Canvas GFX, Inc. was originally part of Deneba Systems, and was acquired in 2003 by
ACD Systems International Inc., a Canadian digital imaging software firm headquartered in Victoria, Canada, In 2017 Canvas GFX was spun out of ACD as a separate company and now has its own management team and Board of Directors. The new team is charged with developing Canvas GFX into the standard solution for technical documentation covering the complete documentation life-cycle, from inception to publishing.
What We Are About
The Canvas software is used by engineers to document and share complex objects and systems. Some of the largest companies in the aerospace, defence and manufacturing markets use Canvas as an integral part of their documentation workflow. Some our customers include Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Rockwell Collins, Caterpillar, GE, BP and hundreds of others. Known for its dedicated precision, Canvas supports a multitude of data and design formats (CAD, CGM, GIS, text, jpeg, etc), and retains non-visual data—often found in 3D CAD files.
Where We’re Going
Canvas is fully committed to continue to develop our product line to meet the ever-changing requirements of our major customers. From its origins in technical illustration, Canvas is developing solutions that address the rapidly emerging arena of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). The next generation products will allow designers to work collaboratively with their suppliers, customers and other internal groups about the technical documentation, incorporate 2D and 3D elements and make the entire workflow simple and easy to use, while delivering all of this is in a SaaS-based offering.
CADComposer takes Canvas X into another dimension, enhancing the core solution with the ability to import and edit 3D CAD files.
It provides a uniquely integrated design environment enabling you to handle and combine all 2D and 3D graphical elements and apply high-end effects within a single document.
Use your source CAD files to produce assembly diagrams, maintenance manuals, repair guides, product sheets, marketing material, and more.
Bridging 3D and 2D Illustration
Complete 3D and 2D Solution: Import, edit and integrate CAD files, vector and raster images in a single software package.
Market-leading flexibility: Import huge range of 3D CAD,
vector and raster file formats.
Extraordinary detail: Work to 0.035 micron accuracy
Diverse outputs: Export numerous image and vector formats
Feature-rich: Comprehensive toolset for vector illustration and image editing
Simple and Intuitive: Learn fast with intelligent Canvas Assistant, dynamic help, and video tutorials
Powerful 3D Handling Capabilities
Unique Combination of 2D and 3D Canvas X CADComposer offers a unique blend of 2D and 3D editing capabilities. So now there’s no need for you to be forever switching between costly 3D CAD software and standalone 2D design software not designed for technical illustration.
Open Diverse 3D CAD Formats Import 3D CAD files from your original designs and modify and re-use them in your technical illustrations and visual documentation. CADComposer supports files from SolidWorks, CATIA, Inventor, Pro/Engineer, Solid Edge, NX, Rhino, 3D PDF, and many more common 3D CAD formats including OBJ, IGES, STEP, JT, FBX, STL, DXF, DWG, and more. See compatible formats >
Simple, Effective Editing CAD objects in Canvas can be edited and re-edited as many times as you need. Update your documents with new versions or changed views by simply double-clicking your object. Any rendering can be easily undone, so any adjustments are completely painless.
Various Views (Various Rendered Modes including Vector) Display your 3D file however you like, with both orthographic and perspective views combined with various render modes including smooth, outlines, wireframes, technical, flat, and silhouette. With Canvas X CADComposer, you can also vectorize your view with industry-leading detail and quality. Export into our diverse image and vector formats.
Illustrate What’s Most Important Show, hide, and ghost any part in your assembly to focus your audience on what you want them to see. Change colors of your assemblies to highlight parts within your assemblies.
Explode Your Assembly Intuitively move parts along their axes for exploded views which help your audience understand how multiple components interconnect.
Automatic Annotations Automatically label parts in your illustration with the CAD metadata.
Automatic BOM Tables Create a bill of materials from your CAD data to list out all the parts of your assembly.
To activate your software, you will need a valid email address and an internet connection.
Intel® i3 or better 64-bit processor
8 GB RAM or more installed (16 GB RAM or more installed recommended)
5 GB or more free hard disk space (SSD 10 GB or more recommended)
16-bit color or higher (True color recommended)
Dedicated graphic card recommended
1280×1024 or higher screen resolution recommended