When Adobe merged with Macromedia, many were wondering what would happen to FreeHand. Adobe may not realize what a gem they have in this versatile program. They did release a migration guide from FreeHand to Illustrator, giving us more questions. The purpose of this page is to show your support for FreeHand, a vector application many of us use daily for everything, from logos to page layout to Flash animation. Please leave your comments to show support, also your feature requests for Adobe, for the next version of FreeHand.

Adobe Illustrator users, please understand we all have respect for each other. FreeHand users just want a chance to have their program survive. Any explicit remarks will be removed.

The page is not accepting any more comments. I will leave the page up for FreeHand users that want to review the page. Although FreeHand didn't survive the merger, we let Adobe know our concerns and maybe our favorite features will be in Illustrator.
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Name: Riccardo
Email:matas@libero.it
Location: RIMINI, IT RIMINI
Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 12:29:42
Comments:
Ho lavorato sempre con freehand, dalla vesione 3 alla 11, quando Adobe ha comprato Macromedia ho sentito subito nell'aria "puzza di bruciato", quello che non hanno saputo eguagliare come semplicità, leggerezza e potenza hanno deciso di comprarlo per eliminarlo. è un vero schifo!

Name: Luana Sasselli
Email:luana@alphaservice.biz
Location: Cesena , FC Italia
Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 12:23:19
Comments:
Non fatelo nemmeno per scherzo!! W FreeHand!

Name:Davide Pettani
Email:davide@pettanick.net
Location: Milan, ItalyDate: Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 12:19:51
Comments:
Ho una proposta: Inkscape. Se proprio dobbiamo migrare non diamo soldi ad Adobe.

Name: silvia sansoni
Email:bubina1@hotmail.it
Location: forlì, italy italy
Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 09:53:41
Comments:
freehand non deve morire

Name: Anna Morini
Email:info@seristar.it
Location: FORLI', ITALIA
Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 09:19:58
Comments:
Senza freehand si perdono funzioni indispensabili per chi si occupa di prestampa serigrafica!

Name: Davide Bodano
Email:d.bodano@playteam.com
Location: Milano, ItalyDate: Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 09:07:50
Comments:
Vi supplico salviamo freehand, non fatemi lavorare con illustrator!!!! Ma vogliamo mettere gli shortcut da tastiera di freehand con quelli di illustrator... I love freehand

Name: Vale
Email:rimastiella2000@yahoo.it
Location: Forlì, ITALY ITALY
Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 06:36:21
Comments:
Ma vaff... an... guuuuulo!!! Non ci provate neanche a eliminare freehand...

Name:Licínio Sousa
Email:licinio.sousa@gmail.com
Location: Lisboa, Portugal
Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 06:23:19
Comments:
Illustrator para illustrar, Freehand para o resto. E não... não preciso do inDesign para um diptico. Illustrator for illustration, freehand for the rest. And no... I don't need inDesign for a two page leaflet.

Name:Luca Rosaldi
Email:grafica@publione.it
Location: Forlì, FC Italy
Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 04:18:27
Comments:
FreeHand is undoubtly the most intuitive software for Press Design, and a very useful tool for Web Design as well. Though Illustrator is a powerful tool due to its effects, transparencies and interaction with Adobe Creative Suite, it just lacks FH's simplicity and versatility. If I had to choose between a "FreeHand"ed Illustrator and a "Illustrator"ed FreeHand, I'd definitely choose the latter. So put Illustrator's power features into FreeHand and release FREEHAND CS3!!! (Dammit)

Name: diana minghetti
Email:d.minghetti@meetingpacket.com
Location: forlì, italy
Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 02:55:44
Comments:
The reason for abandoning FreeHand are beyond my understanding: in my Company everybody, even the least experienced mac user has learnt the software basics and we use for everything, from information sheet to graphics. My staff and me we do not want to use another software!!!!

Name: Federico Stigliano
Email:fedestigliano@yahoo.com
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 02:22:04
Comments:
Salvemos Freehand! Que programa puede reemplazar un programa tan completo como Freehand? Es increible...

Name: richi
Email:trexpark@yahoo.com
México
Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 16:51:07
Comments:
I am sad and also angry for that unfortunate decision from Adobe. FreeHand is a very powerful tool that has many features Illustrator doesn't. Just to mention a few, the extra tools and extra operations, multipage capabilities working with vectors is easer, more intuitive and also more powerful, in FreeHand you can align, rotate and scale nodes, the star and poligon tool is better, joinig and unjoining, grouping and ungrouping, working with large amount of text, flowing text inside paths or around shapes, customizing toolbars, working with color... again: just to mention a few. Adobe: bring back FreeHand or include all these better capabilities of FreeHand in Illustrator.

Name: Giuseppe Roccasanta
Email:joe@holystone.it
Location: ARTEGNA, UD ITALY
Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 16:38:21
Comments:
God save FreeHand

Name:Daniele Ghetti
Email:daniele@stargrafic.com
Location: Forlì, Italy
Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 12:53:58
Comments:
Save Freehand... please

Name: Paolo
Email:info@paolodeluca.it
Location: Napoli, ItalyDate: Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 12:30:56
Comments:
FREEHAND non deve morire!!! Lo conosco dalla versione 3.0 é un amico mio... FREEHAND MY FRIEND

Name: nicoletta conficconi
Email:nicoletta@fronteretro.com
Location: forlì, italiaDate: Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 12:12:47
Comments:
Non distruggete anni di vita di noi GRAFICI!!!!! Freehand deve vivere!!!! Per favore pensate bene alle conseguenze sul nostro lavoro!!!! DATE VITA A FREEHAND!!!!!

Name: carlo
Email:rugnorugno@libero.it
Location: forlì, ITDate: Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 11:43:55
Comments:
FREEHAND n. 1

Name: Jing de Egurrola
Email:nighthawk@linuxwaves.com
Location: Cebu City, Philippines
Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 05:43:18
Comments:
Freehand gets a new lease on life

Name: Silvio
Location: Zürich, Switzerland
Date: Monday, May 21, 2007 at 09:48:12
Comments:
Don't forget to sign: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/freehandmustlive/

Name: sick ill
Date: Monday, May 21, 2007 at 08:11:42
Comments:
i have to test it, but i think after all this program is that one what i am looking for. i am a freehand user, believe me. i dont want to sell any of this products i just trying to help you. and i will for sure not change to illustrator. either xara xtreme pro or canvas... http://www.deneba.com/products/canvas9/user_comments.html

Name: everything
Date: Monday, May 21, 2007 at 07:59:21
Comments:
hello,i just check out the canvas 9 software. if you are one of those who are looking for a software what you can use in future than just check out canvas and the features... http://www.deneba.com/products/canvas9/cv9Pro_keyfeatures.html http://www.deneba.com/products/canvas9/comparison.html

Name:Paolo Domeniconi
Email:domeniconi@domeniconi.it
Location: Modena, ItalyDate: Monday, May 21, 2007 at 05:54:26
Comments:
Freehand is the best vector program, don't kill it!

Name: anita
Email:i_deaplatonica@libero.it
Location: bologna, italy
Date: Monday, May 21, 2007 at 05:46:44
Comments:
it's easy... all you need is freehand, all you need is freehand, all you need is freehand, freehand, freehand is all you need...

Name: Alessio Niccolai
Email:a.niccolai@hotmail.it
Location: Guardistallo, Italy
Date: Monday, May 21, 2007 at 05:46:19
Comments:
God save Free Hand...

Name: Alessio Niccolai
Email:a.niccolai@hotmail.it
Location: Guardistallo, Italy
Date: Monday, May 21, 2007 at 05:36:55
Comments:
My first love... Free Hand back... I miss you...

Name: ALDO MARIA WEBE
Email:aldomariaweber@virgilio.it
Location: NAPOLI, 80100 ITALIA
Date: Monday, May 21, 2007 at 04:00:15
Comments:
Per favore continuate a proddure il Free Hand altrimenti lasciate disoccuopati parecchoe migliaia di grafici e le scuole di formazione che fanno i corsi dove si impara ad usare il vostro programma. Se non volete produrer nuove versioni continuatea commercializzare la vecchia. Grazie! Aldo

Name:Riccardo
Email:xriccardo@yahoo.it
Sardegna Italia
Date: Monday, May 21, 2007 at 03:57:32
Comments:
uso freehand da quando ancora era della aldus, forse dalla versione 4, ho provato 1000 volte i vari corel draw e/o illustrator, ma mi sembrano pessime alternative. ma vi rendete conto che con illustrator non si possono fare documenti di + pagine? W FREEHAND

Name:Andrea Restello
Email:andrea.restello@gmail.com
Location: Villafranca Padovana, Padova Italia
Date: Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 10:12:55
Comments:
Long life to FH

Name: Rüben
Email:ruben@nsg.ch
Location: Lugano, Switzerland
Date: Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 03:31:14
Comments:
No FreeHand? STOP to buy ADOBE products!!!!!!!!!

Name:Max Avallone
Email:info@skymax.it
Location: Carrara, MS Italia
Date: Friday, May 18, 2007 at 19:37:04
Comments:
Avete comprato e venduto Freehand già una volta. Fatelo anche adesso anziché ucciderlo.

Name:Anna Laura Bachini
Email:annalaura@bachinigraficadesign.it
Location: livorno, italy italy
Date: Friday, May 18, 2007 at 14:08:01
Comments:
DON'T TOUCH MY FREEHAND!!!!

Name: Stefano Seghetti
Email:sawyer@interfree.it
Location: Livorno, Italy
Date: Friday, May 18, 2007 at 12:55:51
Comments:
Perdiamo il programma di grafica vettoriale più semplice e completo. Avevamo invece bisogno di un suo aggiornamento. Avremmo continuato ad acquistarlo, anche oltre la Suite. Pessima mossa Adobe!

Name: emanuele
Email:emanueleallavena@gmail.com
Location: ROme, Italy Italy
Date: Friday, May 18, 2007 at 12:21:55
Comments:
I'm Adobe beta-tester: CS3 design premium is unacceptable!!! I prefer CorelDraw for MAC

Name: Joao Freire
Portugal
Date: Friday, May 18, 2007 at 12:21:28
Comments:
Freehand is just essential to me - I just can't live with just one page per document! It's claustrophobic...

Name: Michelle Ruffieux
Email:info@blushdesign.com
Location: Alvechurch, England
Date: Friday, May 18, 2007 at 09:54:49
Comments:
I have used Freehand the whole of my career and will miss it dreadfully! Please, please, please don't let us lose what in my opinion by far the best package available.

Name: mark
Date: Friday, May 18, 2007 at 09:25:35
Comments:
Illustrators might like illustrator, but designers want a FreeHand...

Name: freehand forever
Date: Friday, May 18, 2007 at 07:47:13
Comments:
So here comes the ultimate report and guideline for all disappointed freehand users. First of all. F. adobe has decide to kill freehand and this is official now. http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/2007/05/freehand_no_lon.html We as the set up freehand users should help the guys from inkscape to create something like freehand. We and all other costumers will enjoy living wihtout a monopoly. Where companies are bringing pressure on you and force you to do something you don't want. And all just because freehand was a better program. Adobe is forcing us to spent time for searching for a replacement, investing time to learn a new workflow and they give a censored about us freehand users. I would like to kick this bastards asses. That's what I feel. This whole deal with buying macromedia was the biggest monopoly cheat ever. I don't understand that the American government is not protecting their costumers from monopoly. If you are a freehand user and you are full of anger now, than just do the right thing and switch to another graphic programm but not to illustrator. Or just stay to freehand till a new replacement comes up on the market. I testet quickly this programms for you. If you like to be punished, cheated and set up, than switch to illustrator and become one of the killers of freehand. Adobe illustrator cs3 is so clumsy and nothing changed to good in cs3. No new invetion. The becir drawing tool got easier (they copy it from freehand. Some guys are thinking at adobe. I never thought it). The clipping mask is such an complicated crap and why I have to change always the filling of the mask? Also selecting and moving things inside a mask is a painfull job. Selecting stuff is at all not that easy as in FH. The only good and nice thing on illustrator are the brush tools. Everything else you have in freehand and its much intuitive, more powerfull and easier to use. Yes and you have to work with indesign because adobe things that's a good workflow. In illustrator you don't have multi pages or masterpages and therefore you can just illustrate and not finish a complete layout job in one programm, including illustrations, grafik, logo... All the work you have done in one programm you must split in two programms. That's a superb invention in cs3 adobe, bravo! After all I must say the possibilities of illustrator cs3 are not compareable with freehand. Maybe in one year cs4 will have all this benefits from freehand, but till then I am still with freehand. Thank god that you can open freehand files in illustrator now, so I must not be scared that you cannot open the files anymore in 2 or 3 years. In the end its gives us time to wait and look at the marked for a replacement of freehand. This inventions was possibly the best thing they could do for us freehand users. THAT MEANS WE HAVE TIME AND MUST NOT SWITCH TO ILLUSTRATOR. F... you adobe! The only migration guide to illustrator is not to use it. On the market I found this four big players which can compare with freehand (more than less...) INKSCAPE http://www.inkscape.org/ Very intuitive but not enough functions. Also the color tool wasn't that impressing. I hope really this programme will rise and become a powerfull tool. This would be so healthy for this monopoly market and especially if you see at the price list from adobe. Write inkscape and make them a powerfull grafik tool. We all can change this open source programm. Wouldn't be great! adobe would screem the censored out of their stupid faces if we would change it to a big player on the market. We are the set up guys and adobe should feel our anger. A nice way to say thank you to adobe. COREL DRAW http://www.corel.com/index.html?reset=1 You can do everything with this tool. Its cheap, good and stabil. The multi pages are splitet from each other, you cannot make multiple page sizes and it has not the text tools like freehand had. For designing logos, grafix or anything else its perfect. Nice drawing tool, very intuitive and same kind like in freehand. Poor color tool. I need to change a color all over the dokument by on click or just changing one color. Therefore and here we come to it.... xara xtreme pro is for my needs the better solution... XARA XTREME PRO http://www.xara.com/products/xtreme/features.asp?t= I test it out and I am so impressed by the tools and possibilities. Multiple pages! Its like freehand with a indesign inside. Fluid text from box to box. I couldn't test it out because I just had the no pro test version. It's the fastest grafik software on the market. Full control over colors (name a color, change it and it will be change on the whole document). You can work and change bitmaps inside this programms. So, for small changes you must not switch to a photo software. What I don't liked are the many windows on your desk and how they manage to organize them on your computer. This software should really be one of the big players, because it can do everything you need for professional design work. So out of this softwares it would be the best one if you want to switch now. MICROSOFT EXPRESSION (DESIGN) http://www.microsoft.com/expression/default.aspx I am really curious whats coming from Microsoft. If this software will handle bitmap and vector in one, switch automaticly the interface. I think I will wait and go for this powerfull software. This is the future in design in my opinion. And it will be also available for macs. I download the intro movie and I am really impressed by the features. The brush tool looks gourgeous. I cannot wait till its out. i just saw the intro and dont download the trial version. This could be really a big thing and an escape from the adobe monopoly. And I am pretty sure that it will work fast. Its from Microsoft and who could it better optimize for Microsoft system than them. Hopefully they thought also about multiple pages, masterpages, styles, and copy inside. It should come out on the market this year. They are late, so maybe they just improved it and use the chance to make it also similar to freehand and censored adobe. I would switch with a big smile in my face. i will download the trial version next week. i will write you about it next time. I decide to let freehand running and working with it for the next 2-3 years for sure. I must not update to a higher system. I thing windows xp is running stabil also the mac system. So why change? Why destroying my workflow and learning another poor software, which cannot give me the possibilities I have still with freehand. Changing now would mean to change to a graphic tool what cannot support my quick workflow. During the next 3 years I will look out on the market and search for an replacement. I will look how the other software companies develop their products and hope they will bring them closer to freehand. If I should switch now, than I would choose xara extreme pro. It has actually all I need and has also some new tools what freehand don't had, but its still not a perfect replacement. And we must not speak about the price (199$). Hope I could help you guys. Stay cool, don't get in panic and don't get fucked by adobe.

Name: Valeria G.
Location: Catania,Date: Friday, May 18, 2007 at 05:34:23
Comments:

Name: Donatella Calistri
Email:dodigna@hotmail.com
Location: London, UKDate: Friday, May 18, 2007 at 05:25:41
Comments:
As many designers do I find Freehand a foundamental tool for the creation of my layouts. I do a lot of large scale drawings, some very technical where precision is paramount. As many designers I have had to be vesatile and together with freehand I use a lot of indesign, photoshop and, yes, illustrator. I have, for a couple of years now, been trying to give illustartor the benefit of the doubt and set to learn it as best as I could and use it as often as I could. The result is that I am still using freehand for the majority of my work. I often have to do things in freehand and bring them back in illustrator or in-design simply because attempting the same achievements with adobe would involve incredible efforts of time and, often lousy results. I have not upgraded to a new intel mac yet just in fear of how my freehand will perform, I have no intention to abandoning freehand for as long as I can. Something for apple to think about.... Multipages documents, allignment to the fraction of the millimiter, versatility with others (freehand cut and paste better into indesign then his own companion illustrator!), Paste into action (so simple yet so important), without having the content interfering, pathwork (punch, union, why illustrator has to be so impossible with it?), point allignment, facility of tab use with text formatting and so many more... ah lets not forget speed! Illustrator takes longer to do anything and saving often involves a walk an a coffee break . Give freehand a step and repeat action and I will even ditch indesign! The day adobe will show an illustrator whose performance match or surpass freehand will be the day I will consider it back. ps: I started my design career using illustrator, once I stumbled against freehand I never looked back, it's an idiot proof program, even the interface is self explanatory. Good luck freehand users I hope adobe will realize they can't lose out with freehand, infact they gained an incredible power tool! They only reason illustrator is more popular is the abundant media back-up adobe supported each release. Do the same for freehand and you will find your sales will speak for it-self.. I am talking about all the people still using garbage like coral draw (and there are many!), sign lab, etc. Do give it at least a chance.

Name: carmy
Email:carmy@signorello.191.it
Location: catania, sicilia italy
Date: Friday, May 18, 2007 at 04:59:26
Comments:
lavoro in freehand dal lontano 1991. sostengo questo programma per la semplicità di utilizzo e l'immediatezza della sua interfaccia. Non me lo togliete.

Name: Ben
Email:rigor@macnews.de
Germany
Date: Friday, May 18, 2007 at 04:57:27
Comments:
FREEHAND must live! Illu must grow!

Name: Ed
Singapore
Date: Friday, May 18, 2007 at 04:43:24
Comments:
Although Singapore is just a micro small market as compared to the likes of USA, Europe etc. The vast majority of DTP, Graphic, and Advertising agencies rely on FH for day to day work. Killing off FH and expecting everyone to switch to AI is quite a harebrained idea. Imagine the time and effort needed to re train everyone to AI. As everyone would know, we simple cannot afford that much time to relearn again.

Name:Fabio Moretti
Email:f.moretti@capolinea.it
Location: Jesi, An Italy
Date: Friday, May 18, 2007 at 04:25:30
Comments:
intorno al 1990 comparavo FreeHand2 a Illustrator2: ad oggi il miglior programma per visual designer resta FreeHand (nelle versioni 8 "la mitica", 10 "la necessaria") la Adobe non ha mai azzeccato una scelta (ricordatevi l'acquisizione di Page Maker dalla Aldus, snobbando e "regalando" Free Hand alla Macromedia, da cui ha ricavato Flash...) Se non si impara dagli errori del passato siamo destinati a non avere futuro

Name: antonio N
Location: Napoli, Italy
Date: Friday, May 18, 2007 at 04:08:11
Comments:
Please Please, keep developing and supporting Freehand!

Name: kotazzu
Email:info@kotazzu.it
italy
Date: Friday, May 18, 2007 at 04:06:54
Comments:
Dont'drop Freehand. It produces bautiful works. It works.

Name:carlo
Email:carlo@casaranosport.it
Location: casarano, italy puglia
Date: Friday, May 18, 2007 at 04:06:15
Comments:
dopo 15anni che uso solo freehand non lo sostituirò con nessun alro programma F r e e h a n d F O R E V E R F r e e h a n d F O R E V E R F r e e h a n d F O R E V E R F r e e h a n d F O R E V E R F r e e h a n d F O R E V E R F r e e h andF O R E V E R F r e e h a n d F O R E V E R F r e e h a n d F O R E V E R F r e e h a n d F O R E V E R F r e e h a n d F O R E V E R F r e e h a n d F O R E V E R F r e e h a n d F O R E V E R

Name: Erik
Location: Torino, Italy
Date: Friday, May 18, 2007 at 04:04:37
Comments:
I hope in Xara Extreme for Mac... Win user are lucky, go to Xara... Illustrator suck|!

Name: Paolo
Email:butturinip@yahoo.it
Location: Verona, Italy Pescantina
Date: Friday, May 18, 2007 at 03:58:32
Comments:
Adobe... si proprio dei pursei...

Name: Massimo
Location: Castel Maggiore, Bologna Italy
Date: Friday, May 18, 2007 at 03:28:20
Comments:
Non credo ci sia nessun professionista che abbia il coraggio di affermare che ILLUSTRATOR sia superiore a FREEHAND. La ADOBE superava la MACROMEDIA solo ed esclusivamente in un software: PHOTOSHOP! Per il resto gli sviluppatori web e i grafici amavano molto le potenzialità di programmi come DREAMW. FLASH e non meno FREEHAND. Non fate lo sbaglio del secolo. CONTINUATE A SUPPORTARE FREEHAND!!!

Name: max
Email:shaman@sis.it
Location: verona, Italy ITALY
Date: Friday, May 18, 2007 at 03:04:35
Comments:
Tanto di cappello ad Adobe per un programma quale Photoshop... L'affondamento di Freehand sarà anche inevitabile ma resta pur sempre un programma potente e snello. Mi dispiace che Adobe abbia acquisito la Macromedia perchè ora le GUI saranno sempre più pesanti, rendendo i programmi meno pratici/piacevoli nell'utilizzo.

Name:Andrew Arnold
Location: Munich, Germany
Date: Friday, May 18, 2007 at 00:31:02
Comments:
I've tried Illustrator and hate it. Indesign is not bad. But Freehand still has no competitor...

Name:Harald Szekely
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date: Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 20:35:18
Comments:
Used Freehand since 15 Years now, tried Illustrator many times. Can't work properly with it. I definately need Freehand, it's close to perfect. Please don't force us to use that crappy Illustrator! You'd kill my creativity!

Name:dk-wamp di FREE.IT.ENKEY
Email:dkwamp@online.hr
Location: italy, itDate: Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 19:15:56
Comments:
Freehand morto? non posso crederci.. per la nostra comunità eri tutto! http://groups.google.it/groups?hl=it&q=freehand%20free.it.enkey&btnG=Cerca+con+Google&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&um=1&sa=N&tab=wg adobe mi fa schifo.. photoshop fa schifo.. illustrator fa schifo.. vaffanculo adobe!

Name:thomas scherer
Email:contact@schererdesign.com
Location: cham, bayern deutschland
Date: Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 18:13:31
Comments:
illustrator is no alternative for me!

Name: KVman
Email:lsa73@yahoo.com
Location: São Paulo, SP Brasil
Date: Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 18:03:14
Comments:
I Think i will use the MX untill rosetta keep its working ! Think about the fh9 its have 10 years and do the works to !! Adobe Ilustrator never - never , i will use some opensource or Canvas !

Name: Peter Sanders
Email:pete@rapunzel.op
Location: Vienna,Date: Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 15:31:22
Comments:
FreeHand officially dead. http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/2007/05/freehand_no_lon.html Give them censored.

Name: Herbman
Location: Hannover, Germany
Date: Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 13:21:42
Comments:
I love FreeHand since 1989. 18 years of productivity.

Name: Marco
Email:marco-julio@gmx.de
Location: Bochum, Germany
Date: Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 12:28:16
Comments:
update Freehand!!!

Name:Thomas Rohde
Email:tom@bonobo.com
Location: Bispingen, n/a Germany
Date: Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 11:42:29
Comments:
Not many words here, just this: PLEASE keep on (or better begin) developing FH further.

Name: kux
Location: zurich, switzerland
Date: Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 11:10:21
Comments:
adobe muss dum sein. in all diesen jahren, brauchen sie immer noch 2 verschiedene werkzeuge um bezierpunkte zu bearbeiten. freehand ist in diesem punkt einfach unschlagbar. i love freehand. adobe, shame on you.

Name: R. Mell
Germany
Date: Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 09:27:21
Comments:
I totally agree with B. Thompson. I´m also a professional illustrator and graphicist for 10 years. For most of my jobs I use Freehand because of less time and to adhere to deadlines. Sorry to say but CS3 gives me another disappointment in points like performance on PPC G5 and easy to use feelings. I´ll stay with CS2 and Freehand.

Name: Harald Köhler
Email:koehler@buero25.com
Location: Herrieden, Deutschland
Date: Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 08:51:45
Comments:
We love Freehand! It's the best Illustrating Product on the market! And it must not die!!!!!!!

Name: Girth
Email:girth@mac.com
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 18:59:18
Comments:
I wish Apple had bought Macromedia. I had a nightmare today, I had to reinstall Freehand MX ver 11.0.0. on my work Mac. I went here - http://www.adobe.com/support/freehand/updaters.html - to download the latest update. I found that before I could use the available 11.0.2 download, I'd need the 11.01 which you have to call tech support for... they told me I'd need to ring customer support, fair enough, so after an 11 minute wait I get through to a guy that is unable to tell me where I can download the update, isn't able to send me one because they are unavailable and the best advice he could offer was to do a google search for it. Moron. If anyone knows where I can get it please let me know. IMHO - Freehand is the best solution for creating any mixed vector and bitmap multipage document under 20 pages. I still use it every day. It is in desperate need of an update tho. I'd personally like to see better handling of large imported images. I've had to use Illustrator through work since version 5.5 to CS2 but Illustrator has far too many features that I'll never need, makes bloated files, It's selection technique is frustrating and it's alignment tools are a joke especially, when dealing with objects in a clipping mask. It just feels so sluggish compared to freehand. We'll be getting CS3 in a couple of weeks I hope it's an improvement of the basic features and not just more gimmicks that appeal to a very small percentage of users. just my $0.02.

Name: romar
Email:romar@softhome.net
Morocco
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 08:02:50
Comments:
Save Freehand. Adobe, make a Freehand Illustrator CS3 if you dare, but save it. FH make too many great things, he could'n die. We all LOVE YOU for Photoshop, don't push us to HATE YOU for Freehand.

Name: kill ill
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 06:36:12
Comments:
i am not making comercials for other brands, i am just staying in the corner with freehand and the decision from adobe. what should i do if i cannot upgrade to higher systems? i will try every other possibility but not illustrator. this should every freehand user do and be loyal to freehand and not the killers of it.

Name: kill ill
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 06:31:45
Comments:
i am a freehand user, but i have to check out another tool for the future so i decide to switch to anything else but not illustrator. amazing tools on xara and amazing cheap. http://www.xara.com or check out the features direct. http://www.xara.com/products/xtreme/features.asp?t=

Name: kill ill
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 06:16:48
Comments:
dont use illustrator. there are also other grafik software. Xara X, Deneba Canvas, Paint Shop Pro, inkscape,...much cheaper and you have the possibility to say thank you to adobe for killing freehand...

Name: escape
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 06:11:55
Comments:
help inkscape to create a powerfull tool like freehand. dont think adobe will support freehand. they know freehand is better than illustrator. this lie they can take to ther grave, this f...... www.ínkscape.org

Name: B. Thompson
US
Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 13:40:37
Comments:
I've worked as a professional illustrator for 14 years, exclusively using FreeHand. Why? - Paste inside (what could be easier?) - Multiple pages (what could be easier?) - Simple, intuitive tools and the FASTEST bezier/point adjustment tools on earth (what could be easier?) The speed with which I can draw in FH is unmatched. I enjoy working quickly and my clients appreciate the fact that I can turn around work so quickly. That's why they return to me. AI is cumbersome and so unnecessarily complicated. Is this deliberate? I feel like I'm walking in quicksand whenever I attempt to use AI. Please don't ignore such a large marketshare (yes, large enough) of dedicated FH users.

Name: lara vitali designer
Email:info@esserelite.com
Location: Forlì, ItalyDate: Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 12:52:38
Comments:
Salviamo freehand .... l'unico vero programma per creativi

Name: Grant Jorgensen
Email:grant@jorgensendesign.com.au
Location: Adelaide, South Australia Australia
Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 08:03:48
Comments:
I've always found Adobe's software peaks at mediocrity, but Illustrator and InDesign are seriously poor apps when compared to Freehand. I know of no-one who for a moment thinks Adobe's apps are in any way an equivalent - hard to use, often illogical and very limited programs, that take twice as long to accomplish the same things we can do with ease in FreeHand, and the list of what InDesign can't do is bigger than what it can - an atrocious program. Freehand is clearly the superior - just re-issue it for the Intel Macs - it doesn't need any improvements. Adobe announced they would keep MacroMedia's clients happy - seems this was a lie.

Name:Jean-Yves
Email:studio@ive.fr
Location: Ponteves, Var France
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 06:47:21
Comments:
L'abandon de FreeHand est incroyable...certainement le logiciel le plus complet de sa cathégorie, le plus souple et le plus rapide...production et réactivité vont être pénalisées par ce passage obligatoire vers Illustrator et autres (car il faut plusieurs logiciels pour obtenir ce que réalise FreeHand)... La création en prend un coup aussi...Qui va financer la formation de 15 personnes de 25 à 50 ans ?...car il faut bien une formation pour que en un minimum de temps les gens soient aussi performants que sous FreeHand...sans compter le temps perdu à récupérer les anciens fichiers... La solution ? que Adobe intègre le meilleur d'Illustrator dans FreeHand...voilà

Name: Duch
Email:duch@eunet.yu
Srbija
Date: Friday, May 11, 2007 at 03:02:43
Comments:
There is nothing more to say. Anyway, whatever we do or say, Adobe is not going to make competiton to it own Illustrator by keeping FH alive(and so THE BEST vector softver will vanish from the face of the planet).SAD BUT TRUE!!

Name:Ferdi Zebua
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 12:21:49
Comments:
So long as we're collecting suggestions here, how about making the live raster effects print safe? Or at the very least fix 'em so that those ugly patches of seemingly jpeg-level-0.1-compressed artifacts disappear (example: use drop shadow on any object in front of another object; export the image as gif or jpeg and the object below looks slightly pixelated, but only at those parts overlapped by the drop shadow's gaussian blur) Other than that, I'd be happier with Illustrator if Adobe would just give it multipage capabilities. And live editing of rounded boxes. And stars. Intuitive layering and grouping. And... Aw heck; I'm too used to using Freehand. If I'm forced to switch I might as well go to... Inkscape.

Name: oshrit *
Email:oshrit@netvision.net.il
Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 05:28:16
Comments:
I use FH since day 1 Free the Hand.

Name: George Machen
Location: High Point, NC USA
Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at 16:45:48
Comments:
FreeHand feels like its user interface was developed by real-world designers who actually use it. Illustrator reeks of a user-hostile GUI controlled by ivory-tower programmers who don't care how cumbersome it is, and who ignore pleas to fix its shortcomings. Only one example of many: it took nearly a decade to get Adobe to put in some kind of select-through. And did Adobe adopt what they were asked to do, viz., a command key combination-click through? Oh no, only a difficult hierarchical Object menu item that won't select through objects directly on top of each other, but rather only through the random PostScript stacking order (useless!); and an unwieldy contextual menu item that does select through objects on top of each other, but everything first must be ungrouped or uncompounded before they will get selected, thus screwing up the reason they were grouped in the first place. Sheesh! Adobe just doesn't get it. Allowing programmers control over the GUI is like letting the fox rule the henhouse. GUIs should be designed by user interface experts subject to usability testing (SCREW focus groups!), and programmers should be mere order takers who do code, and only code! FreeHand is comparatively anarchy; it just works; a breath of fresh air!

Name:Christopher Adam
Email:adam@colibri.gr
Location: Thessaloniki, Greece
Date: Saturday, May 5, 2007 at 11:04:36
Comments:
I cannot even imagine myself using Illustrator after all these years. I hate Illustrator. Really I don't believe that people from Adobe will upgrade this simple and fantastic programme. But I'll not beg them. I've already done this for their programmes and they just don't care... Let's see Adobe to play Monopoly now. PS: Where are these people from Altsys, what they are thinking now?

Name: the others
Date: Friday, May 4, 2007 at 08:30:59
Comments:
we can write much as we want. if we want change something than we must act. i agree with other people here and i will not buy adobe products till a new freehand version is out. thats the only way to change something. adobe must feel freehand users force.

Name: Magali Babey
Email:magali@polygone.ch
Location: La Chaux-de-Fonds, SuisseDate: Friday, May 4, 2007 at 03:55:14
Comments:
A choisir, normalement on garde le meilleur... Et le meilleur, c'est FREEHAND! Dans l'histoire des décisions idiotes, celle-ci mérite une médaille. On veut les noms des Nobels qui l'ont prise !

Name:Kelter
Location: New Hope, PA USA
Date: Thursday, May 3, 2007 at 08:18:38
Comments:
It still makes me sad to see a program that I've used for over 20 years get tossed aside by Adobe. Bah.. bring it back :(

Name:henry
Email:temp@comeload.com
Location: Hong Kong, -- China
Date: Thursday, May 3, 2007 at 01:15:11
Comments:
Sorry about my english ! Freehand's benefit: 1) Align vector point 2) Snap object and point accurately 3) Round rectangle live edit 4) Better selection (in orderly) 5) Output clearly (show used color; won't mix with RGB) 6) Replace color easily and efficiency (Drag into color list) 7) Become one object when "Paste inside" 8) HLS color selector (Good for web) 9) Align with "Locked & Unlocked object" (keep in postion) 10) Fully support with Flash (Copy and paste) 11) Multi-pages 12) Able move object by input X Y value 13) Live edit for star shap 14) Able to show overprint object 15) 3D rotate ai should learn from that !

Name: Jonathan Guevara
Email:jon@fusiondmg.com
Location: Williamsville, NY United States
Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at 17:30:16
Comments:
Freehand MX is far more intuitive than even CS3 is today, and its multi-page layout capabilities alone make it so much more practical than illustrator in a variety of situations.

Name: Robert Edwards
Email:rob@kaisermarketing.com
Location: Los Angeles, ca USA
Date: Monday, April 30, 2007 at 02:46:42
Comments:
Being somewhat forced to work in Illustrator and Indesign disappoints me and others I know greatly. Apparently Adobe doesn't realize that Freehand has many, many, many superior features and a vastly more intuitive and streamlined interface. I have used Freehand for many years. I am certainly an expert. I have many designers and production people under my charge who are experts in Illustrator and Indesign who are constantly confused and unable to accomplish things I can do in seconds with FH. Illustrator and InDesign suffer mostly from an interface that has NOT been streamlined and made more logical and intuitive. The interface design and approach has been virtually unchanged. Aside from the many useful features Freehand has, you can literally count the clicks it takes to accomplish many tasks and many times Illustrator takes TWICE as many. I expect programs to become more intuitive and more logical and more streamlined as time goes on, but sadly this is not the case with Adobe's Illustrator and InDesign. Hopefully someone there takes a look at Freehand and realizes what a well written and highly efficient professional tool it is.

Name: George
Email:torrentitalia@spambob.com
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 05:41:12
Comments:
i want my freehand back

Name: Andrew Lee-Gough
Email:andrew@abeldrew.co.uk
Location: Milton Keynes, ENGLAND
Date: Friday, April 27, 2007 at 10:54:31
Comments:
It is a great tool, and fills a unique place in the Adobe world

Name:Carlo Raffaelli
Email:posta@carloraffaelli.com
Location: Pisa, Italy
Date: Friday, April 27, 2007 at 10:17:14
Comments:
FreeHand is the best vector tool ever!

Name:Hannes Kölbersberger
Email:hannes@wave.at
Location: Innsbruck, Austria
Date: Friday, April 27, 2007 at 08:06:29
Comments:
Thank you Adobe for killing FreeHand. It nearly clear that you would kill Freehand for making Illustrator the only choice. But Illustrator isn't usable for documents with thousand of objects and it's nowhere near than intuitive. I've been using FreeHand since version 3.0 and it's the only choice for a cartographer... Bring back FreeHand! Bye Hannes

Name: Jaime Silva
Email:jaimesilva00(at)hotmail.com
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Date: Friday, April 27, 2007 at 05:12:36
Comments:
I use Freehand for many years and would like to keep using it for many more. I'm not going to start using illlustrator now. Keep Freehand alive !!

Name: brett
Location: oxnard, ca usa
Date: Friday, April 27, 2007 at 03:59:35
Comments:
I started out using Adobe 88 and went with Adobe until I was introduced to Freehand, Wow what a better program. Since then I only used Freehand, period! I am amazed that people use pc's over macs to begin with and I am even more amazed that people use Adobe Ill over Freehand. I keep one of my computers on os 9.2 so I will still be able to enjoy the true Freehand capabilities. This is not a problem because I can still make perfect pdfs with distiller or eps files with no problem. Freehand is a perfect program, why are they trying to screw it up and even discontinue it. Fire the CEO! He is an idiot!

Name: J.F.
Date: Thursday, April 26, 2007 at 19:07:19
Comments:
Freehand is so much better than any other program. It's far more easy to handle intuitively. For me it's a bit like Macromedia was the Mac, and Adobe the PC, now that they've merged, I hope Adobe can incorporate Macromedia's intuitive easy way to use the programs!

Name: Lisa D. M
Canada
Date: Thursday, April 26, 2007 at 12:53:21
Comments:
I hope that Adobe intends to keep freehand as a product. I am a huge freehand user. I am not liking the monopoly that adobe has over the graphic design industry forcing our industry to use the original suite of adobe products. It is nice for designers to have a choice in the software we choose to work with and not to be forced into using only one Product line. Adobe has great products, don't get me wrong. But I do not like illustrator one bit. And feel that we should have some selection. KEEP FREEHAND ALIVE.

Name: Ebru Sezgi
Email:e_magics@yahoo.com
Location: Istanbul, Nisantasi, Turkey
Date: Thursday, April 26, 2007 at 11:08:05
Comments:
DON'T TOUCH MY FREEHAND!!!!

Name:Murat Sezer
Email:murat@turuncuadam.com
Location: istanbul, Turkey
Date: Thursday, April 26, 2007 at 05:56:33
Comments:
only Freehand, always Freehand, certainly Freehand, ever Freehand.....

Name:Kaan Kocakoglu
Email:kaan69@gmail.com
Location: Ankara, Turkey
Date: Thursday, April 26, 2007 at 01:29:09
Comments:
Forever FreeHand!

Name: Emre
Email:idaciturk@gmail.com
Location: Izmir, TURKEI
Date: Thursday, April 26, 2007 at 01:27:32
Comments:
Freehand Forever

Name: Rodrigo Aranda
Location: Valparaíso, Chile
Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 22:54:51
Comments:
FREEHAND IS A GREAT VECTORIAL SOFTWARE, MANY DESIGNERS USE FREEHAND FOR THEIR PROYECTS, IS NOT A OLD SOFTWARE, FH HAS MANY TOOLS THAT ILLUSTRATOR HAVE NOT. ILLUSTRATOR IS NOT THE INLY CHANCE, WE NEED FREEHAND, ADOBE PLEASE CONTINUE WHIT FREEHAND, THE MONOPOLYES ARE BAD

Name: Ceren Gultekin
Email:cerengultekin@hotmail.com
Location: istanbul, Turkey
Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 12:44:20
Comments:
Yes to freehand. A lifesaver programme for art directors.

Name:tristam sparks
Email:tristam.sparks@gmail.com
Location: London, uk
Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 09:38:49
Comments:
i don't think adobe is listening. but i couldn't resist signing this petition. i arrived on this page after looking for information regarding peoples experience running freehand mx under rosetta . . still not much joy on finding anything, so if you do run fh11 on macincide, do drop me a line. i've been using freehand pre- and post- aldus for 10+ years. after finally capitulating and relearning illustrator [cs] this year, there is still no doubt in my mind that freehand is the best vector based program, if not a complete design tool entirely, that's out there. logotypes, storyboards, sequence art, presentations, posters, brochures and flash production: what else does all that? and i'll not even get onto the distinctive and priceless UI features . .

Name: alitorun
Email:alitorun@yahoo.com
Location: İSTANBUL, Beşiktaş TURKEY
Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 06:47:50
Comments:
Adobe'un FreeHand'in yerini tutabilecek (tasarım+İlüstürasyon) programlarını öncelikle geliştirmesi gerekir. Adobe Illustrator (İlüstürasyon) ve Adobe InDesign (tasarım) kalıplaşmışlığın, karmaşıklığın en güzel uygulandığı programlar :) FreeHand'in (tasarım+İlüstürasyon) oldukça gerisinde, FreeHand programı geliştirilmeye daha uygun hemde ikisi birarada. Macromedia adını güzel koydu ama geliştiremedi bebeği. Mükemmelliyetçilik işte şuanki düşünce akımı. Yine de seni sevi yorum Free Ha and.

Name: emre candan
Email:emrecandan@mail.com
Location: istanbul, turkey
Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 06:10:20
Comments:
free the hand.

Name: ozgur
Email:ozkan
Location: istanbul, turkey
Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 04:11:21
Comments:
Freehand is very important.

Name: müge YILMAN
Email:mugeyilman@gmail.com
Location: ist, taksim TURKEY
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 11:52:04
Comments:
i want my freehand back

Name: Selda Gokce
Email:selda@rekmay.com.tr
Location: Ankara, Turkey
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 10:38:36
Comments:
FreeHand is the best vector tool ever!

Name: Selda Gokce
Email:selgokce@yahoo.com
Location: Ankara, Turkey
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 10:38:10
Comments:
FreeHand is the best vector tool ever!

Name: Tufank
Email:tkaptan@ajansultra.com.tr
Location: istanbul, Turkiye
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 09:45:47
Comments:
actirma agzimi soyletme kotuyu adobbbbbbe. ay lav firihand

Name: julide demirel
Email:julidedemirel@yahoo.com
Location: istanbul, turkey
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 09:43:39
Comments:
upgrade freehan!!!

Name:Joseba Attard
Email:info@joseba.co.uk
Location: Elorrio, Bizkaia Basque country
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 09:07:25
Comments:
I started out using Quark when I worked in England. then i moved to the Basque country where Freehand is the required tool for designers. I recently had to do a job in Quark and boy oh boy, it took me flippin ages. So now I hear that Illustrator has replaced Freehand. illustrator is fine for logos, the best thing on it being the grid. other than that, give me freehand any day. I mean you can't even have more than one page in ilustrator. Long live Freehand.

Name: Daniela
Email:nielita_7@hotmail.com
Portugal
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 08:50:12
Comments:
I can imagine that things are supposed to disappear with time, but not freehand, please. You can say that it's the most versatile, user friendly vectorial software ever! It runs so easily. There is no distance, neither difference between my desk and freehand's pages area, and so on and son on! Please consider upgrades, and continuation and development, many of the great graphic artworks were donw with this software!

Name:burak
Email:burakkirpi@gmail.com
Location: ümraniye,Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 08:46:17
Comments:
frehand mazi olmas?n...

Name: birsen guven
Email:birsenguven@gmail.com
Location: istanbul, turkey
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 08:16:16
Comments:
I am graphic artist.And please please... let us go, we must use freehand

Name:Jacco van den Hoek
Email:yo@jaccovandenhoek.com
Location: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, las palmas Spain
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 06:32:44
Comments:
Ilustrator = ilustrating = production. Freehand = Freedom of hand in creativity. says it all... doesn't it?? I decided 10 years ago to work with Freehand for two reasons: 1) because of some of the best designers i knew worked with it because of it's much more intuitive as ilustrator, it's the shortest way from your head to your screen. 2) I worked with illustrator as well and it's allright for producción stuff and so but when you create, you don't want all that fases you have to get through before getting what you want... But hey, it's like a conspiracy to kill creativity and provoke more production... like all big companies(read Adobe)are doing lately... I hope truly that Freehand will survive! It's simply a great extension of my brain...

Name: Hakan Neğiş
Email:hakane@sdu.edu.tr
Location: Isparta, Turkey
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 02:28:30
Comments:
FREE!!!! Freehand

Name: Rafet Gulsecen
Email:webmaster@macquick.com
Location: Antalya turkiye, tr Turkey
Date: Monday, April 23, 2007 at 16:19:24
Comments:
very very goot freehand

Name:Eray Kula
Email:eray@eraykula.com
Location: istanbul, Turkey
Date: Monday, April 23, 2007 at 14:27:35
Comments:
Ya?as?n Freehand'in önlenemez yükseli?i...!

Name: Brendan Holtshousen
Email:BRENDAN@THEMACHINEROOM.CO.ZA
Location: Pretoria, SA Gauteng
Date: Monday, April 23, 2007 at 10:43:34
Comments:
I cant start my day without FH mx. I learnt from the best in the industry how to use this wonderful application, and it unfortunately took the place of illustrator and other vector programs. Dont take it away

Name:Karel
Email:karel@themachineroom.co.za
Location: PTA, South Africa
Date: Monday, April 23, 2007 at 10:25:31
Comments:
We need Freehand!!!!!!!!!

Name: Kemal Burak Soylag
Email:burak.soylag@naksan.com
Location: Gaziantep, Turkey
Date: Monday, April 23, 2007 at 10:20:52
Comments:
Freehand useful than ?llustrator... Bacause There are a lot of very important thing for graphicer is can be used in frrehand but can't be illustrator... there is it in illustrator but it is very complex to use that special... I used to use CorelDraw before met the Freehand.. But i hate CorelDraw now... I have been using Freehand for 4 years.... And i am sure that there are a lot of peoble that using Freehand for many years... So Adobe's authoritys must support this program... Illustrator is a good program but i like using freehand... PLEASE DO NOT KILL FREEHAND YOU CAN KILL ILLUSTRATOR.... :)))

Name:Erna Beetge
Email:erna@jigsaw.co.za
Location: Centurion, Gauteng South Africa
Date: Monday, April 23, 2007 at 10:03:47
Comments:
Freehand is also an essential tool in our success. We use it daily, and it's the vector software of choice for us, our printers and most designers we know.

Name: cahit
Email:cahit.diker@gmail.com
Location: istanbul, turkiye
Date: Monday, April 23, 2007 at 07:50:28
Comments:
i use it 12 years, it's must alive for us. KEEP ALIVE FREEHAND

Name:selcuk yilmaz
Email:selcuky@gmail.com
Location: istanbul, 34375 Turkey
Date: Monday, April 23, 2007 at 06:47:29
Comments:
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Name: tolgacakar
Email:t_cakar@hotmail.com
Location: ankara,Date: Monday, April 23, 2007 at 06:47:20
Comments:
cekin elinizi freehand den...

Name: Murat
Email:dusmuhendisi@gmail.com
Location: Ankara, Turkey
Date: Monday, April 23, 2007 at 06:28:25
Comments:
I love this programme

Name:Göksan Özman
Email:gozman@dg-istanbul.com
Location: istanbul, Turkiye
Date: Monday, April 23, 2007 at 06:16:51
Comments:
Freehand is the best software a graphich world!

Name: Dogan Atak (macman)
Email:macman1@mynet.com
Location: istanbul,Date: Monday, April 23, 2007 at 06:15:17
Comments:
forever and ever freehand

Name: Adrian Kronowetter
Email:adriankronowetter@gmail.com
Location: Montreal, QC Canada
Date: Monday, April 23, 2007 at 01:40:24
Comments:
I am extremely disapointed to not see any move on Adobe's part to update Freehand in the CS3 product package. I was trained as a student on Illustrator yet I made a conscious choice to switch over to Freehand once I was a professional as I found the interface allowed for much quicker/smarter design. I wish Adobe would quit resting on the laurels of Illustrator...it may have created a name for itself in the 90's, but all they've done it terms of uprgrading it in the last 10 years has been to add smoke and mirrors with a little sex appeal. Instead of making dropshadows for all the menus they should try adding features such as 'Find + replace', multi page capability (without manual artboard calculation thanks), improved/smarter alignment tools, BETTER OBJECT MASKING (i.e. paste inside)...I digress...

Name: Wendy
Canada
Date: Friday, April 20, 2007 at 16:16:52
Comments:
Please please upgrade Freehand! I have been using it for 10 years and LOVE this program. I need a new computer but don't want to upgrade to Vista because Freehand isn't supported!!! Please release a Vista-compatible version of Freehand!!!

Name: Reboner
Email:revo_es@yahoo.es
Location: Madrid, Spain
Date: Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 03:08:39
Comments:
FreeHand is the best vector tool ever !!! People tell me Freehand is dead, why don't you use Illustrator??? How I'm supose to use that useless pentool from Adobe? If I cannot tell how my curve is going to define without chaning the selector? FreeHand is so ergonomic and intuitive. Long life to my favorite program and that incredible marvellous pentool Macromedia guys developed...

Name: fly away
Email:redcicadas@yahoo.com.sg
Location: Singapore, Singapore
Date: Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 00:52:34
Comments:
I knew this would happen with Adobe's acquisition of Macromedia. What happen to the annoucement that you made in 2006 stating that you will continue to support and develop Freehand? Freehand should be allowed to live as it has been a part in my design fixtures for 12 years. It involves risk to my past and current works if taken away. Furthermore, I've worked with IlIustrator but it does not satisfy me the fluency like Freehand does. Adobe should really look into it instead of putting it out in the cold.

Name: carlo
Email:grafca@libero.it
Location: turin (italy), ItalyDate: Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at 10:47:05
Comments:
i use freehand from '94 (is a wonderful software) ago and i'm very very sad to see the funeral for freehand, i pray the salvation of it...

Name: Matteo
Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at 10:22:58
Comments:
Upgrade Freehand now!

