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    Good Morning. We have a lot of existing Freehand maps that need updating in our current Ai (2017) & MAPublisher (9.9) environment. Is there documentation or a workflow I should follow? Thanks for any help you can send my way.

    Bert Hatchell
    GIS Analyst/Cartographer


    Hi Bert,

    Thank you for your post. Please see the link below for a forum discussion on how to convert Freehand documents for use within Illustrator and MAPublisher.

    If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

    Kate Brillinger
    Avenza Systems Inc.


    Kate, thank you for the reply and link. We are actually just pulling the existing Freehand files into Ai, hopefully with the road text and annotation fairly intact. We don’t really want to convert Freehand to a shapefile or other format, we are instead pulling in new GIS datasets to update our maps. I wasn’t sure if there was a component to MAPublisher that helped with this process. Apologies, I understand ESRI, but I have no experience with Freehand and just a little with Ai. Does this makes sense? Thanks again.


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