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Adobe Systems, based in San Jose, California, was started by John Warnock and Chuck Geschke in 1982. In 1999 it became a billion dollar company. Adobe has long offered many applications for handling images and text, as well as a fine type library.

The company’s rise comes from the success of the PostScript graphics programming language, a printing industry standard since the mid-1980s. Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop software have been mainstays of graphic design for many years. The PDF format for document interchange is also a standard. The year 1990 saw the introduction of Adobe Type Manager (ATM), which rendered fonts on-screen.

In 1994 Adobe extended its interests into desktop publishing with the acquisition of Paul Brainerd’s Aldus Corporation for its PageMaker software; its advanced replacement, InDesign, now looks set to eclipse Quark Xpress as the DTP software of choice.

Adobe lost little time in applying knowledge of text and graphics to the web, and offers a range of web imaging tools including PageMill and ImageReady.

From the very early days, Adobe has taken typography very seriously. Sumner Stone, their Director of Typography from 1984 to 1991, chose the initial set of fonts, the first in the format known as Type 1, from the established Linotype and ITC libraries. He also initiated Adobe’s design program, where classic fonts (including Garamond and Caslon) were revived by the skilled hands of Robert Slimbach, Carol Twombly, and others. Brand new designs such as Minion also appeared. The Adobe type design group, now under David Lemon and with earlier assistance from Thomas Phinney, continues to release original type designs.

As well as the standard Type 1 format, Adobe is also responsible for the PostScript Type 3 format. (In theory this gives programmers much more access to the power of PostScript, but one cannot preview the fonts on screen since it is not supported by ATM, so it has not seen wide adoption.) Much more exciting to most designers is the Multiple Master format, which allows an infinite number of fonts to be interpolated (or “morphed”) between a set of master designs. The masters are typically the light and the heavy, or the narrow and wide styles.

Since 1997 Adobe has been working with Microsoft on the OpenType font format. Given conformant applications (of which Adobe InDesign and PhotoShop are the most important current examples), this allows clever substitution of appropriate characters, such as ligatures and smallcaps. OpenType is also very strong in multilingual typography, enabling the computerization of some languages for the first time, and removing old compromises from typesetting languages such as Arabic.

Attendees at ATypI 1999 in Boston were shocked to learn that development of Multiple Master fonts has ceased at Adobe.

In 2007, OpenType fonts of the Adobe Type Library became available for purchase and immediate download from MyFonts.

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Foundry details

  • Founded: 1982
  • Location:
    Adobe Systems Incorporated
    345 Park Avenue
    San Jose, CA 95110-2704
    United States of America
    phone: 408-536-6000
    fax: 408-537-6000

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DIN Schriften™

by Adobe
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DIN Schriften™ DIN Schriften™

Bembo®

by Adobe
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Bembo® Bembo®

ITC New Baskerville®

by Adobe
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ITC New Baskerville® ITC New Baskerville®

Syntax®

by Adobe
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Syntax® Syntax®

Goudy Old Style™

by Adobe
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Goudy Old Style™ Goudy Old Style™

ITC Officina Serif®

by Adobe
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ITC Officina Serif® ITC Officina Serif®

ITC American Typewriter™

by Adobe
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ITC American Typewriter™ ITC American Typewriter™

ITC Eras®

by Adobe
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ITC Eras® ITC Eras®

Vectora®

by Adobe
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Vectora® Vectora®

Sabon®

by Adobe
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Sabon® Sabon®

Lucida® Sans

by Adobe
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Lucida® Sans Lucida® Sans

Friz Quadrata

by Adobe
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Friz Quadrata Friz Quadrata

Centaur®

by Adobe
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Centaur® Centaur®

Minister™

by Adobe
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Minister™ Minister™

Plantin®

by Adobe
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Plantin® Plantin®

Helvetica® Rounded

by Adobe
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Helvetica® Rounded Helvetica® Rounded

Memphis®

by Adobe
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Memphis® Memphis®

Weiss®

by Adobe
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Weiss® Weiss®

ITC Zapf Dingbats®

by Adobe
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ITC Zapf Dingbats® ITC Zapf Dingbats®

ITC Lubalin Graph®

by Adobe
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ITC Lubalin Graph® ITC Lubalin Graph®

Prestige Elite

by Adobe
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Prestige Elite Prestige Elite

ITC Slimbach®

by Adobe
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ITC Slimbach® ITC Slimbach®

Cochin®

by Adobe
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Cochin® Cochin®

Script MT™

by Adobe
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Script MT™ Script MT™

ITC Fenice™

by Adobe
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ITC Fenice™ ITC Fenice™

Industria®

by Adobe
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Industria® Industria®

New Century Schoolbook™

by Adobe
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New Century Schoolbook™ New Century Schoolbook™

ITC Novarese™

by Adobe
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ITC Novarese™ ITC Novarese™

Clarendon®

by Adobe
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Clarendon® Clarendon®

ITC Galliard®

by Adobe
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ITC Galliard® ITC Galliard®

ITC Souvenir®

by Adobe
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ITC Souvenir® ITC Souvenir®

Garamond 3™

by Adobe
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Garamond 3™ Garamond 3™

ITC Century®

by Adobe
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ITC Century® ITC Century®

Albertus®

by Adobe
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Albertus® Albertus®

Kuenstler Script®

by Adobe
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Kuenstler Script® Kuenstler Script®

ITC Bookman™

by Adobe
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ITC Bookman™ ITC Bookman™

Mistral®

by Adobe
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Mistral® Mistral®

Insignia®

by Adobe
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Insignia® Insignia®

Monotype® Modern

by Adobe
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Monotype® Modern Monotype® Modern

Shelley Script®

by Adobe
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Shelley Script® Shelley Script®

Aachen™

by Adobe
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Aachen™ Aachen™

ITC Stone Informal®

by Adobe
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ITC Stone Informal® ITC Stone Informal®

Graphite™

by Adobe
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Graphite™ Graphite™

ITC Legacy® Sans

by Adobe
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ITC Legacy® Sans ITC Legacy® Sans

ITC Quorum®

by Adobe
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ITC Quorum® ITC Quorum®

Stempel™ Garamond

by Adobe
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Stempel™ Garamond Stempel™ Garamond

Spectrum MT™

by Adobe
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Spectrum MT™ Spectrum MT™

Times New Roman®

by Adobe
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Times New Roman® Times New Roman®

Melior®

by Adobe
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Melior® Melior®

Tempo®

by Adobe
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Tempo® Tempo®

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