Canvas Software


 

Founded in 2008, Canvas is a robust, cloud-based system that caters to businesses looking to replace cumbersome paperwork and manual data entry with streamlined, customizable mobile apps. These apps are highly configurable, and are designed to work on any smartphone or tablet, with no additional IT or special code required. The platform can also be accessed via a PC if desired. It is an especially good fit for field service companies, including electrical, HVAC, pest control, and plumbing.

Winner of Mobile Enterprise’s Mobility Solution of the Year in 2013, Canvas offers a suite of features for its users. Contact management, billing and invoicing, work order management, and scheduling and dispatch are all offered as standalone options, so users can choose just one, or combine applications to best fit the company’s needs as the business grows and software needs evolve.

Canvas allows for seamless data integration – the data auto-populates into the customized apps that you create. This method saves employees time, minimizes operational costs, and eliminates human error. This data can then be shared – the system encrypts it to ensure that it is transmitted safely and securely.

Canvas can be implemented quickly and easily – there is no costly programming or IT work involved, so a business can be up and running right away. Users have the ability to choose from thousands of apps to create a fully customized, unique solution for their busienss that conveniently works on any platform, including tablets. Canvas offers a free 30-day trial to experience all of its rich features.

 

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    Mobile access
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    Features
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    Mobile menu
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    Contact information
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    Customize apps
Supported Operating System(s):
Web browser (OS agnostic)

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Jenny from World Impact Network
Specialty: Other

September 2016

September 2016

College education online and in class with Canvas

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I like that it is extremely user friendly and can be figured out quickly. It makes online learning less intimidating.

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It is expensive to use as a platform for our start up school.

Recommendations

Try the demo or find a student who uses it to let you explore.

 
 

Ben from Larry H. Miller Sports and Entertainment
Specialty: Other

June 2016

June 2016

Canvas is an easy tool for everybody

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The ease of use for learners, teachers, and admins is hard to beat. There is so much functionality with very little work in maintenance.

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Its hard to find something really bad. The only thing I can think of is if you want customization for an organization, the thresholds for users is maybe a bit high.

Recommendations

If you have any sort of learning institute within your organization, whether corporate or not, this can be a useful tool. If you have classes that involve coursework over time, this is the best way to organize the course, distribute information to the learners, and have learners submit work and interact with each other and the instructor.

 
 

Liz from S&D Commercial Services
Specialty: Construction

November 2014

November 2014

Amazing Services and Easy to Use Product

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We began using this product just a short six months ago. It has changed the way our company does business and performs job duties. From the moment I contacted Canvas to this very day, they have gone above and beyond to help us with all our needs. Canvas is a very innovative company and goes the distance to ensure the satisfaction of us customers.

Likes Least

Canvas is consistently working on updates and upgrades to the product to meet customers' needs.

Recommendations

Inform your representative of what you would like to achieve in regards to better efficiency in your company or your work. They know a lot about this product and can help in ways you never thought they could.

 
 

Joe from United Hoisting & Scaffolding Corp
Specialty: Construction

November 2014

November 2014

Game Changer

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I like the ability to take any piece of paper, turn it digitally, and make it seamless for us and our employees. We look more professional on projects, and there is no more losing papers.

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I can't say that there's anything that I don't like.

Recommendations

Work with the crew to create your sheets. This is similar to any other program you put in place in that if you don't use it, it cannot help you. Create your sheets, learn it, use it, and worry about other things.

 
 
 
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Dax from North Central Texas College
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Great Learning Management System

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Our school switched to Canvas for our learning management system a few years ago. It is so easy to use and has all of the functionality needed for successful online teaching. Highly recommended!

Source: Capterra
 

Kasey from Self-Employed

February 2017

February 2017

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This software really helps you over all aspects of what you need to get done from the admin prospective on a campus, it is almost always working and has very few bugs. Great product and I would definitely say you should give it a try if you need such software

Source: Capterra
 

Samuel from Utah Valley University
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

February 2017

February 2017

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I have used Moodle, Blackboard, BrainHoney, D2L and Canvas. Of all the LMSs on the market Canvas is probably the easiest and most intuitive software to use. It offers a robust set of tools and LTI options to further improve the quality and I would highly recommend using it for your educational needs.

