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Canvas X Pro is the only technical illustration software you need. A single, intuitive application that handles visual technical content creation from start to finish, X Pro gives you the power to visually communicate complex data with clarity and precision.

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visual communications and collaboration for the technical enterprise

Empower teams throughout the enterprise and ecosystem to communicate and collaborate using critical data — more effectively and more efficiently than ever before.

illustration software for education

educators, researchers, and students worldwide choose Canvas illustration software

More than 600 universities across the world rely on Canvas X Draw graphics software for Windows and macOS to create rich visualizations of data and research findings.

For students and teachers of life sciences, earth sciences, and engineering, the combination of a professional vector graphics toolset, rich photo-editing capabilities, and scientific precision is a winning formula.

At Canvas we are committed to providing the best illustration software for education institutions. And to supporting research, educational, and non-profit organizations with unlimited licensing offers which make Canvas software available at incredibly low prices.

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customer stories

Canvas helps an aerospace company visualize complex engineering requirements

“Canvas is invaluable in taking that complex data and making it very easy for the mechanics to understand.”

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canvas in the workplace

Our enterprise customers often tell us they discovered Canvas during their studies and took it with them into the workplace. Canvas software is in widespread use throughout the medical and scientific research sectors, with customers including Cleveland Clinic and the National Institute for Health. And it’s trusted at some of the most advanced companies worldwide, including GE, Honeywell, Chevron and more.

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technical illustration software

that increases productivity

Working with a single, built for purpose technical illustration software to create visual technical content helps technical authors, illustrators, and visual communicators work faster and more efficiently.

Canvas X Pro does the work of numerous other applications combined by blending professional graphics tools with rich technical illustration capabilities. Enjoy easy to use 2D drawing, 3D CAD visualization, text flow, raster image handling, and vector graphics. Leverage intuitive one-click smart annotations, automatic measurements, and industrial accuracy.

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the power of visual teamwork

For every engineer with access to rich product data such as 3D CAD models there are hundreds – if not thousands – of downstream colleagues whose success depends on the ability to create, consume, and interact with visual content which accurately depicts that data.

Too often that success is blocked because visual communicators and their audiences lack access to data, and the software and training to work with it effectively.

Canvas Envision is a visual collaboration solution that empowers teams throughout the enterprise to work with data and content in over 120 file formats — including 3D CAD — to create rich, dynamic visual assets. And it makes those assets fully interactive, powering true collaboration across distributed teams and ecosystems.

Explore some familiar blocks to effective visual communication in the enterprise.

data access

Data and content essential to effective visual communication of products and processes is highly diverse, often complex, and in some cases not directly accessible to a majority of employees.  Problems with accessibility may be related to the file types, or different teams within the enterprise having ownership of different sets of data or content. To directly access 3D CAD models and data, for example, employees typically need specialized software and training, or must depend on colleagues who have both. Even then, the content they are given to work with may be as static and data-poor as a simple screenshot.

wrong tools

Mainstream vector graphics apps aren’t built to create technical as well as graphical content. Technical visualization apps lack the rich illustrative capabilities prized by sales and marketing teams. Generic suites from Microsoft and Google aren’t intended to handle end-to-end content creation in a single application. Software requirements become increasingly complex and costly, and no single application delivers the magic combination of graphic power, technical precision, and ease of use required to address the visual communication needs of the entire enterprise.

static assets

When visual communicators work with limited inputs such as screenshots or scanned hard copy documents – often as a result of poor data access – the visual assets they produce are easily compromised. Poor access causes delays to content production, while the assets themselves lack the depth and precision of information required to deliver truly effective visual communication across the enterprise and out to the supply and customer ecosystem. The problem is compounded by the ease with which documents can become outdated causing the cycle of challenges to begin again.


The audience for visual assets is as diverse as the assets themselves. Suppliers, external service providers, internal fabrication teams, customers, prospects, installers and maintainers. Each audience segment is unique and needs to interact with content and content creators accordingly. Static documentation leaves the audience disconnected and unable to clarify what is required or being communicated, leading to endless emails, voice, and video calls which happen after clarification is needed and delay essential processes.

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democratize your data

Democracy makes essential things available to everyone who needs them. It gives everyone the power to contribute to, and influence, large and important outcomes. Data Democratization is no different. By making critical data available to every qualified person who needs it, and giving them the ability to visualize, communicate, and collaborate, you empower them. And they will become more effective at driving the organization towards its goals.

With Canvas Envision, you can democratize your data, no matter how complex and diverse it may be, making it, Accessible, Understandable, and Actionable.

