systems did not make it clear if all the personal information was encrypted, such as email addresses and physical addresses, though data privacy laws in 44 states require this information to be encrypted.

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LastPass, a password security firm, said that Adobe Systems failed to use best practices for securing the passwords and has not salted them.

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Adobe Systems offered its affected US customers a free membership in a credit monitoring service, but no similar arrangements have been made for non-US customers.

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Adobe Systems announced that hackers stole parts of the source code of Photoshop, which according to commentators could allow programmers to copy its engineering techniques and would make it easier to pirate Adobe Systems's expensive products.

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The Federal Trade Commission intervened and forced Adobe Systems to sell FreeHand back to Altsys, and banned Adobe Systems from buying back FreeHand or any similar program for the next 10 years.

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Adobe Systems had no response to the claims and the lawsuit was eventually settled.

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