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Macromedia FreeHand 5.0.2

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FreeHand_5.0.x.sit_.hqx (11.48 MB)
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For System 6.x - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
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macromedia-freehand-5.sit (8.48 MB)
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For System 6.x - Mac OS 8 - 8.1

This is the first Freehand release from Macromedia; FreeHand version 5.0 with updaters 5.0.1 and 5.0.2.

This archive contains the floppy installation version of FreeHand 5.0.x imaged back in the day. Unfortunately, I no longer have these original diskettes, but I do have the images (hence the Disk Copy 6.3.3 format). Hopefully this helps folks.

Serial required: 10250-0397-4374-13083

See also: Aldus FreeHand 1.0, Aldus FreeHand 2.0, Aldus FreeHand 3.x, Aldus FreeHand 4.0, 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

[*] The recommended RAM setting for FreeHand 5.0 is 8MB but with a Mac II's (Mini vMac II) memory ceiling of 8MB total RAM, this is not doable. I find that reducing the default RAM allocation for FreeHand 5.0 from 8MB to 6MB when running it in Mini vMac, is OK.

When installing on System 6, an inordinate amount of disk swapping is called for. To get around this just drag the files from each installation disk into a folder on your hard disk. Double-click the first Installer segment to begin the installation. When finished, delete the “FreeHand 5.0 Installer.x” files to get your hard disk space back.

Tip: From enclosed "ReadMe" doc


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by soudesune - 2020, November 15 - 8:27pm

Article from contemporary magazine added (MacFormat April 1995).
This issue has comics on the Mac as its theme and is worth a read if you are contemplating composing comics on old Macs.

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by MikeTomTom - 2018, December 12 - 12:42am

Thanks again. The Disk Copy 6 images had been created using a Disk Copy 6 Compressed format, so were no good as a drop-in to an emulator's GUI, nor could be mounted in a System 6 environment.

As this version is still capable of running in SSW 6, I converted the images to Disk Copy 4.2 format and compressed into a StuffIt 3.6 ".sit" archive, and is now backwards compatible for System 6 and newer.

Ive added it as a 2nd DL, above.

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by Duality - 2018, December 11 - 9:34am

Just when I thought we had a complete set! Smile Thanks again.

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by MikeTomTom - 2018, December 10 - 11:38pm

Thanks for this addition, blackholemac.