The Bottom Line
- Seamless integrated environment eliminates need for many specialized programs.
- Exceptional value.
- Cross-platform compatible for Windows and Macintosh.
- Steep learning curve due to large feature set (interface changes have lessened this some in 9.0).
- Older operating systems such as Mac OS 8/9 and Windows 98/NT are no longer supported.
- Illustration, photo editing, page layout, presentation and Web graphics in a single interface.
- Geared toward technical rather than creative users in scientific, engineering, and business fields.
- Maintains a familiar desktop publishing look and feel that is built on a new "CAD-like" core.
- Redesigned "smarter" interface brings advanced features out of hiding without excessive clutter.
- Built on a double-floating point 64-bit coordinate system which removes many limitations.
- Supports huge document sizes--2000x2000 miles--and up to 2 billion objects per document.
- Supports over 70 standard file formats including PDF, EPS, CGM, DWG, DXF, SVG, SWF, HTML, and more.
- Includes 25,000 clip art images and 2,000 URW Type1 and TrueType fonts on a single DVD.
- GIS Mapping Edition and Scientific Imaging Edition are also available for these specialized fields.
- For Macintosh OS X and Windows NT/2000/XP on a cross-platform CD.
Guide Review - Canvas 9 Professional Edition
The Canvas user-base has historically consisted primarily of large corporations and technical professionals, but it should not be neglected as an ideal all-purpose graphics tool for small business users, home users, Web designers, educators, students, and creative professionals. In addition to Canvas 9 Professional Edition, Canvas 9 is available in two targeted editions: GIS Mapping Edition and Scientific Imaging Edition. Users who purchase the Professional edition can evaluate the additional features of these targeted editions for 15 days.