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Macromedia FreeHand 9

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MM_FreeHand.sit (172.70 MB)
MD5: 3e4a81521525703d5715cda5b496009b
For Mac OS 8 - 8.1 - Mac OS 9
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MD5: 5d8c315d5496eb4fe81b6c19078bbfe3
For Mac OS 8 - 8.1 - Mac OS 9
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FreeHand_9.0.1.img_.sit (354.74 MB)
MD5: 5043797735bc220062105c7fc7efff04
For Mac OS 8 - 8.1 - Mac OS 9
This app works with: SheepShaver,

Illustrator, eat your heart out! Excellent DTP vector drawing illustration software for the Macintosh.

This is the last non-Carbon PowerPC version of Macromedia FreeHand, though a Mac OS X ready Carbon version existed for demos as early as FreeHand 8's announcement at Seybold.

Macromedia FreeHand 9 allows for easier export of files in Flash 4 format for use on the Web, integrated HTML publishing features, a new Perspective Grid view for creating 3D scenes and better visual management of multipage documents. This app was also sold in a bundle with Flash 4 and as part of a "Web Design Studio" with Flash, Dreamweaver and Fireworks.

[Top DL]: is a full toast installation image, compressed in StuffIt 5.x format. Includes serials. Be sure to have some space available: the file will expand to 430MB. If you mount it with Toast it will mount two ISOs; just ignore the one that looks like a PC CD.

[2nd DL]: Full Install CD of FreeHand 9.0, a .zip compressed .iso image file. Same as above, in HFS format only.
MD5 checksum & filename: 5d8c315d5496eb4fe81b6c19078bbfe3 *
If on a classic Mac OS, unzip using MacZip then mount the extracted image with Virtual CD/DVD Utility.

[3rd DL]: Full Install CD of FreeHand 9.0.1 as a Disk Copy 6 NDIF image, compressed in StuffIt 5.5 format. From the Macromedia Web Design Studio suite.

FreeHand 9 Mac Serial Number: FHM900-04612-86473-42741

See also: Aldus FreeHand 1.0, Aldus FreeHand 2.0, 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 10, Macromedia FreeHand MX (11.0.x)

Architecture: PPC

Mac OS 8.1 to 9.2.2

In Classic mode under Mac OS X (10.0 through 10.4 PPC), highlight the FreeHand 9 app icon in Finder, go to "File > Get Info" to open the Info panel for FreeHand 9, and check "Open in the Classic Environment". Otherwise, FreeHand 9 will attempt to open as a Carbon Mac OS X app and crash with a shared library error.


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by fogWraith - 2020, October 17 - 8:02am

Looks like a broken image from the wayback machine, the original update is a few megabytes larger than what we have. Removing

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by mrdav - 2020, October 17 - 7:29am

The BinHex archive for the 9.0.1 updater (3rd DL) is incomplete and is totally unusable. Do we really need to go looking for a good copy (i,e, delete this incomplete copy) since we have the full v9.0.1 in DL #4?

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by Duality - 2018, December 10 - 9:49am

The 9.0.1 patch seems to have disappeared from Adobe's servers. I'll see if I can get a CD-ROM disk image with the patch on it. Thanks, eastone!

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by joseluis79 - 2016, November 24 - 7:41am

excellent program!
I love macromedia freehand

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by macjames - 2014, June 21 - 7:53pm

Humm i tested that serial on my mac before uploading the file and it worked fine.. what was strange for me that other two known serials didn't work, that's why i chose that one. My setup was an iBook G3/800 running MacOS 9.2.2

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by MikeTomTom - 2014, June 21 - 7:54am

On the good side it looks 100% functional.

@macjames: It is 100% functional and installs well on my test eMac running OS 9.2.2

Another observation: the included serial is for the Windows version (doesn't work). It was easy enough to find an alternative tho', working ones begin FHM900-

I've also succeeded in re-building the disk as HFS only, removing the iso9660 side without damaging creation/modification date/times (its as original) so if anyone wants this uploaded, I can upload it to this page too.

[Edit] Uploaded HFS only image (as .iso & .zip compressed)

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by mrdav - 2014, June 21 - 7:40am

-->Unless we find an original we can't be sure it was manufactured this way.<--

I have found that they sometimes are made this way. My most recent encounter with this phenomenon is on the new page I am about to make for Neverwinter Nights. The game CDs mount if you put them in a Windows machine. If you look at the content, the files on the Win side are the same as on the Mac side, only the names are different.

