Software : Adobe : FreeHand

Adobe FreeHand

(as of 7/16/2014)

Software Overview

Main Features

  • Save projects as Photoshop documents with layers intact
  • Distort graphics and text with the envelope tool
  • Add symbols from a large library to your design
  • Export your project to Shockwave/Flash

Adobe FreeHand was a vector graphic editing program similar to Illustrator, another Adobe program. Adobe discontinued development of the program soon after obtaining ownership of it in an attempt to transition FreeHand users over to Illustrator.

FreeHand was commonly used by illustrators, publishers, and web content creators. Its page layout and text formatting features made FreeHand useable for efficiently designing publications. It is still available to purchase in its final version for both Mac and Windows.

FreeHand had many useful features that made it a powerful design tool. It utilized a graphic wand tool to quickly select objects and a lasso tool to select areas based on the user's selection. It also had many exporting options including the ability to export to HTML, Flash, and Photoshop documents.

If you wish to see Adobe start developing the program again, there is a group called the Free FreeHand Organization that is petitioning to have it be continued. For those of you who don't care about FreeHand and simply wish to have a tool for creating vector graphics, Illustrator will suffice.

▶ Primary file extension

.FH11 – FreeHand 11 Drawing File

▶ Other file extensions used by Adobe FreeHand 11

Supported File Types
.AIAdobe Illustrator File
.BMPBitmap Image File
.CDRCorelDRAW Image File
.CGMComputer Graphics Metafile
.EMFEnhanced Windows Metafile
.EPSEncapsulated PostScript File
.FHDFreeHand Drawing File
.GIFGraphical Interchange Format File
.PDFPortable Document Format File
.PICTPicture File
.PLTHPGL Plot File
.PNGPortable Network Graphic
.PSDAdobe Photoshop Document
.RTFRich Text Format File
.SWFShockwave Flash Movie
.TGATarga Graphic
.TIFFTagged Image File Format
.TXTPlain Text File
.WMFWindows Metafile
Additional Related File Formats
.FH10FreeHand 10 Drawing File
.FH3FreeHand 3 Drawing File
.FH4FreeHand 4 Drawing File
.FH5FreeHand 5 Drawing File
.FH6FreeHand 6 Drawing File
.FH7FreeHand 7 Drawing File
.FH8FreeHand 8 Drawing File
.FH9FreeHand 9 Drawing File

Updated: July 16, 2014