How to Import FreeHand Files

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FreeHand is a desktop publishing software from Adobe.

Building up line symbols in OCAD is different to FreeHand: For example, in OCAD a street line symbol, consisting of two side lines and a street panel, is depicted with a single line axis. In FreeHand the same street symbol consists of three line elements that are grouped. If objects from Freehand files are imported via an AI file into OCAD, only the effective line axes (point, surface and line geometry) can be imported.

For this purpose we recommend that you proceed as follows:

  1. First of all generate the map symbols in OCAD by exporting the Freehand map legends in AI format (version 8) and importing them into OCAD. In this context consult our Howtos film: Constructing a point symbol from an Adobe Illustrator file
  2. Import the AI file with the map into OCAD.
  3. Construct a CRT table by assigning the number of the AI symbol to OCAD’s symbol number. You should only use the objects with the actual point, line and surface geometry.
  4. Execute the script (translate planes). The point, line and surface geometries are assigned to the appropriate OCAD symbols!

See also: Migration of unstructured DTP maps