Mourning the loss of a friend: Freehandthornysarus (930 pencils) | Thu, 2007-05-17 15:02
Maybe old news to some, and maybe the writing has been on the wall for quite some time, but I remember a time when Freehand was the only illustration app available for the Mac. That is if you don't count MacDraw, which no one ever does, even way back in the day. When Freehand hit the streets, it was the most amazing thing any of us had ever seen.
I started using Freehand at version one and still use it to this day. So, to say when I got the notice from Macworld in my RSS reader this morning, it sort of choked me up a bit.
Sure... I know Illustrator well enough to switch, and fairly painlessly, but I find myself wanting to reflect a bit and properly mourn the loss of my friend, Freehand.
I ordered Freehand along with a Mac IIFX and my first color monitor. Up until that time, I'd been working on a Mac Plus with it's tiny, built-in black and white screen. I remember seeing that beautiful, purple Aldus Freehand splash screen give way to a blank page and numerous toolbars and floating color palettes. It was just sitting there on my screen, beckoning to me. "Come on... Create something wonderful!"
And I did. :)
That was a long time ago. Since then, Freehand and I have created many wonderful things together. I remember the addition of layering which changed everything. Freehand had it before anyone else. Multiple pages in the same document and the ability to make each page a different size, vector transparencies, and the list goes on. As if it were a child, I watched Freehand be born, grow, mature and now die.
Ok... it may be silly waxing nostalgic over a piece of software, but that's how I feel this morning after reading the news.
Goodbye dear friend. It's been a blast, as I tearfully drag your beautiful, turquoise icon from my dock... and "poof."
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