Ok, I finally got it to work...
I'm on a 2x2.66 GHz Dual-Core Xeon MacPro, with 10.5.8 running on a different drive in the box.
I think the problem is not that SL doesn't like FH, I think it's the damn activation (Macrovision ???) background app that get buggered up.
1. Brand New Drive (or at least erased and reformatted)
2. Installed Leopard 10.5
3. Installed Freehand MXa 11.0.2
4. Ran FH inside 10.5....
5. ...and used a VOLUME license code, which allowed FH to start right up.
6. Then upgraded that 10.5 drive to Snow Leopard 10.6.
7. Finally got Leopard Installer to boot into that drive and finish the install.
(This took bloody forever. Why oh why can't it find the right drive?! It kept either booting into the "new" 10.5 drive without finishing the install; with the install files just sitting there, or would boot back into my original 10.5.8 system. But it finally worked on about the fifth try. Don't remember how I got it to work.)
8. Then I used Migration Assistant to move my system files, but NOT applications.
9. FH MXa now works in 10.6 Snow Leopard.
-However, the first time I started it up, SL needed to install Rosetta (which I forgot to include in the install this time), but second launch worked fine.
...nothing like spending a good 7-8 hours (and literally a dozen unique installs of 10.5 and 10.6) to get it to work.
GOOD LUCK, FELLOW FHers!!!
Kudos to all of those who have helped work this out. For me, three lost days and I have FINALLY got FH MX to work in Snow Leopard. Followed a bit of the above protocol, along with the help of the volume license printed in a previous post.
1) Restored to Leopard, via Time Machine, to external drive.
2) Restarted from that drive.
3) Opened Freehand MX and went to Transfer My License under Help menu.
4) Quit and reopen Freehand MX, entering the "new" volume license number - all while still in 10.5.8, or Leopard.
5) Choose original drive with 10.6 installed as Startup Disk.
6) Restart iMac.
7) Copy over MX folder from backup drive, including new registration file under Library/Application Support/Macromedia.
Voila! I can't believe it took all this time (the last three days) to get this to work, but I am grateful to be up and running FH MX in Snow Leopard. The ability to use/create files without having to restart under a different system makes me feel like it's Christmas. Thanks to all those who have boldly gone before and posted the assistance. Thank you Adobe for proving to me again why I continue to choose a 6-year old FH product over any version of Illustrator over and over and over again.
Insane. None of these tips are working for me so I decide to go through a rack of CD's I haven't seen in 8+ years and I come across my Freedhand 10 CD. I toss it into the CD and run the installer in Snow Leopard. Within 3 minutes I had Freehand 10 installed and running. And the really messed up part is that it never asked me for the serial number. WTF? (wow that's funny).
Will try to upgrade from this point but I'm in no hurry, for the kind of illustrations I do I have never required more than Freehand 7.
I'm still shocked that anyone would ever want to use Illustrator. What a hog of an app with a back-asswards workflow.
Going to try one last thing which may be the ultimate solution in the end. Install Freehand on my XP bootcamp partition running via VMWare. At least XP and virtualization aren't going anywhere anytime soon.
I just installed 10.6 Snow Leopard and the first application I tried to launch was Freehand 11.0.2 . . .no go and just finding this thread.
Scanning down to post 64, I decided to download and install the 30 trial version of 11.0.2 . . . which does not work for me. Same launch, start and quit.
Any revision/additions to notes above based on 10.6 install as recently released? Am I understanding correctly that substituting WPD700 for FHD110- in serial is needed?
Yes, apparently the WPD700... multi-license works but you'll need to find that yourself (or, as some people recently found out, you get booted off the forum and likely sued). It would be nice if Adobe released a script to allow us to quickly patch our copies, I highly doubt they appreciate us running around willing to pirate copies (seems they still sell FH so it's only fair they release a tiny patch).
Anyhow, with 4000+ complex illustrations built up over 20 years, I'm not giving up the ghost. Ever.
The only thing that would make me switch to Illustrator is if Adobe adds a mode to simulate all of Freehand's tools and workflow. As it stands, the Illustrator workflow is just too complex for absolutely no reason.
I agree. If Adobe was to simulate all of Freehand's tools and workflow I would see a reason to use Illustrator. As it it now, I only use Illustrator, which I own, for opening pdf files so I can import them into Freehand or when I receive a file that has been created in Illustrator by someone else. Illustrator is just not intuitive at all!
Same here. I've owed Freehand since version 2 under the Aldus corp and has Illustrator since version 1 (my dad bought me both copies on the same day - ~$1000 for two apps, I'll never forget that day).
