Adobe Systems (NASDAQ: ADBE) – American computer company headquartered in San Jose, California, known in the broader design graphics software for both Mac OS and Windows. The company was founded in 1982, former employees of Xerox PARC, John Warnock and Charles Geschke. Currently a public company listed on NASDAQ, in 2004, employs more than 4,000 employees in 26 offices around the world.
Adobe Systems is a pioneer of software for desktop publishing, the creator of the standard PostScript – a commonly used page description language. It is widely known and used standard is a Portable Document Format. In 1994, Adobe acquired Aldus with belonging to the program After Effects, PageMaker. However, just before the merger with Adobe Aldus sold the company belonging to a software company Macromedia FreeHand. The acquisition of Aldus has strengthened the market position of the Adobe software and DTP software designed to create television and multimedia production. In late 2005, Adobe acquired Macromedia and – as an industry leader of software for creating websites.
Growing market for consumer software, associated especially with the revolution of digital cameras and video cameras, Adobe also resulted in input and in this market – the company offers simplified versions of Photoshop and Premiere – Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements belonging to the class leading software house . Growing in popularity and recognition of professional photographers, Adobe Lightroom gets used for developing and processing RAW files from digital cameras and processing JPG files with lesser cameras.