Overview

Canvas Draw™ 3 for Mac is a powerful software specifically designed to make it possible for designers, illustrators, and professionals to advertise and communicate with confidence. Now with a Unicode text engine and user interface, text edit improvements, pressure sensitivity support for drawing tablets and more, Canvas Draw is your best choice for creating and sharing personal, business and marketing content.


What's New

Canvas Draw™ 3 for Mac includes a wide variety of new tools including Unicode support to improve your user experience and increase the array of tasks you can perform:

  • Unicode text engine
  • Unicode UI
  • Pressure sensitivity support of Paint tools with Wacom tablets
  • Copy and Paste now supports RTF
  • CVD preview supports 4K size
  • CVD password encryption is now 128-bit
  • Brush Size Pointer is added back
  • Font drop-down menu in the Properties bar is improved: Font names and Font styles supported by a selected font are in the separate drop-down menu
  • Recently used fonts will be listed at the top of the Font drop-down menu in the Properties bar
  • ​​[option] + [space] keys to temporarily switch to Magnifying Glass tool
  • With Symbol font selected, Greek letters can be typed

Best of all, Canvas Draw™ 3 for Mac supports older existing Canvas file formats for complete accessibility, making it the most diverse content creation tool available for the platform.

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Unicode Support

You can select alternate characters, such as those with accent marks for words in French, German, or any other language, while typing with ease. With Unicode support, you can even type in Greek letters, or in an Asian language, like Japanese, in the same document.

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Experience even more workspace customization with the Docking bar. Dock the palettes you use the most for quick, easy access, and hide and reveal the Docking bar as desired.

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Sleek Searching

Locate everything you're looking for with the Find command, including text or objects with specific characteristics. Search by names, numbers, layers, effects, types, strokes, colors, and much more.

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Link it Up

Assign hyperlinks to page elements so they jump to files or webpages, a local hard drive, or an intranet. Create email links using the mailto: command, or define anchors with the Anchor function. Add hotspots to graphics for documents to be exported to PDF. Quickly test your links with the Hyperlink Pointer.

File Format Flexibility

File Format Flexibility

Canvas Draw™ 3 for Mac offers a wide range of supported file formats for import and export, including formats for 2D vector graphics, raster graphics, text, AutoCAD, and web content.

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Create 3D Vector and Text Objects

Push your objects into the third dimension with the Extrude command. Select between parallel, circular, or semi-circular styles, define a light source, intensity and color, rotation angles, and more.

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Make Your Mark

Save time in generating graphics or text for print with crop marks. Easily inject crop marks into your document — short vertical and horizontal lines helpfully indicating where an illustration or page can be trimmed after printing.

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Auto Trace without a Trace

Break down the barriers between vector and raster images with the Auto Trace command. Save time by automatically tracing an entire image or any channel within an image and generating a vector object out of the specified input.

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Find Your Path

Canvas Draw™ 3 for Mac can conveniently trace a selection in an image and transform it into a path (vector object) using the selection border. Quickly generate maps, directions, and other graphics by having the Selection to Path command trace out the features in aerial photos, landscapes, and any other raster image you select.

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Off the Beaten Path

Use vector objects and text to create selections in images. Cut out sections based on your selections, as needed. Apply filters and adjustments just to the resulting selection for complete adjustability.

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Join Forces

Use the Smart Join feature to seamlessly join two or more open vector objects together, forming one singular object. Define the given distance between points before merging, select the type of line attributes that can be joined, and configure the length at which unnecessary segments are trimmed.

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Transform Images

Use the shape of vector or text objects to cut out images for adornments, for realism in diagrams, maps, floorplans, and anything else you can dream up.

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Time-Saving Text Tools

Quickly divide paragraphs into sections for newsletters, pamphlets, and easily digestible content. Select color, calligraphic, neon, parallel, symbol, or pen strokes or dashes for your horizontal lines, and choose the length and offset value suited to your project.

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Fitting Flowcharts

Present complex data in visually appealing, logical, and accessible flowcharts. Avoid having to import static pre-made charts with external spreadsheet programs by creating dynamic charts and tables with data inputted directly into Canvas Draw™ 3 for Mac.

