Oh, sweet speculation. What will happen with FreeHand?
Over the past few months, we've gotten mixed messages from Adobe on the future of FreeHand. The vector graphics program that many choose to use wasn't mentioned in Adobe's announcement on when apps will offer support for Intel-based Macs. At the same time, Adobe has taken the stance that they will continue to sell and support FreeHand. There's no indication whatsoever that FreeHand will be killed (or "EOL'd" -- end of lifed -- as we say in the industry).
Adobe also released a FreeHand to Illustrator Migration Guide as well as a technical resource to assist in making the move from FreeHand to Illustrator CS2.
At the same time, rumors of Adobe having hired a Product Manager for FreeHand have been confirmed -- although there are many different ways of interpreting what that means for the future of FreeHand.
Well, apparently, many FreeHand users are taking matters into their own hand by creating a petition for the future of FreeHand. I know for a fact that the folks within Adobe are well aware of the following that FreeHand has, and in my opinion, that's got to be the reason why you haven't see Adobe kill it as soon as the merger was complete. But seeing the support from so many FreeHand users warms the heart, and I can only hope that Adobe takes the petition into account no matter what its decision eventually is.
If you're a FreeHand user, or even appreciate the value of the program, you can add your name to the petition here.
Hat tip to Dean Roksandic for bringing this petition to my attention.