Additionally, the Photoshop publisher gave guidance for the fourth quarter that essentially met analysts' growth targets.
Investors cheered the Thursday report, sending Adobe's stock up $2.71, or 8%, to $36.36 in recent after-hours trading.
In the quarter ended Sept. 1, Adobe earned $94.4 million, or 16 cents a share. In contrast, the company earned $144.9 million, or 29 cents a share, in the year-ago period.Thanks in part to the company's acquisition of Macromedia -- whose results weren't included in the year-ago results -- Adobe's sales jumped 21.7% to $579.2 million. Excluding options, amortization and certain other costs, Adobe would have earned 29 cents a share, compared with 31 cents a share last year. On this basis, analysts polled by Thomson First Call were expecting the company to earn 26 cents a share on sales of $595.1 million. Adobe's