You can now load FreeHand files in CS6, CC and using the FreeHand Interface Plugin: .. File >> Export and save as Illustrator-file. i had done a bit of research online in regards to which file formats that Freehand can export to, and all the information says that version 10 and MX *CAN* export. Hi. The only way I’ve found (so far to be perfect). In FH: File > Export > Save as Windows Metafile (WMF) In Autocad: IMPORT (command line) or Insert.

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Then go to the new computer open Illustrator CS6 and open the Illustrator 7 file. Everything is in place but the colors change.

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Exporfar to an old computer open the freehand file and export as Illustrator 7. Hi there, a possible solution. And yes, we save these files as Illustrator once opened, but we have so many years of FreeHand files, numbering in the thousands, that we’ll be coming across them for a long time to come. My old Macs now dead or missing, I switched to Illustrator and, like all of you, need to open old files rather often. Please bring back this ability.

I use it and the conversions are very good. Clearly, I’m not the only former FreeHand user that fully expected this feature to remain, at least for another version or two. I do not understand why?


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The removal of this feature does not help at all. AI is much better now with multi page layous, but is still arduously slow in comparision. Adobe is changing the world through digital experiences. Big part of our business.

For additional information on the Xtra, please refer to the ReadMe. This is no solution. Updaters FreeHand MX If so can we at least find out if something is being done about this, or should I stop my upgrades to CS6 and save my company a load of money?

You’re going to have to double-check the final files. Contact us if you need to. This isn’t just a once-in-a-while occurance, it’s daily. It is unbelievable that, all of a sudden, you just can’t open old Freehand files in Illustrator anymore. It is unbelievable how the war between Freehand and Illustrator has not stopped even under the name of the same company.

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We haven’t updated to 6 yet but being able to open Freehand files is essential. If you have access to Illustrator Freehane it may also work in later versionsyou can try this script. This supposed new feature has been in Freehand for 7 years at least Please restore the ability to open Freehand files in CS6. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. Do you have Illustrator CS5 v15? Please turn JavaScript back on and reload this page. The point is that I have already paid to upgrade to CS6.


Also, the time required is a fraction of what it took to open the same files in FH8 or 9, and you have the option of joining segmented paths upon opening as well a feature I admit not to having tested with any authority to date. If, as you say, MX was advertised as the cartographer’s program of choice freeehand AI could NOT do these things, sounds to me like an easy argument to get your money back.

So what have we now You must have a copy of AI-CS 3,4,or 5 installed but this can be a trial version even if it is expired. To learn more about the FreeHand MX Everything is in place the colors in the screen are the same but I loose the information of the number of Pantone of each color. I have decades of Freehand files that need this convenience.

We have 20 years worth of Freehand files we need to access and convert.