Adobe has decided to pull the plug on FreeHand MX, their vectorial application aimed at designers. You’ll still be able to download and use the program but version 11.0.2 will be the last release. As John Nack, developer at Adobe, reveals on his blog, the company will “continue to sell FreeHand MX, and will offer technical and customer support” yet strongly encourage users to make the leap to Adobe Illustrator CS3 by offering an update for $199.
The decision comes as no surprise considering that FreeHand MX hadn’t been updated for four years. Adobe is pushing users to use their new Creative Suite 3, which has seen a reshuffle in applications. It appears that there wasn’t much room for FreeHand MX anymore, with Illustrator CS3 covering most of the creative design and page production needs of users. Adobe has already set up a number of guides to help users easily migrate from FreeHand MX to Illustrator. Rest in peace, FreeHand.