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2007 Avenza MAP Awards Announced

– Seventh annual awards now accepting submissions –

Toronto, ON, October 19, 2007 – Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager spatial tools for Adobe Photoshop announces the 2007 Avenza MAP Awards. This competition is a forum for MAPublisher and Geographic Imager users to showcase their work, receive recognition, share ideas and compare their productions with other MAPublisher and Geographic Imager users from around the world.

“We are again thrilled to hold these awards,” said Ted Florence, president of Avenza Systems Inc. ”Every year we see more amazing examples of what our products can empower a user to create and we look forward to just as exciting a selection of entries this year,” he added.

A copy of all maps received for this year’s competition will also be forwarded to The Map Division of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC to be added to the MAPublisher collection established in 2003.

More About the Avenza MAP Awards
The competition is open to all maps created with MAPublisher and/or Geographic Imager. Awards will be presented for the map judged as the best in each category along with a grand prize for the Best Map Overall. In the academic category the winning entrant with also be awarded a free license of the MAPublisher or Geographic Imager version of their choice that they may use to either expand or upgrade their existing working environment.

List of Categories

  • Best Map Overall
  • Best Thematic Map
  • Best Topographic Map
  • Best Transportation Map
  • Best General Purpose Map
  • Best Special Purpose Map
  • Best Geologic Map
  • Best Multimedia Map
  • Best Academic Map
  • Best Map Collection
  • Best Raster project

 

Submissions will be accepted until December 21st, 2007 midnight EST.

Full competition details are available at www.avenza.com/MPcomp/ or by emailing awards@avenza.com.

More About MAPublisher and Geographic Imager
MAPublisher is powerful map production software for creating cartographic-quality maps from GIS data. Developed as a suite of plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator and Macromedia Freehand, MAPublisher leverages the superior graphics capabilities of these design packages. Geographic Imager is powerful software for working with spatial imagery in Adobe Photoshop that leverages the superior image editing capabilities of this raster-based image-editing software. Full details are available at www.avenza.com.

More about Avenza Systems Inc.
Avenza Systems Inc. is an award-winning, privately held corporation that provides cartographers and GIS professionals with powerful software tools for making better maps. In addition to software offerings for Mac and Windows users, Avenza offers value-added data sets, product training and consulting/professional services. Visit www.avenza.com for more details.

For further information:
Avenza Systems ● 416-487-5116 ● info@avenza.com ● www.avenza.com

Avenza Announces MAPdataCanada GIS Dataset

– A complete royalty-free library of Canada-wide data in Shape file format –

Toronto, ON, October 10, 2007 – Avenza Systems Inc., the developer of MAPublisher map production software, Geographic Imager spatial imaging software and MAPdataUSA, announces the release of MAPdataCanada, a new library of royalty-free Canada-wide data in Shape file format based on source Canadian, Provincial and Territorial data files. Enhancements include a joined road layer with concatenated road names to a single column for easier labeling and selecting, proper name directory and file structure of all provinces and territories in a convenient DVD package.

“Customers tell us this DVD will save them countless lost hours locating, downloading and manipulating Canadian data to suit their particular requirements,” said Ted Florence, president of Avenza Systems Inc. “Furthermore, as royalty-free data for Canada has heretofore been very difficult to obtain, this royalty-free data set forms the perfect base for a variety of mapping and GIS projects involving Canadian jurisdictions so it’s no surprise that we have had a waiting list of customers anxious to take delivery of this new data set,” he added.

Summary of MAPdataCanada Features and Benefits

  • DVD library provides easy access to complete Canada-wide data
  • completely royalty-free for all uses
  • presented in shapefile format for direct use with MAPublisher and most GIS packages
  • organized by province or territory using proper names for easy and convenient access
  • each province or territory’s data is regionally subdivided for ease of use
  • polylined or joined road files with concatenated name columns for easier labeling
  • 8 data layers for each province or territory including joined and segmented roads
  • matches and aligns with MAPdataUSA to form a contiguous US/Canada dataset
  • compatible with both Mac and Windows operating systems

 

Availability and Pricing

  • Full MAPdataCanada dataset on DVD – US$499
  • Reduced price for MAPublisher Maintenance Program members – US$469
  • Reduced price for MAPdataUSA 3.0 licensees – US$469
  • MAPublisher full version and MAPdataCanada bundle – US$1449
  • MAPdataUSA and MAPdataCanada bundle – US$899
  • Individual regions are also available – US$199 each

 

More about Avenza Systems Inc.

