What are FH10 & FH11 Files?

How to Open, Edit, & Convert FH10 & FH11 Files

Screenshot of the Adobe FreeHand logo

Files with an FH10 or FH11 file extension are Freehand Drawing files, created using the now discontinued Adobe FreeHand software.

FH10 files were the default format for Freehand 10, while FH11 files were the default format for Freehand MX, the name that version 11 was marketed as.

Note: Previous versions of Adobe FreeHand utilized the appropriate file extensions for those versions as well. For example, FreeHand 9 saved its files with the FH9 extension, and so on.

FH10 & FH11 files store vector images used for both web and print purposes. They can contain gradients, lines, curves, colors, and more.

How To Open FH10 & FH11 Files

FH10 & FH11 files can be opened with the appropriate version of Adobe's FreeHand program, assuming you have a copy. Current versions of Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Animate will open them as well.

Note: The FreeHand software was created by Altsys in 1988. Altsys was later bought by Macromedia, which was then purchased by Adobe in 2005. Adobe discontinued the FreeHand software in 2007. While you can no longer get buy FreeHand from Adobe's website, there are some updates you can download through Adobe if you need v11.0.2 (the last version released) - you can get them here.

If your FH10 or FH11 file doesn't open with any of the above suggestions, it's possible that your particular file has nothing at all to do with FreeHand and is just using the same file extension.

In this case, the file is really meant for a different program entirely.

Tip: If this is the case, you can use a text editor like Notepad++ to open the FH10 or FH11 file. Unless the file happens to be text-based, in which case all the data is 100% readable in the text editor, you'll likely see scrambled, unclear text.

But if you can pick something identifiable out of it, you might be able to use that information to research what program was used to build your file, which is likely the same program used to open it.

If a program on your computer opens FH10 or FH11 files by default, but it's not the one you want, you can always change it. See How to Change File Associations in Windows for help doing that.

How To Convert FH10 & FH11 Files

I don't know of a specific file converter that can save FH10 or FH11 drawing files to another image format. However, if you have FreeHand already installed on your computer, you can use it to convert the file to a different format, like EPS.

Once you have the EPS file, you can use an online file converter like FileZigZag or Zamzar to convert the EPS file to some other image format like JPG, PDF, or PNG, among many others.

Since Illustrator and Animate both can open FH10 and FH11 files too, it's likely that there's some sort of save as or export menu option that can be used to save the file to a new format.

Although I haven't confirmed that this works, you might also be able to use CoolUtils.com (another online file converter) to convert the file to JPG directly, without having to use FreeHand first.

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Let me know what specific problem you're having opening or converting the file, if it's an FH10 or FH11 file, and what you've already tried. Then I'll see what I can do to help.