Digit magazine is giving away Deneba/ACD Systems Canvas 7 – a photo-editing, vector-illustration, DTP, and Web-design software suite that was previously sold for over £395. The software – for Mac and Windows – is on an exclusive CD with the next issue of Digit, on sale Thursday, November 13, 2003. It’s the first time that Canvas 7 has been given away anywhere in the world, and is the full, commercial version that is free for you to keep forever. Canvas 7 is an award-winning creative suite, and offers professional tools found in the likes of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Macromedia Fireworks, and QuarkXPress. It features repro-level output, and won a Digit Best Buy award. The giveaway also includes hundreds of free fonts and samples to help get you started. Version 7 includes Deneba’s SpriteLayer and SpriteEffect technology that allows for transparency in both vector and bitmap artwork, and the ability to apply Photoshop-compatible filter effects to vector artwork. A Lens feature can be used that ‘sees through’ art layers for creating cutaway designs, and a movie document mode provides a neat interface for creating animated GIFs, complete with onion-skinning features and the ability to combine vector and bitmap art. Canvas 7 includes powerful vector tools – which are easily a match for Illustrator and Macromedia FreeHand, but also feature CAD-like grid and precision features, plus a special 3D extrusion tool and reshaping envelopes. A full spellchecker, typographic controls, and style sheets also feature. Digit 68 will also include Canvas 7 tutorials in the magazine to help you get started. You can order you copy from the link below, and start creating professional art for less than £6.