Canvas X GIS allows you to measure the distance between two points in world coordinates (the real distance as it is on Earth as opposed to the distance measured on a 2-D plane in Canvas after a projection). Length and Forward Azimuth are now displayed in the GIS Positioning dialog as well.
To measure distance in world coordinates: Create a line between the two points to be measured.
Select the line and open the GIS Positioning palette. The Length and Forward Azimuth are indicated.