Upgrade from Canvas X 16 to Canvas X 2020
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  • Tables – create and edit tables
  • Visual Combine tool, which allows you to visually and intuitively combine the common areas of overlapping vector objects to create complex shapes.
  • Vector Brush tool, which allows you to draw vector curve paths with strokes with tapered ends.
  • Measure Path tool allows you to draw a polygon path, measure the distance of the path, and calculate data, such as required time and/or required steps to travel the distance based on velocity parameters you have set.
  • QR Code tool allows you to easily create and place QR codes that can be read by smart phones.
  • Ink/Stroke Selection tool, which allows you to select an object with specific attributes and every object sharing those attributes will also be selected.
  • Object | Create Math Equation allows you to create editable math equation objects and place them in your documents. After creating it, you can edit the equations, resize the object, or change the color of the equations anytime.
  • Layout | Grids and Guides | Create Isometric Guides allows you to draw objects in the Isometric Projection using Isometric Guides and vector drawing tools.
  • Path | Convert to Polygon allows you to convert any vector or text objects to polygons.
  • Dynamic Effects, which will move and resize with the objects they are applied to, are added (Effect | Dynamic Effects): Shadows, Reflections, Glow, and Soft Edge.
  • Smart Snaps, which are visual aids to align and size objects relative to each other or to their place on the page, are added (Layout | Smart Snaps).
  • Mirror tool, which will make a reverse copy of selected objects in 2 clicks. The mirroring axis can be drawn or snapped to other objects and rotated freely.
  • Automatic Annotation Notes, which now supports auto-numbering and auto-alphabetizing. EasyShapes like circles, squares, rounded squares, or diamond shapes can be used for annotations.
  • WIA import – Images can be directly imported from WIA (Windows Image Acquisition) compatible scanners (Image | Import from Scanners…).
  • Auto Hyphenation options are added in the Hyphens tab of the Type palette.
  • Paste in Front of Selection and Paste in Back of Selection are available from Edit | Paste Within Selection.
  • Duplicate Sheets/Pages/Slides/Frames feature is added under Layout | Sheets/Pages/Slides/Frames | Duplicate. The command will be also accessible from the palette menu of the Document Layout palette.
  • Table import – copy and paste tables from Microsoft Excel®
  • SVGZ export is now supported.
  • SVG/SVGZ import is now supported.
  • Color Dropper tool available from the Gradients Manager of Attributes palette to set a pixel color for gradient nodes.
  • 64-bit memory and processing improvements
  • Table object’s data can be sorted: A to Z, Z to A, Smallest to Largest, or Largest to Smallest from the Properties bar.
  • The Smart Snaps has 2 new options: Visible Object Only and Include Objects in Groups.
  • You can connect Smart Lines to the edge of any simple vector objects.
  • Linear and Object Side Dimension tool now snap to the basic vector object being measured so that when you resize the object, the Dimensioning objects will also be adjusted accordingly.
  • The Equilateral check box and the Side Length are available in some of the EasyShape tool’s Properties bar to create triangles, diamonds, pentagons, hexagons, and octagons with all sides of the same length.
  • Calligraphic Pens now support tapered ends.
  • Outline Path Stroke now support tapered strokes.
  • “Keep Last Used Attributes” checkbox is available in the Presets pop-up palettes from the Toolbox so that you can set the last used attributes as the default attributes.
  • Font and Font Size set before typing any text will be used as the default attributes.
  • When you press an arrow key multiple times to move objects, Undo or Redo will move the objects to the original position immediately.
  • Image interpolation for rotated images is improved.
  • When you show the Guides layer for the 1st time, 4 guidelines will be created at the top, bottom, and left and right sides of the current document.
  • More “Edit mode” icons are added at the left side of the Properties bar for exiting Edit modes easily.
  • Page Crop tool now has the Scale Type in the Properties bar: Crop To Page, Scale to Page, and Objects Only.
  • Page Navigator palette has the new context menu commands: Page Properties, Delete, Insert, Duplicate, and Go To.
  • “Save just the current page as an image (GIF or JPEG format) radio button is added to the Save To Web dialog box (File | Save to Web).
