Top 10 New Features in MAPublisher 9.4 for Illustrator

What do the USGS, Bloomberg, USA Today, the United Nations, the National Park Service, the FBI and others have in common? All of these well known orgs rely on  MAPublisher software from Avenza systems to help them create and author awesome maps for their clients, customers, and the public. At R. 9.4 MAPublisher boasts loads of new functionality to support your cartographic and map publishing  needs. In addition to supporting pretty much ALL of the most common GIS and mapping data formats, MAPublisher works seamlessly with all common GIS and mapping platforms.

MAPublisher 9.4 for illustrator

MAPublisher 9.4 for illustrator

And so, the following are 10 New Features in MAPublisher 9.4 (for Illustrator):

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NOAA printed maps may be replaced by the PDF

An interesting read, albeit not a huge surprise, from myfoxny that touches on the topic of NOAA doing away with printed nautical charts.  This from the article… The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday that to save money, the government will stop turning out the traditional brownish, heavy paper maps after mid-April. See the official announcement from NOAA [PDF]: Effective April 13, 2014, government s tops lithographic printing of NOAA nautical charts.

Could these paper charts be obsolete soon?

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PDF Maps 2.0 for iOS the ultimate travel companion!

Just in time for getting outside this fall or fall the busy fall data collection season, PDF Maps for iOS has just rolled out a major release – this version (2.) incorporates loads of great new functionality as suggested by the user community.  Unique to the space, this is indeed the first and only geospatial PDF and GeoTIFF reader on Apple iOS for travel, outdoor activities or business purposes out in the field. Paired together with mobile devices that utilize GPS, such as an iPhone, the PDF Maps app provides constant access to geographic locations and even points of interest without the risk of losing reception due to cell tower proximity – making it the ultimate travel accessory for any activity in areas where internet bandwidth is not available or while roaming outside one’s data zone. Some of the latest features include:

  • Tracking real-time movement with GPS which includes noting speed and elevation statistics
  • Saving, exporting and importing tracks in KML format
  • Saving measurements to line data as well as importing and exporting lines in KML format
  • “Map Features” list for easy organization of placemarks, lines and tracks including folder enhancements
  • Improved export accuracy

See more on this latest release HERE or see also the PDF Maps homepage  at

PDF Maps beta for Android now available from Avenza

Great news for Android fanatics and developers as Avenza Systems has rolled out their PDF Maps for Android (Beta). From the company… Avenza is pleased to announce that the PDF Maps beta for Android is now available. We have been working diligently to get support on Android and are pleased to offer a public beta of PDF Maps for the popular mobile platform. The PDF Maps beta for Android app has the following features comprising those which we expect to include in the final release of version 1.0 for Android.

  • Load Geospatial PDF, GeoPDF® and GeoTIFF maps
  • Add maps from the file system, Dropbox, a URL, or email
  • Show GPS position on custom maps
  • Add Placemarks
  • Find Coordinates
  • Measure Distance or Area
  • Open current view in Google Maps

Source: via Glenn on Pinterest

A Resource Devoted to PDF Maps for iOS

Learn all about PDF Maps, search and download map, become a PDF Maps vendor – Another fabulous resource for GeoGeeks and GeoTechs is something new from our friends at Avenza Systems. The crew has rolled out a new resource on the web at devoted to Avenza PDF Maps. The site informs you all about PDF Maps for iPhone and iPad, offers a vast library of maps, and describes in detail how you can become an official PDF Maps vendor (think $$$) and sell your own maps in the PDF Maps store – think iTunes for maps!

Check it out at

WOW! Avenza MAPublisher 9.1 Adds Export to HTML5 web maps

What do the City of Amsterdam, the USGS, and the City of Toronto have in common? Well, besides having awesome web sites, these are all clients and users of Avenza Systems’ MAPublisher software, a tool that enables them to author, create and share awesome maps with the public. No doubt if you’re in the mapping industry then you are already familiar with MAPublisher (if not then you really have been missing out!). The company recently released R 9.1 of their flagship product and something that WILL get your attention is the newly added capability to export your beautiful maps as webmaps to HTML5… yes indeed!!

