While there are plenty of uncertainties out there in the world (like whether or not there's a future for FreeHand, GoLive, etc.), there are also some things we're quite sure of -- like the fact that there are plenty of dedicated and passionate FreeHand users out there.
So I thought some of you might be interested in reading a blog that Richard Hubbard has been working on. Richard is a long-time FreeHand user and like many others, cares deeply about the future of the program. A short while ago, Richard contacted me asking if he could interview me on my thoughts about FreeHand. As my own dediated readers know, I'm never shy about sharing ideas or concepts that I myself am passionate about, so of course, I accepted. You can read my interview on the FreeHand blog.
But while that might be quasi-interesting (my own commentary that is), I was quite impressed that Richard reached out to Adobe and to the Illustrator team and actually managed to get an interview with two friends of mine -- Phil Guindi, who is the Product Manager for Illustrator, and Terry Hemphill -- who is the Product Marketing Manager for Illustrator.
Richard shares his conversation with those two on his blog as well, and it does offer a wonderful insight into Adobe's thought process on the whole issue. While the interview doesn't reveal any juicy information, it certainly does offer this: a comfort on some level that Adobe isn't simply making rash decisions. I was actually surprised by the candor of the interview, and am impressed by Adobe's willingness to communicate on some level with the users with regards to this issue.
Kudos to both Richard and to Adobe on this one. Well done.
The FreeHand blog can be found here.