Canvas 14

Canvas 14

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 19 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    14.0.1534
  • Total Downloads:
    110,483
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 12, 2012
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $599.99 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    147.58MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    72
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #33 in CAD Software

Editors' Review

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Canvas 14 from ACD Systems is an enterprise-class technical illustration program. With it, you can create, refine, and publish sophisticated illustrations, animations, and documents.

It combines the drawing and illustrating features of a premium graphics app, the 3D modeling and drafting capabilities of CAD, and the collaborative capabilities of a productivity suite in one surprisingly intuitive package. A quick-start guide, copious documentation, and a helpful sidebar called the Canvas Assistant made getting to know this capable but complex software easier than we expected.

To try Canvas 14 for free, you must select that option during installation and complete the process via e-mail notification, but it's quick and painless. The program's user interface is efficient and attractive, with a crisp and businesslike layout blending the look of an image editor, office application, and Web browser; it's easily customized, too. Canvas 14 opens with an optional Startup Dialog that let us quickly create a new Illustration, GIS Document, Publication, Animation, Presentation, or user-defined Custom Document. This dialog also offers a series of quick-start guides that open a detailed browser-based users' manual.

We started small by creating a new illustration. Our blank document opened in the main window in a split view with the Canvas Assistant, which provides context-specific information and help at each step. Canvas 14's floating tool palette and layers will be familiar to Photoshop users, as will the tool and brushes themselves and many other features. Canvas is the equal of top-class illustration and design tools, though, and it takes a bit of time to learn its many unique features, such as the SpriteEffects filter tool, or its productivity and collaboration features such as flowcharts and publishing. There's even a spell-checker.

Canvas 14 now includes advanced GIS features like positioning and tagging, plus the ability to import and export GIS information and to visualize GIS data. Canvas 14 shows again why premium tools are worth their price in the face of stiff competition from freeware, especially in a business setting, where efficiency, power, and support are reflected in documents and the bottom line.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Excited to get back to Canvas!"

November 14, 2012  |  By tyendor

 |  Version: Canvas 14 14.0.1534

Pros

Canvas is a wonderful program that once you have learned it, your illustration and layout projects are only limited by your imagination. I used Canvas 8 years ago on Mac and was my default program for everything I needed to do.

Cons

At this point, the only con is I'm not aware of a Mac version. I do wish the price was not as expensive, however, for those of us on a budget.

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5 stars

"Once mastered, a great time saver. Does everything."

October 07, 2012  |  By w11dw1rk2r

 |  Version: Canvas 14 14.0.1534

Pros

It appears that owner, ACDSee, has decided to take this program seriously, as it should. It does so many things well that it would have been a crime to treat it as anything other than a first rate illustration and publishing program. It has a fairly steep learning curve due to the wealth of things this program does well, yet it has survived the years intact and is now starting to improve again.

I've been using Canvas since 1997 and the main functionality has not changed a lot. This is a good thing. However, the newest developments have addressed improvements in technology in the last four or five years. It is faster, more stable, and a great value to people who don't want to waste time getting an idea out of their heads and onto paper.

It handles both vector and rastor images equally well. The conversion facilities are excellent. The PDF utility is very good. The import and export utilities are excellent. It has many ways to interact effectively with other graphic programs.

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Cons

I suppose the complaint I had since ACDSee took it over is that some of its usefulness was becoming dated. However, ACDSee is now addressing these issues. You should be aware that there is not a lot of interface change going on. Most changes are under the hood, where feedback seems to indicate that speed and stability have truly improved.

It now appears that a Canvas Mac application is under development. This will be good news to the legion of Mac users who have always lamented the day Mac development was discontinued.

Summary

I truly like Canvas. It is still ahead of its time with many of its features. This program is well worth the price if you value being able to most anything you can think of, whether for business, science, or art. Be prepared to spend some time becoming proficient. You will enjoy the Sprite Effects on your vector illustrations, and the ease of photo adjustments. I might add that it is a very accurate program and can replicate the look of technical drawings, maps, CAD drawings, and much more. It is truly high-end jack-of-all-trades software.

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3 stars

"Great program, but Windows-only"

July 30, 2012  |  By amoffa3

 |  Version: Canvas 14 14.0.1534

Pros

Canvas is a very powerful all-in-one program, a refreshing break from the Adobe monopoly and endless upgrade cycle, and it's great to do everything in one interface, without switching among pixel, vector, layout, and web applications. I can do wireframe sketches and finished projects in the same document!

Cons

No Mac version. Running it in Parallels is a dealbreaker. Staying in one program for everything I need is great, but I'd rather stay in one OS for everything I need.

Come on, ACDsee. It's 2012. Windows-only is no longer a sensible business decision.

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5 stars

"Very good product, Adobe has now a good competitor"

June 12, 2012  |  By Asman81

 |  Version: Canvas 14 14.0.1534

Pros

- Object-oriented
- easy to create charting
- export format
- easy to use

Cons

nothing bad

Summary

Canvas 14 user experience was really amazing. Good product, however you need to use it to know how easy it is compare to Adobe products!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 14.0.1534
  • Create dynamic charts - Create and customize visually appealing dynamic charts and tables in a variety of formats using data inputted directly into Canvas: no need to import a static, pre-created chart from an external spreadsheet program.
  • Preserve Canvas data in PDF files - Convert your Canvas 14 document to a PDF file for sharing or storage, and the native Canvas data will remain imbedded in the file. Re-open your file in Canvas for further editing, with no loss of your data or formatting. Apply secure encryption and password protection whenever you save your Canvas document or export to AdobePDF. You have full control over who can open, edit and print your designs, and your rich Canvas data. Canvas editing ability can be preserved, even through the PDF conversion process.
General
Publisher ACD Systems
Publisher web site http://www.acdsee.com
Release Date June 12, 2012
Date Added June 12, 2012
Version 14.0.1534
Category
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory CAD Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 147.58MB
File Name canvas.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 110,483
Downloads Last Week 72
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $599.99

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