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Avenza Announces 2011 MAPublisher Training Schedule

– New Class Features Thematic mapping, Geospatial PDF creation and LabelPro –

Toronto, ON, November 10, 2011 – Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager spatial tools for Adobe Photoshop, is pleased to announce the 2011 schedule for its comprehensive 2-day MAPublisher training course. This 2-day class offers in-depth MAPublisher training that will enable MAPublisher users to maximize their use of MAPublisher and fully exploit its features and power.

MAPublisher training is offered in hands-on computer labs at locations around North America. Training is also available onsite at customers’ locations and online in which case certain aspects of the course will be tailored especially for the specific organization and workflow.

Features of the 2011 round of MAPublisher classes include content on creating interactive data-rich Flash maps, geospatial PDF creation, new thematic mapping funtionality and MAPublisher LabelPro advanced text placement.

“I did find the training session very informative and I did learn a fair amount in those two days. I am impressed with the capabilities of MAPublisher and I will definitively recommend MAPublisher and the training session to any of my colleagues working in the map design industry”, said Carlos Serpas of SAIC Polytechnic.

2011 MAPublisher Training Dates & Locations

  • Phoenix, AZ – February 3 & 4
  • New York City area – March 31 & April 1
  • Chicago, IL – May 19 & 20
  • San Diego, CA – July 14 & 15
  • Washington, DC area – September 15 & 16
  • Seattle, WA – November 3 & 4

 

Course details

  • The cost is US$1,000 per person. Discounts are available for 3 or more attendees from the same organization and for returning students desiring a refresher or update.
  • This is a hands-on course in a computer lab. Computers and required software will be provided.
  • Attendees will learn how to use the most powerful features of MAPublisher as well as all the new features of the latest versions of MAPublisher.
  • MAPublisher for Illustrator on Windows is the focus of the course. Mac users will also benefit from the content and are encouraged to attend.
  • Attendees are encouraged to send in and/or bring their own data and time will be devoted to working with specific user-supplied data and workflows.

 

Who Should Attend

  • cartographers using GIS data
  • existing MAPublisher users who want to experience the new features of the latest version of MAPublisher
  • existing MAPublisher users who want to get the most out of their MAPublisher license
  • GIS professionals who want to produce better quality maps
  • anyone making maps that wants to leverage the benefits of this powerful software

More about training

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More about MAPublisher

MAPublisher for Illustrator 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 these graphics design applications. 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.

Avenza Releases Geographic Imager 3.2 for Adobe Photoshop

– New version includes Terrain Shader tool and geospatial PDF support –

Toronto, ON, October 25, 2010 – Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher® cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator® and PDF Maps for Apple iOS, is pleased to announce the release of Geographic Imager 3.2 for Adobe Photoshop. Along with support for Adobe CS5 and Mac OS 64-bit, it includes the ability to create and export geospatial PDF documents and terrain shading functionality.

“Our users love the geospatial PDF authoring abilities of MAPublisher, and we’re delighted to introduce that functionality to Adobe Photoshop,” said Ted Florence, President of Avenza. “Users can now easily convert a wide variety of spatial image formats, including GeoTIFF and MrSID, to spatially-aware PDF files without the need of specialized GIS software. These documents can be shared with anybody using Adobe Reader 9 or better, and can now be easily viewed on Apple iOS devices with the PDF Maps app.” he added.

This release also features the new Geographic Imager Terrain Shader that allows users to dynamically apply terrain shading and colours to digital elevation models within Adobe Photoshop.

“The Geographic Imager Terrain Shader is an exciting feature that demystifies hill shading as a difficult process,” said Doug Smith, Avenza Director of Sales. “Users can now easily and quickly import a DEM, apply colours and shades based on elevation and apply a specific light source position and intensity to achieve a desired shading effect. This is a very powerful tool and clearly shows how valuable Adobe Photoshop is as a bona fide spatial image processing platform.” he added.

Geographic Imager geospatial PDF support

Geographic Imager 3.2 provides both export and import support for Adobe geospatial PDF as well as import support for the proprietary GeoPDF format. The following functions can be performed on geospatial PDF files in Adobe Acrobat without the aid of any special tools, plug-ins or other special extensions:

  • View map locations in various coordinate systems including decimal degrees, DMS, Military Grid and more
  • Find a location in a map and mark it with a comment
  • Measure distances on a map using real-world units (miles, kilometers, feet, etc.)

Geospatial PDF files created in Geographic Imager 3.2 can be viewed with the PDF Maps app on Apple iOS devices.

