precision visual communication

Our core technical illustration software platform, Canvas X delivers a dazzling array of functionality in a single, powerful application developed to sit at the heart of illustration and documentation workflows.

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technical illustration software

Canvas X is the graphics, illustration, and technical communication application that delivers an unbeatable combination of power, versatility and value.

Accurate to 0.035 microns, able to import and edit over 70 file formats, and output to over 40 different formats, Canvas X does the work of numerous other applications combined.


key features


vector AND raster images

A uniquely integrated technical illustration software package, Canvas X makes it possible to handle both vector graphics and raster images with the same powerful enhancement tools. You can apply a host of market-leading effects to both images and graphics in a single document.

work to key standards

Create dimension objects that fully conform to existing industry and government standards, including: IEEE floating point standard, ANSI U.S. Product and industry standards, DIN (Deutsches Institut für Normung/German Institute for Standardization) internationally adopted standards, and JIS (Japanese Industrial Standard) standards.

data-driven drawing

As well as delivering 0.035 micron accuracy for an engineering and scientific user base, Canvas X offers complete control over vector object coordinates. Create illustrations from geometric data, use grids and guides to position objects, and adjust objects’ numerical position for absolute precision.

unbeatable precision

With linear, chain, and baseline dimensioning tools, Canvas X makes it easy to pinpoint horizontal, vertical, oblique, and perpendicular distances. Display size information as you draw, measure diameter, radius, angle, area, and perimeter, add dimension objects to illustrations, mark the center of arcs and ovals, and enjoy precise control over scale drawings.

smart and simple annotation

Add clarity to illustrations by using the annotation tools to add labels, callouts, or comments to your diagrams or illustrations, or to create simple flowcharts. If you re-position the annotation label object, the Canvas SmartLines connecting it to the illustration move right along with it.

comprehensive text tools

Canvas X includes sophisticated word processing and document layout capabilities which enable you to create and publish entire documents within a single application. Control all aspects of formatting, create and save styles, apply effects to type, wrap text inside objects, repel text from objects, bind text to object paths, and enjoy a full range of text proofing and annotation tools.


To sum up Canvas, we’d have to say, ‘Wow!’



limitless creativity

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

Maintenance manuals
Assembly instructions
Data visualization
Scheduling documents
Marketing assets


our customers

Leading brands rely on Canvas X at every stage of the product lifecycle.



incredible flexibility

Canvas X can import and access data in over 72 file formats.


Phase One RAW (032/RAW) Adobe® Illustrator® CS (AI) Sony RAW ARW (ARW) Bitmap (BMP/RLE) Support Raster Format (CAL)
CorelDRAW (Versions 3.x – 8.x)(CDR) Computer Graphics Metafile (CGM) Canvas X Legacy (CNV/CV5) Canon RAW CR2 (CR2) Canon RAW CRW (CRW)
Canvas Draw (CVD) Canvas Draw Template (CVDTPL) Canvas X Image File (CVI) Canvas 3.5, artWorks (CVS) Canvas X (CVX)
Kodak RAW DCR (DCR) DICOM Image Files (DICOM) AT&T DjVu Image (DJV/DJVU/IW4) DNG (DNG) Microsoft Word (DOCX)
Design Web Format (WHIP!) (DWF) AutoCAD® native files (DWG) AutoCAD® drawing interchange (DXF) Enhanced Metafile (EMF) Encapsulated PostScript (EPS)
Epson RAW ERF (ERF) GIF Graphics (GIF) HDR (HDR) ICL (ICL) AT&T / Multigen (ICN)
Icon file (ICO) JPEG 2000 JP2 File (JP2/JPX/JPK/J2K) JPEG 2000 Codestream (JPC/J2C) JPEG Graphics (JPG/JPE/JPEG) Kodak RAW KDC (KDC)
Mamiya RAW (MEF) Konica Minolta RAW (MRW) Nikon Raw (NEF) Nikon Raw NRW (NRW) Olympus RAW (ORF)
Kodak Photo CD (PCD) Paintbrush Bitmap (PCX) Adobe® Acrobat® (PDF) Pentax RAW PEF (PEF) Pegasus PIC (PIC)
Portable Network Graphics (PNG) Microsoft PowerPoint (PPTX) Printer (PS) files (PRN) PostScript® files (PS/EPS) Photoshop (PSD/PDD)
PaintShop Pro (PSP/PSPIMAGE/PSPBRUSH) Fujifilm RAW (RAF) Contax RAW (RAW) Leica RAW (RAW) Panasonic RAW (RAW)
Pentax RAW (RAW) Casio RAW (RAW/BAY) RAW (RAW/MOS/FFF/CS1) RAW Image (RAW/TXT/CSV) Rich Text Format (RTF)
Panasonic RAW RW2 (RW2) Leica RAW RWL (RWL) SONY RAW (SRF/SR2) Samsung SRW (SRW) TARGA Bitmap (TGA/VDA/ICB/VST)
Canon RAW TIFF (TIF/TIFF) Kodak RAW TIFF (TIF/TIFF) TIFF Image (TIF/TIFF) Canvas X Template (TPL) Plain Text (TXT)
Wireless Bitmap (WBM/WBMP) Google WebP Image (WEBP)
AVI Clip (AVI) Bitmap (BMP) CALS (CAL) Computer Graphics Metafile (CGM) Canvas 6-8 (CNV)
Canvas X Image File (CVI) Canvas X (CVX) AutoCAD® native files (DWG) AutoCAD® drawing interchange (DXF) Enhanced Meta File (EMF)
Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) Canvas X Slide Show (EXE) GIF Animated (GIF) GIF Graphics (GIF) Web Files (HTLM/HTM/XHTML)
Icon File (ICO) JPEG 2000 JP2 File (JP2) JPEG Graphics (JPG/JPE/JPEG) Paintbrush Bitmap (PCX) Acrobat® Acrobat® files (PDF)
Portable Network Graphics (PNG) Photoshop (PSD/PDD) RAW Image (binary) (RAW) Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Scalable Vector Graphics – Compressed (SVGZ)
TARGA Bitmap (TGA/VDA/ICB/VST) TIFF Image (TIF/TIFF) Canvas X Template (TPL) Raw Image (text) (TXT) Wireless BMP (WBMP)
GIF/JPEG (Web IMages) Google WebP Image (WEBP) Windows Meta File (WMF)


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