News From Deneba Software
Curtis Christensen / Public Relations Manager (305) 596-5644, ext. 134;
For Immediate Release
Deneba Software Ships Canvas(TM) 8 for Mac OS X Canvas 8 for OS X Delivers
Automation And Hundreds Of New Features
Miami, FL – October 12, 2001 – Deneba Software, creator of the
award-winning Deneba Canvas, announced today the release of Canvas 8
Professional Edition for Mac OS X. Canvas blends proven technologies with
new leading-edge features, into a unique cross-platform, precision
illustration application that integrates photo editing, page layout,
presentation, and Web graphics capabilities into one seamless application.
Canvas 8 for OS X, also compatible with Mac OS 9 and above, contains
hundreds of enhancements and new features including vector and raster
Sequence recording and support for AppleScript, ColorSync, and QuickTime.
The new version also contains customizable Web image slicing as well as
direct Flash and PDF export capabilities and much more. Canvas 8 is the
culmination of over 15 years of intense development targeting the needs of
technical illustrators, designers, engineers, scientists, and business
“We are very pleased to continue our longstanding commitment to the Mac,”
states Manny Menendez, President of Deneba Software. “Canvas 8 for Mac OS X
provides the Mac community with a very robust product that can handle any
graphics project easily.”
“Mac OS X’s remarkable power, stability and graphics capabilities, make it
the ideal platform for creative professionals to expand their creative
expression,” said Ron Okamoto, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide
Developer Relations. “Canvas 8 is a valuable application in the graphics
market and we’re delighted to receive Deneba’s commitment to Mac OS X.”
Automation is a major theme behind Canvas 8 for OS X. This latest release
of Canvas can be automated through AppleScript. Scripts created in
AppleScript can automate anything from downloading files off the Internet
to preparing tens of thousands of files for use in print or on the Web and
make any actions more productive. The new Sequence recorder/player grants
novice users and professionals alike the ability to record and automate
complex actions quickly and reliably. The unique integrated vector and
raster environment contained within Canvas provides users with the ability
to produce complex Sequences within a single application that can involve
more actions, filters, and effects than in other stand-alone graphics
Improved usability was also a key goal of Canvas 8. Expanded
context-sensitive menus allow faster access to tools, filters, and effects.
Also, often-used inks, textures, gradients, and patterns can now be saved
in a new “Favorite Inks” Palette. Once saved these files may be shared with
others in a collaborative work group.
Canvas 8 for OS X includes numerous new image-editing features and filters.
Complex Inks such as textures, vector symbols, hatches, and gradients can
now be directly “painted” using the airbrush, marker, paintbrush, and paint
bucket tools. In addition, new effect filters include Bevel, Crystallize,
Oil Painting, Stained Glass, and Lens Flare. And thanks to Canvas’
groundbreaking Sprite technology, all effects can be readily applied to any
object in Canvas 8 – whether it is text, vector, or bitmap – while still
Key features and technologies of interest to Web-centric users include a
manual Image Slicer that is also fully integrated into Canvas’ enhanced,
automated HTML export capabilities. This allows optimized sliced images to
be saved as a set of interlocking images with a matching HTML table, or as
a part of a fully formatted HTML page exported directly from Canvas.
Direct support for Flash(tm) (SWF) is now standard in Canvas 8 for OS X.
Entire multi-page documents can be saved in this efficient file format.
Canvas 8 also contains an updated PDF=81 export filter which supports full
data stream compression, direct embedding of PostScript=AE and TrueType=81
fonts, hypertext links, transitions, and much more.
Canvas 8 Professional Edition for Mac OS X has an estimated street price of
US$399.95. Registered owners of competitive graphics products can purchase
Canvas 8 for US$249.95. Educational and corporate discounts are also
Registered users of Canvas 7 for Macintosh can upgrade to Canvas 8 for Mac
OS X for only US$129.95, while owners of previous versions may upgrade for
US$169.95. Copies of Canvas 7 for Macintosh (excluding educational,
promotional, and network licenses) purchased between March 31, 2001 and
October 31, 2001 may qualify for free upgrades. These special upgrade
prices are valid through December 31, 2001.