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Project Canvas for Mac

By Koingo Software Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Apr 2, 2013

Those seeking alternatives to popular presentation programs like PowerPoint may have difficulty finding options. Project Canvas for Mac solves this problem, but its dated interface and lack of useful instructions make it hard to operate.

Project Canvas for Mac offers a free 15-day trial version, while unlocking the full program requires a $29.95 payment. The native installer set the program up quickly and required acceptance of a lengthy user agreement. Support for updates was available and several bugs had been fixed in the latest version. The program's interface was very basic and akin to simple drawing software from 10 years ago, a disappointment for an application trying to compete with other, more modern, presentation software. The lack of a user tutorial also makes the program difficult to use. The help menu links to a developer wiki that does not interpret the menus well and mostly describes the program's intent. When drawing objects and buttons in the program's "cards," we found that the operations did work as intended. Users also have the option to load photos, audio, or videos that can play at the user's discretion. Screen size may be manipulated if the presentation calls for it. When a presentation is completed, the program can export the presentation to a format that allows it to be played without the Project Canvas application installed, which is a good feature for a program trying to compete with larger, more popular options.

While basically functional, Project Canvas for Mac's basic design and problematic interface mean those looking for presentation software should look elsewhere.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Project Canvas for Mac 1.1.9.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.2.4

  • Updated to latest core classes.


Release December 24, 2015
Date Added December 24, 2015
Version 1.2.4

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel
Additional Requirements None


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Developer's Description

Project Canvas is a multimedia presentation tool, much like industry giant PowerPoint, but comes at the fraction of the cost. Create click-by-click adventure games, interactive tutorials, storybooks, school presentations, and more. Sporting a cross-platform compatible file format, Project Canvas files can also contain an unlimited number of cards and buttons. Buttons can perform a variety of actions from getting and setting variables, playing movies, and transitioning between cards with visual effects to playing sounds, playing music, speaking text, prompting the user for feedback and more! One of the most versatile features of Project Canvas is the ability to export a Stand Alone copy of a stack. The stack will be exported as an executable file that can be run without having to have Project Canvas installed! In addition, specify special kiosk-style features like hiding the menubar or making the stack run full screen.
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