This from the announcement of the release of this latest update – Avenza Releases MAPublisher 9.1 for Adobe Illustrator … MAP Web Author now has the ability to export HTML5 web maps (in addition to the already available Flash output), which are suitable for mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. “Map makers and webdesigners alike can extend their HTML5 web maps to smartphone and tablet browsers without the need for additional plug-ins,” said Ted Florence, President of Avenza.  Other new features in MAPublisher 9.1:

  • MAP Web Author HTML5 export
  • MAPublisher LabelPro redesigned interface, new label filters feature, and improved performance
  • Various user interface and performance enhancements to improve usability.

Source: via Glenn on Pinterest

KMZ/KML Placemarks of 2012 London Olympics for PDF Maps and Google

Looking for  2012 Olympic POIs? Avenza systems, developers of PDF Maps (think mobile maps for iOS) has created and served up some downloadable placemark datasets, ideal for users of the free PDF Maps mobile mapping application. FYI, the PDF Maps app uses the convenient KML/KMZ file format to import/export and exchange placemark data between and amongst PDF Maps users – yes, you can even make and distribute your own placemark datasets too! Avenzxa has a number of placemark sets available for download as KML/KMZ and can be easily and quickly used in your PDF Maps or browse them inside Google maps or Google Earth as well.  Downloadable sets are available for New York, Beijing, China, Toronto, Washington DC, and for the London Olympics – See HERE

For more about Avenza Maps and PDF Maps see Avenza Partners with Mapmobility to Provide Largest Database of Canadian Digital Maps for Mobile

See below the Olympic data viewed using Google maps

Monetize Your Awesome Maps in the PDF Maps Store

You may have noticed the news today from Avenza touting the number of developers (100+) now using their online Map Store – think iTunes shop for Maps. this is an awesome  revenue generating activity that anyone who creates awesome maps should consider using. It can easily complement your business as a fantastic way to share your map and you can also monetize your maps by selling them in the store… everything is setup and configured for you, you simply use your own cartographic brilliance, GIS skills etc… create some great maps, and distribute them via the Map Store.

Some details – PDF Maps is available now on the iTunes App Store free of charge for personal use. For more information about the app, visit the Avenza website at Pricing of each map is set by the publisher and free maps can be downloaded at no cost through the PDF Maps in-app map store.

See more details in this PR announcement – FYI, The PDF Maps app recently won the International Map Trade Association best mapping product in the world for 2011.

Avenza PDF Maps Featured On Discovery Channel, Planet You

This awesome as our good friend and colleague Ted Florence, CEO of Avenza Systems gets some awesome air time on the Discovery Channel program Planet You. Ted shows off PDF Maps and touts the merits of working with mobile devices like iPad or iPhone in a disconnected environment. I love how the host brings up the Google maps comparison (naturally because most mainstream media simply think of Google as being the only provider of maps and map services) . Great stuff from Ted and Avenza and nice + for the Geo Tech industry in getting some great visibility.  See the video HERE and you can connect with Ted and company on Twitter @avenza


Avenza PDF Maps for iOS Adds KML and Dropbox Support

A reminder to you iPad and iOS users out there about another fabulous and free map reader available to you, the PDF Maps application for iOS from Avenza Systems. Much more than a simple map viewer, Avenza also provides power users with the ability to create, publish, share, and even sell your custom maps! Using the PDF Maps app users have acccess to tens of thousands of intelligent PDF maps and can also add data to their maps, working n a connected or disconnected environment simply by using their iPad. Just today (Dec 2, 2011) Avenza announced on Twitter @avenza the availability of a new release of PDf maps, this version with support for KML import as well as added support from Dropbox – this is huge for custom map creation and sharing!!

Me being curious by nature, I had to rush off and download the app and take it for a quick test spin. I quickly loaded a PDF Map on iPad that I had saved in my library – this is a hydrographic chart for S. Vancouver Island. To test the KML import I simply clicked on the new import option within the app, pointed to my foursquare checkin historical data, available from foursquare,  and voila, my data was dropped onto my map… too easy!  Some sample images of the test I ran are provided below. To get the latest release of PDF Maps see the iTunes store

Notice the new “Import KML Option” upon loading PDF Maps

KML Data is quickly imported from a file on the web or via Dropbox sharing

Notice the foursquare data is imported along with attributes.

For more about PDF Maps see also: