I've been using FHMXa in a screen print environment for some time, and I can't honestly say that there have been any improvements in usability for my purposes since FH9. Many neato web-related features have been piled onto the old engine, but if anything, later versions are slower, more bersome and less intuitive than 8 or 9, and they are noticably more quirky. The addition of live, non-flash anti-aliasing is a plus, but it's a cosmetic plus. The newer raster effects are worse than useless from a print standpoint, much less a spot-color print standpoint. Bottom line is that although Freehand MX continues to be usable as a screen print design and separation application, it isn't more capable in that arena than it was at version 9, it's less reliable, and it is arguably slower to use and to learn. Don't bother with version 10 at all. It was a disaster, full of bugs that never got fixed.
Your biggest hurdle in migrating to PC will likely be with font substitution. Unless the text in each of your doents have been converted to paths, you will have to find replacement fonts, or a font conversion program. I understand that Fontographer was recently purchased away from Macromedia. It has the capability of creating TrueType copies of Mac fonts. When I switched to PC (circa FH8), the copy of Fontographer that came in My Freehand 7 Graphics Studio package was a virtual lifesaver.
On Fri, 03 Jun 2005 13:59:35 -0700, Danprtr <com> wrote: