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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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HY Kak Headline HY Kak Headline

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SM Gothic™ SM Gothic™

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Kazuraki SP2N® Kazuraki SP2N®

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Ryo Display PlusN™ Ryo Display PlusN™

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Kozuka Mincho Pr6N® Kozuka Mincho Pr6N®

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Adobe Hebrew™ Adobe Hebrew™

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Adobe Arabic™ Adobe Arabic™

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SM Myungjo™ SM Myungjo™

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Ryo Gothic PlusN™ Ryo Gothic PlusN™

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Kozuka Gothic Pr6N® Kozuka Gothic Pr6N®

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Adobe Thai™ Adobe Thai™

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Hypatia Sans Pro® Hypatia Sans Pro®

Strumpf®

by Adobe
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Strumpf® Strumpf®

Orgánica GMM SemiSerif™

by Adobe
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Orgánica GMM SemiSerif™ Orgánica GMM SemiSerif™

Kigali™

by Adobe
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Kigali™ Kigali™

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Bruno JB™ Bruno JB™

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Zipty Do™ Zipty Do™

Coriander®

by Adobe
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Coriander® Coriander®

Cheq™

by Adobe
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Cheq™ Cheq™

Raphael™

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2 fonts from $29.00
Raphael™ Raphael™

News Plantin™

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12 fonts from $29.00
News Plantin™ News Plantin™

Poliphilus®

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Poliphilus® Poliphilus®

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Aikiko Aikiko

ITC Stone Sans®

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10 fonts from $35.00
ITC Stone Sans® ITC Stone Sans®

Aldous Vertical

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Aldous Vertical Aldous Vertical

Century Old Style™

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3 fonts from $29.00
Century Old Style™ Century Old Style™

Century® Expanded

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Century® Expanded Century® Expanded

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Willow™ Willow™

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Pepperwood™ Pepperwood™

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Woodtype Ornaments™ Woodtype Ornaments™

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Willow™ Willow™

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22 fonts
Tekton™ Tekton™

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Poplar™ Poplar™

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21 fonts
Adobe Garamond™ Adobe Garamond™

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Cheq Pi™ Cheq Pi™

Helvetica® Neue LT Std

by Adobe
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51 fonts from $29.00
Helvetica® Neue LT Std Helvetica® Neue LT Std

Avenir®

by Adobe
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12 fonts from $29.00
Avenir® Avenir®

Trade Gothic®

by Adobe
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14 fonts from $29.00
Trade Gothic® Trade Gothic®

Frutiger®

by Adobe
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14 fonts from $29.00
Frutiger® Frutiger®

Helvetica®

by Adobe
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21 fonts from $29.00
Helvetica® Helvetica®

Univers®

by Adobe
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27 fonts from $29.00
Univers® Univers®

Gill Sans®

by Adobe
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15 fonts from $29.00
Gill Sans® Gill Sans®

Didot™

by Adobe
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5 fonts from $29.00
Didot™ Didot™

PMN Caecilia®

by Adobe
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8 fonts from $29.00
PMN Caecilia® PMN Caecilia®

ITC Avant Garde Gothic™

by Adobe
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20 fonts from $29.00
ITC Avant Garde Gothic™ ITC Avant Garde Gothic™

Helvetica® Rounded

by Adobe
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Helvetica® Rounded Helvetica® Rounded

Optima™

by Adobe
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12 fonts from $29.00
Optima™ Optima™

Plantin®

by Adobe
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9 fonts from $29.00
Plantin® Plantin®

Bembo®

by Adobe
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8 fonts from $29.00
Bembo® Bembo®

Serpentine™

by Adobe
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Serpentine™ Serpentine™

Rotis® SansSerif

by Adobe
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Rotis® SansSerif Rotis® SansSerif

Berkeley Oldstyle™

by Adobe
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Berkeley Oldstyle™ Berkeley Oldstyle™

Sabon®

by Adobe
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Sabon® Sabon®

Rockwell®

by Adobe
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9 fonts from $29.00
Rockwell® Rockwell®

