I've found several threads about simply opening an old Freehand file into Illustrator, but I am looking for a utility that can convert the entire disk, or at least entire folders at one time. Looks like I have the Freehand 5 and Freehand 7 clipart disks and booklets.
I have Macromedia MX, along with the CS5 Design Premium suite on this Windows7 system.
A lot of the clipart from that period looks very similar. I start to wonder if I don't already have the same artwork in other packages.
I have been copying my clipart CDs to my hard drives and started trying to catalog them. Extensis Portfolio 8.5 appears to be reading AI, EPS, TIF, BMP, JPG, & WMF, but I don't think it is generating preview images for FH5 or even Corel Draw's CDR formats,
Any help or advice would be appreciated.
Thanks for your help.
Maybe I can talk you into being more specific? File menu in what program? ....Macromedia Freehand MC?
And, will this convert entire folders and subfolders?
Thanks so much for taking the time to respond.
I am pretty sure I am doing this right, but each time, I get a "0 Files Processed" message.
Have you tried this lately? These all have the FH5 extension.
Okay, I can answer a bunch of my own questions!
A: I originally tried converting FH5 files from an old Freehand 5 disk. Photoshop CS5 can work with version 6 and above.
B: I had to burn a Freehand 7 disk from my Mac to work on the PC. That worked okay.
C: I ran the script inside Illustrator mentioned earlier.
D: It worked, but there are a bunch of BIG caveats. See list below.
A: Norton Immediately reported a High Memory Useage for Illustrator
B: After the first file opened in Illustrator, the message bar at the top of the screen said Illustrator was not responding. After using the "Close Window" command in the toolbar, I noticed it actually created 44 files.
C: I emptied the folder and started everything up again. I got the same messages, but I could see the program was converting the files one at a time...and very slowly.
D: After about 15 minutes, it had converted 380 files out of 800 in the folder. These were very small files, too.
E: The worst part of all of this is Illustrator was taking control of all resources. I could not use any other program. There is no "abort" or "cancel" command visible. I ended up using the Close Window command to stop the process midstream.
All things considered, it appears it would be faster to open a bunch of files in Freehand MX and saving them as Illustrator using quick keys.
Good luck you try it!