Lotus Logs On As An Adobe Ally

Adobe Systems Inc. knows that one big success doesn't guarantee anything--at least not in the computer business. Its PostScript program is used in most laser printers, but a related program called Adobe Type Manager has not fared so well. Type Manager manipulates characters on a screen the way PostScript handles them on a printer, thus guaranteeing that what's on the screen will match what is printed. Adobe's problem is that Microsoft Corp., whose MS-DOS program is the core software in most PCs, has a competing product. Its type-manager program will be included in Windows 3.1, the next version of its popular graphical user-interface program.

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