We have always been asked by many of our members, if it would be possible to get FreeHand into open source or get further updates. We have come together with lawyers who helped us to file a lawsuit and we can now honestly say, we have tried hard for the past two years.
The mediation made apparent to us why the application cannot be released from Adobe ownership. Because of legal confidentiality, we cannot share these reasons to the membership, but we clearly understand and respect Adobe’s purpose for keeping FreeHand within its ownership. At least, Adobe did respond to us with discussions over many weeks.
Their attorneys and ours have worked out the following offer to all members of FreeFreeHand. In short: Adobe has agreed to meet in person with designees of Free FreeHand on at least four occasions to discuss ways to update and improve Illustrator in ways that we believe will best meet the needs of FreeHand users.
Also, FreeFreeHand members can get a discount on certain Adobe CS6 products. Members do or did receive by email a personal discount code which can be used in Adobe’s online store. (Exception: People living in an embargoed country or a country without official Adobe distributor will not receive this offer.)
Please read the lawyers official statement in the recent announcement sent to all members.
However, be aware that Adobe Illustrator CS6 does officially not support opening FreeHand files anymore. http://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/kb/s ... rator.html
The FreeFreeHand team will soon inform you about our next steps and our new course.
FFH, Bez, Mark & Thü