The FreeHand 8.0.1 Updater enhances Flash export, expands support of linked images, and improves compatibility with Photoshop 5 and Illustrator 7 import. The Updater also resolves some issues discovered in FreeHand 8.0.
The new Flash 3 SWF Export Xtra greatly reduces the size of Flash SWF files exported from FreeHand 8.0.1.
When exporting to SWF, a linked image or object that appears more than once is stored as a single image or object, avoiding duplicate data. This substantially reduces the size of files that include repeated elements.
Choosing the Flash SWF format in the Export Document dialog box defaults to Flash 3 SWF format. To change the format, click the Options button to open the dialog box, then choose either Flash 2 or Flash 3 format from the Compatibility pop-up.
The Flash 3 SWF export format supports additional FreeHand 8 features:
Note: The Flash 3 export format does not support these FreeHand 8 features: arrowheads, pair kerning, dashed lines and miter limits, text effects, and custom or PostScript fills and strokes.
The option is now available to link rather than embed GIF, JPEG, PSD, and TARGA formats. When linked, they retain their original characteristics. When embedded, they become TIFFs, as they do in FreeHand 8.0.
Note: Because of this new functionality, FreeHand 8.0.1 files with linked GIF, JPEG, PSD, or TARGA format images cannot be opened properly in FreeHand 8.0.
FreeHand 8.0.1 correctly imports Adobe Illustrator 7 files with linked images in formats such as GIF, JPEG, PSD, and TARGA. If an image lacks a FreeHand 8.0.1 import filter, FreeHand 8.0.1 replaces the image with an X-box. In this case, a suitable image can be linked to the document by choosing Edit > Links and using the Links dialog box as needed. For more information about the Links dialog box , look up "links, managing" in the index of the manual, Using FreeHand, or consult FreeHand Help.
FreeHand imports Photoshop PSD files containing alpha and spot-color channels.
Overall, FreeHand 8.0.1 interacts with Photoshop 5 the same way as it does with Photoshop 4.
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