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The CANVAS GIS Mapping Edition adds native support for Geographic Information System (GIS) data to Canvas. You can take measurements in geographic coordinates, import industry standard SHAPE and GeoTIFF files into unlimited numbers of automatically aligned overlapping layers and choose among the following options:

  • 2,104 Coordinate Reference Systems
  • 67 Operation Methods (like Mercator, Albers Conic Equal Area?)
  • 1,052 Map Projections
  • 302 Geodetic Datums
  • 21 Angular units
  • 45 Length units
The CANVAS 9 GIS Mapping Edition bridges the gap between dedicated GIS analysis software and more...


Mac OS X 10.2 or later

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Pileits Member IconReview+1

I've heard rumors ADC is considering bringing back Canvas Mac.
For years I loved this app and spent a lot of time and money updating when Deneba owned it, sadly once ADC bought it they quickly buried it and left me as well as many other Mac users in the dust having wasted a lot of time and money.
I won't support this company again with my $$

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Version X.0.2

I few days ago I spoke with a client of mine that is still a big Canvas user. She said she had called ACD and they said that indeed Canvas is coming back.

If true, I think they can definitely carve out a a decent number of Illustrator users.


I spoke to ACD recently and they've updated their estimate of when Canvas for the Mac may reappear to the end of 2014 at the earliest.


I would have to agree with Piletis. ACD's support of Canvas on the Mac has been quite unreliable so I'm not at all inclined to give them money for something that could as likely as not be dropped again. However, should Adobe stick to their current CC subscription-only path (which increased my annual Adobe software cost by nearly four times) I may reconsider. I liked Canvas but right now I think very little of ACD.

Koibito-San Member IconReview+12

This is completely dead. Not upgraded or bug-fixed since 2005. Cannot even be used anymore, as it's not Intel-64.
Somebody needs to use the functions as a template to create a brand-new drawing package for the next generation... drawing/CAD, not vector (we already have Illustrator for that).

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Version X.0.2

It's not completely dead from a usability sense - I have snow leopard virtualized on my MacBook Pro specifically to run Canvas. It's not bad - frankly, even with the virtualization wrapper it's faster on my modern laptop than it was natively on whatever machine I was running it on when it was a current program.

Psychiatry Member IconReview+108

Canvas is dead on Mac.

It use to be fantastic software. But it got behind years ago during the transition to Mac OS X.

Canvas is currently on version 14 and is WINDOWS ONLY, having abandoned Mac development years ago.


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Version X.0.2

Canvas used to be great in its time.
Ahead of a lot of other competing apps.

Recall who bought Canvas. Jacked the price.
It was bought to kill the competition, imo.

Aikousha Member IconReview+256

Wow, try to see if you can find a drawing program and a couple of others so that you can leave Classic behind when moving up to Tiger. JUST NOT POSSIBLE.
I've tried several of the drawing programs I found here, and though this looks beautiful, it has much to be desired...
1. It crashes constantly when editing text objects. You have only 2 saves before the program self-destructs. (so don't save for long periods of time... ack!). And the text selection and key-combo manipulations are atrocious. And manipulating tabs is a total nightmare.
2. No help, local or on-line. It ONLY goes to a web-based manual, and that's broken, it just doesn't work.
3. Tried multilayer selection... unless there's a secret key comination, it's not possible, had to shift objects on multiple layers, one. layer. at. a. time.
4. Needs several obvious functions, though it has an abundance of features, a few basic things need to be addressed. (like showing the currently used color in an object, in the palette, so you don't have to remember the color codes, and then take stabs at which color it is).
5. Not internally consistent with a lot of the properties buttons in the toolbar, sometimes changing the x-width would change the object boundaries, other times it would scale the x-width, and it's completely random when it does this.
6. It doesn't keep oringal object dimensions accessible after scaling things, so if you mess up, you can never return the object (like text objects and bitmaps) to their original size or ppi/type-size, unless it's still in the undo queue.
7. and speaking of which, the undo function is inconsistent as well. Odd things end up being undoable, that don't need to, like changing layers, but other things that should be are not. Single pixel key-nudging is kept on a pixel by pixel basis, which means you kill your undo queue in no time, if you are trying to move an object into perfect posistion.
8. Many features are implemented cryptically. Common sense (and HiG) doesn't always dictate what you need to do when working with this program.