Name: sAik0
Email:sAik0@oatz.net
Location: Vienna, Austria
Date: Monday, April 9, 2007 at 21:43:01
Comments:
Like many others, I use FreeHand for almost over a decade (since v3.1) and also used to work with virtuoso on NeXT. As an expert for flexography printing and being a passionate designer enables me to know a lot about "both worlds". From the print- and media-technologists view, there is simply no substitution for FreeHand, because it is clearly the only standard package (<$75,000 price) that caters the needs for flexography prepress operations. Illustrator is cute, but simply lacking a bunch of very powerful FreeHand capabilities. I would rather open a restaurant, or start a career as a forest-worker than retaining my business without FreeHand. Illustrator features some cool "nice-to-have" capabilities, while lacking crucial ones. Corel sucks. And the rest is not worth while to be mentioned. Adobe will deal dramatical damage to the packaging industry by killing FreeHand. Seriously.

Name: Mustafa Hakan
Email:bikapilo@hotmail.com
Location: TÜRKİYE, ADANA
Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 14:29:56
Comments:
Gözünü para bürümüş ADOBE ye sesliyorum, çek elini FREEHAND den , insafa gel akıllıca davran , bir kuşağı mahvetmek üzeresin ,,,,,,,,,,

Name:Boris Jerenec
Email:boris@jerenec.com
Location: Maribor, Slovenia
Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at 02:48:17
Comments:
Please keep Freehand alive, just fix the bugs!

Name: Lucio Barigazzi
Email:lucio@spiderlink.it
Location: Viadana (MN), Italy
Date: Monday, April 2, 2007 at 13:49:05
Comments:
I'm using Freehand from 17/18 years. I'have used all the version, from 2, and now I'have about 250.000 files in freehand. How can think to convert 18 years of work in Illustrator. I'have converted several time from freehand to illustrator with bad results and several problem, first of all for the multipages not supported from illustrator. I'have contected Adobe in USA and in Italy asking to make a version compatible with future operating Mac system, without improve the software that for me is already perfect now. The guide that they propose is a joke. I will use forever Freehand and I hope that Adobe understand the thousand of company working from several years with this software. This idea of Support Page is very good, but please send all this material to Adobe, and everyone contact directly the Adobe of his country to protest for this abuse. i have also contact the Italian Antitrust to verify if this monopoly is legal and I'm waiting for reply from them. If someone have the possibility contact Antitrust of his country for the same reason. probably we will not solve the problem but we have to try something to defense our rights. byby from Lucio - Italy if someone want to contact me: lucio@spiderlink.it

Name: Kurti Schmidt
Date: Saturday, March 31, 2007 at 04:03:22
Comments:
FREEHAND FOREVER + UNICODE + ...

Name: Mauricio Fernandez Rosiñol
Email:excursioner@mac.com
Location: Ensenada, Baja California Mexico
Date: Saturday, March 31, 2007 at 01:46:44
Comments:
I need one solution for my work, Freehand has it, layout and illustration. Illustrator and InDesign are only halfs separated, Why? I can do with Freehand what I am suposed to do with Adobe's halfs, and with less than half the memory I need in my Mac to run Illustrator or InDesign. Even with more than four year without an update Freehand keeps up the fight against CS3 tools and Interface.

Name: Ken B.
USA
Date: Friday, March 30, 2007 at 14:42:18
Comments:
Alright. Now I'm getting upset. Adobe has now released the biggest launch of software in their history, but NO mention of Freehand! I believe Adobe bit off more than they could chew on this Macromedia buy out deal and leaving us Freehand users out in the cold. I am in the thinking stage of boycotting Adobe products from our office altogether. Apple's Aperture is looking better and better over Photoshop. Corel Draw is looking pretty good now too. What is the deal Adobe. Freehand users have been patient enough. Seems like two years now from the purchase of Macromedia. We need answers to the future of our program. We have been trying to make purchase decisions on equipment and software, but Adobe has been dragging there backside on this whole issue. Freehand needs to stay! Talk to us Adobe. Give us the low down. I phoned the Adobe customer service number only to be transfered to the call center in the Phillipines with the answer remaining the same on the status of Freehand. "At this time we are supporting Freehand and don't know the future plans of the program". This violin music has been playing for too long. Talk to us Adobe.

Name: Pat
Email:p.bain@rowett.ac.uk
Location: Aberdeen, Scotland
Date: Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 12:17:59
Comments:
I've been a freehand user for 15 years and use it for all sort of illustration from exhibition stands to scientific publications. I really like being able to have multiple pages in the document. having looked briefly at Illustrator this only seems possible by a complex tiling of the document or buying a plug in! Come on guys at Adobe, I need more than one page per document, there must be an easy solution.

Name: dont play games with me
Location: berlin, germany
Date: Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 07:14:43
Comments:
reading all this comments make me happy, because i am really concern and full of anger about adobe. how they can kill freehand. something people worked over 15 years with and work very good with it. believe it or not adobe, they not even needed illustrator in this 15years once. all my designer, grafik designer, publisher, advertising agency or web designer friends work with freehand. we will not accept a decision by adobe like this. adobe will loose many, many customers. advertising other grafik programms will be suddenly very cheap for corel or microsoft. we allready planned to offer this companies an extra price if they want to have any design work or want to make ads in magazins. when the time is come and adobe is spoken the last word than we have allready planned to set up a campaign against illustrator. we will use every possibility to support other brands programs and believe me i know many poeple out of the advertising or editor business. if freehand die than I will also follow suggestions on this site to switch to other programms but for sure not illustrator. if they really are going for this than for me it makes anyhow no difference learning a new programm. and i heard microsoft is also working on a grafik tool. corel, microsoft or any other company. i will for sure not spent a penny for a adobe grafik programm. word. use your force designer, art directors, publishers, graphic designer, web designers...you are all in the advertising business and this will make adobe a big headake. i am just waiting to start the campain...

Name: dean
Location: hamburg, germany
Date: Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 06:30:17
Comments:
i am using freehand all my live as a designer. like all the others here. i will stay with freehand till i have to update maybe my whole system and if there is not update for freehand than i swear to good and i never ever thought to speak something like this. i will switch to corel. freehand is much better than illustrator, it includes many tools what illustrator dont has and its censored easy. its just a good programm and maybe thats the reason why they want to kill it. they want to make money and sell their shitty indesign with illustrator, but not with me. i will boycot all adobe application..ok not all.. photoshop and flash i have to keep, but for sure i will not be one of them who will fall in the illustrator trap. the freehand comunity will hopefully strike back and in the end adobe will make a big mistake if they really keep freehand falling. believe me, i will suggest this in to all media, web 2 and all other forums all over the world. i think under us are sitting a lot of people out of the press, design, advertising or any other important industrie with much influence on the people outside. if they all strike back than adobe will make the worst management decision since they started. i will be than the first one who is going to my old design proffessor and will tell him about the great features of corel draw. if corel is not stupid than they will do a similar thing like freehand and catch up the set up ex customers from adobe.

Name: the dude
Location: munich, germany
Date: Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 05:56:40
Comments:
i am using freehand since my design study 10 years ago. i designed every crap with this programm ( snowboards, fashion, ci´s, catalogs, tausends of logos,web, traid fair booth, labels, ). adobe is a slicky company and you have to ask yourself why they want to kill a good programm. because its better than illustrator, its includes a smal "in design", paste in tool, easy using, natural navigation and 100 more things which are better than illustrator. the point is. its a great tool and this suckers want to sell 3 programms and not just one. all the work what you have done with freehand you have to split on two programms. this is so corrupt and therefore i will for sure not go for illustrator. if they really let freehand die than i will evan change to this f. corel before i give adobe one cent. anyhow i suggest to buy pirate versions. if adobe wants to get in a war. i am in...

Name: GMan
Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 16:17:11
Comments:
Keep Freehand afloat!!!

Name: NeoAkira
Email:cyberneoakira@hotmail.com
Mexico
Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 14:48:09
Comments:
Utilizo freehand desde la versión 8 en PC, y he migrado felizmente a mac, sin embargo la adquisición de macromedia por parte de adobe me ha dejado un mal sabor de boca por el simple hecho de no incluir al menos de manera opcional a Freehand, el cual como muchos en esta pagina, coincidimos en que es mucho mas facil e intuitivo a demas de ser superior en sus capacidades para crear impresos, las herramientas de dibujo de freehand y la facilidad para utilizar pantones y demas cosas altamente necesarias para los impresos son totalmente un tedio en ilustrator, por favor Adobe, necesitamos una nueva versión de freehand, lo necesitamos.

Name: Bob Thomas
Email:rkthomas@aep.com
Location: Columbus, Ohio USA
Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 09:05:43
Comments:
Our company is upgrading to the new suite of programs -CS3 and Freehand is not included ... I absolutley hate Illustrator .. it looks like they're going to kill it off which is stupid ... hopefully they will incorporate the great features Freehand has into Illustrator ... can only hope

Name: Eduardo Carvalho
Email:eduardo.carvalho@float.pt
Location: Dafundo, Portugal
Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 04:56:34
Comments:
With the release of CS3, it's evident to everyone that Adobe hasn't the been worried at all about Freehand. It will linger gaining dust or untill nobody use it because is not supported by the next OS. And that's precisely what Adobe wants and hope it will happen in the near future. What a shame. Long live FreeHand!!!

Name: José Carlos
Email:pintas73@gmail.com
Location: Braga,Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 03:49:30
Comments:
I work with FreeHand for 13 years

Name: seb heinicker
Email:sebheinicker@gmx.de
Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 20:55:58
Comments:
freehand is the truly authoring-tool, the real creative tool. it does what I want, not contrary. I want a small and quick design-enviroment and not the adobe (apple too) feature overload. freehand 8, qxp 4.x and photoshop 6 were good enough all the years. they should give it to opensource therewhy the applications can surive...

Name: sandra
Email:sandra.cruz@netvisao.pt
Location: Aveiro, Portugal
Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 18:00:04
Comments:
Design (life) without Freehand???? NOOOOooooooo!!!!! Oh gawd..... what will be of me!?!?!?!?!?!? Please, don't just keep freehand available.... update it!!!! FREEHAND RULES!!

Name: sara
Email:sarola73@gmail.com
Location: lisbon, Portugal
Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 07:02:46
Comments:
I have been using FreeHand every since, and for me is the best program!

Name:Wanda
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 04:53:41
Comments:
Without Freehand I would not exist. Without paste inside I would be tough to draw. Paste inside! The single function that makes Freehand rock! Illustrator's masks are plain crap. No competition.

Name: Igor Clukas
Location: Munich, Germany
Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 04:27:10
Comments:
I'm a design professional and have been using FreeHand since it was Aldus FreeHand 3. Adobes acquisition of Aldus in those days almost made Adobe own FreeHand. Perhaps it would have been better off that way, but who knows. Anyway, Adobe has always had competing products in their portfolio. (Pagemaker vs. Framemaker vs. InDesign, the half-hearted ImageReady vs. Photoshop's web export features) The only reason I can see why Adobe might abandon FreeHand is because it's outstanding where it hurts (Illustrator and also Pagemaker and Indesign) most: It's a great print design tool both stand-alone and as a companion application. Due to its complete layout features, I do a lot of jobs solely with FreeHand. It's perfectly integrated with Flash and Fireworks. Though I do use Illustrator as a companion for InDesign and do like its strong PDF features, I doubt that I could be persuaded to use it for web design. To conclude: Any plans for FreeHand, however they might look like, would mean good news to me and a lot of other graphic design professionals.

Name: Mladen Runkas
Email:runkas@gmail.com
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Date: Monday, March 26, 2007 at 09:45:58
Comments:
!!!!!!!GIVE US A NEW FREEHAND!!!!!!!!!

Name: Jarmo Haapasalmi
Email:aspen@ardin.fi
Location: Tampere, Finland
Date: Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 06:29:19
Comments:
The name tells it all Freehand = yes,that´s all we need in this job illustrator = interpreter, who can decode it? And what is adobe, a brick? Can you ask them any good decision? If so, please don´t keep us waiting too long, because life is not so long.

Name: Karen Birchfield
Email:jandk27@comcast.net
Location: SEATTLE, WA United States
Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 18:11:32
Comments:
I have used Freehand since it was Aldus Freehand. I have used it almost every day of my life since that time. It is vital to my livlihood. I am so concerned about the future of Freehand.

Name:Sasho Paunovski
Email:paun@informa.com.mk
Location: Skopje, mk Macedonia
Date: Monday, March 19, 2007 at 17:46:53
Comments:
FreeHand Not Dead! We need the next generation! And make it to place psd files native likw Illustrator and you will have the greates ever drawing program.

Name: Omar
Email:deltayoverdeltax@hotmail.com
Location: Chicago, IL USA
Date: Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 22:19:38
Comments:
I have been using FreeHand for almost a decade now. I learned vector ilustration in Illustrator, and I find Illustrator to be very tedious and INFINITELY CLUNKY. It is very frustrating to draw in Illustrator. The work flow is incredibly stifled because of its miserable tools that don't work easily and intuitively like those of FreeHand. FreeHand MX is by far the EASIEST tool for Cartography, Technical and Scientific Illustration which is my line of work. I will say that the pen tool worked better in Freehand 10 and earlier, but that's minor. The only thing I want to add is being able to use the Illustrator Plug-In called "Outline" and "Round Corners" like in Mac Classic OS versions. Bottom line, Illustrator is too "cool" and "graphic designy" while FreeHand is much more conducive to developing high-end illustrations with ease and comfort. I mean Illustrator does NOT EVEN support multiple pages!! What the censored is up with THAT?! There are so many FreeHand users out there, and that's obvious by how many people wrote on this site. I am not surprised. FreeHand is vastly superior to Illustrator in every way. Who cares that Illustrator CS has Adobe Dimensions inside of it? I use Lightwave or Swift 3D when I need 3D converted to Vector. Thank you Adobe please do the RIGHT thing and KEEP Freehand and perhaps be so kind as to update it to a new version 12 with some of the fine suggestions that I made earlier. I Love Freehand and I don't want to see it die!

Name: Marcel Venter
Email:helveticus@mac.com
Location: Denver, CO USA
Date: Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 11:34:05
Comments:
Have been using Freehand since version 2. Adobe just give us an Intel native version, fix the font and pdf export issues.

Name:Robert Paul Wilton
Email:Info@RobertPaulWilton.co.uk
Location: Leeds, UK
Date: Friday, March 16, 2007 at 06:57:25
Comments:
I have been using FreeHand every since Aldus version 1.0, and have stuck to it even after attempts at using Illustrator which always seamed to both lag behind and be less intuitive to use. FreeHand has over the years introduced many elements such as layers, multipage documents etc. that Illustrator deemed unimportant enough to include. Using it for so many years I have built up a massive quantity of documents that are referred to and opened and re-used. Losing that ability would be horrendous. My last purchase was an upgrade to Studio which included Flash and Dreamweaver and the integration between Flash and FreeHand worked fantastically. I see no need at all for Adobe to fail to provide an upgrade path. Studio is now not offered with FreeHand within it and I for one will not upgrade Studio without it. Come on Adobe stop throwing away income streams... Without an upgrade path I will not switch to Illustrator by default, if this carries on I will discard all Adobe products and switch to the many competing software's just as capable. Apple Inc. Why not grab this capable vector program and fill a gap in your software line up. Don't forget about the Desktop publishing people that helped build up your business.

Name: Mike
Email:micmee@gmail.com
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2007 at 11:57:01
Comments:
Freehand is incredibly slick and natural. I would lose trust in Adobe if they were to discontinue development of this superb app.

Name: Jack Png
Email:jack@thinkcreative.com.sg
Location: Singapore, Singapore
Date: Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 20:30:21
Comments:
Dear Adobe, I have used FreeHand for about 16 years since the begining. I have also tried to use Adobe Illustrator but find its interface a little difficult to understand sometime. Pardon me, not the fault of the software. Did not formally took a course on freehand but it seem so natural to use. I LOVE the software and have always praise the software capability and the completeness that it is so versatile you cannot possibly make mistakes with it when you have master it. Obversely there is still room for improvement when it comes to integration with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Here are some of the wonderful stuff: - The find and Replace Graphics tool - The Xtra Delete tool -The Xtra Color - Name of Color - The Xtra Path Operation tool - Multiple page capability - Alignment tool The lists is endless I am pledging with Adobe to continue and upgrade Adobe Freedhand, and see the respond. Thanks Jack Png

Name: Hwennery
Email:bareface@gmail.com
Location: Bristol, UK
Date: Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 05:17:31
Comments:
Freehand and Illustrator, to stae the obvious, are two different programs and can continue to be so. Illustrator is rich with creative features first, and a tool for technical drawing and less artistic ventures (yes I know the point can be argued both ways, but for me this is what it boils down to). I personally wouldn't like to see Freehand incorporated into and already feature rich and complex program like Illustrator - things would become harder for me to work out. If Adobe perhaps went down the route of developing Freehand for a more technical (but equally ceative) clientelle, and developing Illustrator in a more artistic direction. In short, I've only just got into Freehand and it's bloody brilliant. If Adobe have no intentions of developing it further, then perhaps instead of moulering away on a shelf somewhere the code could be released to the open source community, who might do something exciting with it. Stop mucking about - Freehand has to live.

Name: Vaughn Cordero
Email:sebastian@prsoft.com
Location: San Juan, PR US
Date: Thursday, March 8, 2007 at 16:37:06
Comments:
Freehand User since 1.0

Name: Steve Keohane
Email:skeohane@wildblue.net
Location: Carbondale, CO USA
Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2007 at 13:14:00
Comments:
I have been using Freehand since 2000, and can't imagine doing without it. I have a sign shop, and need to convert and or adjust files to export to my vinyl RIP-ing software(s). Illustrator simply does not have the flexibility nor the options that I need.

Name: Michael Heath
Email:mykolmykol@hotmail.com.au
Location: Sydney, NSW Australia
Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 20:17:24
Comments:
Like many others in this petition I too have followed Freehand since version 2. Freehand was this first ever program to introduce a revolutionary concept called layers in version 3. Ever since then Freehand has introduced many other ground breaking features that other rival programs have copied to keep up. I'm still a devoted user of Freehand and would jump at the chance to upgrade to a new version. ADOBE, PLEASE DON'T LET FREEHAND GO TO WASTE. LISTEN TO OUR PLEADS. UPGRADE FREEHAND AND REAP THE REWARDS!

Name: anti
Email:an.ti@inode.at
Austria
Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 05:32:38
Comments:
!!! Don't kill Freehand !!!

Name: KURTI
Email:an.ti@oegwm.ac.at
Austria
Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 05:30:23
Comments:
F R E E H A N D !!!

Name: Urs Meyer
Email:urs.meyer@mwl.ch
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 03:31:20
Comments:
Listen, it's pretty simple, easy and plain. Freehand is the better program. Even if Illustrator finally would be able to do multi-pages, I would stick with Freehand. I use Freehand since version 2! Nobody needs soft that can do everythin. We need tools that are simple and work. Look at Photoshop and Golive: WHAT A MESS! Do you want to buy a thirth monitor for even more palettes? LONG LIVE FREEHAND!

Name: D. Roberts
Location: Atlanta, GA USA
Date: Monday, March 5, 2007 at 15:14:12
Comments:
If Adobe drops Freehand permanently from their offering it will be the biggest mistake ever... And they've had quite a list of whoppers over the years. I have been in a Graphic Designer for over 15 years. Starting out first on a PC using Corel Draw in the early 90's. Then moving to a Mac to use Freehand. I have been thru every upgrade from Altsys to Aldus to Macromedia, and now to Adobe. Killing this gem of a software package would be like burning down my office. I have come to rely on Freehand as an all purpose tool for nearly every illustration and layout that I create. There is not other software package that comes close. This is not just a vector illustraiton program, although it does that better than illustator. It is also a top notch page layout program. The time I save by not having to constantly export graphics from illustrator into another layout program is immense. The list of features that make Freehand superior to illustator just goes on and on... Multiple pages (one at a time in Illustrator), paste inside feature (difficult clipping paths in Illustrator), color and gradient swatches (over totally cumbersome color palettes in illustrator), handling of tiff files & transparent grey scale images in Freehand (no such feature in illustator), Freehand will export out more file formats including exports to illustrator (Illustrator will not export out to Freehand - that's Adobe acting like a spoiled child for you). In all, Freehand has been a career long, utility tool for this graphic designer who values ease of use and efficient productivity over the incorporation of raster based gimmicky photoshop filters like those in Illustrator. Note to Adobe: Kill Freehand off at your own peril! Illustrator is not the only game in town.

Name: ingela
Email:ingela.lindberg@librogroup.com
Location: gothenburg, Sweden
Date: Monday, February 26, 2007 at 05:50:44
Comments:
I have been working for a long time with freehand and I want to continue doing so. I want to know Adobe will continue developping this software so I know there will be na update to collborate with other features, printers etc. Freehand is intuitive, you learn what you need the rest you don't have to worry about unitl you need it and then so easily acquired knowledge!!! Adobe if you have purchased this software only to let it dye...I will never forgive you! Major badwill!

Name: r wiebe
Email:rwiebe@wsd1.org
Location: winnipeg, canada
Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at 12:35:09
Comments:
I have been using Freehand since version 2 and I will continue to use it as long as possible. I find it easier to use and more intuitive than Illustrator. Also, I am concerned about Adobe monopolizing in the design software field. I need only refer to Quark's near demise which was partially attributable to arrogance borne of it's dominance as a page layout program.

Name: Kolja Pelz
Email:kpelz@magix.net
Location: Berlin, Berlin Germany
Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at 07:58:12
Comments:
Wieder ein frustrierter Abend bei dem Versuch, sich mit Illustrator anzufreunden. 10 Jahre Freehand praegen zu sehr. Selbst einfachste Informationen über cmyk Werte in Farbpaletten werden in Illustrator unmoeglich gemacht. Kann man mit dem Illustrator überhaupt professionell arbeiten? Momentan scheint es unmoeglich! Bitte behaltet Freehand im Portfolio. Illustrator ist KEINE ALTERNATIVE!!!!!!

Name: Kuba Stepinski
Location: Olesnica, Poland
Date: Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 16:14:17
Comments:
Long live FreeHand!

Name: aynada_zaman
Email:aynada_zaman@hotmail.com
TURKIYE
Date: Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 11:15:42
Comments:
BEN YEDİ YIL ÖNCE GRAFİK TASARIM DÜNYASINA GİRDİM. OKULDA DA SONRASINDA ARALARINDA YETİŞTİĞİM PROFESYONEL GRAFİK TASARIMCILARI DA FREEHAND PROGRAMI DIŞINDA GRAFIK PROGRAMI KULLANMIYORLAR . İHTİYACA CEVAP VERİRKEN VE İŞİN İÇİNDE OLAN KULLANICILARIN % 80 İ FREEHAND KULLANIRKEN BU PROGRAMI KALDIRMAK YERİNE GELİŞTİRME YOLUNA NEDEN GİDİLMİYOR. BU SÖZ HAKKI VERİLDİĞİ İÇİN TEŞEKKÜRLER. TÜM BU MAİLLERİN OLUMLU SONUÇLANMASINI İSTİYORUZ.

Name: Kevin Brown
Email:iamwaxman@aol.com
Location: Santa Maria, CA United States
Date: Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 02:32:34
Comments:
While I am not in the graphics business, I use Freehand in my business. Typically, I learn Freehand when the need arises. I have become proficient with this wonderful program because I have used it to complete said projects, and find it to be limitless and very easy to learn. I have not enjoyed the same experience with Illustrator, but cannot fully compare the two because I simply haven't used them both equally (in terms of time). FREEHAND is my favorite and most used program. It would be a shame and a HUGE marketing faux pas to eliminate it simply because Illustrator is owned by the same company. A void will be created and another company will fill it- More than likely sharply mimicking the discontinued Freehand program.

Name: Craig
Email:canuck033@yahoo.com
Location: Menlo Park, CA USA
Date: Saturday, February 17, 2007 at 02:44:28
Comments:
I've been using FreeHand since version 2 and I can't imagine using anything else for design. Yes, I've tried Illustrator but it's just not as productive and flexible a tool. A Universal version with support for OpenType fonts is all I need to keep me a satisfied FreeHand user -- no other bells and whistles necessary. I'm sure I could list numerous functions Adobe could learn from FreeHand should they choose to kill it in favor of Illustrator but I'll only name one and that is the dynamic palettes. I select a line and the stroke options appear. I select some copy the text options appear. The information I need is always in the same place my eye and my mouse never have to search for some new palette -- very intuitive, less clutter. There are only two applications I really need to do everything from ads, brochures, posters, displays, signage, packaging, logos, and web design and that's Photoshop and FreeHand -- can't work without it!

Name:Joe
Email:joe@sigrist.org
Location: Haguenau, BR France
Date: Friday, February 16, 2007 at 19:21:23
Comments:
Freehand is a great piece of software I've been using for the past 20 years... I have purchased all updates since version 1.0 and have participated to some of its beta testing programs. It's not about competition with Illustrator, it's just that Freehand's interface is closer to my working habits. I use it for every logo design, and all one page layouts. Its great, complete and flexible. I don't mind Adobe publishing it, but please keep it alive and port it to the MacIntel platform. A daily Freehand user

Name: Carlos Pereira
Email:carperei2@gmail.com
Portugal
Date: Friday, February 16, 2007 at 17:36:27
Comments:
I think people already said it all so... LONG LIVE FREEHAND :D

Name:Anthony Rezendes
Email:arezendes@earthlink.net
Location: Austin, TX USA
Date: Saturday, February 10, 2007 at 18:03:34
Comments:
I've been a Freehand devotee ever since the Aldus days way back in 1988. I've always felt more comfortable creating in Freehand and still feel it offers many advantages over its long-time competitor (now bigger brother) Adobe Illustrator, despite it being almost three years since the last substantial update. Features such as paste inside, multiple pages, and Flash integration have all built upon my love for this application. Even after Adobe attempted to bring it down with its tab lawsuits, reluctance to include it in its export options (oh yes - I noticed), and general distain for any sort of acknowledgement that Freehand was a viable option for the professional illustrator, I still preferred Freehand. Adobe was so arrogant as to bill their product as "the Industry Standard" despite the fact that the majority of PC users at the time used Corel Draw. That's why I find this acquisition so hard to take. We've seen from Adobe's recent history what it does to applications that it deems not up to par. Applications like PageMaker and FrameMaker were purchased and led out to pasture while Adobe propagated its agenda though its "quark killer" application InDesign. Let us also not forget how Adobe tried to undermine the Flash player by promoting the scalable vector format (SVG) unsuccessfully in it's own doomed application, LiveMotion. Adobe has said publicly that they are still supporting Freehand, however that rhetoric isn't in line with their current actions. All one needs to do is look at the recent Freehand to Illustrator pdf document located on the Adobe website to see where their interests lie. Freehand deserves better than to be bled to death by a company who looks at this as another victory over its competition. The revolution begins here... Viva La Freehand!

Name: Wade Hampton
Email:wade@wadehamptonart.com
Location: wichita, KS United States
Date: Saturday, February 10, 2007 at 00:46:09
Comments:
I can't understand why Adobe would entertain the idea of doing away with FH. They will just anger a large portion of their client base. Keep Illustrator AND FH.... make both sides happy! At least sell FH to a company that wants to keep FH customers happy..... are you listening Steve Jobs?!

Name: chris huang
Email:phoebehana4@yahoo.com
Location: chicago, IL USA
Date: Monday, February 5, 2007 at 02:18:23
Comments:
I've owned both FH from version 8-Mx and Ilustrator 7 and up. For what I do on daily basis with a vector based drawing program, FreeHand does far better than Illustrator. Trust me, I have tried numerous times to use Illustrator since I need to integrate the graphs with InDesing (or PageMaker in the old days). Each time I was so frustrated with Illustrator that I went right back to FreeHand. FreeHand has a very intellegent way of "grouping" objects imported from other scientific graphing programs whereas Illustrator simply gives you an undifferentiated chunck. Please, don't kill FreeHand. Otherwise, I'll have to switch to Canvas (which I own too).

Name: Ahmet Durgut
Email:ahmetdurgut@kayyo.com
Location: Eskisehir, Turkey
Date: Friday, February 2, 2007 at 19:48:54
Comments:
I love FreeHand, I always want to Freehand, if there isn't freehand there are not we to thanks no panic :)

Name: MARION
Email:gilles-marion@fr.st
Location: PARIS, FRANCE
Date: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 12:42:54
Comments:
Let FreeHand alive !!!

Name: loic langloys
Email:mail@loiclangloys.com
Location: grenoble, france
Date: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 12:24:12
Comments:
since the 1st version of aldus freehand, this beautiful vector software has worked onto layouts, print and web templates, design objects... thousans of realisation. All the illustrator users agreed with the fact that freehand was easier and stronger than an y other soft. I can't accept the idea of illustrator alone: why choosing the worst one and not the better ?

Name: Vaughn Cordero
Location: San Juan, PR United States
Date: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 11:42:26
Comments:
I wont buy/use Illustrator. I have used Freehand since version 1 and followed it from Altsys to Aldus to Macromedia...

Name:G. Armour Van Horn
Email:vanhorn@whidbey.com
Location: Freeland, WA USA
Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at 22:36:58
Comments:
I've been using FreeHand for so long I can't imagine ever switching, though I think I've given AI a fair chance any number of times. It's just too much work to do the things I do, which are pretty straightforware in FreeHand. Note that I've finally got the FreeHand list back up and running. To join an international group of experienced FreeHand users, drop by and sign up: http://www.domainvanhorn.com/mailman/listinfo/freehand Van

Name: pilar
Email:pili@hotmal.com
Location: Lima, Lima Peru
Date: Friday, January 26, 2007 at 11:47:34
Comments:
I am graphic designer and i use freehand every time. freehand have some aplications that AI don´t have. Please continue with this software for the convenince and flexibility.

Name: gurkan elma
Email:gurkane4@hotmail.com
Location: istanbul, turkey turkey
Date: Friday, January 26, 2007 at 11:36:20
Comments:
freehand in yeni versiyonlarını istiyoruz lütfen ilgi gösterin

Name: Felix
Location: Marburg, Germany
Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 10:01:59
Comments:
FreeHand is in many ways a lot easier to use and still creates sometimes better images than illustrator ... Adobe should indeed continue to develop on this neat tool! SAVE FREEHAND, a tool i have always used for editing and creating print and online media and i sincerely hope that this is not the last version.

Name: Andre KisiGZer
Email:kisingzer_and@yahoo.com
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Date: Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 10:50:59
Comments:
freehand is the only vector program that able to free align point-to-point, non-system resource eater, and very easy to use. Adobe should countinue developing freehand, under adobe maybe freehand can stand side by side with illustrator. depend on customer demand there is no single package that can serve every customer needs.

Name: Pedro Ribeiro
Email:sheepstake@hotmail.com
Location: Porto, Portugal
Date: Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 17:43:05
Comments:
My friend, Freehand, has been in my system, since i started studying graphic design, and since then has become part of my working progress, it`s ease of use makes it literally like using you free hand, i really think there is enough market space for both programs AI and FH... Save Freehand..

Name: PM_Serdar
Email:hotadvert@hotmail.com
Location: istanbul, m.koy türkiye
Date: Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 07:33:14
Comments:
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Name:SER_DAR
Email:SER_DAR
Location: istanbul, TÜRKİYE
Date: Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 03:58:59
Comments:
I Love freehand I Love freehand I Love freehand I Love freehand I Love freehand I Love freehand I Love freehand I Love freehand I Love freehand I Love freehand I Love freehand I Love freehand I Love freehand

Name:Peter Burgess
Email:peter@peterburgessdesign.co.uk
Location: Worthing, West Sussex United Kingdom
Date: Friday, January 19, 2007 at 12:25:59
Comments:
I use Freehand all day, everyday. I dip into Illustrator only when I have to. Freehand works like my old drawing board, but on steroids and it is totally intuitive. Pallets are logical, bezier control is easier and quicker. Type controls just work. Don't get me onto multiple pages. You can think and design in Freehand in ways that are just harder and slower in Illustrator. And whilst I am really impressed with Indesign, try as hard as they might it is still only a layout tool. Freehand is the only true graphic design tool out there. At very least Adobe port a universal binary version so we can use it at full speed on Intel Macs. Better still make it Open Source!

Name: Harry Hsia
Email:hhsia@illinoisalumni.org
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Date: Monday, January 15, 2007 at 19:46:36
Comments:
I am in the semiconductor industry. Freehand is most important tool to me when I am drafting engineering plots. I have used it since 1995. I cannot imagine how I can do my job without it. Adobe: please do not let it die!!!

Name: john angus
Email:www.johnangus@gmail.com
Location: derby, uk
Date: Friday, January 12, 2007 at 16:06:15
Comments:
Any question mark about the future of freehand should be removed in the light of its high potential for drafting laser cutting work for textiles and fashion - important worldwide IT output growth areas.

Name:Aleksandr Bogdanov
Email:alex@tresorg.com
Location: Cartagena, Murcia Spain
Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 05:17:44
Comments:
Hey guys we use Freehand alot!Now when i say alot i mean lots of time, the thing is FH is buggy, messy with the memory, dont have an auto save option, (like the big guys, 3DMax etc.) etc, etc -- we could go on and on, what we would like is that a big company like (Adobe) could fix all those errors that are in the same place from versions 9 and up !

Name: Martin Hanson
Email:m.hanson@xtra.co.nz
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Date: Monday, January 8, 2007 at 00:56:50
Comments:
I have used FreeHand since about 1990, and think it's wonderful. I would consider buying Illustrator only if 1. I will be able to convert my hundreds of illustrations done with FreeHand to Illustrater, and 2. The new Illustrator is as easy to use as FreeHand. Otherwise, I'll stick with what I've got.

Name: J S
Location: Las Vegas, NV USA
Date: Sunday, January 7, 2007 at 05:32:05
Comments:
I use freehand for all my graphic design convine with photoshop, it's a great couple to work, plese continue with this software for the convenince and flexibility.

Name: Claudia Trochsler
Email:incus01@bluewin.ch
Location: Zug, Switzerland
Date: Thursday, January 4, 2007 at 14:00:19
Comments:
I have been using Freehand for all maps over 10 years in my job (cartographer) and we use it for almost every illustration in educational books. It is very flexible and so easy to work with the Bezier curves - much more than AI. Please advance Freehand.

Name: Paul Horn
Email:freehander@cooljerk.com
Location: San Diego, CA USA
Date: Sunday, December 31, 2006 at 11:33:04
Comments:
I've used and/or owned FreeHand since before it had version suffixes (i.e. FreeHand "1") and it has been the tool of my career since 1990. I don't want to exhaust my morning explaining all the reasons to keep FreeHand (as so many others on this guestbook already have), but I will say that the world is big enough -- and Adobe must realize this -- for two powerhouse vector-illustration applications to coexist side-by-side. I don't want to trash Illustrator/Illustrators and I hope the same courtesy is extended upon us FreeHand users. Please, Adobe... spend some time and resources to iron out the bugs in FHMX and leave it be. I believe it would be an unwise move to alienate the thousands upon thousands of FreeHand users worldwide.

Name: Hosea
Singapore
Date: Thursday, December 28, 2006 at 07:42:13
Comments:
I uses both Freehand and Illustrator most of the time. I can do without Illustrator but not Freehand. So YES! Please give us Freehand. Keep it alive.

Name: T. L. Gauvreau
Email:tlaurenceg@provide.net
Location: Macomb, Michigan U.S.A.
Date: Thursday, December 28, 2006 at 00:49:55
Comments:
I share the same appreciation for Freehand. As a user from version 5.5, it has been a central design and production tool for me. The easy intuitive interface enables quick rendering of logo concepts/mockups for clients. In addition, creating mutli-panel exhibit graphics are easy, since I can quickly prepare, modify and visualize my design idea. Its also very production friendly. Files can be prepared for vendor output with confidence. Simply put, its a great design tool! Please Adobe, if you don't want to develop Freehand, sell it off to someone who will. Thanks!

Name:Garth
Location: Sandy, UT United States
Date: Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at 15:23:33
Comments:
There's hope? In the new icon set that Adobe has created, Freehand is INCLUDED! Does this mean further development of our beloved Freehand? Or just a drawn out death? I sure hope the former. Check it out here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/veerles-blog/328983830/

Name: takis politis
Email:citylop@hotmail.com
Location: Athens, Greece
Date: Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at 11:32:36
Comments:
Free freehand

Name: Henry Ortega
Email:henryortega20@hotmail.com
Japan
Date: Saturday, December 23, 2006 at 03:01:55
Comments:
I'm a staunch supporter and user of Freehand. Our publications are all designed & laid out using Freehand and Freehand MX. No software offers us the ability to design logos and layouts on the same page...while I have a healthy respect for Illustrator - I do ALL my work in Freehand a case of Pepsi preference over Coke one might say. Adobe please continue to support Freehand or sell it off - don't kill it!

Name: DasFuh
Germany
Date: Monday, December 18, 2006 at 11:26:28
Comments:
I dont want an illustrator indesign my freehand. It macromind ineffective and unflexible like a dobe.

Name: Freehan Lover
Turkiye
Date: Monday, December 18, 2006 at 02:39:39
Comments:
You have to keep Freehand. if you don't keep, i will use Corel Draw!

Name: Kolok
Email:kolok@club-internet.fr
Location: Matane, Qc Canada
Date: Sunday, December 17, 2006 at 00:53:07
Comments:
Illustrator is too poor for me. It's like a PC for a Mac. Let live Freehand, ( Sorry, it's not a troll)

Name: Mark Schuler
Email:marks@prodesignwyo.com
Location: Powell, WY USA
Date: Thursday, December 14, 2006 at 18:24:44
Comments:
I too have tried to make the switch to Illustrator. Everytime, I end up doing the project in Freehand. I am an expert with both programs, but I like to use what is more intuitive and quicker -- my customers appreciate a quick response & lower costs as well. FreeHand Forever!

Name:Marcel Wüstner
Email:office@konzeptundgestaltung.com
Location: feldkirch, austria
Date: Thursday, December 14, 2006 at 09:39:23
Comments:
DON'T KILL FREEHAND! Implement Opentype and Unicode and sell it as an alternative package with photoshop.

Name:Valentin Rozman
Email:info@rozman.org
Location: Begunje na Gorenjskem, Slovenia
Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at 13:33:13
Comments:
I startet working as a designer using Corel Draw, but when it became too buggy in version 2.0, I searched for alternatives. Comparing Illustrator and FreeHand, I found that FreeHand was the best choice since it combined stable and accurate post script core like Illustrator, and user frendly interface like Corel Draw. In the beginning I used Quark Xpress for multiple page layouts, but since FreeHand could hanle multiple pages too, I never touched Quark again. Illustrator only supports one layout page, and for multiple pages, users have to use InDesign. That kind of workflow is very time consumming and really not practical. In FreeHand you can do it all at once, and that why it is a top-noch software for almost all of the designing needs.

Name: Tim Biddulph
Email:mobs1@talktalk.net
Location: Nottingham, Notts England
Date: Sunday, December 10, 2006 at 04:33:36
Comments:
I have been using Freehand for over 5 years in my job and we use it for almost every type of document. It is so flexible and so easy to use - much more so than AI. PLEASE KEEP FREEHAND.

Name: Paulo
Email:pvagos@hotmail.com
Portugal
Date: Saturday, December 9, 2006 at 07:40:40
Comments:
With all respect for Adobe and their Illustrator software: FreeHand is a better, more efficient and more intuitive vector application. Good professionals use it and prove it. Excellent professionals KNOW it. I'm sure Adobe is placed among the last ones. Sell it or improve it. But don´t kill it along with millions of expectations.

Name: Oriol Espinal
Email:oriolespinal@yahoo.co.uk
Location: London, UK
Date: Thursday, December 7, 2006 at 15:11:10
Comments:
I've just switched to Ilustrator and I find it quite frustrating, is not as versatile as Freehand. If next Ilustrator generation has Freehand's features it might be ok but not the same. Please don't kill Freehand!!!

Name: Francois Smit
Email:fsmit@dawnltd.co.za
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Date: Thursday, December 7, 2006 at 09:14:45
Comments:
If Adobe is not going to continue with Freehand they should sell the rights to a worthy company to continue the noble course of keeping the best software in its field alive.

Name: Robert Koechl
Email:year.2001@web.de
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date: Sunday, December 3, 2006 at 12:36:57
Comments:
Please save Freehand!

Name:John hajdar
Email:john_hajdar@hotmail.com
Location: bolton, lancs uk
Date: Sunday, December 3, 2006 at 08:20:53
Comments:
Have been using and teaching freehand since v3 (silicon beach aldus?) and have have spead the word to thousands of students over the years. Both products have good and bad points and better integration would be good for both. A common graphics engine under the hood would sort that - anyone for freelustrator? But keep it current whatever. p.s. Adobe- if your getting shot- give it to apple not corel (like macromedia did with final cut) competition is good for the soul and the customer.

Name: Kelter
Location: new hope, pa usa
Date: Sunday, December 3, 2006 at 01:52:39
Comments:
of course - it's obvious that FreeHand needs to be saved

Name:michael salter
Email:salter@uoregon.edu
Location: eugene, or usa
Date: Saturday, December 2, 2006 at 16:14:38
Comments:
FH has the most eloquent combination of depth of function and fast learning curve. In a mass of apps trying to be everything for all, FH has been the end all be all app for many. I unreservedly support the continuation of the program, even if its in the form of a new illustrator version that co-opts all the good stuff from FH.

Name:William Herod
Email:b.herod@att.net
Location: Seattle, WA US
Date: Thursday, November 30, 2006 at 13:11:30
Comments:
For the love of all things Holy ... keep Freehand ALIVE!!!!

Name: Stefan Taurat
Germany
Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2006 at 04:55:56
Comments:
Niemals ohne mein FreeHand !

Name:richoz
Email:richoz@gmail.com
Location: djakarta, dki indonesia
Date: Monday, November 27, 2006 at 23:03:29
Comments:
please don't stop freehand development. we love it.

Name:Kevin Stierwald
Email:kevin@stierwald.com
Location: New Orleans, LA US
Date: Monday, November 27, 2006 at 13:18:08
Comments:
I have used Freehand since version 1 and it has always been my favorite design program - the "all-around athlete of the design world" as someone put it. I've recently switched to Illustrator and it is simply not as versatile or intuitive as Freehand. I don't want to bash Illustrator, but Freehand is simply a better product. PLEASE SAVE FREEHAND.

Name: Harley johnson
Email:planetbelieve@yahoo.com
Location: Chesterfield, UK
Date: Friday, November 24, 2006 at 10:58:13
Comments:
I've used Illustrator since 1989. For this very reason I believe, somewhat ironically, that Adobe needs only to do two very simple things: 1. Thow away the current Illustrator altogether; and 2. Rename/repackage FreeHand to ... e.g. 'IllustratorX'. Result: - FreeHand users will come back to support Adobe in their droves. - Illustrator users (are there still that many of us left these days?!) will take about 10 seconds to learn to use it, and will wonder why they never took the opportunity before. That was certainly my reaction when I first tried Freehand. - Adobe will profit vastly. When a company the size of Adobe considers their next direction for product development, their top priority will be the potential to grow their customer base. (For a perfect example look at how far reaching their target market for Acrobat 8 has become.) If they were to scrap FreeHand, there are better alternatives than Illustator to move to and it's my bet that the majority of existing FH users won't stick around to bang their heads against the wall trying to get Illustrator to work. That's a lot of potential new customers lost immediately. But if they drop Illustrator in its present, cumbersome form, and offer a repackaged Freehand as a faster, more powerful and more user-friendly alternative, even die-hard Illustrator users won't need to look anywhere else for a better alternative than Freehand is already. Why? Because there simply isn't one. Therein lies the sensible answer. And what if Adobe were, very carefully, to make FH even better? I rest my case.

Name: Claudia Hild
Email:info@claudia-hild.de
Location: Angelburg, Deutschland
Date: Wednesday, November 22, 2006 at 04:58:35
Comments:
Seit 15 Jahren arbeite ich t?glich viele Stunden mit FreeHand. Immer wieder habe ich versucht, auf Illustrator umzusteigen und immer wieder musste ich feststellen, dass ich einfach viel schneller in Freehand arbeiten kann. Bis heute mit den neuesten Versionen ist FreeHand in Sachen effektiv-Arbeiten fY¨hrend. Einige Effekte in Illustrator sind super aber FreeHand ist schneller!

Name: Julian Raec
Location: Maribor, Slovenia
Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2006 at 15:32:23
Comments:
In my expirience they have both become much more buggy and unstable (at least on Windows) than Corel Draw, which tells a lot to anyone who remembers Corel's bugfiesta past. What Adobe should consider is to take the best of the both world, user suggestions, a large sweep over existing codebase and engage those combined developer forces of Macromedia and Adobe to build the plethora of features behind a common customizable GUI that could be adjusted to suit both FH and IL users. Off course, this will never happen, so a rehaul of Freehand in Studio 8 direction would be the right choice.

Name: Fatal
Email:fatal@mail.ru
Location: New York, NY USA
Date: Monday, November 20, 2006 at 13:29:18
Comments:
Adobe! Please save Frehand!

Name: Robert Anton
Email:robert.anton@mailinator.com
Location: Vienna, Austria
Date: Saturday, November 18, 2006 at 08:16:19
Comments:
Free Hand!

Name: Thomas Lincoln
Email:thomas.lincoln@comcast.net
Location: Springfield, OR United States
Date: Thursday, November 16, 2006 at 16:39:06
Comments:
Adobe makes no sense in dropping Freehand. It's simply the best drawing program ever designed. Save it. Fix it's inability to import PDFs and the rasterizing that results from rotating graphics and type. Then stop with the stupid upgrades!

Name: Thomas Lincoln
Email:thomas.lincoln@comcast.net
Location: Springfield, OR United States
Date: Thursday, November 16, 2006 at 16:04:11
Comments:
Having been forced to upgrade to FHMX when I upgraded to IMACX, I now live in a sea of confusion. Two principle issues with FHMX; maybe someone of you knows the solution, if any: 1) Cannot import pdf files into FHMX. 2) When rotating graphics and type in FHMX they become rasterized and print out with unwanted bounding box rules of some sort, even though they're not visible on the monitor. Any help out there? Thomas Lincoln Freehand 9 lover thomas.lincoln@comcast.net

Name: Hugo Larqué
Email:hugolarque@hotmail.com
Location: Texcoco, Mexico Mexico
Date: Thursday, November 16, 2006 at 12:40:04
Comments:
Freehand is Freehand, that's all.

Name: Fernando
Email:f.soubiran@bluewin.ch
Location: Schaffhausen, SH Switzerland
Date: Thursday, November 16, 2006 at 12:25:10
Comments:
Hey guys, you cannot tell me i must migrate to Illu after 12 years freehand... Instead just drawing what you want to draw starting again thinking or trying HOW to do something? give me Illu with the mask management from FH (just click and paste inside without losing attributes and just the chance to choose my points just clicking them and not first finding the path an looking that my points are white...) we could make peace again. but this two functions makes the 80% of the job in vector... the 3 selection tools are just pervers for FH users... In Extremis you can throw away the scrap MX and give us freehand 9 for OSX. just add illu compatible gradients and typereunion and there is all what we need to work...

Name: Spike
Email:jferver2002@yahoo.com
Location: san francisco, ca usa
Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at 17:00:14
Comments:
I use both Freehand and Illustrator in a production environment for a large financial services company - Adobe - PLEASE KEEP BOTH!! They meet separate needs.

Name:Martin Castro
Email:info@martincastro.it
Location: Roma, Italy Italy
Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at 09:58:13
Comments:
SAVE FREEHAND!! for multuple pages and text management

Name: Geoff
Location: St. Louis, MO USA
Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2006 at 14:41:17
Comments:
J'adore freehand!

Name: MASTER JET
Email:kenshee92@hotmail.com
Singapore
Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2006 at 10:01:03
Comments:
What the censored is Adobe doing??? They should start making updates on thw world most powewrful vector programs, adding special features like Brushes effect. I hate illustrator , cos it alwasy so difficlut to use and stupid problems especially the clipping mask. WHy cant they just make a PASTE INSIDE SELECTION command to make things easier instead of clipping mask this and that?

Name: Markus Saukko
Location: Kemi, Finland
Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2006 at 07:46:29
Comments:
I got a fever...and the only cure, is more Freehand!

Name:L. Carl Robinson
Email:carl@cedarbear.com
Location: Roosevelt, UT United States
Date: Monday, November 13, 2006 at 18:50:31
Comments:
The determining factor for my having chosen Freehand 4 years ago over Illustrator was that my company needed to render over a thousand different product labels of differing types and sizes over a 2 year period. Though we had previously used Illustrator, for this particular project we need the multiple pages within a single template work document feature which Freehand has. The decision was a no brainer when one considers the thousands of hours, wages and resources saved as opposed to using Illustrator's single lable at a time approach. Surprisingly, we found this feature to have applicability to many other projects and quickly we dropped using Illustrator at all. In my extensive travels and collaborations I've found that this feature is possibly the single biggest reason Freehand has done so well in the multiple unit based graphics industry. Now Adobe has bought and chopped Freehand from further development. I would highly urge Adobe to take this one singular feature that has always topped Illustrator for my industry's type of graphic work and... pleeeeeeaaaaase incorporate the multiple pages within a single templated document feature into Freehand NOW! Do that and I'll gladly switch to Illustrator, especially since their are some features in Illustrator that I consider better than Freehand, but not until the multiple pages feature is incorporated. Historically speaking, Adobe needs to be very careful on this one and not just brush it off capriciously because someone will build a better mouse trap to address this issue, which could be at Adobe's own loss. This one feature added to Illustrator, the multiple pages within a single templated document, is all most Freehand users are asking for from Adobe, which would be a hugely appreciated goodwill gesture towards us.

Name:serkant
Email:serkant.hekimci@gmail.com
Location: istanbul, turkey
Date: Monday, November 13, 2006 at 17:14:44
Comments:
forever and ever freehand...

Name: Ken B.
KS USA
Date: Thursday, November 9, 2006 at 18:48:07
Comments:
Freehand is my best friend and companion when designing in all areas of advertising. Logo design, creating an ad, newsletter, website design, flash, storyboards for video, annual reports, brochures, it can almost handle any design task thrown at it. Freehand is the All-Around Athlete. It's the Bruce Jenner of Graphic Design programs. One program without going back and forth between many programs. It's really quite simple. I dread working in illustrator. I love working in Freehand. The simplicity of Freehand is the beauty. The features of building your own personalize toolbar and keyboard shortcuts for the tools you most use is far superior than ai. Of course multiple pages is tops. Freehand users please speak your mind and voice to Adobe to keep this program alive!

