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Deneba Canvas 3.5.x

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#1
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
canvas_3.5.4.sit (4.28 MB)
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
#2
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
pantone_pro_toolkit.sit (286.24 KB)
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
#3
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
Canvastm_3.5.5_updater.sit (813.53 KB)
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
#4
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
Canvas-356-Patch.sit (11.17 KB)
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
Emulation
This app works with: Basilisk II,

Original 4 floppy install disks, along with "time bomb" ResEdit patch instructions. The patch is not needed if Canvas 3.5.4 is run in Basilisk. A self installing update patch is in the 4th DL for Canvas 3.5.6 (no need for ResEdit).

Deneba's drawing program Canvas got its start in 1987, and since that time has figured as a unique alternative, first to such simple drawing and painting programs as MacDraw and SuperPaint, then to more heavyweight applications such as Adobe Illustrator and even Photoshop. It was quick and rugged. Most remarkably, it handled a huge variety of graphics formats. By general agreement of many nostalgic users, the program reached its height around 1992, with the lean, mean, feature-packed, easy-to-use version 3.5. There followed a long period of anticipation (also known as "vaporware") until, with a massive version jump and a complete rewrite, Canvas 5 for Mac and Windows emerged in late 1996, to howls of protest. The program felt like a massive and clumsy port; it was sluggish and badly implemented. One review described the new version as a Microsoftization of Canvas.

— [by CNET staff]

The original idea for Canvas came from Jorge Miranda, one of the founders of Deneba Systems Inc. of Miami Florida, for Apple's Macintosh computers -- part of the wave of programs that made the desktop publishing revolution.

The first version was unique in many ways; not least because it was released as both an application and a desk accessory. In the latter form, it could be used while another program, e.g. PageMaker, was running simultaneously; very handy in that time of single program operation.

Canvas provides tools for creating and editing vector and raster graphics. It is used for illustration, page layout, animation, presentations, and publications in printed and Web formats.

From its inception, Canvas differed from other graphics applications because it combined tools and file formats for both vector (line art) graphics, and raster (photographic and other pixel-based) images, along with word-processing and page-layout features such as multiple page documents and master pages. The user works in a window which is the familiar "page on a pasteboard" analog used by many DTP and vector graphics programs, but in that window, which might be a single illustration page or one page of a multi-page magazine, book, web site, animation or presentation, the user can create or edit and layout text, vector graphics and raster images. Canvas also emphasized technical drawing in addition to artistic illustration features.

Reviewers often referred to Canvas as a "Swiss Army knife" application because of its broad range of capabilities. Parts of the program were leaders in their field -- in particular the vector graphics and type manipulation elements -- and it was years ahead of better known programs in work which involved vector and raster elements interacting. Canvas was also the first graphics application to allow for live effects on vector, text, and raster.

With Version 3.5, Deneba went cross-platform, releasing a version with file-format compatibility for Macintosh and Windows computers. At Version 5, Canvas was completely rewritten for both platforms. At Version 8, it was the first of the complex graphics programs to be "Carbonized" to run on both Classic and Mac OS X. With the introduction of Canvas 11, support for the Macintosh platform was dropped, making the application Windows-only.
 


 
Important Note: This version of Canvas will run on Basilisk with no problems installing/running it.

After installing on a real Mac however you will get a "date bomb" and the program will will not launch.

There is a very simple fix for this using ResEdit and the instructions for how to fix the program are included in the download. I have verified that this works using my Power PC 7100.

A note about installation: Please don't forget to choose Custom install so you can choose between a 68k install or a PPC install. While you're Custom installing, don't forget to select Tools otherwise you won't have full capability of the program.

Here's a link with everything you need to know about the date bomb:
Deneba Canvas 3.5 date bomb fix

Added Canvas 3.5.5 updater, that updates Canvas to the 2nd-to-last 3.x version and resolves the blurry menus problem. The ResEdit patch for time bomb still works on Canvas 3.5.5

4th DL: Canvas 3.5.6 patch. This patches Canvas 3.5.5 for the time-bomb (so, no need for ResEdit) And sets the version # to 3.5.6. This patch was released by ACD Systems after they took over the ownership of Canvas from Deneba. Canvas must be updated to version 3.5.5 first, before running the patch.

