Adobe Inc.

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Adobe Inc.

legal form Corporation
ISIN US00724F1012
founding 1982
Seat San Jose , California , United States
United StatesUnited States 
management Shantanu Narayen (Chairman, President and CEO )
Number of employees 22,634 (2019)
sales 11.1 billion USD ( FY 2019)
Branch Software manufacturer
As of June 4, 2020

Adobe Inc. [ əˈdoʊbiː ] (until October 2018 Adobe Systems Inc. ) is a US software company, registered in the state of Delaware . It was founded in 1982 by John Warnock and Charles Geschke , the inventors of the PostScript page description language . The name Adobe ( Spanish and English "clay brick") is derived from a stream called Adobe Creek that runs behind Warnock's house in Los Altos , California .

In the Forbes Global 2000 of the world's largest listed companies, Adobe Systems ranks 627 (as of fiscal 2017). The company had a market value of around 119 billion US dollars in mid-2018.


John Warnock was a researcher at Xerox PARC , where he invented the page description language Interpress . Since Xerox was unwilling to market these, Adobe was later founded and InterPress was marketed with minor changes under the name PostScript . PostScript allows documents for prepress to be described precisely and reproducibly with a relatively low volume of data . In contrast to printer languages , the files are hardware-independent , can be integrated into other documents ( EPS ), but can only be processed to a limited extent as the last stage in the production chain.

In 2009, Adobe had approximately 8,660 employees and annual sales of approximately $ 2.9 billion. In the same year, Adobe submitted a public takeover bid for Internet analytics specialist Omniture worth $ 1.8 billion.

Unknown perpetrators stole the source code of Adobe Acrobat, Adobe ColdFusion, possible other programs and credit card data from 2.9 million customers according to a notification from Adobe Systems on October 3, 2013.

Business figures

Business and employee development (the fiscal year ends on June 30th)
year Sales
in US $ million
Balance sheet profit
in million US $
Price per share
in US $
2005 1,966 603 30.77
2006 2,575 506 35.60
2007 3.158 724 41.97
2008 3,580 872 35.33
2009 2,946 387 28.63 8,660
2010 3,800 775 31.21
2011 4.216 833 30.12
2012 4,404 833 32.67
2013 4,055 290 46.80 11,847
2014 4.147 268 67.45 12,499
2015 4,796 630 80.97 13,893
2016 5,854 1,169 97.32 15,706
2017 7,302 1,694 144.00 17,973
2018 9,030 2,590 244.68 21,357


Since December 3, 2005, other products include the entire range of Macromedia programs ( Flash , Shockwave , Dreamweaver , Director ). Adobe bought Macromedia on April 18, 2005 for $ 3.4 billion.

After Aldus PageMaker was taken over by Adobe, after a while Adobe PageMaker was replaced by Adobe InDesign . In order to also be able to offer programs in the private sector, Adobe has been creating slimmed-down versions of many programs for some time, which have the suffix Elements .

In November 2016, Adobe presented the Voice Conversion (VC) program Voco (spelling: “VoCo”). Voco is an editing program for sound recordings, so recordings of speeches can be edited afterwards. In mass media, Voco is also called the "Photoshop for voice files".

In June 2018 Adobe announced the complete takeover of the online shop software Magento Commerce . The purchase price was the equivalent of around 1.5 billion euros.

Free products
Adobe Reader
Adobe Flash Player
Adobe AIR
Adobe Shockwave Player
Product packages
Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Document Cloud
Adobe Marketing Cloud
Adobe Digital Publishing Suite
Adobe Creative Suite (ending with CS6 - replaced by Creative Cloud)
Adobe Authorware
Adobe Captivate
Adobe Director
Adobe Technical Communication Suite

Creative Cloud Products

Creative Cloud DESIGN
Adobe Photoshop CC
Adobe Illustrator CC
Adobe InDesign CC
Adobe Fireworks CS6
Adobe Muse CC
Adobe Edge Reflow CC
Adobe Ideas
Adobe Typekit CC
Adobe Kuler
Adobe Behance
Adobe ProSite
Creative Cloud WEB
Adobe Photoshop CC
Adobe Dreamweaver CC
Adobe Fireworks CS6
Adobe Edge Animate CC
Adobe Edge Code CC
Adobe Edge Reflow CC
Adobe Edge Inspect CC
Adobe Web Fonts CC
Adobe PhoneGap Build
Adobe Typekit
Adobe Muse CC
Adobe Animate CC
Adobe Kuler
Adobe Behance
Adobe ProSite
Adobe web hosting
Creative Cloud AUDIO / VIDEO
Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Adobe After Effects CC
Adobe Photoshop CC
Adobe Animate CC
Adobe Audition CC
Adobe SpeedGrade CC
Adobe Story CC Plus
Adobe Prelude CC
Adobe Behance
Adobe Kuler
Adobe ProSite
Adobe Media Encoder CC
Creative Cloud PHOTOGRAPHY
Adobe Photoshop CC
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Adobe Behance
Adobe Kuler
Adobe Photoshop Touch
Adobe ProSite
Creative Cloud PUBLISHING
Adobe Digital Publishing Suite
Adobe Acrobat DC Pro
Adobe Photoshop CC
Adobe Illustrator CC
Adobe Dreamweaver CC
Adobe InCopy CC
Adobe InDesign CC
Adobe Muse CC
Adobe Behance
Adobe Kuler
Adobe Typekit CC
Adobe ProSite
Adobe web hosting
Creative Cloud GAMES
Adobe Photoshop CC
Adobe Edge Animate CC
Adobe Flash Builder CC
Adobe Animate CC
Adobe Scout CC
Adobe Gaming SDK
Adobe Behance
Adobe Kuler
Adobe ProSite