Name: ErMaN
Email:grafikerman@gmail.com
Date: Thursday, November 9, 2006 at 04:15:55
Comments:
freehand i kaldıran bizden değildir...

Name: ben ek
Location: birmingham, uk
Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2006 at 09:52:26
Comments:
freehand is simply in a league of it's own, the vector ability of illustrator and the layout skills or quark (so long as the doc is less than 100 pages or so). who wants to switch applications all the time when you're creating something?? it's pointless and time comsuming. plus the results will not be as good by the time you eventually finish. save freehand!!!!

Name: Steve W
Location: phoenix, az usa
Date: Saturday, November 4, 2006 at 15:13:36
Comments:
I have used freehand since 2.02. When Adobe bought it the first time, I tried to seriously switch to Illustrator. My production dropped, and never increased. It is very unintuitive. I went back to freehand. Since this latest Macromedia/Adobe merger, I have made a sincere attempt to switch again. It was more painful than the first time. Also, I ocassionally have the responsiblity to instruct beginners in graphic design. Teaching freehand to someone who has no experience is amazingly easy I am going back to freehand, and hoping that it survives. Adobe if you screw us on this one, I will quit using all Adobe apps I possibly can - there really isn't an alternative to photoshop, and now flash :( but I would try to find them.

Name: to
Email:kolonya01@hotmail.com
Location: istanbul, 34 turkey
Date: Saturday, November 4, 2006 at 12:00:31
Comments:
viva freeHand

Name: Anna
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Date: Friday, November 3, 2006 at 02:01:07
Comments:
I agree that FH and Illustrator are not comparable. Illustrator is good for some things and FH is superior in other areas. There is definately room for both.

Name:Christian Carl
Email:2c@cchris.de
Location: Ulm, Germany
Date: Thursday, November 2, 2006 at 12:06:52
Comments:
Freehand isn't perfect, but miles ahead of Illustrator. Hope some company buys it from adobe and continues development.

Name: Sergio Pol
Email:sergiopol@theathletics.net
Location: Caracas, Venezuela
Date: Thursday, November 2, 2006 at 11:45:19
Comments:
Not much to say here. When I was a begginer around 10 years ago, I had a real hard time getting into computer software. I intended to do graphic design for a living but couldn't study the career then. So I had the opportunity to work with this friend who needed help with his design company. That was my first close encounter with computers and real graphic design. Since then I've always had availabilty to both freehand and illustrator (and even corel draw that was the first design application I studied at the design School) but none of them would be more intuitive and friendly than my old freehand friend. As time went by I became a macromedia fan so when the fusion was announced I felt something resembling that when your favorite ballplayer is traded to another team. I'm in the animation area of graphic design since 1998 and because the lack of integration between freehand and after effects I always create my vectors on freehand and then take it to illustrator. This is a painstaking process that I usually avoid exporting my elements separated in EPS format. For me there's no comparison between these applications. Illustrator is far more complete than freehand and I take it but the friendly UI and the whole feeling I get inside it is out of any kind of comparison.

Name: Michael Laurence Meyer
Email:m.meyer@lsr-fulda.de
Location: Gersfeld, Hessen/Rhön Deutschland
Date: Thursday, November 2, 2006 at 05:30:49
Comments:
I am a graphic designer. I have been using both Illustrator and Freehand professionally for 12 years. I work in a pre-press agency for a big global player. I just have to say that Freehand has been the program of choice. Trying to prep something for flexo or offset in Illustrator is a time consuming nightmare. In Freehand it just intuitively happens! And Freehand is easy to teach to a beginner. And as far as Illustrations in Vector... I am faster in FreeHand than in Illustrator, accuracy is better too. And I am not just talking about making a silly little logo or something. I illustrated gigantic Murals in Freehand. And they were as top-notch as anything out there. I am forcing myself to work in Illustrator in preparation for the future, but I must say the more I do, the less I like Illustrator. Making changes after-the-fact is terrible. I can't believe that this is so difficult. As well as all the missing features. I hope they at least include a lot of FreeHand in the future Illustrator versions. I can't imagine all these things are missing. Especially if you are in the packaging / flexo / pre-press industry! We are no longer processing Illustrator files in Illustrator. We have spent 20-fold the money on ArtPro. But you can't really draw well in ArtPro. So were does this leave us? Can we do anything at all to convince Adobe to retain FreeHand? I don't even know where on Adobe's site to click to send an Email to somebody. Well, lets hope for the best, it looks dismal.

Name: Freehand Freddy
Location: Albany, NY USA
Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 14:28:30
Comments:
I got an e-mail today inviting me to attend an e-seminar on integrating Illustrator with flash. My worst fears have been realized - but I will give Adobe a chance. I love FreeHand! It does what it does with perfection. It integrates with Flash VERY nicely. Up to this point I am not happy with the way Illustrator integrates with Flash. how about they repackage FreeHand with an Illustrator box and admit their product is just plain inferior!

Name: Jez
Email:kasjez@operamail.com
Location: Manchester, England
Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 05:58:18
Comments:
Flash Elements - a short Functional Specification ------------------------------------------------------------ Freehand could be developed as the next application in the "Elements" brand. Its greatest marketing strength would be its promise of a quick SWF workflow whereby coding would NOT be required. Flash Elements would best suit users who typically are short on time, have no desire to code and who require an application for making interactive SWF deliverables for online, offline, projectors, CD-ROM or DVD-ROM delivery. Freehand's wonderful vector tools and Flash functionality, coupled with its master pages and multiple pages, could be enhanced by adding functionality found in the now dead Adobe LiveMotion 2.0 application, such as the automated routines, Live Tabs, Object/Animation styles - NOT the Timeline or Script Editor. Flash Elements will be minimalist and simple in its GUI approach, and will definitely NOT REQUIRE a timeline or a code editor. Flash Elements would compete head on with Quark's Interactive Designer, not Illustrator. Folks who use SwishMax might be swayed towards purchasing Flash Elements via cheap cross-grade deals. Flash Elements would best suit its intended end-users with the development of a long list of behaviors and effects that are easy to get at and apply (as in the behaviors in Macromedia Director, or the accessible effects in SwishMax - a right-click away from anywhere in the interface). Borrowing from Apple's Keynote application a timeline can be implemented in a simpler, comprehendible, manner, mainly via a list of items whose hierarchy can be changed at will. A right-click will display extra properties and values. That's it. No messing around with tiny arrows or icons, futzing with the timeline. Flash Elements, developed to the specifications above, would be marketed towards business users, freelancers, IT folks whose work demands a little graphic design and multimedia two or three times a week, home users, and anybody else WHO JUST WANT TO MAKE FLASH PRESENTATIONS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, without the drudgery or knowledge of ActionScript 1, 2, 3 and all that jazz. Flash Elements will be a really useful designer's Flash tool; it will do away with some of the superfluous effects/xtras from Freehand's current GUI, integrating some of Livemotion's more useful automated functionality (Live Tabs and Automated Scripts). Also it will sport new, extra behaviors, that are "one-click" or "select and click" pre-packaged ActionScripts that can be dragged and dropped from a library, allowing for 3rd party developers to develop their own bottled ActionScript behaviors that also get added to the Behavior library. The majority of the myriad complicated GUI palettes in Freehand's current GUI will also be removed (remember Adobe PageMill? there were around 4 palettes in all, all accessible via F key commands; hit F5 and you'd get the Color palette - see, I still remember the shortcut after all of these years, BECAUSE THE APP WAS SO SIMPLE AND A JOY TO USE! ). Other features include: An improved PDF export/save mechanism. An "Export for Breeze" option in the File>Export sub menu. File>Save Selection As... functionality, appears also in the Context-right-click menu. Note from the author ------------------------ Please don't ditch Freehand; it is truly waiting to be developed into a more useful Flash app. Please turn it into a Flash and vector tool for those of us who don't need, do not intend, nor will ever have a reason to buy into Illustrator CS2, Flash 8 Pro or - God forbid - Flex. Keep it nice and simple and, for crying out loud, stay away from multiple palettes. If anyone is reading this, thank you for your time, it is much appreciated. Jez

Name: Coskun
Email:coskunsami@yahoo.com
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2006 at 21:20:23
Comments:
Well, I was trying to give some space for Illustrator in my head, and finally I've ended switching to InDesign, it's sooo irrelevant to compare FreeHand and Illustrator, since FreeHand is much more versatile and features nice integration with Fireworks and especially Flash. Recently I've been frustrated only once with some multi multi page layout with a plenty of copytext. Otherwise, I'll continue to stick with FreeHand, even there are no updates. I'm not interested at all with the fancy effects in Illustrator, if I want effects I would use Corel or even Photoshop. And let me say it, the color picking and naming system is just a crap, it takes hours to define all gradients and colors, both in Ilustrator and InDesign. And here is my verdict: Drop shadows, fantastic effects and blending modes for the Vista kids? Definitely Illustrator. A nice balanced layout and typographic precision? Go with InDesign, it's really "the publishing tool". Clean cut graphic design, logo design, illustration, better performance, better launch, straighforward usability? Long live FreeHand!

Name: bachniou
Email:bachniou@hotmail.com
Location: casablanca, morroco
Date: Friday, October 27, 2006 at 12:42:58
Comments:
i use both freehand mx and illustrator and really like them , but there are options and manipluations allowed in one that don't exist in the other, they both have qualities and flaws... freehand can do stuff illustrator can't so please please don't kill freehand... we need it... bach, a professional graphist in love with freehand...

Name: ahmet uzun
Email:ahuzumcu@gmail.com
Location: istanbul,Date: Friday, October 27, 2006 at 08:26:09
Comments:
bizim gibi FreeHand çalışan insanları Corel e kaptırmak istemiyorsa Adobe Firması FreeHand i yok etmesin

Name: Gian
ItalyDate: Thursday, October 26, 2006 at 13:22:49
Comments:
SAVE FREE HAND!!!!

Name: Dave Kelly
Email:dkelly(at)ono.com
Location: Murcia, Spain
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2006 at 18:05:35
Comments:
I've used Freehand since the Aldus days, most vector graphics workers I know use Freehand...I love using it, its like second nature after all these years and its just got better and better. Over the years at certain stages I have had to work with illustrator, but not through choice...and have to say I dont get on with it..I found it awkward, and I am worried that Adobe are going to push Freehand out to favour Illustrator, their "flagship" vector product....that would be a big error in my opinion.... dont scrap it just because you want to push Illustrator on us...but dont just blend them together either, I cant imagine how the GUI of a merger of the two would pan out.... makes me cringe to think

Name: fabs
Email:fabs@skynet.be
Location: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Date: Friday, October 20, 2006 at 17:03:51
Comments:
FREEHAND = FREE CREATION ! SAVE THE WONDERFUL FREEHAND !!! I'LL NEVER USE ILLUSTRATOR ! I'M GRAPHIC DESIGNER , NOT ILLUSTRATOR !

Name: Larry Bowring
Date: Friday, October 20, 2006 at 09:04:13
Comments:
FreeHand fills a critical need in the map publishing industry, and would be the perfect vehicle for creating a user-customized vector package with modular functionality (i.e. Xtras, subroutines) for specific tasks. There is a strong rationale for maintaining it to serve the existing customer base, and strengthening the FreeHand/Illustrator interoperability.

Name: John Campbell Finnegan
Email:john.campbell.finnegan
Location: Greenville, IN USA
Date: Thursday, October 19, 2006 at 12:34:42
Comments:
Okay, so I took the plunge and am using AICS2. It's just not as intuitive as FHMX and much of it's functionality is difficult to decipher. So, please keep both products if possible, or bring the FH development team on board and let them assist with AI's interface.

Name: gwenda williams
Email:prepress@securityplastics.co.nz
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2006 at 15:12:48
Comments:
I have been a long time user of Freehand, since back in the days of about version 4. It has been invaluable for our style of prepress film output in our industry due to its versatility and intuitive way of working. Simple things like multiple pages, being able to colourize tiffs, reliable film output are some of things that will keep me with FH till i absolutely have to change. Yes I do use the 'other' software, but under duress at times and major frustration at other times. Heres hoping it stays in use for a few years to come! ;-)

Name: Anthony
Email:pintoni@videotron.ca
Date: Monday, October 16, 2006 at 09:35:38
Comments:
Anybody using FH MX on the new Intel Macs (Core Duo/iMacs)? Does it work at all? How is the speed compared to your older system? We have a G4 1.33GHz Single CPU )1 GB RAM) and a G4 Dual 1.25 (1.75GB RAM). Both running Tiger 10.4.5 and Suitcase

Name: faruk
Email:benli111@hotmail.com
Location: konya, turkey
Date: Saturday, October 14, 2006 at 22:38:16
Comments:
freehand freehand

Name:John Forward
Email:johnforward@gmail.com
Location: Rochester, NY US
Date: Friday, October 13, 2006 at 17:56:26
Comments:
I have had this program (came with the MX suite) and never used it before... OH MY GOD! I think this program is the best thing I've discovered and I have worked with EVERY single product out there - since 1984, mind you. I was shocked how simple and straight-forward it combines the best of all types of elements into a web page that looks like I want it to look! This is actually a small miracle. I will continue to create all my graphics in Flash,, Illustrator and Strata3D, and import, layer, publish and ENJOY the result! I will also be spreading the word to all my associates in the field who will listen. This is great! Thank you!

Name: Manuel Granizo
Email:mgranizo73@yahoo.com
Location: La Paz, Bolivia
Date: Friday, October 13, 2006 at 11:17:23
Comments:
The first time I saw the FreeHand interface I thought it was worthless (compared to the fancy AI interface). I had a very hard time getting around to using it for the first time. Now that I have been using FreeHand for six months and AI for 4 years, I can honestly say that AI is worthless. I cant believe what I had been missing out on by not using FreeHand, it makes my work so much faster and easier. My hair has been growing back since I started using FH.

Name:Craig Gearing
Email:cgearing@martinsdesign.com.au
Location: Adelaide, SA Australia
Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2006 at 02:04:48
Comments:
Our company has forced its users over to the Adobe design suite recently with the discontinuation of Freehand (having used it for years previously, since version 3) Now that I've had some time to adjust to Illustrators way of doing things, I can say with confidence that Freehand s---s all over it. Illustrator is a slug when called to use full colour images, Still no multi-page. and some of its tool / object behaviours make me want to scream. I'll concede Illustrator has some nice features, but it fails abysmally at some basic ones. I've tried really hard to like Illustrator, but Freehand eats it alive as far as I'm concerned.

Name: Ryan O.
Email:ryan@stratatomic.com
Location: Greenville, SC USA
Date: Monday, October 9, 2006 at 15:43:09
Comments:
I began my graphics career more than 12 years ago with Freehand. It's the best all-around application out there, always has been. Today, I use it for everything. I run my entire business around it, because it just works for most of my needs. In fact, I'm still using Mac OS 9 and Freehand 9 because it is simply my favorite tool for most any job. It's like asking me to just unlearn everything I know and use some bass-ackward software that is inferior to Freehand. And BTW, GoLive is better than Dreamweaver any day, so I am not biased either way - I just prefer the best product. Listen to your users Adobe - Freehand and GoLive are the better products, not perfect, but better than their alternatives. They deserve to carry on the torch. Freehand is the most intuitive program I've ever used. Excellent for most any graphic need, I haven't had to use a true page-layout program like Quark or InDesign in almost a decade. Freehand just does what most designers need, without getting in the way or making our jobs difficult. I mean, have you guys actually used the darn software yourself? Anyone with an iota of sense would determine that Freehand is a much more robust and easy to use piece of software that Illustrator. PLEASE, I beg of you, keep Freehand and GoLive around. They are the reasons I am using a 5-year old Mac.

Name: e-ray
Date: Sunday, October 8, 2006 at 15:29:50
Comments:
FreeHand has a user-friendly interface.When we heard "Freehand will no longer exist" rumours at the first time, the disappointment was unavoidable.It's not cool to stop producing such a successful drawing software.

Name: The Lion
Email:thelio@gmail.com
Location: Montreal, Quebec Canada
Date: Sunday, October 8, 2006 at 01:57:56
Comments:
Freehand is a great vector tool, it's UI is, in my opinion, far better designed then the one of Illustrator, or every other adobe's product since they all tend to have bad UI. Adobe realised they make sucky design so they enhanced After Effects and Premiere, hope they do so for everything else, but their program still bloats my cpu and my ram to much to my liking. So I hope Freehand stays Freehand and lives for centuries to come.

Name:Webvisuals
Email:ron@webvisuals.com
Location: Everett, WA USA
Date: Saturday, October 7, 2006 at 20:05:52
Comments:
Please, please, please keep Freehand around and continue w/development efforts. I have a wife and two kids to feed. if Freehand goes away my income will decline.

Name: tjukkola
Email:tjukkola@hotmail.com
Location: denver, co usa
Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2006 at 17:05:07
Comments:
illustrator is for illustrating. . . FREEHAND IS FOR DESIGNING EVERYHING ELSE

Name:Rocco Torres
Email:roc77@cox.net
Location: San Diego, CA United States
Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2006 at 15:07:32
Comments:
I was VERY unhappy to hear that Adobe had taken over (or purchased) Macromedia. I realize that both companies have their issues, however both companies have produced exceptional products. I have been using FreeHand since it was created by Aldus. At the beginning of my education, I gave equal billing to Illustrator and FreeHand. And I found that FreeHand was just far more inituitive and efficient; not to mention the fact that FreeHand not only allowed me to create complex vector art quickly but also included the necessary features to create a multipage layout. As FreeHand matured it only got better, much better. It's a shame to me that FreeHand and Illustrator are compared so closely because they do many of the same things; however, FreeHand has so much more capability in layout features that honestly are not comparable to Illustrator. And for whatever reason, Illustrator grabbed a significantly larger market share than FreeHand over the years. We can relate this misfortune to other products from our industry as well i.e. QuarkExpress. Or even the platforms we use; Mac vs. PC. It seems that in these cases, marketing has prevailed over functionality and overall greatness. FreeHand just completely outshines its competition in almost every way, and I truly hope that Adobe will keep FreeHand going. I will miss my friend if Adobe ultimately decides not to continue supporting the most wonderful program for its purpose ever coded.

Name: Gabe Berry
Email:gberry@ustgolfshaft.com
Location: Fort Worth, TX USA
Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2006 at 16:02:44
Comments:
I have been using FreeHand since version 2 and I simply cannot imagine NOT having it around. It is a wonderful program. It is the kind of program that gets out of your way and just lets you get some work done. If you update it, I will buy it.

Name: yuke
Email:ykemaly@gmail.com
Location: ankara, turkey
Date: Monday, October 2, 2006 at 21:27:22
Comments:
Freehand is very flexible software,please, we want new versions.

Name: arez
Date: Monday, October 2, 2006 at 16:41:05
Comments:
Freehand is the best, easiest to use, multi-page vector application out there. Adobe, please allow someone to purchase this application from you so that it can survive and prosper. You're killing it just like you did PageMaker and FrameMaker!!

Name: Warwick Smith
Australia
Date: Thursday, September 28, 2006 at 23:51:01
Comments:
Having used both FreeHand and Illustrator there is no way I would change to Illustrator. For cartograpy Freehand is the greatest and I sincerely hope it continues to be supported and developed.

Name: ONUR YILMAZ
Email:kazzaam_21@hotmail.com
Location: Eskişehir, TURKEY
Date: Thursday, September 28, 2006 at 08:27:35
Comments:
i'll always love freehand....

Name: hanri fil
Email:jabo1999@msn.com
Location: paris, France
Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2006 at 18:44:07
Comments:
I like freehand, I want a new freehand next year.

Name: ash
Email:ash1977@dodo.com.au
Location: brisbane, qld Australia
Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2006 at 10:18:04
Comments:
if anything illustrator should be replaced by freehand, i have been a user of freehand for roughly 9 years and have found it to be extremely easy to use and practical (and even more so when compared to illustrator). the only downfall i ever had was the ability to import and save press ready pdfs, thats it, hopefully adobe can intergrate pdf production into any new release of freehand, I would buy it in a heartbeat. Illustrator just seems so ackward to me, you can't cut and paste easily, you only have one page to work on at a time, and you have to have indesign to be able to get artwork ready for print. Why do we need illustrator at all when you can do almost everything in freehand. I still cant believe macromedia sold out. If freehand is discontinued in the future it will be a sad day for the design, print and web industries combined.

Name:Aaron Beall
Email:contact-abeall-com
Location: Brunswick, MD USA
Date: Monday, September 25, 2006 at 23:15:27
Comments:
I love FreeHand. I use it for both print and creating vector art for web purposes. I would hate to see it completely killed off.

Name:yesıldag savas
Email:war1976@hotmail.com
Location: istanbul, tr tr
Date: Monday, September 25, 2006 at 06:26:45
Comments:
i want to freehand

Name:Kronk
Email:Kronkh@gmail.com
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Date: Sunday, September 24, 2006 at 21:06:44
Comments:
I started my career full time 2 years ago using primarily FHMX for vector illustration and all other graphic design work. Killing FH means I now have to relearn a whole new style of working, I tried using illustrator, I even had a tips book, but after 3 hours I wanted to cry. Sell freehand or improve it, but don't kill it and don't merge it will AI that would only dilute an already far superior product.

Name: Mauricio Fernandez R.
Email:excursioner@mac.com
Location: San Diego, CA USA
Date: Sunday, September 24, 2006 at 03:08:13
Comments:
InDesign + Illustrator + HotDoor Multipage = Freehand I hope Apple to buy Freehand and make what they've done with Shake4, Aperture or Final Cut Pro. We need a good Design Print Pro Application from Apple, and Freehand is the answer.

Name: Chris Willis
Email:cwillis@athleticdecals.com
Location: houston, TX USA
Date: Friday, September 22, 2006 at 12:14:55
Comments:
Simple commands that I use every hour in Freehand that are not available in illustrator (that I can find) - inset path (huge) and punch - Keep freehand!

Name: Alejandro Fields
Email:axelvedder@yahoo.com.mx
Location: San Luis Potosí, S.L.P. México
Date: Thursday, September 21, 2006 at 16:10:11
Comments:
I know lots of people here in Mexico who love FHMX they really like it´s simplicity to work and printing, Also we dont like how Ilustrator crashes PLEASE MAKE A NEW VERSION OF IT INSTEAD OF DISCONTINUING IT Think of it, some other company could create his own FH and trust me i´ll buy it instead of learning Ilustrator

Name: Salih Akkemik
Email:salihakkemik@gmail.com
Location: istanbul, Turkey
Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at 12:31:42
Comments:
It was a so bad news when i heard Adobe bought the Macromedia.Interfaces of all Adobe softwares are not user friendly.Macromedia softwares are better always.We just saw how Adobe is not enough good and not ready to develope Macromedia softwares in last year.For example,first time we saw Dreamwear update,and horrible things about Flash and Flash player...so many bugs and wrong things...In my opinion Studio 8 was a real fiasco...after they had to announce public alphas for next versions...Thats ridiculous.Macromedia never behaved like this.I think we are unlucky about Macromedia disappeared.Finally they decided to finish Freehand also.They did this for earn money money.Because people will have to use Illustrator and InDesign together in that way.On the other hand i agreed with other people.Freehand is more basic and userfriendly.Adobe softwares will be never like this.Unfortunatelly Freehand is over and probably in a few years all people will have to use Illustrator and InDesign.

Name:Mark Eccles
Email:eccles030@hotmail.com
Location: Manchester, Cheshire UK
Date: Monday, September 18, 2006 at 11:54:51
Comments:
FreeHand is one of the easiest to use layout apps out there. It really is like no other - I urge Adobe to make another version, especially for Intel Mac users. I don't know what I'd do without it. Mark Eccles

Name:Bob Downs
Email:info@gobrainstorm.com
Location: Littleton, CO United States
Date: Sunday, September 17, 2006 at 01:03:46
Comments:
Adobe, please keep not only supporting, but further developing Freehand. Illustrator does some things better (working with type--especially warping--comes to mind), but Freehand is far superior in most other categories--multiple pages makes FH an indispensible page layout tool; the ability to have multiple color profiles in one document is a time-saver; the list goes on. One huge benefit of keeping both FH and AI fresh is to keep other programs (ie, CorelDraw) from jumping into the void. Proctor & Gamble often has multiple products in the same category for this same reason (they own both Huggies & Pampers diapers). I have used both Illustrator and Freehand for 15+ years, but would rather change careers than use Illustrator full time. Freehand is that good.

Name: Ian Oas
Location: St Paul, MN US
Date: Saturday, September 16, 2006 at 22:37:33
Comments:
I enjoy both FreeHand and Illustrator, but FreeHand does so many things far more intuitively and easier. This is particularly true in my profession -- cartography. I plead with Adobe to keep FreeHand. It's GUI is so much better than Illustrator's!

Name:Fabio Poli
Email:fabio@polidesign.it
Location: BERGAMO, BG Italy
Date: Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 13:54:32
Comments:
When Aldus (PageMaker and Freehand) were aquired by Adobe, the US Antitrust obliged Adobe to sell 1 of 2 leader in vector graphics software. Why, with the merge of Adobe-Macromedia, the US Antitrust don't speak? The situation is the same!

Name:Pete Ireson
Email:petefranchella@yahoo.com
Location: Totnes, Devon United Kingdom
Date: Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 05:26:56
Comments:
Judging by the overall response to the issue 'Illustrator Vs Freehand' it seems to me that it would be wise to keep developing both programs. The creative industry will be better off if there is a choice :¬

Name: John
Email:technicolour@xtra.co.nz
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2006 at 22:20:22
Comments:
Adobe, bottom line first. You can kill Freehand, but dial this in. People are going to keep using it until you radically improve the workflow in Illustrator. If you guys won't be developing FH then for our sake sell it to someone who will. Many of us FH users are your customers also, look after us! (how many of us haven't also got Pshop or Illustrator?) I bought a copy of Illustrator when I first heard about Adobe buying Freehand. I thought I could read the writing on the wall. I still remember my resolution. "This was the last FH file, from now on I'll learn and work with Illustrator." I couldn't believe how counter-intuitive it was. When I first started with Freehand I thought drawing with it was more like bending wires than drawing. I still think so, even with a tablet. Nonetheless I got to grips with the program without the benefit of manuals, tutorials or instruction courses. Trial and error was enough. Not in CS2. I do a lot of point manipulation. Selection of these in CS is a nightmare! In FH you use layers if you want to, in CS it's impossible not to, and then a pain in the **rse when you do. In Freehand, go to Keyline and you can select anything on any layer, dozens of overlays in one layer if you want, no problem. (you can be sloppy in FH). I also find individual point selection or addition or subtraction of points in CS a pain. Additionally the Illustrator files are usually 2 to 10 times bigger than FH files, (a pain to email). I have given up trying to learn CS as I can't stand the everyday workflow; the way I have to work with points, which for me is the "guts" of vector work and 70% of my time. In short, Illustrator makes me Ill. I for one won't be giving up FH any time soon.

Name:Gudrun Anna Magnusdottir
Email:gudrunanna@gudrunanna.is
Location: Reykjavík, x Iceland
Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2006 at 17:20:01
Comments:
Please uppdate Freehand. I hate to work in illustrator.There are so many commands in freehand that dosent exist in Illurtrator for example cut and paste inside and punch.

Name: ismail hakkı özdilek
Email:ismailhakkiozdilek@hotmail.com
Location: sinop, turkey
Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2006 at 16:02:28
Comments:
freehand ölmesin Freehand is irreplaceable. It's drawing environment is deeply satisfying and I love the way the program allows me to organize the drawing elements. The possibility that Freehand could be sponsored by Adobe is very hopeful.

Name: Brett Hoskin
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Date: Friday, September 8, 2006 at 20:35:14
Comments:
Please keep FreeHand alive! Our company has been using is almost exclusively for 10 years now and have never found another applica?ion that suits the demands of Design and Direct Marketing. Without it we have to re-train all our staff on multiple applications that don't quite fit the bill. I wish someone would take the best of Freehand, Illustrator, and Indesign and create an applicatio that actually suits the needs of the modern designer. Indesign is too restrictive and is not suitable for anyone who does work outside a conventional multipage brochure. Keep FreeHand alive, develop it more and keep thousands of designers and creative people happy!!

Name:N. Jones
Email:info@wordstream.co.uk
Location: Oxford, UK
Date: Friday, September 8, 2006 at 05:37:05
Comments:
We've been using FreeHand and Illustrator since the very first versions, and we have extensive experience of each application under our belt . Ideally we'd like to keep them both. But if we had to choose between them, our choice would be to keep FreeHand, no contest. Our plea to Adobe: Please continue to develop FreeHand; this application is class-leading in its speed, precision and versatility. It is indispensable to us in our work. Yes, Illustrator is an excellent program but, in a real world face-off in technical illustration and cartography, FreeHand wins hands down, no contest. A forced migration to Illustrator for all our needs (and no doubt for millions of other users) would be a commercial nightmare. Please develop FreeHand into the future.

Name: Kevin Coleman
Location: Houston, TX USA
Date: Thursday, September 7, 2006 at 18:36:19
Comments:
I have been using Freehand since its debut. I chose it over Illustrator back then and have stuck with it beacuse of its user-friendly components and functionality. I find it absolutely ridiculous that Adobe has yet to include a multi-page layout for Illustrator! It is obvious that by purchasing Macromedia, Adobe will have to eliminate Freehand. The logical thing to do is take the best of what works with Freehand (which is a great deal) and update Illustrator with these features. Wouldn't that be in everyone's best interest? Come on Adobe.

Name: Emad Ali
Email:e@ema.com
Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2006 at 17:08:30
Comments:
We Need Freehand.. We love Freehand.. WE USE FREEHAND.. WE BUY FREEHAND.. Continue Developing FREEHAND PLEASE.

Name: michael
Date: Sunday, September 3, 2006 at 09:03:32
Comments:
could we have one program, whatever the name would be, that could have freehand mode and illustrator mode, and would provide functionality of both programs in both modes

Name:Yves Malouin
Email:redunzl@ca.inter.net
Location: Cap-Rouge, Québec Canada
Date: Friday, September 1, 2006 at 23:09:00
Comments:
Since version 2.0, FreeHand is still my Top tool! Adobe must keep FreeHand alive! "La vraie démocratie est sur le Web!â?? "The real democracy is on the Web!" -- Y.M.

Name:murat Demir
Email:mahmutmuratdemir@gmail.com
Location: istanbul, na. turkiye
Date: Friday, September 1, 2006 at 11:03:27
Comments:
is this a coke?? i am using both Freehand and Illustrator but i never liked the way illustrator force me to do my work on vectors i dont care hdw fancy the illustrator tools and filters are even i am a good photoshop user i never get used to illustrator interface i am a good adobe user and use to their interface design but i dont want to transfer to illustrator which Adobe says it is the leading product on the market that i dont care i want my FreeHand if they are not going to continue this product why they dont sell it to some body who can develop it even microsoft is ok. for me aarrrrgh i cant beleive i am writing this ADOBE keep your hands out of FreeHand please

Name: José Báscones
Email:jose_bascones@hotmail.com
Location: Madrid, Madrid Spain
Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at 06:03:08
Comments:
Actually, I cannot imagine my life without freehand in my desktop.

Name: Eduardo Carvalho
Email:eduardo.carvalho@float.pt
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Date: Tuesday, August 29, 2006 at 07:49:59
Comments:
It's a shame if Adobe let go FreeHand! A great deal of graphic designers and many other professionals deal everyday with this versatile and productivity tool and can't imagine using another program. So, if Adobe plans to do nothing with FH, it should give it to someone who cares. All the non Illustrator users will be thankfull. Long live FreeHand!!!!

Name: N. Minter
Email:noble.magnolia@gmail.com
Location: Rock Hill, SC USA
Date: Monday, August 28, 2006 at 16:10:23
Comments:
As a graphic design student favoring web and interactive graphic projects over print, seeing Freehand get overtaken by Adobe makes me worry. I like Illustrator- but there's no Flash support.

Name: Jacob Jensen
Email:jacj@stibo.com
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Date: Friday, August 18, 2006 at 03:13:33
Comments:
I've been using freehand for over ten years now ... I been using it professional in my line of work which if graphic design og web design. Its a very usefull tools. And the best on the marked and has always been. I have tried to switch to Illustrator or other program but always ended back in Freehand. Freehand gets the job done!!!

Name:Connie Rand
Email:connie@randadvertising.com
Location: Lincoln, ME United States
Date: Thursday, August 17, 2006 at 15:18:29
Comments:
I've been using FreeHand since 1991 to illustrate quilting books and magazines. I'm now using FreeHand MX. I'm learning to use Illustrator CS2 because many of the other artists in our company use it. I hate the pen tool with a passion! FreeHand's Bezigon tool is absolutely necessary for what I'm doing, along with having multiple pages in one document. I hope Adobe will keep updating FreeHand for a long time to come. I really enjoy my work using FreeHand, but it will become a chore if I have to use Illustrator.

Name:Jonas WE Andersson
Email:jonas.we.andersson@zwei.se
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at 12:19:05
Comments:
Freehand has SO intuitive and great qualities! - big hommage to the various development teams throughout the years! Let us all hope that this excellent program, that has helped so many great designers to do brilliant work, will continue to be looked after and developed further. Adobe, please take your responsability!

Name: Yoav Goren
Email:yoav@mapa.co.il
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Date: Monday, August 14, 2006 at 11:14:03
Comments:
I work in the leading map-making company in Israel - MAPA, and *all* of our maps & road atlases were made with FreeHand ver. 2 and upwards. Moving to Illustrator is going to be rough, so I hope we'll keep seeing freehand in the future.

Name: Shelley Nortier
Email:shelley@dmi.co.za
Location: Durban, KZN South Africa
Date: Monday, August 14, 2006 at 04:49:16
Comments:
Please keep going with Freehand. There are so many cool features that are not available in Illustrator. I would love the interface between In Design and Freehand be as seamless as it is with Photoshop. I find Freehand very easy to use ad have been using it for illustration and small design jobs for a very long time. Illustrator is too complicated and just not as user friendly. Perhaps if you include some of the Freehand features into Illustrator that would be cool. I don't like the 3d effect school of drawing and Freehand gives me more freedom as an illustrator. It is also easy to trace for very quick jobs. Don't let us down.

Name: Kevin Parrott
Email:kevin.parrott@candida.co.nz
New Zealand
Date: Sunday, August 13, 2006 at 22:23:38
Comments:
Been a avid user of FH right from the early days, have found it to be the least complicated, easiest to get around and consistant app to do what I need to do, have installed on all mac's at the company I work for, would be sad to see it go, my votes for upgrading and continuing with it's development.

Name:Gudrun Anna Magnusdottir
Email:gudrunanna@gudrunanna.is
Location: Reykjavík, Iceland
Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2006 at 07:17:25
Comments:
I like Freehand much better than Illustrator and hate to be forced to change to an application that I dont like. For example comands in Freehand like Punc and Uninon which are useful when creating logo dont exist in Illutrator. The comand cut and paste in side is one of my favorit action in Freehand and this comand does not exsist in Illustrator Please Adobe uppgrade Freehand

Name: Paul Jackson
Email:chinzano@verizon.net
Location: Tampa, FL U.S.A.
Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2006 at 00:12:13
Comments:
Back in 1991, I started out with Illustrator 3. It was unintuitive to use, but hard work paid off with excellent results. Vector drawing became my favorite form of graphic design. FreeHand was shown to me briefly near the beginning but I just kept chugging away with Illustrator. FreeHand 9 caught my attention and I used it sparingly. Upgraded to version 10 and became more familiar with the application and its potential. MX was introduced-- the interface and features really got my motor running and converted me to FreeHand. Illustrator has since taken the back seat. I love the way FHMX works-- it helps my creativity flow by keeping my focus on getting a job done instead of continually switching apps.

Name: Leon. C.
Email:visionsyxx@gmail.com
Date: Tuesday, August 8, 2006 at 20:06:22
Comments:
When i started learning vector based graphics, i started off with illustrator, but by the time i was introduced to fh7 i was completely hooked on its ease of use, how it handle complex paths, multiple pages and so much more compared to illustrator. i now use freehand for almost everything from posters to vector art to recreating gis maps. although i have tried giving illustrator a go again, i cant get used to it. i love freehand, please dont let this great program die.

Name: Simon Gregory
Email:simon@advocate.co.nz
Location: Christchurch, na New Zealand
Date: Tuesday, August 8, 2006 at 17:27:23
Comments:
Keep it going, its a very good programme... I use it for page layout mainly, small projects, and while I wish it had a few features of ID (good transparency mainly), a few things make it almost indespensible... snap to edges, multiple page sizes and by far the easiest selection tools for overlapping objects etc. This last one is a constant issue with adobe programmes.

Name: Tim
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Date: Thursday, August 3, 2006 at 04:03:41
Comments:
Have been using FH since v3. It is an excellent, functional program, not bloatware like most of the others!

Name: Robert Lindquist
Email:bobsmapservice@yahoo.com
Location: Bellingham, WA USA
Date: Wednesday, August 2, 2006 at 15:38:19
Comments:
I have been in FreeHand since Version 3 and love it even with a few quirks. Please keep developing it. Please return the pallets like they were in earlier versions where they can be made thinner and not use so much screen real estate. I have found MX particularly stable in OSX.

Name: Roberta
Location: Mostar, Herzegovina
Date: Wednesday, August 2, 2006 at 05:07:34
Comments:
FreeHand, or it's funny nick - Hands Free is still best Vector Graphic Program... Illustrator is just something else, good, but so different. Please don't murder FreeHand :)

Name: Ralph Unger
Email:dtp.unger@t-online.de
Location: Aalen, Germany
Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 13:50:48
Comments:
Keep FreeHand alive and update this application, for Illustrator will never reach FreeHand's qualities.

Name: Dave Sine
Email:Sined@transcontinental.ca
Location: Winnipeg, MB Canada
Date: Monday, July 31, 2006 at 15:20:45
Comments:
Freehand's logic flow is highly advanced. The progam has superior drawing tools and other fine features such as the 3D rotation and perspective grid. Freehands qualities have not been surpassed by any of the "other programs". In a nut shell, If you have Freehand you don't need any other program except Photoshop unless your working on books or magazines as Freehand does not handel a huge number of pages very well. I think, Freehand should be made the Flagship of the Adobe Lineup for vector design and not cast off by people that truely don't understand it.

Name:edfredned
Email:ed@edfredned.com
Location: Brookline, MA United States
Date: Monday, July 31, 2006 at 13:28:38
Comments:
I've tried to learn AI, and I'll keep trying, but Freehand is the program that makes me (nad my clients) most happy. Please update it!

Name: João Silva
Email:j.silva@gmail.com
Location: Ovar, Portugal
Date: Monday, July 31, 2006 at 06:39:05
Comments:
Please don't eliminate Freehand alltogether! At least merge Illustrator with Freehand, so we can have multi-page layouts, better and more precise control of the vectors and all the good things Freehand has.

Name: beatrice
Location: Asti, italyDate: Saturday, July 29, 2006 at 15:56:55
Comments:
don't touch FREEHAND!! we love freehand!!

Name: ellie long
Email:ellieartstuff@yahoo.com
Location: tucson, az usa
Date: Saturday, July 29, 2006 at 13:34:44
Comments:
I know Freehand like my tongue knows my teeth. I can't imagine jumping ship for Illustrator and it's myriad limitations. Please don't pull the plug--keep FH alive! (FH user since 2.0.)

Name: João Vinagre
Email:subsjv@gmail.com
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Date: Saturday, July 29, 2006 at 05:43:30
Comments:
Dear Adobe and Ex-(beloved)Macromedia people. YOU KNOW that WE KNOW that YOU KNOW that illustrator isn't good in shape manipulation and paste inside etc. FH as bugs, bad things too...ok... sooooo..... PLEASE: put the excelent features of Freehand, like ease of use, simplicity shape manipulation, SPEED, and put them in Illustrator... (multiple pages please! even whidth inDesign there ) THE RESULT: YOU'LL HAVE ALL FREEHAND USERS IN YOUR SIDE BUYING AND USING ILLUSTRATOR... FOREVER. THE WORLD OF DESIGN ON YOUR SIDE.

Name: Mike
Location: New York, NY US
Date: Friday, July 28, 2006 at 13:10:14
Comments:
Freehand Forever!

Name: Barry Bosnyak
Email:barry@sspromotions.com
Location: Oklahoma City, OK United States
Date: Friday, July 28, 2006 at 11:34:59
Comments:
If you don't continue to release freehand (which I strongly urge you to do) at least merge the two programs. By merge, I mean use everything you can from Freehand, because it is just much easier to use, and then slap on all those bells and whistles from Illustrator which quite frankly are useless when it's so frustrating to work in such a clunky program as Illustrator. If I can't make a decendt drawing to start with, then I'm never going to run a filter on it.

Name: Charlie Sharp
Email:sharpart@comcast.net
Location: Lansing, MI USA
Date: Friday, July 28, 2006 at 10:01:52
Comments:
I've used Freehand since version 1.0; have gigabytes of "legacy" files for all my clients. Freehand beats the stuffing out of Illustrator (read "bloatware") any day. Please update and continue to support this wonderful product!!

Name: Mikael Gormsen
Email:mikaelgormsen@hotmail.com
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Date: Friday, July 28, 2006 at 09:34:34
Comments:
I have been using FreeHand since v. 3.1! And I have given Illustrator a lot of chances over the years. But it is simple not as powerfull, easy, fast and intuitive as FreeHand. Freehand is far the best drawing application in the world, and it would be a disaster for me and my firm if Adobe dumped it. We will continue in the future to use Freehand as long as we can and then look at Canvas if Adobe killes FreeHand, because Illustrator is definitively OUT! I hope Adobe comes to there sencenses and either sell or continue to update FreeHand. Adove WAKE UP!

Name: NeveN
Email:neven@nevenco.net
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Date: Friday, July 28, 2006 at 04:05:42
Comments:
FH user since v3.1 and stil running :) Go FH, go !!

Name: M. Waltz
Email:mwaltz1@earthlink.net
Location: Columbia, SC USA
Date: Thursday, July 27, 2006 at 18:12:27
Comments:
I've been using FreeHand for years&years! I handle car dealership advertising... very fast pased, designing on the fly!!!! There is nothing out there that can put a blazing design together with the FH ease. Adobe... FH needs to stay! I'll never switch to anything else.

Name: Diego
Email:diego_deboni@yahoo.it
Location: Torino, Italy Italy
Date: Thursday, July 27, 2006 at 17:02:50
Comments:
Save freehand and stop monopolio!!

Name: Mark C
Email:credibilityproblem@gmail.com
Location: Brighton, UK
Date: Thursday, July 27, 2006 at 13:45:24
Comments:
I've used Freehand since around version 3 and have created everything from complex technical illustrations, multi-page brochures to website layouts. For everyday *graphic design* there is no better tool. I lament the lack of proper pdf support and, cmyk live effects, photoshop integration etc, but I only turn to Illustrator when I absolutely have to: it's just too clumsy to use. Adobe now have a real opportunity to create a AI-Freehand product that combines the intuitive UI of Freehand with the feature set of AI.

Name: Giovanni
Location: Torino,Date: Thursday, July 27, 2006 at 07:10:38
Comments:
Don't touch my FREEHAND!!!!!!!

Name: federico
Location: rome, italy italy
Date: Thursday, July 27, 2006 at 06:37:14
Comments:
Save Freehand, We need Freehan!

Name: Michael Chau
Email:pq6170@hotmai.com
Hong Kong
Date: Thursday, July 27, 2006 at 02:01:04
Comments:
keep freehand!

Name: James Blast
Email:james.blast@ntlworld.com
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2006 at 13:09:10
Comments:
FreeHand 1.0 was the first program I fell head over heels in love with. The romance has been rocky but we are still together, even though it feels like visiting a sick friend in hospital. Excellent idea for this site Rich, you may know me from the FreeHand forum, think Splash Screen thread ;)

Name: Axel Guillen Secin
Email:secin@hotmail.com
Location: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Date: Monday, July 24, 2006 at 12:14:53
Comments:
we need freehand!!!!....Illustrator is too...too...adobe, i need new freehand.....freehand 2006....please , respect the freehand

Name:Fabrizio Piazze
Email:fabrizio.piazze@gmail.com
Location: Lima, Peru
Date: Friday, July 21, 2006 at 18:24:58
Comments:
After 10 years of trying out from CorelDraw 4, pasing by Illustrator 7 I finally found out Macromedia Freehand! there by 1987 I meet FreeHand, since then my life has become easyier, by now i can do everything I need in FreeHand. plis Don't KILL FREEHAND it makes me live!

Name:{fp}graphics
Location: Chorrillos, Lima Peru
Date: Friday, July 21, 2006 at 18:04:30
Comments:
Save Freehadn! I can't imagine doing my work without Freehand, plis Adobe Guys don't discontinue it, It's the most versatil and friendly software i know, I really HOPE from the very bottom of my heart there is Freehand forever!!!!!

Name: dK
Email:dave@kendrickdesign.com
Location: Providence,Date: Friday, July 21, 2006 at 13:00:42
Comments:
I started in on vector drawing with AI.3 but switched to FH a short time later and have continued to-date. Assuming that FH was going to be dropped I have tried to get reacquainted but find AI procedures very cumbersome and tedious. Also very bloated with ticky-tacky amateur features. I hope Adobe will continue to develop both AI and FH. Each has evolved differently over the years to where I think it won't make sense to try to combine the "best" features into one program -- unless the project could be developed fresh as when Adobe started Indesign, which I think is a great success.

Name:Konstantinos Dertouziadis
Email:k.dertou@mitocomunicazione.it
Location: Gaeta, Italy
Date: Friday, July 21, 2006 at 09:05:05
Comments:
SAVE FREEHAND

Name: Dirk Schneckenberg
Date: Friday, July 21, 2006 at 06:03:08
Comments:
Please update Freehand! Great program, should have a place next to Illustrator in the Adobe product family.

Name:Arthur Rumaya
Email:arthur@element18.com
Location: Pasadena, CA USA
Date: Friday, July 21, 2006 at 00:12:27
Comments:
We use both programs heavily. I don't think there are too many people out there who can say that. We've always had arguments between our production artists over which program is best, so we held a contest. We had 2 AI designers and 2 FH designers create the same complex design, and both FH designers finished WELL ahead of the AI designers. In the real world, FreeHand is just better. Period.

Name:Jeff W
Email:freehandforever@jeffwarrington.com
Location: Los Angeles, CA USA
Date: Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 16:17:00
Comments:
Freehand is essential, period. It is irreplaceable by Illustrator. The logic is fundamentally different. Adobe is doing a great diservice to loyal Freehand users by a)not releasing a basic update to at least restore MX's functionality as of the orginal release (relative to OSX updates); b) not providing any honest information or roadmap for the future of Freehand, while still happy to make a few bucks selling a two-year old build. I own the CS2 Professional bundle. I own Flash MX and Dreamweaver. I have used Freehand for 13 years. Adobe needs to adopt a genuine sense of concern for its customers, something Macromedia seemed to understand, a company I actually felt identified with my needs. Please stand up, Bruce Chizen.

Name:Taner Sezer
Email:taner@tanersezer.info
Location: Mersin, Turkey
Date: Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 07:36:56
Comments:
Well, Freehand is a great software, with its ease of use. Paths are never this much easy to create in other vector based software. Yes, Illustrator has much more other function that FreeHand does not have. But in some ways, who care? FreeHand allows me to do my job with in all my needs. I have thousands of files created in FreeHand?

Name: Mike Karr
Email:mkskins@aol.com
Location: Largo, FL USA
Date: Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 09:36:46
Comments:
FreeHand and Illustrator have spared with one another since the beginning. And its competition has been the catalyst to improving each product over many years now. And through the demands of both FreeHand and Illustrator user groups that fuels improvement, unique to each user group's creative needs. Over the years, it became apparent that FreeHand's users generally design with layout-like needs (news infographics). While Illustrator's users have been more advertising influenced. I'm not sure what the statistical data says, but it has been my experience that those I've met in my 15+ years illustrating with FreeHand, have a clear delineation. FreeHand users have generally been in the news business, and Illustrator users have been in advertising. Two worlds with unique purposes and similar, but truly different products. They work similarly. And to the novice, they may appear to be the same. Reality ... they are opposites in their approach to satisfy their user-base. Because we'll always have news and advertising, it is likely we'll always require the best of both worlds in product choice. My advise to Adobe research & development - respect the FreeHand user's preferences and continue to develop what FreeHand does best; easy-of-use with it's paste inside functionality, color management capabilities, and news layout functionality. Thank you for the opportunity to voice my experiences.

Name: Andrea
Email:andreadl75@libero.it
Location: Lecce, ItalyDate: Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 06:32:56
Comments:
No Freehand...no life!!!!!!

Name:Tim Gummer
Email:tim@timgummerdesign.com
Location: Auckland, NA New Zealand
Date: Monday, July 17, 2006 at 08:33:34
Comments:
Freehand is simply the greatest layout tool I have used. Multipage, selection, paste inside, symbols, etc etc - these are vital capabilities, which I could not live without. However FH would also greatly benefit from a shot of adobe interface standards, transparency, pdf engine etc. Like most I could cope if the FH feel and capabilities were properly incorporated into AI - and this may be the best future for FH in terms of being seriously treated as the professional app that it is, rather than pagemakerized. Most importantly adobe, stop thumbing your nose at your newly acquired customerbase, and instead give us a roadmap - like most other software companies do, so that we can at least plan ahead. Its not like you have any real competition to worry about. Even if you haven't made up yoru mind.. tell us what you're thinking, get a conversation going...

Name: adman
Location: hong knog, hong knog
Date: Monday, July 17, 2006 at 06:43:49
Comments:
no freehand, no life

Name: Michael Beyer
Email:salatfresser@gmail.com
Location: Vina del Mar, Chile
Date: Saturday, July 15, 2006 at 12:36:10
Comments:
WE LOVE FREEHAND, AND NO OTHER! =)

Name: Hans Wenk
Email:h.wenk@imail.de
Location: Braunschweig, Germany
Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at 09:58:08
Comments:
FreeHand is a very important tool in our business since version 3. We have got tons of files in this format. But most important of all, we've learned to love FreeHand for its easy of use. We would miss it if it disappears and would like to see that it's improved and new versions released.

