Archive for May, 2006

FreeHand to Illustrator Migration Guide

A new document has been released that will be helpful for anybody considering the switch from FreeHand to Illustrator. The 6.5 MB PDF is 44 pages long and can be downloaded from here.

Now I’m sure some folks are going to jump to conclusions and think that Freehand is dead, but that’s not the case. The real story is that this document was in development long before Adobe acquired Macromedia. It was conceived as a competitive “switcher” guide. As you know, some projects drag on longer than you wish, and this was certainly one of those. So the document was done, the acquisition was complete, and the Illustrator product team decided to publish the guide anyway.

Some folks will read more into it than is true, but for the rest of us, this is a well-written and helpful document. I’m not interested in more speculation or feature debates, but I am interested in feedback! For the intended purpose of this guide, did you find it valuable? Are there other “conversion guides” that you’d like to see published that would help you use Adobe’s tools more effectively?