What Are FH10 and FH11 Files?

How to open, edit, and convert FH10 and FH11 files

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

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

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.

FH10 files that open with Adobe Illustrator in Windows 10

Previous versions of 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.

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.

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 FreeHand in 2007. While you can no longer get it from Adobe's website, there are some updates you can download from Adobe if you need v11.0.2 (the last version released).

If you're working on Windows and a program on your computer opens FH10 or FH11 files by default, but it's not the one you want, you can always change the file association.

How to Convert FH10 & FH11 Files

Finding a specific file converter that can save FH10 or FH11 drawing files to another image format may not be possible. 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 to some other image format like JPG, PDF, or PNG.

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 different format.

Still Can't Open It?

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 meant for a different program entirely.

If this is the case, use a text editor to open the file as a text document. In doing this, you'll likely see scrambled, unclear text unless the file happens to be text-based, in which case all the data is 100 percent readable in the text editor. However, 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 that opens it.

It's also possible that you're misreading the file extension entirely. Other extensions look similar even though they're completely unrelated. F06 is one example, which is a Nastran Output file used by MSC Nastran. Another is FH, associated with Backup Exec.

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