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  • Wish list for Canvas Draw Mac

    As Mark Cosgrove suggested, this is a thread of our wish list for Canvas Draw for Mac.

    My first wish is to have text style sheets back.

    My second wish is that saving as PDF with facing pages is fixed.

  • #2
    Mine are the return of the Print Preview module to check colour seperations and export or print them complete with cutmarks, cropmarks and bleed, all in the right places.
    Another one is the GIS implementation, although for *moi* it's just a hobby.

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    • #3
      I'm repeating myself here but (in order of decreasing importance)...

      GIS functionality of the Windows version -- huge opportunity for commercial applications and natural scientists. Canvas GIS is to ArcGIS what desktop layout is to dedicated type setting: Way easier and more versatile. It brings power to the individual user who doesn't have a GIS guru and doesn't have time to learn all of the obscure incantations of the closed GIS specialist community.

      Unicode (nat'ch)

      Copy as pdf for pasting into modern programs like Pages and Keynote as full resolution vector objects.

      Image warping as in CVX 16

      Shadows that are an attribute of the object and not a separate raster object.



      If I had those five things, Canvas Draw would be my only graphics program (again after all these many years). Additional wishes:

      .SVG import that works well

      Create scale bar, as in CVX 16

      Object edit palette from Canvas X 16 -- lets you capture numerically the vertices of a polygon

      Arrowheads that follow the curve shape (a la Intaglio)
      Last edited by rwallx; 12-02-2015, 05:06 PM.

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      • #4
        Here's what I mean by arrowheads follow curve. Intaglio on the left, Canvas Draw on the right

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        • #5
          Double click the arrow, then click the handle that shows up and you have adjustment arms to point the arrows any direction you want. I've used that in b926 for always. It's like the bezier tool.

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          • #6
            For me it is basically all that Canvas X b926 does OR SHOULD DO.

            Some specifics:

            * unicode.

            * type/text palette with its full functionality include styles.

            * facing pages.

            * real live shadows. This is a marketplace non-negotiable in 2015, I would think -- it was pretty much that in 2005.

            * colors -- b926 always had trouble with some colors, mainly the reds, I think, when converting to CMYK, they would go brownish if you used the red from the regular color palette. The workaround was to set up a color separation as a custom color, then specify the color as that.

            * The print preview, already mentioned, with the ability to do bleeds.

            * in a mad, mad, mad world, the HTML upgraded to quality CSS including Google's latest requirement for small screen compatibility. I made some very nice websites with Canvas but they are out of date now and I am having to work in Sandvox which does a good job, but is inherently limited by being template based.

            * being able to hide the properties bar. In X we had to have the properties bar visible because some capabilities were available in it that had not been duplicated in the palettes. So get all capabilities of Canvas Draw into palettes and let us hide the properties bar to increase vertical screen real estate.

            * a more colorful, user-friendly interface! Check PhotoLine which has finally come up with a pretty decent interface after years of nagging. (www.pl32.com)

            NEW:

            * Proper tracing like Illustrator has. This was the only real weakness of Canvas 8, 9, and X compared with Illustrator, I always thought (and its strengths were legion, of course).

            * An automatic lasso tool like in PhotoLine. You can click along a contrast line and it will follow the contrast line between clicks; if it veers off, you can back track using delete and click closer together to get the selection you want.

            * A bar code tool.

            Cheers, Geoff
            Last edited by Hen3ry; 12-03-2015, 02:20 PM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by kohanmike View Post
              Double click the arrow, then click the handle that shows up and you have adjustment arms to point the arrows any direction you want. I've used that in b926 for always. It's like the bezier tool.

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              Not the same. In my work, I commonly have tight curvature near the end of a line; these lines have a precise shape and cannot be arbitrarily stretched out to avoid the artifact. I've included an example of a small quarter arc with arrows which may be clearer. I use these quarter arcs all the time in technical drawing. Intaglio on the left, Canvas Draw on the right.

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              • #8
                Hi Geoff, LTNS

                Yes, the Type palette, forgot about that one! Somewhere else the devs have already stated that it's not coming back if I remember correctly, but hey, put it back please. Oh, and the Transparency one as well, please.

                Have fun, Hermie

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                • #9
                  I just wrote this elsewhere, but I would like to be able to set the default blank document as and "Illustration" an not a "Document."

                  Tim

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                  • #10
                    Customizable single key keyboard shortcuts, like in canvas x b926

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by rwallx View Post
                      Not the same. In my work, I commonly have tight curvature near the end of a line; these lines have a precise shape and cannot be arbitrarily stretched out to avoid the artifact. I've included an example of a small quarter arc with arrows which may be clearer. I use these quarter arcs all the time in technical drawing. Intaglio on the left, Canvas Draw on the right.
                      You can do infinite adjustments by lengthening or shortening the extensions while rotating to the position you want.

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                      • #12
                        Something we lost when Canvas was ported to OS X : support for Graphics Tablets ! Please !

                        It worked very well in versions that ran on earlier systems, so it shouldn' t be that hard to do, isn' t it ?
                        For serious illustration / bitmap editing / Photo retouching etc. , it is very much needed...
                        I bought Adobe Photoshop Elements when tablet support was dropped in Canvas 8 running on OS X, because I needed it.

                        Peter
                        Last edited by Peter_L; 12-04-2015, 07:47 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Tim Anderson View Post
                          I just wrote this elsewhere, but I would like to be able to set the default blank document as and "Illustration" an not a "Document."

                          Tim
                          Try File>Save as Template. Then it will show up in the file picker as a default document type and will open as "Untitled" when you select it.

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                          • #14
                            Thanks for the suggestion. Didn't quite work that way for me, but did lead to the solution. I had turned off that "New Document" menu which I find annoying when first opening Canvas Draw 2. Went back to it, clicked on the "Illustration" tab and selected "Blank-Letter-Portrait" and clicked on the default box. Then I left the "New Document" menu on the "Illustration" tab and hit "Choose." Now I get the blank illustration I want on first opening Canvas Draw 2.

                            Tim

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                            • #15
                              1) Unicode (I have some old Mac Canvas files with symbols colored by value and they come in to Canvas 2 in a mess--some if not all of this is absence of unicode)
                              2) GIS. Yes, pretty please, and not a hobby for me. I *hate* Arc. In making maps for a book I am working on, I am still using Canvas Mac with GIS in a Snow Leopard VM. Given the immense cost of anything equivalent in Illustrator (plus the annoying pricing scheme), seems there is a big window there if ACD can figure out how to market to it. Geo-referenced information is more and more a big thing, and more and more datasets are coming online. I think there are plenty of folks who'd like to use those datasets but quail at the sight of Arc. This includes robust import tools from various GIS formats out there.
                              3) Better screen management. Anybody else ever want a split screen, one zoomed, one not zoomed, to edit detailed stuff?
                              I'll think on this some more.

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