What's New in Version 3.5?
The Audio Tool
The new Audio Tool adds a lot of new opportunities. Students can
do live recording so easily. Just click, record the sound and click
The sound becomes an object on the canvas
that will play with a double-click or automatically in a slideshow.
Songs from iTunes can also be added. Other downloaded audio can
be inserted just like images. It all creates a more rich multi-media
experience but with Canvastic's signature ease of use.
Songs from iTunes
Version 3.5 runs natively on Macintosh PPC and Intel computers
Version 3.5 runs natively on Windows computers from W2K including
Smart Spell Check
Canvastic's new spell checking feature is better
than any other for our students. First, you can make it available
or not depending upon who is using the program. Second when writing
or editing the entry box takes over most of the screen helping the
students focus on the task. The words found by the spell checker
are shown in full context. Finally, the Learn button can be turned
off! No more corrupted dictionaries!
Transparency and Tone Control
Every color can be adjusted using transparency sliders
for some fantastic art effects. The sliders are easy to use and
adjust the line, the fill and the text colors.
Sensible Brush Shape Choices
The paint brush now has four shapes to make graphics
more detailed. As usual the choices are limited to an appropriate
level to keep students on task and selection is intuitive, just
click the shape next to the line size choice.
The new Eyedropper tool allows students to add colors
to the Colors palette with a click. Very useful for customizing
colors with photographs.
Open Folder... Command
Why can't you open all the documents from a project
all at once? You can in Canvastic! File Menu . Open Folder... and
your project is on-screen.
Insert Photographs and They Automatically Scale Themselves
Digital photos are everywhere and often hard to manage in other
applications. Now when you insert a photo it will shrink to fit
your Canvastic document automatically. Use the Open Folder... command
on a folder of photos and they will all be opened and inserted into
New Templates, Backgrounds, and Clip Art
Canvastic's graphics that support the curriculum have been enhanced.
For example the new Speckles clip art allow students to add color
without wasting printer ink. For primary students, there is a representative
picture for every letter of the alphabet in English and Spanish.
A "speckled" sky.
C is for Cow and V is for Vaca.
- Minor text display issue resolved.
- Pilot program registration enabled.
- Now works better with Mac limited users
- Audio Tool and inserted sounds feature added
- CTRL Q quits in Windows
- Graphics tools work faster
- Minor bugs squashed