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Aldus FreeHand 4.0

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afh-4-inst.sit (20.63 MB)
MD5: 3aa796bb3202378da0f0c7a648bee7f3
For System 6.x - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
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afh_4_us_68k_updaters.sit (327.79 KB)
MD5: 2c6c42278f57ec90d3a511694f8234b0
For System 6.x - Mac OS 8 - 8.1

The top download in this page contains both the 68k version of FreeHand 4.0 and the first PowerPC version of FreeHand (version 4.0), which became pivotal to promoting the capabilities of Apple's Power Macintosh line of computers. A marketing campaign was launched between Aldus, Apple and Ben & Jerry's to promote the PowerPC 601 Macs, with FreeHand-designed ice cream wrappers and free Peace Pops.

From a development standpoint, a goal of version 4 was to take the work done for Altsys Virtuoso for NeXTSTEP, itself a ground-up port of FreeHand to another platform, and bring it back to the Mac and Windows as Aldus FreeHand 4.

Porting from Virtuoso required the construction of a new series of abstractions which peripherally resembled NeXT/Mac OS X AppKit's color pickers, palettes and windows in NeXT inspector panels, except rendered on the Mac and Windows. The panels were dynamically tied together with Objective-C style message passing through an original, object-oriented C preprocessor language regrettably dubbed OOPS (Object Oriented Programming System). Together, this app architecture introduced a bold new UI, one that stayed with FreeHand until the switch to Macromedia's common user interfaces in FreeHand 10.

This was also the final version of FreeHand published by Aldus.

Aldus FreeHand at the time of version 4.0 was almost absorbed by Adobe with Adobe's acquisition of Aldus Corp. FreeHand developers Altsys sued Aldus for a return of all the rights to FreeHand based on a clause in the development contract between the two companies that said Aldus—now Adobe—couldn't handle any competing applications. Adobe already had Illustrator.

The case went to a federal court in Texas, where the federal judge ruled that if Adobe owned PostScript, Illustrator, and FreeHand, they would have a virtual monopoly on the desktop illustration market. As a result, he ordered the rights to FreeHand and some associated collateral (like lists of customers) should revert to the ownership of Altsys.

As Altsys was gearing up to publish FreeHand 5.x by themselves, Bud Colligan, CEO of Macromedia, approached the company for an acquisition offer. The hope was that FreeHand, with Final Cut (née KeyGrip), Flash, Dreamweaver and Director, would each comprise parts of a strategy Macromedia was developing called the ‘digital hub’. (sourced from FreeHand developer Scott Thompson's recollection of events)

For a breakdown of this turbulent period, see this Wikipedia entry on Freehand's history, regarding FreeHand version 4.0.

Top 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.
MD5 checksum and filename: 3aa796bb3202378da0f0c7a648bee7f3 *afh-4-inst.sit

2nd DL: This is for the version 4.0 "a" & "b" updaters.
MD5 checksum and filename: 2c6c42278f57ec90d3a511694f8234b0 *AFH_4_US_68k_Updaters.sit

Note: The updaters 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). Apparently, these updates were built into the PPC version 4.0 prior to it's release. There are no further updates to version 4.0 for PPC.

See also: Aldus FreeHand 1.0, Aldus FreeHand 2.0, Aldus FreeHand 3.x, 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 PPC


kiezarchiv's picture
by kiezarchiv - 2020, October 12 - 10:10pm

Thank you!

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by Duality - 2018, December 10 - 9:43am

As I read about OOPS, it sounds quite a bit like Brad Cox's original implementation of Objective-C as a C pre-processor as described by Object-Oriented Programming: An Evolutionary Approach. Rather than how NeXT/Apple turned it into a more efficient language that sits on top of the ruleset of C.

I'm really getting the sense that Altsys was packed with Apple fans. At least, in the pre-Macromedia days. Laughing out loud

soudesune's picture
by soudesune - 2015, November 5 - 11:47am

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

meeno's picture
by meeno - 2012, September 2 - 7:18pm

great stuff!