Canvas X

Unknown in 10.8

Doesn't work in 10.7

Canvas X

Supports iCloud

Secured by Gatekeeper

Supports retina graphics

Canvas X icon

Available on the Mac App Store
Not available on the Mac App Store

Graphic drawing application, originally by Deneba Developers.

Version 10.0.2
Developer ACD Systems International
Status Unknown

0 ratings

Canvas works with Snow Leopard 10.6.7.

Archived comments

No comments.16 comments

[ Evangelos]EvangelosAnonymous 26 Feb 2012 13:16

Same here. I started using Canvas on the Mac when it first appeared. I have all versions up to X. All of my figures are done there. Now I have to choose between Lion and Canvas or Canvas running in Windows. This is unfair! But if I don't use Lion, I will not have iCloud which is also important. What a mess… The major computing platform for graphics does not have a decent program for doing graphics. I wonder why ACD is so myopic or why no other company fills the obvious gap. One could try EasyDraw, but it is lagging compared to Canvas.

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[ Mark]MarkAnonymous 29 Jul 2012 00:21

I use both Mac and Windows. On the office Mac I run Windows 7 under Parallels and a PC vers of Canvas 9. I have seen no features I need on the newer versions of Canvas.
At home I have Canvas 9 on a PC. About four months ago I added Mac version of Canvas X to my iMac running Snow Leopard 10.6.8 and it works pretty well.
However I need some of the features of the new OS - I-Cloud and screen sharing between home and office. So I am going to try and partition the home iMac and run the new OS as the primary and keep Snow Leopard and Canvas on the other partition.
By the way there is a website dedicated to Canvas users who share tips for some of this problems - www wizaerd dot com - yes I spelled that correctly. There is even news over there that ACD systems is finally starting on a new version of Canvas for Mac!

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John F MooreJohn F MooreAnonymous 30 Jul 2012 18:28

Here's an answer for TXnMA ––

I just bought iDraw, and found it could open a test Canvas document that I set up, The intermediate step was to have Canvas save it as .svg, then use iDraw's "import from .sgv" command. I have not yet checked to see if iDraw will handle all of Canvas's features, but its toolbars and other menu items seem as numerous – maybe even a few extras.

You can download their User Guide if you want a better idea of what it can do. And they are very responsive to e-mail questions.

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Lion (10.7) Comments

[ Rolandius]RolandiusRolandius 08 Jun 2011 02:26

I think this is a PPC application.

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[ Henner]HennerAnonymous 24 Jun 2011 05:09

Canvas needs Rosetta

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[ ]Anonymous 20 Jul 2011 05:15

Oh dear, Canvas X is my go-to drawing program. This could be a deal-breaker for me.

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[ TXnMA]TXnMAAnonymous 25 Jul 2011 13:15

Stabbed in the back — again!

Been using Canvas since 3.5. It is my "indispensable workhorse" app for cartography (my #1 job on my Mac.)

Deneba sold out to (PCWeenies), AcDSee, who then abandoned development for the Mac at CanvasX in favor of Windows,,,

Now Lion won't run it.

Anyone know of a Mac (Lion) app that handles vectors and bitmaps — and GIS — as well as Canvas?

By-Bye Lion! (I never knew ye…) :-(

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[ RoX]RoXAnonymous 07 Aug 2011 09:06

No Canvas, no Lion!

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[ Terry Delaney]Terry DelaneyAnonymous 16 Aug 2011 12:36

Deneba had a great product, and is also my go to program for merging bitmap and vectors. Despite gathering some bugs in its most recent version (X) I still use it on my 10.5.8 MBP. Sad to see lack of vision sink a great program. I was with Canvas since 1990.Will at some point need to update my mac OS, leaving Canvas behind.

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GregGregAnonymous 17 Aug 2011 07:08

Same here. No Canvas, no Lion. I wish someone would pick up and run with this program. It did everything: draw, paint, DTP, web sites, photo editing. Just a great all-around program, which is still indispensible to me. I'll just leave my big machine as is and try Lion on the laptop.

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[ Ma2t]Ma2tAnonymous 06 Sep 2011 20:13

No support for Canvas (Rosetta), no lion… and no new Macs

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David RigbyDavid RigbyAnonymous 08 Oct 2011 03:53

Wow. This is dumb. It reminds me of when WordPerfect cast us out.
Illustrator is just not the same, even with the bugs and quirks, nothing like Canvas X.

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[ ]Anonymous 14 Oct 2011 02:19

Until ACD sees the light, there is one way: run Canvas in Windows on your Mac.

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DanielDanielAnonymous 10 Nov 2011 09:16

My God, they should have told me. What a disaster! Is there any other program that can read Canvas files?

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Tony Dymoke-BradshawTony Dymoke-BradshawAnonymous 13 Nov 2011 17:33

Complete disaster on the Lion front. My two main programs CanvasX and Eudora will have to go. For the shorter term I will just have to buy second hand Macs that can still run 10.7.
No one has come up with anything like a replacement for CanvasX. Have been with Canvas since version 1.
Canvas 11 & 12 under VMfusion works quite well but I don't like the interface, even running in unity mode.
What I need from a graphics program is:
vector, bitmaps, images, pdf editing, text to paths, symbols, and so much more.
First they dumped classic and now Rosetta. Absolutely no commitment to long term users. Even if a new program comes along how do I know I can still use it in ten years time. Keep those old machines running.
As for Mail to replace Eudora, it has a long way to go on the search facilities front.

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[ Matt]MattAnonymous 16 Nov 2011 09:30

Canvas (build 925) works fine on Mac OS 10.6.8. It only acts up if the clipboard contains large objects of other applications.
Lion (lack of Rosetta) kills Canvas, Eudora, DNA-Stryder, and a lot of other useful programs. How do I solve this problem ? Yes, these programs run perfectly on Win7 ! Let's switch!

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