ACD Systems Blog


2014-11-26 18:33:05 GMT

Canvas X Pro 16 Features Upgraded Core Engine and Improved Performance for Technical Illustrators

Seattle, Washington and Victoria, B.C. – November 25, 2014 ACD Systems today released a powerful version of its popular Canvas illustration product that supports 64-bit technology and is tuned for improved performance. Canvas X Pro 16 allows a wide range of professionals—from graphics designers to engineers– to analyze, enhance and share illustrations with ease and precision. The upgraded technology allows for more memory, faster performance and is DPI-aware to take advantage of today’s most advanced hardware. The result is drastically increased document speed and the best graphics available on the market. Canvas X Pro 16 also includes a new modernized interface for an enriched user experience.

Canvas X Pro 16’s unique and integrated design environment makes it possible for users to work with and combine all graphical elements and apply high-end effects in a single document. Technical illustrators can now open and manipulate documents with over one million objects in seconds vs. minutes. Common operations are improved for a more streamlined experience.

“Canvas has enjoyed a broad and loyal following for over 20 years based on our ability to deliver the highest quality illustration capabilities,” said Doug Vandekerkhove, President of ACD Systems. ”Our millions of users continue to be our biggest advocates. Now anyone can take advantage of the mix of incredible power combined with an easy to use, clean interface. Whether you’re producing a poster, website, a floor plan or the inside of a Boeing aircraft, we offer any feature you need, yet you don’t have to spend a lot of time designing and sharing with others.”

Canvas X Pro 16 is the most complete high-end technical illustration tool available. It contains a large assortment of technical drawing tools, PDF editing and publishing, support for technical file formats, markup/ annotation of technical documents and the ability to add transparency and filter effects to any type of object. Users can create and edit various types of graphical elements in a single application rather than having to purchase and switch between multiple products, saving time and money. Canvas is the only product that offers a high level of edit-ability to all types of graphical elements.

Canvas X Pro 16 key features include:
  • PDF editing—Canvas Pro allows for round trip editing of PDF files and is easier to use than existing solutions such as Acrobat.
  • Support for numerous advanced file formats—MS Office, Visio, PDF, AutoCad, DXF, CGM, TIFF, JPG, etc.
  • High precision drawing—Canvas users can create very small or very large documents with a high level of accuracy.
  • Makeup/ annotation of technical documents—It’s easy to import various file formats and markup, annotate and add comments.
  • Greatest number and quality of edit capabilities - The only application that allows a high level of edit-ability to all types of graphical elements in one product, saving on time and cost.
  • Lens feature—Allows the creation of a lens that can magnify or perform various types of filters on a specified region of a document. For example, in a technical illustration you can easily create a lens to magnify and colorize a specific region of your illustration.
  • Extensive special effects – The ability to add transparency and filter effects to any type of object.

Canvas X Pro 16 is available now for $599 MSRP at Upgrades are available for $299.



2013-11-20 00:51:45 GMT

Deneba Software (an ACD America company) announced today the availability of the newest version of Canvas. Canvas 15 allows engineers and technical graphics professionals to illustrate and communicate with confidence, utilizing a limitless combination of documents, images, and data, and improves productivity, and technical illustration workflow. Canvas is the preferred solution in precision industries, such as aerospace and automotive, biotechnology and healthcare, education, government, manufacturing, oil, gas and energy, and technology.

“For 20 years, Canvas has been removing workflow obstacles, providing smooth transition between existing workflows. What used to take a day, now takes an hour with Canvas,” said Dallas Vandekerkhove, General Manager of Deneba Software. “It has a unique feature set combining raster and vector functions in a single editing and publishing environment. Nothing is too small or too large for Canvas.”

New features in Canvas 15 include:

  • 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, and more.
  • 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.
  • Enhanced Work Environment. Side-by-side important documents, work with multiple instances of Canvas at once. Modify, save, and load toolbox and window layouts for specific users and tasks to streamline workflow.

Pricing and Availability
Canvas 15 will be available online for $599.00 (msrp) and Canvas +GIS for $799.00 (msrp). Canvas 14 or earlier users can upgrade starting at $299. A free 15-day trial, full system requirements, and more information about Canvas 15 can be found at

About Deneba
Since Deneba’s first release of Canvas in 1991, there has been just one focus: to work with companies like yours to build a top-tier technical illustration, presentation, and publishing tool for scientists, engineers, and manufacturing teams. To this end, we joined forces with ACD Systems in 2004 — one of the largest and most respected independent digital image editing and management companies in the world. Together, we are proud to continue our 24 year-long commitment to bringing powerful and relevant technical illustration publishing solutions to important aerospace, heavy manufacturing, research, and energy development organizations.

The company’s products include Canvas 15 and Canvas 15 +GIS, which helps Fortune 500 companies enhance, manage, and disseminate their valuable digital assets. Customers include General Motors, Caterpillar, Boeing, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, British Petroleum, Exxon Mobil, The New York City Fire Department, NASA, CNN, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.