File Extension FH3

  • Full name
    Adobe FreeHand Drawing
  • Developer
    Adobe Systems Incorporated
Have you encountered a problem with a FH3 file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a FH3 file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your FH3 file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is FH3 file?

The file extension FH3 features documents of the vector sign and illustration program Freehand in version 3 of Aldus. These files contain 2D vector drawings.

More info

Freehand was originally developed by Altsys and distributed by Aldus. In 1994 Freehand was bought by Macromedia. After Adobe took over the company, the development of Freehand was discontinued in favor of Adobe Illustrator. Freehand is still available in the MX version, but only supports older versions of Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OSX.

Usually the number of the Freehand version is appended to the extension fh, eg Fh8. Many programs only support opening files with these special endings.

Programs which can open a FH3 file

How to open file with FH3 extension?

In order to open a file with FH3 extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening FH3 file occurred, it is highly possible that none of the listed programs is present on user’s system. Even if one or more said programs are installed, there may be issues related with given programs. In order to solve a problem with FH3 files, follow the instructions below.
Install Adobe FreeHand MX or other program from the list

Most often resolving problems with opening FH3 files is very simple. Just install an appropriate program that supports such files. All of the listed programs support FH3 files, but may vary in offered function and purpose. Some programs may be capable only of viewing contents of FH3 files or offer file conversion options, but may not be capable of editing such files.

Set Adobe FreeHand MX as the default program for opening FH3 files

It is possible that although a compatible program has been installed on user’s system, it is not used by the system to open it. This may happen because no default application was associated with this type of files. To associate FH3 files with given application, select "Open with" from drop-down menu (accessed by right-clicking on the file). Then select from the list the program or application you want to be used to open this type of file. If the Adobe FreeHand MX applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where Adobe FreeHand MX has been installed.


Check the section that lists most common problems with FH3 files

Sometimes problems with opening FH3 files may not lie with the application itself, but can arise due to other causes, such as:

  • File data is corrupted
  • FH3 files has been not been completely download from the internet (only a part of the data has been downloaded)
  • Currently used user account hasn’t been granted necessary privileges to open FH3 files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • FH3 file was being copied from a corrupted storage device and is incomplete or data is corrupted. (Copying files from unknown or untrusted sources should be conducted with great care as such files may contain malicious software, which can damage your system)

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