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  • Got an email from ACD yesterday -- first one!

    They were offering me a 75% discount to upgrade to v.3.

    Not for me since Canvas Draw runs only on Sierra. I continue happily on X.6.8. Not going to Sierra, not even for Canvas.

    Just did a poster and a small brochure in Canvas X. Wonderful app! Bit slow, but hey -- so am I.

    Cheers, Geoff

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    Hi Geoff,

    Canvas Draw version 3.0.5 runs on El Capitan ( OS 10.11.5 ) as well...

    Peter

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      I'm on Yosemite and Canvas 3.0.5 runs good........

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        Peter_L and Jan-Arend Blok,

        Geoff has indicated that he is running Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6.8), so the fact that Canvas Draw 3 runs well in OS X 10.10 or OS X 10.11 is irrelevant to him.


        Geoff,

        I too, loved Canvas X if only for the fact that it was the last version of Canvas to (openly) support Photoshop plug-ins. I used Alien Skin’s Eye Candy with my copy of Canvas X. Not all Photoshop plug-ins were compatible with Canvas, but the library of filters provided in Eye Candy alone were more than enough to greatly enhance the capabilities of Sprite Effects. Now that I have finally been able to get a new Mac, I have purchased Canvas Draw 3, but it has only been two days so I have not used it much just yet.

        As ACD wisely opted to rebuild the Mac version of Canvas on a completely new code base, Canvas Draw clearly does not have all of the features that were included in Canvas X and especially the newer Canvas X 17 for Windows, but new features have been added with each new version of Canvas Draw. Some of the new features are brand new, such as Unicode support that even the Windows version of Canvas does not yet have. Unfortunately, some 7 versions since it was officially dropped from the original code base still in use for the Windows version, it seems that Photoshop plug-ins are not coming back. That is extremely unfortunate given that a number of lesser graphics applications have this capability, so hopefully ACD will seriously consider re-instating that capability.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mdawson69 View Post
          Peter_L and Jan-Arend Blok,

          As ACD wisely opted to rebuild the Mac version of Canvas on a completely new code base, Canvas Draw clearly does not have all of the features that were included in Canvas X and especially the newer Canvas X 17 for Windows, but new features have been added with each new version of Canvas Draw. Some of the new features are brand new, such as Unicode support that even the Windows version of Canvas does not yet have. Unfortunately, some 7 versions since it was officially dropped from the original code base still in use for the Windows version, it seems that Photoshop plug-ins are not coming back. That is extremely unfortunate given that a number of lesser graphics applications have this capability, so hopefully ACD will seriously consider re-instating that capability.
          I fear ACD has UNwisely decided to do away with Mac Canvas's excellent image editing capabilities in the interests of selling us an second image editing program from its current line up, thus tearing up one of the HUGE advantages Canvas X has over all its rivals -- total integration.

          In addition, while it is all new code, the lads have already done at least one very old fashioned thing -- repeated the Canvas X way of making drop shadows as separate objects. EVERY nothing image editor, along with all the serious ones, have long since offered drop shadows as some sort of integrated thing with the object.

          In PhotoLine, the shadows are live with the object -- so drop shadows for type, for instance, change appropriately with editing of the type, and have been for years. Yes, PhotoLine doesn't do a lot of things Canvas does -- although it does a remarkable amount, including generating bar codes! (something Canvas should do) -- but this drop shadows capability is now commonplace and the new Canvas should do it.

          But most of all, Canvas MUST be the integrated program with wide, wide capabilities that it was to tempt me to go to the latest Apple pseudo iPhone OS.

          Cheers, Geoff

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            I said Canvas must be fully integrated as it was to tempt ME. I should have said, to tempt all those prospects out here who are sick of jumping from app to app, all working differently, to do stuff -- and who are sick of Adobe's domination of the market with huge, fat products.

            But Adobe has been there for a long, long time while ACD has faltered; to get back into the market in a substantial way, ACD needs to push the envelope, to step outside he Adobe square. It can do that with Canvas if they rebuild and market it with full integration of the wide range of capabilities in Canvas X plus some more up to date bits and pieces AND the capability to accept P'shop compatible plug-ins. The plug-ins are important -- they mean Canvas doesn't have to be capable of doing every little thing and ACD can add capabilities with its own plug-ins which also have a wider market.

            Ah well.

            Cheers, Geoff

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