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Image Mode Options

Create duotone images — grayscale images printed with black and an additional color — or monotone, tritone, and quadtone, allowing you to add interest through increased tonal range, without the expense of printing full color images. From subtle to striking, image mode flexibility is just a command away.

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Flexible Filters

Have a vision for the look of your image? You can create your very own special effect or image-correcting filters using the Custom command. Take your artistic content creation into your own hands.

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Getting Started

Canvas Draw™ 3 for Mac comes loaded with tools and techniques that allow you to easily create marketing or business materials, as well as creative content, printable drawings, and shareable PDFs. Put Canvas Draw™ 3 for Mac to work designing brochures, collages, business cards, school projects, cover pages, handouts, printable advertisements, reports, graphs, metrics, web content, mock-ups, layouts, logos, scale drawings, floor plants, architectural designs, and other drawings best served with measured precision, placement, and the ability to combine text, images, and objects.


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Off to the Races

From the moment you open Canvas Draw™ 3 for Mac, the new dialog provides instant, one-click access to working document templates, sample document to play with, as well as blank illustration and publication documents with fully customizable options.

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Perceptibility in a Palette

The Document Layout palette hierarchically lists—and provides easy navigation to— all the various objects, layers, and pages that are within each project. By using the list, you can easily select any text, illustration, or image objects. The ability to add new pages and layers to your project and other content management options can easily be accessed at any time.


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A Helping Hand

Never lose your way with context-sensitive help built right into the application. When you select a tool or function, the help immediately responds to you. The Canvas Assistant will guide you through a project as you work, offering information when a tool or feature is being used, as well as describing the current working environment.

 

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Features

Catering to business professionals and creatives alike, Canvas Draw™ 3 for Mac's impressive and comprehensive set of vector object illustration and advanced raster image editing tools, along with its unique and integrated design environment, make it easy to conquer your project. Work with and combine all graphical elements and apply high-end effects in a single document.


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Creative Assets

Canvas Draw™ 3 for Mac allows you to create designs that employ both vector and raster graphics, as well as text objects. Easily import and improve a number of file formats, or create your own documents from scratch with a sizable variety of vector illustration, painting, and text tools. In addition, enhance images and artwork with transparency effects, vector effects, text effects, and an array of image filters and effects.


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Diverse Drawing Tools

Canvas Draw™ 3 for Mac has tools for drawing lines, rectangles, ovals, and arcs, in addition to complex shapes like grids, multigons, concentric circles, cubes, and spirals. Its various Curve tools let you create and edit object paths of any shape as either open or closed paths. After creating your artwork, you can use SpriteEffects and vector effects to make it even more visually appealing.


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Painting Provisions

Canvas Draw™ 3 for Mac provides a full palette of painting tools, including the digital equivalents of markers, airbrushes, and paintbrushes, plus tools for creating effects like neon and blends. The Paint tools palette also provides tools to select, retouch, color correct, and clone images. When in image edit mode, you also have full access to a multitude of image filters and effects.

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All Access Attributes

The Attributes palette provides one-stop access to all Fill and Stroke Inks (colors, gradients, hatches, textures, symbols, and patterns); Pen styles (plain, calligraphic, neon, and parallel); Dash settings, and Arrow styles. You can also create your own inks, pen strokes, dashes, or arrows and add them as presets for future use.

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Declarative Dimensioning

Canvas Draw™ 3 for Mac features 11 dimensioning tools that support both metric and imperial units. Create dimension objects that conform to industry standards, including ANSI, DIN, and JIS, or customize your own settings. Use these dimensioning tools to painlessly nail down the exact horizontal, vertical, oblique, and perpendicular distances between objects in your document. Display size information as you draw, measure diameters, radius, angles, areas, and perimeters. Add dimension objects to illustrations, mark the center of arcs and ovals, and affirm the scale for scale drawings.


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Packing Objects

Canvas Draw™ 3 for Mac comes pre-loaded with a large number of commonly used and specialized symbols. You can also create your own from any vector, text, composite, or paint object, and add it to the Symbol Library. If you select and replace a symbol, all copies of it in the document will change along with it, allowing you to maximize efficiency.

