11 Facts About Aldus FreeHand


Adobe FreeHand was a computer application for creating two-dimensional vector graphics oriented primarily to professional illustration, desktop publishing and content creation for the Web.

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Aldus FreeHand was similar in scope, intended market, and functionality to Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW and Xara Designer Pro.

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Professions using Aldus FreeHand include graphic design, illustration, cartography, fashion and textile design, product design, architects, scientific research, and multimedia production.

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In 1994, Aldus merged with Adobe Systems and because of the overlapping market with Adobe Illustrator, FreeHand was returned to Altsys by order of the Federal Trade Commission.

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Since 2003, Aldus FreeHand development has been discontinued; in the Adobe Systems catalog, Aldus FreeHand has been replaced by Adobe Illustrator.

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Aldus FreeHand MX continues to run under Windows 7 using compatibility mode and under Mac OS X 10.

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Aldus FreeHand performed in preview mode instead of keyline mode but performance was slower.

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Aldus FreeHand 11 was marketed as Aldus FreeHand MX and featured tighter interface integration with the Macromedia MX line of products.

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Aldus FreeHand released a final product suite prior to the 2005 merger with Adobe, called Studio 8, which was characterized by the absence of FreeHand from the suite's interactive online applications of Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks, Contribute, and FlashPaper.

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In 2006, the Aldus FreeHand community protested Adobe's announcement of discontinuing development with the "Aldus FreeHand Support Page" petition.

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Early 2012 the lawsuit initiated by Free Aldus FreeHand Organization resulted in a settlement with Adobe Systems, Inc, by which members of the group received discount to Adobe products and a promise for product-development of Adobe Illustrator based on their requests.

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