Advice to Others

None at this time.

Source: Capterra
 

Sasha from Glycerin Traders
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

January 2017

January 2017

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Make learning easy and fun. Beautiful design, easy to use, easy to navigate. Takes some time to get used to, but after that, it is really enjoyable.

Source: Capterra
 

Katye from USF

January 2017

January 2017

Canvas as a Nursing Student

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When I first went to undergrad, Facebook had just opened up to students beyond Harvard, and papers were still turned in by hand. Now that I'm returning to school to get my nursing degree, I'm loving the use of online hubs like Canvas! The ease of turning in papers, taking quizzes, checking due dates and receiving feedback online, instead of in hard copy, makes my school life so much easier.

Canvas is very easy to use, if your professor knows what they're doing, and sets their Canvas site up well. Unfortunately, many professors still have trouble developing their Canvas site, which can really decrease the usability of the software. I use both the Canvas app and website. I find the website to be very user-friendly, but the app is buggy and lags in its speed.

Overall, I enjoy using Canvas, but I hope they continue to improve their app to make it faster and more consistent.

Source: Capterra
 

Heather from Help Them HOPE
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Great tool to organize your classroom

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I have used Canvas as a student and as a professor. Pretty simple to use and well organized, it allows a good number of customizable options to set up your classroom online. Students find it easy to use.

Source: Capterra
 

Tatiana from Irkutsk State Unversity
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

January 2017

January 2017

The best LMS among I have tried

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First I studied on some LMS, then I have chosen the Canvas for building my own e-course on this platform. I like that it is adaptive for Russian language, for mobile devices, friendly and simple for students. I have noticed that the LMS is developing, and judging by previous reviews it becomes better and better. All the rest depend on instructor.

Advice to Others

The best web browser for this LMS is Google Chrome (from my experience).
I would recommend to develop the scope of web browsers.

Source: Capterra
 

Christy from Springfield Public Schools

January 2017

January 2017

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I love being able to use a platform where my entire staff can go and get up-to-date information. I can have them discuss within a group or as a whole staff. It is very helpful to be able to upload important files there and have them right at my fingertips.

Source: Capterra
 

Courtney from SCC

January 2017

January 2017

Website is good, App can be difficult

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As a busy college student, I rely on the app to keep things up to date. Often times the app would not open any information and I was forced to go to the website to get my data.

Source: Capterra
 

Bryan from BTRComputers

December 2016

December 2016

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This app has revolutionised how we gather data from our field users. Canvas has replaced email requests for data, electronic surveys from a number of different sites and the infamous 8th hand excel document that features 20 different tyoes of formatting and no version control: Instead we now recieve standard, regular data from our users in realtime. Field users like the simple design, the ease of use and the portability of an iPad app. Head office teams love the standardised data.

Pros

Easy to set up & publish forms Simple interface for end user Data received back in real time Function to automatically email a pdf 'Receipt' System works without internet connection. An efficient support team over at canvas HO

Cons

The forms may lack some of the advanced features some users may require (though new tools are added frequently)

Source: Capterra
 

Paul from The Road Code
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2016

December 2016

We use Canvas everyday and wont go back to paper contracts

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Canvas was the first and the only solution that we decided upon for our paperless contract documentation. We love the easy to use an app and the ability to scale with future employees. If We had one complaint it would the learning curve it takes to set up a new form. But once you understand how to build it everything is a snap.

Pros

It does what it says and paperless documentation has streamlined our process

Cons

The learning curves to build new forms.

