Digital Concepts Design

Convert Freehand 11 to Illustrator CS2?
January 29, 2007, 8:45 pm
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FreehandMacromedia (recently purchased by Adobe) Freehand has long been the underdog in the vector graphics battle. Illustrator has always been the favorite, given its ease of compatibility with Photoshop and the other part of the Adobe triumvirate (which used to be Pagemaker, now InDesign.)

My employer has recently upgraded to Macromedia Studio 8, in the new version, Freehand is no longer included. While we own Macromedia Studio MX, the older version’s cd has gone missing.

Normally this wouldn’t be a problem, since I normally use Illustrator for everything, however, one of the companies we advertise (AT&T Yellow Pages!!!) with has shown an inability to properly handle Illustrator AI, EPS, or even PDF files. Since their designers use Freehand 10, and since I’ve lost my copy, I needed a quick way of converting just for the week, until the graphics community can convince them to switch…

After spending time at, searching the web etc for a way to convert files back and forth between Freehand and Illustrator, I found a fairly elegant solution: Install a trial version of Freehand MX till I find the original CDs.

Adobe still has a trial version of Macromedia Freehand MX software available for download at This is only a 30-day trial, so, for the long run I’ll have to hunt down the CDs!


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