Canvas 15

Canvas 15

Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 19 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    15.5.1770
  • Total Downloads:
    112,773
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 19, 2014
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $599.99 to buy
  • File Size:
    147.58MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    59
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #33 in CAD Software

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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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5 stars

"Does everything... not perfect, though"

November 24, 2011  |  By southpawami

 |  Version: Canvas 12.00.1389

Pros

Does everything(dtp, graphics, 2d, 3d)
Formats support beyond anything out there
A true jack of trades

Cons

format support isn't perfect, export formats aren't always perfect

Summary

A true graphic tool that's a jack of all trades, but a master at none. It's a relief to be able to open everything in one place, and if you have a format export problem, just export through a different format... this program can do that. Hard to be sure what this program should be doing though... besides everything.

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1 stars

"Canvas 12 is irrelevant. Requiem for Canvas on Mac"

October 31, 2011  |  By nerdboy

 |  Version: Canvas 12.00.1389

Pros

None. It's gone.

Cons

Sadness at the loss of a great program.

Summary

Canvas on Mac was perfect. True some new features would have been nice but it did everything I needed and it did it with a minimum of fuss. I do both engineering drawing as well as image annotation and page layout. I need accurate snap-to guidelines, scaling, dimensioning, etc. etc.

I completely agree with wrbtu that there is nothing comparable currently. I've looked at everything I can find and tried demos of a few: Cadintosh, Intaglio, Lineform, and TurboCAD Mac Designer 2D. The latter comes close but lacks the simple elegance and some critical features.

I'd love to thank the authors of Canvas for Mac; maybe they'll see this and understand.

Meanwhile, I'll stick with Mac OS 10.6 and Canvas 8.

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1 stars

"Best Object-Based Mac Drawing Program, Fails in Lion"

August 21, 2011  |  By dfbishop

 |  Version: Canvas 12.00.1389

Pros

No Pros for Mac Users. Unsupported, doesn't run in Lion

Cons

No version works on the latest Mac OS

Summary

This outstanding object-based drawing program was easy to use, bug-free, and full-featured. There is no substitute available in any other software for the Mac. It was the industrial version of MacDraw, but amazingly, in spite of its importance to scientists, engineers, artists, architects and others, it was abandoned for the Mac

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1 stars

"No longer works on Mac"

February 15, 2011  |  By wrbtu

 |  Version: Canvas 12.00.1389

Pros

no pros for a Mac user

Cons

No longer works on Mac

Summary

This review is written to assist Mac users find a replacement for Canvas, which no longer works on the Mac platform.
I used Canvas from 1988 until they abandoned the Mac platform, & it had been my favorite program. Looking for a replacement wasn't easy, & finding a full replacement has been impossible. I've tried 7-8 different programs, but they were either too simplistic, too complicated, not intuitive in the least, feature-empty, or just plain poorly implemented.
VectorDesigner, in my opinion, & for my needs, is the best alternative available, & the only one that got past the trial/demo stage for me.
I design forms & simple one-page 8x10 posters (with text & graphics). Canvas was by far the best program for what I need to do. Now, I can get away with using NisusWriter Pro (a word processor), but it's not very good with graphics. VectorDesigner is better for graphics features, but is not very good with text. So I use both, depending on what I need to get done.
VectorDesigner costs only a fraction of what Canvas cost, so it's understandable that it does only a fraction of what Canvas used to do. I have hundreds of Canvas documents that I can't modify, can't print, can't "save as", but I keep them, because I can still open it using Mac OS 10.6, & copy from a Canvas document & paste it elsewhere.
And that, like it or not, is the best solution I've found.

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5 stars

"Very good software"

December 15, 2008  |  By P-O

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Easy using

Cons

Nothing the software is very good

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3 stars

"Sounds to good to be true"

September 17, 2008  |  By RichardIII

 |  Version: Canvas 9.0.2

Pros

According t descriptions, better then photo shop which I own... Possible.

Cons

Sounds like cripple ware from some of the discriptions.

Summary

Should include the fact that it is not free.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 15.5.1770
With advanced interpolation methods for rendering and resampling images, a brand new color management engine, improved support for digital camera RAW files and camera models, and a host of efficiency-driven advancements to make your life easier, designing and sharing your technical graphics vision has never been this painless. Or this snappy.

  • Work Your Way: Canvas now supports your personal workflow preferences, including the ability to save your customized layout and have it open as you like it each time you start the application. Avoid wasting time with the Previous View command, designed to allow you to conveniently return to your previous magnification level and position in the document. And it is now possible to open each of your projects in a new application window, allowing for simple comparing and contrasting, or multitasking.
  • Effortless Precision: Use the Smart Mouse and Guides to precisely snap lines to objects and manage complex angles and distances. Take the guesswork out of centering, dividing, and snapping to corners of geometric shapes and aligning lines at sensitive angles with these sophisticated guidance tools.
  • Carefree Copying: Quickly unify the elements of your project by using the Attribute Dropper tool to copy the attributes of one vector object to another. This feature makes it easy to maintain the consistency of aspects like stroke, pen, fill ink, text style, transform, dimensions, transparency.
  • Tightened Text Workflow: Diversify your projects with quick, hassle-free access to special characters. Speed up your editing process with the ability to merge multiple text boxes, including merging all the boxes on the page, or simply a selection.
  • An Expanded Library: Canvas 15 comes packed with additional symbol and clip art libraries perfect for a diverse range of tasks, from crime scene labeling and furniture layout, to circuit board design and energy exploration.
  • Streamline Your Sophisticated Shapes: Maximize efficiency with the ability to set objects to flip as they replicate. Create and edit polygons the way you want, with locked lengths and specified alternate angles.
  • Accelerate Your AutoCAD Project: Experience greater flexibility with the option to customize the drawing scale of AutoCAD DWG and DXF file formats. Canvas 15 will also substitute the CAD user data interchange standard fonts for easy editing and accessibility.
  • Fly to the Web: Canvas 15 now supports the importing and exporting of WebP, a format designed to allow lossless and lossy compression for images being uploaded to the web.
  • Create Powerful PDFs: With Canvas 15's overhauled PDF export dialog, enjoy more versatile, robust PDFs, accommodating better export compression, support for grayscale color mode, layer-based transparent effects rendering, the ability to export object properties, and more. Importing PDFs has also been improved to make life easier, including text and image merge support.
  • More GIS Data Solutions: With an ever-expanding range of handled file formats and information analysis tools, Canvas GIS users are better supported than ever with the ability to import, modify, and export Google Earth KMLs and KMZs. Create buffers for objects that are tagged Point, Line, or Area for greater visualization and map utilization. Simplify your communications with the ability to export layered PDFs with geospatial information embedded and viewable with Acrobat Reader XI. Open, place, or import formats used by GPS-aware devices, satellite imaging systems, or digital elevation models, such as GPX or Geo JPEG 2000.
General
Publisher ACD Systems
Publisher web site http://www.acdsee.com
Release Date November 19, 2013
Date Added March 19, 2014
Version 15.5.1770
Category
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory CAD Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 147.58MB
File Name canvas.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 112,773
Downloads Last Week 59
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License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $599.99

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