I read both manuals, started playing and just never got into Illustrator. I have upgraded with every release (like you I needed it to provide clients with the format of their choosing) but each release of Illustrator just kept getting worse not better. It's still incredibly slow which I don't understand at all.
I have made a Snow Leopard install over my existing 10.5, did not reinstall FreeHand. Starting it, I was asked to install Rosetta. After that FreeHand works flawless.
However, it reminds us, that maybe next time it will not work anymore. So take action: Visit this page and join for the newsletter: www.freefreehand.org
Greetings to all FreeHand Friends out there. Spread the word!
I signed up to www.freefreehand.org as well.
I also had a chance to run Illustrator CS4 at the office (www.xtranormal.com) today and I was horrified at the 1.6 GIGABYTES footprint! Wow. Freehand barely tips the scales at 50MB and it still does everything I need. I still can't navigate through the bizarre toolset in that application.
Sorry for the hijack.
PS: I still can't get freehand running. Mostly because I installed Snow Leopard over 10.5 and have no way to reinstall the app since it doesn't ask for the serial number. I even tried replacing the "Macromedia" directory in Library/Application Support/
Thank you all for joining our freefreehand community. We are steadily growing.
As for hackcess: It is strange, I did exactly the same. I had 10.5.x in use with FreeHand, then installed 10.6 as an upgrade over 10.5.x, started FreeHand, was asked for Rosetta install, did that, and FH is working since then. I suppose it something else that prevents your FH from running. May be an extension or even a font. Try to remove all extensions and fonts and then try again.
Hello fellow FreeHanders. I am really lost. I have also tried everything. I even downloaded again my last update from Adobe and also the trial. But they do not start. I hope somebody finds a solution - or else I have to buy an old used Mac and again the FreeHand Mx to use my files - thousands of them. This is because I tried on a fellow worker´s Mac to install the Mx there but Adobe´s registration did not allow me to use the old serial number because it is already registered (yes it is - to me)!
Dear Free People, thank you all for your contributions towards the problem. I`m very happy for the opportunity to use my favorite programm at least 2 more years, until the next major update of the os (called lion, finally?) and let´s hope it will run on the next and the next and so on …
I absolutely agree that illOStraitor has always been the inferior product, you simply can´t work with it, I tried it many times. And it grows worse from version to version. As mentioned before, fh is simply slicker, more intuitive and just more fun considering its ease of use. I recall sneaking around art school with a single floppy disk containing version 2 of aldus fh and installing it to a mac plus with 10" screen in a minute. the macs were only equiped with illOStraitor and the admin was strict with illegally material installed. so when I left the computer I dragged the programm to the trash until the next install ;-) – compare it with today with gigabytes of installation, activation and so on – what a dream in that times.
For the Spaces to work properly with FH:
1. You want to go to System Preferences / Exposé & Spaces.
2. Half way down the window, there's a space for "Application Assignments"
3. Add Freehand by clicking the '+' icon to the lower left.
4. Make it whatever you want, "every space" (shows up regardless of space you're in), or assign it a specific space.
Without that assignment, when I'd click on FH from another space, FH would jump to that "new" space, instead of taking me back to the Space FH had been in.
Hope that helps.
ps. Anybody else notice if this lack of assignment also happens with other Rosetta/PPC apps? other Universal/Intel apps?
I had been unable to replicate the success of others which was quite frustrating but I finally got everything working and wanted to post my solution. I think it either comes down to lack of complete details in the posted instructions, here is how I was able to get it working properly:
Step 1: Delete your local installation of Freehand. This *includes* the /Library/Application Support/Macromedia directory (well, place it on the desktop)
Step 2: Reinstall Freehand. VERY IMPORTANT—DO NOT RUN FREEHAND AFTER INSTALL OR PROCEDURE WILL FAIL
Step 3: Recreate the Macromedia directory
Step 4: Place your "FreeHand MXa Registration" file back into the newly created Macromedia directory
Step 5: Run Freehand
For whatever reason, this was the only way I was capable of repairing my licensed copy of Freehand. Simply updating the "FreeHand MXa Registration" file or installing a new copy of Freehand *without* first removing the Macromedia directory did nothing to help my situation.
A couple of things you should be aware of:
1) You may need a serial number which starts with WPD700...
2) If you had other registration information for Flash, Fireworks etc, you can safely move those back into the Macromedia directory.
I was excited to see your 5-step suggested route for getting FH up and running in Snow Leopard.