See Also: Canvas 2.x, Canvas 3.0.x, Canvas 5.0.x, Canvas 6.0.1, Canvas 7.0.2, Canvas 8.0.6, Canvas 9.0.4, Canvas X

Compatibility
Architecture: 68k PPC

Mac Plus or later, 2 MB RAM, System 6.0.5 or later

Installation Instructions for the Canvas version 3.5.6 patch:

There are two methods of installing this patch as indicated below. In both methods, the original Canvas 3.5.5 application will not be removed. Rather, the patch creates an updated copy which will be labeled Canvas 3.5.6.

Method 1
Drag and drop the Canvas 3.5.6 Patch over the Canvas 3.5.5 application icon. The patch will launch automatically and adjust the expiration year to 2039.

Method 2
Double-click the Canvas 3.5.6 Patch application. A prompt will appear requesting you to find the Canvas 3.5.5 application. The expiration year will be adjusted to 2039.

Note: The expiration year of 2039 is controlled by the Apple system clock.

Comments

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2011, September 14 - 8:32pm

@xy:

On a PPC with Mac OS 9.2.2 installed natively the menu of the application gets blurred when used. I do not know why this is. It is although the Canvas 3 installer offers a PPC and a fat version.

There is apparently an incompatibility with this version of Canvas and the "Appearance Manager" of later Mac OS's that cause the menu issues. Its possible that this would be affected in all Mac OS's from version 8.0 onwards (untested by me tho').

Vitoarc's picture
by Vitoarc - 2010, September 20 - 4:40pm

I have now included Pantone Professional Color Toolkit that goes with Canvas 3.5

xy's picture
by xy - 2010, September 7 - 10:49am
5

Done. Please urge Balrog to repair the download issue. He and bertyboy promised to do this regularly with new uploads.

Vitoarc's picture
by Vitoarc - 2010, September 6 - 8:34pm

Yes, please, xy. I tried to download v8 yesterday to no avail. It would be great if you can upload it here when you get the time. Smile

xy's picture
by xy - 2010, September 6 - 10:34am
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Oh, that's new. This archive used to be open for everybody. Someone posted the rawsond.com link some months ago in MacGarden. Maybe too many people downloaded. Maybe one needs to contact the site owner now to get download permission. However, I downloaded version 8. If someone is interested I can upload it here. But I have to warn you: Typography of Canvas is not as good as typography of InDesign or PageMaker. Therefore, it is of no use to me. I do not have version X.

Protocol 7's picture
by Protocol 7 - 2010, September 5 - 2:58pm

Nice archive but all I get is "Could not open file count.txt for writing. Make sure PHP has write permission to this file." with any link.

xy's picture
by xy - 2010, September 5 - 2:41pm
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Canvas 7, 8, and X are available for download here:
http://home.rawsound.com/archive/index.php?dir=Graphic/Canvas/

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2010, September 5 - 11:55am

I believe Canvas 10 still runs on OS9... actually, was there a Canvas 10.0?

Yes, it was called "Canvas X". No, it doesn't run on Mac OS 9. The last version of Canvas to run native on a Classic Mac OS was Canvas 8 - which was Carbonized and runs on 9 or OS X (up to Tiger). Canvas 8 runs under Rosetta on Intel macs but is somewhat flakey.

For a brief history of which version of Canvas runs on what platform, see this Wikipedia entry

themacmeister's picture
by themacmeister - 2010, September 5 - 2:58am

I believe Canvas 10 still runs on OS9... actually, was there a Canvas 10.0?

xy's picture
by xy - 2010, September 1 - 9:24am
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I think there are some legacy apps which hold the status of 'holy', like Canvas 3, FrameMaker 4, Word 5.1A, RagTime 3.2, etc. They were small and fast and looked good. These applications really helped. After this, gradually, computer technology and software offered more features which was supposed to make work and life easier, faster and more colorful - but it didn't; on the contrary, the new big colorful apps designed for big HDs and powerful CPUs made everybody dependend on them. They were savvy but not smart; they had no beauty. Because they could do so much they forced much more work on a single computer user than before. I think this is were the resentment comes from. Advanced computer technology hasn't made life easier or more beautiful. On the contrary.

