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Duke Energy
University of Washington
General Dynamics

Where We Came From

Canvas GFX, Inc. was originally part of Deneba Systems, and was acquired in 2003 by ACD Systems International Inc., a Canadian digital imaging software firm headquartered in Victoria, Canada,  In 2017 Canvas GFX was spun out of ACD as a separate company and now has its own management team and Board of Directors. The new team is charged with developing Canvas GFX into the standard solution for technical documentation covering the complete documentation life-cycle, from inception to publishing.

What We Are About

The Canvas software is used by engineers to document and share complex objects and systems. Some of the largest companies in the aerospace, defence and manufacturing markets use Canvas as an integral part of their documentation workflow.  Some of our customers include Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Rockwell Collins, Caterpillar, GE, BP and hundreds of others. Known for its dedicated precision, Canvas supports a multitude of data and design formats (CAD, CGM, GIS, text, jpeg, etc), and retains non-visual data—often found in 3D CAD files.

Where We’re Going

Canvas is fully committed to continue to develop our product line to meet the ever-changing requirements of our major customers.  From its origins in technical illustration, Canvas is developing solutions that address the rapidly emerging arena of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). The next generation products will allow designers to work collaboratively with their suppliers, customers and other internal groups about the technical documentation, incorporate 2D and 3D elements and make the entire workflow simple and easy to use, while delivering all of this is in a SaaS-based offering.

Version history

  • Canvas 1.0 (Macintosh) – 1987
  • Canvas 2.0 (Macintosh)
  • Canvas 3.0 (Macintosh) – 1990
  • Canvas 3.5 (Macintosh and Windows) – 1992
  • Canvas 5 (Macintosh and Windows) – 1996
  • Canvas 6 (Macintosh and Windows) – 1998
  • Canvas 7 (Macintosh and Windows) – 1999
  • Canvas 8 (Mac OS 9, Mac OS X, and Windows) – 2001
  • Canvas 9 (Mac OS X and Windows) – 2003
  • Canvas X (Mac OS X and Windows) – 2005
  • Canvas 11 (Windows Vista) – 2007
  • Canvas 12 (Windows XP, Vista, 7) – 2010
  • Canvas 14 (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8)
  • Canvas 15 (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8) – 19 November 2013
  • Canvas X 16 (Windows 7, 8, 10) – November 2014
  • Canvas Draw 1.0 (OS X 10.9, 10.10) – August 2015
  • Canvas Draw 2.0 (OS X 10.9, 10.10, 10.11) – November 2015
  • Canvas Draw 3.0 (OS X 10.10, 10.11, macOS 10.12) – June 2016
  • Canvas X 2017 17.0 (Windows 7, 8, 10) – October 2016
  • Canvas Draw 4.0 (OS X 10.11, macOS 10.12, 10.13) – June 2017
  • Canvas X 2018 18.0 (Windows 7, 8, 10) – December 2017
  • Canvas Draw 5.0 (macOS 10.12, 10.13, 10.14) – July 2018
  • Canvas X 2019 19.0 (Windows 7, 8, 10) – November 2018
  • Canvas Draw 6.0 (macOS 10.13, 10.14) – June 2019
  • Canvas X 2020 20.0 (Windows 7, 8, 10) – October 1, 2019
  • Canvas X CADComposer (Windows 7, 8, 10) – December 3, 2019
Canvas GFX, Inc.

Canvas GFX, Inc.
20 Park Plaza, Suite 464
Boston, MA 02116 USA
Toll Free: 1-888-268-9872
Tel: 954-707-6986
Fax: 954-343-6204

Canvas GFX, Ltd.
Suite 1250, 639 – 5 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB, T2P0M9

When it comes to technical drawing software, there are many options available, each with its own benefits and limitations.

The beauty of this program is that it can be used to create and edit raster images and vector objects, which allows it to be useful in a variety of fields, from graphic design to engineering. However, the focus of this newest update targets the aerospace, energy, engineering and scientific industries.

Versatility in Technical Drawing, Kristine H

It’s refreshing to see a technical illustration package that breaks that dichotomy by being both affordable and functional. And that is exactly what we have in Canvas X from Canvas GFX.

Canvas X follows CGM*ATA 2200 software specifications for technical illustration, which means that it is especially useful in aerospace.

Illustrators who prefer a familiar way of doing things, or who require very high-quality drawings accurate to a sub-micron level in a professional setting will benefit from Canvas, as will engineers who illustrate to ATA standards.

High Functionality, Low-Price Technical Illustration, Phillip K

Often, the best way to convey an idea is through a story—a preset series of images that progress to the main point the engineer is trying to convey. Whether that story be a formal presentation, concept sketches (long before the details have been worked out in CAD), marketing collateral, or even an animation, CAD is not always the right tool for the job.  Enter Canvas X.

For engineers who have trouble expressing themselves artistically, this is exactly the type of illustration program that is needed to make your marketing collateral and presentations pop.

Bring out your inner artist, Scott W

Excellent product for 2d CAD graphics and design. Can open and save, hundreds of extensions ideal for the realization of graphic design and CAD for CNC machine tools and laser cutter. I highly recommend it.

Andrea, C&C Shipping Solutions