Posts in Category "Illustrator"

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?

Here’s the Scoop

I wish Illustrator had a Package feature like the one in InDesign. Wouldn’t it be great to have a menu command that collected all linked graphics and fonts for an Illustrator file? Until that day, you can do two things:

1. If this kind of functionality is important to you, let the Illustrator team know by submitting a feature request at http://www.adobe.com/support/feature.html.

2. Check out third-party solutions…

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Making inroads…

Recently I was at a cartograpy convention, it was a fascinating experience. Years ago I made informational maps when I was a CAD guy and was starting to play with GIS systems. My how cartography has changed since then. I learned over lunch that the process has changed from building up information to create a map to a process of deleting data until you have what you want.

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