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Help converting FH3 files to readable/useable format

Postby JackalopeRanch » Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:50 pm

Greetings fellow Freehanders!

I've been through the forums & google etc, and haven't found the answers, so I'm asking here for your help & input for my file conversion project. Thanks in advance!

I have files in FH3.1 (Maybe as late as 4.0?) From 1994 through 1997. Dozens of them. On floppies.

Currently I have a MacBook Pro R running OS 10.8.5.
I have Adobe CS5 installed.

I bought a Sabrent USB Floppy drive which works to get the documents from the floppies to the MBP harddrive. Here's where I'm stuck:

I need to figure out how to open the files to convert them into something that can be read, and hopefully ultimately worked with.

When I check the info for the files, they say they're “Adobe Illustrator CS5” files, but they cannot be opened by Illustrator CS5. Not sure how they got the CS5 designation, but I cannot tell the original file extension. When I put the floppy in, that's how it shows up before the files are even transferred to the MBPR harddrive.

I've read about installing FH8 or 9 to open the originals and convert them... but I cannot find this version, AND if I could, will it work with my OS?

What is the best way to make this happen? (I'd also be happy if I could find a way to use a more recent version of FH on this computer vs using AI.)

I'd be grateful for any suggestions/advice/direction! Thank you!
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Re: Help converting FH3 files to readable/useable format

Postby FFH Thü » Sat Dec 21, 2013 9:31 am

I remember I also had older files I took over into FH MX, which was not possible directly but needed an older FH first. FH8 or 9 may do the trick. I opened and saved the old files with it and after that I was able to open them in FH11. At that time I was using the Classic Environment of the early OS X to run old FH software, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classic_Environment. Nowadays you could maybe use Sheepshaver to install and run Mac OS 9.
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Re: Help converting FH3 files to readable/useable format

Postby FFH Mark » Mon Dec 23, 2013 12:22 am

If you are trying to open FH3 files, you will need to install FreeHand 5 and run it in Sheepshaver because that was the last version to open FH3. Get FH5.5 here: http://macintoshgarden.org/apps/macromedia-freehand-55

More on Sheepshaver in this thread, and it works in Mavericks:
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=163
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