  • Put critical data in the hands of everyone who needs it
  • One visual communication application to ingest and work with huge diversity of data
  • Simple and fast to create and consume rich visual content
  • Work in the universal language of visual communication with a powerful graphics engine
  • Translate complex and diverse data into clear, comprehensible visual assets
  • Complex data and ideas made easy for a broad audience and demographic
  • Unlock data value by ensuring audience knows what needs to be done
  • Enable downstream team members to seek clarity in real-time
  • Create a collaborative environment for visual assets to be refined and optimized


connecting the entire enterprise

See how different stakeholders across the enterprise can leverage our visual teamwork platform to communicate and collaborate.

Canvas Envision empowers teams right across the organization to work faster, and work smarter, by communicating and collaborating visually. See how Envision can drive efficiencies and cut cost throughout the enterprise and ecosystem.

fix + repair

For the teams tasked with maintaining your products, whether they’re internal, customer-based, or working out of distributors and dealerships, clarity on how to keep your product in prime condition is an operational essential. They may be used to dealing with low-resolution graphics, hard copy documentation, or a massive database of PDFs that come into the business on USB drives.

With Envision they get direct, real-time access to the most up-to-date version of the content available, through any device. And they can interact with the product models in the documents to ensure they understand exactly what’s required. They can mark-up documentation and feedback on processes and improvements required. Repairs and maintenance happen faster, at less cost, and essential process data is automatically routed back upstream.

business development

Your Business Development Reps (BDRs) are out on the hunt and you need to make sure they’re armed with the most compelling data imaginable to bring prospects to the table. Typically they have had to rely on product engineers to supply visual assets for use in their sales collateral; static screenshot images that can never do justice to the unique competitive advantage your products can deliver.

With Envision from Canvas your commercial content team can access the original product models – screened for sensitive IP, of course – to create fully customized sales collateral for every big prospect that’s in a dialog. Potential customers get access to browser-based interactive proposals and can visually collaborate with your BDRs to understand what they need to do within the proposal document itself. And you capture key customer responses to your products and proposals within Envision.

product design

Executive design reviews and approvals are time consuming. Product engineers can spend weeks waiting for approved content to come back over email. Or they might simply have to carry their CAD-equipped laptop to another part of the building to explain product details to different stakeholders. In a post-Covid world that’s not always possible and, even where it is, it’s not efficient.

With Envision, product engineers can drive measurable efficiencies by cutting awkward, multi-application workflows, collaborating directly with all stakeholders in a single Envision document which stays current thanks to associative data. And because Envision has been designed to power effective visual communication for everyone, documentation is always precise as well as dynamic.


Bill of Materials tables are complex and subject to constant change. Updates are often manual and associated delays are tolerated such that they’re often baked into operational costs. Procurement teams can use Envision to ensure suppliers and buyers always have access to the same, up to date content in a fully interactive and communicative environment. Product changes can associate automatically throughout documentation and those baked in costs can be a thing of the past.


visual collaboration for remote learning

In 2021 we have all come to realize how essential it is to be able to maintain access to learning services and collaboration while working remotely.

Canvas Envision is a visual teamwork solution which allows any group of people who need to connect and collaborate to enjoy real time interaction with visual content and with their peers.

Envision is ideally suited to educational and research institutions who need to ensure team- and class members have everything they need to stay connected, current, and productive.

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customer stories

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quick and intuitive

“With no experience I created an installation instruction demo sheet with a BOM and highlighted notes in about 30 minutes.”

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smart tools for fast work

“I really like the annotation lens because you can instantly zoom to the precise point you need to show in more detail.”

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for visual communicators

“Canvas is invaluable in taking that complex data and making it very easy for the mechanics to understand.”

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the visual teamwork platform

Canvas Envision combines a powerful desktop graphics application* with device and OS-agnostic, access-anywhere cloud collaboration and storage. With API integration to other critical enterprise software and services, Envision is designed to let your teams create, collaborate, and connect.

  • Feature-rich and intuitive enterprise graphics application
  • Enables teams to work with diverse and complex data
  • Powers creation of broad range of precision visual outputs
  • Access-anywhere content, with associative data
  • Fully interactive, including 3D model handling
  • Rich feedback, chat and mark-up capabilities
  • Integrates with enterprise software stack
  • PLM, 3D CAD, Business Communication Tools
  • Visual content workflow hub for enterprise and ecosystem
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See how users are able to produce high impact visual product content up to 50% faster with Canvas X Pro compared to other applications.

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key features

vector AND raster images

A uniquely integrated technical illustration software package, Canvas X Pro 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 PRo 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 Pro 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 Pro 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.

1-Year Subscription | $299

Subscribe to Canvas X Geo annually, with full support and access to upgrades, for the equivalent of just $24.92/month.

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3-Year Subscription | $719

Subscribe to Canvas X Geo for three years, with full support and access to continuous upgrades and save $178. Equivalent to just $19.97/month.

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