Name: bob potter
Email:bobotron@yahoo.com
Location: hilliard, oh usa
Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 10:16:00
Comments:
Please save Freehand! Or atleast the benefits of it. Freehand is much easier to work with colors, objects, text boxes, multiple pages.

Name:Bernard PERAY
Email:serigraphie.peray@wanadoo.fr
Location: manosque, france
Date: Monday, July 10, 2006 at 16:45:13
Comments:
I use free hand from the 3.2 version to MX now for industrial design and screen printing. free hand is very easy, fast usefull and nice to use. it is the master piece of my softwares.

Name: Helder Afonso
Email:johnnygcat@gmail.com
Location: Porto Salvo, Oeiras Portugal
Date: Monday, July 10, 2006 at 14:59:31
Comments:
Freehand is such an easier and versatile application. It cuts my working time in 1/3. I usit 80% of the time, every day 5 days a week. Its just unbeatable. Switching to illustrator would just be censored. Not that i didnt try it, i did but the selection method and usbility and the paging system is just too frustrating. Please keep Freehand alive and well. Create a mixed version if you will, but keep the good thing of freehand along with the good thing os illustrator and you've got a winner.

Name: Edwin Morris
Email:merz05@bellsouth.net
Location: Miami, FL U.S.A.
Date: Sunday, July 9, 2006 at 21:57:07
Comments:
Freehand is irreplaceable. It's drawing environment is deeply satisfying and I love the way the program allows me to organize the drawing elements. The possibility that Freehand could be sponsored by Adobe is very hopeful.

Name: Alex Rütten
Email:aruetten@formsport.de
Location: Berlin, Deutschland
Date: Thursday, July 6, 2006 at 14:59:48
Comments:
For me its a 10 Year relationsship! Please keep it and make it feel like in the 9th versio and a 3rd hand.

Name:Paramvir Singh
Email:admin@macandmobile.com
Location: Mumbai, Mh India
Date: Thursday, July 6, 2006 at 12:48:45
Comments:
Please keep Freehand Alive. Axe Illustrator if you HAVE to, but Freehand MUST be kep alive.Its the BEST tool to work on Text AND Graphics AND Fonts etc.

Name: Katie Sheleff
Email:k.sheleff@gmail.com
Switzerland / USA
Date: Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at 21:23:56
Comments:
I'm very happy to find this list and see that there are so many other designers out there who feel the same way I do about Freehand! The features i love and that make it so much more useful than any other software i use are: * Design websites and user interfaces very quickly and with maximum flexibility. * Import and export files or selected objects to Fireworks and other graphic programs * convert the same files or similar into print-ready documents. when working with Acrobat Pro, it works pretty good. * export area - this one feature saves hours and hours! * Symbols. i love 'em! * Swatches, styles, object attributes... so much simpler and faster than AI. * Work with lots of layers and nuances of text and images... nothing comes close to what you can do here. makes my designs much more fluid. 'Paste inside' is so simple, and so useful... OK... i could go on and on... but i have to say that even after buying the newe Adobe CS2 package and getting more accustomed to inDesign for print purposes, i haven't yet found anything as remotely powerful for designing web interfaces. I hope our plea to Adobe is heard and that Freehand gets a major boost for the next release. i'd be willing to pay a LOT of money for that...!!!! ;-)

Name: Wesley Corgi
Email:wesleythecorgi@hotmail.com
Location: Los Angeles, CA USA
Date: Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at 19:49:10
Comments:
I've used Freehand since the Aldus days. Although I am fluent in Illustrator, I've always preferred Freehand --- it's more intuitive and the tools are better thought out. When Adobe bought PageMaker, I thought I'd have to move completely over to Illustrator but alas Adobe did not pick up Freehand (as originally reported). Macromedia then made the program that much better through the years. When Adobe bought Macromedia last year, I was again saddened by the prospect that Freehand may be finally put to rest. Hopefully, Freehand can continue to be developed. Perhaps, Adobe can free it up to the opensource community. I also want to see Fireworks continue to flourish. When I'm not using Photoshop for the heavy lifting, Fireworks is awesome for quick bitmap images --- ImageReady is rubbish.

Name: Pascal D. Jost
Email:eridan.studio@wanadoo.fr
France
Date: Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at 12:51:01
Comments:
SIMPLY THE BEST ! Thank you for keeping on developing FreeHand! It's probably the best draw software, so innovatory, creative, liberated, inventive, subtle, flexible, exciting, precise, reliable and TREMENDOUSLY PRODUCTIVE! User from the V 3.0, I'll be heartbroken if I had to give it up. FreeHand, we trusted in you for so many years, don't neglect us! Pascal, independent graphist

Name: Pascal D. Jost
Email:eridan.studio@wanadoo.fr
France
Date: Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at 12:22:40
Comments:
SIMPLY THE BEST ! Merci de bien vouloir continuer à développer FreeHand! C'est sûrement le logiciel vectoriel le plus novateur, créatif, libéré, inventif, subtil, flexible, excitant, précis, fiable et FORMIDABLEMENT PRODUCTIF! Utilisateur depuis la Version 3, ce serait pour moi un drame que de devoir l'abandonner. FreeHand, nous t'avons fait confiance, ne nous abandonne pas ! Pascal, graphiste indépendant

Name:Chris Bessert
Email:Bessert1@aol.com
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan USA
Date: Tuesday, July 4, 2006 at 16:45:30
Comments:
Not sure what one more comment might do to help, but I, too, sincerely hope Adobe either continues the FreeHand product or creates some kind of acceptable replacement which will require minimal changes to a workflow that's been in place for over a decade. I began using FreeHand v.2.02 in 1990 and have purchased nearly every update since. Like several of the others here, I am a cartographer who uses FH to make maps both professionally (two licenses at work) and personally at home. I have also been an ambassador for the product, telling those looking for vector graphic software that FH is definately a great value and, once you get the hang of it, great software to use! PLEASE don't kill it off! I downloaded the free 30 day trial of Illustrator trying to be pragmatic, but just really couldn't "get into it."

Name: m.fırat
Email:froytpainkiller@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday, July 4, 2006 at 10:51:07
Comments:
Freehand Forever

Name:Rui Almeida
Email:ruialmeida_81@yahoo.com
Location: Lisbon, - Portugal
Date: Tuesday, July 4, 2006 at 10:32:15
Comments:
There's NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING graphically like Freehand!

Name: Tim Irby
Location: Jackson, MSDate: Monday, July 3, 2006 at 14:29:42
Comments:
I have used both Freehand and Illustrator and found there isn't a dimes worth of difference. They are both good programs.

Name: zohar
Location: tel aviv, israel
Date: Monday, July 3, 2006 at 02:28:49
Comments:
Please keep this wonderful, intuitive and reliable program alive. please.

Name:d-fib
Location: los angeles, ca usa
Date: Sunday, July 2, 2006 at 19:23:51
Comments:
freehand is my friend!

Name: dan adams
Email:dan@danadamsdesign.com
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date: Friday, June 30, 2006 at 04:59:51
Comments:
Keep this excellent, intuitive programme. It's too good, useful and flexible to lose.

Name: su nicoll
Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2006 at 15:01:16
Comments:
Ask any designer and they will probably say FreeHand is so much easier (and nicer) to use than Illustrator - it would be disastrous if it was dropped! It works. It does things so much more slickly, faster and it is so much more intuitive. Adobe - be smart and keep it!

Name: Liam Caulfield
Email:liam@pixelcards.co.uk
Location: Nottingham, UK
Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2006 at 04:29:20
Comments:
Keep Freehand alive!! PLEASE!

Name: Charlie Yarwood
Email:cyarwood@bigriver.net
Location: Arlington, TN USA
Date: Monday, June 26, 2006 at 15:35:12
Comments:
I like both programs - Illustrator and FreeHand. But I learned vector art on FreeHand. And to this day, I still think FH is a MUCH more intuitive program, MUCH more production oriented, MUCH more logical, etc. Please Adobe: Study FreeHand HARD, and assimilate all that made FH great into Illustrator. PLEASE! :-)

Name: Rick Colborne
Email:pixie@iafrica.com
Location: Jo'Burg, Gauteng South Africa
Date: Monday, June 26, 2006 at 05:41:32
Comments:
Can't live without Freehand

Name:Tomas Holm
Email:ingenspamtack@spray.se
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Date: Monday, June 26, 2006 at 04:26:38
Comments:
Please continue Freehand - or implement all functionality into Illustrator. I use both programs but there are some things only Freehand can do and I cant do without!

Name:Alex
Email:alex@cinqoo.ch
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Date: Sunday, June 25, 2006 at 19:53:08
Comments:
LONG LIVE FREEHAND!

Name: jmaz
CA United States
Date: Friday, June 23, 2006 at 14:31:22
Comments:
I've used FreeHand professionally for over 16 years, but have used the program personally for nearly 17 years. It's irreplacable...sure, I could learn to use Illy but, why should I when the tool I use is elegant, stable and suits my design needs - - - multipages, multi-exporting. (I own ILCS2) but it's collecting dust. I use Freehand MX, export PDFs (with some assistance of Acrobat Pro) and never had complaints with the end results. Adobe's got to understand some of us old codgers used t-squares and triangles and wax to paste-up copy for the dark room. Freehand paid homage to the process of graphics arts and print production. I've blown away clients and employers with the speed and ease of creation in Freehand. Long live Freehand!

Name: Floyd
Email:floyd@hongen.com.hk
Location: Hong Kong, China
Date: Friday, June 23, 2006 at 01:59:40
Comments:
Never... Never... Never... give up!!! Freehand Forever!!!

Name: chau chi kong
Email:patrickchau@netvigator.com
Location: Hong Kong,Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at 02:26:06
Comments:
Never give up!!! Freehand!!!!

Name:Carlos de la Rocha
Email:carlos@delarocha.net
Location: La Manga, Murcia Spain
Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2006 at 10:53:26
Comments:
Adobe, advert that people who works with Freehand also do it with Photoshop... someones with Flash and others with Dreamweaver. I use Illustrator too for some specific illustration works, but Freehand is my daily app. I'm sure you are going to update Freehand again, you cannot be so stupid...

Name: www
Email:wwwess@mail.hongkong.com
hk
Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2006 at 04:14:31
Comments:
love fh since 2.0A, dont kill freehand fast startup, simple, fast preview, easy to use.

Name: Neville
Location: Malta, Malta Europe
Date: Monday, June 19, 2006 at 15:09:05
Comments:
I`ve been a Freehand lover since version 8, its stability and light memory and resource platform was always its strong point. Its great when preparing stuff for print, multipage, convert to paths, STANDARD CMYK and spot support, fantastic image linking and embedding, No frills and No BS. I use illustrator... but its so time consuming to do anything small. Freehands transform and align panels... NO OTHER APPLICATION BEATS THAT. PLEASE ADOBE... DONT KILL IT ! I cannot see myself wasting time with Illustrator for coloumned text, proper justification, linked text boxes, quick replacing of colours, the list is endless. FREEHAND FOREVER !!!

Name: Sam Chua
Email:dzus77@gmail.com
Location: Singapore, Singapore Singapore
Date: Monday, June 19, 2006 at 03:54:23
Comments:
If you want a proper vector tool, freehand is the way to go. There's no 2 ways about it. The inability for illy to merge or manually adjust vectors effectively makes it inadequate for designers. In an era of designing that's more and more vector based. Adobe have to face the fact that unless it fulfills this demand, another company is going to come around to fill the gaps left by Freehand. Its simply a case of demand and supply. Do you think you bet on the right product Adobe?

Name: Janey Thomas
New Zealand
Date: Monday, June 19, 2006 at 00:52:02
Comments:
Freehand is in my blood. Since 1994. I have tried Illustrator and InDesign and cannot get on with them at all. It's because I compare everything they dont do with FH. Productivity levels plummet. I dont want to remember hundreds of keyboard commands, nor access commands through menus, I want a toolbar that shows my most common actions. One click. Just one click. That's it. Developers of Freehand actually did listen to us - and improved and introduced features to make our lives easier and more creative. If Adobe is even half clever - it would combine the best of FH and InDesign - FH is not perfect - one of the weaknesses is seamless transfers of all elements intact to other formats. Adobe has made Photoshop into an amazing tool I cant be without either - Adobe has the ability to listen and act on it, we've seen it - I really hope the best of FH survives.

Name: Thomas Dew
Date: Monday, June 19, 2006 at 00:19:55
Comments:
I've been using FreeHand since v.1. My whole career as a graphic designer/illustrator has depended on my ability to create artwork quickly. Creating illustration in Illustrator makes me feel like I am a concert pianist that has to suddenly convert to the xylophone. I have invested in FH for so many years and I will not invest in illustrator. I'm sure I will do like so many and stay with FH until the technology will not support it. Some advise about developing FreeHand... Keep in mind that true illustrators still create illustrations for print media and not everything is for web design. FHMX particularly seemed to forget that. So many of my illustrations had to be created as BW lineart that was converted to 4 color or two color illustrations that had to be updated and changed and still be used as BW, 2, and 4 color. Examples: maps, building layouts, complicated flowcharts, planograms, advances in medical research altered the biological concept, etc. Long live FreeHand! _TDew

Name: Pasi
Location: Tampere, Finland
Date: Friday, June 16, 2006 at 04:17:03
Comments:
I have been using FreeHand since version 1.0. I have thousands of FreeHand files and I actively maintain hundreds of them. Almost all of them are multi-page documents. Migrating to Illustrator is not the answer to me as long Illustrtator is not able to handle multi-page documents. Wihtout the features of FreeHand me and my business is in deep trouble.

Name: David
Location: London,Date: Thursday, June 15, 2006 at 11:13:32
Comments:
I like Illustrator, but love Freehand. I've used every version of Illustrator from 88 to CS2 and Freehand since version 1. It has always seemed to me that Freehand is better for illustration and Illustrator better at Freehand drawing or creative effects. So I do 90% of my work in Freehand (version 9 and MX) and only use Illustrator to modify certain elements. Without Freehand Illustrator will not be particularly useful to me either.

Name: Stipe
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Date: Thursday, June 15, 2006 at 08:19:17
Comments:
My design studio could not exist without Freehand. We need it to exist. Adobe, continue to develop it!!!

Name: SERGIO
Email:sergio@pepisg.it
Location: LUCCA, ITALIA ITALIA
Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at 11:45:39
Comments:
uso Freehand dalla versione 2.0..e uso illustrator dalla versione 5 ho freehand montato su 5 macintosch CONTINUATE A SVILUPPARE FREEHAND..e' piu' pratico che illustrator..piu' semplice piu' intuitivo.....NON UCCIDETE FREEHAND!!!!

Name: Gospodin Branislav
Email:tpa@neobee.net
Location: Veternik, Serbia Serbia
Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2006 at 19:56:05
Comments:
I wish Adobe take this two programs and make one good and call it "Freehand". Thath's very cool name and I love it! Long live "Freehand"!

Name: Louis Coyle
Email:louiscoyle.design@gmail.com
Location: Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2006 at 15:13:48
Comments:
Id love to see another version of freehand, id hate to see it die out'and so would alot of my collegues, itd be great if the lenses and other effects wouldnt screw up on the next version (if there will be one) :) thanks.

Name: Bill Curr
Location: Seattle, WADate: Tuesday, June 13, 2006 at 14:53:30
Comments:
Please keep Freehand alive for the graphic design community! I have been using Freehand since 1.0 (Illustrator too). I won't go into which is better, but I believe there is a place for both apps. Or if there is going to be a morphed third option, give us a year or two of maintenence releases of Freehand (particularly a universal Mac version) then ween us off a la PageMaker to InDesign. Many of us have years of work as Freehand files. I know committing a team to deal with the Freehand code is a commitment, but you never know what "goodness" Adobe coders may find in there for the next version of either Illustrator or a new "third option".

Name: Francois
Location: paris, france
Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2006 at 11:12:21
Comments:
have you some news about beta testeur of freehand 12 ???? We need it so much !!!!

Name:Michael Bodily
Email:mikeb@gofuse.com
Location: Mission Viejo, CA USA
Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2006 at 11:09:02
Comments:
I have used Freehand since version 4. Why? Speed. I have always been able to turn out graphics much faster with freehand with it's editable blends and easy to use "paste inside" commands. Plus, the named color palette and drag 'n drop conventions made things easy. I know that Illustrator now has "global colors", drag n' drop coloring and live blends. This is a step in the right direction. However, I will miss features like editable pages and the inspector panel. Hopefully some of the best features of Freehand will be incorporated into CS3. Michael Bodily

Name:Neal McCullough
Email:neal.mccullough@ardmore.co.uk
Location: Holywood, Co. Down N. Ireland
Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2006 at 10:12:13
Comments:
I started using illustrator in 1995 and switched to FreeHand in 1997, as a user of both programs over the years, I have always found FreeHand the more intuitive program. I have worked in many, many studios as a Graphic Designer over the years and all have favoured FreeHand over Illustrator

Name: Papaan
USA
Date: Monday, June 12, 2006 at 23:17:00
Comments:
FREEHAND ROCKS!!! SERIOUSLY!!!! I just love this program. Using since Aldus days. 1990s. I would hate to see if Adobe deicded to kill it..

Name: Robert Lindquist
Email:bobsmapservice@yahoo.com
Location: Bellingham, WA USA
Date: Monday, June 12, 2006 at 16:54:06
Comments:
I love FreeHand. Have been in it since I was forced to go to computers in 1994. It seems to be faster than Illustrator for production but I wish there were as many XTRAS for FreeHand like Illustrator has. I do wish there was still (?) an XTRA to compute the area of objects. Please do not let it die.

Name: Andrija
Email:andrija@sand.hr
Location: Zagreb, CROATIA
Date: Saturday, June 10, 2006 at 07:09:31
Comments:
I hope that Adobe will buy Corel, and than quit producing it. Too bad for freehand. It wasn't lucky since Aldus.

Name:John
Email:sosite@mail.com
Location: Washington DC, Washington DC USA
Date: Saturday, June 10, 2006 at 07:04:29
Comments:
Cool design. Keep up the good work. Good job guys! Warm regards John!

Name:Mustafa Kemal Uzman
Email:mkemaluzman@hotmail.com
Location: antalya, Turkiye
Date: Saturday, June 10, 2006 at 04:39:22
Comments:
imposible death freehand; I LOVE FREEHAND

Name:Stuart
Email:stuart@DaytonaTrophy.com
Location: Daytona Beach, FL United States
Date: Friday, June 9, 2006 at 17:31:50
Comments:
As a user of Freehand from back in it's Altsys days I've been feeling a bit like a cat on a porch full of rocking chairs lately. Our company owns 5 Freehand licenses and has over 11,000 jobs on file in Freehand format. We have 5 artists that grew up on freehand and know little else. The possibility of retraining these 5 people to use Illustrator is not in my budget. We're even considering buying 5 new G5 dual processor Macs while they're still available to enable us to run FH-MXa indefinately. To say that communication from the Adobe mothership is poor is an understatement. If we had a clue as to what their plans were for FH, then we could get about doing our jobs. My thanks to the creator of this site. We're all dedicated FH users here and our task is to tell Adobe just how much we depend on this product! Bring out an updated version that runs native on an intel Mac and I'll buy copies......

Name: dwayne davis
Email:davis@ozonesports.com
Location: florence, al usa
Date: Friday, June 9, 2006 at 14:14:41
Comments:
i have been using freehand since 1989, and would really hope to see fture development. i have only missed a couple upgrades. i know illusrator is a good program for there users, i have tried it several times, but it just doesn't work for me like freehand does. i suppose if they let it go, i'll just ride this mx version as long as i can

Name: Yilmaz
Email:yaslanturk@milliyet.com.tr
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Date: Friday, June 9, 2006 at 11:01:33
Comments:
Keep Freehand..!

Name:Steve Russell
Email:steve@villas.com
Location: Estepona, Malaga Spain
Date: Friday, June 9, 2006 at 10:36:29
Comments:
Please do not discontinue Freehand, or at least spin it off to another entity to keep it in the marketplace. We are completely fluent in both FH and Illustrator, and we work almost exclusively in FH

Name:JOSIE WICK
Email:jwick@wincraft.com
Location: Winona, MN USA
Date: Friday, June 9, 2006 at 09:45:04
Comments:
Freehand is great! Don't let to go!

Name:Gary Yates
Email:garyyates@mac.com
Location: Lowestoft, Suffolk United Kingdom
Date: Friday, June 9, 2006 at 08:31:52
Comments:
Long Live Freehand, Adobe take note please

Name: Steve V
Email:cartees@gmail.com
Location: Coal Point, NSW Australia
Date: Thursday, June 8, 2006 at 20:34:17
Comments:
I've used Freehand for the past 11 years, I'm an illustrator and I just find the pen tool to be the most intuative in all of vector art. I've tried Illustrator many times but it's clumsy tools lead me back to FreeHand each time. I'll be using FreeHand until it doesn't work anymore, I have no intention of ever changing.

Name: Sue Kempf
Email:guesray@yahoo.com
Location: Arlington, WA USA
Date: Thursday, June 8, 2006 at 19:20:10
Comments:
Hello, Please do not discontinue Freehand. I've been using it since about 1992, and started with the Altys Freehand 2.0 version, I think? Anyhow, I now use Freehand 9.0 and would definately upgrade to a newer version if one was made available. I don't want to get used to a new program, Freehand works just fine! -Sue Kempf

Name: Designo
Sweden
Date: Thursday, June 8, 2006 at 16:14:35
Comments:
I have used Freehand since FH 1 in 1988. Still using it, eventhough the MX have (for me) very serious bugs which is slowing down my work to a third of usual speed. Look forward to a bugfree version and rather with less features than more!!

Name: simon mackie
Email:S@A3PRINTERS.CO.UK
Date: Thursday, June 8, 2006 at 16:02:13
Comments:
HELP !! MY TOOLBOX HAS DISAPEARED!! YES IVE TRIED THE OBVIOUS CONTROL! BUT NO LUCK....ANY IDEAS??

Name: john
Email:anycom@ased.com
Date: Thursday, June 8, 2006 at 11:51:55
Comments:
Keep supporting Freehand

Name:Umma
Email:Umma@mail.de
Location: Stutgart, Baden-Wunterberg Deutschland
Date: Thursday, June 8, 2006 at 01:14:54
Comments:
Hallo.Sie habe ein wundabar web seite.Viel Gluck

Name: Zapatoverde
Email:zapatoverde@gmail.com
Location: Guatemala, Guatemala
Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2006 at 22:36:46
Comments:
le debo mi vida a freehand, si no fuera por el, los vectores me seguirian pareciendo algo del otro mundo, los artes seguirian siendo inestables y muchos de los logotipos aun no estarian vivos

Name: sennur cevik
Email:sennur@comshu.net
Location: İstanbul, Turkey
Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2006 at 17:04:31
Comments:

Name: Perry Bos
Email:per_at_zock.nl
Location: Dordrecht, ZH Holland
Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2006 at 12:50:00
Comments:
Keep FreeHand alive!

Name: ahmet
Email:ahuzumcu@hotmail.com
Location: istanbul,Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2006 at 08:08:37
Comments:
I love you FreeHand

Name: Mickster
Location: Cherokee, IA USA
Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2006 at 00:14:12
Comments:
Been a user since version 2.??? A LOT of years. Great program. Adobe, think about the user base of Freehand. How many will you lose if morphed into Illustrator? Why take the chance? We (FH users) will support Freehand upgrades, etc. We love it! Mickster

Name: Leslie
Email:leslie7@ctwcm.com
Location: Hong Kong,Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 23:12:39
Comments:
FreeHand.........NO ONE CAN REPLACE!!!!! Pls Keep it going on!!!!!!!!!!

Name: Giuseppe Riitano
Location: Adelaise, SA Australia
Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 21:42:09
Comments:
Even though I do most of my design work using the Adobe CS Suite and love it, the one thing I just can't get used to is Illustrator. Freehand is just so much easier to use and the workflow and tools save me so much time over using Illustrator. Please, don't kill Freehand!

Name:M. Wayne Miller
Email:mwmiller@triad.rr.com
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 12:44:33
Comments:
Freehand MX is integral to my job as an illustrator for an educational materials publisher. Our art department has been using Freehand since its inception. I personally have been using it since FH8; a relative newcomer, I suppose, but I am no less dismayed by the idea that the program will cease to exist, or at best be incorporated into some future version of Illustrator. My hopes are that Adobe will keep Freehand as a stand alone program and continue to update and refine it as it would any other program it produces. My fears and expectations are that Freehand will be subsumed by Illustrator and have its best features carried over in one form or another. Please let Paste Inside be among those kept! Only time will tell if the resulting program will be worthwhile. I am not interested in attempting to do my work in Illustrator as it exists now, but a "Freehand-centric" version could be tolerable.

Name: Emad Ali
Email:egyptianomda@gmail.com
Location: Cairo,Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 12:33:09
Comments:
FREEHAND is very Important product for us, Please continue developing and Include Middle eastern languages support. Freehand is extreamly usefull and really in wide use.. you can't find an agency in Egypt, Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi that does not use FREEHAND extensively.

Name: Alessandro
Italy
Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 11:52:37
Comments:
All my job are in freehand and illustrator is not the same thing. Both are well done product BUT PLEASE do not stop freehand develop.

Name: Diu Lee
Email:diulee@gmail.com
Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 10:29:57
Comments:
I LOVE FREEHAND!!! FREE THE HANDS!!! I HAVE 3HAND!!!

Name:Andy
UK
Date: Monday, June 5, 2006 at 13:32:22
Comments:
Here's to the great father of DTP - I have also been using since it was owned by Aldus probably 15 years ago - try doing a corporate identity or a set of stationery in any other programme - nothing is as easy or fluid to use as Freehand - Illustrator is for illustrators, freehand is for designers, it's as simple as that!

Name:Simon
Date: Monday, June 5, 2006 at 13:31:18
Comments:
Freehand is the daddy!

Name:Andy
Location: Solihull, United Kingdom
Date: Monday, June 5, 2006 at 13:29:50
Comments:
Here's to great father of DTP - I have also been using since it was owned by Aldus probably 15 years ago - try doing a corporate identity or a set of stationery in any other programme - nothing is as easy or fluid to use as Freehand - Illustrator is for illustrators, freehand is for designers, it's as simple as that!

Name: Mac F
Email:mac_@net.hr
Location: Bjelovar, Croatia
Date: Monday, June 5, 2006 at 11:47:00
Comments:
Keep Freehand..!

Name: Mac F
Date: Monday, June 5, 2006 at 11:44:48
Comments:
Keep Freehand..!

Name: ramazan ersoy
Email:ramazanersoy07@gmail.com
Location: antalya, tr t̹rkiye
Date: Monday, June 5, 2006 at 10:40:47
Comments:
eski dost...

Name: aamet
Email:designcosmonaut@yahoo.com
Date: Monday, June 5, 2006 at 10:02:54
Comments:
?ocugumu keserim laayn!!

Name: gokhan
Email:gipekkan@yahoo.com
Location: istanbul, turkey
Date: Monday, June 5, 2006 at 08:35:50
Comments:
dont cut our hands come back freehand!

Name:Mehmet G?zetlik
Email:m.gozetlik@zebra.com.tr
Location: istanbul, Turkey
Date: Monday, June 5, 2006 at 06:00:52
Comments:
i wait freehand 12. can i see before die. im 29 years old. freehand must not die before me, cause i love it, i use it, i like it, i need it. olmeden once freehandin yeni surumunu gorebilme umudu ile tasarim yapiyorum.

Name: nazmiyyeah yagci
Email:gynegrafia@gmail.com
Location: istanbul, turkiye
Date: Monday, June 5, 2006 at 04:54:12
Comments:
sacmaligin tavana vurdugunun resmidir. mutlu mutlu kullandigimiz bi program zorbalikla tarihe gomuluyor. IT IS LIKE A MURDER !

Name: ismail KOC
Email:iso4068@yahoo.com
Location: istanbul, Turkey
Date: Monday, June 5, 2006 at 03:23:12
Comments:
hard days are comin..

Name: tolga karabulut
Email:t.karabulut@zebra.com.tr
Location: istanbul, turkeyDate: Monday, June 5, 2006 at 02:44:50
Comments:
I love freehand... I need freehand... please...

Name:Tuomas Kinnunen
Email:tuomas@grafex.fi
Location: Joensuu, PK Finland
Date: Monday, June 5, 2006 at 01:28:17
Comments:

Name:frank suero
Email:contact@disstudios.com
Location: orange city, fl usa
Date: Sunday, June 4, 2006 at 23:55:47
Comments:
Freehand is the best of design software3. Adobe people if you are smart at least integrate the best of bouth applications in one. Don't be stupid killin g freehand.

Name: Glovid
Email:glovidlo@gmail.com
Date: Sunday, June 4, 2006 at 23:32:32
Comments:
Thank you! Freehand

Name: Ed Soares
Email:edsoares@comcast.net
Location: Miami, FL USA
Date: Sunday, June 4, 2006 at 13:18:18
Comments:
I WANT MY FREEHAND!

Name:xlman62
Email:xlman62@gmail.com
Location: samsun, TR Turkey
Date: Sunday, June 4, 2006 at 11:21:14
Comments:
B?ylegY¨zelprogramàtarihinkaranlàksayfalarànag?mmeyin.YenisY¨rY¨mlerinibekliyoruz...

Name:nenoXtreme
Email:nenoXtreme@netscape.net
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Date: Saturday, June 3, 2006 at 15:24:22
Comments:
Free Hand is fine peace of software. It would be a sheme to discontinue its developement! Shame on You Adobe!!!

Name: R13
Email:alienrf@hotmail.com
Location: Hong Kong,Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 23:42:22
Comments:
F r e e h a n d n e v e r d i e !!

Name: R13
Email:alienrf@hotmail.com
Location: Hong Kong,Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 23:42:03
Comments:
F r e e h a n d n e v e r d i e !!

Name: Anton Sieber
Email:antonsieber@hotmail.com
Location: Dawsonville, GA United States
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 19:57:34
Comments:

Name:Bulent Kiyiskan
Email:bkiyiskan@gmail.com
Location: Istanbul, Turkiye
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 17:30:15
Comments:
I do not want my free hand to be murdered... :(

Name: Navin K. Jain
Email:nuvs@epsbooks.com
Location: Boston, MA USA
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 14:31:40
Comments:
Please, please keep developing FreeHand!

Name:Jay
Email:jaymus1@NOSPAMcomcast.net
Location: Atlanta, GA USA
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 14:10:04
Comments:
I feel very slighted because now I have to learn 2 friggin programs--illustrator and indesign-- to replace one Freehand, which does the job of both. Why more people just don't get that fact is beyond me.

Name: nanno
Email:nanno@mail.hongkong.com
Location: hong kong, china
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 13:57:15
Comments:
´¹ü?¬M! ´¹ü?¬M! ´¹ü?¬M!

Name: Dogan Atak
Email:macman1@mynet.com
Location: istanbul, turkey
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 13:47:50
Comments:
number one FreeHand

Name: kelvinhong
Email:kelvinhong2k@hotmail.com
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 13:46:52
Comments:
I have benn using freehand for more than 10 years. Please keep it and develop it.

Name: KEMAL
Email:k.hayit@zebra.com.tr
Location: istanbul, Turkey
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 12:31:27
Comments:
i love on freehand's work

Name: Rafet GY¨lse?en
Email:rafetg@macquick.com
Location: Antalya, tr Turkey
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 11:59:44
Comments:
always the freehand.

Name:Cigdem Senyurek
Email:senyurek@mor-fil.com
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 11:27:36
Comments:
always the freehand.

Name: Zeynal erdogan
Email:zeynalerdogan@gmail.com
Location: Adiyaman, TurkeyDate: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 11:17:45
Comments:
Keep FreeHand going.

Name:Tony Anselmo
Email:ironhide1975@hotmail.com
Location: Columbus, Oh USA
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 11:05:17
Comments:
Golive and Freehand are better keep them!

Name:Melih Sancar
Email:melih.sancar@mac.com
Location: Istanbul, ZZ Turkey
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 10:33:19
Comments:
Viva la FreeHand

Name: ercan Kotan
Email:ercan.kotan@mandalina.tv
Location: ist, tY¨rkiye
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 10:11:46
Comments:
...

Name: Jeremy Rayment
Location: North Bay, ON Canada
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 08:37:35
Comments:
I have been using Freehand since version 5 and have tried Illustrator a few times. I constantly get the "gears" from my designer friends for using Freehand and its really starting to get old. Sigh! Freehand gets no respect. And I could never come to terms with Illustrator. We just don't see eye to eye! I was unsure of where Freehand was going so I took advantage of an upgrade offer to Corel Draw for $99. But if Freehand ever showed signs of future development, and or released a patch that fixed XP SP2 compatibility I would gladly come back.

Name: Yvan Cote
Email:yakcote@sympatico.ca
Location: North Bay, ON Canada
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 08:37:25
Comments:
I use illustrator, adobe should combine both programs because freehand does have good features that illustrator never had.

Name: BY¨lent Bozkaplan
Email:bbozkaplan@hotmail.com
Location: ?stanbul, TY¨rkiye
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 08:17:34
Comments:
Simple solution for publication needs is FreeHand, there is nothing better.

Name: Murat Kucukyilmaz
Email:kucukyilmaz24@yahoo.com
Location: ist, Turkey
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 07:53:29
Comments:
FOR EVER FREEHAND :) :) :)

Name: semihkorkmaz
Email:semihbilge1975@mynet.com.tr
Location: istanbul, turkey
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 07:30:10
Comments:

Name: songul seftalioglu
Email:songul.seftalioglu@gmail.com
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 07:18:34
Comments:

Name: ?mit
Email:auozkan@gmail.com
Location: Istanbul, TurkiyeDate: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 06:27:44
Comments:
I like freehand.

Name: Anàz Koray ?elik
Email:a.koray@adeka.com.tr
Location:  stanbul, Turkey
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 06:18:56
Comments:
Keep it going!!!

Name: Murat Kucukyilmaz
Email:kucukyilmaz24@yahoo.com
Location: ist, Turkey
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 06:13:19
Comments:
Sonuna kadar Freehand. -- I Love You Freehand-- :-) :-D

Name: Kemalettin Karatum
Email:kkaratum@gmail.com
Location: Antalya, Turkey
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 05:49:33
Comments:
I use Freehand on mac since 1990, and I think that it's a great vector application (better like Illustrator). I hope you are planning a new evolutions for this premium piece of software.

Name: ufuk aggez
Email:bilmem@bilmem.com
Location: istanbul, turkey
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 05:46:26
Comments:
**freehand**

Name: Halit YURTSEVER
Email:halityurtsever@gmail.com
Location: Bursa, Turkey
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 05:46:02
Comments:
freehand is very powerful and useful program. and i think it's the best vector graphic program. to not end freehand. i'm wait new versions......

Name:Master_Revenge
Email:master_Revengecw@hotmail.com
Location: Ankara, 06 Turkey
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 05:44:24
Comments:
a.q senin adobe

Name:Efkan
Email:efkan.gelmez@gmail.com
Location: Bursa, Turkey
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 05:37:14
Comments:
Freehand is a powerfull vector program. Very succesful program. Do not end. I'm waiting for new versions.

Name: HomeriuS
Email:homerius@gmail.com
tr
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 05:33:03
Comments:
do not kill (my) FreeHand!!!

Name: Yal?àn Eren
Email:yalcineren@gmail.com
Location: istanbul, Turkey
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 05:28:40
Comments:
Keep FreeHand going. Keep FreeHand going. Keep FreeHand going. Keep FreeHand going. Keep FreeHand going. Keep FreeHand going. Keep FreeHand going. Keep FreeHand going. Keep FreeHand going. Keep FreeHand going. Keep FreeHand going. Keep FreeHand going. Keep FreeHand going. Keep FreeHand going. Keep FreeHand going. Keep FreeHand going. Keep FreeHand going. Keep FreeHand going. Keep FreeHand going. Keep FreeHand going. Keep FreeHand going. Keep FreeHand going. Keep FreeHand going. Keep FreeHand going. Keep FreeHand going. Keep FreeHand going.

Name: Mehmet Ersoy
Email:mersoyk@hotmail.com
Location: istanbul, turkey
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 05:27:44
Comments:
Freedom for a FreeHand !

Name: kamber cil
Email:kamber.cil@gmail.com
Location: istanbul, TURKIYE
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 05:21:21
Comments:
Kullanici kitlesi bu kadar cok ve sevilen bir program olan Freehand'in Adobe tarafindan iptal edilmesi gibi bir dusuncede olmasini kiniyorum...boyle bir dusunce tarzini degistirip gelistirilmesini istiyorum..ve yeni versiyonlari gormek istiyorum...

Name:Patrick Wong
Email:wilton.printing@gmail.com
Location: Nil, Nil Hong Kong
Date: Friday, June 2, 2006 at 02:04:22
Comments:
I am using Freehand everyday and will use Freehand in the future until all of my PowerPC Mac dead. I wish Adobe re-consider Freehand or at least sell it to somebody else for further development.

Name:Dusan Vlahovic
Email:dusanvf@gmail.com
Location: Quilpu?, Valparaiso Chile
Date: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 20:11:28
Comments:
Grande freehand, a mi gusto el mejor programa de dise-o. lo uso para todo, es un agrado trabajar con vectores, y ojala no lo descontinuen...espero que si lo quieren hacer desaparecer que al menos lo fusionen con el illustrator que sea!! Forever FREE...hand

Name: Dianne
Location: Mableton, GA United States
Date: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 16:17:22
Comments:
Long live Freehand. I've used it since 1988 and much prefer it to Illustrator.

Name: pedro
Date: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 13:49:07
Comments:
FreeEnds :(

Name: Mr. Let Freehand Live
Freehandlandia
Date: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 13:47:05
Comments:
Free-adobe-from-stupidity

Name: Samuel Tam
Email:tamkfai@mac.com
Location: /, / Hong Kong
Date: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 13:29:27
Comments:
I have used Freehand about 14 years, I love it and please let it continue help me.

Name: Ralph Learmont
Australia
Date: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 13:05:48
Comments:
Please keep FreeHand going. I have used both FreeHand and Illustrator starting many years ago, and try as I do, things are just too convoluted and tedious in AI. I have found that for technical Illustration, FreeHand is so conducive to effective work. It does this by just letting your mind concentrate on the job in hand, rather than get distracted by so many buttons and controls that get in the way, FH is a lot more intuitive too. I love the way it lets you select parts of objects within groups. You can dive in anywhere, make adjustments and tweaks, and you're back in action. To do the same in Illustrator is just too tedious!

Name: Charlie Yarwood
Email:cyarwood@cotton.org
Location: Memphis, TN USA
Date: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 11:29:32
Comments:
I have been a loyal FH user since version 3. Started keeping a copy of Illustrator alongside since AI7. I have always considered FH to be superior to AI in just about every way. When I heard about the Adobe acquisition of Macromedia, I figured FH's days were numbered. That, combined with the fact that all my local service bureaus, disapproved of any FH version past 9 (said we could use MX or MXa if we want, but if we send anything to them, send it as FH9), I started weaning myself away from FH toward AI. It has not been the easiest transition. The main thing I like better is AI's native compatibility with InDesign - perfectly viewable images. However, there are FH tools that I sorely miss. And if Adobe has any sense at all, they will be studying FH really hard, and attempting to assimilate FH's strengths into AI. Some of AI's bells and whistles are awesome, but FH's productivity and ease of use far outweigh any of that. PLEASE, ADOBE, DO IT RIGHT!!!! You have the opportunity to make Illustrator the undesputed king of vector illustration software - Freelustrator/Illusthand. In the meantime, I'm keeping FH 9 and MXa installed for those crunch times that I need to create something fast or fix something. C Yarwood

Name: TJ Brand
Email:ssunis@gmail.com
Location: Vienna,Date: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 08:02:18
Comments:
the big freehand user community demands, that adobe goes ahead with further developing freehand!!!

Name: Andrew Colquhoun
Date: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 05:40:26
Comments:
over the last 15 years I have used Freehand but have always had the latest copy of Illustrator installed. Freehand has always been light years head of Illustrator in work flow and speed of use. Mine and my design teams performance would take a massive hit if we had to suffer Illustrator for day to day use. I can't upgrade to mactel without Freehand simple as that. There is room in the world for both apps!

Name: Swami Gattas
Email:swamigattas-at-gmail.com
Location: Vancouver, BC Canada
Date: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 03:37:40
Comments:
You can't kill Freehand, it's been my most frequently used tool since Version 5. I understand your trying to push Illustrator and all, but to me Illustrator is a completely alien tool. I really don't care how "tightly integrated" it is with Photoshop CS, which is also a tool I use on a daily basis. I do perfectly fine with both so that's really never going to "sell me" to a switch. To me it's Freehand MX and Photoshop. I think instead of killing it off you should either sell if you absolutely have no interest left in it or make a new revision, seeing how Macromedia had left us hanging for a few years in order to push its web technologies.

Name: Terence Lee
Singapore
Date: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 02:55:42
Comments:
While I do support Adobe products such as Photoshop, Indesign, I think that Freehand beats Illustrator hands down for the kinds of tasks that I do. Please continue to develop Freehand for the Mactel. If this isn't on the cards, at least listen to the grouses of the Freehand users and incorporate Freehand features into Illustrator that we would miss, such as "paste inside", easy and intuitive selection of document and page sizes and bleed sizes.

Name: Mickey Tsui
Email:mickeytsui@awcfe.com
Location: Hong Kong, CHINA
Date: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 02:16:20
Comments:
I like this useful software. It is nice. I use it on my job over 15 years

Name: Barry
Email:barrywylie@gmail.com
Location: wellington, New Zealand
Date: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 00:16:50
Comments:
Do you know what how I can open a file if it says the following....... 'Could not complete your request because an unknown command was encounted' Have you experienced that before? Is it something to do with different versions of freehand?

Name: Ed
Email:testacula@yahoo.com
Location: New York, NYDate: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 22:38:11
Comments:
If they discontinue Freehand, I'll have to hang up my design hat forever. ADOBE - DO THE RIGHT THING, Let's get Freehand going on INTEL!!!!!!!!

Name: Pete Gurtowsky
Email:pete@ewbullock.com
Location: Pensacola, FL United States
Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:18:28
Comments:
been using freehand since the aldus days. hate to see it go away, hands down better than the bloated illustrator! keep hope alive.

Name: Kaylene Irwin
Email:kijake1@yahoo.com
Utah U.S.A.
Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:13:53
Comments:
I have just jumped back into computer graphics again after many years away. I have used several Adobe software programs, and other computer graphics programs in the past. In jumping back into things again, I chose to try out Freehand, and have thoroughly loved it. It is easy to learn, intuitive, and allows one to work quickly and easily to create fantastic work. It has been a great confidence builder for me as I come to terms with the changes and advances in the graphics world. This is an extremely powerful program especially with the simplicity of use it provides. I will hang onto a copy of MX and use it like crazy for as long as I can. I appreciate how well it outputs in various formats for ease of use for different applications. I appreciate so many things. This will be my tool-of-choice for as long as possible.

Name: Steve Fick
Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 13:40:00
Comments:
I will be hugely disappointed if FreeHand is no longer supported. I have been a user for 13 years and have always found it simpler, more intuitive, and a few steps ahead of Illustrator in the features that are important to a cartographer.

Name: rich s
Email:designstudio20012001@yahoo.com
Location: los angeles, ca us
Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 12:51:24
Comments:
I am a practicing industrial and graphic designer who has been using Freehand extensively since 1990, when I purchased Freehand 3.0. I use it for a wide range of projects, ranging from 80+ page full color catalogs to inteface design, product renderings and applied art. For my applications, Freehand is vastly superior to Illustrator in many ways and I would be very happy to continue paying for upgrades to have the privilege to enjoy using it in the future.

Name:Lisa
Email:lisa@zero-design.net
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 12:24:52
Comments:
I have been using FreeHand since 1989 or 1990 and was a beta tester for Aldus (!!) FreeHand back in the very old days. I still use FreeHand for almost eveything, and in the days when you couldn't even draw in colour in Illustrator (pre v3, If I remember rightly), FreeHand was so much more advanced AND intuative to the user, and I still think it is! Please can someone buy it off Adobe IF they are going to kill it off - I'll keep buying it!

Name:cesar vieira
Email:cesar@blend.pt
Location: leiria, leiria portugal
Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 06:54:29
Comments:
please don't kill freehand! it«s my daily companion since 1992!

Name: Richard Walker
Email:richard_home1@mac.com
Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 06:50:04
Comments:
After reading David's comments at the bottom of the page I was relieved that it wasn't just me that was banging my head on the desk. Don't get me wrong, I am loving some Illustrator CS2 features like 3D Effects, Live Paint, Open Type support, Make Warp presets, Live Trace, better gradients and great consistency between the other Adobe CS2 apps, but why, oh why do I have to draw a selection with the Direct Selection tool to select a point (which selects all the objects under it). Why can't I just click on the point to move it and not move the whole shape. The way FreeHand Selects and Superselects is far superior in my view. I also haven't sussed out how to make just one side of a shape curved quickly. In FreeHand I can just option click on the selected straight edge and drag making only that edge curved. I think I am also one of the few people that use the Bezigon tool - can't get used to the pen. I use Find and Replace all the time! Adjustable Curved Corners on a rectangle anyone! Multiple Pages! - as far as I am concerned this is an integral part of my design process. If I am designing a logo/letterhead for a client, I do it all in one document and let my design grow and adapt to what I think works without having to save loads of different versions. Different size pages in one document are also helpful too! FreeHand has got a load of passionate users for a reason. If FreeHand was given an Adobe makeover (great CS(3?) support, The Adobe type engine (OpenType, Font Grouping, Optical Kerning etc), Universal Binary and Better Gradients) then I am absolutely positive that it would be worth there while. I would not hesitate to buy such a product, as would my place of work. And Yes, I would still buy Creative Suite 3.

Name: Carlos Ceia
Email:carlosceia@gmail.com
Location: Leiria, Portugal
Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 05:08:36
Comments:
i'm a freehand user since version 3.0. you shouldn«t end it, if it has to end, let the users decide

Name: Mark Blackb
Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 05:07:45
Comments:
Please dont let Freehand disappear.

Name: Natalija
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 03:37:39
Comments:
I don't want Illustrator, I want Freehand!

Name: Jude A
Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 02:50:12
Comments:
As a long time freehand user, seeing adobe buy macromedia scared me alot, cause I knew FH would get tossed aside, which it looks like it has. Adobe, please continue to develop freehand! Either that or combine the best features of FH into illustrator.

Name:Judy
Email:fawn@gmail.com
Location: USA, USA USA
Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 00:30:52
Comments:
Great work!

Name:Arye Yacobson
Email:son_shik@hotmail.com
Location: Jacksonville, Florida U.S.
Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 21:51:20
Comments:
Freehand is the best. Losing it would mean going back in time. Sorry all you Illustrator freaks, but that's just the way it is. Keep Freehand Alive!!!

Name: Travis
Location: Colorado Springs, CO USA
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 18:21:49
Comments:
Hi all! I use Freehand AND Illustrator. I love them bot, but I sure don't want to give up Freehand. There are some things that Freehand just does better and easier than Freehand. So Adobe, please, please keep Freehand. It's a great program!!! :)

Name: Lindsey
Email:isabelle_wringing@yahoo.com
Location: Phoenix, az United States
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 14:06:27
Comments:
I prefer Freehand over Illustrator as it is more user friendly and I have been using it for years and don't care to learn Illutrator.

Name: Clarissa
Email:johnchan125@yahoo.com.hk
Location: Hong Kong,Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 13:19:31
Comments:
I hope FHEEHAND will has a version release soon. It is really user friendly and easy to use than ai.

Name: Clarrisa
Email:johnchan125@yahoo.com.hk
Location: Hong Kong,Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 13:19:10
Comments:
I hope FHEEHAND will has a version release soon. It is really user friendly and easy to use than ai.

Name: Mike Ho
Email:mho@hydro.mb.ca
Location: Winnipeg, MB Canada
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 11:58:07
Comments:
I'm in the process of "learning" Illustrator CS. I was originally an AI user years ago, then switched to Freehand. With the number of AI users I work with, I'm finding I have to understand AI again. In comparison, AI has a bunch of cool functions, tool boxes, etc., but when it comes down to working with the tools and functions you use every day - Freehand is WAY more efficient. The Illustrator method of performing SIMPLE actions in Freehand is far too complex and even frustrating. I was not aware of the other issues that Illustrator has before reading much of these comments. Now I'm really seeing that Freehand is a better product - FOR SPEED in creating artwork, and manipulating; altering, etc. I'm using a tutorial site to learn AICS - what a draining experience considering how quick and easily the same functions are performed in Freehand. If there is any possibility that Adobe will keep Freehand OR transfer the superior features/functions of FH into AI - DO ADOBE, DO IT!!!

Name: ER
Location: HKI, Finland
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 10:54:04
Comments:
Stay!

Name:David Rudge
UK
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 09:52:43
Comments:
How else am I going to make the best maps? Please KEEP Freehand.

Name:Pedro Gon?alves
Email:pacgoncalves@gmail.com
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 09:34:48
Comments:
Hi there. Freehand is in fact, the easiest solution around for vector graphics production. I was pleased to know that Adobe was taking over macromedia, just because I thought that that would mean that finally, Freehand would be getting the deserved attention from the engineers responsible for its evolution. Now I beg you to continue evolving it, since it would be great to have the stability of Adobe products in the more practical graphic design software ever.

Name: Kelly Waldenberger
Email:kwaldenberger@wincraft.com
Location: Winona, MN USA
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 09:18:43
Comments:
Freehand is by far the most user friendly and convenient draw software I have used! When I was hired on as a graphic designer five years ago, I had to learn Freehand for the first time. They didn't teach any courses in Freehand at school! I think it took only a few days before I had the basic, comfortable working knowledge of the software. Try that with Illustrator! Freehand allows for smooth blends, typesetting, importing, using layers, and more at an ease far beyond Illustrator with excellent results! I can't imagine how difficult a transition to Illustrator will be on so many levels for our design and art staff. Name it Adobe and keep it at that! Let Freehand stay!

