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Adobe

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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Impressum®

by Adobe
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Impressum® Impressum®

ITC Souvenir®

by Adobe
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ITC Souvenir® ITC Souvenir®

Caslon 540

by Adobe
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Caslon 540 Caslon 540

ITC Franklin Gothic™

by Adobe
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ITC Franklin Gothic™ ITC Franklin Gothic™

Monotype® Modern

by Adobe
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Monotype® Modern Monotype® Modern

ITC Machine™

by Adobe
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ITC Machine™ ITC Machine™

Janson® Text

by Adobe
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Janson® Text Janson® Text

Copperplate Gothic

by Adobe
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Copperplate Gothic Copperplate Gothic

ITC Garamond Handtooled™

by Adobe
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ITC Garamond Handtooled™ ITC Garamond Handtooled™

New Aster™

by Adobe
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New Aster™ New Aster™

Insignia®

by Adobe
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Insignia® Insignia®

DIN Neuzeit Grotesk®

by Adobe
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DIN Neuzeit Grotesk® DIN Neuzeit Grotesk®

Spectrum MT™

by Adobe
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Spectrum MT™ Spectrum MT™

Engravers LH™

by Adobe
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Engravers LH™ Engravers LH™

ITC Galliard®

by Adobe
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ITC Galliard® ITC Galliard®

Stencil™

by Adobe
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Stencil™ Stencil™

Bell®

by Adobe
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Bell® Bell®

ITC Motter Corpus™

by Adobe
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ITC Motter Corpus™ ITC Motter Corpus™

Belwe™

by Adobe
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Belwe™ Belwe™

Folio®

by Adobe
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Folio® Folio®

Helvetica® Inserat

by Adobe
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Helvetica® Inserat Helvetica® Inserat

Apollo MT™

by Adobe
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Apollo MT™ Apollo MT™

ITC Clearface®

by Adobe
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ITC Clearface® ITC Clearface®

ITC Zapf Dingbats®

by Adobe
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ITC Zapf Dingbats® ITC Zapf Dingbats®

ITC Garamond™

by Adobe
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ITC Garamond™ ITC Garamond™

Perpetua®

by Adobe
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Perpetua® Perpetua®

Antique Olive®

by Adobe
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Antique Olive® Antique Olive®

Caslon Open Face

by Adobe
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Caslon Open Face Caslon Open Face

Calvert™

by Adobe
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Calvert™ Calvert™

Script MT™

by Adobe
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Script MT™ Script MT™

Simoncini Garamond®

by Adobe
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Simoncini Garamond® Simoncini Garamond®

Old Style 7

by Adobe
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Old Style 7 Old Style 7

Ocean Sans®

by Adobe
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Ocean Sans® Ocean Sans®

Goudy Modern MT™

by Adobe
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Goudy Modern MT™ Goudy Modern MT™

Mistral®

by Adobe
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Mistral® Mistral®

Present®

by Adobe
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Present® Present®

ITC Fenice™

by Adobe
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ITC Fenice™ ITC Fenice™

Snell Roundhand®

by Adobe
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Snell Roundhand® Snell Roundhand®

ITC Lubalin Graph®

by Adobe
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ITC Lubalin Graph® ITC Lubalin Graph®

ITC Cheltenham®

by Adobe
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ITC Cheltenham® ITC Cheltenham®

Kabel™

by Adobe
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Kabel™ Kabel™

Bodoni Poster

by Adobe
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Bodoni Poster Bodoni Poster

Tempo®

by Adobe
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Tempo® Tempo®

ITC Caslon No. 224™

by Adobe
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ITC Caslon No. 224™ ITC Caslon No. 224™

ITC Legacy® Serif

by Adobe
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ITC Legacy® Serif ITC Legacy® Serif

Reporter™

by Adobe
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Reporter™ Reporter™

Revue™

by Adobe
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Revue™ Revue™

Dorchester Script™

by Adobe
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Dorchester Script™ Dorchester Script™

ITC Giovanni®

by Adobe
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ITC Giovanni® ITC Giovanni®

Goudy Text™

by Adobe
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Goudy Text™ Goudy Text™

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