  • The SVG/SVGZ Export Options have the Use Selection Bounds checkbox so that you can export objects in the dimensions of the selection instead of the document size.
  • Edit | Combine can be directly used with EasyShapes now.
  • Font sizes in a Table object will be proportionally scaled by Shift+Alt+drag, which allows to apply Text | Normalize Font Size.
  • The active Guides layer is indicated with “*” in case that there are more than one Guides layers added in a page.
  • The arrow icon to go next or previous of the Properties bar is now highlighted in blue for better discoverability.
  • The maximum number of selected vector objects for the Combine in the Properties bar is increased up to 20.
  • Image | Auto Trace and Save as PNG with the mask option are now supported for scripting.
  • CVD and CVDTPL files created with Canvas Draw 3 for Mac can be opened.
  • CVS files created with Canvas 3.5 can be opened.
  • Snap to Grids and Snap to Guides can be turned on and off from the Properties bar when no objects are selected.
  • Flip horizontally and vertically icons are added to the Properties bar.
  • The last-used Combine command in the Properties bar is remembered and can be applied repeatedly.
  • The Distribute Inside Horizontally and the Distribute Inside Vertically icons are added next to the basic Align icons in the Properties bar.
  • The Selection Bounds option is added to the Align to: in the Align palette, which allows users to align based on selection boundaries instead of the key object among the selection.
  • The Preserve Data checkbox is added back so that a selected image can be resized based on a set resolution instead of resampling it.
  • Edit modes are indicated visually by showing the edit mode’s icon in the Properties bar, as well as highlighting the Object Type field in the Status bar.
  • When using the Marquee tool to create an image selection, the width and height of the selection are indicated in the Object Details field in the Status bar.
  • The Auto Dimensioning features are added to the Properties bar and under the Object menu.
  • The Radius or Diameter dimensioning objects’ value positions can be adjusted by double-clicking and dragging.
  • The Annotation Lens tool, which allows the user to easily callout and magnify specific areas of objects, is added to the Toolbox.
  • The Smart Shuffe Up and Down features, which move selected objects above or behind their nearest neighbors with overlapping bounding boxes, are added to the Toolbar and under the Object | Arrange.
  • The Dynamic Shadow command, which creates a shadow that dynamically updates according to the changes made to its object, is added to the SpriteEffects filters.
  • SpriteEffects applied to selected objects can be put into edit mode or deleted from the context menu.
  • Clear All SpriteEffects and Remove SpriteLayer (transparency) Effect icons are added next to the SpriteEffects drop-down menu in the Properties bar.
  • The orientation or dimensions of each sheet/page in multiple-page documents can be changed. Such documents can be exported as PDFs.
  • Sheet/Page icon in the Document Layout palette indicates “Portrait” or “Landscape”.
  • Sheets/Pages which have orientations or dimensions different from the default document setting will be indicated with a redish icon in the Document Layout palette.
  • Sheet/Page orientations or dimensions can be changed from the Options dialog box (Layout | Sheets/Pages | Sheet/Page Properties…)
  • The “Keep the original guide” checkbox, which allows users to create additional guides from the double-clicked guide instead of moving it, is added to the Guides dialog box.
  • The tool icons in the Toolbox are updated and rearranged.
  • Choosing Edit | Shift+Paste will paste copied objects at the same positions in another sheet/page.
  • Choosing Edit | Shift+Paste & Replace Selection will replace the selected object with the copied objects at the center without scaling.
  • The Docking Pane can be opened or closed by clicking the focused tab.
  • Basic touch screen operations, like selecting, drawing, or painting, and two-finger zooming and panning, are supported.
  • Operations, such as launching the application, loading CVX files, saving as CVX, and handling large images, are optimized.
  • The update/message notification icon is added on the right side of the Toolbar.
  • Many new camera models are supported for digital camera RAW import.
  • Improved the placement angle of arrow heads on Bézier curves.
  • Improved accuracy of drawing circles, ovals, and 90n-degree arcs.
  • Improved accuracy of calculating perimeter and/or area of circles, ovals, and 90n-degree arcs, rounded rectangles, and composite objects with them.
