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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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. 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: 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?

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 tone of files and most of my clients that have all their sources in Freehand 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 exporta 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. It is unbelievable that, all of a sudden, you just can’t open old Freehand rxportar in Illustrator anymore. Only way now is to go back to CS5. We have thousands of Freehand files dating back more than ten years. We have lots of freehanr artwork in Freehand that we need to dig up from the archives somewhat frequently.

Very sad to see this feature wasn’t carried into CS6. Does Adobe offer the ability to give an additional license for previous Illustrator releases, i.

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. The removal of this feature does not help at all.


Did you guys see their new “New package file” feature in CS6? This supposed new feature has been in Freehand for 7 years at least Exactly, I’ve used ‘collect for output’ out of Freehand for what feels like a decade.

They just now have the package feature and to my knowledge, only creative cloud users have that feature! Hi there, a possible solution. If you have CS 4 – you can open it easily. If not, try opening it from Coreldraw 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. 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.

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.

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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.

I can’t see an advantage for Adobe to quit this ability to open. Plenty of maps, illustrations etc. 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.

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. 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.

So why the hell would this feature be removed in CS6? 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. 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? My old Macs now dead or missing, I switched to Illustrator and, like all of you, need to open old files rather often. You don’t have JavaScript enabled. This tool uses JavaScript and much of it will not work correctly without it enabled. Please turn JavaScript back on and reload this page. Please enter a title. You can not post a blank message. Please type your message and try again.

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Please bring back this ability. It worked in CS 5.

This content has been marked as final. I expirtar recently delighted to find that CS6 could easily open my old 15 years Corel Draw files. If it can do that, why can’t it open Freehand files? Please restore the ability to open Freehand files in CS6. Just installed CS6 today and luckily still kept my CS5.

Do people from Adobe actually read these forums? For me, it is unacceptable! Range till So i will freehans back to CS5. I have a solutiojn of the problem: Thanks in advance, Tom in Germany. We haven’t updated to 6 yet but being able to open Freehand files is essential.

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So, we have downgraded to cs5 on Snow Leo after weeks of frustration. If i could, i would take my money back. So what have we now This feature in Illu is just crap I am also an ex- FreeHand user with lots of files I need to open from time to time.

I need this feature. The return of this feature is valueable to me. I have decades of Freehand files that need this convenience. I used FreeHand for years and was very happy with it. I would like to see this feature be reinstated in Illustrator CS6. This is an unbelivably arrogant act from Adobe Any word from Adobe here!?? Go to original post.

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