Canva is moving beyond its roots as an online graphic design tool, announcing a new suite of work products that expand into other areas of visual communication. Canva Visual Worksuite will provide design-focused alternatives to products offered by Microsoft and Google, such as Canva Docs and Canva Whiteboards, and introduce new features to existing tools in the Canva family of products.
First, Canva Docs, an online collaborative document creation and editing tool, lets you use Canva’s entire library of over 100 million design elements while creating documents. text. You can create and embed designs such as whiteboards, banners, and brainstorms directly into the document instead of exporting your created designs and then importing them into a service such as Google Docs or Microsoft Word. An additional feature called “Docs to Decks” allows you to convert the finished document into a full presentation with one click.
Canva Docs can be used collaboratively on desktop and mobile, allowing your teammates to work with you in real time while leaving comments and actions. If you don’t want to give absolute freedom, then good news: you can control who has permission to view, comment on, or edit the document, and Canva Insights can even track interactions and changes to your Canva document over time.
Google isn’t the only company having to watch its back – the Australia-based design firm is also rolling out Canva Websites, an easy-to-use website builder that could steer users away from other services like Wix or Squarespace. Canva Websites will offer hundreds of responsive templates that will allow you to create a functional website in minutes without any coding experience.
You can select a free domain, use an existing domain name, or buy a new domain directly through Canva, and the company says every website creation through the tool will automatically be fully responsive, optimizing it for every device. You can even add password protection to sites, letting you control who has access or create a private space for you and your team.
Analytics are also available directly through Canva through its Design Insights tool, allowing you to see metrics such as views, traffic and engagement on websites, social media posts, presentations, documents or shared designs.
Canva Whiteboards is another new tool introduced for Visual Worksuite, which combines existing Canva features into a brainstorming tool for you and your team. This virtual bulletin board can be used to create mind maps and flowcharts, with the creative freedom to include video and audio assets. Quick Flow tools launch alongside Canva whiteboards that work as a task management system in diagrams and flowcharts, helping you stick to schedules with a synchronized timer and letting you find out which part of a project someone is working by clicking on their avatar.
Canva is also expanding its existing Canva Print functionality, allowing you to create over 35 different products – from flyers and flyers to baby mugs and outfits – and have the physical products sent directly to your door. A host of other updates are on the way, such as cinematic presentations with new transitions, remote presentation controls, and the launch of Data Visualizations 2.0, which turns typically boring data into interactive visualizations following its acquisition of Flourish.
I’m especially excited about a new update that brings Canva’s popular background removal editing tool to video. The feature works incredibly well on still images and provides greater convenience compared to opening image editing software such as Adobe Photoshop, and now you will be able to remove a background from videos in one go. single click. You can read more about these new features on the Canva website.
Canva isn’t the only company making significant updates to business tools this week. Zoom also announced its biggest expansion yet, which is expected to include messaging and calendar apps, which aim to turn it into a new contender for Google Workspace and Microsoft Office.