If you have not been canvanizing recently, this is a good time to start again;)

We are proud to announce the biggest release ever, as a Christmas present to our supporters: Over the last two months we have reworked major parts of canvanizer (500 commits, 270 vastly changed code files) to bring you the snappiest performance throughout the entire canvanizer 2.0, which makes working with multiple canvases and switching back and forth finally an enjoyable experience.

Check out the major performance update when you log in: next.canvanizer.com/login

We now feature seven new languages (German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Turkish and Polish for the Basic Kanban Canvas, the Feedback Canvas, the Lean Change Canvas, the Pitch Planner Canvas, the Project Canvas and the SWOT Canvas. If we can improve the translation or you are missing one, please get in touch with us!

Last but not least, there are also two new templates added: The Social Lean Canvas and the lernOS canvas for those of you who are Working Out Loud!

In case you did not switch off unneeded share links of old canvases since my last update, you can do this easily in the canvas settings: Please login into the 2.0 at https://next.canvanizer.com/login and then simply toggle your canvas share links off – meaning only invited team members in the workspace can access the canvases.

This way you can also revoke access of previously shared canvases, as toggling will generate a new share link.

If you have a suggestion for Canvanizer: Please feel free to drop us a note anytime:)

We have added a new canvas template to the 2.0: The lernOS Canvas:

A quite detailed explanation of the reasoning behind the “lernOS, the Operating System for Livelong Learning & Learning Organizations” can be found in the blog post by its creator Simon Dueckert on the cogneon site: https://cogneon.de/2018/05/24/wol-a-tool-for-wol-circle-alumni-and-knowledge-workers/

Interesting way of collaboration: The lernOS canvas itself and its download formats (png, pdf and translations) are under active development in a github account here: https://github.com/simondueckert/lernos so you can monitor if the template changes or suggest improvements with a pull request. True Open Source :)

The lernOS Canvas is available in Canvanizer 2.0, you can also checkout the demo here and select it from the template list after clicking + in the left sidebar.

We have improved the permission system in the 2.0 in regards of the access to each canvas through the share links. Remember, each canvas has two share links, one link that allows editing and another that allows read-only access only.

If you are currently not using the share links any more you can now simply switch them off individually in the canvas settings:


To do this: Please login into the 2.0 at https://next.canvanizer.com/login, go to the canvas in the workspace view and then simply toggle your canvas share links off – meaning only invited team members in the workspace can still access the canvas.

This way you can also now revoke access through previously shared links with temporary team members, as toggling will generate a new share link each time. This system works totally independent from the workspace memberships. So invite your permanent team into the workspaces and they have immediate access to all the canvases you create within and share links with temporary collaborators e.g. for feedback.

Hope you like the added privacy layer in the 2.0 :)

It is not really a surprise: We love paper canvases. We use them all the time in our workshops. That’s what inspired us to create Canvanizer quite some time ago, out of the pure need to have a tool to allow online collaborative facilitation over a longer period of time. In our workshops it has benefits to work with big printouts of the canvas templates. Read more


As you might know, we focussed a lot on fine-tuning the actual canvas editing view. We removed unnecessary clicks here and there, streamlined the dialog windows and in general added a lot of flexibility such as zooming and filtering, helping you adjust the view perfectly on the amount of data in your canvas.

We are very happy to announce a completely new feature to Canvanizer 2.0. Today we are opening up a new set of possibilities. We are introducing the “clipboard sidebar” on the right side of the canvas view – to enable you to copy or move notes easily between canvases.

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As you may know we are continuously releasing small changes and hopefully improvements to Canvanizer 2.0. In this post we’d like to share an example of this.

You always have three ways of inserting notes into a canvas:

1.Directly in the canvas: Double-click anywhere in a segment to insert an empty note. This is good for adding short notes with keeping an eye on the context.

2.If you just edited the description of the lowest note in a segment you can press tab and a new empty note will be created directly below (this is also a recent change which you may not have yet stumbled upon).

3.Click the + sign at the top of each segment to make a popup appear. This works well for bigger notes as it keeps you focussed on editing.

This is, how the insert notes popup looked until todays release in the 2.0. Read more

We have added a new feature to our tutorial section to help you understand a canvas template faster. To show all the questions in each segments you now have two options:

  1. Use the new keyboard shortcut: “d q” (for “display questions”). Press “d q” again to hide.
  2. Or select “Canvas Questions” in the ? Section in the left sidebar to toggle the display of the questions.

As a bonus feature you can also select each question you answered and mark the ones you just answered with your sticky notes to track your progress. This should help you get to know the intent of each segment at one glance.

This feature is especially helpful if you want to try out a new canvas template that you did not work with before.

We found a new manufacturer of our endless supply of sticky notes.

This image shows the old style:

Here are the new ones:

They should feel slightly more natural in use and of course are also ecologically friendly and save paper. Hope you enjoy them :)

We are making working with many canvases even easier: Welcome keyboard navigation between canvases!

1. Press / to search
2. Enter the search term
3. Use cursor keys to select any canvas
4. Press Enter to open it

Your latest canvases will appear first, so switching back and forth has never been easier. So why don’t you give your Business Model Canvas lots of iterations and companions today? :D

New update in the 2.0: We brought the painters in…a nice procedurally generated background so the app views are subtly different from the canvas view. https://next.canvanizer.com/workspace/default