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Aldus Freehand 3.1 on Windows 7

Postby spike321 » Sun Jan 05, 2014 7:07 pm

Don't know if I'll find all the answers but, I'm very glad I at least found this forum!

I have all the install discs on floppy's for Freehand 3.1 my dilemma is trying to install the program on a new computer with Windows 7. I'm guessing I'll have to get a floppy drive to read the discs but, from what I've discovered researching so far looks like it won't be that simple. So, can anyone lead me through the process of installing Freehand 3.1 on my new computer?
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Re: Aldus Freehand 3.1 on Windows 7

Postby FFH Mark » Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:03 pm

A quick search for WIN FreeHand 3.1 download led to this abandonware site:
http://vetusware.com/download/FreeHand% ... S/?id=7005

This download would get you around needing a floppy drive and make installation much easier. I don't think you'll need instructions beyond following the install program and using your serial #.

I can't say how it will run on Win 7 since I'm on a Mac but I do have FH3.1 on my computer (under emulation) and used a Mac abandonware site to get it-even though I own the original floppies. Works great.
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Re: Aldus Freehand 3.1 on Windows 7

Postby spike321 » Tue Jan 07, 2014 5:37 pm

Thanks Mark,
I downloaded from the site but, when I tried to open that file on my computer my Malwarebytes antivirus program quarantined it as a PUP.optonal so, now I'm a little gun shy about running it!
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Re: Aldus Freehand 3.1 on Windows 7

Postby FFH Mark » Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:32 pm

Could you take your disks to a computer shop that can put them on a CD as disk images similar to the rar files from the abandonware site? Since I'm a Mac guy, I don't know the specifics for Win 7 but this would work on a Mac.

JP, I see you answered on Adobe's FreeHand forum too so I won't repeat my answer there. ;)
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Re: Aldus Freehand 3.1 on Windows 7

Postby spike321 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 2:48 am

Mark,
I thought about doing that and know of a place that might be able to handle it. If not, I may try someplace like Staples, they have some pretty knowledgeable techies. Just one question, what is a rar file?
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Re: Aldus Freehand 3.1 on Windows 7

Postby FFH Mark » Wed Jan 08, 2014 5:13 pm

RAR files are like a ZIP file on steroids. You decompress them like a ZIP and they are good for multivolume archives like floppy disks. It makes sense with the two install disks for FH3.

Staples is a good idea to try!
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Re: Aldus Freehand 3.1 on Windows 7

Postby spike321 » Fri Jan 10, 2014 7:55 pm

I checked out a couple places about transferring the floppy's to a cd, one place wanted $5 per floppy another place wanted a flat rate of $50 to transfer the 15 floppy's to a cd so, the cheapest route ended up being a floppy reader for around $30. Now, what are the steps involved getting freehand (16) bit installed and running in Windows 7 (64) bit?
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Re: Aldus Freehand 3.1 on Windows 7

Postby spike321 » Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:48 pm

This is going nowhere fast! When I try the first floppy a dialog box tells me the disk is not formatted and I really don't want to go that way and loose everything on the disk. And once I got a dialog box telling me "request could not be performed because of an I/O error. I'm beginning to think this whole thing is a mistake but, not ready to throw in the towel just yet.
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Re: Aldus Freehand 3.1 on Windows 7

Postby FFH Mark » Fri Jan 10, 2014 11:38 pm

I did a quick search and sounds like others have the same problem using usb floppy drives in Windows 7. The advice from Microsoft looks like using XP mode to run the drive and get the info off of floppies:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/wind ... 6bd1ffc0f0

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http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-16 ... drive.html
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Re: Aldus Freehand 3.1 on Windows 7

Postby spike321 » Sat Jan 11, 2014 6:31 pm

Since Freehand 3.1 is an old dos program, what would happen if I took my Windows 95 install disk and tried installing in Windows 7? Or do I have to go the visualization route and install xp first?
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