FreeHand Release Notes

Macromedia FreeHand 11.0.1 Release Notes

About FreeHand MX

Macromedia FreeHand MX is the easy-to-use solution for concept and design of visually rich graphics for print and web. A powerful collection of illustration and drawing tools lets designers realize maximum creative vision, while extensive editing, layout and publishing functions provide an open, streamlined workflow for multi-publishing design. Flexible tools for organizing projects, adding interactivity, and publishing to SWF make FreeHand the best tool for developing layouts, click-throughs, and Macromedia Flash® content.

FreeHand MX Updated Release

There is an updated release of FreeHand MX (version 11.0.1) available for users on the following operating systems:

  • Macintosh® OS X 10.2.6
  • Microsoft® Windows 98 SE, Windows XP and Windows 2000

FreeHand MX version 11.0.1 contains fixes for issues identified since the release of FreeHand MX (version 11.0) and includes product activation.This release also ships standard with Studio MX 2004.  Since this release does not overwrite your original copy of FreeHand MX (version 11.0) the updated version (11.0.1) appears as FreeHand MXa in the “Start Menu.” 

For more information, please refer to the FreeHand 11.0.1 Overview and the FreeHand 11.0.1 FAQ.

Note: If you wish to install this updated version and currently have FreeHand MX version 11.0 installed on your machine, we recommend that you uninstall FreeHand MX version 11.0 before installing FreeHand MX version 11.0.1. When uninstalling FreeHand MX version 11.0, you can elect to preserve the Preferences file if so desired.

Issues for both Macintosh and Windows

Reading FreeHand MX's Multiple Attributes - Please note that neither Flash MX nor Fireworks MX cannot recognize FreeHand MX’s new multiple attributes. Also, neither can interpret everything that FreeHand MX can do with paths or text. Consequently, the results of importing FreeHand MX data (either by importing a file or by copy/paste), in Flash MX or Fireworks MX will sometimes result in in either more or fewer objects being created than were in the original FreeHand MX document.

Xtras - Xtra Tools and Xtra Operations have been fully integrated into FreeHand MX. The Xtra Tools are located within the tool families available in the main toolbox. Access Xtra Operations though the main Modify or Xtras menus. Enable the floating toolbars for Xtra Operations and Xtra Tools though the Window>Toolbars menu. Because all tools and operations are available at launch time the Xtras Manager is no longer available in FreeHand MX.

On the Macintosh, third party Xtras may be added to the Xtras folder located in the main application folder. On Windows, add third party Xtras to the Xtras folder located in the program language folder. To activate these Xtras, restart FreeHand MX after adding these files to the Xtras folder.

Default Templates - The default templates that FreeHand MX uses to create new documents now include a large number of Styles, Brushes, and Graphic Symbols used by the Brushes. These new defaults provide a larger range of selections in a new document without the user having to manually import libraries. Many users may feel that they do not want these new additions as part of every document they create. To accommodate those users, FreeHand MX also ships with a set of “Basic” templates that more closely match the templates FreeHand has used in previous versions. Switching between templates is easy. Simply access the Documents section of Preferences and select a template from the dropdown list labeled “New document template”.

Answers Panel - The Answers Panel that was included in FreeHand MX version 11.0, has been removed in FreeHand MX version 11.0.1.

Trial Downloads - Trial downloads of Macromedia products are available on the Macromedia Downloads page.

Windows-only Issues

Resource Allocation Issues - You may experience resource problems on Windows 98 when running more than two applications at the same time. If you are experiencing redraw problems with the user interface, such as icons disappearing, decrease the number of applications currently running. No amount of hard drive space or increase in RAM will correct this problem, as it is due to limitations of the operating system.

Macintosh-only Issues

Type 1 Fonts - On the Macintosh, Type 1 fonts are often represented as two files on disk, one file contains the information about the outlines of the glyphs in the font, the other contains a bitmap representation of the font. (these fonts are also called LaserWriter fonts).

In previous versions of FreeHand, the application would include Type 1 fonts in the font menus even if the outline files for those fonts could not be found on disk. When these fonts were used in a document, if the font was not permanently downloaded to the printer, the printer would substitute Courier for the incomplete font.

FreeHand MX includes a preference labeled "List incomplete fonts" which allows you to control whether or not incomplete Type 1 fonts are included in the application's font menus.

The Preference is unchecked by default. When unchecked, incomplete Type 1 fonts will be missing from FreeHand's font list.

When the new Preference is checked, FreeHand 10 behavior is restored. All fonts, including incomplete Type 1 fonts display in FreeHand's font list.

Documentation Errata

Displaying Type Attributes - In the Help, and on page 248 of the Using FreeHand MX manual, the procedure that tells you how to display type attributes is incorrect. The first three steps of the procedure read as follows:

To display type attributes in the Object panel:

  1. Select Window > Object to open the Object panel if it’s not already open.
  2. Do one of the following:

    • Using the Pointer tool, select a text block in the document.
    • Using the Text tool, select a range of text.
    • Select Edit > Select > None to deselect all objects in the document, then select a text style in the Styles panel (Window > Styles).
  3. Click the Text property in the Object panel Properties list. It’s the property with an A displayed beside it.

    However, a text style's text property (as displayed in the Object panel) occurs on the line below the "property with an A displayed beside it."

Thus, the third step should be rewritten to say:

  1. Click the Text property in the Object panel Properties list. It’s the property with "Text:" and the style's font name and size next to it.

Reporting a bug to the Macromedia FreeHand team

Found a bug? Your first step should be to contact Macromedia Customer Support. They can help you resolve issues and they can also log bugs. If you are no longer eligible for support, please use the Macromedia Software Feature Request and Bug Report form.

Note: Due to the high volume of e-mail we receive, we are unable to respond to every request.

Thank you for using Macromedia FreeHand MX, and for taking the time to send us your feedback!

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