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2010, September 1 - 3:30am

Canvas 5 for Mac and Windows emerged in late 1996, to howls of protest. The program felt like a massive and clumsy port; it was sluggish and badly implemented. One review described the new version as a Microsoftization of Canvas.

Interesting (Cnet) comment about version 5. I've used version 5 quite a bit since finding a copy about a year or so back and have found it to be anything but sluggish. If anything I thought that it was "ahead of its time" with native "print to PDF" and a choice of either strict drawing or publication documents with Master pages etc. Pretty good IMO. It was the last version to run on a 68k platform, too.

Vitoarc's picture
by Vitoarc - 2010, August 27 - 9:40pm

Thanks MCP I can count on you for being understanding... but I really am a perfectionist, but such a newbie at this so right now I've been bungling. But I will make good on my uploads. I've got a Canvas update upload coming in the next few hours...

[EDIT] New link and new .sit uploaded to site. Done.

MCP's picture
by MCP - 2010, August 27 - 7:58pm

"Looks like another upload I need to fix."

Don't worry Vitoarc, it's a steep learning curve for uploading in a way that works for everyone, and the rest of us are still on that curve too!

xy's picture
by xy - 2010, August 27 - 5:11pm
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bertyboy, my VM is turned off. It makes no difference - the same with Word 5.1A: here not the menu gets blurred but the content of the text. But never mind, I neither use Canvas nor Word (except for opening old files once in a while).

xy's picture
by xy - 2010, August 27 - 5:03pm
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Sorry, the device is not DMG fixer (which is for Mac OS X) but DMG Mechanic 1.0 which is for Mac OS 9. Softpedia, for instance, has it for free download. This fixes the img file. Just drag and drop the image over both parts of DMG mechanic and the problem is fixed.

Vitoarc's picture
by Vitoarc - 2010, August 27 - 4:55pm

Looks like another upload I need to fix.

bertyboy's picture
by bertyboy - 2010, August 27 - 4:48pm

There is another problem, however, that has nothing to do with the clock:
On a PPC with Mac OS 9.2.2 installed natively the menu of the application gets blurred when used.

Word v5.0 used to do this too. Turning VM off solved it (upgrading to Office 2001 was an even better fix).

xy's picture
by xy - 2010, August 27 - 4:43pm
5

Good point. It was weird. After downloading the img file DiskCopy 6.5 refused to open the disk image. Only after I let the image run over DMG fixer (! yes ! this works very good with all kinds of files that are not DMGs !) DiskCopy 6.5 was willing to open the img. I assume this was because DMG fixer fixes resources.

Balrog's picture
by Balrog - 2010, August 27 - 4:24pm

Did you use Disk Copy 4.2? Because a DC4.2 image has a resource fork, and needs to be Stuffed or encoded with MacBinary or BinHex before uploading.

xy's picture
by xy - 2010, August 27 - 3:03pm

The patch included in the disk image which tells you how to use ResEdit is incomplete. This is also true for the description of the link provided:

Patch and link say: In toly resource just change 07D4 to 07F7. This, however, won't work.

Instead, in addition to this, you also need to change 0008 to 000C. So it looks like this:
Old values:
'07D4 0008 001F 000C 001E 0000 0001'
New values:
'07F7 000C 001F 000C 001E 0000 0001'

If you do this you do not need to reset the clock of your Mac to a prior date. Just leave the clock as it is.

There is another problem, however, that has nothing to do with the clock:
On a PPC with Mac OS 9.2.2 installed natively the menu of the application gets blurred when used. I do not know why this is. It is although the Canvas 3 installer offers a PPC and a fat version.