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by macjames - 2014, June 21 - 7:29am

Well it seems i didn't look deeper into the iso9660 part of the image. Yes i see the contents of the mac part with DOS names. The image is untouched and as i got it back in 2000. Unless we find an original we can't be sure it was manufactured this way. On the good side it looks 100% functional.

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by MikeTomTom - 2014, June 19 - 11:49pm

@mrdav: I cannot see any reason as to why there are HFS & ISO9660 parts here, with the given content. If this was originally a hybrid CD, then its a Toast screw-up.

The HFS side is fine. It makes me wonder if the original CD for this was ever released as hybrid. I made a recent ebay purchase of Macromedia Studio (FreeHand 10 & Flash 5). Its a boxed set containing separate Mac/Win CD's of the same version of software. I had earlier also purchased FreeHand 8 (Mac) on CD. None were hybrid CD's.

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by mrdav - 2014, June 19 - 9:54am

@MTT I have encountered this one or twice before where both partitions of the "hybrid" are effectively the same.

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by MikeTomTom - 2014, June 19 - 7:19am

@macjames: Thanks for finding & archiving FreeHand 9 here. The Mac install set appears to be in good shape. However, I have to point out that although it appears to be a hybrid image, its not one containing a Windows install set of FreeHand 9.

It does contain a hybrid partition, except the content are all of the same Mac installer files, only with truncated DOS file-names. Weird but true.

You can test for yourself by mounting the image using the Virtual CD/DVD Utility from here (you may need to use Sheepshaver or Basilisk if you haven't got a native classic mac OS), this will mount both partitions.

On the mounted hybrid partition (labelled "FREEHAND_9"), open the folder named "FREEHAND", inside this you'll see an icon named "FREEHAND.9IN", it has a "VISE" installer icon, double-click this and it will launch wanting to install FreeHand 9 for you. There are no Windows files present, only Mac files with truncated 8x3 DOS file names.

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by MikeTomTom - 2014, June 13 - 1:09am

@macjames: No rush or pressure, just excellent if you can at some stage. Thanks.

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by papa - 2014, June 12 - 7:20pm

I was able to install FH 5.5 without problems.

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by macjames - 2014, June 12 - 7:28am

About 430 MB, but it's in my tapes. Will try to do it on the weekend.

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by MikeTomTom - 2014, June 12 - 6:29am

9.0 Installer eh?

If you have one macjames, that would be great. If you have the CD, even better. This current archive needs replacing.

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by macjames - 2014, June 12 - 6:26am

9.0 Installer eh? sounds extremely possible Wink

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by MikeTomTom - 2014, June 12 - 2:50am

trying to run it produces the following error message...

Did you drag & copy the mounted .img to your hard drive before trying to run it?

I've tried to run this one on SheepShaver but it crashes SheepShaver every time. (This could be SheepShaver's lack of MMU and FreeHand requiring one). I'll try it on actual G4 hardware next.

[Edit] Nope, this one crashes with type 3 errors on my G4 eMac (Mac OS 9.2.2). Use any of the installer sets mentioned below in preference to this one, which gets a one star rating from me.

It is a pre-installed copy. I would be very reluctant to use a pre-installed software. Versions of Macromedia FreeHand that are very good and have full installers here at the garden are version 5.5, vers. 7.0, vers. 8.0.1 & MX (vers.10). I think vers. 5.5 and vers. 8.0.1 are my all time favorite releases of this software.

[Edit 2]: If you try vers. 8.0.1, then DL the full iso for that version, the smaller 18 MB file also has problems.

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by papa - 2014, June 12 - 1:01am

I can unstuff and mount this application, but trying to run it produces the following error message (translated from Japanese):

A type 2 error has occurred. Application "FreeHand 9" has terminated for an unknown reason.

Please save your work in other open applications and reboot the computer.

(I'm running Mac OS J1-9.2.2 on a Power Mac G4 Cube.)

Anyone else seen an error like this or have any clues on getting the app to run?

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by MikeTomTom - 2013, May 23 - 9:46am

It work at 68k?

No, this is impossible for this version. The final version of FreeHand to run on 68k Macintosh is FreeHand version 7.x. See the FreeHand Graphics Studio 7 thats here. I've removed the "Works in Basilisk II" & 68k references from this page.

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by MegaKsenia - 2013, May 23 - 8:53am

It work at 68k? Are you sure?

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by s4511g - 2012, December 27 - 3:40am

Any chance to have here full cd-rom image of this program?