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Adobe Inc., formerly Adobe Systems Incorporated, is a computer software company that develops and markets creativity and media software through its Adobe Creative Cloud subscription and online disribution service. After Adobe's acquisition of Macromedia,[1] applications from its last Macromedia Studio 8 suite were incorporated into Adobe Creative Suite.



Adobe PostScript The Language of Business (1991)

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.

Adobe Systems became a Delaware corporation on May 9, 1997. Effective as of October 8, 2018 at 4PM EDT, the company's name was changed to Adobe Inc.[2]


The company grew over the years through a series of strategic acquisitions.


See: List of Adobe products at the Adobe Wiki

Many Macromedia products were incorporated into Adobe's product line:

Some were officially retitled but were soon discontinued with few or no updates:


  1. Adobe Completes Acquisition of Macromedia, Adobe Systems. 2005-12-05. Archived 2005-12-07.
  2. Certificate of amendment to restated certificate of incorporation of Adobe Systems Incorporated (PDF) by Dana Rao, EVP General Counsel and Corporate Secretary; Jeffrey W. Bullock, Secretary of State of the State of Delaware. 2018-10-08.

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