Sorted by function

Adobe & HTML
Adobe Edge Animate
Adobe Edge Reflow
Adobe Edge Code
Adobe Edge Inspect
Adobe Edge Web Fonts
Adobe Typekit
Adobe PhoneGap Build
Digital image editing
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop Elements
Adobe Photoshop Album
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Adobe Bridge
Adobe Acrobat
Adobe Acrobat Elements
Adobe Acrobat Messenger
Adobe Capture
Adobe Distiller
Adobe Reader
Adobe LiveCycle Reader Extensions ES
Print and the internet
Adobe Connect
Adobe Contribute
Adobe brackets
Adobe Designer
Adobe Dreamweaver
Adobe Muse
Adobe Flash
Adobe Flash Catalyst
Adobe Fireworks
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe GoLive (discontinued)
Adobe HomeSite (discontinued)
Adobe InDesign
Adobe InCopy
Adobe Graphics Server
Adobe SVG Viewer
Adobe PageMaker (discontinued)
Adobe FrameMaker
Adobe FrameMaker Server
Adobe Streamline
Adobe Dimensions
Adobe Type
Adobe Type Manager (discontinued)
Video and audio
Adobe Production Studio
Adobe Video Collection
Adobe Premiere
Adobe Premiere Elements
Adobe After Effects
Adobe SpeedGrade
Adobe Prelude
Adobe Media Encoder
Adobe Encore
Adobe Audition
Adobe Soundbooth (replaced by Audition since the CS6)
Adobe Atmosphere
Adobe Captivate

Further products

Help systems
Adobe RoboHelp
Adobe Kuler
Server products
Adobe Integrated Runtime
Adobe ColdFusion
Adobe Business Catalyst
Adobe Flex
Adobe Drive CC
Adobe InDesign Server
Adobe LiveCycle Designer
Adobe Version Cue
Adobe Extreme
Portable Document Format (PDF)
Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP)


Adobe has been criticized because it has a quasi-monopoly in many areas, especially after the takeover of Macromedia . B. when editing images using Photoshop or illustration using Illustrator or the adopted FreeHand .

Another point of criticism is the pricing for the European market. For example, the price for the Adobe Creative Suite CS3 Design Premium in Europe was 65 percent higher than in the USA. In response to this, the Fair Pricing for European Software petition was launched in 2007 , which received over 10,000 signatures.

There is a lot of speculation in the industry about the market share of InDesign compared to QuarkXPress .

In January 2013, Adobe was heavily criticized after initially offering Creative Suite 2 for free download. According to a statement by the company, this was only a version that was intended to replace a failed product activation . Adobe did not react to the great public interest in a free - albeit outdated - version of the CS.

Web links

Commons : Adobe Inc.  - collection of images, videos, and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Adobe namechange. In: October 8, 2018, accessed April 25, 2019 .
  3. a b Adobe Investor Relations Data Sheet. In: Adobe. December 12, 2019, accessed May 20, 2020 . UNITED STATESSECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION ( en ) Adobe. January 21, 2020.
  4. ^ The World's Largest Public Companies . In: Forbes . ( [accessed July 17, 2018]).
  5. Adobe buys web specialist Omniture. In: börsenNEWS. September 16, 2009, accessed January 10, 2013 .
  6. Important Customer Security Announcement
  7. Break-in at Adobe: Millions of customer data and source code stolen from ColdFusion and Acrobat , Heise online
  8. Adobe Net Income 2006-2018 | ADBE. Retrieved October 22, 2018 .
  9. Adobe acquires Magento for $ 1.68 billion. Retrieved June 21, 2018 .
  10. ^ André Kramer: Editorial: Market power. C't , October 2013, accessed December 1, 2013 .
  11. Sebastian Franke: Free Freehand or Freehand forever. Hofnaar Web Design Film & Sound , accessed December 1, 2013 .
  12. Ulf Theis: Petition against Adobe's pricing policy for Creative Suite 3. Ulf Theis Webdesign , accessed on December 3, 2013 .
  13. Christian Kahle: Takeover: Quark loses its independence. WinFuture , accessed December 2, 2013 .
  14. "Free" Creative Suite CS2: Adobe misses a great opportunity. In: t3n magazine . January 8, 2013, accessed January 10, 2013 .
  15. Adobe CS2. In: Adobe. Retrieved March 17, 2017 .

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