Avenza Systems Inc. is an award-winning, privately held corporation that provides cartographers and GIS professionals with powerful software tools for making better maps. In addition to software offerings for Mac and Windows users, Avenza offers value-added data sets, product training and consulting/professional services. Visit www.avenza.com for more details.

For further information:
Avenza Systems ● 416-487-5116 ● info@avenza.com ● www.avenza.com

MAPublisher 7.5 for Adobe Illustrator Announced

– Powerful mapmaking software now supports Adobe Illustrator CS3 –

Toronto, ON, June 18, 2007 – Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager spatial tools for Adobe Photoshop is pleased to announce MAPublisher 7.5 for Adobe Illustrator CS2 and CS3. MAPublisher 7.5 is the latest version of this powerful mapmaking software used to produce high quality maps from GIS data and is the first version to offer support for the new Adobe Illustrator CS3.

MAPublisher 7.5 for Adobe Illustrator is a full product update that is free to all current MAPublisher Maintenance Program subscribers and replaces the current shipping version of MAPublisher 7.3 for all new customers using Adobe Illustrator CS2 or CS3.

“We have again responded to the requests of our users by providing support for Adobe’s new version of Illustrator while at the same time improving on the previous version 7.3 release by including many new functions and feature enhancements,” said Ted Florence, President of Avenza, “Support for Google’s KML format as well as the new GUI-based coordinate system editor are major steps forward for MAPublisher as we strive to expand its usefulness and appeal in markets worldwide.” he added.

MAPublisher 7.5 includes all the significant new functionality introduced in earlier releases of MAPublisher 7.x including a new intelligent labeling engine, new grid, graticules and scalebar generators, a new and improved MAP attributes engine with expression builder, advanced selection filters and enhanced map index creation and image registration, as well as the following new features and enhancements.

Features of MAPublisher 7.5 for Adobe Illustrator

  • Support for Adobe Illustrator CS3
  • Support for Windows Vista operating system
  • Support for Intel-based Mac hardware
  • Import and Export support for Google’s KML file format
  • Keyboard shortcuts for commonly used MAPublisher functions
  • New and improved projection engine with dialog-based coordinate system editing capabilities
  • Improved Register Imager function supports registration of images with non-square pixels
  • Export of point layers to text files (including co-ordinates and attributes)
  • Import support for a wider variety of DMS text formats
  • Various other user interface improvements and performance enhancements to improve usability including additional support for Unicode characters

 

More About MAPublisher 7.5 For Adobe Illustrator

MAPublisher 7.5 for Illustrator CS2 and CS3 is powerful map production software for creating cartographic-quality maps from GIS data. Developed as a suite of plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator, MAPublisher leverages the superior graphics capabilities of this graphics design software. Avenza also offers MAPublisher 5.0 for FreeHand – a suite of Xtras that adds mapmaking functionality to Macromedia Freehand 10 and MX.

Beginning July 3, 2007, MAPublisher 7.5 for Illustrator will be available free of charge to all MAPublisher for Illustrator customers with a valid maintenance subscription and as an upgrade for non-maintenance members at US$499. New licenses are US$1149. Prices include 1 year of maintenance. Full details are available at www.avenza.com.

More about Avenza Systems Inc.

Avenza Systems Inc. is an award-winning, privately held corporation that provides cartographers and GIS professionals with powerful software tools for making better maps. In addition to software offerings for Mac and Windows users, Avenza offers value-added data sets, product training and consulting services. Visit www.avenza.com for more details.

For further information:
Avenza Systems ● 416-487-5116 ● info@avenza.com ● www.avenza.com

Geographic Imager 1.5 for Adobe Photoshop Announced

– Powerful geospatial plug-in suite now supports Adobe Photoshop CS3 and spatial tiling –

Toronto, ON, June 18, 2007 – Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator and Macromedia FreeHand as well as MAPdataUSA and MAPdataWorld royalty-free data sets, announces Geographic Imager 1.5 for Adobe Photoshop CS2 and CS3. Geographic Imager 1.5 is the latest version of this powerful software that adds geospatial functionality to Adobe Photoshop.

