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40 At 40: A Look At Pioneering IT Companies Founded In 1982 And Before

As part of CRN’s 40th anniversary this year, here’s a look at 40 companies across the IT industry that have been around as long as CRN – and in many cases much longer.

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In 1982 Xerox PARC employees John Warnock and Charles Geschke founded Adobe Systems, a computer graphics and publishing software company initially focused on developing and selling the PostScript page description language. PostScript made it easier to print text and images from a computer, according to Warnock’s Wikipedia biography, helping fuel the PC explosion of the 1980s.

In the decades since Adobe has developed other ground-breaking products such as Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat – the latter based on the company’s ubiquitous Portable Document Format (PDF).

Today Adobe develops and markets a range of document management, multimedia, creativity, marketing and digital experience software – many bundled into its popular Creative Cloud set of applications and services.

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