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Aldus FreeHand 2.0

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (1.55 MB)
MD5: 3588068644f648d87bbd5ae43faaab94
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
aldusfreehand-2x.sit (1.60 MB)
MD5: 9273e71010a3da22b57ecbbe6b360f56
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (397.47 KB)
MD5: 06e0ebad3f4c20002cbdf8565cf01c93
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6

Released late in 1988, Aldus FreeHand 2.0 was a milestone release from its predecessor, FreeHand 1.0 (also released earlier that same year). Improving on the features of FreeHand 1.0, FreeHand 2.0 added a floating tools palette, flexible fill patterns, Pantone colors, stroked text, import graphics from other programs. It also added accurate control over a color monitor screen display, limited only by its resolution.

Top DL: US English, version 2.0 (full install set, DiskDup+, MacZip)
2nd DL: US English, version 2.0 (full install set, Disk Copy 4.2, StuffIt)
3rd DL: US English, self running demo of FreeHand 2.0. (Disk Copy 4.2)

Both disk sets disk images made from (MCP's) original media. The 2nd DL above, US English install set, consists of Disk Copy 4.2 floppy images compressed as StuffIt 3.6 .sit archive for better backwards compatibility.
MD5 checksum & filename: 9273e71010a3da22b57ecbbe6b360f56 *aldusfreehand-2x.sit

See also: Aldus FreeHand 1.0, Aldus FreeHand 3.x, Aldus FreeHand 4.0, Macromedia FreeHand 5.0.2, Macromedia FreeHand 5.5, Macromedia FreeHand 7 (German), Macromedia FreeHand Graphics Studio 7, Macromedia FreeHand 8, Macromedia FreeHand 9, Macromedia FreeHand 10, Macromedia FreeHand MX (11.0.x)

Architecture: 68k

Installed and tested OK¹ on Basilisk II (System 7.1) and Mini vMac (Mac II emulation), Systems 6.0.8 and 7.1

Read Me docs recommend SSW 6.0.2 or later. This may run on later (than 7.1) Mac OS's but not tested by this user.

Note:¹ I encountered errors with installing under 6.0.8 and 7.1 (on Mini vMac), where the installer Quits on Install disk one - see error message, screenshot 4, above.

However, it creates on your HD a folder named "Aldus FreeHand 2.0" and installs all necessary files from the "Install" disk into that folder. Simply copy the contents from the remaining mounted disk images; "Portfolio" and "Program" into the installed FreeHand 2.0 folder, and you are good to go.

I don't know if the same errors would be encountered on actual hardware (I think it's expecting actual floppy disk insertion), but if they do it's not fatal.


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by Purdy - 2021, March 2 - 3:58pm

Added self running demo of FreeHand 2.0

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by cbone - 2018, August 24 - 4:07am

By design, this illustration program really held its said it best, it's familiar, so it just 'feels right'.

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by MikeTomTom - 2018, August 23 - 11:24pm

Cool, cbone. I didn't "discover" FreeHand until the mid '90's... and never saw this one until it showed up here at the Garden.

Even now I sometimes use later versions of FH on PPC Macs. I don't know if it's because of familiarity but I still prefer it over other vector programs.

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by cbone - 2018, August 23 - 11:06pm

Nice addition, Mike. I remember this title in school running on older systems, as well as the updated vers 3 which i used to help design some software box designs Smile