Freehand + Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard (update)

[Editor’s note: Adobe has listened and made it easy to use Freehand under Snow Leapard Mac OS 10.6. Follow earlier procedure in this post but with new registration file from Adobe. Thanks Curt!]

[Adobe now has released] an official solution you can access here:

http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/504/cpsid_50468.html

This is a Freehand registration file you replace your own copy with. This will bypass the activation component which causes the crash on Snow Leopard. Please use the above link rather than relinking the file to the forum since we are tracking the number of times documents get accessed to give us a and idea of the scale of particular issues.

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17 Responses to “Freehand + Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard (update)”

  1. [...] Leopard UPDATE: Adobe has released a non-activation registration file to address Warning 1 below. Read more … [Editor’s note: Cartographers still migrating to Illustrator from Freehand MX should be wary of [...]

  2. rolandmex says:

    Any idea whether there are problems to be expected with MAPublisher 5 for FH?
    (I’m still reluctant to upgrade to Snow Leopard because of the registration problem and the insecurity whether MAPub works or not…)

  3. David says:

    This worked great! I still prefer Freehand over Illustrator

  4. Derek says:

    hi guys

    Please can you assist me on this if you can!

    I have just installed Snow leopard and also Freehand doesnt work, just bounces up and down.
    I have downloaded Rosetta.
    I have downloaded the Freehand Reg file from Adobe, but when I open it it says that it needs to be opened in Microsoft Graphs?

    In the Library/Application Support/….there is no Macromedia files?
    Must I create a Folder called Macromedia or must I place the Freehand reg file in my Applications folder for Macromedia?

    Thanks

  5. Derek says:

    Hi again guys!!!

    You are legends!!
    Sorted it out!!

    Thanks

  6. Derek says:

    What I did is:
    1. Delete all Freehand & Macromedia files from you computer.
    – Do this by open your zipped “FreehandMX-en” file.
    – Click on “Freehand Installer”
    – A window will come up and on the top left click on Easy install and change it it “Uninstall”
    – Once complete Uninstalled then re-install Freehand

    “”"”"DONT OPEN FREEHAND AT THIS STAGE”"”"

    2. Download the Freehand Reg file from: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/504/cpsid_50468.html

    3. Open your finder and go to:Macintosh/Library/Application Support
    – Create a folder called Macromedia (if there is none there)
    – Copy you downloaded unzipped Freehand Reg file and paste it into the Macromedia folder

    4. Then also go to: Macintosh/Users/youraccount/Library/Application Support
    – Create a folder called Macromedia (if there is none there)
    – Copy you downloaded unzipped Freehand Reg file and paste it into the Macromedia folder

    Then double click on your Freehand icon and it should open up……!!!!

    Hope this helps…..and FREEs up your time!!!

  7. betsy power says:

    I have tried everything and nothing seems to work. Freehand opens no problem, but when I try to open any of my files, it crashes. I have hundreds of design files and no access to them. Are there any other fixes out there?

  8. Nathaniel says:

    @ Betsy: Bummer, sorry about that. Do you have an old Mac to keep around with the original software? Also, new versions of Illustrator can open Freehand files now with most appearance attributes intact.

  9. Nathaniel says:

    Please note you need to have Rosetta installed to run Classic apps in Snow Leopard. This is not installed by default. If you’re not sure, reinstall your OS with this option ticked on.

  10. Sheryl says:

    FreeHanders– I am forced into Snow leopard ( a new iMac) when my G-4 died (very dead) and am trying to be as sure as possible that I will be able to both use FreeHand and be qable toa ccess old FH files. I am not a computer wizard and need directions in one word or less as to what to do with a brand new (I am taking it to an Apple store to see what they can salvage from the dead G-4 so I would like directions on what to do when I go!). I have no internet right now and am using the library computer–so may not be able to get suggestions easily. Any help in simple instructions would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks

  11. Ned says:

    Folks, Sounds like you all are the Freehand gurus… I’m about to buy a new mac mini with snow leopard. As so many others, I really need my Freehand but I can’t find original disk. Was it in with the cs2 discs? The uninstalls and reinstalls you describe on your site is done from the discs, correct? Think I should just get the FH11 shown on your blog site?

    Thanks from all Freehand lovers everywhere!

  12. Chris says:

    We were having this issue with a clients machine. None of the fixes were working, but we came up with another way. Looks like there is a difference in 10.6.2 installs. You want the combo fix. We wrote the whole this up on our site.
    http://bit.ly/d5O5cj

  13. Mark says:

    I’m actually trying to install Freehand MX on a MacBook Pro running 10.6.3 and after entering my serial number the “Continue” button never becomes available to complete the installation process. I’m made sure that all preferences and related Macromedia files are trashed. I’ve booted up in Safe Mode. I’ve booted up in target disk mode. Any suggestions? Thanks.

  14. Mark R. says:

    Mark:
    Did you ever find a solution on how to install FH MX on a 10.6.3 system? I have encountered the same problem and don’t know what to do.

    Thanks.

  15. Derek says:

    Hi Mark

    Try this it got me working.

    What I did is:
    1. Delete all Freehand & Macromedia files from you computer.
    - Do this by open your zipped “FreehandMX-en” file.
    - Click on “Freehand Installer”
    - A window will come up and on the top left click on Easy install and change it it “Uninstall”
    - Once complete Uninstalled then re-install Freehand

    “””””DONT OPEN FREEHAND AT THIS STAGE””””

    2. Download the Freehand Reg file from: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/504/cpsid_50468.html

    3. Open your finder and go to:Macintosh/Library/Application Support
    - Create a folder called Macromedia (if there is none there)
    - Copy you downloaded unzipped Freehand Reg file and paste it into the Macromedia folder

    4. Then also go to: Macintosh/Users/youraccount/Library/Application Support
    - Create a folder called Macromedia (if there is none there)
    - Copy you downloaded unzipped Freehand Reg file and paste it into the Macromedia folder

    Then double click on your Freehand icon and it should open up……!!!!

    Hope this helps…..

    Let me know
    Derek

  16. Eric says:

    Hi Derek – thanks for your help.
    I too have issues with the recent software update to Oz 10.6.4. My Freehand no quits on loading up every time on my macbook pro. I now have no way to update and edit Freehand files.

    I have followed your steps unconditionally and still no luck! I am tearing my hair out here.
    The main issue that I can see is that that link “http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/504/cpsid_50468.html” does not have a zipped file, but rather opens up in “Microsoft graph” all the time.

    Any suggestions?
    Kind Regards
    Eric

  17. Derek says:

    Hi Eric

    When you go to the Adobe link.
    Right click the link and say: Download link file.
    Take the zipped file out of your download folder onto your Desktop.
    It will be a zipped file. Unzip the file and will get a file: FreeHand MXa Registration.

    Then copy & paste this file into: Macintosh/Library/Application Support
    - Create a folder called Macromedia (if there is none there)

    Then also paste it into: Macintosh/Users/youraccount/Library/Application Support
    - Create a folder called Macromedia (if there is none there)

    Then relaunch Freehand.
    Make sure Freehand is completely quit.

    hope this helps
    Derek