“Following the successful release and tremendous reception of the initial Geographic Imager releases, we are delighted to be following up so quickly with this update”, said Ted Florence, President of Avenza Systems. “We have responded to the requests of our users by quickly adding support for Adobe’s newest version of Photoshop as well as enhancing the already useful toolset within the earlier versions.” he added.

Geographic Imager enhances the already commanding Adobe Photoshop imaging environment by adding all the tools and technology necessary to support the import, edit, manipulation and export of geospatial images such as aerial and satellite imagery. In addition to allowing the use of Photoshop and its numerous native imaging functions such as cropping, transparencies, individual pixel editing and brightness/contrast control, Geographic Imager adds the ability to import and recognize geotiffs and other referenced raster formats, automatically mosaic and tile images spatially, reproject and transform images, geo-reference images based on ground control points and re-export images with all spatial information intact.

Features and Benefits of Geographic Imager

  • Allows the use of Adobe Photoshop native functionality without destroying the spatial properties of the image
  • Import and export geotiffs and other spatial raster formats along with all georeferencing
  • Georeference non-referenced imagery
  • Ground Control Point (GCP) transformation
  • Reprojection of spatial imagery
  • Automatic mosaicking of spatial imagery
  • Mac, Windows and floating licenses available

Features of Geographic Imager 1.5

  • Support for Adobe Photoshop CS3
  • Support for Windows Vista
  • Support for Intel-based Mac hardware
  • New spatial image tiling function offers multiple methods of breaking an image into multiple smaller ones
  • New and improved coordinate system database
  • Numerous cosmetic fixes and improved overall application stability

More About Geographic Imager

Geographic Imager is powerful software for working with spatial imagery in Adobe Photoshop that leverages the superior image editing capabilities of this raster-based image-editing software.

Beginning July 3, 2007, Geographic Imager for Photoshop CS2 and CS3 will be available free of charge to all Geographic Imager customers with a valid maintenance subscription and as an upgrade for non-maintenance members at US$269. New licenses are US$599 for a single-user fixed commercial license. Prices include 1 year of maintenance. MAPublisher maintenance program members may enjoy a US$100 time-limited discount. Educational and floating licenses as well as discounted MAPublisher/ Geographic Imager bundles are also available. Full details are available at www.avenza.com.

More about Avenza Systems Inc.
Avenza Systems Inc. is an award-winning, privately held corporation that provides cartographers and GIS professionals with powerful software tools for making better maps. In addition to software offerings for Mac and Windows users, Avenza offers value-added data sets, product training and consulting services. Visit www.avenza.com for more details.

For further information:
Avenza Systems ● 416-487-5116 ● info@avenza.com ● www.avenza.com

University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh Makes Avenza’s MAPublisher Their Choice for Cartographic Software

Toronto, ON, May 28, 2007 – Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager spatial tools for Adobe Photoshop, is pleased to announce that The Department of Geography & Urban Planning at The University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, has chosen MAPublisher software for use in their Cartography and GIS lab.

“We are very pleased to add MAPublisher to our Cartography and GIS lab at UW Oshkosh. This software, the best of its kind on the market, will allow our students and faculty to produce publication quality maps” said Kazimierz Zaniewski, Associate Professor and Chair. “It will benefit a growing number of faculty members incorporating maps into their research and teaching”, he added.

MAPublisher will be primarily used in the software lab by staff and students towards their degrees as well as in faculty-student collaborative research projects evolving from grants, contracts, and various other sources. All users will be able to take advantage of the graphics capabilities of MAPublisher to produce high-quality maps.

More About MAPublisher
MAPublisher is powerful map production software for creating cartographic-quality maps from GIS data. Developed as a suite of plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator and Macromedia Freehand, MAPublisher leverages the superior graphics editing capabilities of these applications with the strength and power of GIS data. Full details and downloadable demo versions are available at www.avenza.com.

