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Can old (1994-95) FreeHand files be opened? - Macromedia Freehand

A customer has sent me a large number of FreeHand drawings that are about 10 years old (from the time Aldus still owned FreeHand). They want to me to edit them, but they will not open with FreeHand 10 or 11. When I try to open them from within either version of the program, the icons are "grayed out" as if they are not recognized. Yet, when I put them in MacLink Plus, they are recognized as FreeHand files there. Is there any filter or workaround that anyone knows about for old files? Thanks in advance....

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    Default Can old (1994-95) FreeHand files be opened?

    A customer has sent me a large number of FreeHand drawings that are about 10
    years old (from the time Aldus still owned FreeHand). They want to me to edit
    them, but they will not open with FreeHand 10 or 11. When I try to open them
    from within either version of the program, the icons are "grayed out" as if
    they are not recognized. Yet, when I put them in MacLink Plus, they are
    recognized as FreeHand files there.

    Is there any filter or workaround that anyone knows about for old files?

    Thanks in advance.

    Codyandanna Guest

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    I would try and get a demo copy of Freehand 3 to open these files. You can try [url]www.freehandsource.com[/url] for older installers or check the Macromedia site.

    Regards
    David
    davecc Guest

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    I forgot to mention this link

    David

    [url]http://www.macromedia.com/support/freehand/ts/doents/batch_convert.htm[/url]
    davecc Guest

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    Thanks very much, this could be quite a lifesaver!
    Codyandanna Guest

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    Default Re: Can old (1994-95) FreeHand files be opened?

    Try this link:
    [url]http://www.macromedia.com/support/freehand/ts/doents/batch_convert.htm[/url]

    Judy Arndt

    davecc wrote:
    > I would try and get a demo copy of Freehand 3 to open these files. You can try
    > [url]www.freehandsource.com[/url] for older installers or check the Macromedia site.
    >
    > Regards
    > David
    Judy Arndt Guest

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    In article <ce8igg$bff$1forums.macromedia.com>,
    "Codyandanna" <webforumsusermacromedia.com> wrote:
    > A customer has sent me a large number of FreeHand drawings that are about 10
    > years old (from the time Aldus still owned FreeHand). They want to me to edit
    > them, but they will not open with FreeHand 10 or 11. When I try to open them
    > from within either version of the program, the icons are "grayed out" as if
    > they are not recognized. Yet, when I put them in MacLink Plus, they are
    > recognized as FreeHand files there.
    >
    > Is there any filter or workaround that anyone knows about for old files?
    >
    The only one I know of is to use an intermediate version of FH to update
    the files to its own level. AFAIK FHv8 will open pretty much any
    earlier-version doent (certainly at least as far back as v3.1); if
    there's no demo available from MM any more, a used copy can probably be
    found -- and pretty inexpensive at that. Versions 10 & 11 should be able
    to open v8 doents.

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    Odysseus Guest

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    Thanks for the tip!
    Codyandanna Guest

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    davecc wrote:
    > I would try and get a demo copy of Freehand 3 to open these files.
    > You can try [url]www.freehandsource.com[/url] for older installers or check the
    > Macromedia site.
    >
    > Regards David
    My site has been down for a little while now, trying to work out what
    the problem is. Until then, visit the other links provided to help with
    that.

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