ACD Canvas

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What Does ACD Canvas Mean?

ACD Canvas is drawing software used for creating and editing technical illustrations. It is especially used for editing vector-based images and other graphics. The program supports more than 100 input file formats, which include CAD and page layout file types. The software also contains several tools used for enhancing images and visualizing scientific data formats.


ACD Canvas is also used in medical and geological applications to create specialized visualizations. It provides several imaging tools to display the numerical data from from medical research images. Seismic data can also be analyzed through the seismic traces palette.

The ACD canvas includes a proprietary computer graphics metafile engine that’s compliant with Aviation Transportation Authority and Petroleum Industry Protocol standards.

Techopedia Explains ACD Canvas

ACD Canvas was developed by ACD Systems and offers a customizable workspace including options such as menus, toolbars and editing palettes. The drawing canvas consists of an adjustable grid where illustrations are created with evenly spaced vector graphics. Editing palettes can be also be reorganized in several different views.

The interface of the program consists of a docking pane to manage the entire workspace area effectively.

The capabilities of the ACD Canvas software program includes importing industry-standard file formats; these include:

  • AutoCAD (.DWG and .DXF)
  • Photoshop (.PSD and .PDD)
  • DICOM (.DCM)
  • CorelDraw (.CDR)
  • PowerPoint (.PPT)
  • Portable Document Format (.PDF)
  • illustrator (.AI)

It also supports a variety of image file types, including .PNG, .JPEG and .GIF. The primary file extension used by ACD Canvas is .CVX which is the proprietary file format. The drawings may also be exported using a variety of file types supported by other software programs.


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