DMG Canvas 4

Stylized disk images made easy.

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Version 4 — $25 — Requires macOS 11 or Later

Upgrade to Version 4

Have an older license? Take it up a notch.

What is a DMG Canvas 4 License?

When you purchase DMG Canvas, you can use version 4 and any of the free updates to it, forever. No monthly or annual subscriptions, no expiration, just a one-time payment and it's yours to use as long as you'd like.

Upgrade — $15

Enter your older order number and the email address associated with that order to begin. If your version 3 purchase is recent enough (June 1, 2022 or later), then your upgrade is free and you will instantly receive your version 4 license key. If you don't have it handy, you can look up your order number.

Enter the email address you used when purchasing DMG Canvas 3 to validate your info.


Is this an auto-renewing subscription?

No! This is not a "subscription" — you are never automatically charged for anything, and you can keep using the version you purchased for as long as you want.

Is there a complicated license management scheme?

Nope! It's super simple. Just enter the license key and you're done within seconds.

Is support included with purchase?

Of course! Ask as many questions as you want, and it's free forever.

What is the User License Agreement?

See the User License Agreement for more info.

Are there academic discounts?

Yes! If you're a student, professor, or institution, send a request for a discount.

How many computers can I put DMG Canvas on?

You may put DMG Canvas on your primary and secondary computers (a desktop and a laptop for example), as long as you are the only person using DMG Canvas on both machines, otherwise you will need one license for each computer. This is intended to be flexible and fair. When multiple parties are utilizing the dmgcanvas command line tool within a build workflow (for example, "dedicated build machines"), a separate license is needed for each build machine.

If you have any questions about your existing license, future licensing, volume purchases, or anything else, please ask!

What's New in DMG Canvas 4?

All-New Interface New!

  • An all-new interface that is much more modern and usable.
  • An all-new Build Log view, showing the most recent build.
  • View all DMG file contents in the sidebar.
  • All-new Disk Image view with Summary for an overview of options and macOS version compatibility.

Design View Improvements New!

  • View all background layout objects (text and images) in the sidebar.
  • Files hidden from Finder are hidden in the design view and shown in the sidebar.
  • Improved handling of images for Retina-ready design.
  • Updated design view metrics for accurate display of appearance in macOS 13.

Building New!

  • Uses the new Apple service for notarization.
  • An all-new Build Log view, showing the most recent build.
  • A more detailed build log with more error information if encountered.
  • New options to select dmg compression formats (LZFSE, LZMA, bzip2, etc)
  • Defaults to APFS and LZFSE, for modern disk image distribution with fast decompression and mounting.

Developer Integration New!

  • Automate building disk images using Apple's Shortcuts app in macOS.
  • Generate an Xcode Post-Archive build script to automatically build your disk image.
  • Uses a new human-readable document format which is better suited to being included in version control systems.

Note that in late 2023 Apple is disabling the notarization process used in DMG Canvas 3. This means notarizing disk images in DMG Canvas 3 will stop working, requiring DMG Canvas 4 to use Apple's new notarization process.