Deneba releases Canvas 8 beta for Mac OS X

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Deneba Software is making available a special public preview version of Canvas 8 Professional that's fully optimized for Mac OS X. This preview edition targets illustrators, graphic artists and business professionals who are early adopters of Mac OS X or are considering a transition to the new operating system,

Canvas is an all-in-one graphics composition and desktop publishing tool. The Mac OS X version of Canvas 8 contains hundreds of enhancements and advanced new features including: vector and raster Sequence recording, AppleScript, ColorSync and QuickTime support, according to company spokesperson Curtis Christensen. The new version also contains customizable Web Image Slicing and direct Flash export.

"Deneba's enthusiastic support for OS X should not surprise long-time Apple watchers. Fifteen years ago, the Miami-based software developer was one of the first companies to engineer and market products for the Macintosh platform," Christensen said. "Mac OS X is widely viewed by the technology industry as a significant improvement as it promises more stability and enhanced graphics capabilities."

Deneba started in 1984 as a Mac-based company. The three owners -- Manny Menendez, Joaquin DeSoto, and Jorge Miranda -- first made utilities for the Mac OS, such as sticky notes and the still-used Spelling Coach, a spell checker. Then they moved into the graphics arena, with such products as UltraPaint and Artworks, applications that gradually evolved into the first release of Canvas.

Incorporated in 1986, Deneba has enjoyed year after year of profitability and record-setting growth since its founding. Canvas -- an award-winning graphics program for Mac OS and Windows -- first hit the shelves in 1987. Since its beginning, the plan was to bring all aspects of illustration into one solid package.

Rob Crawford, the senior software engineer leading the Canvas 8-Mac OSX project said that Canvas 8's user interface has been optimized for Aqua and has "numerous new time saving features."

"Also, developing Canvas 8 in a protected memory operating system like OS X, allowed us to develop a very robust product that can easily handle the largest graphic files," he added.

Canvas 8 also contains an updated PDF export filter that supports full data stream compression, direct embedding of PostScript and TrueType fonts, hypertext links, transitions and more. The public preview edition only runs under Mac OS X, but the shipping release will be Carbonized and work with Mac OS 9.x.

The final version of Canvas 8 for Macintosh is slated to arrive on Oct. 1. Meanwhile, the public Canvas 8 OS X Preview Edition is available as a free download from Deneba's Web site.

This story, "Deneba releases Canvas 8 beta for Mac OS X" was originally published by PCWorld.

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