  • Improved Copy & Paste from Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and other applications supporting Picture (JPG) or Picture (PNG) with transparency from Edit | Paste Special.
  • The inset ratio of multigons can now be set numerically in the Properties bar.
  • The Grids and Guides dialog box can be opened by clicking Setting in the Properties bar while no objects are selected in the document.
  • Guide color can be changed from the Grids and Guide dialog box.
  • Recently-used inks listed in the Presets palette can be cleared on demand by clicking the Clear button below the list.
  • The Show each bounding box when over 1000 objects are selected checkbox is added in the Configuration Center – Selection.
  • SVG and SVGZ export is available in the Multiple Save Options dialog box.
  • SVG export now supports embedding of images.
  • DWG export and DXF export support Save Selection in the Save As dialog box.
  • DWG import and DXF import have the Source Unit option, “Read from file”, so that document will be open in the unit specified in that file.
    Paste Text Only is added under Edit menu.
  • Dynamic Effects checkbox is added to: Properties bar of the Attribute Dropper tool, the Paste Attributes dialog box, and Find palette.
  • Corner radius of rounded rectangle will be proportionally scaled based on resizing the object.
  • Preview Pane of the Windows File Explorer is supported for CVX and CVD files to see the large previews of documents (Scroll to view multiple-page previews).
  • Improved performance of Space Bar + drag for panning at zooming factors of over 3200%.
  • Improved to remember the last focused palette tab in the Docking Pane upon restart.
  • Improved performance of loading the tools for starting the application.
  • Improved to be able to find composite objects by selecting the composite object icon from the Type pop-up list in the Find palette.
  • Improved the Smart Snaps so that it will work for line objects while moving a line or another object.
  • Improved to make the Smart Snaps respect the state of the Select Across Layers. When the Select Across Layers is not selected, the Smart Snaps only checks objects in the current layer now.
  • Improved performance of Space Bar + drag for panning at zooming factors of over 3200%.
  • Improved to remember the last focused palette tab in the Docking Pane upon restart.
  • Fixed crash which occurred when selecting Image | Import from Scanner on Windows 7.
  • Fixed bug so that Edit | Transparency is available in the context menu when an object with SpriteLayers/transparency effect is selected.
  • Fixed bug in which the Arrow checkbox in the Attribute Style palette won’t get enabled for Create when an open path has the right arrow.
  • Color Dropper tool available from the Gradients Manager of Attributes palette to set a pixel color for gradient nodes.
  • A custom location for Canvas X setting files can be set in the Configuration Center.
  • A custom location for templates can be set in the Configuration Center.
  • The default folder for templates can be accessed in the New Document dialog box.
  • More templates added.
  • Ink, stroke, and arrow presets updated.
  • More symbols can be downloaded by accessing a web page from the Symbol Library palette.
  • The 5 file formats selected most recently in the Save As dialog box are listed at the top of the Save as type drop-down list.
  • When multiple objects are selected as the target of Paste Within Selection (Paste in front of Selection or Paste in back of Selection), copied object will be placed at the center of each selected object.
  • Dynamic Effect – Soft Edge will be applied to a group as a whole, not to individual objects in a group.
  • Fixed bug in which Path | Outline Path Stroke did not respect “outside pen” or “inside pen stroke”.
  • Fixed bug in which a new value of Linear dimensioning object got obscured by the old value while editing it.
  • Fixed bug in which transformed vector object behaved incorrectly while changing its height or width and X or Y position in the Properties bar.
  • Fixed bug in which some objects were not scaled properly when they were exported as DWG.
  • Fixed bug in which deleting a sheet/page/frame/slide by Layout | Sheet/Page/Frame/Slide | Delete did not properly refresh preview thumbnails in the Page Navigator palette.
  • Fixed bug in which placing an image (File | Place) could not be undone by Edit | Undo.
  • Fixed bug in which the Envelope edit mode showed the selection handles erroneously and was indicated as “Curve edit mode” in the status bar.
  • Fixed bug in which the Centerline of Symbol Strokes was drawn over the symbols.
