Raise Your Free Hand

Posted inThe Daily Heller
Thumbnail for Raise Your Free Hand

Raise your free hand if you still use Macromedia’s FreeHand. There was a time when lots of illustrators and designers relied on this vector program. Then it went the way of old Las Vegas neon. The lights are flickering.

Adobe, who bought out Macromedia is still selling the program but has no plans to support or upgrade it.

So apparently, a band of “loyalists,” according to designer Mike Diehl, have undertaken a campaign to to save the program. It will either be like preserving Coke Classic or saving the 8-track.

“I support the effort (with modest monetary donations, in addition to enthusiastic emails),” Diehl says, “primarily because I love a well designed application. I believe software development flourishes only when there is competition.”

The so-called “insurgents” working to preserve the program have enlisted lawyers, and recently a judge determined a suit was worthy. More info here.”