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Personalized Presets

Use the Presets palette to easily access an extensive array of predefined Fill and Stroke Inks, Pen styles, Dashes, and Arrow styles with one click. Or you can define, save, and share your own collections for project consistency.

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Snap it up

Snap options help you to draw objects in exact positions relative to other objects. Draw lines that are parallel or perpendicular to other lines, draw circles contained inside other objects, and start drawing from the center points of objects.

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Quick Captures

Save time using the Camera tool to effectively create a paint object out of any area of your document that you snapshot. You can set the resolution, color mode, and other options for the rendered image. You can include all types of objects and parts of objects in the rendering, without selecting the objects first.


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Fine Tune Raster Images

Design, edit, and upgrade raster images with a variety of industry-leading tools and filters. Form composites, touch up photos, create and utilize transparency effects, paint, clone pixels, and more.



 


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Assert, Affirm, and Articulate with Annotations

Clarify your work with labels or text. Utilize the Annotation tools to add labels, callouts, or comments to your diagrams or illustrations, or to create simple flowcharts or flow diagrams. Click in the document to create an object shape complete with connector lines. Move your annotation label object and the connector lines will seamlessly move along with it.


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Spectacular Sprite Technology

With Canvas Draw™ 3 for Mac's Sprite technology, illustrations and graphics can be enhanced with both image and transparency effects without affecting the original object, allowing you to continue to edit your graphics at any time.

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Adaptable Editing

With SpriteEffects, you can apply image effects, such as Blur, Solarize, or Invert, to vector objects, text, and grouped objects—not just image objects. This technology offers you extreme flexibility for creative art and business graphics alike. You can apply effects temporarily, adjust effects settings, change the order of effects, and hide or remove effects individually. Not only do you not have to convert your objects to images, but they also remain editable.


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Your Ducks in a Row

Any object or selected group of illustrations, text, or images can be instantly aligned and positioned in relation to each other or the document itself.


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Visual Call Outs

When you need to call some attention to a certain area of a graphic or illustration or create a blow up of an area, you can define a Lens object. Apply magnification as needed, and any other effects that could be applied to a regular object.

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Transformative Transparency

SpriteLayers allow to you to apply transparency effects to illustrations, text, and images without affecting the original object. You can decide if the transparency affects the fill or the stroke, or both, and can remove the effect and restore the original object no sweat.


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Make Your Mark

The Markup Pen, Markup Highlighter, Circle Redline, and Rectangle Redline tools let you foster a collaborative environment where ideas and comments can quickly be added to projects and conveniently exchanged between colleagues. Facilitate communication by indicating revisions, tracking changes, and adding comments to objects that may require attention or correction. Markup objects can be located on a separate layer and also turned off/on for printing.


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Tremendous Text Tools

Canvas Draw™ 3 for Mac has an array of text tools that let you integrate text with illustrations and images, opening the door to countless opportunities and applications. You can enter, format, edit, and arrange text, apply effects to type, wrap it inside of objects, repel text from objects, bind it to object paths, as well as a number of other tools—including access to spell checking tools—and formatting options to enhance your project.


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Let's Work Together

Work efficiently with a free-flowing document exchange, enabling you to share, discuss, and develop projects with colleagues. Advanced import and export features make it possible to return annotated illustrations to specialized formats without losing data.


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Secured Sharing

Share your documents worry-free with the ability to apply secure encryption and password protection to your exported PDFs. Canvas Draw™ 3 for Mac's PDF export puts you in control of whether or not documents can be viewed, edited, or printed. Canvas Draw™ 3 for Mac can preserve the ability to edit documents even after rendering to PDF.


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Precise Printing

Enjoy complete control over the appearance of your printed output, including color management for accuracy, optimization of image resolutions to your printer, and popular image and export formats.


 

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System Requirements

Hardware

  • Mac computer with an Intel® processor ​with 64-bit support
  • 4 GB RAM installed
  • 2 GB free hard disk space (3 GB recommended)
  • 1024x768 or higher screen resolution recommended

Software

  • Mac OS X v10.10 or higher

 

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