It seems that coloring books have become all the rage lately, I see adult coloring books on display in book stores, curio shops, even the grocery store. A nice idea for those who need practice staying inside the lines or for anyone needing a little mind relaxing chill out time. But what about a cool coloring book for the GeoGeek, I mean after all, most GeoGeeks were likely teased endlessly in college for spending so much time coloring all those maps and graphics that go along with the required courses to get that degree in Geography or GIS.
Cartographers take pride in their work, typically applying all the rules and principles of good cartographic design to their work, all in an effort to make people want to look at and appreciate their work (See Esri, Make Maps People Want to Look at). However, in this new era of social sharing it seems that the map has been replaced by the Infographic and the data visualization, a mashup of data, graphics, and maps presented in an effort to tell a story. Now us geographers are well aware of story telling via map, however, to this new breed of data visualists the focus has sadly been on quantity rather than quality. Bloggers, publishers, newspapers, etc… run to the web, download data and mashup the results in creative and not so creative ways, the end result is often a map but sadly, the product is also something your GEOG 101 Prof would likely slap you if you called it a map!
Yep, gone are the days of cartographic principles, map design standards, scale, composition, and elements of good map design.
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.
And so, the following are 10 New Features in MAPublisher 9.4 (for Illustrator):