Deneba Software has announced details of Canvas 8 - its soon-to-ship vector and imaging solution.

Canvas is primarily a vector-illustration environment, but can cope with other image formats.

The revamped app features improved Internet support. Manny Menendez, Deneba's president, said: "The idea is to repurpose the product into the Web-creation environment."

File support Canvas 8 features extensive file support - JPG , PNG and GIF, for example - and will export files as HTML. It also offers Flash export features for the first time.

Canvas 8 also has peer-to-peer file sharing features built-in. Canvas users will be able to share images on private networks and over the Internet.

The peer-to-peer element is not an attempt to encourage copyright abuse, said Menendez. He added: "By default, the peer-to-peer file sharing sets itself to private, users have to make an effort to set up for public file-sharing. We believe that Canvas 8's Web-compatibility features transform it into a complete image-storage environment.

"We're sold on peer-to-peer, we think it's the next step in the business of moving images around - we believe this will be a major productivity enhancement for end users."

Database hosting Deneba will host an index of public content on it's own servers, and said it's committed to booting users off its service if they engage in copyright abuse.

Canvas 8 integrates Scripts and Sequences. Scripts are for advanced users, who will be able to define actions and file formats that can be applied automatically - even to large batches of files. Scripts could be created to convert one file format to another, for example.

Sequences are for less advanced users, but act in a similar way. A set of features and actions can be defined and then exchanged with other users.

All Deneba products are now being distributed in Europe by Computers Unlimited, the company revealed. On release the application is expected to cost £420.

OS gap Canvas 8 will be released later for the Mac OS than for Windows. A company representative said: "This is because we had to wait for the final build of OS X. It's the first time we've ever released an upgrade to this product that won't appear simultaneously on both platforms.

"It was difficult for us to develop for OS X when the goalposts for the operating system had not yet been set."

The Mac version will be Mac OS X native when it appears in June, the Windows version is set to ship on April 12.