Name: Clint Woidyla
Email:cwoidyla@wincraft.com
Location: Winona, MN United States
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 08:27:35
Comments:
I have been a faithful user of FH since the earliest versions that were put out by Aldus before Macromedia took it over. I have to say it is the best and easiest to use of any vector based program I have ever tried. I am asking you to keep it around, I don't know how efficiently I could do my job without it. I work in a very fast paced and demanding environment where most things that come accross my desk were due yesterday annd I just simply don't have the time to slog through Illustrator, I can just get it done using my old friend Freehand

Name: Todd Waldenberger
Email:twaldenberger@wincraft.com
Location: Winona, MN USA
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 08:19:21
Comments:
Freehand is a great program, which our art staff utilizes extensivly daily. It's color management is great, to mention just one personal preference of many over Illustrator. We would be hard pressed to change. Keep it alive!!

Name: Bill Stewart
Email:bill.stewart@carrier.com
Location: Indianapolis, IN USA
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 08:15:14
Comments:
Please, please, please continue to develop he best-ever, most user-friendly ilustration package on the planet!

Name: ana rita marques
Email:ana.annaritadesigner@gmail.com
Location: guimar Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 05:54:45
Comments:

Name: cristovao
Email:cristovaobasilius@hotmail.com
Location: porto, portugal
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 05:34:23
Comments:
we will fight and never give up

Name: Nuno Saavedra
Email:nnunosaavedra@walla.com
Location: porto, Portugal
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 05:25:22
Comments:
We wil win!!! AHAHHAHHAHHAHAHHAH freehand POWER

Name: Jo Email:jgoncalvesdesign@gmail.com
Location: Valongo, PORTUGAL
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 05:24:46
Comments:

Name: nuno
Email:nunosaavedra@walla.com
Location: porto, Portugal
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 05:21:00
Comments:

Name:Kat Bennett
Email:kalikat@mac.com
Location: Richmond, CA USA
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 20:02:02
Comments:
I am a cartographer. I rely on FH for practically everything I do related to that career, travel guides and my own cartographic business. Please don't let it die. If you could get the styles pallette to color as easily as the layer pallette that would be awesome. I work with many styles and layers, it's so easy to color a couple layers differently than the default cyan it would be great if the styles could have that ability too. Thank You.

Name: Mark Magnus
Email:msmagnus@verizon.net
Location: Brooklyn, NY 11218
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 19:53:52
Comments:
I grew up with it. It's the best. Don't let it die.

Name: Gediminas Lasas
Email:gediminas@gld.lt
Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 18:05:12
Comments:
Freehand is wonderfull software and it should be developed and should live. I can't imagine graphic design world without Freehand. I hope, that Adobe understand that. We need Freehand alive.

Name: michael lindars
Location: Portland, OR USA
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 14:46:17
Comments:
I have been using freehand since Aldus and it is the workhorse of my office for over a decade. Because it is my number one tool I need it to survive and be successful in my carrer. I have used Illustrator and still use it, but it lacks many features and capabilities that Freehand offers. Freehand is a intuative appication that is easy to use for creating vector artwork, while Illustrator is more pixel than vector. After reading Adobe's "Freehand to Illustrator migration guide" it was clear that Illustrator's abilities are not par to Freehand and many features need extra steps or are simply not included. In short if Adobe elects to stop supporting Freehand I feel that it will have serious detrimental effects on my business. I will continue to use Freehand regardless, until Apple creates software that will render Freehand MX useless.

Name: Dylan
Location: Sacramento, CA USA
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 13:52:06
Comments:
I like freehand.

Name: Carl Meinzinger
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 13:28:49
Comments:
Please save Freehand!

Name: John Vaglica
Email:johnv@design-dept.com
Location: Carol Stream, IL United States
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 12:53:35
Comments:
Keep Freehand, or at least merge all of it's great features into Illustrator, such as the rotation feature.

Name: halonine
Email:halonine@nine.net
Location: Spalato, Croatia
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 11:55:58
Comments:
Don't tie my hands, keep Freehand...

Name:Shane
Email:shane.killian@eircom.net
Location: LD, Eire Eire
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 11:12:29
Comments:
Keep Freehand!

Name: Bruno Fonseca
Email:bmiguelf@hotmail.com
Location: Porto, Portugal
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 10:09:44
Comments:
Don´t leave Freehan die!!!!! I Love Fh

Name:Mike Schurr
Email:mike@felder.com
Location: Grand Rapids, MI United States
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 09:42:24
Comments:
I love Freehand. I've used it since the early 90s. I love the multi-page/multi-size abilty of FH. For me it's so intuitive to work that way. Please don't take my FH away.

Name: A.A.
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 09:19:08
Comments:
I love FreeHand-and wish it was a Universal binary.

Name:DropEtoD
Email:thomas@rocker.ch
Location: Zurich, ZH Switzerland
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 07:58:22
Comments:
Freehand is a mast have in the hashion-business! If Freehand dies, we die!

Name: Nalle Karhu
Email:nalle@kiila.net
Location: R?ms??, Suomi
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 03:30:58
Comments:
Freehand is my right hand. Don´t take it away from me :(~

Name:Jeffery Plummer
Email:mail@plummerdesigndotcom
Location: Portland, OR USA
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 18:40:02
Comments:
Make no mistake about it, FreeHand pays the bills around here. It has been doing so since 1996 and a day without FreeHand is hard to find. I love Adobe products. Photoshop has been on the machines since version 4, as have been many versions of Illustrator. But even with a fun to play with copy of AICS2, I turn to FreeHand for the real work. Software is only software. But when it works very well, it is a lofty piece of software. That just about sums up how I feel about FreeHand. What should Adobe do to it in the next release? Pull that nifty Live Trace feature from Illustrator into it. Give it Adobe Bridge support. And make it so stable it will operate bullet-proof day in, day out. Cheers

Name: Michele
ItalyDate: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 15:15:27
Comments:
Salvatelo! Salvatelo! (cit. Ciampi)

Name: Phil McCutchen
Email:philmccutchen@hotmail.com
Location: Marietta, GA USA
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 13:20:24
Comments:
I'm an old schooler. I've used Freehand since version 1. When Illustrator came along I tested it, and have done so with each new release. Both are powerful products. But, when it comes down to getting the job done with speed, accuracy and a minimum of frustration, Freehand wins easily. It's just more intuitive to use, and offers more control over whatever project I'm developing from concept through print or web production. Speaking of which, Freehand also gives you more options and control over your output, whether for Flash, EPS, pdf or print. Bottom line, even though I have the latest version of Illustrator and have learned to use it fairly well, when I need to rock and deliver the goods, I switch to Freehand.

Name: Juha Laakso
Email:jmlaakso@netti.fi
Location: Tampere, Finland
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 13:05:39
Comments:
Please, keep FreeHand and its users alive!

Name: Curtis
Location: Petaluma, CA USA
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 11:16:49
Comments:
User since Version 2. Use it all day, every day. This is too good of an application to just let go. Please do the right thing and keep developing this software!

Name: the chums
Email:thechums@hotmail.com
Location: madrid, spain
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 10:40:11
Comments:
Life without freehand is not life. Long life to freehand!

Name:Roberto G--mez
Email:roberto@webxtrem.com
Location: Madrid, SPAIN Madrid
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 10:02:36
Comments:
Freehand is the bible of designers, I need a new version because Freehand is my live, freehand is my inspiration. A little words, If freehand death, also the designers will die. Please create a new version, Thankssssssssss

Name:Rob Brearley
Email:rob@chocolatetrousers.com
Location: Leeds, UK
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 08:59:56
Comments:
Multiple pages, vector point selection, paste insides / multiple paste insides, idea development from rough through to print management... Freehand must survive, my work flow depends on it!

Name: Alan Whitaker
Email:awa.graphics@ntlworld.com
Location: THATCHAM, BERKSHIRE UK
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 08:55:12
Comments:
I am a Mac-using freelance cartographer. I was amazed when Adobe announced that they were taking over Macromedia, and with it FreeHand. Having started out 12 years ago by using FreeHand 3.1, at the time, recently upgraded to the MX version. I have found that this latest version is very stable and has loads of useful abilities to complement those that the software already had. My amazement at the take-over was not least because, last time Adobe absorbed FreeHand when in its original Aldus ownership, Adobe was forced, by a legal requirement in the Aldus arrangement which did not allow FreeHand to be owned my the proprietors of any other comparable vector drawing program. As I understand it, this is why Macromedia came to own FreeHand in the first place. I wonder if the legal restraint mentioned above still exists, but I guess that it has been 'got around', as the lawyers dealing with the take-over would have noticed it if the usual "Due Dilligence" procedures have been gone through properly. I have tried Illustrator at several times, and while I accept that it is 'different' from FreeHand, and I am assured that there are really good and useful things in it, I have never found it anything like as user-friendly or as logical as FreeHand. (Even with the introduction of "standardised" keystroke short-cuts across the two competing softwares, Macromedia were thoughtful enough to allow us to use the earlier, more logical ones!). I only have to think of the difference between the very precise "=" for clone (in F/H) and guesswork of "d" for the same procedure (in Illor). I think that it would be a crime against the creative design and draw sector if FreeHand were to be allowed to die. The final straws for me were when I found out that Adobe would not commit themselves either way on the future of FreeHand - if it had one at all with Adobe - and the cost to convert to the latest release of Illustrator. They won't even give a cross-over discount as they used to in an effort to persuade FreeHanders to switch. They used to do this. Adobe is too big and powerful, it seems. Almost all the cartographers I know prefer FreeHand over Illustrator every time - it is just so much more intuitive (and maybe because it is an excellent analogue for how maps have been assembled for several years.

Name: Travis
Location: Colorado Springs, CO USA
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 18:21:49
Comments:
Hi all! I use Freehand AND Illustrator. I love them bot, but I sure don't want to give up Freehand. There are some things that Freehand just does better and easier than Freehand. So Adobe, please, please keep Freehand. It's a great program!!! :)

Name: Lindsey
Email:isabelle_wringing@yahoo.com
Location: Phoenix, az United States
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 14:06:27
Comments:
I prefer Freehand over Illustrator as it is more user friendly and I have been using it for years and don't care to learn Illutrator.

Name: Clarissa
Email:johnchan125@yahoo.com.hk
Location: Hong Kong,Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 13:19:31
Comments:
I hope FHEEHAND will has a version release soon. It is really user friendly and easy to use than ai.

Name: Clarrisa
Email:johnchan125@yahoo.com.hk
Location: Hong Kong,Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 13:19:10
Comments:
I hope FHEEHAND will has a version release soon. It is really user friendly and easy to use than ai.

Name: Mike Ho
Email:mho@hydro.mb.ca
Location: Winnipeg, MB Canada
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 11:58:07
Comments:
I'm in the process of "learning" Illustrator CS. I was originally an AI user years ago, then switched to Freehand. With the number of AI users I work with, I'm finding I have to understand AI again. In comparison, AI has a bunch of cool functions, tool boxes, etc., but when it comes down to working with the tools and functions you use every day - Freehand is WAY more efficient. The Illustrator method of performing SIMPLE actions in Freehand is far too complex and even frustrating. I was not aware of the other issues that Illustrator has before reading much of these comments. Now I'm really seeing that Freehand is a better product - FOR SPEED in creating artwork, and manipulating; altering, etc. I'm using a tutorial site to learn AICS - what a draining experience considering how quick and easily the same functions are performed in Freehand. If there is any possibility that Adobe will keep Freehand OR transfer the superior features/functions of FH into AI - DO ADOBE, DO IT!!!

Name: ER
Location: HKI, Finland
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 10:54:04
Comments:
Stay!

Name:David Rudge
UK
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 09:52:43
Comments:
How else am I going to make the best maps? Please KEEP Freehand.

Name:Pedro Gon?alves
Email:pacgoncalves@gmail.com
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 09:34:48
Comments:
Hi there. Freehand is in fact, the easiest solution around for vector graphics production. I was pleased to know that Adobe was taking over macromedia, just because I thought that that would mean that finally, Freehand would be getting the deserved attention from the engineers responsible for its evolution. Now I beg you to continue evolving it, since it would be great to have the stability of Adobe products in the more practical graphic design software ever.

Name: Kelly Waldenberger
Email:kwaldenberger@wincraft.com
Location: Winona, MN USA
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 09:18:43
Comments:
Freehand is by far the most user friendly and convenient draw software I have used! When I was hired on as a graphic designer five years ago, I had to learn Freehand for the first time. They didn't teach any courses in Freehand at school! I think it took only a few days before I had the basic, comfortable working knowledge of the software. Try that with Illustrator! Freehand allows for smooth blends, typesetting, importing, using layers, and more at an ease far beyond Illustrator with excellent results! I can't imagine how difficult a transition to Illustrator will be on so many levels for our design and art staff. Name it Adobe and keep it at that! Let Freehand stay!

Name: Clint Woidyla
Email:cwoidyla@wincraft.com
Location: Winona, MN United States
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 08:27:35
Comments:
I have been a faithful user of FH since the earliest versions that were put out by Aldus before Macromedia took it over. I have to say it is the best and easiest to use of any vector based program I have ever tried. I am asking you to keep it around, I don't know how efficiently I could do my job without it. I work in a very fast paced and demanding environment where most things that come accross my desk were due yesterday annd I just simply don't have the time to slog through Illustrator, I can just get it done using my old friend Freehand

Name: Todd Waldenberger
Email:twaldenberger@wincraft.com
Location: Winona, MN USA
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 08:19:21
Comments:
Freehand is a great program, which our art staff utilizes extensivly daily. It's color management is great, to mention just one personal preference of many over Illustrator. We would be hard pressed to change. Keep it alive!!

Name: Bill Stewart
Email:bill.stewart@carrier.com
Location: Indianapolis, IN USA
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 08:15:14
Comments:
Please, please, please continue to develop he best-ever, most user-friendly ilustration package on the planet!

Name: ana rita marques
Email:ana.annaritadesigner@gmail.com
Location: guimar Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 05:54:45
Comments:

Name: cristovao
Email:cristovaobasilius@hotmail.com
Location: porto, portugal
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 05:34:23
Comments:
we will fight and never give up

Name: Nuno Saavedra
Email:nnunosaavedra@walla.com
Location: porto, Portugal
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 05:25:22
Comments:
We wil win!!! AHAHHAHHAHHAHAHHAH Freehand POWER

Name: Jo Email:jgoncalvesdesign@gmail.com
Location: Valongo, PORTUGAL
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 05:24:46
Comments:

Name: nuno
Email:nunosaavedra@walla.com
Location: porto, Portugal
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 05:21:00
Comments:

Name:Kat Bennett
Email:kalikat@mac.com
Location: Richmond, CA USA
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 20:02:02
Comments:
I am a cartographer. I rely on FH for practically everything I do related to that career, travel guides and my own cartographic business. Please don't let it die. If you could get the styles pallette to color as easily as the layer pallette that would be awesome. I work with many styles and layers, it's so easy to color a couple layers differently than the default cyan it would be great if the styles could have that ability too. Thank You.

Name: Mark Magnus
Email:msmagnus@verizon.net
Location: Brooklyn, NY 11218
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 19:53:52
Comments:
I grew up with it. It's the best. Don't let it die.

Name: Gediminas Lasas
Email:gediminas@gld.lt
Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 18:05:12
Comments:
Freehand is wonderfull software and it should be developed and should live. I can't imagine graphic design world without Freehand. I hope, that Adobe understand that. We need Freehand alive.

Name: michael lindars
Location: Portland, OR USA
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 14:46:17
Comments:
I have been using Freehand since Aldus and it is the workhorse of my office for over a decade. Because it is my number one tool I need it to survive and be successful in my carrer. I have used Illustrator and still use it, but it lacks many features and capabilities that Freehand offers. Freehand is a intuative appication that is easy to use for creating vector artwork, while Illustrator is more pixel than vector. After reading Adobe's "Freehand to Illustrator migration guide" it was clear that Illustrator's abilities are not par to Freehand and many features need extra steps or are simply not included. In short if Adobe elects to stop supporting Freehand I feel that it will have serious detrimental effects on my business. I will continue to use Freehand regardless, until Apple creates software that will render Freehand MX useless.

Name: Dylan
Location: Sacramento, CA USA
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 13:52:06
Comments:
I like Freehand.

Name: Carl Meinzinger
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 13:28:49
Comments:
Please save Freehand!

Name: John Vaglica
Email:johnv@design-dept.com
Location: Carol Stream, IL United States
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 12:53:35
Comments:
Keep Freehand, or at least merge all of it's great features into Illustrator, such as the rotation feature.

Name: halonine
Email:halonine@nine.net
Location: Spalato, Croatia
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 11:55:58
Comments:
Don't tie my hands, keep Freehand...

Name:Shane
Email:shane.killian@eircom.net
Location: LD, Eire Eire
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 11:12:29
Comments:
Keep Freehand!

Name: Bruno Fonseca
Email:bmiguelf@hotmail.com
Location: Porto, Portugal
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 10:09:44
Comments:
Don´t leave Freehan die!!!!! I Love Fh

Name:Mike Schurr
Email:mike@felder.com
Location: Grand Rapids, MI United States
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 09:42:24
Comments:
I love Freehand. I've used it since the early 90s. I love the multi-page/multi-size abilty of FH. For me it's so intuitive to work that way. Please don't take my FH away.

Name: A.A.
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 09:19:08
Comments:
I love Freehand-and wish it was a Universal binary.

Name:DropEtoD
Email:thomas@rocker.ch
Location: Zurich, ZH Switzerland
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 07:58:22
Comments:
Freehand is a mast have in the hashion-business! If Freehand dies, we die!

Name: Nalle Karhu
Email:nalle@kiila.net
Location: R?ms??, Suomi
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 03:30:58
Comments:
Freehand is my right hand. Don´t take it away from me :(~

Name:Jeffery Plummer
Email:mail@plummerdesigndotcom
Location: Portland, OR USA
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 18:40:02
Comments:
Make no mistake about it, Freehand pays the bills around here. It has been doing so since 1996 and a day without Freehand is hard to find. I love Adobe products. Photoshop has been on the machines since version 4, as have been many versions of Illustrator. But even with a fun to play with copy of AICS2, I turn to FreeHand for the real work. Software is only software. But when it works very well, it is a lofty piece of software. That just about sums up how I feel about FreeHand. What should Adobe do to it in the next release? Pull that nifty Live Trace feature from Illustrator into it. Give it Adobe Bridge support. And make it so stable it will operate bullet-proof day in, day out. Cheers

Name: Michele
ItalyDate: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 15:15:27
Comments:
Salvatelo! Salvatelo! (cit. Ciampi)

Name: Phil McCutchen
Email:philmccutchen@hotmail.com
Location: Marietta, GA USA
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 13:20:24
Comments:
I'm an old schooler. I've used Freehand since version 1. When Illustrator came along I tested it, and have done so with each new release. Both are powerful products. But, when it comes down to getting the job done with speed, accuracy and a minimum of frustration, Freehand wins easily. It's just more intuitive to use, and offers more control over whatever project I'm developing from concept through print or web production. Speaking of which, Freehand also gives you more options and control over your output, whether for Flash, EPS, pdf or print. Bottom line, even though I have the latest version of Illustrator and have learned to use it fairly well, when I need to rock and deliver the goods, I switch to Freehand.

Name: Juha Laakso
Email:jmlaakso@netti.fi
Location: Tampere, Finland
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 13:05:39
Comments:
Please, keep FreeHand and its users alive!

Name: Curtis
Location: Petaluma, CA USA
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 11:16:49
Comments:
User since Version 2. Use it all day, every day. This is too good of an application to just let go. Please do the right thing and keep developing this software!

Name: the chums
Email:thechums@hotmail.com
Location: madrid, spain
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 10:40:11
Comments:
Life without freehand is not life. Long life to freehand!

Name:Roberto G--mez
Email:roberto@webxtrem.com
Location: Madrid, SPAIN Madrid
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 10:02:36
Comments:
Freehand is the bible of designers, I need a new version because Freehand is my live, freehand is my inspiration. A little words, If freehand death, also the designers will die. Please create a new version, Thankssssssssss

Name:Rob Brearley
Email:rob@chocolatetrousers.com
Location: Leeds, UK
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 08:59:56
Comments:
Multiple pages, vector point selection, paste insides / multiple paste insides, idea development from rough through to print management... Freehand must survive, my work flow depends on it!

Name: Alan Whitaker
Email:awa.graphics@ntlworld.com
Location: THATCHAM, BERKSHIRE UK
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 08:55:12
Comments:
I am a Mac-using freelance cartographer. I was amazed when Adobe announced that they were taking over Macromedia, and with it FreeHand. Having started out 12 years ago by using FreeHand 3.1, at the time, recently upgraded to the MX version. I have found that this latest version is very stable and has loads of useful abilities to complement those that the software already had. My amazement at the take-over was not least because, last time Adobe absorbed FreeHand when in its original Aldus ownership, Adobe was forced, by a legal requirement in the Aldus arrangement which did not allow FreeHand to be owned my the proprietors of any other comparable vector drawing program. As I understand it, this is why Macromedia came to own FreeHand in the first place. I wonder if the legal restraint mentioned above still exists, but I guess that it has been 'got around', as the lawyers dealing with the take-over would have noticed it if the usual "Due Dilligence" procedures have been gone through properly. I have tried Illustrator at several times, and while I accept that it is 'different' from FreeHand, and I am assured that there are really good and useful things in it, I have never found it anything like as user-friendly or as logical as FreeHand. (Even with the introduction of "standardised" keystroke short-cuts across the two competing softwares, Macromedia were thoughtful enough to allow us to use the earlier, more logical ones!). I only have to think of the difference between the very precise "=" for clone (in F/H) and guesswork of "d" for the same procedure (in Illor). I think that it would be a crime against the creative design and draw sector if FreeHand were to be allowed to die. The final straws for me were when I found out that Adobe would not commit themselves either way on the future of FreeHand - if it had one at all with Adobe - and the cost to convert to the latest release of Illustrator. They won't even give a cross-over discount as they used to in an effort to persuade FreeHanders to switch. They used to do this. Adobe is too big and powerful, it seems. Almost all the cartographers I know prefer FreeHand over Illustrator every time - it is just so much more intuitive (and maybe because it is an excellent analogue for how maps have been assembled for several years.

Name:Doug Rose
Email:doug.rose@fwt.co.uk
Location: London, UK
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 07:11:40
Comments:
Freehand was miles ahead of Illustrator in the early days and moved even farther ahead with 3.1. I am not one of those people who says A is better than B in every respect and Freehand has a few drawbacks (no pun intended). However, the Styles facility is essential to any orderly-minded professional and Illustrator is simply not up to it. Though Illustrator has some good features, Freehand is far superior for most graphics jobs. It maybe the Betamax of drawing programmes, but please don't let it go the same way - there is still a huge and dedicated user base.

Name:David
Email:david@davidpare.net
Location: Madrid, Spain Spain
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 06:02:43
Comments:
I need a new version!! My love! My girlfriend! My Freehand!

Name:Bill Wood
Email:expresiv@sasktel.net
Location: Melfort, Sask. Canada
Date: Monday, May 22, 2006 at 22:50:44
Comments:
I've just discovered in the workflow of web site how valuable a tool Freehand really is - draw line art in Freehand - then to symbols and wonderful import into Flash. Amazing. Pardon my enthusiasm but as a newby I just finally found that in every Studio MX manual I have they compliment Freehand AND Flash at the same time. And the flow is terrific. I'm going to post on Freehand support page - but WOW - working in Freehand for many years, then moving to web design - Freehand and Flash shake hands terrifically. Can Illy mesh that well with Flash? That's what Macromedia has all been about - tools that can be used as stand alone programs - then enhancing the workflow into Flash - And may I remind Adobe that the acquisition of Macromedia was all about Flash. Correct. As a newbie from Print to Web publishing with Dreamweaver and Flash, Freehand is a MAJOR player - it's where it all starts. Thank you Adobe for Freehand support in the future.

Name:Louise Olson
Email:lolson@theideafactory.com
Location: Pollock Pines, California USA
Date: Monday, May 22, 2006 at 16:32:09
Comments:
I've been using FreeHand since version 1. There is nothing available that does exactly what FreeHand does. It is the single most important program I have because of features it offers that cannot be found elsewhere. We use it for form creation because of the precision placements and distributions of elements, AND because one document can have different page sizes in it. Many forms have different sizes for different plies. This feature also enables the creation of "proofs" and "2-up, 4-up, 8-up" print layouts in the same file. With this I am able to create an advertising piece, send a pdf proof to the client and after approval just move the elements to the print layout page(s). The large pasteboard allows the creation of very complicated, multi page documents where elements may have to move from page to page as the document expands/contracts or be sidelined for one revision but needed for the next. I could go on and on, but this bread and butter application deserves to continue to remain current with operating systems, etc. To substitute one or more of the alternatives available at this time would add considerably to the time required to accomplish tasks. Many Illustrator users are confounded at how I accomplish some of the things I do because they don't have these features available to them. My livelihood requires that I plead fervently for the continuation of this quite extraordinary program. Thank you. Louise (an ardent FreeHand supporter)

Name:Jeff Pollard Design
Email:info@JPD-Logos.com
Location: Portland, OR United States
Date: Monday, May 22, 2006 at 15:48:05
Comments:
For the love of all that is graphic please, please, PLEASE keep FreeHand! There is too much right with this program not to keep it and there is too much difference between it and Illustrator to have to force-feed one or the other to those of us who prefer FreeHand over Illsutrator or vice-versa; creativity on demand is difficult enough without having to relearn software along the way - it's bad enough having to go through a learning curve when software updates to already learned programs are forced upon us (while sweaty and snarling deadlines loom over our shoulders). I tried Illustrator and FreeHand at the same time when I first began experimenting with graphic design software and for me FreeHand was far more intuitive and far easier to learn so I don't want to see it go away thus, forcing me to learn a brand new software program all over again because of the time required to learn it (while trying to earn a living). Keep Illustrator, keep FreeHand, and make them compatible with each other! Illustrator will open a FreeHand file but not the other way around so make the lives of FreeHand and Illustrator users easier and keep both programs while making them compatible with each other! Best, JLP Jeff Pollard Design

Name: Zach
Location: Kalamazoo, MI USA
Date: Monday, May 22, 2006 at 14:59:58
Comments:
I use Illustrator, but I think it is only fair to keep FreeHand available to those who use it.

Name: Petar MagdiÙ
Email:ignis@net.hr
Location: Virovitica, Croatia
Date: Monday, May 22, 2006 at 14:35:50
Comments:
Please dont give up from app that feads peple all arond te world! FreeHand and Photoshop..are two apps..that must survive!

Name:Jason McArtor
Email:mail@mcartordesign.com
Location: West Des Moines, IA US
Date: Monday, May 22, 2006 at 09:58:38
Comments:
When it comes to creating custom illustrated logos and icons, there is no comparison to FreeHand. The tools are all common sense and geared toward professionals who know what they are looking for as an end result. AI feels like a program for someone who is unsure of their direction-the pathfinder tools are a great example of that. Why do I have to "expand" something after I add it to another shape? I know what I want, so just do it. I could go on-as FH users know, but I'll leave it at that. Don't kill FreeHand!

Name: Nuno Trancoso
Date: Monday, May 22, 2006 at 09:08:33
Comments:
@Tony Russell Calling CD a lame duck just means you have never used it for more than 5 minutes. If you did, you could call on such misfeatures lime the god awfull memory leaking and such. And you could call on its stengths like object management and such. So, yes, keep FH alive, because its far better than Illustrator, but, if you have to switch, by all means, do come by and look at the Corel camp with an open mind. You might find it very surprising once you give it a week or two. Especially if you are not from the i-need-tons-of-special-fx-because-i-cant-realy-design crew.

Name:Marco Douma
Email:beeldhonger@xs4all.nl
Location: Rotterdam, Nederland
Date: Monday, May 22, 2006 at 08:25:16
Comments:
As a webdesigner I don't use vector based programs everyday. So when I need to use one I want to find my way easily through that program. And not sitting impatiently behind my desk digging through evreything again as if it is for the first time. The great thing about Freehand is that it works intuitively so well and easy. It's simplicity in creating something quickly is superb. Illustrator is much more for pro's, for people who have to work frequently with a vector based drawing program. Please keep Freehand alive!!!

Name: Tony Russell
Email:paulineanner@yahoo.com
Location: Durban, KZN RSA
Date: Monday, May 22, 2006 at 08:01:39
Comments:
Macromedia's FreeHand has always been way, way ahead of Illustrator as far as ease-of-use and functionality are concerned. My institution uses both and have done so since the birth of Aldus Freehand many years ago. Our local design industry still recommends that Freehand useage is still an essential in the graphic design industry. Adobe has never notified our institution or our local industries' main players about the future, or lack of a future of FreeHand. Adobe has never communicated this to us formally in writing or suggested workable alternatives. To say that InDesign adequately replaces FreeHand is laughable. Neither does Illustrator. Any fool with a working knowledge of each of these applications can see that. At least we can now see what we all suspected some time ago. Microsoft's monopoly in the business software sector is being emulated by Adobe, who are obviously monopolising the design and layout software market at any-cost. It's a such pity that Corel Draw is such a lame duck of a program, otherwise I'm sure that Adobe would experience a major exodus of the ex-faithful from FreeHand to Corel and not Illustrator. We are now being forced to reconsider whether to actually move to InDesign or maintain our long-standing relationship with QuarkXpress, (who afterall have been very consistant and supportive over all these years). After all who knows when Adobe will pull the plug on In Design like they did with PageMaker and now FreeHand. The resulting cost implication to us consumers who own multi-user liscences in the hundreds is extremely serious. What incentives or guartantees are being offered by Adobe for us to change? I suppose that Apple's new OS and microchip set will also have a bearing over whether the lack of compatibility will force us to also replace our hardware to remain truely compatible. Adobe - we are in your hands and we trust you'll do right by us!

Name: Klaus T?htinen
Email:paletti@elisanet.fi
Location: Tampere, Finland
Date: Monday, May 22, 2006 at 07:58:11
Comments:
I really need FH

Name: Emanuela Ghizzoni
Email:emanuela@studiolobo.it
Location: Reggio Emilia, Italia UE
Date: Monday, May 22, 2006 at 07:21:59
Comments:
Siamo, io e le mie colleghe, di recente passate (avevamo forse altra scelta?) al binomio Illustrator-InDesign... La domanda ?: perche due programmi imbecilli e macchinosi (tanto per fare un esempio basti pensare alla questione delle pagine: uno ne supporta una sola e l'altro supporta un solo formato!) anzich? uno semplice, versatile e funzionale? Compratevi piuttosto X-Press (per poi non svilupparlo) ma ridateci Freehand. !!!

Name:Nathan Adams
Email:info@nathan-adams.net
Location: Glenelg East, SA Australia
Date: Monday, May 22, 2006 at 06:10:25
Comments:
Although I've been a long term Freehand user, I have tried to use Illustrator at a variety of points, and every time is an exercise in extreme frustration. The simple fact is, I cannot do my work as easily or as happily in Illustrator as I can in Freehand, and not even a possible discontinuation of FH could make me start using Illustrator. Freehand is that important in my workflow

Name: fred van eck
Email:fvaneck@anwb.nl
Location: Leiden, Holland
Date: Monday, May 22, 2006 at 05:43:39
Comments:
As a cartographer I have been using FreeHand for well over a decade at it has been following suite with most of the expectations and /or wishes any mapmaker could have..! Ill. CS2, although a interesting package, still doesn't have nor the speed nor the quintessentials to fullfill the comparison to FreeHand; I would like to share the questions to Adobe of so many to pick up the opportunity and the responsibility to not only let FreeHand 'survive' but to even boost it to higher levels, as we all know a beautiful challenge!

Name: Hazel
Email:h.c.lintott@sussex.ac.uk
Location: Brighton, England
Date: Monday, May 22, 2006 at 05:41:59
Comments:
I have used Freehand since version 3, but I have just made the move to Illustrator, thinking that the Freehand boat was sinking. However, I have found that Illustrator is cumbersome, slow and less intuitive than Freehand. It is essential to add to Illustrator the functions which will bring it up to Freehand's standard, or some of us might just defect to the Corel camp!

Name: Tomislav Katinic
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Date: Monday, May 22, 2006 at 05:27:04
Comments:
Keep it going! We need new FH!

Name: Fabien
Email:fabien.b@gmail.com
Location: Firenze, FI Italy
Date: Monday, May 22, 2006 at 05:16:05
Comments:
I have used both Freehand and Illustrator, but I've found the first one better and more intuitive. So please don't trash him.

Name: Jayne
Email:firetwirler80@hotmail.com
Location: Brisbane, Qld Australia
Date: Monday, May 22, 2006 at 03:13:41
Comments:
I have used both Illustrator and freehand for 8 years and found Illustrator is slower when it comes to complicated files. I work with maps and it just seems that every new version of Illustrator just get slower and slower. Freehand is very user friendly, quick to make changes, print and save. Please keep Freehand.

Name:Von Glitschka
Email:info@glitschka.com
Location: Salem, OR United States
Date: Monday, May 22, 2006 at 01:48:53
Comments:
I've used FreeHand since version 3. I was on FreeHands beta test team for 2 years. I use both FreeHand and Illustrator and frankly FreeHands drawing tools are far more intuitive. All though many nice features in CS2 would be great to use and work into my creative work flow the problem lies in the core tool set and it's inane functionality as compared to the ease of use of FreeHands tools to build simple vector shapes. A Few things someone could try in both applications and quickly demonstrate how lame CS2 performs related to doing it in FreeHand: - Create a tint - Create a multi-page pdf All I ask is that Adobe take responsibility for the FreeHand user base which Macromedia virtually ignored for the past three years and release a simple migration tutorial that will move a diehard lifetime user of FreeHand over to CS2. Don't re-title an existing CS2 tutorial, create a custom one that will walk us through the basics without assuming we've ever used prior versions of Adobe Illustrator. If you don't want to hassle with that at least throw some money at Lynda.com and sponsor them to create one. I'll volunteer my time to the cause. As much as I love FreeHand eventually the OS will reach a point where the current most recent version will stop working and we'll be forced to jump ship or stay in a mode of not progressing with the entire industry. Adobe has essentially adopted FreeHand users through the purchase of the app we love. It would make since they'd like to make us happy members of their family and support us like their very own instead of the ugly step child. Hopefully somone in Adobe will have a soul and take this information to heart? Time will tell.

Name: Jone Bartor
Email:one1973 AT gmail.com
Location: Cadiz, Spain
Date: Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 22:44:51
Comments:
Don't kill FH!!! It's easy and powerfull!

Name: Penny
Email:p.cooke@waikato.ac.nz
NZ
Date: Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 22:24:20
Comments:
I much prefer Freehand to AI - particularly as FH accepts imports from Kaleidagraph (my usual plotting software) and allows full editing of the plot. I tried AI and it does not import the plots, so is of no help to me.

Name:Jamie Poitra
Date: Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 22:03:48
Comments:
Though I don't typically fill these things out since I don't believe they typically result in anything I feel strongly enough about this one to take the time. I was heart broken (OK maybe that is a little strong) to find out that Adobe had purchased Macromedia and it was because I feared I would lose Freehand. For the things I do Freehand is just the better program when compared to Illustrator I will hate to lose it.

Name:chuck sanchez
Email:chucksmac@cox.net
Location: baton rouge, la usa
Date: Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 17:07:23
Comments:
I love Freehand. The tools seem more intuitive than illustrator. Combining the best of both programs would be ideal. Selecting points in Freehand is a much simplier task that in Illustrator among other things.

Name: schnuck
Email:schnuck@gmail.com
Location: London, UK
Date: Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 16:54:15
Comments:
Freehand 11

Name: sera
Email:seraby@walla.com
Location: tel aviv, israel
Date: Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 15:55:42
Comments:
i love this program

Name:Stefan Birch
Email:stef@mercurysky.co.uk
Location: London, UK
Date: Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 15:41:53
Comments:
Freehand needs to continue, without a doubt the best vector graphics software package around

Name:Daniel Burle Orlandine
Email:daniel.burle@gmail.com
Location: belo horizonte, minas gerais Brasil
Date: Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 15:34:00
Comments:
Please. Please. Please. Don't kill freehand. Please. Please.

Name:Daniel Morton
Email:dmorton@hotmail.com
Location: newcastle, UK
Date: Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 14:17:32
Comments:
pls keep it going, at lest one more releace

Name:Allan Jardine
Email:allan.jardine@sprypanel.com
Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Date: Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 09:55:34
Comments:
I've actually talked to Adobe reps about this, and they confirmed to me that they see a bright future for FreeHand and plan on developing it for at least the next year. So we can expect to see at least one more release. It was interesting talking to him because he was saying the they have found that one of FreeeHand or Illustrator will dominate in different countries. Anyway - just to show my support for FreeHand. Its a wonderful product and I've been using it a long time. I sure I'll be using it a long time to come.

Name: David Ivi?
Email:david.ivic@pu.htnet.hr
Location: cerovlje, istra croatia
Date: Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 08:54:21
Comments:
I work with both, Illustrator and Freehand. For some jobs Freehand are better but I don't like how FH works under OSX. Here is my voice to Adobe - I want better FH

Name: Luca Madaschi
Email:luca@madaschi.net
Location: Varese, ITALY
Date: Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 08:37:52
Comments:

Name: Luva Madaschi
Email:luca@madaschi.net
Location: Varese, ITALY
Date: Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 08:37:02
Comments:

Name: jarrad lewis
Location: Sydney, NSW Aus
Date: Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 22:26:36
Comments:
Please....

Name:Gene Crawford
Email:gene@period-three.com
Location: Columbia, SC USA
Date: Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 20:32:48
Comments:
Cut my design teeth using Aldus FreeHand, have yet to find a viable substitute, despite my friends' insistance on making the move to Illustrator. Please keep updating FH... I beg of you Adobe, don't be evil... :)

Name:gigi
Email:k00rva@gmail.com
Location: zagreb, croatia
Date: Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 13:16:46
Comments:
Dudez, give us back fast and lightweight vector drawing program - the Legend!

Name:Javiera Donoso
Email:javiera.donoso@gmail.com
Location: Santiago, Rm Chile
Date: Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 13:00:00
Comments:

Name:Claudio Olivares
Email:info@quiltro.cl
Location: Santiago, RM Chile
Date: Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 12:59:16
Comments:
No creo que se justifique eliminar freehand y que sera "reemplazado por" Illustrator, son dos softwares diferentes en cuanto a su paradigma de interacci--n y ambos programas han hecho crecer grandes comunidades de dise-adores y demas desarrolladores el rededor.

Name: Jack Edwards
Email:Jack@printzilla.net
Location: Conroe, TX United States
Date: Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 12:46:34
Comments:
I've been using Freehand since it was Aldus version 2 on a Mac IIsi. It has just become too easy to use and it is such an investment in time to attempt to learn something as different as Illustrator as a replacement. I don't think Illustrator could replace Freehand the way I am using it. I can see InDesign replacing Pagemaker and Quark but not Illustrator replacing Freehand..

Name:Marcel WY¨stner
Email:office@konzeptundgestaltung.com
Location: lauterach , austria
Date: Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 07:41:01
Comments:

Name: George Smyrnakis
Email:george.smyrnakis@ncl.ac.uk
Location: Newcastle, Tyne & Wear Newcastle
Date: Friday, May 19, 2006 at 20:02:22
Comments:
Keep freehand alive. It is a great program!

Name: Raimo Junnila
Email:raimo@printvisio.fi
Location: Kankaanpaa, Finaland
Date: Friday, May 19, 2006 at 17:35:27
Comments:
For ten years I have been working with FH. Tried to learn Illustration last couple of years every now and then. Still always back to enjoy flexible workflow of FH. If I do something simply I could use Illustration. But when it comes to hard work I have to use Freehand. Pls keep both apps alive. For sure I will use FH for long time what ever happens. And will upgrade whenever it is possible.

Name:Diego Mansur
Email:dmansur@gmail.com
Location: Rosario, Argentina
Date: Friday, May 19, 2006 at 16:14:51
Comments:
If you are a professional you must use freehand!! is the best, the most lighting & the mos stable program for vectors and txt composition. hace 11 a-os que lo utilizo!!AGUANTE EL FREEHAND!!!!

Name:Stefan Kraft
Email:stefankraft@enamic5.com
Location: London, London United Kingdom
Date: Friday, May 19, 2006 at 08:54:42
Comments:
I have been using Freehand for over 10 years now, and even though I also use Illustrator, I think it is important to keep both applications alive. Freehand is more accessible in many ways and offers different approaches than Illustrator, resulting often in a much quicker workflow. I don't think I could get to the same results of my work with Illustrator. It could however do with a proper upgrade. Please continue supporting Freehand. It is an essential piece of software!

Name: Arran Cawte
Email:arran@exposure.net
Location: LONDON, United Kingdom
Date: Friday, May 19, 2006 at 05:07:03
Comments:
The application for true cretives. Artworkers can keep their Adobe Illustrator, I'm not interested!

Name:Gary Brown
Date: Friday, May 19, 2006 at 04:21:00
Comments:
Freehand is integral to design - you cant have design without Freehand. Feehand has been the weapon of choice for proper designers for over 15 years. Freehand has been the software behind some of the worlds best design. Freehand is in my blood.

Name: Eyal Raz
Email:eyalraz@017.net.il
Israel
Date: Friday, May 19, 2006 at 03:41:39
Comments:
Keep AI for Illustrators among us (remember the name of the application?!). And Keep FH as Vector/PrePress/design application. It has clean,simply logic ...that no one have!

Name: Timothy Langner
UK
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 18:06:49
Comments:
As a cartographer I always found FreeHand much easier to use. Illustrator does offer some better features but there are many things which it doesn't offer and I have always found it more awkward to use. FreeHand allows you to attach text to paths. Yes you can create text on a path in Illustrator but often it's much easier to create the text as vertical text and then attach it to the path afterwards. FreeHand of course allows you to type to the path if one wishes to. You can have CMYK and RGB in the same file. Multiple pages are allowed and so useful for creating simple web pages. In fact I'm not even sure if web pages can be created from Illustrator. On top of that many things in FreeHand are easier to do than in Illustrator. For example joining paths is easier in FreeHand. As I cannot see Adobe changing Illustrator to match FreeHand??(TM)s way of working (to many users who understand Illustrator) I hope they will at least keep it. Of course if they wish to convert Illustrator's way of working to FreeHand, whilst keeping Illustrator's extra benefits then I won??(TM)t complain. At the moment when converting FreeHand files to Illustrator road text normally shifts along the line and some letters drop off. Problems like this would need to be solved if they insist in making it Illustrator only. Of course if they make it Illustrator only, FreeHand users could just say no and only use FreeHand up to the last release. However, that may cuase problems when sending files to clients or printers who only use Illustrator. I believe that most cartographers prefer FreeHand. Of course I doubt we are considered that important. After all we only produce maps so why should any one care about us?

Name:Jeff LeFever
Email:lefever@lefever.com
Location: Laguna Beach, CA USA
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 17:47:25
Comments:
I own the CS2 suite and the Macromedia Suite. For years, despite owning illustrator I have always favored Freehand. The intuitive ease of use adds to the speed of design. Its versatility made it my design tool of choice from design for web or print. Its large pasteboard and ability to handle pages of varied dimension made it ideal to design entire projects that encompassed business papers, web sites, and brocures. This was great for multimedia branding and client presentations. I realize much of this can be done with multiple files and reviewing them in Bridge, but it is not the same as moving around within a single file. This only scratches the surface. But at least what I mentioned with multiple page sizes within a file available for quick review on a gicantic pasteboard is an asset that neither Illustrator or InDesign offer and would be a great workflow loss for designing on the fly. PLEASE DO NOT GET RID OF FREEHAND. Thank you, Jeff

Name: leonico
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 15:06:26
Comments:
No other than FH is the real program for vector graphic. Illustrator my a--!!

Name:Ricardo Reis
Email:ricreis@gmail.com
Location: Porto, Portugal
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 14:06:04
Comments:
I work in the outreach unit of the Center for Astrophysics of the University of Porto, in Portugal. Among other things, part of my job is producing educational posters, sized from A4 to 4,5 meters. I've worked along the years with many vector based programs and I've alwys found Freehand, by far, the best. Even for things I would expect, like producing schematics to explain the moon phases, or the production of a little ESA colorbook, Freehand has served me well since version 8. If Adobe would let me, I'd like to continue using it for many more years.

Name:Jon Williams
Email:jon@manmade.com
Location: San Francisco, CA United States
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 13:44:49
Comments:
I've been using FH since 1995. Many times I've tried to make the switch to Illustrator, but have been frustrated in the process -- and not just by the workflow/key command issues. As others have mentioned, FH is a workhorse. It manages so many aspects of the design process that to replace it will require not only Illustrator, but also InDesign and Photoshop. Whether we're working on a logo, map, page or website, it's the one tool that can do the whole job. And censored quickly too. Adobe, you don't HAVE to support it, just don't kill it. Fixing those niggly Tiger bugs (Grrrr... grids) is all we ask. (NB. Of course, we own CS2 as well, so you won't be losing any money). Thanks for listening.

Name: Alistair Duncan
Email:a.duncan@halletec.co.uk
Location: Market Drayton, Shropshire UK
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 13:27:19
Comments:
Freehand continues to provide an excellent tool for the preparation of high quality graphic and in particular, map based outputs. For me there is no ideal subsitute. Keep it going.

Name:Eduardo Loureiro
Email:josep@eduardoloureiro.com
Location: BH, MG Brasil
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 13:15:31
Comments:
Freehand is the best.

Name: John Finnegan
Email:finnegan@purdue.edu
Location: Greenville, IN USA
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 13:12:36
Comments:
There is a place for each of the vector products on the market and there is a lared installed base for Freehand. I think the support should continue and some focus on better integration between the two Adobe products would go a long way to creating a wonderful environment where both products can continue to flourish.

Name:Lawrence Cramer
Email:lawrence@NOSPAMcartweaver.com
Location: Wenatchee, WA US
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 13:01:30
Comments:
I think trying to save FreeHand is akin to trying to keep a new Wal-Mart from coming to town. The words, overwhelming odds and unlikely come to mind. FreeHand is a very cool program and I've used it since it was Aldus FreeHand, so I'm not some Illustrator zealot taking this as an opportunity to dis FH. But I'm a realist. FH does about 75% of what the combination of Illustrator and InDesign can do, which in itself is pretty impressive, and the way it handles the creation and manipulation of curves and objects I find more intuitive, but FH has continued to fall behind. Macromedia allowed it to stagnate the last couple of years and when doing four color print projects it simply doesn't produce nearly as reliable results as the current crop of Adobe apps. Add to this the "25%" the combination of Illustrator and InDesign do that FH can't, and the now nearly seamless integration between the other CS2 apps and the prospects of trying to catch FH up and try to fit it into this mix somehow doesn't look good, or even that viable really. What I'm hoping is that Adobe will bring into Illustrator some of the cool features that FH has and make Illustrator's UI even more consistent with the other CS2 apps - for example, in Windows you can Ctrl-Tab between the files open in an app, and this is the way Photoshop works but in Illustrator it doesn't and you have to waist time opening and closing or tiling windows to get from one file to the other - I hate this! As I said Illustrator has a few disadvantages compared to FH, most of them in the UI department. As far as the quality of colors and files it creates, it truly is the best there is. So, hopefully, if Adobe plans to take FH off life support, they will pay attention to Illustrator's UI and add a few of the gems in FH that it lacks. My "for what it's worth" opinion. Lawrence Cramer - Adobe¨ Community Expert (formally TMM :-) email: lawrence at cartweaver dot com Cartweaver CF, ASP & PHP Shopping Cart for Dreamweaver www.cartweaver.com

Name:Moderator of Website
Location: USA
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 12:26:23
Comments:
To the few immature people that are posted irrelavent comments on this board. Webster defines petition as "a formal written request made to an official person or organized body." This is what the purpose of the website is. It's to support FreeHand. The definition of support is "to promote the interests or cause of ". This is the purpose of the page, to support FreeHand. I will not tolerate trashing of Illustrator either, so I am not biased, as someone stated (although, isn't having a petition really about being biased anyway?). So I will delete comments like "FreeHand Sucks", just as I have deleted comments that say "Illusrator sucks", which really makes me biased, huh? Can't the few immature people understand that it's not aimed to hurt Illustrator, but only to save a program that some people love. If you continue to post negative comments, I will continue to delete them. If you want to start a debate over which program is better, do it on your own time.

Name:John Benson
Email:john@stbdesign.co.uk
Location: Leicester, UK
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 12:05:23
Comments:
We have been using Freehand, as company, for as long as I can remember. We all love it. New designers who come to work with us are often Illustrator biased but within a day of using Freehand they are completely converted. Please don't let the design world lose one of its most valuable and often under-appreciated assets.

Name: Phil
Email:phil@philrogersdesign.com
Location: London, UK
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 11:25:21
Comments:
I've built my career and business over 15 years on the back of FreeHand. It's simply the best vector program out there and Illustrator doesn't touch it in my opinion for just about everything. Keep it going and improve it and let peple know just how censored good this application is!!!!

Name: jupiter
Email:jupiter@jupiter.com
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 10:22:58
Comments:
, and have built their careers with FH. If you are an Illustrator user and you are offended by this PAGE. GET YOUR OWN AND IGNORE THIS ONE. world NEED it to get their job DONE, and have built their careers with FH. If you are an Illustrator user and you are offended by this PAGE. GET YOUR OWN AND IGNORE THIS ONE.

Name: Lawrence Ballew
Email:ballew@writeme.com
Location: Macau, MACAU (E. Asia)
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 08:15:56
Comments:
Illustrator is a fine program. But for my time and money Freehand is the best around. I've used both and I am always able to get things done faster and more intuitively in Freehand. If at all possible, I am hoping that Adobe will do the right thing and keep Freehand alive.

Name:Chris Hilton
Email:chrish@exposure.net
Location: London, UK
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 06:37:57
Comments:
Like me dad says, it ain't the tool its what ya do with it that counts! I use both because it doesn't matter, good ideas backed up by great design isn't application specific.

