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Aldus FreeHand 4.0

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Download afh-4-inst.sit (20.63 MB)
For System 6.x - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
Download afh_4_us_68k_updaters.sit (327.79 KB)
For System 6.x - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

This is the final version released by Aldus before it was taken up and developed further by Macromedia. Aldus Freehand at the time of vers 4.0 was almost absorbed by Adobe (to be axed, I guess) along with their acquisition of Aldus Corp. - Instead, FreeHand was acquired (rescued) by Macromedia Inc, postponing its demise for several years, until Adobe finally bought the rights to Macromedia Inc's entire portfolio, and was then able to kill off its main rival to Adobe Illustrator.
    — For a breakdown of this turbulent period, see this Wikipedia entry on Freehand's history.

Top Download's MD5 checksum and filename:
3aa796bb3202378da0f0c7a648bee7f3 *afh-4-inst.sit
This DL contains separate installers for both 68k and PPC Macintosh, in Disk Copy 4.2, 1.4MB floppy disk image file format. These have been wrapped up into a locked Disk Copy 6.3 img file and further compressed using Stuffit 3.6

2nd Download's MD5 checksum and filename:
2c6c42278f57ec90d3a511694f8234b0 *AFH_4_US_68k_Updaters.sit
This is for the version 4.0 "a" & "b" updaters.
Note: They will only update the 68k version that is here, they will not update the PPC set. The PPC updaters still need to be sourced (if they exist at all).

Architecture: 68k PPC

Separate native install sets for both 68k Mac and PPC Mac, runs well on Basilisk II (screenshots 1 & 2 above were created on Basilisk II). The 68k install set will not run on a 68000 CPU Mac (including Mini vMac). The PPC install set will only install on a PPC Macintosh (or SheepShaver).

Minimum requirements for 68k Macintosh:

Macintosh: 68020 CPU
Monitor: Any
System Software: 6.0.7
Unused RAM: 4 MB
Unused disk space: 6 MB

Minimum requirements for PPC Macintosh:

Macintosh: Any PPC
Monitor: Any
System Software: 7.1.2
Unused RAM: 4 MB + Virtual Memory On
Unused disk space: 6.5 MB


by soudesune - 2015, November 5 - 10:47am

Review from contemporary magazine (MacFormat — Feb. 1994) added.

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by meeno - 2012, September 2 - 6:18pm

great stuff!