ACD Systems Canvas

ACD Systems Canvas
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1. 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

2. Software Overview

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.

3. Supported File Types

Primary file extension:
.CVX - Canvas Drawing File
Other file extensions used by ACD Systems Canvas:
# File Extension Name
1 .AI Adobe Illustrator File
2 .BMP Bitmap Image File
3 .BRK Brooktrout Fax Document
4 .CAL CALS Raster Graphic
5 .CALS CALS Raster Graphic File
6 .CDR CorelDRAW Image File
7 .CDT CorelDRAW Template
8 .CDT CorelDRAW Image Template
9 .CGM Computer Graphics Metafile
10 .CH3 Harvard Graphics DOS Chart File
11 .CMX Corel Metafile Exchange Image File
12 .CNV Canvas 6-8 Drawing File
13 .CR2 Canon Raw Image File
14 .CRW Canon Raw CIFF Image File
15 .CST Canvas Custom Set File
16 .CSY Canvas Symbol File
17 .CV5 Canvas 5 Drawing File
18 .CVA Canvas Sequence Set
19 .CVI Canvas Image File
20 .CVS Canvas 3 Drawing File
21 .CVT Canvas External Tool File
22 .CVX Canvas Drawing File
23 .DCR Kodak RAW Image File
24 .DCR Kodak Digital Camera RAW Image File
25 .DIC DICOM Image
26 .DICT Dictionary File
27 .DJVU DjVu Image
28 .DNG Digital Negative Image File
29 .DRW Drawing File
30 .DWF Design Web Format File
31 .DWG AutoCAD Drawing Database File
32 .DXF Drawing Exchange Format File
33 .E00 ArcInfo Coverage Export File
34 .ECW Enhanced Compression Wavelet Image
35 .EMF Enhanced Windows Metafile
36 .EPS Encapsulated PostScript File
37 .EPSF Encapsulated PostScript Format File
38 .ERF Epson RAW File
39 .FMV Frame Vector Metafile
40 .FPX FlashPix Bitmap Image File
41 .GEM GEM Metafile
42 .GIF Graphical Interchange Format File
43 .GML Geography Markup Language File
44 .HDR High Dynamic Range Image File
45 .HGL HP Graphics Language File
46 .HPGL HP Graphics Language Plotter File
47 .HYP Dictionary Information File
48 .ICB Targa ICB Bitmap Image
49 .ICL Windows Icon Library File
50 .IFF Interchange File Format
51 .IGS IGES Drawing File
52 .ILBM Interleaved Bitmap Image
53 .INT SGI Integer Image
54 .J2C JPEG 2000 Code Stream
55 .JP2 JPEG 2000 Core Image File
56 .JPC JPEG 2000 Code Stream File
57 .JPG JPEG Image
58 .JPG2 JPEG 2000 Image
59 .JPX JPEG 2000 Image File
60 .KDC Kodak Photo-Enhancer File
61 .LBM Deluxe Paint Bitmap Image
62 .MEF Mamiya RAW Image
63 .MET Presentation Manager Metafile
64 .MRW Minolta Raw Image File
65 .NEF Nikon Electronic Format RAW Image
66 .ORF Olympus RAW File
67 .PAT Pattern File
68 .PBM Portable Bitmap Image
69 .PCX Paintbrush Bitmap Image File
70 .PDD Adobe PhotoDeluxe Image
71 .PEF Pentax Electronic File
72 .PGM Portable Gray Map Image
73 .PIC Generic Picture File
74 .PICT Picture File
75 .PIX Alias PIX Image
76 .PLT HPGL Plot File
77 .PNG Portable Network Graphic
78 .PPM Portable Pixmap Image File
79 .PPT PowerPoint Presentation
80 .PPT Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation (Legacy)
81 .PPTX PowerPoint Open XML Presentation
82 .PPTX Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation
83 .PS PostScript File
84 .PSD Adobe Photoshop Document
85 .PSP PaintShop Pro Image File
86 .PSPIMAGE PaintShop Pro Image
87 .RAF Fuji RAW Image File
88 .RAW Raw Image Data File
89 .RGBA RGB Bitmap
90 .RLE Run Length Encoded Bitmap
91 .RS Sun Raster Graphic
92 .RSB Red Storm Bitmap File
93 .RW2 Panasonic RAW Image
94 .SGI Silicon Graphics Image File
95 .SHP ESRI Shapefile
96 .SID MrSID Image
97 .SRF Sony RAW Image
98 .SY3 Harvard Graphics Symbol File
99 .TGA Targa Graphic
100 .TIF Tagged Image File
101 .TPL Canvas Template
102 .VDA Targa Bitmap Image File
103 .VST Targa Bitmap Image
104 .WBMP Wireless Bitmap Image File
105 .WMF Windows Metafile
106 .WPD WordPerfect Document
107 .WPG WordPerfect Graphic File
108 .XBM X11 Bitmap Graphic
109 .XPM X11 Pixmap Graphic

Updated: September 20, 2018

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