Illustrator CS2 and FreeHand (MX2004)

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by YS2003, May 7, 2006.

  1. YS2003 macrumors 68020

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    I have been studying and using CS2 (Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign) and MX2004 (primarily Dreamweaver). Illustrator and FreeHand are both vector-based program and I would like to hear if other forum members are using both programs. Since I have MX2004, I feel I should study FreeHand to put it to my daily use. But, if there is no merit to studying similar vector programs at the same time (I am already learning and using Illustrator), I feel I should just skim the basic features in the general tutorial book to get a basic idea how FreeHand functions instead of going through the detailed tutorial book with project files and all.
     
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Concentrate your efforts on Illustrator.

    In all liklihood, Freehand is a dead app walking. I can't see Adobe keeping it around for too much longer despite its many adherents.

    I expect to see some interesting results come from Flash and Illustrator integration over the next few years.
     
  3. YS2003 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thank you, Blue, for a constructive comment and I agree with your opinion. I will maintain my current course which is to learn and use CS2 (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, and a few additional apps like ImageReady). I am also learning Flash as my MX2004 came with Flash Pro and it seems Flash can accept Illustrator files without any problem.

    I am very interested in what Adobe will dish out as CS3 next year, as I hope they will make multi-functional apps like the one you commented (Flash + Illustrator).
     
  4. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    And if you're interested in pursuing Illustrator indepth, then I can recommend:

    The Adobe Illustrator CS2 Wow! Book by Sharon Steuer

    A real eye-opener to the powers of this app in the hands of pros and a superb book.
     
  5. YS2003 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yes, that book is good. I have gone through both CS and CS2 versions of that book as I could not find the CS2 version for the book when I bought CS2. It gives you techniques you can use to get pro grade output and practice/example files (which come with the book) are also helpful by looking at how those artists created their works.

    I have just finished Real World Illustrator CS2 book and have started Illustrator CS2 @ Work book now. Adobe's classroom in the book series are also good as well (I have fished them all for PS, Illustrator, and ID).
     
  6. mikes63737 macrumors 65816

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    Concentrate on Illustrator. Freehand has been dead for a few years. It hasn't really been updated since Studio MX. MX 2004 and 8 still have (about) the same version.
     
  7. iGav macrumors G3

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    I'd say learn every relevant app you can, regardless of what Adobe might have in store for Freehand, at the moment it's still better at many things than Illustrator (and of course vice-versa) and is still very much a 'going' concern in the design industry, you'd be surprised at how many high-end consultancies actually use it ;) Illustrator ISN'T a standard by any stretch of the imagination.

    By not knowing it, you ARE limiting your potential to be employed by a design company.

    These app's aren't rocket science, and at worst shouldn't take much longer that a couple of days to actually learn, a week at most, if you've sussed Photoshop then Illustrator will rapidly follow, and Freehand really isn't all that different from that. Same then follows for ImageReady etc.

    But by not learning it... you're limiting yourself, and from my past experience, many design companies don't keep up to date with the latest software versions, so potentially you might end up going for an interview, and you could be asked about your software knowledge, and bam! not knowing it could lose you the job.

    Or you could of course lie and say you do know it... but I've seen people sacked for trying to pull that stunt when it comes out under the heat of a deadline. ;)

    Regarding Flash and Illustrator, they'd be well suited to each other, both suffer from reasonably clunky, counter-intuitive interfaces and functionality, let's hope they incorporate elements of After Effects/LiveMotion should such an amalgamation ever occur. :p
     
  8. YS2003 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    iGav, that is a good point. I think it does not hurt getting acquainted myself with FreeHand as 1) I bought MX2004, 2) I bought Sams tutorial book on MS2004 (which was sitting on my desk waiting for its turn), 3) I enjoy learning computer graphics program so that I can use it for my marketing works and possibly for my personal artistic works (which is still yet to develop fully:eek: ).
     

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