By Mikal E. Belicove|For Forbes Magazine website|January 10, 2013
Were a corporation’s success measured by the magnificence of its buildings, Adobe Systems’ brand new 280,000-square-foot campus located 30 miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah, in the growing community of Lehi, proves to be every bit a monument to the company’s absurdly successful multimedia and creativity software innovations.
Since its incorporation three decades ago, Adobe has set its sights on creating software applications that were ahead of their time, starting with the PostScript page description language that was immediately picked up by Apple for use in its printers. Next came a string of hits, including Illustrator, the vector-based drawing program; Photoshop, the graphics editing program that is currently used by more than 90 percent of the world’s creative professionals; and the Portable Document Format (PDF), which has become the common medium for electronic documents worldwide. The company later added ColdFusion, Dreamweaver and Flash to its product and platform list via an acquisition of its former competitor, Macromedia, and is currently developing a suite of cloud-based solutions focused on the social and analytics spaces. In 2012, Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) reported revenues of $4.4 billion.
To underline this success, last month the company moved 1,100 employees from…
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