Software : ACD Systems : Canvas

ACD Systems Canvas

(as of 4/12/2017)
X 2017

Software Overview

Main Features

  • Edits vector and raster graphics
  • Supports over 100 different file formats
  • Includes advanced technical drawing tools
  • Symbol Library with thousands of technical symbols
  • SpriteLayers and SpriteEffects image enhancement technologies
  • Advanced medical and geological imaging features

Canvas is a drawing program designed for creating and editing technical illustrations and specialized visualizations. It is primarily used to edit vector-based images, but also supports raster images.

The Canvas user interface appears similar to an actual drawing canvas for editing drawings. It contains many different tool palettes that can be displayed and arranged to customize the workspace. A canvas grid feature helps align and evenly distribute vector graphics for precision. The program supports over 100 input file formats, such as AutoCAD (.DWG and .DXF), Photoshop (.PSD and .PDD), Illustrator (.AI), Portable Document Format (.PDF), CorelDRAW (.CDR), PowerPoint (.PPT), DICOM (.DCM), RAW images, and other raster image files, such as .PNG, .JPG, and .GIF files. Drawings can be saved in Canvas' proprietary format (.CVX) or may be exported to one of several different file types.

Canvas is used for a wide variety of technical drawings and can be used for creating specialized visualizations. For example, for medical and geological applications, the program can record numerical data from medical research images and provide imaging tools to display the data within the viewing environment. Its proprietary CGM (Computer Graphic Metafile) engine is compliant with both the Aviation Transportation Authority (ATA) and Petroleum Industry Protocol (PIP) standards. The program’s support for scientific visualization also makes it a useful tool for geological and medical research professionals. Canvas includes a Seismic Traces palette, which helps you study seismic data visualizations. The application also includes tools for enhancing images and visualizing scientific data formats.

For technical illustration professionals, Canvas is an impressive drawing program. Canvas’ support of a wide variety of industry file formats, as well its professional editing tools makes it a valuable tool. For the performance you will get from the application, the price is worth it.

▶ Primary file extension

.CVX – Canvas Drawing File

▶ Other file extensions used by ACD Systems Canvas X 2017

Supported File Types
.AIAdobe Illustrator File
.ARWSony Digital Camera Image
.BAYCasio RAW Image
.BMPBitmap Image File
.CALCALS Raster Graphic
.CDRCorelDRAW Image File
.CDTCorelDRAW Image Template
.CGMComputer Graphics Metafile
.CH3Harvard Graphics DOS Chart File
.CMXCorel Metafile Exchange Image File
.CNVCanvas 6-8 Drawing File
.CR2Canon Raw Image File
.CRWCanon Raw CIFF Image File
.CSTCanvas Custom Set File
.CSYCanvas Symbol File
.CV5Canvas 5 Drawing File
.CVACanvas Sequence Set
.CVICanvas Image File
.CVSCanvas 3 Drawing File
.CVTCanvas External Tool File
.DCRKodak RAW Image File
.DJVUDjVu Image
.DNGDigital Negative Image File
.DOCMicrosoft Word Document
.DOCXMicrosoft Word Open XML Document
.DRWDrawing File
.DWFDesign Web Format File
.DWGAutoCAD Drawing Database File
.DXFDrawing Exchange Format File
.EMFEnhanced Windows Metafile
.EPSEncapsulated PostScript File
.ERFEpson RAW File
.FMVFrame Vector Metafile
.FPXFlashPix Bitmap Image File
.GEMGEM Metafile
.GIFGraphical Interchange Format File
.GMLGeography Markup Language File
.HDRHigh Dynamic Range Image File
.HGLHP Graphics Language File
.HPGHPGL Plot File
.HPGLHP Graphics Language Plotter File
.HTMHypertext Markup Language File
.HTMLHypertext Markup Language File
.ICLWindows Icon Library File
.ICOIcon File
.IFFInterchange File Format
.IGSIGES Drawing File
.ILBMInterleaved Bitmap Image
.J2CJPEG 2000 Code Stream
.JP2JPEG 2000 Core Image File
.KDCKodak Photo-Enhancer File
.MEFMamiya RAW Image
.MRWMinolta Raw Image File
.NEFNikon Electronic Format RAW Image
.ORFOlympus RAW File
.PATPattern File
.PBMPortable Bitmap Image
.PCDKodak Photo CD Image File
.PCXPaintbrush Bitmap Image File
.PDFPortable Document Format File
.PEFPentax Electronic File
.PGMPortable Gray Map Image
.PICGeneric Picture File
.PIXAlias PIX Image
.PNGPortable Network Graphic
.PPMPortable Pixmap Image File
.PPTPowerPoint Presentation
.PPTXPowerPoint Open XML Presentation
.PRNPrintable File
.PSPostScript File
.PSDAdobe Photoshop Document
.PSPPaintShop Pro Image File
.PSPBRUSHPaint Shop Photo Pro Brush File
.PSPIMAGEPaintShop Pro Image
.RAFFuji RAW Image File
.RASSun Raster Graphic
.RAWRaw Image Data File
.RGBRGB Bitmap
.RLERun Length Encoded Bitmap
.RSBRed Storm Bitmap File
.RTFRich Text Format File
.RW2Panasonic RAW Image
.SGISilicon Graphics Image File
.SHPESRI Shapefile
.SRFSony RAW Image
.SY3Harvard Graphics Symbol File
.TGATarga Graphic
.TIFTagged Image File
.TPLCanvas Template
.VSDVisio Drawing File
.WBMPWireless Bitmap Image File
.WMFWindows Metafile
.WPDWordPerfect Document
.WPGWordPerfect Graphic File
.XBMX11 Bitmap Graphic
.XHTMLExtensible Hypertext Markup Language File
.XLCExcel Chart
.XLSExcel Spreadsheet
.XLSXMicrosoft Excel Open XML Spreadsheet
.XPMX11 Pixmap Graphic
Additional Related File Formats
.AVIAudio Video Interleave File
.BRKBrooktrout Fax Document
.CALSCALS Raster Graphic File
.CSVComma Separated Values File
.DJVDjVu Image
.E00ArcInfo Coverage Export File
.ECWEnhanced Compression Wavelet Image
.EPSFEncapsulated PostScript Format File
.ICBTarga ICB Bitmap Image
.INTSGI Integer Image
.J2KJPEG 2000 Image
.JPCJPEG 2000 Code Stream File
.JPXJPEG 2000 Image File
.LBMDeluxe Paint Bitmap Image
.METPresentation Manager Metafile
.PDDAdobe PhotoDeluxe Image
.PICTPicture File
.SVGScalable Vector Graphics File
.TIFFTagged Image File Format
.TXTPlain Text File
.VDATarga Bitmap Image File
.VSTTarga Bitmap Image

Updated: April 12, 2017