New Illustration Product Transforms Enterprise CAD and 2D Data at a Fraction of the Price of Adobe Products
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New Illustration Product Transforms Enterprise CAD and 2D Data at a Fraction of the Price of Adobe Products

Canvas 14 Increases the Value of Technical Data and Professional Illustrations from the Engineering Department to the Boardroom

SEATTLE — (BUSINESS WIRE) — June 12, 2012ACD Systems International, Inc. today announced Canvas 14 and Canvas 14 +GIS, the easiest and most effective way to transform technical CAD and 2D data into creative illustrations that can be used throughout the enterprise. With Canvas 14, engineers and designers can draw and edit precise documents that can be quickly and easily annotated and shared. The additional Canvas +GIS allows for the use of geo-data within illustrations. Both products provide the capabilities of the Adobe Product Suite, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat at a fraction of the cost. Companies currently using Canvas include Boeing, Caterpillar, GM, Chevron, Lockheed Martin and NASA.

“Big Data presents incredible opportunity for companies, but it also creates incredible challenges,” said Frank Lin, General Manager and CTO of ACD Systems. “Enterprises must be able to take complex technical data and transform it into information that can be easily understood and immediately impactful. For example, an aircraft engineer can develop an illustration of the latest passenger aircraft which he can use for production. The same illustration can be used by the marketing department for a brochure, or infographic creation, by customer service for support, by maintenance for repair documentation and by the CEO for a Board of Directors presentation. ACD’s commitment to accuracy, speed, ease of use and the ability to protect and preserve data makes this solution ideal for companies that are committed to getting the most value out of their data.”

Canvas makes it easy and inexpensive to create, annotate, dimension and share technical data.

Create and Edit with Precision

Only Canvas allows for the ability to work intuitively with both vector and raster images in the same document using the same tools. On the Fly illustration can be used to instantly add re-usable dynamic objects to drawings, geometry and position data can be edited and raster images can be created, edited and augmented with a host of industry standard and specialized techniques, tools and filters. Canvas’ proprietary SpriteLayers™ and SpriteEffects™ technologies can be used to apply image and transparency effects without affecting the original objects. And visually complex information can be presented with unprecedented speed in a logical and easy to understand format via Canvas’ Flowchart Palette. Any image can be imported non-destructively and exported using over 100 different industry standard file formats.

Quickly and Easily Annotate and Dimension

Canvas’ technical markup and advanced dimensioning tools facilitate the iterative process of reviewing documentation and providing feedback, resulting in more useful illustrations. Format dimensions can be added to illustrations including linear, chain and baseline dimensioning tools. The highest level of precision is ensured via engineered accuracy and control. Professionally formatted and editable text can be added to vector objects and raster images. And with SpriteEffects, a zoom lens can be created to emphasize a specific area in a map or diagram. Dynamic charts and tables can be created in a variety of formats. A montage feature is also available for the creation of montage effects using a digital light table.

Increase the Value of Illustrations via Sharing

Canvas allows anyone to use previously developed illustrations in their own documents – extending the life and value of visual assets while protecting the integrity of the original data. Projects can be easily shared, discussed and developed in a free-flowing document exchange. Canvas already includes word processing, illustration, publication, animation and presentation tools, so there’s no need to purchase a number of programs. Time-saving templates are also included. Data can be preserved in PDF files and Canvas is the only product on the market that allows editing of PDFs. Canvas’ secure encryption and password protection ensures that documents can be shared with confidence. Full control can be exercised over who can open, edit and print designs.

Powerful Geographic Tools from Canvas 14 +GIS

Canvas 14 +GIS offers a powerful set of geographic-based features and commands that support all GIS formats, define complex map projections, and perform advanced property operations. This makes Canvas +GIS an indispensable tool for professionals in the gas/energy, aerospace, automotive, education and government sectors—any market that requires the use of geo-related illustrations.

Canvas Users: High Importance Creators and Consumers

Canvas users fall into two segments—the developers of illustrations and those that consume these illustrations.

Availability and Price

Canvas 14 and Canvas 14 +GIS products are available immediately via Canvas 14 is priced at $599.99 USD and Canvas 14 +GIS is $799.99 USD.

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About ACD Systems International Inc.

Founded in Texas in 1993 by imaging visionary Doug Vanderkerkhove, ACD Systems is one of the largest and most respected independent digital editing and management companies in the world. Doug foresaw the importance of the convergence of analog and digital (print, photos, scans, video and metadata).

The company’s products include ACDSee Pro 5, ACDSee 14, and Canvas 14 +GIS, which help Fortune 500 companies, enhance, manage and disseminate their valuable digital assets. Customers include General Motors, Caterpillar, Boeing, The New York City Fire Department, NASA, CNN and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Today ACD holds six patents and millions of ACDSee products are in use throughout the world. In fact, ACDSee products are so popular in Asia that they are second only to Louis Vuitton in product piracy.

ACD Systems can be found online at, on Twitter at @acdsee, and on Facebook at


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