Alas, it did nothing better/different than before I tried it. I did: delete the old install & removed the Macromedia directory (to the Desktop), reinstalled FH MX, and finally moved the Application Support > Macromedia > Freehand MXa Registration file from another older computer to the MacBook Pro I'm trying to get it to work on. Double-clicked to open . . . same results as before -- a bouncing icon to Nowheresville.
I have a serial # beginning with FHD110 . . . maybe that's the issue?
Is anyone receiving word about what Adobe's response is, or are they completely mum on the entire issue !?
UGH. What a mess . . . FH is the lone app that I've discovered (so far) that doesn't open or prompt me to allow Rosetta to open the 'legacy' app.
I have a serial # beginning with FHD110 . . . maybe that's the issue?
You need a volume serial, not a single serial. The problem is the registration process at startup.
My FHD110-Number doesn't work either.
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Though our site has been live for just over a week, we now claim membership numbers approaching 2,000. If we can only raise awareness and reach the full extent of our potential audience, our belief is that our numbers will rise into the tens of thousand or perhaps greater.
Once it's clear that we represent a substantial community, we believe we may have more sway in the issue at hand. Efforts are currently focused on the question: how can we reach our audience in order to build the community? At this point we are an organization of minimal financial resources, but we hope to change that through donations in the near future.
A number of online media outlets have reported the founding of our organization, but in Europe only. Oddly, the U.S. media seems intent on ignoring us.
So far we have contacted the following organizations:
Free Software Foundation
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The Federal Trade Commission
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We appreciate any advice you have to offer as we build our grassroots campaign. In part this is fueled by the fact that Adobe's business practices have caused real harm to individuals and small businesses, and in part by the fact that, in principal if not in actual legal fact, Adobe has crossed the line in establishing a monopoly in vector editing software.
I've tried everything on these posts but still no look in making Freehand work on 10.6. I must be doing something wrong. Can anybody do a stage by stage screen grab of what to do? Long live Freehand MX.
I had a single license but have reinstalled using a volume license. I'm getting confused with what you have to do with the application support in the Library folder. As I have a Library on the hard drive and the Library folder on my user folder.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
put the registration file (->attachment) into ->
/Library/Application Support/Macromedia/FreeHand MXa Registration
/Library always means Volume/Library.
User/Library is always written as ~/Library.
It's a volumenumber.
It should work.
I cannot use my own registration number either.
am 19.09.09 12:44 Uhr schrieb Dannybear unter firstname.lastname@example.org:
I had a single license but have reinstalled using a volume license. I'm
getting confused with what you have to do with the application support in the
Library folder. As I have a Library on the hard drive and the Library folder
on my user folder.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Dan, yes, there are two Library folders. The one is your "home" library stores all the files needed to work FH, whereas from what I can tell, the one on your hard drive is the one you need to "fix" for this issue. For me, it was simply a registration issue. Each time MX wanted to start up, it went through the entire startup process until it would freeze toward the end, looking for a registration file (which was always fine, a simple single user license). After seeing all of the posts here, I quickly realized that what I need to do is dump that registration file and make it "find" a new one. For me, it entailed LOTS of tinkering and finally figuring it out as I detailed in an earlier post. For others, it simply meant taking the old registration file from the folder and when FH MX would ask for it, you replace it with a volume license and VOILA. The registration file resides in your Hard Drive/Library/Application Support/Macromedia. There are so many workarounds posted here - reinstalling, pulling from another drive, downloading a new copy of MX from Adobe's site, etc.. Just keep trying to find what works for you, but from my experience, you simply have to get MX to use the volume registration.
Thanks, I will give this a try, Thanks for your help. It's really annoying as most of our illustrations and graphics are done in in Freehand MX which is is our preferred choice as I feel it is creatively better. We do use illustrator but I find it clunky.
I will let you all know how I get on.
Hi to everyone,
anyone got a screen shot walk through for getting Freehand Mx to work on 10.6? I appreciate the help I have received so far, however I think I maybe not doing something which is obvious and I don't know what that is. Basically I need someone to hold my hand through this. As I say I have tried everything so far.
All I get is the icon bouncing and fading away. I've reinstalled, changed licence user, changed to volume licence....
Really any help would be great.
I'm not sure if this will help, but I had a download (from Adobe) of FH 11.00
Installed that, and it worked, tried 11.02, and no go.
Each one has a unique password, but I tried the work arounds, and 3-4 other tries, and nothing seemed to work for me.
I'll take 11.00 over nothing.
Hope that helps.