Free FreeHand, Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of Printing and proprietary file formats handling of content

Markzware explores freedom of print (freedom of content) by taking a look at Freehand and other priority file formats, as well as printing press inventor Johannes Gutenberg’s view:

Save FreeHand! They call themselves FREE FreeHand. Let’s face it, though, when you are up against such factors as ex Macromedia and the mighty Adobe, it would be a miraculous “save”. (I guess they may settle for an effective “import”…)


Yes, you read it correctly. I guess this is popular with Spain, a place that I heard would not easily give up their favorite vector-drawing app.

FlightCheck can preflight FreeHand 11.0 (MX) down to version 7. Perhaps, Markzware could consider adding FreeHand as a file type that PageZephyr Search could search. Goals of Free FreeHand address one of many printing problems: legacy files, which Markzware’s file conversion software often helps solve:

We want FreeHand to have a future. Not only because we love to work with it, but also because we have thousands of files from the past we may need access to on any given occasion (well, they open in AI, but are converted into chaos)…
We were relieved to find that it does work well in Mac OS X Snow Leopard (after first installing Rosetta, the binary translation software that makes PowerPC-based applications run on Intel Macs). But the experience reminds us that we hang on the edge — maybe next time it won’t work.

I support this cause. Just because so many millions of documents have used this tool to effectively store, NOT LOCK UP their content. Stay up-to-date by following their blog and as the banner suggests, it may come down to a legal battle. In this so-called FREE Internet age, when content is apparently free for all, I have to think about the evolution of printing, all the way back to the birth of print, and consider why printing was developed.

Johannes Gutenberg is the western founder and inventor of movable type and, of course, the printing press. The press is still widely used for projects from western graphic design to eastern digital design. This invention  of printing helps to FREE CONTENT and to give it wings:

Religious truth is captive in a small number of little manuscripts which guard the common treasures, instead of expanding them. Let us break the seal which binds these holy things; let us give wings to truth that it may fly with the Word, no longer prepared at vast expense, but multitudes everlastingly by a machine which never wearies to every soul which enters life.
— said to be attributed to Johannes Gutenberg (Source)
Note: If you hold more facts or info on this quote from Gutenberg, please email me.

Ironic, isn’t it? Printing freed the content of its day and modern proprietary file formats, via their corporate applications, lock it down again. PDF is increasingly seeing its content re-used or otherwise exported, yet content in the case of FreeHand files is not primarily the text, yet the intricate x and y positions of the created and placed artwork, the various vector points, paths and specific functions used. This is what they seek: freedom of their valued content. They explained it well in one of their latest blog posts, titled, “Imagine you were a carpenter.” They have a very good point, license agreement likely aside.

Markzware’s pre press software is available via the FlightCheck page. See more printing solutions on the Markzware Products page.

Free FreeHand, Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of Printing and proprietary file formats handling of content