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Discovered Affinity and have been pleasantly surprised with it. I've been a longtime professional user of Freehand, and it would be such a treasure to see Affinity friendly toward these native files. Many Freehand users have tried Illustrator but are not pleased with it's design and function. Is there any hope for Affinity to bridge this gap? At least allowing FHMX files to open in the application. Hope I'm not alone on this...I know of many designers that would welcome Affinity if it offered this option. Curiously watching the development...
HI, Like myself, most Freehand users are still running very old copies of Freehand on some very old Apple Macs… and still earning a living. It's not because of some stick-in-the-mud attitude to change, but simply because it's still a superior tool in comparison to AI. I personally have been hanging on for something more intuitive than AI to come along for over 10 years - I think this is probably the best I've seen yet. After using the Beta for a few hours I'm about to start my next project using it and see how far I get. Most FH users started with Freehand back in the 80s/90s at agencies across the globe. They're now a hugely experienced, influential bunch as this now famous thread will attest: http://www.creativereview.co.uk/back-issues/creative-review/2009/march-20091/freehand-anonymous It would be more than worth your while engaging with them. We don't necessarily want a Freehand "Clone" but some familiar features and workflow would help ease the transition - and it wouldn't take much to ease the transition as Adobe have now almost pulled the shutter down on all Macromedia products. The Freehand requests seem to be all over the shop and perhaps a specific area on the Forum where we can place them all would be an idea. It would also help cultivate a FH community that you can engage with. S