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Chapter 1. Meet Illustrator 10 > Adobe: the “Microsoft of Graphics”

Adobe: the “Microsoft of Graphics”

To truly understand Illustrator, you have to know a bit about the company behind it, Adobe Systems Inc. One of the five largest software companies in this quadrant of the galaxy, Adobe is widely considered to be the one software developer that Microsoft cannot destroy. Adobe knows electronic graphics and design, and Microsoft never will. It's that simple.

Case in point: Photoshop, Adobe's phenomenally successful image-editing program, is widely considered the most powerful personal computer application for mucking around with computerized photographs. Photoshop is equally revered by expert and novice, young and old, educated and self-taught, primate and bottom-feeding slime fish. Photoshop isn't altogether perfect, but it has a universal appeal.


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