  • Fixed bug in which RGB or CMYK inks edited in the Attributes palette did not have the same ink names when they are applied to other objects.
  • Fixed bug in which the number format of documents was not respected in Angle edit boxes in the Properties bar of the Curve tool.
  • Fixed bug in which stroke weight values in the Status bar did not respect the document number format.
  • Fixed bug in which selecting a recent color for the background color was ignored for Hatch and Symbol inks.
  • Fixed bug in which areas and perimeters of circles changed when circles were rotated.
  • Fixed bug in which Path | Convert to Simple Path did not accurately create visual results for Calligraphic, Parallel and Symbol strokes.
  • Fixed crash triggered by duplicating the Master Page.
  • Fixed crash triggered by applying Path | Outline Path Stroke to objects with “hairline” stroke.
  • The Paste Text Only command in the text context menu will insert copied texts at the insertion point in the text object as intended.
  • You can click the area above, below, left, or right of the scroll handle in the scroll bars for quick panning.
  • The Marquee or Oval Marquee tool now allows users to select a fixed area larger than 1000 pixels, if applicable.
  • Opacity can be correctly applied to an image of monochrome (Black and White) color mode.
  • Layer #1 of the Master Page is now clearly indicated in the Layers to save dialog box.
  • Dragging the tail part of a balloon EasyShape object no longer has a redrawing issue.
  • Path | Join will be applicable when more than 2 open vector objects are selected.
  • The SpriteEffects drop-down menu is added to the Properties bar shown when an EasyShape is selected.
  • The Remove spaces from layer names checkbox is added to the DWG/DXF Options dialog box in case it is opened with an application that does not support spaces in layer names.
  • Various UI issues on high-DPI or 4K monitors are resolved.
  • Short date and long time format will be used based on the OS Region setting.
  • The Put Away Palettes command will not clear the Toolbox or palettes in the Docking Pane anymore.
  • The Fill filter (Image | Filter | Other | Fill) with the blending mode “Dissolve” will be applied correctly to an image selection.
  • Opening and closing the Align palette several times does not place the palette out of the screen.
  • When a Canvas X document unit is supported by DWG or DXF, that unit will be used to save the document as DWG or DXF.
  • The Print to Canvas feature (Canvas PS Driver must be installed at the time of the initial installation or by choosing File | Set up Canvas X Printer later) is working on Windows 10.
  • Fixed a problem with launching when Canvas X is installed outside of C drive.
  • Fixed issues with CVD files failing to open when containing corrupted image cross-reference data.
  • Fixed issues with text typing.
  • Fixed several bugs related to SpriteEffects, Lens, Clipping path, and Transparency Mask.
  • Fixed bug so that only image file names that are imported or placed in the document are assigned as object names, instead of using their full paths.
  • Fixed bug in which Angle Dimension would not work when Snap to Grids was turned on.
  • Fixed bug in which Area and Perimeter dimensioning were reversely applied from Object | Auto Dimensioning.
  • Fixed bug with certain CGM files opening incorrectly.
  • Fixed bug in which closed Bézier curves created in a certain way would display negative area values or “n/a”.
  • Fixed bug so that areas of open Bézier curves and polygons will not be displayed.
  • Fixed bug so that in terms of Ctrl+mouse scroll direction, Up will zoom-in and Down will zoom-out.
  • Fixed bug in which PDF files would not save correctly on the OS with some non-English regional settings.
  • Fixed bugs in which some PDF files that are created by Adobe Illustrator CS versions could not be opened with Canvas X.
  • Fixed bugs in which RGB spot colors were incorrectly exported to PDF, which manifested as an error upon opening with Acrobat Reader.
  • Fixed bug in which decimal values could not be correctly edited on the OS with some non-English regional settings.
  • Fixed bug in which CVShell application error occurs in the Event Viewer log.
  • Fixed bug in which some exported SVG files showed undeclared entity errors when opening with Google Chrome.
  • Fixed bug so that the zoom factor and origin of each page is respected during navigation.
  • Fixed bug so that a CVX file saved in a folder with a period in its name can be opened successfully.
  • Fixed bug so that Smart Toolbox setting in the Configuration Center is remembered after restarting the application.
