Canvas Adds New Native Document Viewer

Rolling out June 20th, Canvas is updating the tool used to display documents in SpeedGrader. No longer using a third-party service, Instructure built “DocViewer” in-house with accessibility and scalability in mind. Although DocViewer should behave just as Crocodoc, the previous tool, a few differences are apparent.

More information regarding the new tool is available through Canvas Release Notes

Documents should display the same way as before, but the big difference is the annotation tool in Speedgrader.

Old annotation tool:

Annotation tool used in Canvas

New annotation tool:

New annotation tool used in Canvas

Instructure says the change enhances the user experience with “fewer clicks” plus the ability to add more features down the road. Please be aware, however, that annotated downloads for students won’t be available at launch, but will be implemented soon after.

If you have any questions, please contact the Biggio Center at (334) 844-5181.