Adobe to acquire design platform Figma for $20 billion

Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe Systems Inc.David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesAdobe announced Thursday morning that it will acquire design software firm Figma in a deal worth about $20 billion in cash and stock.Figma, founded in 2012, creates cloud-based design software that allows teams to collaborate in real time. It competes head-to-head with Adobe’s XD program. Adobe said it will integrate some of the features from its other products, such as illustration, photography and video technology, into Figma’s platform. Adobe sells a range of software services for photo and video professionals, like Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro and more.”Adobe’s greatness has been rooted in our ability to create new categories and deliver cutting-edge technologies through organic innovation and inorganic acquisitions,” said Shantanu Narayen, chairman and CEO, Adobe. “The combination of Adobe and Figma is transformational and will accelerate our vision for collaborative creativity.”Once the deal closes, Figma founder and CEO Dylan Field will continue to run the company. He’ll report to David Wadhwani, president of Adobe’s digital media business.Shares of Adobe slid more than 8% in premarket trading on Thursday.This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.

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