  • Fixed bug so that values of certain dimensioning objects will be nicely printed with even dimension text gaps.
  • Fixed bug so that keyboard shortcuts for Text | Kerning | Tighten and Loosen work correctly even when a text object is selected.
  • Fixed bug that Auto Dimensioning – Angle won’t create anything for rounded rectangles.
  • Fixed bug that Auto Dimensioning – Linear won’t correctly create dimension objects for rotated lines.
  • Fixed various bugs related High-DPI support.
  • Fixed bug so that Edit Frame Gradient in the context menu will correctly activate.
  • Fixed bug in which CVX files saved with the Encrypt file checkbox selected could not be reopened even if the correct password was entered.
  • Fixed bug so that X and Y values of Grids set as default in Grids and Guides dialog box are remembered correctly after application restart.
  • Fixed bug in which some PNG files placed in a document could not be exported as GIF correctly.
  • Fixed bug in which a Print Area defined in a document was not saved in CVX files.
  • Fixed bug in which images of 16-bit/channel would not be correctly exported as TIF files.
  • Fixed crash which occurred when selecting Image | Import from Scanner on Windows 7.
  • Fixed bug so that Edit | Transparency is available in the context menu when an object with SpriteLayers/transparency effect is selected.
  • Fixed bug in which the Arrow checkbox in the Attribute Style palette won’t get enabled for Create when an open path has the right arrow.
  • Fixed bug in which the Find feature does not find specified words next to punctuation like comma or period.
  • Fixed bug in which the Find feature does not find specified words next to quotation marks when the Use smart quotes is enabled.
  • Fixed bug in which the Find feature does not find objects based on a certain object whose attributes are loaded by clicking the Grab Attributes button in the Find palette.
  • Fixed bug so that the vertical ruler image created by Alt + drag from the vertical ruler starts at the value of “0”.
  • Fixed bug in which hidden objects with a SpriteEffect will be rendered erroneously when saving a document that contains such objects as an image format.
  • Fixed bug in which some parts of certain PDF files will not be imported to Canvas X.
  • Fixed bug in which documents containing Dynamic Effects cannot be printed correctly.
  • Fixed crash triggered by moving an object with Dynamic Effects using the arrow key.
  • Fixed bug in which outside stroke will become inside stroke each time the object is flipped and vice versa.
  • Fixed bug in which redrawing issue appears when applying Align functions to selected anchor point in path edit mode.
  • Fixed bug in which the Correct TWo INitial Capitals in the Configuration Center was not working properly on Windows 10.
  • Fixed bug in which the Single-Letter Shortcut stops working after selecting Hyperlink Pointer tool in the Toolbox.
  • Fixed bug in which a corner radius of rounded rectangles set in the Properties bar was not properly applied when a rounded rectangle was drawn by dragging the mouse pointer.
  • Fixed bug in which the setting of the character case was not saved as a character style in the Type palette.
  • Fixed bug in which objects pasted with Paste & Replace Selection could not be selected with the Selection tool.
  • Fixed bug in which text in locked text form field objects could be edited by pressing Tab key.
  • Fixed bug in which smart lines created by Annotation – Flowchart tool did not show the default arrowheads until labels were moved.
  • Fixed bug in which transitions of slide show were not applied to next slide.
  • Fixed bug in which Smart Mouse indicator would not be displayed when the Ruler was hidden.
  • Fixed bug in which typing texts in a blank annotation field without any shape caused text and its smart line to overlap.
  • Fixed bug in which Line tool would not work with Snap | Center or Vanishing Point in the context menu.
  • Fixed bug in which duplicated images would not export as SVG/SVGZ when the Embed images checkbox was selected.
  • Fixed bug in which objects could be sent to locked layers.
  • Fixed several bugs related to Dynamic Effects.
  • Fixed bug in which comments in CVD file were not imported.
  • Fixed bug in which file properties in CVD file were not imported.
  • Fixed crash triggered by the Create button for a custom arrow in the Attributes palette.
  • Fixed crash triggered by the No Anti-Alias checkbox in the Spherize dialog box.