Macromedia is now shipping FreeHand 10, improving the vector graphics program’s integration with Flash 5 and running natively under Mac OS X. Specific new features include master pages, the Macromedia Standard Pen Tool (a multipurpose drawing tool that now behaves the same in FreeHand, Flash, and FireWorks), and the implementation of Macromedia’s user interface. The full version of FreeHand 10 is currently available as an online download for $400; upgrades from previous versions are $130. A boxed version is scheduled to ship in late May. Since Macromedia is still updating its systems to support purchases and downloads from Mac OS X, the company is recommending that Mac OS X users purchase the boxed version.
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