What is canoa?

A better way for interior designers & space planners to create meaningful designs online.

A screenshot of Canoa's canvas, an online software for interior designers
Feature:

Easily manipulate images

Create inspiration, conceptual or final presentations

Being able to add product images or inspiration images right alongside your layouts has always been a critical part of our presentations. You can now, for the first time, create space-by-space presentations that show exactly the products you are using and how they are arranged.

What you can do:

  1. Copy and paste directly onto the canvas
  2. Import and export png and jpg formats
  3. Resize, crop, mirror & remove background
  4. Align and snap to other images, frames or drawings


A portion of a canvas with inspiration images and product specifications.
A portion of a canvas with inspiration images and product specifications.
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Feature:

Work with real vectors

Create scaled space and furniture plans

The canvas is a 1:1 scaled design environment. When you're designing on canvas you're doing so at full scale. You can bring in your own background building plan or start from a blank canvas and start to lay out your spaces. You can pick products from a library of tens of thousands or upload your own .dwg, .dxf or .3dm vector files to create custom ones.

What you can do:

  1. Draw lines, polylines, circles and polygons
  2. Change line weights, line types, colors and fills
  3. Import and export .dwg, .dxf and .3dm vector drawings
  4. Control layering by moving vectors forward or backward


A furniture layout being edited in a canvas
A furniture layout being edited in a canvas
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Feature:

Create real specifications

Create, share & manage real product specifications

Canvas isn't just points, lines and images. Canvas' architecture understands product semantics allowing the designer to upload, create and download real specifications at any time throughout their design process.

What you can do:

  1. Create a product from a scratch or start with an image
  2. Edit fields like name, price, model number, lead time and many more
  3. Create or import a drawing for the product specification
  4. Associate any number of marketing images with the product


Product specifications and a product schedule right on the canvas, where you need it.
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Feature:

Use architectural dimensions & scale

Work at 1:1 scale in architectural feet & inches

Design with precise scale to accurately understand flow, arrangements, adjacencies and scale and easily import and export your work into other design tools.
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What you can do:

  1. Work at 1:1 scale in architectural feet and inches
  2. Automatic alignment and snapping
  3. Create dimension strings


Automatic snapping and alignment of product drawings
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Feature:

Use AI to drive discovery

A product recommendation engine that gets better with use

Canvas AI is a co-pilot style automation layer that uses machine learning to superpower the designer, enabling them to get through more cycles in less time. It helps them identify, discover similar or complementary products at the right moment in their workflow.

Learn more about AI and interior design software here

What you can do with Canvas AI:

  1. Image to image recognition
  2. Find similar products
  3. Find 'friendly' (complementary) products


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An image pasted from the web is automatically analyzed and suggestions are presented to the user.
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Feature:

Use frames to create presentation slides

Organize your design into frames for sharing or export

Easily create presentations directly inside your canvas. Pick and choose what you want to share from layouts, to specifications, schedules and presentations.

What you can do:

  1. Organize your canvas
  2. Create frames for each slide in your presentation
  3. Combine drawings, images, text and specs
  4. Easily export as image files or pdfs


Download your designs as images or pdfs.
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Feature:

Easily collaborate with your team

Make design multi-player

Easily share your canvas with the rest of your team with one click as editors, viewers or commenters. Consolidate your design process into a single easy workflow.

What you can do:

  1. Invite collaborators into your canvas
  2. Make them editors or view only
  3. Control sharing permissions
  4. Create public links
  5. Invite your team to your account


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Feature:

Create & track projects

Track projects with budgets and timelines

Designs don't just happen in a vacuum. Our industry organizes itself around projects that have a specific goal, budget and timeframes. Track all of your specifications with real quantities against your project budget. Track your embodied carbon. Track your procurement progress. All in one place.

What you can do:

  1. Set an overall budget of per square foot
  2. Track your actual costs against your budget
  3. Set a project address
  4. Set project milestones and track against them


The project dashboard view.
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Feature:

Create & manage product catalogs

Manage a team-wide library of products

Manage your preferred catalog of products individually, across your team or share them with others. A digital catalog allows teams to track favorites, create new ones, edit and manage data at scale from a central location. Want your products to be shared with the world? Share them to the rest of the community with one click.

What you can do:

  1. Set an overall budget of per square foot
  2. Track your actual costs against your budget
  3. Set a project address
  4. Set project milestones and track against them


An image of a furniture specifications catalog
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Feature:

Import & export product data in bulk

Onboard your data easily with catalog Pro

Whether you're a brand wanting to showcase your catalog of products or a design team managing 1,000s of products on a project, the ability to upload, download and edit product data in bulk is a life saver.

What you can do:

  1. CSV import of structured product data
  2. Automatic fetching and processing of images from URLs
  3. Easily import and process .dwg product drawings


Catalog Pro empowers you to manage your product data in bulk or one by one
Catalog Pro empowers you to manage your product data in bulk or one by one
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Feature:

Create & manage design standards

Manage a team-wide library of design standards with kits & collections

For teams working across several projects and locations, the need to maintain design standards is critical. Doing so from a central location so that every team is always working with the latest is yet another feature that makes Canoa the right tool for teams working at scale.

What you can do:

  1. Save any arrangement or layout of products as a kit
  2. Share kits and the team catalog
  3. Create collections of products and kits


A catalog of 'kits' or design standards
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Feature:

Manage ff&e inventory across locations

Easily manage inventory of furniture and accessories graphically with our built-in inventory management system (IMS)

For teams working across several projects and locations, the need to understand a portfolio of ff&e assets and where they are on a floor in order to improve asset management and reuse (circularity).

What you can do:

  1. Automatic asset-level assignment of a unique id (Canoa ID)
  2. Asset specific web page with asset history
  3. Asset view in floor plan
  4. QR codes


A view of a furniture inventory management system (IMS) with Canoa ID
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