More about Avenza Systems Inc.
Avenza Systems Inc. is a privately held, award-winning supplier of powerful map-making software and affordable geodata products. The Company also offers product training and consulting services. Visit www.avenza.com for more details.

More about the Cartography and GIS Lab at The University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Established in 1993, the cartography and GIS lab has the latest equipment for cartography, computer cartography, digital image processing and GIS. The GIS facilities are noted among the best of any university in the State of Wisconsin. Geography technique courses such as Cartography, Computer Cartography, Introductory and Advanced GIS, and Remote Sensing of the Environment are taught in the laboratory.

For further information:
Avenza Systems ● 416-487-5116 ● info@avenza.com ● www.avenza.com
Geography Department at UWOSH ● 920-424-4105 ● zaniewski@uwosh.edu ● www.uwosh.edu/geography

Avenza to Offer Free MAPublisher Training for Academics

Toronto, ON, May 1, 2007 – Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager spatial tools for Adobe Photoshop, is pleased to announce that effective immediately it will provide a free seat in any scheduled MAPublisher training class for any academic institution purchasing a multi-seat lab license of MAPublisher.

“We have long recognized the importance of academia in furthering the use of MAPublisher around the world and we are delighted to be assisting the educational efforts of our fine academic customers in this manner.” said Ted Florence, President of Avenza. “We know that many universities and colleges operate under difficult financial constraints and we are very pleased to ease this barrier for our larger educational users in order to empower them to instruct with MAPublisher more effectively.” he added.

MAPublisher training is offered in computer labs at locations around North America at regular intervals throughout the year. Each course is comprised of a two-day hands-on session in which participants will learn the basics of how to get started with MAPublisher as well as how to use the most powerful features of the software.

Until August 31, 2007 and subject to availability, any educational institution purchasing 5 or more MAPublisher licenses, at regular academic pricing, will be entitled to send one representative to any upcoming class free of charge. Normally priced at US$1000 per person, this class represents a fantastic opportunity for the educator responsible for MAPublisher to familiarize theirself with the product in an instructive environment. The class can be taken any time before December 31, 2008.

The next MAPublisher training class is scheduled to take place in San Diego, CA on June 21 and 22, 2007.

More About MAPublisher
MAPublisher is powerful map production software for creating cartographic-quality maps from GIS data. Developed as a suite of plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator and Macromedia Freehand, MAPublisher leverages the superior graphics editing capabilities of these applications with the strength and power of GIS data. Full details and downloadable demo versions are available at www.avenza.com.

More about Avenza Systems Inc.
Avenza Systems Inc. is an award-winning, privately held corporation that provides cartographers and GIS professionals with powerful software tools for making better maps. In addition to software offerings for Mac and Windows users, Avenza offers value-added data sets, product training and consulting services. Visit www.avenza.com for more details.

For further information:
Avenza Systems ● 416-487-5116 ● info@avenza.com ● www.avenza.com

Avenza Helps Save The Elephants

Toronto, ON, May 11, 2007 – Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager spatial imaging tools for Adobe Photoshop is pleased to announce that it has provided MAPublisher and Geographic Imager software to Save The Elephants (STE), based in Nairobi, Kenya, so that it may more effectively support the conservation of the elephant population in Africa and communicate its message through better quality maps.

“In the past we struggled to present cold, hard GIS data in an attractive, meaningful format that would at once inform and impress its intended audience. The versatility of MAPublisher and Geographic Imager have allowed us to produce high-quality, professional-grade map products on a level that was simply not possible before, finally bridging the gap between the science of GIS and the art of cartography”, said Mike Deutsch, principal cartographer for the Gourma Elephant Project in Mali at Save The Elephants. “High-quality maps and visuals are a key part of our elephant conservation programs and remain one of the most effective ways to disseminate a large amount of data to a variety of individuals and organizations. Save the Elephants is grateful to Avenza for their generous support of our conservation efforts throughout Africa” he added.

More about Save The Elephants
Founded in 1993 by Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton, the current President & Chief Executive Officer of STE, following his pioneering study of elephant behaviour in the late ’60s in Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania, Save The Elephants mission is to secure a future for elephants and to sustain the beauty and ecological integrity of the places where they live; to promote man’s delight in their intelligence and the diversity of their world, and to develop a tolerant relationship between the two species.

