technical illustration software for macOS

Our macOS solution, Canvas X Draw, delivers an unmatched level of functionality in a single, powerful application developed to sit at the heart of illustration and documentation workflows.

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illustration with unbeatable versatility

Canvas X Draw is the graphics and technical illustration software for macOS that delivers an unbeatable combination of power, versatility, and value.

Able to import and handle both 2D vector graphics, raster graphics, text, AutoCAD, and web content — and output to an array of formats — Canvas X Draw does the work of numerous other applications combined.



key features

technical precision

Create blueprints, floor plans, scale drawings, architectural designs, and other technical drawings with absolute precision. Snap objects into exact positions relative to each other, draw from center points, define scale, systematically align, display sizes, add labels, call-outs, or comments, create flowchart diagrams, and more.

creative impact

The Canvas X Draw integrated design environment is ideal for marketers. With an extensive collection of symbols, a wide range of file compatibility, and advanced editing tools, you can paint, draw, select, retouch, color correct, and clone within a single document to create high-impact assets that make your message stand out.

mathematically accurate

Canvas X Draw delivers dimensioning tools that measure distances for you, calculate angles, affirm scale, join objects with mathematical accuracy, and much more. All while conforming to industry standards and giving you complete control over units of measurement.

extensive symbols

Canvas X Draw comes pre-loaded with countless commonly used and specialized symbols. You can also create your own custom symbol sets from any vector, text, composite, or paint object, and add it to the Symbol Library.

digital drawing

Canvas X Draw delivers a full palette of digital painting tools, including markers, airbrushes, paintbrushes, and tools for creating effects like neon and blends. And when you’re in image edit mode, you also have full access to numerous image filters and effects.

data that flows

Make complex data accessible and understandable with intuitive flowcharts. Create dynamic charts and tables with data imported directly into Canvas X Draw. Collaborate on mark-up, and create beautiful presentations for varied audiences.


Super flexible tool. You can use it to do pretty much anything you want to, graphically, and to scale.

– Canvas Draw Customer Survey, January 2020


limitless creativity

Canvas X Draw is the only macOS application you need to create an incredible range of high-impact visual assets and documentation.

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incredible versatility

Canvas X Draw technical illustration software for macOS can import a wide range of file formats.


Adobe® Illustrator® CS (AI)Bitmap (BMP/RLE)Support Raster Format (CAL)Computer Graphics Metafile (CGM)Canvas X (CVX/CNV/CV5)
CVDRAW (CVD)Canvas Draw Template (CVDTPL)Canvas X Image File (CVI)Canvas 3.5, artWorks (CVS)AutoCAD® native files (DWG)
AutoCAD® drawing interchange (DXF)Encapsulated PostScript (EPS)GIF Graphics (GIF)Icon file (ICO)IFF (IFF)
JPEG Graphics (JPG)Kodak Photo CD (PCD)Paintbrush Bitmap (PCX)Adobe® Acrobat® (PDF)Portable Network Graphics (PNG)
Printer (PS) files (PRN)PostScript® files (PS)Rich Text Format (RTF)TARGA Bitmap (TGA)TIFF Image (TIF)
Canvas X Template (TPL)Plain Text (TXT)Wireless Bitmap (WNBMP)
Bitmap (BMP)Support Raster Format (CAL)Computer Graphics Metafile (CGM)Canvas Draw (CVD)Canvas Draw Template (CVDTPL)
AutoCAD® native files (DWG)AutoCAD® drawing interchange (DXF)GIF Graphics (GIF)Web Files (HTM)Icon file (ICO)
IFF (IFF)JPEG Graphics (JPG)Paintbrush Bitmap (PCX)Adobe® Acrobat® (PDF)Portable Network Graphics (PNG)
Scalable Vector Graphics – Compressed (SVGZ)TIFF Image (TIF)Wireless Bitmap (WBMP)


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