FreeHand Draws on Better Tools

 
 
By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2003-03-17 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

With the release of FreeHand MX last month, Macromedia completed the upgrade of its product line to the new MX platform and has the best-integrated development, authoring and graphics-building products I've seen in quite a while.

With the release of FreeHand MX last month, Macromedia completed the upgrade of its product line to the new MX platform and has the best-integrated development, authoring and graphics-building products Ive seen in quite a while.

Of course, FreeHand MX is a stand-alone product in its own right and is a very good vector graphics creation tool. FreeHand MX is available for $399 or a $99 upgrade fee. Those interested in trying out the features first can download a fully functional trial version at www.macromedia.com.

Among the new features in FreeHand MX are the ability to apply multiple attributes to a single object, improved live graphics editing and effects, better tools for adding connectors and defining actions, and an object properties panel.

And FreeHand now has the standard MX interface, making it easier to move among Macromedia applications. The product also integrates better with products such as Flash, Dreamweaver and Fireworks.

I could even create some basic animation and movie effects, with simple timelines, that previously required Flash.

 
 
 
 
Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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