More About MAPublisher and Geographic Imager
MAPublisher is powerful, easy to use, map production software for creating cartographic-quality maps from GIS data. Developed as a suite of plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator and Macromedia FreeHand, MAPublisher leverages the superior graphics handling capabilities of these software packages. Geographic Imager is powerful software for working with spatial imagery in Adobe Photoshop that leverages the superior image editing capabilities of this raster-based image-editing software.

More about Avenza Systems Inc.
Avenza Systems Inc. is an award winning, privately held corporation that provides cartographers and GIS professionals with powerful software tools for making better maps. In addition to software offerings for Mac and Windows users, the Company offers value-added data sets, product training and consulting services.Visit www.avenza.com for more details.

For further information:
Avenza Systems ● 416-487-5116 ● info@avenza.com ● www.avenza.com
Save The Elephants ● 254-20-891673 ● save-eleph@africaonline.co.ke, agulhus@hotmail.com ● www.save-the-elephants.org

MAPublisher 7.3 for Adobe Illustrator Announced

– Powerful mapmaking software now enriched with even more powerful tools –

Toronto, ON, March 7, 2007 – Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager spatial tools for Adobe Photoshop announces the release of MAPublisher 7.3 for Adobe Illustrator CS2. MAPublisher 7.3 is the latest version of this powerful mapmaking software used to produce high quality maps from GIS data and is the first version to offer support for enhanced Unicode character encoding.

MAPublisher 7.3 for Adobe Illustrator is a full product update that is free to all current MAPublisher Maintenance Program subscribers and replaces the current shipping version of MAPublisher 7.2 for all new customers using Adobe Illustrator CS2. Customers using Illustrator CS may still receive MAPublisher 7.2.

“We have quickly responded to the requests of our users by quickly improving on the previous version 7.2 release and including many new functions and feature enhancements in this release,” said Ted Florence, President of Avenza, “Unicode support is a major step forward for MAPublisher as we strive to service our overseas users and enter new and exciting markets worldwide.” he added.

MAPublisher 7.3 includes all the significant new functionality introduced in earlier releases of MAPublisher 7.x including a new intelligent labeling engine, new grid, graticules and scalebar generators, a new and improved MAP attributes engine with expression builder, advanced selection filters and enhanced map index creation and image registration, as well as the following new features and enhancements.

Features of MAPublisher 7.3 for Adobe Illustrator

  • Enhanced Unicode character encoding

    – MAP Views, MAP Attributes, MAP Stylesheets and MAP Selections filters now accept Unicode characters.
    – Unicode character encoding for layers, character styles and graphic styles are supported when referencing them for grid generator or scale bar creation.
    – Unicode encoding in filenames, directories, attributes and image registration for importing and exporting of supported data formats are supported with various degrees of support.
  • Degree, minutes, seconds (DMS) format support for importing ASCII point data files
  • New MAP Stylesheets Legend creation

    – Quickly and easily create legends from any MAPublisher Stylesheet. Legend symbols and Stylesheet rules will be automatically created.
  • Various other user interface enhancements to improve usability

More About MAPublisher 7.3 For Adobe Illustrator

MAPublisher 7.3 for Illustrator CS2 is powerful map production software for creating cartographic-quality maps from GIS data. Developed as a suite of plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator, MAPublisher leverages the superior graphics capabilities of this graphics design software. Avenza also offers MAPublisher 5.0 for FreeHand – a suite of Xtras that adds mapmaking functionality to Macromedia Freehand 10 and MX.

MAPublisher 7.3 for Illustrator CS2 is available free of charge to all MAPublisher for Illustrator customers with a valid maintenance subscription and as an upgrade for US$499. New licenses are US$1149. Prices include 1 year of maintenance. Full details are available at www.avenza.com.

More about Avenza Systems Inc.

Avenza Systems Inc. is an award-winning, privately held corporation that provides cartographers and GIS professionals with powerful software tools for making better maps. In addition to software offerings for Mac and Windows users, Avenza offers value-added data sets, product training and consulting services. Visit www.avenza.com for more details.

For further information:
Avenza Systems ● 416-487-5116 ● info@avenza.com ● www.avenza.com

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