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:(

Looks like what we've all suspected related to Freehand is coming true: Adobe Writes Freehand Obituary

Another great vector drawing program bites the dust. Sigh. Freehand and Corel Draw were always "1A" and "1B" in my own list of software, with Illustrator a distant third. I suppose in 2-3 years Corel Draw will bite the dust too. Then I'll have to re-double my efforts to learn SketchUp.... ;)
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Sad news indeed for all those who invested in Freehand.

I agree with you Illustrator was not my initial choice (Corel was). But I moved to Illustrator to make use of MapPublisher (good thing I did not move to the Freehand - MapPublisher combo). Still have CorelDraw 9 hanging around.
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Surprise surprise...

Not really, I think everybody pretty much expected this to happen...
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Well, that will certainly make it easier to sell the move from Freehand to Illustrator to my cartographers! I suspected that was going to happen. I'm glad I waited with the upgrade any way as it sounds like CS3 has incorporated some FH festures.

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I recall using Freehand many years ago. I am going to miss having worthy competitors to Illustrator around.

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Wow, Jerry Falwell and Freehand on the same day. :P

We've been transitioning files slowly from FH11 to AI CS2, so for a couple months I was dong everythign in AI. recently I;ve been going back and working in FH11 and man do I miss the speed and the intuitive way FH worked. And FH11 is buggier yet than FH9...

This all feels like a long downward slope to me right now. I know each new permutation was more powerful, but working in them just keeps feeling draggier.... I hope CS3 starts the upward incline.

Ah well. Back to the salt miines.


RIP, Freehand.

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It would be so cool if Freehand could be made into an open source project.

Unlikely as a polar bear drinking coke, but one can always dream.

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Wow.

It´s been "anticipated" for years, MX wasn´t really helping in giving FH a decent reputation.
But sad it remains. Sad days, indeed.

Where can I find out more about CS3?

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Adobe Illustrator CS3 - Web Site

Don't forget about other options too..... ;)

Corel Draw (with Freehand history, CD is EASILY the best vector drawing program on the marketplace, in my opinion. Corel Draw

Inkscape - Web Site

I'm sure AI CS3 will be another step forward from CS2. I'm just sad that Adobe is driving-off a LOT of quality competitors and is becoming another "Microsoft." Congratulations to them though for having a HIGHLY successful business model!
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