After all this, I bailed, and since it hasn't been updated or corrected since 2005, I'm guessing the company has completely given up on it (as mentioned in an earlier review).

I just find it so difficult to believe that nobody has a drawing program that works better than ClarisDraw under Classic. So I guess, unless work requires me to move up to Tiger, I'm staying comfortably at 10.4.10.

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maclover1.1 Member IconReview+740

How an amazing app.. that could be the Graal of design has become one useless piece of crap... DO NOT USE.. Or rather use at your own risk.. As most likely you will end up having to redo everything in another stable app at some point along your design after running in all sort of bugs.. and banging your head against the wall.. This app is dead as far as I'm concerned. Not sure how it fares on PC.. but why should I care ?!!

Features: 5 stars... Stability: -12 stars

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Version X.0.2
jteam Member IconComment+6

Having been orphaned by Canvas X, we have found that, at least for vector and page layout purposes, a combination of Intaglio and Pages works well.

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Version X.0.2
Dimwit Flathead Member IconComment+0
Dimwit Flathead

Canvas is dead for the Mac. You should no longer buy it as it will not be updated.

This was posted on ACDSee's forums recently (ACDSee owns Canvas now).

"While we will not be incrementally releasing new versions of Canvas for the Mac platform, our R&D department is exploring opportunities to develop new cross-platform products that support and streamline our users' workflow."

Mark Franklin
Executive Vice President
ACD Systems

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henry Halem Member IconComment+0
henry Halem

For the Mac and PC. Canvas combines a powerful vector based draw program with a robust illustration program. It is fairly intuitve and unlike other vector draw programs has the ability to create architectural scale. There is no program like it on the market at this point. The drawback is that since its inception it has been very buggy. It was purchased from Deneba by ACD. They have done nothing with it other than letting it languish. There is, as of this writing, no indication from ACD that they will be coding it for the Macintel. It should be noted that ACD is a PC only company. They have refused to respond to any of the Mac users as to their future intentions for this program. It would be a shame if they let the Mac version die.

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Version X.0.2
xpi Member IconReview+0

RIP Deneba Canvas 5; beloved Vector/Raster/CAD/Paint tool. Saviour of divergent graphics tools living in one package. Slayer of Illustrator, MacDraw, Digital Darkroom.

After taking over development ACD has rewritten Canvas 8,9,X.0.2 into a train wreak strewn with crashed computers and destroyed work. Loyalty to ones favorite drawing package goes only so far to cover up unstable releases and bad support. The interface has suffered so badly from it's windows port that it no longer resembles the little package that could. It's now another $500 bloated, fragile graphics package.

Canvas is not survived by any offspring capable of filling it's shoes.

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Version X.0.2
Anonymous Member IconReview

Versions 2.1 and 3.x were outstanding products. The interface was clear and fast. Everything worked as it should.

Now it seems all the good developers of Canvas are gone, and the company is full of Windows developers with no idea what is a good interface, and was is a really really bad one.

Unfortunately, each new version is worse than the previous one. I'm really glad I have kept version 2.1 that runs fine in Classic.

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Version X.0.2
Anonymous Member Icon

Yes it's awkward, it's not the best interface in the world and drawing tools are not as responsive as it used to be (I miss the smart mouse from version 3.5) but it's damn powerfull. In the GIS world it's one of the very few mac applications that can deal well with shape files and projections (at least without making us mad). ACD please take care of the interface of a great product (although a little more prone to crashes than average)

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