Name:Andy McFree
Email:andy@mcflinchy.com
Location: London, UK
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 06:25:47
Comments:
I started back in the day with 3.1 on my old LCII and have used every version since. Freehand rocks dispite what anyone thinks and its biggest strength is its simplicity. I use illustrator too and although it is the industry standard it is far from perfect.

Name:ian anderson
Email:ian.anderson@tghedesignersrepublic.com
Location: SoYo(TM), North Of Nowhere
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 06:18:23
Comments:
i seem to read a lot of pro AI comments here and elsewhere by people i've never heard of. At the same time, designers whose work has made a mark and influenced the way contemporary design appears tend to be FH fans. people who say AI is better / easier to use don't convince me - are you saying the creative process should be easy - does AI do it all for you? at the end of the day it doesn't really matter what tool you use, but AI users - don't get smug about your software unless you've done something with it to be justifiably smug about.

Name: Matt
Location: London, UK
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 06:10:36
Comments:
I'd like to see the OS X problems fixed (grid, snap etc) and that's about it. At least then we could continue using the current version. Otherwise, I'd like to see Adobe sell it to a company that would support it, as they did with Fontographer.

Name:Teo Choong Ching
Email:teo.choong.ching@gmail.com
Location: Penang, Malaysia
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 06:08:48
Comments:
Im a graphic student. I still remember the first vector art I created was using Freehand. Now I used Flash 8 to created vector. So please let Freehand live~~~

Name: Gail McMillan
Email:gmcmillan79@hotmail.com
Location: Glasgow, UK
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 05:46:16
Comments:
I have used both Freehand and Illustrator for years and they are both quite different and suited to different tasks so I think they both need to be available. I use Illustrator most often because of the way it integrates with InDesign but I get frustrated because there are so many things that Freehand does better.

Name: epadin
Email:edupadin@hotmail.com
Location: madrid, madrid spain
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 05:40:40
Comments:
using it daily for years, i think it«s not only what each program can do, it«s more an actitude and a way of thinking

Name: Ade Yeo
Email:airtherine@hotmail.com
Location: Singapore, Singapore
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 04:50:31
Comments:
Please do not kill FH.

Name: Michael Smith
Email:splash@nor.com.au
Location: Koonorigan, NSW Australia
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 04:33:33
Comments:
I have used Freehand since about 1996. I am a registered user and have purchased a few versions of the application. It is my bread and butter application. I am a professional mapper. I have used Illistrator and dont like it at all. Please continue supporting Freehand for the Mac platform.

Name:gary horton
Email:garyh@attik.com
Location: leeds, UK
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 04:21:50
Comments:
Its got to stay... its the most multi-functional program on my mac and by far the most used in all our studios around the world!! Designed for designers!!! Gary

Name:Andy Rouse
Email:NA
Location: LEEDS, UK
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 04:18:52
Comments:
Illustrator is not a replacement, it's a different program all together. Keep Freehand, we alla rely on it for a living!

Name:Naz
Email:nazpinks@gmail.com
Location: Singapore, SG Singapore
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 03:57:50
Comments:
Keep Freehand going!!! Small file size, easy setting document size and putting pages side by side - things like that. Freehand's been real good to me. Widely used in Singapore...my printers know how to handle freehand files.

Name:Todd Purgason
Email:todd.juxt@gmail.com
Location: Newport Beach, CA USA
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 03:55:15
Comments:
Big Freehand fan would love to see it survive or at least see many of its features incorporated into Illustrator. (but i'm not holding my breath)

Name:richoz
Email:richoz@gmail.com
Location: jakarta, indonesia
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 02:11:19
Comments:
please, please, please, don't discontinue our beloved freehand. illustrator is great, but no other software can replace freehand's flexibility and ease of use. pleaseee...

Name: Roberto Archer
Email:marcianovapue@hotmail.com
Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 02:07:21
Comments:
En centro america FH es una herramienta de trabajo diario en agencias de publicidad. Hemos ocupado este software desde que tengo memoria y considero injusto matarlo sin tomar en cuenta cuantos dependemos de este excelente programa para desarollar nuestras propuestas de trabajo a diario.

Name:Corin McDonald
Email:corinmcdonald@yahoo.com
Location: seattle, wa usa
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 02:00:25
Comments:
I used FH for 7 years...AI for the last 5. Its very simple in my opinion. Why in the world would you use FH when Adobes Creative Suite rules you and me and everyone else. It makes no sense to keep freehand...Macromedia thought so too. Also, unless you have spent years and years using both FH and AI...then you can't REALLY say which one is better, can you?

Name: romedesign
Email:info@toobluemusic.com
CT USA
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 00:37:06
Comments:
Freehand is my #1 app. It's what taught me to think on a computer, and its intuitive interface allows me to design. Its support of multipage, multisize pages, as well as numerous other features, lets me use it as my primary app. I WILL BUY FH UPGRADES.

Name:Tim Parsons
Email:tparsons@buzzsawstudios.com
Location: Bend, OR USA
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 00:11:46
Comments:
I uderstand progress so if they need to kill it I hope the progress with illustrator by implementing the best aspects of FH into illustrator. Multi size page documents Joining in a single command Union of shapes exapanding strokes a lot easier than illustrator and all other aspects mentioned above.....

Name:Russ Yusupov
Email:workday@gmail.com
Location: new york city, ny usa
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 00:05:13
Comments:
Combine some freehand features with illustrator!

Name: Russ Yusupov
Email:workday
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 00:04:08
Comments:

Name: Ruben Rojas
Email:ruben.media@gmail.com
Location: San Antonio , Miranda Venezuela
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 23:52:28
Comments:
The cuestion whit freehand, is that he is very, very small and light, and easy to use, and illustrator is very heavy program whit some more functions, are good programs two«s

Name: Christopher I
Location: Southbury, CT 06488
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 23:21:19
Comments:

Name:Peter Smith
Email:peter.smith@spatialvision.com.au
Location: Melbourne, Victoria Australia
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 19:16:06
Comments:
I have been using Freehand for producing map products for over 15 years and still find it is far superior than Illustrator. I also use the plug-in MaPublisher but because Freehand has been sold off, Avenza (who sell MaPublisher) are now not going to update their Freehand plug-in. Another problem. So if Adobe decide to support and update Freehand this will have a flow on effect for MaPublisher. Hope there is plenty of support and all Freehand users get behind this.

Name: david Gold
Location: Montreal, Qc Canada
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 17:09:54
Comments:
I must agree with Lisa Johnson, I am in the Fashion Industry, and yes the alternative is Illustrator, and most designers use it in the biz ( because they have been misguided), But it doesn't beat the ease of use of FH. Pasting inside all my fabrics and effect tiffs, using find and replace to do color skewing at a split second. No locking of objects or layers, no masking and losing the outline of the garment. To do an almost similar job in AI takes a lot of time fighting with MASKS and a multitude of pentools and the awkwardness boggles my mind how any fashion designer even thinks AI is intuitive. Adobe, take a hard look at FH and you will see a superior, easy to use, more logical, more intuitive, multi-tasking software that you now own, you can turn it into something even more amazing than the present version. I Built my career on FH, and I aint gonna budge to Illy... it just doesn't work for me.

Name: Lisa Johnson
Email:harmonia@taconic.net
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 16:48:57
Comments:
Our patent illustration company has been using FreeHand for years. It is the BEST program for what we do. We do NOT want to have to switch to AI we have tried it over the years and it does not function as beautifully and elegantly as FH. We do not use Flash features or make websites- we do patent drawings and technical illustrations. PLEASE do not kill off our beloved FreeHand! Especially if all you have to offer to replace it is Illustrator (ugh). We are legions of faithful customers, please don't kick the chair out from under us. FreeHand is our livelihood, and it's simply the best. Lisa Johnson PTI Service Co. Patent and Trademark Illustration

Name: Larry N. Smith
Email:lsmith@mtech.edu
Location: Butte, MT USA
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 16:31:07
Comments:
I and my associates at the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology use Freehand 8, 9, 10, and MX daily for large, complicated maps and small drawings. A few of us have tried AI, none have switched. Many of us would switch back to Canvas if FH stopped working on our platforms.

Name: Gerry Krieg
Email:gkrieg@netcarrier.com
Location: Norwood, Pa US
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 16:06:15
Comments:
I'm mainly an Illustrator user, but I think it's important for both programs to survive. They're both good programs, but people tend to have a pretty strong comfort level with one or the other. I know I'd be quite upset if Illustrator were to disappear.

Name: Davie
Location: Arlington, VA USA
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 16:05:38
Comments:
I use and love two great Adobe products--PhotoShop and InDesign CS2. I have no reason not to use Illustrator except that, since making the switch in the mid 90's, Freehand has simply proved to be better. The vast majority of our shop (Verizon's multimedia department) is devoted to FH. This group of art directors, which seamlessly moved from Quark to Indy, has tried to transition to Illy with grumbles and frustration. Please Adobe, develop it or sell it. Davie Smith, Verizon MultiMedia

Name:John Williams
Email:john@montana.com
Location: Missoula, MT USA
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 16:01:06
Comments:
I've been using Freehand since version 3 and find it a lot easier to work with than Illustrator. The layering feature, in particular, is a lot more intuitive. Keep the app -- and keep it up to date!

Name:Benjamin Pease
Email:benpease@mindspring.com
Location: San Francisco, CA USA
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 15:32:49
Comments:
As a cartographer, I depend on FreeHand; for many tasks, working in Illustrator is like playing an extended game of "mother, may I" to accomplish what should be simple tasks (changing layers of items, subselecting items in a grouped object or selecting items that are partially hidden by upper-level items). Most of what I have to say has been eloquently said by others. Please keep FreeHand alive or sell it to a responsible developer who will.

Name: Alistair Gillan
Email:alistair@aqumen.com
Location: London, uk
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 13:40:36
Comments:
I've used freehand since Aldus and I like it - but I think we have to be realistic that a best of both worlds product is in everyones interest, so how about adobe get everyone to say what they most love about freehand ie top ten features - ones that illustrator doesnt have and combine them cheers Alistair

Name: Alex Dawid
Email:alex_dawid@gmx.de
Location: Bochum, NRW Germany
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 13:22:27
Comments:
Freehand is the best vector program. I love it.

Name: Alex Dawid
Email:alex_dawid@gmx.de
Location: Bochum, NRW Germany
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 13:22:12
Comments:
Freehand is the best vector program. I love it.

Name:Martin
Email:martin@cymorek.de
Location: WY¨rzburg, Germany
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 13:00:36
Comments:
Freehand is censored better then illu...

Name: Graham Jones
Email:info@lmsdesign.co.uk
Location: Fleet, Hampshire UK
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 12:51:59
Comments:
I also have been a user of Freehand since the early days, the point manipulation far exceeds the sloppy way CS2 works and removing text from a path is so easy plus selecting objects underneath others is far better in FH. The palettes however have been messed up completely since version 10 and Illustrator does have a few advantages, so a combination of the 2 would be brilliant - I can't see it coming though!! Maybe a listing of advantages and disadvanges of both programs would be possible to creaate, then maybe Adobe would know what we all want.

Name: Paul Morris
Email:mpmorris@owt.com
Location: Richland, WA USA
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 12:30:44
Comments:
In reading the list of emails on this list all I can say is most all of them apply to me and I hope Adobe is smart enough not to discontinue software that has many advantages over Illustrator. They should offer both to cover a larger market of users.

Name: Chris
Location: Dortmund, Germany
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 12:25:41
Comments:
I love this - Freehand rulez 4 ever !

Name:Frank Beckert
Email:fbeckert@kitcol.com
Location: Chillicothe, Ohio USA
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 11:08:41
Comments:
I have been using Freedhand from the begining. Aldus Freehand was a great step up from Mac Draw. Today it is still is the best tool on the market. If Adobe is considering droping it I wish that Adobe would please sell it to Apple or someone that will understand it's value.

Name: Hans van der Maarel
Location: Klundert, The Netherlands
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 11:06:09
Comments:
Not a Freehand user myself, but I feel it would be a benefit to the users to have a choice.

Name:Alexander Duncan
Email:a [dot] c [dot] j [dot] duncan [at] gmail [dot] com
Location: Durham, ENGLAND
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 10:47:31
Comments:
I would not only love Adobe to save FreeHand, but if they could make it better too that would be great. I'd like to see: È Improved PDF creation (Adobe did invent PDF afterall) È Improved Print/Production Tools È More Raster Effects È Improved 3D creation/manipulation So go on adobe...keep FreeHand going if only for the fact that it's different to illustrator and alot of people prefer it.

Name: David Hadlow
Email:dave@artworks.co.za
Location: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 10:22:47
Comments:
I love Freehand, its my livelyhood.

Name: Ed Marsh
Email:hamonwry12(at)hotmail(dot)com
Location: East Rutherford, NJ USA
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 10:21:44
Comments:
Another satisfied FH user since version 5. illustrator just doesn't work the way i do, especially since it doesn't support multiple pages in a document. Long live FreeHand!

Name: David Hume
Email:david.hume@durham.ac.uk
Location: Durham, England
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 10:02:42
Comments:
After 15 years using Freehand, with the occasional dabble into Illustrator I still find Freehand the most intuitive graphics package. The thought of moving to Illustrator for all of our production does not bear thinking about. There has to be room in the marketplace for both Freehand and Illustrator. If you don't want to develop it Adobe then sell it on to someone who will.

Name: Grady Harris
Email:tsg@centex.net
Location: San Saba, TX USA
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 09:57:03
Comments:
Been using FH since 2.0. Please don't kill this wonderful tool. I've kept up with Illustrator the last couple of years because of .eps conversion and the trace capability (which is great in CS2) but would hate to have to switch.

Name: Rick Kollath
Email:rick@kollathdesign.com
Location: Duluth, MN United States
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 09:23:04
Comments:
I find Illustrator unwieldy, confusing and counter-intuitive. I love FreeHand, I detest illustrator (which I've been unsucessfully trying to learn) and I will buy ANY FreeHand upgrades offered.

Name:Jimmy Navarro
Email:jim@jimmynavarro.com
Location: Miami, Fl USA
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 09:08:06
Comments:
Please, don't erase Freehand! the smart digital illustrators around the globe need it! If adobe wants do something with the great power and advantages of Freehand, please do it now!, don't let us alone with just Adobe Illustrator. thanks

Name: Cheryl Franz
Email:cfranz@telkomsa.net
Location: Midlands, KwaZulu Natal South Africa
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 08:54:57
Comments:
Freehend is an elegant , uncomplicated programme and an absolute pleasure to use. Please do not destroy this wonderful programme and leave us with the terrifying prospect of having to use the convoluted and tortuous Illustrator - the biggest time waster I know!

Name: Rich Hudgins
Email:rich(at)nospamrehudgins(dot)com
Location: Andover, MA USA
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 08:44:57
Comments:
I have been a FreeHand user since 1992, on the job, self taught. Before that I was using a combination of PageMaker and physical paste up for layouts (yes paper and wax). I didn't even have a scanner. At the time I had no reason to not like Illustrator as to me it was the same as FreeHand. When I then tried to do the same self teaching of Illustrator I was at a loss. Although I was functional in Illustrator I was not at all efficient or very creative. So I stuck with FreeHand as the work horse and Illustrator as the occasional can opener for EPS files and checking any FreeHand files that I exported out to Illustrator when vendors requested it. Over the years in having Illustrator in my toolbox I would always go back and try each new version. It has never even come close to being as efficient as FreeHand. I have also taught both FreeHand and Illustrator (and XPress and Photoshop) at a college level. My students liked working with FreeHand much better and produced better work with it. In my particular field, Packaging Design, the use of multiple different sized pages is invaluable. To have an entire line of packages in one file for viewing, editing and instant, single-click changing of colors is key. In this respect FreeHand for me is as much a page layout program as it is an illustration tool. That is exactly where Illustrator can not even come close. Even with InDesign's basic vector tools and abilities I cannot work as fully or efficiently as I can in FreeHand. I would also be losing out on having different sized pages. FreeHand is a perfect combination of strengths of Illustration and small document Page Layout in one package. If FreeHand, or it's functionalities, goes away/becomes unusable with current OS's I will really be struggling as to finding a new, as efficient work flow. -Rich

Name: Timm Artus
Email:dyegang@yahoo.com
Location: Greenville, SC United States
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 08:30:42
Comments:
Having been a loyal Aldus (then Adobe) customer since the days of Aldus PageMaker and Aldus FreeHand I'd hate to see this program die. I'm used to upgrades messing up life until I get with the new bells and whistles, but the migration to Illustrator isn't just dealing with single page layouts. It seems the programmers don't eat lunch with any of the Adobe Photoshop or Adobe InDesign people at all. The tools are almost but not quite the same, functions are often hidden in weird places (try finding out everything about a stroke without two palettes open). IF FreeHand must be killed, can you at least try to graft in some of its features into an Illustrator hybrid?

Name:Nick Pye
Email:nick@agent8.co.uk
Location: Petersfield, Hants England
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 08:21:05
Comments:
Adobe - Please do not discontinue Freehand. I use Freehand on a daily basis for web layout design and putting together vector art. I would gladly spend extra money on a new Illustrator or an Illustrator Plugin to continue the use of the highly intuitive Bezier Pen tools avaiable in Freehand. Adobe would be mad to scrap Freehand and not allow a way for experienced Freehand users to continue their existing skillset. I find the Illustrator Bezier tools for drawing a highly counter-intuitive experience. It's unfortunate that Adobe now have such a monopoly over the creative software industry. I fear any petition such as this will be ignored by Adobe.

Name: Adam Meara
Email:acmeara@hotmail.com
Location: London, England
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 08:18:00
Comments:
I'm a 12 year freehand user who still sees it as the better of the two drawing packages available. I use it to draw maps. Adobe's conversion document makes out that it is simple to open FH files in Illy but I have found with the files we use this is not the case as many of the aspects we use don't convert into Illustrator (namely text on a path) satisfactoraly.

Name:Gary English
Email:gary@cybersmith.co.za
Location: Durban, KZN South Africa
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 08:10:56
Comments:
Freehand is still the best vector program. Been using it for years and I wish to continue using it for years. It is the only decent program the other guys created. Please keep Freehand going.

Name: Don Williams
Email:don-williams@tiscali.co.uk
Location: Rothesay, Scotland
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 08:10:21
Comments:
Having recently had to use both but not trained in Illustrator, Freehand is still so much more intuitive and easier to navigate about. What about transparency for scans? Hopefully we can get some updates for Freehand.

Name:David J BROOKER
Email:dave@mappingideas.co.uk
Location: Crowborough, East Sussex UK
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 08:05:45
Comments:
I have always used Freehand for my cartographic production and it has elements which are better suited to cartography than Illustrator.

Name:Craig Asquith
Email:craigasquith@aol.com
Location: Kendal, Cumbria United Kingdom
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 07:59:09
Comments:
I use Freehand in my work, and would not be able to do what I do without it. It far outranks Illustrator, and is a simpler application to master. If you must kill off Freehand, then add the best from it to Illustrator.

Name:Katie Lloyd-Jones
Email:Katie.Lloyd-Jones@uk.roughguides.com
Location: London, UK
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 07:58:22
Comments:
I have used FreeHand since I started at Uni back in 1997 and have loved using it since then and now every day at work. We have had Illustrator files given over to us in the past and they are so hard to use! Keep FreeHand

Name: Rosie
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 07:57:55
Comments:

Name: Niklas Kanthak
Email:niklas.kanthak@t-online.de
Location: Essen, NRW Germany
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 07:55:44
Comments:
Hello Adobe! For me as Designer this app is indispensable: I have the best and most intuitive control over the vectors. Every time when I switch to FreeHand it's a relief! The speed! The possibilties! The Handling! It works like a charm! Things to fix: - proper EPS im-/export (PS-interpreter!) - proper PDF im-/export - memory usage is unbearable - full working clipboard compatibility - typography enhancements (fonts) - maybe make it even more freehand and implement some of features of M$ Expression Graphic Designer (formerly Expression of CreatureHouse) Regards Niklas

Name: garth walker
Email:garth@oj.co.za
Location: durban, KZN south africa
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 07:47:42
Comments:
i'm 50 now and too old to start again. please let us 'old guys' keep what we know and love!

Name: Mark Wolstenholme
Email:Mark.Wolstenholme@ordnancesurvey.co.uk
Location: Southampton, Hants United Kingdom
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 06:10:03
Comments:
FreeHand has always had the edge (we chose FreeHand back when it could join text to a path and Illustrator couldn't - useful for maps!) Its multi-page ability with bleed edges is a must. In a production environment where speed and flexibility is important FreeHand is the best. ADOBE - PLEASE MAKE OUR DAY!

Name:Bee
Email:bruce@whalley.co.za
Location: Durban, KZN South Africa
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 05:48:12
Comments:
Have worked with FreeHand for years (since Aldus). Have also worked with Illustrator. There are major features within FreeHand that make it a more practical, user friendly application than Illustrator. Face it, Adobe, FreeHand has always been that much better.So now that you own FreeHand, you've an opportunity to incorporate more users into your Adobe family. PLEASE ADOBE KEEP SUPPORTING FREEHAND!!

Name: Phumlani Ntshangase
Email:phumlani.ntshangase@msunduzi.gov.za
Location: PMB, ZA
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 05:08:24
Comments:
Simple solution for publication needs is FreeHand, there is nothing better.

Name: Sjaak Bont
Email:s.bont@websitestories.nl
Location: Haarlem, Netherlands
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 05:04:32
Comments:
It's so good to read all the comments with support for Freehand. Adobe, please read our comments and please continue development of our beloved FreeHand.

Name: Willem van den Goorbergh
Email:geografiek@geografiek.nl
Location: Utrecht, the Netherlands
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 04:41:05
Comments:
I read and support (almost) all of the previous comments. (FreeHand is a huge time saver :-)) The winner so far is David Camps-Campins who wrote: "Using Freehand is like using Apple computers. You are in the minority but know that you are using the best and not what everyone else is using. Adobe please keep Freehand alive!!!"

Name: Willem van den Goorbergh
Email:geografiek@geografiek.nl
Location: Utrecht, the Netherlands
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 04:40:36
Comments:
I read and support (almost) all of the previous comments. (FreeHand is a huge time saver :-)) The winner so far is David Camps-Campins who wrote: Using Freehand is like using Apple computers. You are in the minority but know that you are using the best and not what everyone else is using. Adobe please keep Freehand alive!!!

Name: Thorsten Gopp
Email:togo@spamcop.net
Location: Underberg, KZN SA
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 04:38:09
Comments:
I have been working with Freehand for a long time, but I am using Illustrator as well occasionally. The minimnum would be to receive a foolproof import filter for it.

Name: Michael Slomski
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 04:27:52
Comments:
Please keep Freehand alive. My whole business depends on it because I'm working with it since Version 1

Name: igal
Email:studio24@smile.net.il
Location: tel-aviv,Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 04:19:46
Comments:
we are ned freehand.

Name: igal
Email:studio24@smile.net.il
Location: tel-aviv, israel
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 04:18:14
Comments:

Name: igal
Email:studio24@smile.net
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 04:17:27
Comments:

Name: Jombaba
Location: Jyvaskyla, Finland
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 04:16:26
Comments:
Please keep Freehand alive. It«s useful, simple, great in so many ways!

Name: Chris
UK
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 04:03:17
Comments:
I have used FreeHand for many years now, and in anticipation of having to switch to Illustrator have given it a go a few times to try and get used to it. I can't. Illustrator is much more tricky to use than FreeHand. Please keep FreeHand going!

Name: joe
Email:mensdesign@lizzard.co.za
Location: Durban, Natal South Africa
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 03:47:19
Comments:
Would just like to say what a useful tool freehand has been in my career - it has taken me around 2 years to know the ins and outs of the program and I cant imagine having to relearn another program. This is what I know and would like to stick with. What would happen to graphic designers who have been in the field for a good couple of years now ? does it then mean that the up and coming youngsters who have had experience in a newer program will replace all of us ? This is a scary thought !

Name: Mark Hansel
Email:djembecom@telkomsa.net
Location: Durban, KZN South Africa
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 03:20:05
Comments:
Don't lose the Freehand way!

Name: Kenny
Email:ecs@saol.com
Location: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 03:14:51
Comments:
Freehand is the No. 1 Vector based graphics programme in South Africa. Discontinue Freehand and you will destroy a legendry programme that is the grandfather of vector based computer graphic design and which I believe continues to set the standard of user friendliness. In fact if Adobe tries to convert us to Illustrator - I might as well change to Coreldraw instead.

Name: Liana Turner
Email:turnerl@durban.gov.za
Location: Durban, KZN South Africa
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 03:11:49
Comments:
As a program that I use every day, I find it indispensable!Why do away with a perfectly functional, much loved program for no good reason?

Name:Jordi Rodr'guez
Email:jrodriguez@icc.es
Location: Barcelona, Catalunya Spain
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 02:58:43
Comments:
Freehand has a stand alone status and is magnificant different to use as Illustrator specially to create maps. So it worth to stay alife.

Name: YOGAN PILLAY
Email:enquiries@creativefactor.co.za
Location: DURBAN, KZN SOUTH AFRICA
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 02:50:25
Comments:
I'VE ALSO USED FREEHAND SINCE THE "ALDUS DAYS", IT A BRILLIANT AND AMAZING PROGRAMME, I DREAD THE DAY IT GETS REPLACED WITH SOMETHING ELSE. PLEASE SAVE FREEHAND, ITS GOTTEN BETTER AND BETTER OVER THE YEARS, A PERFECT SOLUTION.

Name: Jenny Stretton
Email:stret@iafrica.com
Location: Durban, KZN South Africa
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 02:48:13
Comments:
I've been using Freehand since 1988 - I love the product - pls reconsider

Name: Jenny Stretton
Email:street@iafrica.com
Location: Durban, KZN South Africa
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 02:47:53
Comments:
I've been using Freehand since 1988 - I love the product - pls reconsider

Name: YOGAN PILLAY
Email:enquiries@creativefactor.co.za
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 02:44:31
Comments:

Name: eric james wood
Email:fh@helium14.com
Location: alhambra, ca usa
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 02:40:37
Comments:
please keep freehand living. for my workflow frustrator is just not a good tool. freehand is so much more powerful and easy to use and fast.

Name:Roger Jardine
Email:roger@disturbance.co.za
Location: Durban, KZN South Africa
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 02:14:42
Comments:
I've been using freehand since the aldus freehand days and find it an indispensable tool. Its far more versatile for smaller jobs than the illustrator and indesign option with multiple page layout. One can concentrate on design without having to export everything vector to a page layout programme. Come on Adobe, you know the programme is rock solid. It would be a shame to see the end of this brilliant product. When you continue with it, give me a shout, there are one or 2 things that need improving.

Name:Robert Tillmann
Email:robert.tillmann@kartenwelten.de
Location: cologne, nrw germany
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 02:12:26
Comments:
Freehand has a stand alone status and is magnificant different to use as Illustrator specially to create maps. So it worth to stay alife.

Name: Thomas Nolan
Email:graphics@styleeyes.co.za
Location: Durban, KZN South Africa
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 02:09:21
Comments:
Being a clothing deigner / graphic artist, I have to try be as versatile as possible, being able to use a wide range of applications, however personally 90% of my work I prefer to do in Freehand. I find it invaluable, and far more streamlined an application to use than Illustrator, or any other vector based app. Without it I think Id probably not be able to complete my deadlines, and would be made redundant ;) No seriously it would be a great loss to the entire community.

Name: Rein van de Wall
Email:rein@islandstyle.co.za
Location: Umhlanga Rocks, 4320 South Africa
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 02:08:09
Comments:
You gotta keep freehand alive!!!!

Name: Garth Kusel
Email:Garth.Kusel@za.nampak.com
Location: Durban, KZN South Africa
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 02:05:25
Comments:
This software has been used by our company for over 15 years now and is an integral part of our business to facilitate artwork to print. Think of the loyal users before making rash decisions.......please!

Name: Gary Nilson
Email:gary@graphicwerx.co.za
Location: Joburg, RSA, South Africa
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 02:04:33
Comments:
I run a small advertising & design studio in South Africa. Freehand has become an integral part of my design process over the years. To loose it would be a big problem for me as almost all of my work is completed here. Long live FH!

Name:Chuck Moser
Email:chucky@empnet.com
Location: Bend, OR USA
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 01:27:07
Comments:
First, let me say I'm an Illustrator AND FreeHand user. I've used both over eight hours a day since 93, and have kept up with every update from Adobe and MacroMedia. While I must say that Illustrator has it's obvious strengths, and I use it often, FreeHand has provided a more comfortable, streamlined interface and workflow than Illustrator has or is currently offering. I literally have thousands of documents created in FreeHand. Thousands. The killing of FreeHand would be absolutely devastating to my business. Be it full blown illustrations, 100,000+ object maps, print layout or especially textile screen printing, they are done mostly in FreeHand. Due to the thoughtful approach to how you work, and keeping the computer out of my way, I'm able to accomplish common tasks in seconds in FH that take several minutes in Illustrator. These aren't isolated events, but common tasks performed dozens of times an hour. Case in point being screen printing. Finding and managing spot colors, and setting up for film RIP is dramatically easier and more intuitive in FH. It literally takes a couple of seconds to find hiding colors, replace them and move on to film. There is no comparable easy method of accomplishing this in Illustrator. This is one of dozens of examples I could catalog. If NOTHING else, I'm begging you to add some of the features to Illustrator that make FreeHand the workhorse time-saver its. I WOULD GLADLY PAY A PREMIUM PRICE to bring FreeHand up to date with the latest Mac OS, Tiger. Illustrator as it sits now isn't an option, and neither is InDesign (which is a FANTASTIC app, by the way!), God knows I've tried over the years. As much as I'd like to provide a feature wish-list for Illustrator, I won't bore you as I'm sure you've heard them before. In short, please take a hard look at the way people work with their software, and design around them, the user, not the computer.

Name: Les Sandelman
Email:fineart1@earthlink.net
Location: Chicago, IL USA
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 00:42:28
Comments:
FreeHand is a much better production tool than Illustrator. It would be be a BIG MISTAKE to drop support for FreeHand.

Name:William Adams
Email:willadams@aol.com
Location: Mechanicsburg, PA USA
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 00:41:25
Comments:
Merging Illustrator and FreeHand seems unlikely to create a tool as quick, nimble, efficient and productive as FreeHand. Please bring FreeHand at least minimally up-to-date w/ support for Unicode, OpenType and SVG. Resurrecting the Altsys Virtuoso codebase and making it a Cocoa app would be especially wonderful.

Name: Louis Ng
Email:louisng@pacific.net.sg
Location: Singapore, Singapore
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 00:16:49
Comments:
Please keep FreeHand going.

Name:fRED
Email:fred@kaklotter.de
Location: Berlin, de
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 17:52:19
Comments:
freehand is freedom, besides all known bugs and instabilities, i don't know any other app with handling like freihand. hopefully the concept will survive.

Name:Jason
Email:jholmbe1110@earthlink.net
Location: Berkeley, Ca USA
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 17:20:46
Comments:
Love the speed and versatility of FreeHand!

Name:imanol francia
Email:imanol@trek.es
Location: Bilbao, Spain
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 15:41:58
Comments:
Aqu' FreeHand es el standard. Capaz de hacer labores de autoedici--n, convivir con Flash y elaborar ilustraciones. ES UN PROGRAMA QUE DEBE PERMANECER Y ACTUALIZARSE. Long, long live to FreeHand!!!

Name:lars Harmsen
Email:harmsen@slanted.de
Location: Karlsruhe, Deutschland
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 15:40:41
Comments:
freehand is already so much closer to indesign than illustrator (e.g. copy/paste from fh to indd is no problem, but it dosen«t«work with ai). if fh pays a close look to the evolution of cs and psd, i will love this application 4ever.

Name:Igor Manasteriotti
Email:igor@mds01.com
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 15:31:26
Comments:
I don't see the point of using 2 programs (Illustrator & Indesign) when Freehand does both! Favorite options: multi-page (Illustrator doesn't have this), different document formats in one file (Indesign doesn't have this, GREAT option), each page can have its own guides, setting pages around the screen (not just fixed two-page spread like in Indesign)

Name: Josip Bananko
Email:bananko@gmail.com
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 15:00:31
Comments:
Continue developing it, please :)

Name:ftrc
Email:felipe@ftofani.com
brasil
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 14:44:02
Comments:
i hate illustrator and freehand is way better than corel. so dont let freehand die. thanks.

Name:Hene Keller
Email:h.keller@softools.ch
Location: Berne, BE Switzerland
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 14:40:35
Comments:
Don't let FreeHand die. Sell it to someone who is willing to keep this great piece of software alive. It's far easier to use than Illustrator.

Name:Victor Barreiras
Email:victorbarreiras@tecnifilme.pt
Location: Leiria, Portugal
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 14:18:13
Comments:
It will be a colossal mistake the ending of Freehand. Very versatile and the best for graphic design ever. Illustrator is a artistic application, Freehand has its use beyond that, giving me always the best professional response. Lets make some noise!

Name:Wes Rand
Email:wes.rand@courant.com
Location: Hartford, CT USA
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 13:10:47
Comments:
We have both Illustrator CS2 and Freehand MX at work and I do almost all my work in Freehand because its tools help me work better and faster than Illustrator can.

Name: Goran
Email:goran.obrovac@gmail.com
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 12:42:33
Comments:
Freehand!!

Name: pati
Location: lisbon, portugal
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 12:13:01
Comments:
Illustrator is good but it isn't so versatile as FH is. Itå«s easier, you can use pages, the find and replace, etc, etc It would be wonderful if adobe fix some little details..

Name: mariana aires pereira
Email:marianaap@hotmail.com
Location: porto, portugal
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 11:57:25
Comments:
O illustrator no? um mau programa, mas o freehand ? muito mais intuitivo.

Name: Shimitsu
Email:shimitsu@msdpm.de
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 11:37:33
Comments:
Don«t let FH die.

Name:Mordy Golding
Email:mordy@designresponsibly.com
NY USA
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 11:06:26
Comments:
Even though I spend a majority of my time in Illustrator these days, I still find myself using FreeHand every now and then. I only hope Adobe finds a way to make this application a permanent fixture in the life of designers today and in the future.

Name: peter machat
Email:p.m@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 09:52:05
Comments:
Free Freehand! immidiately

Name: ZV05
Email:glavakonja@yahoo.com
Location: zagreb, cro croatia
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 09:02:00
Comments:
but how can we live without freehand ?- said Paul to the Corinthians.

Name:Hubert Jocham
Email:info@hubertjocham.de
Location: Memmingen, Germany
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 08:31:33
Comments:
I design a lot of logotypes and I want to create the presentation in the same application not first in Illustrator and then in InDesign. I just don't want to miss the page layout. If you really have to bin Freehand is it so complicated to have a page layout in Illustrator? But I just do not understand why you cannot see the big market in the Freehand community.

Name: mac-z
Email:mac-z@gmx.de
Location: NY¨rnberg, Bavaria Germany
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 08:12:37
Comments:
!!! Fix the bugs and keep it alive !!!

Name: Uli
Email:info@uliblum.de
Location: Hamburg, Germoney
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 07:05:55
Comments:
Freehand ist das beste und schnellste Werkzeug fY¨r die Druckvorstufe und sollte uns erhalten bleiben und weiter gepflegt werden ! OK?

Name: RIGHT FREE HAND
Email:helge@barske.com
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 06:55:19
Comments:
Please dont kill Freehand, its my most important app, I always loved to use it.

Name: Thomas Josutis
Email:post@eindruck-im-netz.de
Germany
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 06:47:00
Comments:
FreeHand muss bleiben !

Name:Old Freehand
Email:oldfreehand@karlmay.de
Location: Ingolstadt, Germany
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 06:41:56
Comments:
Freehand is a 100 % Sure Shot! It made me to what I am know, stop developing it and I will be nothing.

Name: Peter Winkler
Email:pet_winkler@web.de
Location: Munich, Germany
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 06:33:31
Comments:
Freehand alsways was the No. One Tool for drawing. This MUST be kept!

Name: Jack Lemmond
Germany
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 06:32:25
Comments:
Don't kill Freehand! It rockz!

Name: Marko baus
Email:bobbarone@yahoo.com
Location: Zagreb, Zagreb
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 06:17:29
Comments:

Name:Henning Krause
Email:hkrause_AT_formgebung.com
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 05:38:33
Comments:
I'm able to work with both Illustrator and FreeHand but prefer to use FreeHand. C'mon everybody at Adobe, just make these apps compatible by adding full file support and leave things as they are. I'd pay money for a Intel-FreeHand and for CS3! Yours, Henning

Name:Frank Wiedemann
Email:info@wildewelt.com
Location: Karlsruhe, BaWue Germany
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 04:45:46
Comments:
Save Freehand!!! Give us a new version ...

Name: Paul Sch?chterl
Email:paulsch[at]gmx.net
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 04:36:01
Comments:
The FreeHand path tools are the best currently available. Paths with Corner, Curve and *Connector* Points are ideal for drawing. The is no better drawing tool than the FreeHand Bezigon Tool. Rectangle, Oval and Polygon tools are way better than in Illustrator.

Name: hardy
Email:gkplus@gmx.net
Location: hamburg, Deutschland
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 04:22:44
Comments:
free the hand again!!!

Name:Andrea
Email:info@andreaceschi.com
Location: Verona, VR Italia
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 04:11:06
Comments:
We are all waiting for Freehand-News!

Name: Detlef Hauch
Email:durodruck@t-online.de
Location: Neuburg/Donau, Deutschland Bayern
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 04:02:17
Comments:
FreeHand sollte unbedingt erhalten bleiben!

Name: Harald
Email:info@zone4verlag.de
Location: 65197, Germany Hessen
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 02:20:46
Comments:
Freehand muss leben!!!

Name: Achim
GERMANY
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 19:00:25
Comments:
I prefer FreeHand. Illustrator is no t an alternative to me.

Name: Phil G.
Email:philguertin@hotmail.com
Location: Amos, Qc Canada
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 18:12:40
Comments:
c'est ridicule de laisser tomber Freehand pour Illustrator, en imprimerie Illustrator est trop lourd, trop lent !!! et tu es meme pas capable de cr?er plus que une page par fichier HA HA HA une vrai farce! ici, on fait minimum 50 conception par jour sur freehand!, jamais on sera capable den faire autant avec Illustrator, juste la gestion des couleur dans illustrator me donne mal a t?te. !

Name:Ullrich Kolodzey
Email:Ullrich.Kolodzey@nextime.de
Location: Neutraubling, GermanyDate: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 18:01:44
Comments:
Freehand is my favorite

Name: Mathis Keiser
Email:mkeiser@bluewin.ch
Location: ZY¨rich, Switzerland
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 18:00:14
Comments:
1990: Quark X-press, Adobe Illustrator, Aldus Freehand!

Name:Gasser Kurt
Email:info@banjokurt.ch
Location: Guensberg, SOLOTHURN SWITZERLAND
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 17:59:26
Comments:

Name: Franz Braunschweiger
Email:franz.braunschweiger@tamedia.ch
Location: ZY¨rich, CH Switzerland
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 17:51:47
Comments:
freehnd is the best graphic application. save it 4ever please.

Name: ricardo figueiras
Email:ricardofigas@hotmail.com
Location: quarteira, algarve portugal
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 16:28:25
Comments:
i love freehand!

Name:B?
Email:boerje@senators.de
Location: DY¨sseldorf, NRW Germany
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 15:49:54
Comments:
If Freehand falls, the last "professional" Software will be extinct, which is capable of organizing more than one page of DIFFERENT SIZES at a time (!) while one is still able to keep control over Text(formats) and Lineart in an easy and comprehensive way! Save Ferris, save Freehand!

Name: kabukimac
Email:gillet.thibault@wanadoo.fr
Location: rochemenier, France france
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 15:40:57
Comments:
j'ai tjrs travailler sous illustrator, jusqu'au jour o? j'ai d? me servir de Freehand, et l^ pour flasher j'ai d?couvert la simplicit?, puis j'ai gratter ce log jusqu'^ m'apercevoir que je ne travaillais plus qu'avec celui-ci. C'est un superbe outil vectoriel ainsi que pour travailler les textes , bcp plus simple qu'illustrator. En trois mot : de la balle. Freehand ne doit pas mourir.

Name: Sami Silvennoinen
Email:samisilvennoinen@mac.com
Location: Hyvink??, Finland
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 14:59:24
Comments:
Save FreeHand, please

Name: sami
Email:sami@fidisk.fi
Location: Helsinki, - Finland
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 14:50:27
Comments:
Vaihtoehtoja pit?? aina olla!

Name: igor
Email:inteligen@hotmail.com
Location: zagreb, Croatia
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 14:50:20
Comments:
please, give us the unicode freehand.

Name: Klara Mikulic
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 13:19:05
Comments:
Keep freehand alive!

Name: Jaska Jokunen
Email:koojii@jippii.net
Finland
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 12:35:51
Comments:
CS2 on buginen ja todella huono paketti. Yhdist?k?? FreeHandin ja Illun parhaat ominaisuudet. T?ll? hetkell? Illustrator on viel?kin reprojen ongelmaohjelma. FreeHandill? on kolmosversiosta asti tullut tehty? t?it?. Nyt Illustrator ?nke?? v?kisin puutteineen sekaan. Paska softa DTP-k?ytt??n.

Name:Elliot Ramsay
Email:beta@eliptus.com
Location: Melbourne, Vic Australia
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 11:33:54
Comments:
I tried migrating to Illustrator... Its got some really nice features, but its inability to manipulate points on a path with the align palette, lack of multiple pages, bloated tool palettes and slow contextual menus makes me very un productive. Please save FreeHand its a different tool to Illustrator... fix its PDF engine and integrate the Adobe type and vignette engines along with a few other bits and you will make many users very happy... Please!

Name: Harri Heikkil?
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 11:13:31
Comments:
Since Aldus FreeHand 3.1. I have known... that Illustrator is not a DTP program.

Name: YYC
Email:ycorlouer@hima-com.com
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 11:09:06
Comments:
En tant que concepteur-r?dacteur, je ne suis pas un utilisateur ^ proprement parler! Mais je travaille avec RMX et j'ai vu de bien belles choses cr??es avec Freehand sous les clics du maestro qui, visiblement, appr?ciait vraiment de travailler avec un "outil" qui ?tait un v?ritable prolongement de son esprit. Et tout cela serait fini pour des raisons de CACA40? C'est bien ?a qui inqui?te : ce se serait d?j^ vu ce genre d'ineptie capitalisto-technocratique...

Name: Jukka Rantala
Location: Vantaa, Suomi Suomi
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 10:10:33
Comments:
Kauan el?k??n FH, since 5.5 -> MX !

Name:hasheem
Email:hachem.bij@wanadoo.fr
Location: blois,Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 09:45:31
Comments:
laissez nous le choix de notre outil de travail !!!!

Name:Simon Watson
Email:simon.watson@kingofshaves.com
Location: Chesham, Bucks United Kingdom
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 09:43:56
Comments:
As a user of FreeHand since version 2 I am gutted that the program has not been developed / maintained over the last few years. I hope that Adobe can at least maintain the program and fix the bugs it has with OSX or sell / donate it to another developer (Quark...?). Illustrator still lacks every day useful features like multiple different sized pages on a pasteboard, easy to use find and replace colour handling etc.

Name: Kre?o Ceglec
Email:kceglec@gmail.com
Location: Split, Croatia
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 09:27:56
Comments:
Bring Freehand back to life

Name: Sylvain Ruchat
Email:syldevise@hotmail.com
Location: Bordeaux, France
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 08:04:23
Comments:
Le monopole c'est bien... pour les entreprises. La concurrence c'est mieux... pour les clients !

Name:Paulo Lima
Email:limapaulo2@netcabo.pt
Location: Lisboa, Lisboa Portugal
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 07:24:25
Comments:
Long live Freehand!

Name: Ines Musico
Email:inesmusico@gmail.com
Location: Lisboa, Portugal
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 07:18:53
Comments:
keep simple, keep it alive.

Name: Vanessa Balsinha
Email:loirita77@hotmail.com
Location: Lisboa, Portugal
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 05:34:58
Comments:
Keep freehand alive!

Name: tina moser
Email:tina.moser@liwest.at
Location: linz, Austria
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 05:06:00
Comments:
hi, i use freehand 8 hours a day. i love it and i need it. please don't kill it. tina

Name:Peter Kranich
Email:office@kranichgrafik.at
Location: Pinkafeld, Bgld. Austria
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 04:15:08
Comments:
I have to use both apps, AI and Freehand, but FreeHand is so much more intuitive. Like many, many others I would pay the upgrade price every year or so, like I«m doing with Adobe CS2. So please, don«t kill FreeHand!!

Name: Anne Kukkohovi
Email:anne.kukkohovi@hasanpartners.fi
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 03:52:30
Comments:
I don't care if you'll call it AdobeHand, but please keep Freehand alive!

Name: Jukka Jalkanen
Location: Jarvenpaa, Finland
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 03:35:21
Comments:
Everyone needs Freehand. Please Keep it alive.

Name:P. Netzer
Location: Gtp, Vbg AT
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 03:34:59
Comments:
reg. Freehand User

Name: Nubian
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 03:26:56
Comments:
Freehand has too many good qualities that illustrator or indesign does not have! Keep Freehand alive!!!

Name: Ville Norra
Email:ville.norra@hasanpartners.fi
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 03:21:32
Comments:
Let FreeHand live! Let Freedom of choice live! Don't go on that Microsoft-road!

Name: Mega
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 03:14:58
Comments:
Don«t let me down.

Name: M. Hatakka
Email:mh(at)bergani.com
Location: Turku, Finland
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 02:22:39
Comments:
We have thousands of professional FreeHand users here in Finland, and much more in Scandinavia area. I believe FreeHand is worth to keep alive just for this small market. Hence, you could easily double the price for the license, and most of us would still buy it.

Name: Tomi Isoniemi
Email:tomi@rave.ch
Location: Tampere, Finland
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 02:13:39
Comments:
Yes please do something before Freehand gets killed. Its seriously wounded already!

Name:Kalle Kilponen
Email:kallekilponen@mac.com
Location: Vantaa, Suomi
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 01:58:19
Comments:
We desperately need a new version to FreeHand!

Name: Erja Lehto
Location: Tampere, Finland
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 01:20:21
Comments:
Please Adobe, keep Freehand alive and updated!

Name: Kim M?kynen
Email:kim.makynen@gmail.com
Location: Vaasa, Finland
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 01:16:57
Comments:
Don't kill FreeHand! I've been using it since version 3 and FreeHand is an extension of my arm!

Name:Alex
Email:i@am.ca
Location: Mississauga, Ontario Canada
Date: Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 21:16:50
Comments:
After yesrs of using Corel Draw and Adobe Illustrator I fianally stick to FreeHand and, I guess, it;s a best vector app ! Adobe, AI can't replace FH ! It is different way of creative thinking. Alex.

Name: Stuart Murden
Email:sgmurden@mac.com
Location: Brighton, UK
Date: Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 17:36:27
Comments:

Name: Antonello
Email:free.world@tiscali.it
Location: Rivotorto, Perugia Italy
Date: Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 16:24:49
Comments:
Cara Adobe vergognati, FreeHand e i suoi utenti meritano rispetto.

Name: Svenibor Pohajda
Email:svenibor.pohajda@bj.t-com.hr
Location: Bjelovar, - Coatia
Date: Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 14:53:57
Comments:
Let FreeHand live

Name:CHRIS Wallans
Email:chris@tsprinting.ca
Location: Toronto, ON Canada
Date: Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 12:28:58
Comments:
Freehand is blazing fast compared to Illustrator.... keep it alive!

Name:Rodrigo Duarte
Email:roduar@gmail.com
Location: Santiago, RM Chile
Date: Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 11:40:17
Comments:
Freehand has things Illustrator does not, and vice versa. Personally, I prefer Freehand over Illustrator, although I use and like both. For the sake of variety, I think important that the two applications are kept alive and in good shape (ie, updated regularly)

Name: paolo gentile
Email:paologentile@tin.it
Location: torino, italyDate: Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 11:16:07
Comments:
please Adobe keep Freehand alive and updated!

Name: marco carrozzini
italy
Date: Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 10:26:42
Comments:
please Adobe keep Freehand alive and updated!

Name: Robin
Location: Paris, France
Date: Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 09:06:27
Comments:
Est-ce que les meilleurs doivent toujours partir en premier? Laissez vivre FreeHand!

Name: Davor Vretenar
Email:davorvretenar@yahoo.it
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Date: Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 07:00:50
Comments:

Name: simon elson
Email:simonelson@clear.net.nz
Location: waihi, New Zealand
Date: Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 06:31:24
Comments:
I've been using FH since ver 3. I do print stuff, and for all the people i know who also do print, its the only drawing program to use. We use Indesign, Photoshop, and Acrobat. The only thing we don't use is Illustrator apart from to convert files. You think a CS3 suite consisting of Indesign, Photoshop, acrobat and Freehand (with updated converters) would sell? It would here.

Name: simon elson
Email:simonelson@clear.net.nz
Date: Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 06:21:42
Comments:

Name:Alexander Van Hoey
Email:alexander.van.hoey@skynet.be
Location: Antwerpen, Belgium
Date: Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 05:22:20
Comments:
I think te ideal solution, for both users & Adobe would be to merge the aplications, take the best of both worlds, and give it a customizable interface (Freehand-alike & Illustrator-alike), so that Freehand users could feel "at home", as well as Illustrator adepts. That aplication would ROCK !!!

Name: David Wellings
Email:davidwellings@bmf.demon.co.uk
Location: stourbridge, west midlands United Kingdom
Date: Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 04:34:23
Comments:
I started with Freehand 3, believe it or not and used it to redraw a whole load of Photographic notes for teaching purposes, many moons ago! This was my introduction to the Macintosh platform on an LC!! Since then, myself and ALL my colleagues have utilsed the software to underpin our administration at our School of Art & Design. We use it everyday hugely and would be horrified if it were to disappear. Illustrator is a great application - but the vector drawing tools are much simpler and more intuitive to use in Freehand! Lets have an upgrade, ironing out some or all of those flaws that have crept into the latter issues and make this software a companion to Illustrator. If that's too much to ask can Illustrator please have the drawing tools revised - perhaps adopting the Freehand model????

