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What is a CVX file?
A CVX file is a drawing file created by various Canvas GFX applications, such as Canvas X Draw (Windows version only) and Canvas X Geo, programs used to create technical illustrations and other drawings. It may contain both raster and vector graphics and include project drawing settings such as layers and image effects. Canvas X Draw (Windows version only) and Canvas X Geo save drawings as CVX files by default.
Canvas X Pro, Canvas X Draw, and Canvas X Geo specialize in creating and editing technical illustrations and specialized visualizations. Examples of drawings you can create with Canvas X applications include room floorplans, workflow diagrams for a project, and a public park (with its geospatial data).
ACD Systems introduced CVX files when they released version 9 of Canvas in 2003. In later years, ACD Systems split the Canvas application into several standalone applications, including Canvas X Pro, Canvas X Draw, and Canvas X Geo. In 2017, ACD Systems shifted the development of Canvas X software to Canvas GFX.
While Canvas X Draw (Windows version) and Canvas X still save drawings as CVX files by default, GeoCanvas X Pro saves drawings in the .CVXCAD format (but can still save drawings as CVX files).
How to create a CVX file with Canvas X Draw and Geo
You can create CVX files with Canvas X Draw and Geo by selecting File → Save As..., then choosing CVX - Canvas from the "Save as type" dropdown menu (should be set as this type, by default).
How to open a CVX file
You can open a CVX file with various Canvas GFX applications, including Canvas X Draw, Canvas X Geo, and Canvas X Pro. For example, to open a CVX file with Canvas X Draw, select File → Open....
How to convert a CVX file
Various Canvas GFX applications, including Canvas X Draw, Canvas X Geo, and Canvas X Pro, can convert CVX files to other formats.
For example, Canvas X Draw can convert CVX files to many file types including the following formats:
- .CVI - Canvas Image
- .CNV - Canvas Drawing (versions 6-8)
- .DWG - AutoCAD Drawing
- .DXF - Drawing Exchange Format
- .PSD - Photoshop Document Format
- .JPG - JPEG Image
- .PNG - Portable Network Graphic
- .GIF - Graphical Interchange Format
- .SVG - Scalable Vector Graphics File
- .EPS - Encapsulated PostScript
- .PDF - Portable Document Format