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Illustrator is the most reliable vector program available. Freehand is by far the most intuitive. I started out using Freehand at it's inception (when it was launched with Pagemaker by Aldus) and believe that as a free form design program freehand is excellent. Slicing and joining paths, masking (paste-inside) are just a few features that are far easier to use. I have recently introduced my artsy 14 year old daughter to computer graphics and try as I did to explain how to use Illustrator, it was obvious that she able to achieve results quicker in Freehand in a way that made sense to a beginner. Adobe Illustrator is great but would do well to take on board some of the critisisms and include some of the excellent intuitive features from Freehand. As a daily Illustrator user, I feel that it's a bit like wading through toffee. Illustrator zealots that have not experienced the joys of Freehand do not know what they have missed. Rest in Peace Freehand