Name:ozz
Email:antti@kangastus.com
Location: Joensuu, Finland
Date: Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 04:23:16
Comments:
FreeHand rocks!

Name: Rob
Email:MacRob@mac.com
Location: Parma, OH United States
Date: Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 00:16:31
Comments:
Freehand can do so much that Illustrator can't, and visa versa. They are two totally different products, and each deserve to stick around.

Name: JohnPaul
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 22:59:01
Comments:
In this competitive Market, If Freehand wants to thrive, I think FH have do what Illutrator doesn't. like where the cone gradient in Illustrator? but this is not about AI and FH right not that adobe got married

Name: magnus
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 21:39:28
Comments:
adobe... freehand must stay alive and needs to go universal! pretty please!!!

Name: Judy Arndt
Email:jarndt@shawbiz.ca
Location: Edmonton, AB Canada
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 20:24:18
Comments:
I've been using FreeHand since 1989, version 2. I have thousands of FH files, many of them multi-page. It would be an enormous hardship to our small company if we could no longer use FreeHand. I love FH's elegant pen tool, efficient selection methods, well implemented point alignment and snapping controls. Knife tool works well. Paste inside is much better that AI's masking. Shape tools (polygons, rectangles, ellipses) offer many useful options. Because most of my work uses spot colors, I enjoy FH's ease of color swapping with the 'Name All Colors' Xtra combined with the powerful Find & Replace Graphics (F&RG) suite of tools. I use F&RG with every job and don't know how I'd live without it. F&RG>Replace range of stroke widths is essential. Find & Replace/Select/'Add to selection' is amazingly useful. The combinations are endless. Other great tools: Page Tool, Perspective Grid, Spiral Tool (spiral without decay), Power Duplicate, text attached to top and bottom of circular paths, path direction controls. Adobe, please continue development of our beloved FreeHand.

Name: sr
austria
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 18:25:31
Comments:
FreeHand is THE industry standard for all the small stuff, like inDesign is for the big stuff. you can't just kill a well established standard! also, it is so much more easier to use than illustrator, the object handling and page management is very intuitive. i know a lot of graphic agencies which mainly work with freehand and photoshop+indesign. sure, freehand is not perfect, but then again, it hasn't been updated for ages! nevertheless, i'd prefer this dated version over the newest illustrater release any second. and yes, i have also used illustrator.

Name: Jarmo Makinen
Location: Tampere, Finland region Finland
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 15:21:48
Comments:
Long live Freehand!

Name: Chuck Taylor
Email:chuckt2@mac.com
Location: Topeka, KS US
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 14:45:25
Comments:
Please update Freehand. I own Photoshop CS2, and Illustrator CS2Menu, and Freehand MX. Freehand seems to have a more natural flow, is easier to manipulate documents and small newsletters. I just like Freehand better, and use both products.

Name: Cam Choiniere
Email:cam@camchoiniere.com
Location: Pfafftown, NC USA
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 09:19:02
Comments:
One feature I really love is the possibility to mix different page formats and orientations and to combine attach and arrange them in a very usefull way. Please do not do away with Freehand! The ease with which I can do page layouts, create illustrations, etc. is incredible, and I have not found this to be true with any other software. One of my favorite features is the ability to create pages of different sizes and orientation on one file, then move them around for viewing and working. PLEASE KEEP FREEHAND!!!!

Name: Dirk Neirynck
Email:dirk.neirynck@scarlet.be
Location: Brugge, Belgi'
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 09:17:01
Comments:
I've used Freehand since version 2.0 (The good old Aldus days). When Aldus stopped and the future of Freehand was uncertain, I've tried to switch to Illustrator. I must say I was happy to be able to buy the next version of Freehand becaus I could never really adjust to Illustrator. Freehand is just more easy to use and has the better tools. Of course there is room for improvement, but I guess a good upgrade could provide a real winner for Adobe or anyone willing to take Freehand into their own hands, like after the Aldus period. Keep it alive AND KICKING!!!

Name:StudioDesignAktiv
Email:agencija@aktiv.hr
Location: Osijek, Croatia
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 07:25:11
Comments:
Svakako se treba navedeno rje?iti, jedna od bitnih stvari je da niti jedan drudi vektorski program osim FeeHanda nema mogu?nost otvaranja novih stranica u jednom dokumentu a da budu poredane jedna pored druge, kao i jo? mnogo drugih opcija. Adobe je ok kompanija, pa se iskreno nadam da ¾e u novi FreeHand dodati i neke dodatke ili jo? bolje spojiti FreeHand i Ilustrator u jedan vrhunski program za vektore!!!

Name: Doug McClelland
Email:webnauts@uk2.net
Location: Torquay, Devon Great Britain
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 07:05:19
Comments:
Freehand is the best all round graphics application available.

Name: Eino Kurppa
Email:eino@kurppa.com
Location: Jepua, Finland
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 06:45:43
Comments:
Please do not let this fine application fade away, it is a true gem. I have never read the manuals, app is so easy to learn! Illustrator cannot replace FreeHand.

Name: max
Email:batman368@gmx.de
germany
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 06:29:58
Comments:
great software, keep it in business

Name: midas
franceDate: Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 04:16:42
Comments:
Messieurs, j'ai le regret de vous dire que Freehand est irrempla?able, bien plus que Illustrator. Alors, posez-vous cette question : conccurence d?loyale ou faire avancer le monde ? Ë vous de choisir.

Name: Jean Francois Nicolle
Email:capcrea@club-internet.fr
Location: SENS, France
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 04:08:42
Comments:
Since 10 years i use Freehand finding it more intuitive than adobe's product, don't kill this familiar soft.

Name: Michael Sanchez
Location: Mission, TX U.S.
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 02:49:51
Comments:
Viva FreeHand! Gracias!

Name: Hans Lohmander
Sweden
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 02:34:53
Comments:
I've always preferred Freehand over Illustrator due to its ease of use.

Name: Nathalie Casati
VD Switzerland
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 02:18:13
Comments:
Let's keep diversity !

Name: Marcelo
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 23:42:35
Comments:
The competition is good, between freehand and ilustrator, that is why this two programs survived, but if you kill one of them, we will never be able to know wich one is the best..!

Name: J. Bruni
Location: Avondale, AZ United States
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 20:37:04
Comments:
I've always preferred Freehand over Illustrator due to its ease of use. I sure hope it doesn't go away.

Name:idem
Email:xixi_azul@clix.pt
Location: lisboa, portugal
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 19:24:24
Comments:
p.s.- Another thing... If you mister Adobe trash this aplication I will still use the old version of Freehand. For me would be the same thing has if you think on making Photoshop desapear and continue with Fireworks or Image Ready.

Name: Hlynur Olafsson
Email:hlynuro@simnet.is
Location: Kopavogur, Iceland
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 19:22:57
Comments:
I have been using FreeHand since version 2 and have no plans to start using any other drawing program. Please keep on developing FreeHand and take it to next level. There is nothing that can replace it in my small graphic design company.

Name:elsa
Email:xixi_azul@clix.pt
Location: lisboa, portugal
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 19:13:29
Comments:
Freehand is the best you can find. It's one of my favorites. You don't get lost in menus and you don't need to be an expert to do great stuff. You just use it and every thing ends up clean and light.

Name: Egil
Email:skallagrim@mac.com
Location: Riga, Latvia
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 18:49:39
Comments:
Please, let Freehand to live!!

Name:Matt Dillon
Email:dillon@getthisone.com
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 18:43:06
Comments:
I've been using Freehand since version 3.1. I've always found it to be easier to use than Illustrator. It's part of our system and I'd hate to be without it.

Name: imothepixie
Email:imothepixie@yahoo.co.uk
Location: Leicester, England
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 18:23:57
Comments:
I've used both Freehand and Illustrator for design, artwork and separation for screen-printing for over ten years (watching the features (and bugs!) leapfrog) I fell into using Freehand more because I could use the same program for design, seps and provide the customer with multi page layouts (printouts or later PDF) of how a design would look on different garments/colour combos. Plus occasionally design company brochures/leaflets etc. without the need for quark etc. I always preferred the colour palette where start with nothing and add what you want, when the Find and Replace feature was added it saved hours of work preparing >someone else's< design (often done in illustrator), with lots of different versions of the same colour (odd colours lurking here and there!) for spot colour separation used for most screen printing The Illustrator pony wins the rosettes (perhaps because more students were taught to ride it!) but for general duties around the yard another horse is Freehands higher and broader (URH! bad bad pun!) Just as every computer or bit of kit I've ever used got every last bit of usefulness squeezed out of it before it went to its grave... Freehand may be the first piece of software that does the same!

Name: Jerome
Email:PreTexte@vtx.ch
Location: Neuchatel, Suisse
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 17:40:37
Comments:
Freehand est un vrai logiciel vectoriel: simple, convivial et intuitif. Illustrator est entre deux mondes avec une foule de fonctions inutiles pour le vectoriel. Le moindre fichier prend une place inutilement ?norme.

Name: Philippe Galmel
Email:philippe.galmel@wanadoo.fr
Location: Paris, France
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 17:29:24
Comments:
Je veux pouvoir continuer d'utiliser Freehand encore de longues ann?es. Je l'utilise depuis plus de 15 ans et je l'ai toujours trouv? infiniment meilleur qu'Illustrator dans bien des domaines. J'ai produit des milliers de documents. Je ne veux pas devoir passer ^ un autre programme de PAO. Je ne veux pas d'Indesign, d'une lourdeur ?pouvantable, je ne veux pas d'Illustrator et devoir me plier ^ une ergonomie de l'?ge des cavernes, je veux garder mon logiciel pr?f?r? et le voir encore ?voluer. Je ne veux pas ?tre oblig? de migrer vers autre chose de moins bon, de plus compliqu?, de moins productif. Tout est tellement plus simple avec Freehand ! SAUVEZ FREEHAND s'il vous pla"t, n'abandonnez pas ses utilisateurs. DON'T KILL FREEHAND MISTER ADOBE! DON'T KILL THIS FANTASTIC APPLICATION!

Name: Benj
Email:benj31@gmail.com
Location: Toulouse, France
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 16:24:05
Comments:
J'ai jamais utilis?, mais je connais du monde que cela rendrai triste de voir Freehand disparaitre (> RMX ;-)) Et puis m?me si je me sert de la suite Adaube, c'est pas tr?s sain d'?tre le seul ^ d?tenir toutes les ficelles.

Name: Lorenzo Gelmini
Email:lorenzogelmini@yahoo.it
Location: Milano, Italy Italy
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 16:14:59
Comments:
FreeHand is a very poor application from the programming side, support of .pdf format is the worst in the world. The application crashes frequently, the Font men? is absolutely useless and the palettes are badly designed But FreeHand is better than illustrator from the support of multiple pages also in different sizes to the way better tracing tools. I hope FreeHand and Illustrator will merge, giving users the best parts of the two applications (my dream is to have also a small and cheap application with exactly the same tools of FreeHand 5.5 running on the latest OSes)

Name:Claude Divoux
Email:c.divoux@semantic.fr
Location: Strasbourg, France
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 16:00:22
Comments:
I like Freehand

Name: Philippe Delannoy
Email:philippe@mac.com
Location: Lyon, FR FRANCE
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 15:57:25
Comments:
M. Adobe, merci de continuer ^ d?velopper ce logiciel convivial et puissant !

Name: digidiego
Email:digidiego@freesurf.ch
Location: Estavayer-le-Lac, Suisse
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 14:23:02
Comments:
Continuez Freeand car c'est un bon produit.

Name: T.M
Email:letm@online.fr
Location: Paris, France
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 13:57:20
Comments:
Marketing is king at Adobe. Any doubt ? One simple hint: the Venus link on top of the Tools palette. Clear evidence of who rules the company. Then, ok Mr Adobe, "good" marketing rationale will undoubtedly make you trash Freehand. Ok. Please be aware that you might be clever if you trashed the name only (for the sake of the NIH moto, presumably). Not the code. Illustrator unstable and clumsy DNA could hugely benefit from some FreeHand injection. This is the perfect opportunity for a quantum leap. I'm not a Freehand fan, I'm rather Illustrator inclined to be honnest, but it might be different if I had to use either to make a living.

Name: Sebastien DEGLIAME
Email:sebastien.degliame@degraphiks.com
Location: Reims, France
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 13:19:08
Comments:
Comme beaucoup, j'ai d?but? le dessin sur ordinateur avec FH en 1990 et depuis je l'utilise toujours, que dire sinon que c'est un logiciel irrempla?able dans le domaine de la PAO et de l'illustration.

Name: PEIRANO Mireille
Email:mpeirano@wanadoo.fr
Location: Ollioules, France
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 12:35:14
Comments:
Freehand et moi avons d?marr? ensemble, c'est une longue histoire d'amour. Je suis d?sormais ^ la retraite mais je continue ^ utiliser freehand chez moi pour le plaisir. C'est un outil formidable et tellement simple. N'en privez pas les g?n?rations futures de graphistes et cr?ateurs de tout poil.

Name: bluesby
Email:bluesbyssimo@free.fr
Location: toulouse, france
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 09:51:21
Comments:
vive freehand !

Name: Jerome
Email:PreTexte@vtx.ch
Location: Neuchatel, Suisse
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 09:20:47
Comments:
Je pratique Freehand depuis ses d?buts ! C'est une application qui a tout son int?r?t et qui - malgr? toute l'?volution et le potentiel sans doute merveilleux d'Illustrator - reste une pi?ce ma"tresse dans domaine vectoriel. son concurrent Adobe n'en saisit pas la dimension intuitive et ne reprend qu'un infime partie des fonctions qui font de Freehand un chef-d'oeuvre de simplicit?. La disparition de Freehand est une chose possible, mais le probl?me est l'imperm?abilit? des managers d'adobe qui devraient peut-?tre penser ^ en reprendre l'esprit puisqu'il s'agit d?s lors de leur propre survie et plus celle d'un concurrent !

Name: fred wuthrich
Email:fw@leitmotiv.ch
Location: neuchatel, ne Switzerland
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 09:15:19
Comments:
Freehand et moi, c'est 17 ans, c'est une histoire d'amour...

Name:RMX
Email:rmixer@gmail.com
Location: Toulouse, France
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 08:57:11
Comments:
Freehand is a fantastic software, don't kill it ! Thank's

Name:Pedro Cunha
Email:pedrocunha@goowy.com
Location: Lisbon, PORTUGAL
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 08:51:47
Comments:
I use both programs.Illustrator and Freehand FOREVER!

Name: Vicent
Email:vicento@mac.com
Location: Bordeaux, France
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 08:24:10
Comments:
Maintenez ce beau logiciel. Keep Freehand alive please.

Name: jerkku
Finland
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 08:21:23
Comments:
In world there's got to be room for Freehand!

Name: Ray Lambert
Email:rlambert@carsondellosa.com
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 07:59:40
Comments:
I work for a major publisher of educational materials, and we have been using Freehand for nearly 18 years to create a diverse group of products. Although we occassionally use Illustrator, we have never wanted to make the transition to that application because it is so FREAKIN' hard to use by comparisson to Freehand. Freehand may have its problems, but its ease of use and powerful tool set allow our 6 in-house artists to create "literaly" thousands of complex vector illustrations every year. Each and every time we have tried to migrate to using Illustrator, the things we have to give up just never seem worth the trouble. We always find ourselves moving back to Freehand for efficiency, access to multiple pages, simple easy to use tools, and deadlines that could not be met any other way.

Name:Casimir A. Rocha
Email:casimir@casimirocha.com
Location: Dakar, S?n?gal
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 07:45:29
Comments:
Etant utilisateur mac depuis le mac 128Mb, j'ai toujours aim? travailler, avec FreeHand, parce qu'il a toujours ?t? puis intuitif,assez simplificateur tant pour les tavaux difficiles que simples, alors qu'illustrator ressemble plus ^ une usine-^-gaz pour faire plus simple c'a fait FH=Mac et ILL= PC FREEHAND FOR EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

Name: ANA FERNANDES
Email:GERAL@EMPATIA.COM.PT
Location: LISBOA, PORTUGAL
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 07:41:03
Comments:
FEEHAND IS MY BEST FRIEND, D'ONT KILL ME

Name: omar
Email:e304hpy@virgilio.it
Location: RIMINI, Italy
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 07:23:38
Comments:
Is it INCREDIBLE that a major as Adobe is, can not follow the requests of many clients all over the world. I think that this is an enormous mistake first of all made by the management. I hope that all the Freehand users all over the world will consider the possibility tnot to use Illustartor or better not to buy the original version. I am not a pirate and I always boughtt original versions of Freehand and now I must switch to another software just because they have decided for me and for us. No Adobe is no good.

Name: BERNARD
Email:sud1pact@wanadoo.fr
Location: Nice, France
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 06:56:08
Comments:
14 ans avec FreeHand et je veux continuer....

Name: Renata Hernandez
Location: Lisboa, Portugal
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 06:55:22
Comments:
Fh is the best program for daily work use, it will be a huge lost for most designers, grafic producers and tecnitians everywhere, if Adobe let it die.

Name:Michel Raj
Email:mrajatmac.com
Location: Baisy-Thy, B Belgique
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 06:09:26
Comments:
FreeHand is the only program I love to work with. I use it since it's v1 and loved to use the v3. Although, I use QXP, InDesign, Photoshop, GoLive, Flash... THE application I love to work with is FreeHand. It's really a love story. Whenever I have to start a new project, I first start in FH. It's a killer application. It's the ease of use and it's power that make it the best program I ever worked with. I remember those days, when I made some illustrations in FreeHand and people at the desktop bureau not wanting to flash the films, to scared it wouldn't go... and me insisting, and the job finaly went trhough easily... they where only used to Illustrator. Please please please don't kill this program.

Name: Raphael Rambur
FRANCE
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 06:03:14
Comments:
I use freehand since its version 5.1, it has always been more versatile than Illustrator. Please keep it alive !!

Name: lecter
Location: hamburg, germany
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 05:48:13
Comments:
i prefered freehand much more than illustrator... but i dont think they re so different. its not easy to get from FH to AI but if you spend a little time it will work. stop beein unflexible and stop cryin cheers

Name: Chris
Email:chris@ville-grande-synthe.fr
Location: Grande-Synthe, France
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 05:40:20
Comments:
I prefert FreedHand than Illustrator

Name: Marc Sokolovitch
Email:marc_DOT_sokolovitch_AT_9online_DOT_fr
Location: Bruxelles, Belgium
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 05:01:35
Comments:
I love Freehand! Go Freehand Go!

Name: Nuno Neves
Email:nmniebes@hotmail.com
Location: Lisbona, PT Portugal
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 04:59:39
Comments:
long live freehand... although i don«t use... LONG LIVE FREEHAND!

Name:Kirill
Email:kirill at crossmind.net
Location: Dusseldorf, Germany
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 04:55:58
Comments:
After Adobe introduced InDesign, it has continued developing Pagemaker for years, although it has become completely obsolete. Obviously, Illustrator and Freehand look pretty the same in the eyes of Adobe's managers, but they aren't. These are two different tools, each good for its own tasks. For many (which could theoretically also be done with Illustrator) I personally prefere Freehand much more and still use it. The fact that Freehand development was suspended is surely a loss to many designers.

Name: feo1
Email:feo1delgremio@hotmail.com
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 04:51:04
Comments:
God Save Freehand

Name: Teddy Nusbaumer
Location: Del?mont, Jura Suisse
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 04:49:34
Comments:
... et s'il faut qu'il n'en reste qu'un, je choisis Freehand.

Name: Joao
Email:joaohcabral@gmail.com
Location: Porto, Portugal
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 04:48:21
Comments:
Freehand is uncomparable with other programs, you cant't finish with freehand, we love freehand ! Don't end with the program!

Name: Nuno Concei? Email:area619@gmail.com
Location: Porto, Portugal
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 04:45:02
Comments:
Freehand is the most versatile software that i know,so i honestly hope that Freehand will be kept alive.

Name: jorge Filipe de Sousa Coelho
Location: Porto, Portugal
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 04:44:09
Comments:
I think freehand it's a very important programe because of the flexibility of this suport and easy way too use it(very, very friendly user)...we want that freehand continuous!

Name: tof
Email:tof@ruedunord.ch
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 04:43:10
Comments:
On ne peut pas se passer de Freehand!!! Sauvez-le! Thanks

Name: Marinette
Email:marinette@ruedunord.ch
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 04:41:56
Comments:
Sauvez Freehand !!!

Name: Ivan Brahier
Email:ivan@ruedunord.ch
CH
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 04:41:04
Comments:
Entre les deux mon coeur ne balance pas.FreeHand est plus intuitif et compl?mentaire avec Illustrator. SAVE FreeHand

Name: Stefan Vago
Email:stef.vago@bluewin.ch
Location: Clarens, Suisse
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 04:24:32
Comments:
Interface hyper-intuitive, temps d'apprentissage du logiciel tr?s rapide, le multi-pages avec formats diff?rents, la fonction "Coller dans", les possibilit?s d'import/export, on a tout sous la main rapidement... Je n'en veux pas d'autre !

Name: Arthur Burianne
Email:think4different@free.fr
Location: Lyon, France
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 04:21:53
Comments:
J'ai utilis? Freehand pour la premi?re fois en 94 je crois, ma m?re ?tant graphiste... l'id?e qu'il disparaisse, ca me chagrine franchement, tellement intuitif, et efficace, alors please, don't stop it!

Name:Naerth
Email:naerth@free.fr
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 04:10:07
Comments:
Pourquoi ne pas fusionner Illustrator et Freehand afin de faire un tres bon soft et de prendre les qualites de chaque... Tout comme pourrait l'etre GoLive et Dreamweaver

Name: romain
Email:gromain@graphie66.com
Location: paris, France
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 04:03:53
Comments:
Utilisateur de Freehand depuis la version 1, je regrette beaucoup qu'il disparaisse. Illustrator est un bon outil : Pourquoi ne pas cr?er un FreeLustrator ?

Name: Pierre Corade
Email:pierre@corade.fr
Location: Paris, France
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 03:36:24
Comments:
Entre les deux mon coeur ne balance pas.FreeHand est plus intuitif et compl?mentaire avec Illustrator. SAVE FreeHand

Name: tiery li
Email:tiery@toolbox.mu
Location: Port Louis, Mauritius
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 03:25:21
Comments:
I've been using FH for years n i'm still using it!

Name: Jean-Guy Boivin
Email:jeanguyboivin@hotmail.com
Location: Chicoutimi, Qc Canada
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 03:19:26
Comments:
J,ai suivi l'?ditique depuis le Mac Plus et le balbutiements d'Aldus. personnellement, je pr?f?re Freehand. Dans tous mes emplois, l'utilisation que j'en ai fait a toujours ?t? tr?s performante et agr?able

Name: Claude LAURENT
Email:claude.laurent@skynet.be
Location: Tarcienne, Namur Belgique
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 03:06:26
Comments:
Je suis un fan des premi?res heures (cela ne nous rajeunit pas) d'Illustrator et de FreeHand. Bien que travaillant plus r?guli?rement avec le premier nomm?, j'ai tr?s souvent besoin du deuxi?me pour des op?rations compl?mentaires que le premier ne me permet pas. Ils sont tout simplement compl?mentaires et non opppos?s. Please, SAVE FREEHAND.

Name: Claude LAURENT
Email:claude.laurent@skynet.be
Location: Tarcienne, Namur Belgique
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 03:05:54
Comments:
Je suis un fan des premi?res heures (cela ne nous rajeunit pas) d'Illustrator et de FreeHand. Bien que travaillant plus r?guli?rement avec le premire nomm?, j'ai tr?s souvent besoin du deuxi?me pour des op?rations compl?mentaires que le premier ne me permet pas. Ils sont tout simplement compl?mentaires et non opppos?s. Please, SAVE FREEHAND.

Name: Charles Latour
Email:procedes@bluewin.ch
Location: Gen?ve, GE CH
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 03:01:49
Comments:
Freehant est un outil beaucoup plus ais? et intuitif qu'Illustrator et de surcroit moins cher (ce pourrait ?tre la seule raison pour vouloir le faire dispara"tre). Par ailleurs il est beaucoup utilis? dans la presse et les imprimeries en particulier dans le Sud de l'Europe en ce qui me concerne, seuls ceux du Nord ayant adopt? Illustrator. Ais? ^ utiliser et ^ comprendre, peu co?teux, il ne faut pas le faire dispara"tre bien au contraire car il a certainement d'un point de vue commercial apport? de nombreux clients ^ Macromedia, ils n'auraient pas pu s'offrir son illustre concurrent..

Name: Boyan Drenec
Email:newsletter@globulot.net
Location: Strasbourg, France
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 02:53:48
Comments:
Je travaille depuis pr?s de 10 ans avec FreeHand, je l'utilise pour dessiner et j'appr?cie sa souplesse et sa simplicit? dans ce cadre-l^. Les complexit?s de s?lection et de contr(TM)le de l'?tat des courbes dans Illustrator ont decourag? mes quelques tentatives d'utilisation (depuis l'annonce du rachat de Macromedia par Adobe). FreeHand m?rite.

Name: S?bastien BEDKOWSKI
Email:baskerville@baskerville.fr
Location: Saint-Etienne, FR France
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 02:38:18
Comments:
Comment ne pas r?agir !! L'outil g?n?raliste le plus intuitif, ses fonctions couvrent 99% des besoins, des import/exports tr?s propres. Il faut le garder, Freehand doit continuer d'exister. SAVE FREEHAND PLEASE.

Name: Patrick Van Isterdael
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 02:28:12
Comments:
This application must not die, it's a big part of the history of PAO. The ergonomy of vector manipulation was never be so nice, Don't let die. Try to find a company. ( "Apple, help us." !? )

Name: Jonathan Jobin
Email:elevation@omps.net
Location: Fribourg, Suisse
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 02:25:07
Comments:
SAVE FREEHAND !

Name: bergerioux
Email:franck4mac
Location: angers, 49 france
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 02:22:32
Comments:
i need this software ! it's an amazing one !

Name: Richard Aeschlimann
Email:rae@cifom.ch
Location: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 02:18:40
Comments:
Il est indispensable que ce logiciel existe encore longtemps! Son d?veloppement assure une alternative stimulant l'innovation dans ce genre de produit. FreeHand, multipage, ouvre son l'apprentissage un acc?s facilit? aux autres programme de la suite Macromedia (Flash, etc.). Soutenons-le!!

Name: Raoul
Location: Paris, France
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 01:57:25
Comments:
le logiciel de PAO le plus intuitif que je connaisse, une prise en main incomparable! SAUVEZ FREEHAND!...

Name: J?r(TM)me Fauconnier
Email:jerome.fauconnier@imag.fr
Location: GRENOBLE, France
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 01:51:41
Comments:
Please, I am a FreeHand user for years and years, and I would go on to use it

Name: Pierre Huyghebaert
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 01:51:08
Comments:
I've been using both Freehand and Illustrator for 18 years for common tacks and some more challenging like multipage complex layout and heavy cartography. I do no use Freehand anymore for 5 years, mainly because of it's less softer feeling when you draw and edit path and handles. Pure personnal taste. But Illustrator is obviously the less carefully designed and updated application from Adobe, what is a shame. Even if the marketing departement promote some gadget-functions as revolutions! Some basic functions aren't updated for years, the buggy 'rounded corners' by example, even if you can find update of that function in InDesign. Multipage is of course a must, but I think they do not want to eat some market share of InDesign... Unless lots of users push for that! What we are doing here. I think they will kill Freehand and that's sad (monopoly) but logical (commerce). So, we have to go ahead and transform our action to what some comments propose "Make Illustrator better and include the most interesting feature of Freehand".

Name: david
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 01:29:01
Comments:
i think freehand is the best i need for my work. plese kepp it and make it ever better fr a long time!

Name:Florent liochon
Email:florent-l@wanadoo.fr
Location: Ach?res, France
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 01:20:55
Comments:

Name:Marc-Olivier Paux
Email:mop@cifom.ch
Location: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
Date: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 01:04:06
Comments:
Freehand apporte une diversit? n?cessaire ^ l'enseignement du dessin vectoriel. Avec ce logiciel, les ?l?ves peuvent aborder ais?ment les courbes de B?zier. Et surtout cr?er simplement des documents de diff?rents formats et/ou multipages sans avoir des connaissances suppl?mentaires en PAO. Si illustrator est aussi enseign?, enseigner Freehand assure aux apprenants un savoir-faire plus large et, d?s lors, plus efficace, m?me pour l'utilisation d'illustrator.

Name: Klenhart Heidrich
Email:klegd@aol.com
Location: NY¨rnberg, Germany
Date: Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 18:41:03
Comments:
Illustrator Developers - hear what is to be altered: The most important item is the path editing functions, which are indeed upmost circumstantial to handle. What are these frames for when you just want to klick/activate a vector object. Does one really see better by this method??? If Illustrator is a vector programm, why is it necessary first to klick an object and afterwards even have to streak over an object area - just to edit the path!!!! Partial Activating - so important for graphic work is an absolute horror. Illustrator from x to V.9.0 is EPS-Code - therefore is was understandable in a way that Ill couldn«t handle more than one page. But since V. 10.0 Ill was converted to PDF basis, which could handle a thousand pages - users know that - you know that - why wouldn«t you change that!!!!! Why does Ill export graphics made in Ill in a way that the export means hundreds of frames - big as the page size, in which the graphic objects are paste inside - even single letters of big texts have their own frame in page size. Pure Madness. Group handling (no way to alter interior objects unless ungrouping)- a horror. Spot Colors and bleed - a horror. Alter these items and Freehand user instantly purchase Illustrator with a smile on their faces - mine inclusive. Good save Freehand.

Name: Manuel Granja
Email:granjam@clix.pt
Location: porto, porto portugal
Date: Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 17:15:15
Comments:
Illustrator is good but it isn't so versatile as FH is. It«s easier, you can use pages, the find and replace, etc, etc It would be wonderful if adobe fix some little details..

Name: AK Summers
Date: Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 14:22:01
Comments:
I use both Illustrator and FreeHand--Illustrator because that is what most of the eastcoast print publishers I do production for use and FreeHand for my own illustration work because it is unparalleled as a drawing program. The ease of use that FreeHand offers people who actually "draw" using bezier curves cannot be overestimated. It is simply the closest thing to putting a pen to paper there is.

Name: goran
Email:gandalf@humk.hr
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Date: Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 12:53:44
Comments:
We want Freehand. Illustrator is not so bad but lacking some important features. Also there is years of work done in Freehand...

Name: Ian Blackburn
Location: Knoxville, TN USA
Date: Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 12:05:57
Comments:
I've been a Freehand user since version 1, and I've done well over ten thousand print pieces in it. I'm not knocking Illustrator in the least, but it's not nearly as well suited as Freehand for what I do, and I wish you'd keep it in development.

Name: Zdeslav
Croatia
Date: Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 11:10:58
Comments:
Don«t kill FH, renew it, improve it and it will be the best vector prog ever.

Name: Joe Farrugia
Email:whizz@onvol.net
Location: Birkirkara, Malta
Date: Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 10:37:06
Comments:
Freehand is a must have application!

Name: Glen Herbel
Location: Highlands Ranch, CO United States
Date: Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 10:36:13
Comments:
Please keep FreeHand updated! If Ilustrator is going to merge with FH then: Multipage support is a must. Paste inside is so much easier than creating a "mask".

Name: Eros Su^
Email:eros66@excite.com
Location: Milano, Italy
Date: Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 06:34:46
Comments:
Use FH from version 2 and I hope that Adobe makes to survive this formidable software, fast and, with the exception of Illustrator, easy to use. Uso FH dalla versione 2, spero che Adobe faccia sopravvivere questo formidabile software, veloce e, a differenza di Illustrator, facile da usare.

Name:Kasper
Email:kasper@activeark.com
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Date: Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 05:06:23
Comments:
Quick n' Easy!

Name:Heather Kavanagh
Email:heatherkay [at] mac.com
Location: Chatham, Kent United Kingdom
Date: Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 03:24:16
Comments:
I have used FreeHand since version 3. I had a brief fling with Illustrator around v5 or 6, but kept coming back to FreeHand. I do my best work in FreeHand, because it lets me do stuff quickly and efficiently - my clients won't pay me to learn to do my job all over again :o(

Name: Gerhard Blume
Germany
Date: Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 02:48:31
Comments:
I prefer Freehand for several reasons. Last but not least, I love the GUI with its equality to Flash and Fireworks.

Name: Barry La Vette
Email:bjlavette@dslextreme.com
Location: Los Angeles, CA United States
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 20:20:12
Comments:
I need Freehand and must use it. Do not, I repeat, do not kill this app. If anything, improve upon it. Thank you

Name: M?ximo Marull
Email:dublinchild@hotmail.com
Location: Rosario, Sta. Fe Argentina
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 16:39:53
Comments:
I Use Free Hand Since 1995. Dont kill this Sofware. Is my best tool for work in design.

Name: pero
Email:pero@zg.ht-net.hr
Location: zg, cro
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 16:18:08
Comments:
i used FH for years then i switch to Illustrator and all i wanna say is, put the best from FH in Illustrator and you'll make killerapp. tnx

Name: ebetzel
Email:ebetzel@alltel.net
Location: Elyria, Ohio USA
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 13:31:55
Comments:
I have over a decade of content that has been created in Freehand (starting with v2). It will be years before Freehand's ease of use can be offset by a faster computer- or Illustrator. Freehand will stay on the hard drive. I purchased $1000's in Freehand upgrades over the years and will continue to do so, provided the program advances. I hope Adobe notes the potential profit. I use Illustrator, Photoshop & InDesign... but, like others, understand the many time saving advantages of Freehand.

Name:Remco
Email:remco@REMOVETHISremcokalf.nl
Location: The Hague, Netherlands
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 13:19:52
Comments:
I have been using Freehand since I learned it during my internship at an industrial design agency in 1994. Since then, in my jobs in Dutch design agencies as industrial-, interaction-, graphics- and webdesigner, I have been using Freehand to create anything from presentations, layouts, storyboards, and all sorts of graphic design work. I use this program every day in my own company, for webdesign layouts as well as printwork, logo's, corporate identities, etcetera. Functions like paste inside and multi page layout, not present in Illustrator, I use everyday extensively. I would like to ask Adobe to not kill this beautiful, efficient and userfriendly program, which has become an extension of my creative mind over the last decade that I cannot go without. It deservers further development.

Name: Nathan Lester
Email:Cheezowhiz@aol.com
USA
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 11:11:04
Comments:
I have been using freehand for awhile now in the screen printing business. Freehand is such a great and easy tool to get vector artwork done quickly and that key element is important in my field. I tried to use illustrator but it is just a clunky beast.

Name: matt ludwig
Location: washington, dc usa
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 10:55:02
Comments:
Freehand rules. I have been using Freehand since version 2.0 I believe and I would HATE to see it ended. It has tools, aesthetic and abilities that set it apart from all other vector programs, not to mention Illustrator. Adobe, please keep Freehand alive and issue a new version. It would be the end of a great legacy of creatives if you were to. matt ludwig.

Name: Brian Dawson
Email:bdawson@new-albany.k12.oh.us
Location: Columbus, Ohio United States
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 10:37:47
Comments:
I have found Freehand invaluable to my daily work flow and creative process. Adobe, if you are not going to support it, sell it to another vendor, or at least release it so that it might continue to be available to those users who still need it. I shudder what I will do when my Freehand 10 installation becomes incompatible with my computer. With the advent of Macintel and Leopard, I may have to migrate to something else sonner than I had hoped. For the multipage document feature alone, Freehand has been worth the cost. Illustrator is a wonderful tool, but sometimes I think Adobe adds features it wants, rather than features its customers want. Adobe, please listen to this community.

Name:Joel Servais
Email:servais@ameritech.net
Location: Kalamazoo, MI United States
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 09:59:21
Comments:
I have used FH since version 2.0. PLEASE continue the product. It is a great app and I have used it for art development for interactive, web, brochure, label, and packaging projects. I also like the ability to build various sized pages within the same document.

Name:Rafael Baggio Fuentes
Email:fatpride666@hotmail.com
Location: S Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 09:58:44
Comments:
Ilustrator is a very good vector tool, but i'm syncronized with the Freehand, i have used freehand for more than 3 years, and now i will have to learn a different engine. I like to use freehand and i still using till death..... Sorry about my english.............

Name:Pawel Kruk
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 09:56:44
Comments:
there's no other like it. salut

Name: Robin Storesund
Email:rstoresund@gmail.com
Location: Boston, MA USA
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 09:38:06
Comments:
At the very least I'd like to see Adobe incorporate the best features of FreeHand into Illustrator. I miss the alignment grid, where you could double-click on the arrangement you wanted instead of having to choose both the vertical & horizontal spots from the menu, and I particularly miss being able to bend a line holding the option key or group select points to change their status.

Name: Marcello Bonetti
Email:marcello.bonetti@desms.com.br
Location: S Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 09:24:17
Comments:
I use and a i like freehand like the best vector program..

Name: Branko
Email:visualm2@zg.t-com.hr
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 08:56:43
Comments:
Bring the best from Freehand to Illustrator and we will be friends!

Name: Mladen Runkas
Email:runkas@gmail.com
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 08:55:07
Comments:
L O N G L I V E T H E F R E E H A N D .

Name: Ivor
Email:ivor@goeklektik.com
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 08:51:19
Comments:
Big up, and support to my big vector brother! Long live Freehand!!!!

Name: Ivor
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 08:45:22
Comments:

Name: David Earls
Location: London, UK
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 08:42:00
Comments:
Freehand has long been a popular choice for hard-up designers who may not be able to justify the expense of both a DTP package and a Illustration package. The likely hood of Adobe updating my beloved Freehand is very much hampered by this fact - multiple pages allows Freehand to act as a servicable DTP package. Adobe will be keen to "migrate" (or "force" as I prefer to think of it) Freehand to Illustrator's single page world, thus opening up a whole new market for InDesign. I am disappointed, and saddened, that the merger went ahead, as now the visual creative industry has its very own Microsoft equivalent. Goodbye to true competition (Stone Studio et al is hardly real competition is it?), to innovation, to the good bits of what markets and competition are meant to offer, and hello to neo-monopoly practices. Oh well. Come on Adobe, prove us wrong.

Name:Longe
Location: London, UK
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 08:33:03
Comments:
Macromedia discontinued the development of Freehand a long time before the acquisition from Adobe, focusing and implementing part of the Freehand tools inside Flash, I don't see any point for Adobe to do what Macromedia decided not to do itself. I was a Freehand user myself but when (was 2002 I reckon) I realised what was going on with Freehand (and few rumours from Macromedia as I was working for a BIG publisher) I decided to switch to Illustrator. It took me a bit, but I was already using it to get success with some complicated operations that Freehand was not able to do, freezing, crashing, o simply making an alert about the too high complexity of what I was trying to do. Before the release of Freehand 11, Illustrator was even more flexible and powerful exporting or managing flash files, this especially on Mac platform, where Freehand was incredibly slow. I do understand the usefulness of an all-in-one tool like Freehand was, especially for little companies or freelancers with no big budgets, but I don't know if there is enough market for 2 similar products from the same company, maybe the ability of working with multiple pages in Illustrator would be a good step.

Name:Michael C. Place
Email:informyou@designbybuild.com
Location: London, Greater London United Kingdom
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 08:19:48
Comments:
Please update/keep FreeHand alive. Thank you. -

Name: James
Location: London,Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 08:05:56
Comments:
Freehand is the original creative vector program for the true professional. Time to continue that Legacy.

Name:Aiyaz Kidwai
Email:aiyaz.notthis@hotmail.com
Location: Lahore, Punjab Pakistan
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 07:59:52
Comments:
Adobe! Please do a new version of FH.... Thx

Name: Calle Mosander
Email:kamos1_@hotmail.com
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 07:48:56
Comments:
FreeHand forever!

Name:Tuukka Tujula
Email:tuukka@tuukkatujula.com
Finland
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 07:32:10
Comments:
Freehand is classic. And my favourite. Keep it alive, please.

Name:Fernanda Lemos
Email:fernandalemos@oniduo.pt
Location: lisbon, PT Portugal
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 06:57:28
Comments:
FREEHAND ALWAYS!

Name:Ossi Pirkonen
Email:ossi.pirkonen@gmail.com
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 06:55:59
Comments:
I've used Freehand for illustrtation for quite a while now. I love it. Check my website to see what I've accomplished with it.

Name:Helgi Sigurdsson
Email:helgi@art.is
Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 06:40:11
Comments:
I have used Freehand every day since 1990 (tons of files). Unable to convert Freehand files to Illustrator intact (despite countless stabs at it - trying every export/import scheme). Please update Freehand to current Mac OS and KEEP IT SIMPLE. Include transparency, drop shadow effects and PDF export (as in brilliantly modern InDesign).

Name:paul rickus
Email:me@310k.nl
Location: amsterdam, nh nederland
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 06:39:34
Comments:
i have been with freehand since version 3, please please keep it, do not waste such a powerful app. which is way more handy to use than illustrator.

Name:Fernando Velarde
Email:f@velarde.com
Location: Monterrey, NL Mexico
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 01:20:02
Comments:
I use FreeHand as my main drawing tool and use it for webdesign, creating outlines for 3d graphics and also to do general graphic design tasks such as posers, statioary and small publications. I also know a lot of clients who use FreeHand instead of Illustrator. I hope they keep it alive on the mac, and it will updated to work on the new Intel machines. Thanks fjv

Name:Ulrich Salzmann
Email:us@siebdruck.net
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 20:41:02
Comments:
Ich arbeite mit Freehand begeistert seit Jahren (Version 3.0). FY¨r den Siebdruck und und Plottbreich habe ich noch kein besseres Programm gefunden. PLEASE KEEP FREEHAND ALIVE!!!

Name: el white
Email:beowulf2125@yahoo.com
Location: Saint Louis, MO United States of America
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 20:38:29
Comments:
I'm not a user of Freehand yet, but I've been exploring it as a possiblity to my design/art work. I enjoy working w/ vector app, and have been experimenting w/ several different types. I do know I have a friend that has spoken very highly of the application and he is concerned w/ it's future. There for I am here for support no only to my friend, but also the future of an application. ~e~

Name:Jonathan Lord
Email:jonathan@neogine.co.nz
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 19:40:16
Comments:
What the censored do Adobe think think they are doing? I have been using Freehand for over 10 years in South Africa and now New Zealand. They mention it on there website, "FreeHand is a world-class layout and illustration tool for print and web." Can I highlight two keywords in that 'print' and 'web'. Its versatility far outstrips illustrator, so why should we be subjected to working with two adobe applications, ie. InDesign and illustrator, for small layout jobs, when freehand can do it all in one. Freehand has far better type handling capabilities than illustrator, with far more illustrative flexibilty than InDesign, it's a happy medium, and that is just for print. Its integration with flash and fireworks is superb, not sure if I can say the same for illustrator. Plus it works with photoshop. Maybe I am missing something, but freehand is a great application that adobe is ignoring, why, well only they sseem to know. It's like that old saying about not needing to fix something if it's not broken, unless you're a monopoly ofcourse! Viva freehand!!

Name: John J Nosal
Email:john@nosalcentral.com
Texas USA
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 18:12:29
Comments:
Hi all, it is really cool to see all this support for FreeHand and to see the far reaching points of this planet that are speaking out. I would like to add my comments and say that I too would miss it if FreeHand was discontinued after all these years. I know that back in 1998 when I first compared FreeHand 1 and Illustrator 1 on a Macintosh SE that there were significant differences in the look and feel of the applications. Shall I point out the ability to work in color mode? FreeHand of corse won out on the contest back then and has won every review that I have done to stay abreast of the two products. Now that I find myself out in the job market after 11 years of supporting FreeHand for Macromedia I am brushing up on my skills with the Adobe Products. I still find a lot of the feature sets drastically different between the two applications. I would summarize the differences like this. FreeHand is for the right brain creative type. Illustrator is for the left brain technical type. We need to have choices in the tools we use! Adobe, talk to the customers not just the customers that are purchasing 1,000 + copies, but talk to the little people that are a one person shop, the Judy Arndts, the Richard Hubbards and the Ralf Vanderschaafs find out what they are needing from the tools. These people can give you the wisdom of years of experience that you no longer have on your staff. Long Live FreeHand!

Name:Juan Carlos Diez
Email:juancarlos@trupp.es
Location: BILBAO, SPAIN
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 15:32:08
Comments:
Como uno de los socios de una de las agencias de publicidad m?s importantes del norte de Espa-a, s--lo puedo decirle a Adobe que todos los dise-adores de nuestra agencia trabajan con una copia de FreeHand Mx y estamos deseando actualizarnos a la pr--xima versi--n de Freehand en cuanto Adobe la ponga a la venta. Tenemos m?s de 200 DVDs repletos de trabajos hechos en FreeHand y creemos que es un programa que, por tradici--n hist--rica y noemero de usuarios en Espa-a est? a la misma altura que Ilustrator. ÁÁÁPor favor, Adobe, sigue desarrollando FreeHand!!!

Name: Riccardo De Pol
Email:depolr@st.t-com.hr
Location: Split, Croatia
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 15:26:55
Comments:
I am using Freehand from version 1.0 (year 1989). Please keep this program live.

Name:Peter Rodgers
Email:peter.rodgers@virgin.net
Location: Bangor, Gwynedd North Wales
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 11:18:33
Comments:
I have used freehand since version 7 and I find the integration of vector programme, page layout and flash animation to be indispensible. Everything is easy to use and I dont' want to have to learn (and buy!!) a whole new programme.

Name: Bruce Kieffer
Location: St. Paul, MN United States
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 08:53:33
Comments:
Adobe, Please upgrade FH so it works with current systems, and so it can export smoothly to AI. Thanks.

Name: Marko Durman
Email:mdurman69@yahoo.com
Location: Sisak, Croatia
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 08:40:35
Comments:
Thousands and thousands of FH files. Adobe: upgrade it and fix it.. and it will be the best vector app! Long live the Freehand!

Name: David Camps-Campins
Email:david@dundonaldholdings.com
Location: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 07:36:11
Comments:
Using Freehand is like using Apple computers. You are in the minority but know that you are using the best and not what everyone else is using. Adobe please keep Freehand alive!!!

Name: arnaud
Location: PARIS, FRANCE
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 07:09:21
Comments:
GO FREEHAND GO !!!

Name: arnaud
Location: PARIS, FRANCE
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 07:08:35
Comments:
GO FREHAND GO !!!

Name: Walter
Email:wn@dsl.li
Location: Triesen, FY¨rstentum Liechtenstein
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 05:16:06
Comments:
Als FreeHand-User seit der ersten Stunde dieses Programmes gibt es fY¨r mich keine ernstzunehmende Alternative. Adobe! Sollte FreeHand wirklich in Indien in einer ÇClassic-SuiteÈ - m?glichst ohne Bugs und Kinkerlitzchen - weiterentwickelt werden, w?re ich stolz, mich zu diesen ÇOldtimernÈ z?hlen zu dY¨rfen, die sich diese Suite ganz sicher kaufen.

Name:Arno Pfleghar
Email:info@pfleghar-werbung.de
Location: Ditzingen/Stuttgart, D Germany
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 04:41:38
Comments:
Ich benutze FreeHand seit der Version 5.0. Jetzt bin ich bei FH 11 angekommen. Die stetige Weiterentwicklung dieser Software sowie das praxisorientierte Handling haben mich schon immer begeistert. Dass Macromedia zus?tzlich Dreamweaver entwickelt hat, um die Verbindung vom Print zum www zu erm?glichen, machte die Sache perfekt. Schade, dass es bald vorbei sein soll! Was mich nicht hindert, es bis zu meiner Rente weiter zu benutzen!! ;-)) I use FreeHand since the version 5.0. Now I arrived with FH 11. The constant advancement of this software as well as the practice-oriented handling always inspired me. The fact that Macromedia developed additionally Dreamweaver, in order to enable the connection from the print to the www, made the thing perfectly. It harms that it is to be soon past! Which does not prevent me, to use it up to my pension further!! ; -))

Name: Daniel Isbrecht
Email:daniel.isbrecht@laser-line.de
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 04:29:17
Comments:
Freehand is the best graphic/layout-application. I've been using it since the days of Aldus Freehand 3. How am I supposed to work speedy with Illustrator when there is no easy Èselect behindÇ etc.? Is this for pros? Even InDesign does this. I don't know anybody seriously using illustrator. With FH i can make an 80-pages jobs and actually print it. The page rearrange-tool is a killer. FH rules. Unfortunately Macromedia did a bad job on MX: The speed sucks (actually its ok with a g5 :), huge floaters that hide everything, ObjectHierarchy (WTF???). They did not know the business nor what the user needed it seems. Freehand was 9 best. With OSX i have no alternative to FHMX.

Name: GY¨nther Langehans
Email:g.langehans@gmx.de
Location: Dortmund, Germany
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 04:17:45
Comments:
look at item 4: http://www.adobe.com/products/freehand/productinfo/faq/

Name: davebraco
Email:davebraco@alstare.net
Location: Alleur, Belgium
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 03:47:46
Comments:

Name:Janine
Email:janine.neumeister@laser-line.de
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 03:37:14
Comments:
Es gibt keine Alternative zu Freehand. Please keep this wounderful software alive!

