Adobe's India campus was inaugurated in February 1998 to augment engineering resources for the Product Development organization. From the very outset, the focus was on hiring top engineering talent and establishing a world-class work ethic.
The results were soon evident.
In 1999 the India engineering team shipped key components for InDesign 1.0-Adobe's premium offering in the page layout and design area. A small engineering team was seeded to work on the Acrobat Desktop Product.
In 2000, the team expanded further and shipped components for Illustrator, Golive, Photoshop and Indesign 1.0 (J). A new team was setup to proliferate the Adobe Acrobat Reader on various alternative platforms.
A singular achievement in 2001 was the release of PageMaker 7.0 from the India campus. This was perhaps the first instance of a major international Desktop product being engineered from India. The Hand Held team shipped the Acrobat Reader on Palm OS and Pocket PC. These products had more than a million downloads.
The Digital Imaging and Digital Video team was set up in 2002. In October 2002, as the headcount crossed 130, the campus shifted to a new 200,000 square feet state of the art building in the heart of Noida. New Engineering teams were set up to work on the next release of Frame Maker (FM 7.1) and for working on a plug-in to move PageMaker customer's to InDesign. A small team was formed to work on New Product ideas.
The DI team released the Photo Shop Album Starter Edition in 2003.The Acrobat team released key components for the Acrobat 6.0 release. To support Adobe's thrust in the Forms based solutions area, the Acrobat Server group was set up at the campus. A new team was set up to work on PostScript. A Pre-release Program Management team to run the Beta programs for some Adobe products from India was formed. Another milestone was the signing up of partnerships with major Indian software companies like TCS and Wipro to sell Adobe Forms solutions to Enterprises as part of their overall solution. A Team was set up to partner with these companies and provide support. We exited the year with 250 people on board.
The campus would continue to grow in 2004. The areas of expansion include the Acrobat Server group, Digital Imaging and Digital Video. In the Creative Pro Business Unit growth is expected in the Post Script team.