I believe Illustrator can (used to?) open Freehand files. InDesign has never had that capabiity. Your best bet is to ask in the Illustrator forum.
I was successful just now in saving the freehand FH11 file to Illus 1.1 which AI opened and converted. But I really need to go to INDesign for various documents having more than one page such as an 11 x 17 folded once newsletter I have designed for a company since 1999. Still doing it today on FH11.
I assume that once I finally convince myself to ge the next windows (Not 8), FH will most likely will not work as in the past.
For newsletters and other text-heavy and multi-page documents, I'd bite the bullet and re-create them in InDesign. It's better suited to that kind of work than either FreeHand or Illustrator. If you can get your FreeHand doucments open in Illustrator, you can save out individual elements, and even make a pdf to use as a template for the re-creation.
I'm responding to this older discussion to ask if a FreeHand-to-InDesign converter would be a valuable asset to you designers coming from FreeHand? I have been in touch with a developer on this very question and the early work I've seen is looking promising. Because FreeHand isn't only a draw program (like Illustrator) but has page-layout features and better text attributes than AI, ID is a better choice for some of us.
What do you think?
It's been almost 10 years since the last release of Freehand. Most FH users either continue to use the product, or have already made a switch to another application. And, the majority of FH users would have used the app for illustration as opposed to page layout. Honestly, I don't think there would be much of a demand for an FH to ID convertor.
Yes, to your point that FreeHand designers have moved to another application; namely InDesign (or Illustrator). As a designer, my point is that I have a backlog of client files in FreeHand format and to easily convert them to ID would be ideal. With text heavy multipage brochures, reports, ads, marketing materials, and books, Illustrator is a non-starter compared to IDs superior text handling.
So the question is for former FH-users in the same situation, would a converting app be an asset to have?