ACD Systems Launches New Version of Canvas Product Family - Canvas 9 Advanced GIS Mapping Edition

Delivers Instant Access to Visualization, Editing, and Export Functionality

VICTORIA, BC, May 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ACD Systems International Inc. (TSX: ASA), the digital imaging company and makers of ACDSee(TM) and Canvas(TM), today announced the release of Canvas 9 Advanced GIS Mapping Edition, a powerful program that blends native support for Geographic Information System (GIS) data with Canvas' full range of award-winning vector illustration, image editing, page layout, Web graphics, and desktop presentation features.

Canvas 9 Advanced GIS Mapping Edition makes tasks that might require hours, even days of work - or simply could not be accomplished with other technical illustration or graphics applications - easy to complete. The program includes a host of professionally engineered GIS capabilities to target the more sophisticated needs of mission-critical GIS projects that demand precise visualization, annotation, editing, filtering, and import or export of GIS data.

Robust export engines specifically developed for industry standard file formats, support for over a dozen GIS import filters, combined with numerous workflow enhancements position Canvas 9 Advanced GIS Mapping Edition as a leading GIS visual communications product.

  New Key Features

    -  Select by Property - create a customized query based upon specific
       properties, values, or other related criteria. A query can be edited
       to meet new project needs, saved for reuse in another document, or
       shared within a collaborative workgroup.
    -  Object Properties - properties that have been assigned to map
       objects can be viewed, edited and reapplied at will.
    -  Visualize Data Interface - modify the symbology or appearance of map
       objects according to their unique property values or
       classifications. GIS objects containing population density data,
       land use descriptions, elevation, or mineral deposit information can
       be enhanced with custom or preset color, gradient or texture inks to
       produce a "topic-targeted" thematic map.
    -  Map Symbols Replacement - map symbols can be replaced dynamically
       and enhanced at will to increase visual appeal and create a
       high-impact map that targets your project message.
    -  Statistics by Property - display the full range of data and other
       information relating to the total number of map objects on a layer
       or within a selection.
    -  Label by Property - a category of map objects can be set to reflect
       specific industry attributes. Also, text attributes such as font
       family, size, style and color can also be assigned. Plus, the label
       location, rotation angle, and collision detection settings can also
       be applied at will.

  Expanded Import - Export Options

Canvas 9 Advanced GIS Mapping Edition offers a vast range of new GIS-specific import filters such as:

  - MapInfo - ARC/INFO - USGS Digital Line Graphs - TIGER (Census)
  - MrSID (Win. only) - GML (Geography Markup Language) - SDTS (USGS
  Spatial Data Transfer Standard) - GIS Text - Garmin (GPS) - ECW (Enhanced
  Compressed Wavelet Images - S57 (IHO International Hydrographic

From within Canvas 9 Advanced GIS Mapping Edition, geo-referenced data such as Lat/Long coordinates, map object properties, and other related information is maintained during export to the following formats:

  - GeoTIFF - SHAPE - GIS Text - GeoJPEG - ECW

  Price and Availability

Canvas 9 Advanced GIS Mapping Edition in English is available for $999.95 (USD) for the boxed version and $949.95 (USD) for the ESD version. For more information visit our website at

About ACD Systems

Headquartered in British Columbia since 1993, ACD Systems International (TSX: ASA) is one of the world's leading developers and marketers of digital imaging software, including the renowned ACDSee image management tool and Canvas, an advanced cross-platform technical illustration and graphics program. ACD has penetrated the global marketplace through Internet distribution and strategic partnerships with manufacturers and developers. ACD has millions of consumer users and over 33,000 corporate customers including many Fortune 500 companies. The company has a history of solid revenue growth. For further details, please visit us at our corporate web site:

  Contacts for Media
  Dianne Escude, Director Marketing Communications
  Monisha Khanna, Public Relations
  ACD Systems - Corporate Office
  (250) 544-6700
Email Contact

  Curtis Christensen
  Public Relations Manager
  ACD Systems - Miami Office
  (305) 596-5644 x 134
Email Contact

  Contacts for Investors
  Mark Franklin, Investor Relations
  ACD Systems Ltd.
  (250) 544-6700
Email Contact


CONTACT: Contacts for Media, Dianne Escude, Director Marketing
Communications; Monisha Khanna, Public Relations, ACD Systems - Corporate
Office, (250) 544-6700, Email Contact; Curtis Christensen, Public
Relations Manager, ACD Systems - Miami Office, (305) 596-5644 x 134,
Email Contact; Contacts for Investors, Mark Franklin,
Investor Relations, ACD Systems Ltd., (250) 544-6700, Email Contact

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