Oh Please Please Please Yes - we have 23 years of files in Freehand (many hundreds of thousands) and last year began the painful process of Freehand to Illustrator CS4. It is so very important to continue to translate files as needed. To be sure, many simple items can be just done in Illustrator but as so many folks have technical material that requires ongoing living document status, "Dear Adobe" do not take away our ability to do our jobs.
Please restore the ability to open Freehand files in CS6. We beg you.
I agree. Just installed CS6 today and luckily still kept my CS5.5.
We also have years and years worth of freehand files on our servers that we often need to open up and translate to Illustrator files. Please please fix this! Telling clients that we can't open their files anymore because Adobe changed their programs would simply not suffice :-)
Agreed. We have 20 years worth of Freehand files we need to access and convert. This isn't just a once-in-a-while occurance, it's daily. I'm testing out the CS6 trial, but if there's no conversion capability, we'll be sticking with CS5 for the forseeable future.
I have 18 years of Freehand Files that cannot be opened in CS6 as well. Big part of our business. We used Freehand because it was better than AI and could do much more from a page layout and vector illustration app. Was very dissapointed when Adobe trashed the application. AI is much better now with multi page layous, but is still arduously slow in comparision. PLEASE keep the ability to open the docs Adobe.....
I agree. We have thousands of Freehand files dating back more than ten years. We never know when an old client or project becomes live again - it is EXTEMELY important to be able to open those old files.
Does Adobe offer the ability to give an additional license for previous Illustrator releases, i.e. 5.1 or 5.5, in order to support this removed ability?
Somebody could have just bought Adobe Creative Suite CS6 from scratch, not an update, and couldn't open his tons of Freehand files archived for a dozen or more years.
Sometimes license agreement acceptation at installation process may include also the entitlement to install even the older releases of a software, without buying another license. It looks like you can do it with Microsoft. In case of such downgrade could be available, these could be also the issue to buy an older license, because it's somewhat impossible from the online frontend of software resellers or Adobe website.
It is unbelievable how the war between Freehand and Illustrator has not stopped even under the name of the same company. If Adobe wants users to forget Freehand they should make things easier to help them moving on. The removal of this feature does not help at all.
PD: Did you guys see their new "New package file" feature in CS6? Hilarious. This supposed new feature has been in Freehand for 7 years at least...ant it seems they are now catching up! Good for us!
Um.... hello. The point is that I have already paid to upgrade to CS6. I don't want to have to buy another program (specially not Coreldraw) and I want to get rid of my older versions of adobe. This is no solution.
The point is that Adobe offered us an upgraded program with key features missing. This is unacceptable from a company like Adobe, and we're still not hearing anything from them about fixing it.
Just upgraded from CS5.1 to CS6, and I, too, was stunned to see this functionality removed. Clearly, I'm not the only former FreeHand user that fully expected this feature to remain, at least for another version or two.
We transitioned our production workflow from FH to AI very soon after Adobe bought Macromedia, and can't tell you how happy we were when Adobe included this feature in Illustrator. No more running FreeHand alongside Illustrator! Unfortunately, now we're running CS 5 alongside CS6 for this purpose. 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.
No, this isn't the end of the world, of course, but anyone working in a production environment - especially the former FH users of the world - understands how incredibly helpful this feature is in CS5.
Here here! I agree...I work primarily in CS6, but with tons of old FreeHand files, it is hard to convert everything right now when I am working on other newer projects. AND there are a few features of the old FreeHand that are extremely valuable that Illustrator STILL doesn't have, like Find and Replace Objects. I have to go to a 3rd party script to do that, and we all know how Adobe LOVES 3rd party script work nowadays...please update to allow for opening FH files!
Freehand is not supported in Lion or Mountain Lion so you can't open Freehand if you have the latest OS. I have a legacy machine that has Snow Leopard and Freehand but it also has CS4 AI so I just open the files that way. The issue is wanting to run the latest OS and Apps. That said, this solution doesn't work for those with the latest OS and CS6.
If you consider keeping multiple versions of the application or an older OS it works but the issue here is that Adobe abondened Freehand and now Freehand files and it creating a lot of pain for a lot of people.
If you don’t want to bloat AI, that’s understandable, but then at least please create some droplet/script or the like that does the job of converting *.fh files to *.ai.
Thanks in advance, Tom in Germany
So, we have downgraded to cs5 on Snow Leo after weeks of frustration.
If i could, i would take my money back.
5workstations upgrade costs are blown in the wind.
i dont think adobe will ever implement the good old features from freehand...
like working with text on path... the best feature in FH i think..
So what have we now... an unfinished feature, where u have to be a lucky one, your
text will positioned correct on a circle..
This feature in Illu is just crap... cant say any good word about it.
hope this will be fixed in future..
maybe......hope dies last
Adobe underestimates the value of Freehand and refuses to accept it. I would rather prefer them to focus on the daily use and time-saving features instead of the fancy ones that most designers barely need.
Just ran into a client whose printshop is still on CS4, and has a G5 able to run FH to convert from FH8 (in a barely-running Classic mode) to FH10, which they then port over to a machine running Illy CS4 to open. Usually that works, with odd size and gradient issues, but useable.
They are a small shop, completely overwhelmed as most printshops are but have NO time to pre-convert FH artwork which clients may or may NOT ever need again. Tens of thousands of files.
Is there ANY way to script the conversion of these FH10+ files with Illy while they still run CS4 on older hardware? I'd hate to have their machines die and have to put them on a new Mac with no way to run FH.
I only started using Illustrator when it got the ability to open Freehand files, because of the huge amout of these I have in backup.
I did not waste my precious time converting them all to .ai, because I have better things to occupy myself with. So why the hell would this feature be removed in CS6? Did it occupy a precious 1MB of space, that did not fit in the DVD???
I would urge Adobe to stop alienating its clients, and stop trying to force them to do what they want, instead of giving its clients what they need.
In the ever changing landscape of software, one of these days a new product will arrive, and even if it's not necessarily better than adobe programs, if they treat their users better, then people will prefer them.
A good example of this is the 3D animation program Blender, which year by year is gaining more and more users, in favor of big companies like Maya, 3DStudio Max or Softimage.
Did anyone ever come up with a solution to open old Freehand files in CS6? we used to be able to take Freehand 8 files, change/add a .eps extension to them, and they'd open in CS4, but CS6 isn't so kind.
I used FreeHand for years and was very happy with it.
My old Macs now dead or missing, I switched to Illustrator and, like all of you, need to open old files rather often.
I would like to see this feature be reinstated in Illustrator CS6.