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Thanks Linda, I appreciate the heads up! Since I was on the other side of
the Adobe/Macromedia merge, I did a lot of work in Freehand and have plenty
of files in the archive. Hadn't tried opening one lately, but guess I won't
get rid of those old CS5 discs after all! Thanks again!

On Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 11:29 AM, Linda Feltner <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> Hi All:
> With the thread of backups and various storage for archiving projects, I
> encountered an interesting road-block.
>
> With my upgrade to Adobe Suite CC, it will not open "some" older
> Illustrator files. It is showing the project files as a dark gray icon with
> green letters in the upper left "exec".  These are very tiny files, unlike
> the original project file.  It also had no extension, so I couldn't tell
> what kind of file it was to begin with.
>
> I went to the knowledgebase, which did discuss the issue, but did not
> solve it.
> The knowledgebase went on a severe tangent because folks did not read
> correctly and droned on about "exe" files and said they were Windows
> products, blah blah.  But this has nothing to do with being created on a
> Windows machine. Read EXEC, not EXE.
>
> But what I did glean, was that if one selects the file (which has the
> extension removed) and uses File>Get Info (or key command), then it showed
> me under Kind: "Adobe Illustrator CC 2017 Document"..   This is confusing
> because it is in no way a CC document. Originally created around 1998, and
> in Freehand.  It had been opened and updated to an Adobe Illustrator
> product a few years ago, when I backed up all the client files into a new
> system. BUT, seeing it might be an Illustrator file, it lead me to open an
> old iMac that I have not recycled yet, which had Adobe Suite CS5 on it.
> The file was recognized, even though it did not have an extension. It asked
> to convert a Freehand file, YES Please!  And it worked.  I saved it as an
> EPS file, that worked great. It also saved as a CS5 file.  However, it has
> truncated all the links, such as "blackbd scan1200dpi.tif" to "0dpi.tif"..
> so I need to manually rename all the links to match the archive job files
> in the folder.
>
> I have converted it to a Illustrator CC file, there are some issues, but I
> think it's better than no file at all!.
>
> So, thank you Apple for giving me and my client palpitations.
> Without the older programs on my yet-to-be-recycled computer, I would have
> been spending hours trying to find it in the knowledgebase.
>
> So, hopefully this is helpful for any who don't know about "exec" files
> (it could be just me).
>
> Cheers,
> Linda
>
>
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