Advice to Others

Experiment with the different features. It'll be worth your time

Source: Capterra
 

Kendall from University of Utah
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

December 2016

December 2016

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I use Canvas for almost all my classes and it is a great way for teachers to post assignments, announcements, quizzes, handouts, and grades. It's also easy for students to access files, check grades, and turn in assignments. The limiting factor on Canvas is usually how well a professor can use it- if they don't know how to change the way grades are weighted, for instance, then the total grade won't be accurate. But overall Canvas is easy to use and getting better. The mobile app needs a little bit of help- it's kind of buggy sometimes and doesn't have all the features that the web app does

Advice to Others

Focus on making the mobile app better

Source: Capterra
 

Katie from Logan City School District

December 2016

December 2016

Canvas can do so much and has awesome user support

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Canvas can do so much! It definitely eliminates extra work for teachers and frees up time to focus on student's needs. I like the Video Guides which are a repository of videos with "how to" info. There are also Canvas Guides that incorporate screenshots with notions from various users (students. instructors, admin, etc). Canvas has been a great LMS for our organization.

Source: Capterra
 

Jared from Competitive Excavation

December 2016

December 2016

Great but Overpriced for just the Forms!

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Works great, easy to use, but if you don't use the dispatch feature it feels overpriced for what you'll be looking to spend.

Source: Capterra
 

Casey from CMA Instructional Designs
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

November 2016

November 2016

Canvas delivers safe performance and safe functionality, but is just that, too safe.

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Canvas is the latest iteration of a classic lms. It is safe. It does exactly what people have been doing already, it does not push the envelope in any way in order to push online learning into new bounds.

If that is what you are looking for - an lms that you can use at your highly structured institution (have seen it used in both corporate and academic contexts) then this is the lms for you. It has the standard question types (MC, T/F, short-answer that you have to review) and the standard features (chat room, file repository, syllabus page, course announcements, modules with videos). It is a good iteration of this type of lms - the design is way better than Blackboard, more intuitive and appears more modern. But at the end of the day it's just 90's era e-learning.

If you are looking to try new things with online learning - if you can't rely on any in-person component to clarify issues - if you want to implement creative activities to reinforce learning -- then this is not the platform for you.

Source: Capterra
 

Mehlum from UT Austin

November 2016

November 2016

Very little to hate

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I use Canvas for school, and I find it really useful, with all the information I need being in one spot, and easy to access. I previously thought that I couldn't integrate Canvas with Google Calendar, but a quick response from Customer Support dispelled that notion! Great platform!

Source: Capterra
 

Jason from Utah Valley University
Number of employees: 5,001-10,000 employees Employees number: 5,001-10,000 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Canvas - An Admin's Dream Come True

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As the Learning Management System Admin for Utah Valley University, managing the use of Canvas can be challenging, but in a really good way. Whenever I run into a problem, I can usually find the answer and deploy a solution very quickly. Instructure provides a dedicated Customer Success Manager who meets with us regularly, a robust case management system, and an extremely helpful community engagement platform. Canvas is updated regularly to stay fresh on new technologies, features, and bug fixes. It's really fun to manage this system and have so much buy-in from faculty. Canvas is also on the leading edge with 3rd party integrations, data analytics, and cross-platform compatibility.

Advice to Others

If you're a new Canvas Admin, understand everything you can about SIS Imports, .csv files, roles & permissions, sub-accounts, and your institution's policies. Then take a look at using APIs when you're comfortable.

Source: Capterra
 

bobby from isdc

October 2016

October 2016

great product

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i used canvas at uvu. It works great for students. I wish it had a better mobile version. I would recommend it.

Source: Capterra
 

Jeff from Instructure, Inc.
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Best LMS on the market!!!

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Love all of the features that are available with Canvas. They also have great support that is available 24x7. Very user friendly.

Source: Capterra
 

Elías from Transseguro
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

August 2016

August 2016

Excellent!!

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Excellent product, which he takes advantage in versatility and redundancy in its infrastructure . Besides being the perfect companion to raise your abilities in knowledge and skills , it is scalable and reliable two reasons for choosing it as the true companion of your education manager

Source: Capterra