Name: GY¨nther langehans
Email:g.langehans@gmx.de
Location: Dortmund, Germany
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 03:25:17
Comments:
FreeHand muss weiterentwickelt werden! Kein anderes Programm bietet diese Funktionsvielfalt. Seit FreeHand 3.0 bin ich dabei, habe das Programm immer bis an die Leistungsgrenze beansprucht und etliche Workarounds gefunden. Wie jede Software hat es seine Eigenarten. Die Entscheidung fY¨r FreeHand hatte ihren Ursprung in 2 GrY¨nden: 1. innovative Technik, die kein anderes Programm in dieser Form bietet (Mehrseitenlayout !!!, Textfunktionen...in der Anfangszeit waren es auch noch die Layer). 90 % meiner Auftr?ge lassen sich komplett mit FreeHand erledigen. Man muss nicht immer mit Kanonen (Quark) auf Spatzen (Flyer, Visitenkarten...) schie§en. 2. intuitive Bedienung: ich habe viele Schulungen mit Freehand durchgefY¨hrt und die Kollegen hatten sehr schnelle Lernerfolge, da die Programmlogik meistens einfach und nachvollziehbar ist. Existenzielle Bedrohung! FY¨r mich w?re das Verschwinden von FreeHand eine existenzielle Bedrohung und ein Grund den Beruf zu wechseln: Ich lebe als Landkartenzeichner auch davon, immer wieder auf vorhandene Daten zurY¨ckgreifen zu k?nnen (j?hrlich aktualisierte Landkarten...) So hat sich im Laufe der Jahre ein Datenpool aufgebaut, der bei mir Y¨ber 15.000 Arbeitstunden umfasst. Der Umstieg auf z.B. Illustrator ist mir nicht m?glich, da bei der Konvertierung imense Sch?den an den Daten entstehen > zerstY¨ckelte Textbl?cke, verlorene Formate... Eine Restaurierung k?me einer Neuzeichnung gleich. Selbst mit gutem Willen kann ich nicht auf Illustrator umsteigen, weil eine fY¨r mich existenzielle Technik, das Mehrseitenlayout, nicht m?glich ist. Mein Wunsch an die Entwickler w?re, sich als erstes den vorhandenen Funktionen zu widmen und diese sauber zu programmieren. Dies k?me der Stabilit?t und Kompatibilit?t sehr zu gute. Jetzt, wo Adobe der Kapit?n ist, dY¨rfte ein sauberer EPS/PDF-Export und gutes Farbmanegement auch kein Problem darstellen. WY¨nsche fY¨r neuen Funktionen hat man immer, aber wichtiger ist es ein zuverl?ssiges ?Arbeitstier" zu haben. Funktions-Spielereien kann man sich aus anderen Programmen hereinholen. Mit den besten WY¨nschen fY¨r eine baldige Genesung! GY¨nther Langehans Kartograph

Name: LSA73
Email:lsa73@yahoo.com
Location: S Date: Monday, May 8, 2006 at 18:59:39
Comments:
Just the best! : some good news : The Print and Classic Publishing Solutions Business Unit will provide print and online publishing solutions and e-learning tools with products such as Adobe PostScript¨ technology as well as Adobe FrameMaker¨, Adobe PageMaker¨, Macromedia Contribute(TM), Macromedia Captivate(TM), and Macromedia FreeHand¨ software. From: http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/invrelations/adobeandmacromedia_faq.html ( and now developed at india ) ohmmmm

Name: Monte Bach
Email:mbach@express-news.net
Location: San Antonio, TX USA
Date: Monday, May 8, 2006 at 16:51:01
Comments:
FreeHand is a fantastic vector app, which has only been made worse as Macromedia included ILLUSTRATOR-TYPE features with recent releases. Please, keep Freehand.

Name:Ryan B
Location: Saint Louis, MO USA
Date: Monday, May 8, 2006 at 16:44:51
Comments:
Freehand is a richly featured application that does not need to be lost. I prefer it to Illustrator for any project on any day of the week. Freehand works the way a vector program should work, lets not kill it off.

Name: christoph weisz
Location: hamburg, germany
Date: Monday, May 8, 2006 at 12:21:26
Comments:
it's a sin to let a sophisticated, easy-to-use program of this quality and with such an amount of professional users worldwide die. this would really be a shame for so many designers. please restart thinking about developing a faultless macosx-version, you people at adobe. don't let this great app die.

Name: Ruedi Segessemann
Email:ruse@hispeed.ch
Switzerland
Date: Monday, May 8, 2006 at 11:18:52
Comments:
I really hope that Freehand will be kept alive, but I don't think Adobes will do so; or if they do it, it will end like Pagemaker - half hearted support to calm down (the users?) and then RIP. So I would support the idea to collect money to enable somebody (may be altsys still exists?) to keep it alive. It really is much better than illustrator!

Name: Joy Sellers
Location: Snellville, GA United States
Date: Monday, May 8, 2006 at 10:58:47
Comments:
Using Freehand since version 1. Must have! Have invested a ton money and time to Freehand and it's files. Nothing is better. Can't wait to have it fully functional in OSX (right click, scrolling panels) and Universal Binary. However, it is unbelievable how well it STILL works on my MacBook Pro Intel through Rosetta.

Name:mori
Email:info@mori.de
Location: Munich, Bavaria Germany
Date: Monday, May 8, 2006 at 10:58:38
Comments:
I love working with Freehand since 8 years now - keep it alive!!!

Name:Radu Silviu
Email:ionuts.radu@gmail.com
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Date: Monday, May 8, 2006 at 09:27:31
Comments:
Please don't kill FreeHand!!! Please make it much better - develope it! Don't kill it!

Name: Ingmar
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Date: Monday, May 8, 2006 at 07:03:15
Comments:
Keep it alive .... PLEASE - PLEASE - PLEASE :-)

Name:Natascha Roemer
Email:natascha@roemer-osadtschij.de
Location: Stuttgart, BW Deutschland
Date: Monday, May 8, 2006 at 06:37:35
Comments:
Ehrlich gesagt bin ich es allmaehlich leid, dass wir, die Kaeufer, fuer die Unternehmen nur noch Ziffern in ihren Marketingstrategien sind. Wenn eine Zifferngruppe fuer unwichtig erachtet wird, darf man sie getrost ignorieren. Nun, ich finde es grossartig mich hier als kleine Ziffer zu Wort melden zu koennen - ich moechte weiter mit dem Programm arbeiten, dass ich seit Jahren blind beherrsche und mit dem ich schon unendlich viele Illustrationen fertiggestellt habe. Es gibt keinen Grund Freehand vom Markt zu nehmen! Die Anwendergemeinde ist gross genug!

Name: pascii
Email:pascal.sutter at gmx.net
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Date: Monday, May 8, 2006 at 05:30:28
Comments:
Freehand is much more intuitive to learn than that Monster called 'Illustrator'. The Tools and the Features are doing what thes suppose to be. And it's less buggy.

Name: pascii
Email:pascal.sutter at gmx.net
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Date: Monday, May 8, 2006 at 05:30:09
Comments:
Freehand is much more intuitive to learn than that Monster called 'Illustrator'. The Tools and the Features are doing what thes suppose to be. And it's less buggy.

Name: boo
Email:boo@boo.de
Date: Monday, May 8, 2006 at 05:21:47
Comments:
Keeeeep it alive!!! i need it more than illustrator ...please ;)

Name: Howard Owen
USA
Date: Monday, May 8, 2006 at 04:41:01
Comments:
I used Illy in design school and thought that was the way vector apps worked. Then one day, a friend of mine who worked in FreeHand let me sit at her computer for a few hours while she coached me in FH techniques. I went out the next day and bought FH--it was that much better. I still keep Illustrator around, but I stopped upgrading it at version 10. Most service providers want files from version 8, you know. Both Illy and FH have their strengths but day in and day out, if I need to use a vector app, FH will be my first choice 90% of the time.

Name:Dirk Runge
Email:mr.lon@t-online.de
Location: Essen, NRW Germany
Date: Monday, May 8, 2006 at 04:31:02
Comments:
Ich arbeite seit 1984 mit FreeHand. In dieser Zeit ist dieses Programm fY¨r mich ein Werkzeug geworden, was ich in- und auswendig kenne. Nix gegen euer Illustrator Adobe, aber FreeHand ist im Laufe der Jahre das Y¨bersichtlichere Programm geblieben. Ich hoffe, das ist der Grund, warum ihr den Macromediahaufen Y¨bernommen habt ;-). Also...don't cut the FreeHand support. Au§erdem... Adobe Freehand h?rt sich besser an als Adobe Illustrator. Greetz

Name: censored
Location: Vienna,Date: Monday, May 8, 2006 at 04:30:37
Comments:
Like many others i'm working with Freehand since v3.1. I prefer v9 - i don't need more useless tools like v10 or MX. The path-tools are perfect and intuiv. Not so in AI - if I have to to something in AI i feel like a bloody rookie. KEEP FREEHAND ALIVE!!!

Name: Martin S
Date: Monday, May 8, 2006 at 03:44:24
Comments:
Keep Freehand alive - or port the best features to illustrator, eg. the path editing style, the color tools...

Name: Joachim Potdevin
Email:jopotdevin@web.de
Location: Wadgassen, Germany
Date: Monday, May 8, 2006 at 03:39:22
Comments:
Wir arbeiten seit FreeHand 2.2 mit diesem Programm. 95% unserer Auftr?ge sind FreeHand-Dateien. Der Rest war bisher Quark, doch seit ID2 nur noch mit Adobe InDesign, millerwele CS2. FHMX ist nicht das beste FreeHand, dochh immer noch bersser als das sehr umst?ndlich Illustrator. Die gewohnte Arbeitsweise zu Verlieren ist das Eine, das Andere natY¨rlich die gesamte alten Daten nicht mehr verwenden zu k?nnen (damit meine ich natY¨rlich, fast ohne Bedenken, auch wenn Illustrator alte FH-Dokumente ?ffnen kann). Also: Lasst FH weiter am Markt, korrigiert die Fehler der MX und schenkt uns wieder beruhigtere N?chte.

Name: Michael
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Date: Monday, May 8, 2006 at 03:19:36
Comments:
An other comment: Where are the original programmers of FreeHand? Couldn't they repurchase FreeHand? To Adobe: How much money would you charge for the source code of all FreeHand versions? If we collect money, we could support the original programmers repurchasing FreeHand. Someone wrote that FreeHand 3.1 was the best. I think so. 3.11 was perfect. The latest good version was 9. It was stable and had a lot of functions. 10 was a little bit unstable but usable. MX (11) is very near to garbage.

Name: Michael
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Date: Monday, May 8, 2006 at 02:57:28
Comments:
I'm using FreeHand since v2.02. I need it because I have to use my old files and templates very often. Nearly every day I change an old picture/graphic to its new state. If FreeHand disappears, I have to convert nearly 5,000 graphics to an other software. And it means that I have to use Designer :-( LONG LIVE FREEHAND!

Name: Scheune
Location: Hannover, Germany
Date: Monday, May 8, 2006 at 01:49:25
Comments:
Keep FreeHand alive.

Name: Ulrich
Email:enrichdesign@seyfriednet.de
Location: Hamburg, Deutschland
Date: Sunday, May 7, 2006 at 18:31:16
Comments:
Fight for the surviving of FreeHand. It's worth it! I'm using it since the good old version 3.1 And still in mx it's time-saving and easier to create in FreeHand than in Illustrator. Even in Page layout sometimes FreeHand is the better QuarkXPress!

Name: Andy
Email:murrayas@magma.ca
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Date: Sunday, May 7, 2006 at 17:17:44
Comments:
My government office uses FreeHand for map production. (We stayed with version 9 by choice.) We have top-of-the-line GIS software ("Geographic Information Systems") but still find FreeHand is the most efficient way to produce professional paper maps. If I had to pick the biggest single reason for us NOT to switch to Illustrator, it would be the FreeHand approach to creating and modifying vectors. Adobe, please preserve FH as a separate piece of (press oriented) software -- just update it!)

Name: Det
Location: OsnabrY¨ck, Germay
Date: Sunday, May 7, 2006 at 14:52:57
Comments:
Seit 1992 sitze ich Tag fY¨r Tag vor FreeHand. Los ging es mit 3.0 ... aber seit dem hoffnungsvollen Beginn zum Start von MacOSX ist wirklich nicht mehr viel passiert. Mittlerweile mache ich viele sachen auch mit InDesign. Klasse! Nur Illustrator bleibt mit oft ein R?tzel. W?re es nicht nett, wenn Adobe FreeHand in Illustrator integriert ... quasi das Verhalten des Programm per Voreinstellungen ver?ndern? SAVE FreeHand --- please.

Name: Max Berthy
Email:maxberthy@free.fr
Location: Nice, France
Date: Sunday, May 7, 2006 at 14:02:40
Comments:
J'utilise Free-Hand depuis sa creation (Aldus) ainsi qu'Illustrator. Free-Hand est un outil de production imbattable et dans ce registre l'aspect "Usine a gaz" d'Illustrator ne peut pas rivaliser avec lui. Quand je veux realiser un dessin, j'utilise Illustrator. Si j'ai a realiser un prototype de Packaging pour le decliner ensuite dans une gamme de 500 produits aux formats et textes differents, creer des notices et des annonces presses, je passe alors dans Free Hand et je progresse 10 fois plus vite.

Name: Max Berthy
Email:maxberthy@free.fr
Location: Nice, France
Date: Sunday, May 7, 2006 at 13:58:57
Comments:
J'utilise Free-Hand depuis sa cr?ation (Aldus) ainsi qu'Illustrator. Free-Hand est un outil de production imbattable et dans ce registre l'aspect "Usine ^ gaz" d'Illustrator ne peut pas rivaliser avec lui. Quand je veux r?aliser un dessin, j'utilise Illustrator. Si j'ai ^ r?aliser un prototype de Packaging pour le d?cliner ensuite dans une gamme de 500 produits aux formats et textes diff?rents, cr?er des notices et des annonces presses, je passe alors dans Free Hand et je progresse 10 fois plus vite.

Name: David White
Email:dw_ld@hotmail.com
Location: Perth, WA Australia
Date: Sunday, May 7, 2006 at 09:57:13
Comments:
Freehand is a joy to use, intuitive and powerful with many very unique capabilities which help make my presentations special. I have used Freehand since Version 7 and over the years introduced it to numerous design practices and helped many colleagues get the most from it. I really hope Adobe can maintain and build on this fantastic software and in so doing enhance their standing as developers of exceptional products.

Name:Taton
Email:dtaton@scarlet.tv
Location: Bruxelles, Belgium
Date: Sunday, May 7, 2006 at 08:57:24
Comments:
J'ai toujours pr?f?r? Freehand ^ Illustrator. Depuis Freehand 3. Freehand est logiciel le plus souple qui permet ^ la fois de r?aliser une pochette de CD, le CD, l'illustration ^ importer dans Flash, le leaflet et l'annonce presse, le display, etc. Freehand, c'est le couteau suisse de la PAO.

Name: inkilino
Email:grandson@menta.net
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Date: Sunday, May 7, 2006 at 07:59:10
Comments:
SAVE FREEHAND!!

Name: Andi
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Date: Sunday, May 7, 2006 at 06:52:56
Comments:
I still use Freehand 5.0 for certain things, it simply flies - You truly feel free when doing logos and I really like its option of an Black&White User-Interface: You are IMHO perfectly focused on your work. The less UI the better. If things are getting more complex or need features of recent Freehands I simply use a the newer Version. Hail Freehand! :-)

Name: J Konairien
Email:jikonairien@wanadoo.fr
Location: Paris, Fr France
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2006 at 18:18:45
Comments:
Comment envisager un d?veloppement d'illustrator sans son p?re spirituel Freehand. Depuis presque 20 ans on a vu les inovations apparaitre dans freehand et vlan, quelques temps plus tard... mise ^ jour d'illustrator. Si seulement, il y a 15 ans, Freehand avait su communiquer aussi bien qu'il a su ?voluer et nous avec... Les standarts ne sont pas la repr?sentation de la qualit?, les meilleures ventes se font rarement sur les meilleurs produits, en terme de qualit?.. En plus de cela on va se trouver en situation de d?pendance et de monopole dasn ce secteur de produit logiciels et l^, ?a va nous couter tr?s cher.

Name: Maik Lindert
Email:maik_lindert@arcor.de
Location: Schwerte, NRW Germany
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2006 at 16:09:30
Comments:
In our office we are working since 1989 (Aldus FreeHand 2) with FreeHand. All files, we created, are FreeHand files. We think FreeHand! I was not very happy with 10 and MX, but it is still better than every other vector graphic program and i really tested them all. Please keep it alive!

Name: d-fib
Location: Hollywood, CA USA
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2006 at 15:31:46
Comments:
I don't need a hammer that's also a screwdriver and a bread machine. I just need my hammer: Freehand.

Name:Walljet
Email:info@apfelwiki.de
Location: Cologne, NRW Germany
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2006 at 11:55:18
Comments:
FreeHand is the only professional vector graphic choice. Adobe is Evil. Illustrator sucks to much. Give FreeHand to the OpenSource...

Name:Thomas ThY¨ HY¨rlimann stock illustrations
Email:thu@ecliptic.ch
Location: Baar & ZY¨rich, ZG Switzerland
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2006 at 09:52:51
Comments:
Addition: I am using FreeHand since Aldus Version 1.0. I have found the addition "Envelope manipulation" for grouped objects and xtra objects most helpful, but there where some changes in the last two MX versions that are absolutely contraproductive (Object hierarchy) that make every work more complicated than before. Macromedia did not a very good job on Freehand, too much negative changes. But worst thing that could happen is if Adobe makes an "Adobesation" of Freehand, filling it with a lot of unnecessary functions, make it less intuitive (Like they did with the Photoshop vector tool). The only reason we need someone working on freehand is: 1) It must be adapted to be able to run natively on actual system versions. 2) The adaption must be done by working! Not just patching things up. 3) The object hierarchy must be made an option that can be shut off, so that we can have back the more simple and easyer object palette of Version 10. Remember: The only things users always want from new versions of a program is that it runs quicker and that bugs have been removed. What users never do want (but what the big Software firms always are giving us) is having more and more functions patched on, what only means more bugs, and a bigger and slower program. Therefore merging Illustrator and FreeHand is one of the worst thing that could happen. Do not beliefe we would become the best of the two worlds. This is not possible as the structure of the programs is too different. We would end up with a mess that no one likes. Illustrator can still be developed for the function-hungry cheap effect-people, stuffing it with unnecessary functions and an overloaded interface, while FreeHand can live independently as the sleek intuitive vector program for professionals who care more about art then effects.

Name:Walt O'Neill
Email:walt@os-dev.sun.com
Location: San Jose, CA USA
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2006 at 09:31:18
Comments:
Using FreeHand for years. We have thousends of FH files in our archives. We have some people who have to work with Illustrator for need, but even they would prefer FreeHand. We all know both programs and do like the concept of FreeHand much more.

Name:Thomas ThY¨ HY¨rlimann stock illustrations
Email:thu@ecliptic.ch
Location: Baar & ZY¨rich, ZG Switzerland
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2006 at 09:12:36
Comments:
I simply never liked Illustrator, I always felt comfortable with FreeHand it has all I need, only minor flaws. It is small, quick and easy, an yet nevertheless it is somehow complete. I hope it will be able to run forever in rosetta. I have checked out every alternative from Canvas to Xara Xtreme, there simply is nothing like FreeHand!

Name: Srdjan
Email:raygunbg@gmail.com
Location: Belgrade, Serbia
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2006 at 08:24:18
Comments:
Freehand is the best piece of vector graphic software I ever used. Using since version 5.5. Adobe don't kill this wonderful useful program!

Name: superglanz
Location: Cologne, Germany
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2006 at 08:00:47
Comments:
As a graphic designer Freehand for me is the only choice for creative dtp. Fast & simple. That's the reason why most of the people I work with are using Freehand for their illustrations & layouts. Illustrator is already to complex. Keep it up, Adobe.

Name: Nicole Sophie Viau
Email:nsophie@videotron.ca
Location: Montr?al, QC Canada
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2006 at 07:11:31
Comments:
This software is super and it should be going on. long life

Name: derTOM
Location: Linz, O... Austria
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2006 at 06:24:57
Comments:
Arbeite schon einige Jahre damit und es ist das beste Vektor Programm, wie ich finde. Also ---> Adobe Freehand 12!!! Please!

Name: AadR
Location: Witten, Germay,Date: Saturday, May 6, 2006 at 06:01:23
Comments:
We work with Feedhand since Version 3. Now we have about 10000 Freehand-files. We need Freehand, we love Freehand!

Name:Georg Sagurna
Email:georgsagurnaweb.de
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2006 at 05:04:09
Comments:
1: I don't care if Illustrator is better than freehand or not - i just don't care about illustrator, i care for freehand because i got used to it - thats all! 2: Like many others I have been using Freehand since al very long time. i startet in the late 80s with version 2.02 and within the following 17 (!) years of work freehand became my main interface for drawing, planning and designing on the mac. when i start a new projekt i 'think in freehand'. all the funktions and possibilities are so much linked to my brain, that they are allways part of the concept. if someone would take that tool away from me i would have a big, big problem. 3: I can not imagine that adobe could be so stupid, to voluntarily loose so many pleased users of freehand. 4: My wish is that adobe either keeps on advancing freehand to new versions or (worse) melts the two applications freehand and illustrator to a combinated program. 5: My proposal: Why not build an application, that contains all the functions of both, illustrator and freehand and give it a customisable interface. then everybody could switch from 'illustrator look-and-feel-and-shortcuts' 'freehand look-and-feel-andshortcuts' by choosing the according 'skin'.

Name: Michael Maier
Location: Cork, \\ Ireland
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2006 at 04:40:00
Comments:
I am looking forward to Adobe Freehand 12

Name:Matthias Kraus
Email:mail@matthiaskraus.com
Location: Hamburg, Hamburg Germany
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2006 at 02:39:37
Comments:
FreeHand is so much ahead of Illustrator/InDesign in so many respects - It fits perfectly my way of designing Logos, Stationaries but Books, Annual Reports, AD campaigns as well. I definitely need multiple different pages in one dokument , I definitely do not want to split the design process in two - vector tweaking with Illustrator and layout with InDesign. I have to go forth and bachk whenever I wish to. I would appreciate if Adobe would give the programm some Corporate polish and keep it - or sell it to Apple.

Name: Bill Wood
Email:expresiv@sasktel.net
Location: Melfort, Sask Canada
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 23:43:39
Comments:
I have been a Freehand user for a decade and strongely support the Freehand community to keep such a valuable piece of software in the Adobe line up At the moment I cannot see any program, anywhere that compares to the responsiveness of Freehand. I duly respect Adobe's base for all programs, that being PDF. I think Freehand could have been the first vector drawing program that actually would 'save as' or 'export as' a PDF - the prime base of Adobe's programs. Please do not drop Freehand, a magical, stealth, and uncommonly useful program for both web and print design. Sincerely Bill Wood Expresiv Designs Web and Jewelry Design

Name: Rico Falcone
Email:ericafalcone@rogers.com
Location: Ottawa, Ontario Canada
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 23:06:21
Comments:
I've been using Freehand since version 1.0 and I honestly don't know what I'd do without it. Though I think Freehand had lost it's way a bit in the later versions (v9.0 is still my fav), it is still head and shoulders better than Illustrator when it comes to ease of use and flexibilty. I've tried to use Illustrator. Lord, I've tried. But it continues to frustrate and irritate me. And the single page environment is just too limiting to me. InDesign is better to use but even it lacks many of the things we take for granted in Freehand (detailed by many on this page). I honestly believe Adobe is planning to continue development of Freehand. My gut instinct (and a few reports I've heard) just tells me so. If Adobe was planning to axe Freehand then I think they would have done so by now. To me, the Freehand to Illustrator migration guide is an olive branch to the Freehand community. More of a 'Get to know us better' than a 'You'd better switch, NOW' type of document. Perhaps a few will be tempted to switch, some (like me) will just appreciate the enlightenment that this guide offers. Most of us have Illustrator in our arsenal of tools out of pure necessity. I'm all for anything that helps make my life easier. Bottom line, Freehand is just too great a tool to be cast aside. Do the right thing, Adobe. Freehand deserves your support and so do we. We're all waiting with our chequebooks for the next release.

Name:Tice
Email:tice2@web.de
Location: Hamburg, HH Germany
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 19:57:30
Comments:
Please keep Freehand alive.

Name:Stephan Liebig
Email:steps@macnews.de
Location: Markkleeberg, D
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 18:59:59
Comments:
This is the best commentare. So I see it too. First I must say, that I've used Freehand since 3.0 and Illustrator from 5.0 and - as a graphic design teacher, I taught to a lot of students how to use both of the apps. I must admit, that there are many unique features, that I - and lots of colleagues - miss if FreeHand would not be continued. There are a lot of cons against FreeHand, too. The handling has dramatically changed from 10 to MX - not generally to the better. The PDF export is lousy, the smoothed preview is unpredictable, OTF and UniCode is not supported, print preview and output features are far beyond competitors... One feature I really love is the possibility to mix different page formats and orientations and to combine attach and arrange them in a very usefull way. This allows very intuitive working when doing packing design or to develop a print-ready corporate design in one document - here, the possibility to do everything from the business card over the letter head and the envelopes to first website sketches all side by side proves to be the killer feature. Also the handling of bezier curves and the paste-inside feature is very useful. On the over side, Illustrator delivers pixel preview (when zoomed in) for precise screen- and interface design and is (since CS) sometimes better when working with type (OTF, auto ligatures...). Grabbing points and handles on the over hand is - compared to freehand - a pain the ass. So, in my humble opinion, the option must not be to continue the FreeHand-Line AND Illustrator (which is for sure). There could be also a merge of the two apps to combine the strengths of both. Unfortunately I'll expect something different, comparable to the ending of PageMaker - it might take 2-3 generations, until the successor matches all pros of the predecessor(s). So I want to end with a call to Adobe: Adobe, listen to your customers. Don't repeat the mistakes of the PageMaker->InDesign transition and publish a new app that lacks the strong features of the predecessor. If the FreeHand features of the whatever-might-come-illustration-app from Adobe are no longer labeled >FreeHand< - I don't care. If they are not present, I'll keep using my old apps as long as possible while searching for alternatives. -d-

Name: Normand Mars
Email:normandmars@hotmail.com
Location: montreal, qc canada
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 18:21:42
Comments:
We use at work and we save a lot of time daily, without it we could'nt be able to achive the same load of work. All because is multi pages, multiple size. All in one document, ie. : the box, the leaflet, the sticker, the poster of the same job.

Name: TJ Brand
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 16:08:37
Comments:
I can not image a life as graphic designer without Freehand. I love it's functionality. illustrator is different, so i can not be an alternative/replacement.

Name: Patrick S.
France
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 16:07:31
Comments:
I use Freehand on mac since 1994, and I think that it's a great vector application (better like Illustrator). I hope you are planning a new evolutions for this premium piece of software.

Name: david leclerc
Location: Qu?bec, QC CANADA
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 15:50:30
Comments:
I hope Freehand won't be going the way of the Dodo. I've been using it for more than 10 years now and I don't see how I could "migrate" to Illustrator. Consider all the Freehand users out there before you axe the project.

Name: Alex
Location: Koblenz, Germany
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 14:52:40
Comments:
I've been using Freehand on Mac since the early 90s and always preferred it compared to Illustrator until it lost the grid functionality with OSX 10.4. I then tried Illustrator and must admit that the difference is not too big that FreeHand MUST be continued, so R.I.P. dear old friend.

Name: jmaz
Email:jeffmaz@comcast.net
Location: Petaluma, CA USA
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 14:40:35
Comments:
I've used Freehand since the late 80's (v 2.0) and I can't imagine page layout without it. Illy is an illustration-exclusive product it was never meant to do the heavy lifting that Freehand does in multi-pages for true expedient design and layout. I already own IllCS2 - but I won't use it until Freehand no longer works on my G5 Mac or further intel-macs. Once that day comes, I'll take up garden design (with a shovel) and give up my graphics profession. Adobe would be crazy to not serve the Freehand community well into the next few decades.

Name:george V.
Email:digitalfunk59@hotmail.com
Location: montreal, qc canada
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 14:25:02
Comments:
i was just wondering... does anybody acctually use indesign in a proffesional environment? and am i the only one who's noticed that freehand works better with photoshop than illustrator does? and what about flash? why break up the family? wouldn't it make alot more sense to add photoshop to the studio and just put indesign to rest and pretend it never happened? i have yet to meet a designer who doesn't see indesign as an industy joke... and even the biggest adobe buffs are using quark or FREEHAND for page layout.

Name: E. Mall
Location: Tirol, Austria
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 14:22:10
Comments:
Ohne FreeHand w?re die Grafikwelt um einiges ?rmer! Please keep this wounderful sw alive!

Name: Mario Schmidt
Email:info@xumux.de
Location: DY¨sseldorf, Germany
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 14:14:17
Comments:
Eine Welt ohne FreeHand w?re nicht mehr die selbe. Fast ALLE meine Arbeiten bewerkstellige ich mit FreeHand. Nicht auszudenken was bzw. wie ich ohne FreeHand weitermachen soll.

Name: Heiko
Location: Karlsruhe, Germany
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 13:45:21
Comments:
Illustrator und FreeHand sprechen aufgrund ihres unterschiedlichen Konzeptes verschiedene Zielgruppen an. Ich selber benutze beide Programme gerne, gebe aber FreeHand meistens den Vorzug. FreeHand muss bestehen bleiben. Sch?n w?re eine Version 3.1 fY¨r Mac OS X :-) Die MX ist auch nichst schlecht, aber 3.1 war die beste.

Name: Dominique-Alain Jan
Email:djan@mac.com
Location: Morges, Suisse
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 13:32:39
Comments:
Freehand est un outil beaucoup plus agr?able ^ utiliser qu'illustrator. Ce produit ne doit pas dispara"tre. Si cela venait ^ arriver ce n'est pas vers les solutions d'Adobe que je me tournerai mais vers Canvas !

Name: Rudolph Spanner
Email:mail@rudolphspanner.com
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 13:09:30
Comments:
I've been using Freehand since I've started working on a Mac 12 Years ago and I wouldn't want to miss it. Please, Adobe, keep this wonderful software alive!!!

Name:Daniel Schmidt
Email:office@schmidt9.net
Location: Weimar, Germany
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 13:06:10
Comments:
First I must say, that I've used Freehand since 3.0 and Illustrator from 5.0 and - as a graphic design teacher, I taught to a lot of students how to use both of the apps. I must admit, that there are many unique features, that I - and lots of colleagues - miss if FreeHand would not be continued. There are a lot of cons against FreeHand, too. The handling has dramatically changed from 10 to MX - not generally to the better. The PDF export is lousy, the smoothed preview is unpredictable, OTF and UniCode is not supported, print preview and output features are far beyond competitors... One feature I really love is the possibility to mix different page formats and orientations and to combine attach and arrange them in a very usefull way. This allows very intuitive working when doing packing design or to develop a print-ready corporate design in one document - here, the possibility to do everything from the business card over the letter head and the envelopes to first website sketches all side by side proves to be the killer feature. Also the handling of bezier curves and the paste-inside feature is very useful. On the over side, Illustrator delivers pixel preview (when zoomed in) for precise screen- and interface design and is (since CS) sometimes better when working with type (OTF, auto ligatures...). Grabbing points and handles on the over hand is - compared to freehand - a pain the ass. So, in my humble opinion, the option must not be to continue the FreeHand-Line AND Illustrator (which is for sure). There could be also a merge of the two apps to combine the strengths of both. Unfortunately I'll expect something different, comparable to the ending of PageMaker - it might take 2-3 generations, until the successor matches all pros of the predecessor(s). So I want to end with a call to Adobe: Adobe, listen to your customers. Don't repeat the mistakes of the PageMaker->InDesign transition and publish a new app that lacks the strong features of the predecessor. If the FreeHand features of the whatever-might-come-illustration-app from Adobe are no longer labeled >FreeHand< - I don't care. If they are not present, I'll keep using my old apps as long as possible while searching for alternatives. -d-

Name: alexander appelt
Email:mail@alexander-appelt.de
Location: hamburg, germany
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 12:53:56
Comments:
Live long and prosper FreeHand! We need the next generation!

Name: florian gerdts
Email:fgerdts@t-online.de
Location: Hamburg, Hamburg germany
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 12:33:33
Comments:
a life without freehand? Impossible!!

Name: beryv
Email:beryv@spymac;com
Location: Paris, France
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 11:58:44
Comments:
Freehand is a superb application, so easy to use, so friendly. Hope Freehand wil go on for many years !

Name:Martin Wolter
Email:martin_wolter@gmx.de
Location: Geldern, NRW Germany
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 11:34:06
Comments:
I«m from germany, but i try to write an english that is not to bad. Freehand is the best vector graphic program, i where very sad if the version mx where tha last. I«m using freehand for nearly 11 years. Illustrator is for me no alternate. It is not so easy as freehand, some things can not be made with illustrator. If Freehand is not dead, i am very happy.

Name: Markus Altendorff
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 11:29:32
Comments:
Freehand has been my favourite DTP tool for the whole of my professional life - right back to the time when it was called "Aldus Freehand" and came on set of floppy discs! Here's hoping that Adobe gives us at least an update that fixes the worst effects of OS X 10.4...

Name: sudoX
Germany
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 11:27:33
Comments:
@ Kerstin: WORD!

Name: kerstin woeller
Email:kerstin@woellergestaltung.de
Location: hamburg, germany
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 11:25:51
Comments:
freehand mx is the only program i need for nearly all design-purposes. it's so self-declaring and easy-to-use. it's a gem. i'm into design and not so much into learning programs. this always was and still is the one for me! hey, all you people at adobe: be cool and let freehand live!

Name: Thomas Pfaff
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 11:25:47
Comments:
Freehand is the perfect allround-tool, all our projects are made with Freehand - started with "Aldus Freehand" many years ago. Without future Versions of Freehand (Universal Binaries for Macs for example) we won't be able to upgrade our hardware without loosing the ability to work with older Documents.

Name:nikolai woeller
Email:niko@woellergestaltung.de
Location: hamburg, germany
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 11:21:34
Comments:
freehand is one of the best apps for logo-, ci-, cd-cover-, website-, brochure- and poster-design that there is. please, dear adobe-people, don't let this great program die. it's worth to keep it alive!

Name: Hubert Gietl
Germany
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 11:15:24
Comments:
I'm Freehand user since many years. Many of my company advertising products (flyers, catalogues, business cards, logos a.s.o) are designed in Freehand. If Adobe kills this app. I will loose a lot of money and I need to start learning a new program. I can't see another app. where I can design all my company stuff. PLEASE KEEP FREEHAND ALIVE !!

Name: Jens
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 11:12:48
Comments:
PLEASE Adobe, keep the better application alive: FreeHand! Since I startet working I allways checked if Illustrator won't better fit for the work I've to do - but the result was allwas the same: FreeHand is more intuitive and has much more better path-operations! So please Adobe keep on developing FreeHand (or sell it to someone who will do so).

Name:Andreas Pfeifle
Email:ap@grafik-etc.de
Location: BY¨ttelborn, Germany
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 11:08:48
Comments:
Yes, please - don't let FreeHand die. Most wanted feature for me is to eliminate the existing bugs. I love this application since V2.X. Or would Adobe give me Illustrator and InDesign in exchange?

Name: ILLUSAURIER
Email:illusaurier@geilerlink.de
GERMANY
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 11:06:41
Comments:
Why should I switch to a software (Illustrator) which I do not understand? I've really tryed several times to work with Illustrator - no chance... If Adobe would kill Freehand, I will stop buying Adobe products!

Name: impact
germany
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 10:55:19
Comments:
KEEP FREEHAND ALIVE! KEEP FREEHAND ALIVE! KEEP FREEHAND ALIVE! KEEP FREEHAND ALIVE! KEEP FREEHAND ALIVE! KEEP FREEHAND ALIVE! KEEP FREEHAND ALIVE! KEEP FREEHAND ALIVE! KEEP FREEHAND ALIVE! KEEP FREEHAND ALIVE! KEEP FREEHAND ALIVE! KEEP FREEHAND ALIVE! KEEP FREEHAND ALIVE! KEEP FREEHAND ALIVE! KEEP FREEHAND ALIVE! KEEP FREEHAND ALIVE!

Name: Sascha aka sudoX
Email:sascha@schluesselreiz.de
Location: Ebertsheim, RP Germany
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 10:45:45
Comments:
PLEASE!!!! Don't let Freehand die! I am a Freehand user since early Aldus days (v. 1.5) - Illustrator may be a fantastic software but I want to keep my Freehand...

Name: chris
Email:dotmac@web.de
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 10:43:58
Comments:
Freehand is the most powerfull App for layouting a hole fair (posters, screens, signs....) with different sizes in ONE document. there is no other application with this feature. I've tried Illustrator again and again, but i don't like it. In Illustrator you can do very simple things in a complicated way. Is that a feature? I don't think so. Hopefully Chris

Name: Chafik AAZIZ
Email:aazizchafik@yahoo.fr
Location: Casablanca, Morocco
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 10:37:51
Comments:
Freehand est le logiciel de dessin vectoriel pr?f?r? des graphistes

Name: Tinius
Email:bjogjels@online.no
Location: Jostedal, Norway
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 09:05:55
Comments:
Feature request for FH12: Proper PDF engine * All Fonts capability * Grouped fonts * Grouped layers * CMYK live effects * Object sensitive undo * History panel * Import CS2 files * ------------------- * and probably more... :)

Name:Robert Sarly
Email:info@paisley-sofware.com
Location: Montreal, Qc Canada
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 08:41:43
Comments:
I work with FreeHand from version 1 (Aldus) now i work with FreHand MX and this application is best like Illustrator CS (i work it some time) á Best managment vector á Best managment texte (typo, tabulation...) á Int?gration with Flash and Fireworks á Multi pages (various page format on on document) perfect to produce packaging artwork document. FreeHand is a real "Swiss Knife" (open more files type... Illustrator, Autocad....)

Name: FH Addict
Email:brunomeunier@free.fr
France
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 04:19:28
Comments:
When I learned Desktop publishing I fortunately had the chance to test both Illustrator and FreeHand (3.1). My choice was made : FreeHand. Since that time I am happy in my work because I'm working everyday with FH. It's crasy, because it became a part of my life. Anyway, being positive I still believe for a future for FreeHand. Of course we all need an update now, for me I would like to : use effets no even in RGB but also in CMJK, to have a better pdf export and... nothing more, it's true I could live with that for many more years ;-)

Name: Damjan
CA US
Date: Friday, May 5, 2006 at 03:52:10
Comments:
The many features and integration options make this such an easy-to-use and essential design tool. AI is great but why not have an alternative that is clearly a preference among many!

Name: Jack Myers
Location: New York, NY United States
Date: Thursday, May 4, 2006 at 11:54:12
Comments:
Adobe needs to either update this program or sell it to someone who cares. Illustrator is OK for many uses, but the path toolsets are so horribly clunky and annoying. Let Freehand live!

Name: cartozen
Email:robb@colorado.edu
Location: boulder, Co USA
Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2006 at 19:38:36
Comments:
I have used both Ill & FH since their initial releases - both have their strengths and weakness. However I continue to prefer FH on a Mac for the complex mapping work I have done over the years. A couple of features I prefer; 1. layer control. less complex to use and easier to select/de-select and move objects to and from. 2. Multi-page formats and text flow. A hybrid of a Adobe Indesign and Quark but for complex maps graphics I can stay in one program without having to export to Indesign or Quark. 3. Line and point control is better. Multi point selection works far better in FH Those are just a few of many reasons FH should survive. I would encourage real effort to keep the code alive, available and growing. -cartozen

Name: cartozen
Email:robb@colorado.edu
Location: boulder, CoDate: Wednesday, May 3, 2006 at 19:19:09
Comments:

Name:Hrvoje Bielen
Email:hrvojeb@hrvoje-bielen.com
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2006 at 12:13:45
Comments:
Illustrator is great program. It has many powerfull tools. You can do what ever you want. Only problem is that it is to complex. In the other hand, Freehand is much easyer to use and it has almost the same efficiency and power. Drawing in Freehand is a joke. Anyone can do it. Fixing Freehands little bugs is the only option.

Name:Tinius
Email:bjogjels@online.no
Location: Jostedal, Norway
Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2006 at 12:08:55
Comments:
A small number of FH features that are not easily done in AI: * basic path editing (curving segments, aligning points etc etc etc etc etc etc) * output area * page tool * lens fills * indepth group selection * paste inside * clone objects * duplicating objects * locking and unlocking individual objects, not unlock all like AI * set guide positions individually not an option in AI * snap to object works much better in FH * copy attributes works better in FH - eyedropper tool is sloppy to use and require extrem accuracy in complex artwork * collect for output * name all colors * multipage, each in any size desired * seperate attributes doesn't mess up the paths like AIs * Expand path * export selected objects only * FH tool icons better than numerous menues and panels all over the place I don't have any user expirience with CS2, so this is based on my knowledge of CS.

Name: D. Gordon
Email:dsnaps@sbcglobal.net
Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2006 at 00:44:30
Comments:
I want Freehand Ver 12!! =D Freehand is easier to use for many task compared to Illustrator and I want it to stay. All the users posting here know what I am talking about. It is sad we have had to wait so long and are still waiting for Adobe to tell users the future of such a great program.

Name:Walter Lau
Email:walter@imagerwalt.com
Location: San Francisco, CA USA
Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2006 at 20:54:25
Comments:
Being an architecture major student, while none but all of my classmates and professors are using illustrator, I'm still sticking with FreeHand and proud of being a FreeHand user. Why, Work flow is so much easier and faster!!! (Object Panel is awesome!!!) Example: I need to add arrowhead in almost all of the architectural diagrams and in Illy, you need to go to filter -> stylize -> add arrowhead, while in freehand, just one click in object panel.

Name: Raul Leon
Email:contralacontra@gmail.com
Location: Marbella, SPAIN
Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2006 at 16:56:01
Comments:
Long life to FREEHAND!

Name: O
Email:midwestlinear@Gmail.com
Location: Detroit, MI USA
Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2006 at 10:05:04
Comments:
Freehand MX can no longer use the Illustrator Plugins that Classic Versions could; ie. Round Corners, Outline... These are INVALUABLE. I personally am not a fan of Illustrator, but these two tools prevent me from doing what I was used to. Any solutions? Please email me.

Name: Dean Roksandic
Email:dean@norma.hr
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2006 at 09:12:10
Comments:
Freehand is one of the greatest applications I use. Although I use Illustrator aswell, FH is far more easier and faster for use. I use it from version 5.5 and since then i cannot (and my collegues) imagine my everyday work without it. I appeal that Adobe continues to develop this, favourite by so many users, long-exsisting vector app. I think that users deserve to have it!

Name: Daniel Hoogendoorn
Email:info@citoplan.nl
Location: Den Haag, Nederland
Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2006 at 07:35:59
Comments:
Working with Freehand from version 2 to creat maps. Don't even want to think about converting all the maps into Illustrator. What about the Lens fill to export pieces of a map, can't find it in illustrator!

Name:Andreas Jauss
Email:aj@cnations.de
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2006 at 04:42:34
Comments:
I use Illustrator and Freehand side by side! Both programs are offering great features! E. g.: When it comes to pathediting and creating ornaments from a single object or some objects using multiple rotations or mirrorings freehand offers you the much more professional and intuitive toolset. There were jobs in my career that would have took twice the time without Freehand! Keep it alive, guys!

Name: Lori
Date: Monday, May 1, 2006 at 22:02:36
Comments:
I have been working with Freehand since Aldus. I have tried Illustrator many, many times and I still do not like it. I love Freehand. Please Adobe do not take our favorite program away. There will be many unhappy people in the world!!!!!!!!

Name:George V.
Email:digitalfunk59@hotmail.com
Location: montreal, qc Canada
Date: Monday, May 1, 2006 at 16:54:14
Comments:
do i really need a chainsaw if i'm gunna be carving soap? why should freehand users learn longer more complicated methods to do the same simple tasks that they have already been doing for years?? personally i think adobe should drop thier freehand illustrator conversion manual because ppl are gunna realise that illustrator just adds extra steps to the process... ilustrator can't even crop a document with masked shapes in it? nor can it paste inside, select behind, create multi page docs easily.... ect ect... and they want me to switch software and work overtime? YEAH RIGHT!!!

Name: Bjorn Gjelsten
Email:bjogjels@online.no
Norway
Date: Monday, May 1, 2006 at 14:04:47
Comments:
Freehand is my most vaulable piece of software - being a multitool for both print and web. Most of my work depends on Freehand and its powerfull tools. The quality of my work is also a result of the workflow made possible in Freehand. Please... let Freehand live..

Name: David
Location: Montreal, quebec Canada
Date: Monday, May 1, 2006 at 09:10:33
Comments:
About FHMX, how about educating people why Freehand is so much better than ill, and publishing a migration guide from ill to Freehand. Maybe you and I can join Adobe and implement this program! As a matter of fact I've already written the introduction to the guide. Top reasons why I love using Freehand MX over Illustrator for the work we do. Try it, and you'll like it too. áGouping and ungrouping is time consuming in ill. If an object on the bottom is grouped, the whole group is selected. Selecting the bottom object is useless unless you ungroup all. Very time consuming. Freehand can select one element even if it's part of a group. á It is common in ill & FHMX to hold down shift while clicking on objects to select several at a time. ill has a tendency to 'pick up' & move those objects as your moving from one to the other. Which means having to back up your last step and then continue. áá ill select/same/stroke colour, fill colour etc. VS FHMX 'find & replace' In ill available only 'document wide' which forces you to take the selection and place it in a new document (usually a temporary measure ill forces upon you). All this copying takes extra time when the art is complex. Since changing colours is often the goal, opening a new document means having to drag into the new doc, all the colours you'll be needing to change. Also when choosing same fill & stroke colour, ill doesn't catch everything, so you have to try several times to get everything. FHMXs 'find & replace' runs on whatever you select, without requiring copying the info to a new document, so there is no waiting like in ill. And it catches everything all in one shot. Wham, bam thank you maam. FHMXs 'find & replace' light years ahead of ill. á Multiple page documents FHMX multi page documents can be of different sizes and orientation within a single document. Ill must have the same size and orientation. Ill allows only one page size & page format while FHMX permits you to use any combo within the same document, all with the click of a button. Job's done. ill: go into doc setup and calculate new overall width. "let's see I need 5 pages of 8.5x11 so that's 8.5" x 5 pages =42.5" width. If you add a page, all the doc info gets shifted off center. Ill requires you to select all, (make sure nothing is locked!) and recenter all the pages. All time consuming and unnecessary in FHMX. Ill can't handle multiple pages when it come time to print them all. In order to be able to print an 8 page document with simple vector art (without any linked files) in illustrator, it was necessary to convert the document to 8 single page documents. Each page took 5 minutes , 40 min total. FHMX prints multiple page documents with no hesitation. ááill has no collect for output. This is ridiculous. FHMX enables you to enjoy creating freely without having to think of where that tiff you just imported came from. When the art is finished in FH, click 'collect for output' and in under 5 seconds a complete folder is created of everything you need to backup that artwork. Never spend one second looking for anything again when opening a freehand document. Not today, not tomorrow, or in three months. In ill, after the art is done, you need to spend the time looking for those linked files, to gather them into a folder. And when a deadline is so important, will you actually take the time? NO! So days, weeks, or months later, when you need to open the file and the tiff is missing, well, I hope you like treasure hunts, because with time tiffs can be moved or go missing. With this one feature, FH saves hours of time per year over ill. áPathfinder/combine in ill is slow ad often crashes the program. (See next point) Freehand unite is Fast!. ill requires you to ungroup all elements before using the filter. FHMX doesn't. ááPaste inside. FHMX enables you to use garment sketches without modifying shapes to accommodate a tiff pasted inside. Tons less work over ill. 'Paste inside' in FHMX is fast & effortless, encouraging you to paste inside each individual shape of the garment. (Ex. Belt loops, waistband, pockets, body. All get their own tiff pasted inside.) This gives the artist freedom over each individual tiff. Changes can be applied in light/dark or angle to each tiff seperatly from one another. Ill cannot do this without a massive investment in time, it doesn't even compare with the ease of FHMX. ill method is also a pain to work with , requiring you to lock/unlock items as the masks bounding box is often in the way. This requires you to lock nearby elements in order select. Very annoying. This work around is so time consuming it discourages you to paste inside individual shapes. In fact it's impractical to do so. You're forced to combine all shapes and paste one tiff into this one overall shape, which is time consuming because it increase your workload to achieve a lesser result. Ill requires you to draw a duplicate shape which must lie in perfect register with the shape underneath it. Shapes are often composed of highly complex components (ex:text) that need to be united into one overall shape, to paste into. Often these complex shapes crash illustrators unite filter, making the job time consuming or impossible. FHMX requires none of this workaround, because FHMX enables you to past into individual shapes. FHMX can even paste inside a paste inside, and in easily accesible layers, creating realistic effects. Don't even dream of doing this in ill. áill toolbox. The 'Venus' girl at the top of the box is often clicked in error resulting in an annoying 'Adobe online' dialogue box appearing. So annoying! Bury this feature elsewhere, or at least move it away from the two arrow tools, the two most used tools of the whole program! Stop interrupting workflow! áIll locking unlocking frenzy You'd like to add a point to a path. In FHMX, select the path and click on it with the pen tool. You're done. In ill, select the path and click on it with the pen tool +. But ill adds the point to the path in front, even though you selected the one in back! Ill forces you to lock the front path to get to the rear path. If your artwork has many layered paths, get ready to go on the usual locking frenzy until you get to the path you need. All this just to add a point. As an added bonus, ill often throws the "Can't add an anchor point. Please use the add anchor point tool on a segment of a path" dialogue box in your face, as if you can't aim a point on a path. Paste inside á Because paste inside in ill is so complicated, a common workaround is to create a pattern swatch to achieve the same ease as in FHMX. However pattern swatches are simple vector paths that can't match the subtlety of a tiff. When opening a new document, swatches have to be brought in to the new document to be used.. When changing a pattern colour, a new swatch has to be created, which is more time consuming than changing the tiff colour in FHMX. 5 seconds vs. 5 minutes á The arrow+ tool in Ill selects in increments of one group at a time. FHMX selects in increments of one element at a time, giving the user greater control over elements within groups. á In Ill before using Pathfinder/Unite, you should save, because pathfinder tool often crashes the program. Since large documents take time to save, waiting time in Ill multiplies. FHMX doesn't crash when using the pathfinder tool so much time and frustration is saved. Sometimes Pathfinder in Ill just won't work the way it's expected to. I wind up importing the art into FHMX where it works fine and instantly