Neuzeit® S

by Adobe
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Neuzeit® S Neuzeit® S

DIN Schriften™

by Adobe
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DIN Schriften™ DIN Schriften™

Goudy Old Style™

by Adobe
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Goudy Old Style™ Goudy Old Style™

ITC Korinna®

by Adobe
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ITC Korinna® ITC Korinna®

ITC Kabel®

by Adobe
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ITC Kabel® ITC Kabel®

Bauer Bodoni™

by Adobe
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Bauer Bodoni™ Bauer Bodoni™

ITC Bauhaus™

by Adobe
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ITC Bauhaus™ ITC Bauhaus™

ITC Stone Sans®

by Adobe
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ITC Stone Sans® ITC Stone Sans®

ITC New Baskerville®

by Adobe
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ITC New Baskerville® ITC New Baskerville®

Glypha®

by Adobe
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10 fonts from $29.00
Glypha® Glypha®

Kuenstler Script®

by Adobe
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Kuenstler Script® Kuenstler Script®

Franklin Gothic™

by Adobe
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Franklin Gothic™ Franklin Gothic™

New Century Schoolbook™

by Adobe
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New Century Schoolbook™ New Century Schoolbook™

Vectora®

by Adobe
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Vectora® Vectora®

Clarendon®

by Adobe
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Clarendon® Clarendon®

Friz Quadrata

by Adobe
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Friz Quadrata Friz Quadrata

ITC Novarese™

by Adobe
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7 fonts from $29.00
ITC Novarese™ ITC Novarese™

ITC Zapf Chancery®

by Adobe
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6 fonts from $29.00
ITC Zapf Chancery® ITC Zapf Chancery®

Eccentric™

by Adobe
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1 font from $29.00
Eccentric™ Eccentric™

New Caledonia®

by Adobe
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8 fonts from $29.00
New Caledonia® New Caledonia®

Bernhard Modern

by Adobe
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Bernhard Modern Bernhard Modern

Cochin®

by Adobe
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Cochin® Cochin®

Rotis® Semi Serif

by Adobe
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Rotis® Semi Serif Rotis® Semi Serif

Castellar®

by Adobe
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Castellar® Castellar®

Eurostile®

by Adobe
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10 fonts from $29.00
Eurostile® Eurostile®

Memphis®

by Adobe
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7 fonts from $29.00
Memphis® Memphis®

Palatino®

by Adobe
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10 fonts from $29.00
Palatino® Palatino®

Bodoni

by Adobe
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7 fonts from $29.00
Bodoni Bodoni

Linotype® Centennial

by Adobe
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8 fonts from $29.00
Linotype® Centennial Linotype® Centennial

Stempel Schneidler®

by Adobe
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Stempel Schneidler® Stempel Schneidler®

Italia™

by Adobe
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3 fonts from $29.00
Italia™ Italia™

Aachen™

by Adobe
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1 font from $29.00
Aachen™ Aachen™

ITC Officina Sans®

by Adobe
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ITC Officina Sans® ITC Officina Sans®

Egyptienne F™

by Adobe
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4 fonts from $29.00
Egyptienne F™ Egyptienne F™

Stempel™ Garamond

by Adobe
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4 fonts from $29.00
Stempel™ Garamond Stempel™ Garamond

Garamond 3™

by Adobe
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4 fonts from $29.00
Garamond 3™ Garamond 3™

ITC Mona Lisa®

by Adobe
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2 fonts from $29.00
ITC Mona Lisa® ITC Mona Lisa®

Monotype Grotesque®

by Adobe
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10 fonts from $29.00
Monotype Grotesque® Monotype Grotesque®

Melior®

by Adobe
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4 fonts from $29.00
Melior® Melior®

Weiss®

by Adobe
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4 fonts from $29.00
Weiss® Weiss®

ITC Serif Gothic®

by Adobe
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6 fonts from $29.00
ITC Serif Gothic® ITC Serif Gothic®

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