Geographic Imager Terrain Shader features

  • Easily generate custom colour maps, export or use predefined ones
  • Use gradients to colorize DEM images specifying elevation intervals
  • Use intuitive controls to adjust light source position and intensity to create shaded relief

 

Additional Geographic Imager 3.2 features

  • Support for Adobe Creative Suite 5 and Mac OS 64 bit
  • Redesigned Geographic Imager panel
  • Improved Advanced Import tool and new Transform tool options

 

More about Geographic Imager for Adobe Photoshop

Geographic Imager is powerful software for working with spatial imagery in Adobe Photoshop that leverages its superior image editing capabilities and transforms it into a powerful spatial imagery editing tool. Work with satellite imagery, aerial photography, orthophotos, and DEMs in GeoTIFF and other major GIS image formats using Adobe Photoshop features such as transparencies, filters, and image adjustments while maintaining georeferencing and support for hundreds of coordinate systems and projections.

Geographic Imager 3.2 is available immediately free of charge to all Geographic Imager Maintenance Program members, as an upgrade for US$319 for non-maintenance members and at prices starting at US$699 for new users.

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 and Apple i-devices, Avenza offers value-added data sets, product training and consulting services. Visit www.avenza.com for more details.

Avenza PDF Maps App for Apple iOS Released

– Geospatial PDF reader, available now for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch –

Toronto, ON, September 28, 2010 – Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher® cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator® and Geographic Imager® spatial tools for Adobe Photoshop®, is pleased to announce the official release of PDF Maps, the first and only geospatial PDF reader for Apple iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

PDF Maps is the first application of its kind designed specifically for using geographically-aware PDF files on portable devices and opens the door to allowing any map to be GPS-aware. It will give users the power to interact with georeferenced PDF maps and images directly from their iOS device with viewing performance levels well above other mobile PDF viewing applications.

“We are very excited about the release of PDF Maps. Every so often a new product generates a lot of buzz in the industry and we’re glad that we’ve developed a product with which publishers and users of geospatial PDF maps can now fully interact with them on their Apple iOS devices” said Ted Florence, President of Avenza. “This app complements our other products, MAPublisher and Geographic Imager, the only available methods for authoring geospatial PDF documents within Adobe Creative Suite” he added.

PDF Maps offers the following capabilities

  • Access and load maps from your own computer through iTunes File Sharing as well as over the Internet or a LAN
  • Access and interact with saved maps without the need for a live network connection
  • View your location on the PDF map using the built-in GPS device (iPhone and iPad 3G+WiFi) or via Wi-Fi triangulation
  • Use the compass to view true or magnetic north (iPhone and iPad 3G+WiFi)
  • Quickly view, zoom and pan maps using gestures (pinch, drag and flick, double tap)
  • Plot way-points, enter attribute data and notes
  • Display the location of any point (latitude and longitude)
  • Measure distances and areas
  • Supports both Adobe geospatial PDF specified maps and GeoPDF® files.

 

Visit http://www.avenza.com/pdf-maps for more information.

PDF Maps is available now on the iTunes App Store free of charge.

More about MAPublisher and Geographic Imager

MAPublisher for Illustrator 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 design capabilities of this leading graphic design software. 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. For more information on these products and the Avenza geospatial PDF app visit the Avenza website at www.avenza.com.

More about Geospatial PDF

With the release of Adobe Acrobat 9 and Adobe Reader 9 a new geospatial feature set was introduced to the Adobe PDF specification. Geospatial PDF files are PDF documents that contain geospatial information such as real world location and/or GIS attributes. Geospatial PDF documents can be created in some GIS applications such as ArcGIS and Mapinfo and from within Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop with the aid of the MAPublisher and Geographic Imager plugins, respectively. The geospatial data contained in a geospatial PDF document may be accessed and used (for example to locate a specific point or measure distances) without the aid of any additional plugins, using tools found natively within Adobe Reader 9 and Acrobat 9.

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 Introduces Geospatial PDF App for Apple iOS

– Geospatial PDF reader with GPS positioning to be available soon for iPad and iPhone –

Toronto, ON, July 12, 2010 – Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher® cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator® and Geographic Imager® spatial tools for Adobe Photoshop® is pleased to announce the upcoming availability of the first and only geospatial PDF application for Apple iOS devices including the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch platforms.

Complimenting the geospatial PDF authoring capabilities of MAPublisher for Adobe Illustrator (soon to also be available for Geographic Imager for Adobe Photoshop), the Avenza geospatial PDF app for iOS devices will be the first of its kind designed specifically for non-GIS savvy users. It will give field personnel the power to interact with geo-registered PDF maps and images directly from their iOS device with viewing performance levels well above any currently available PDF viewing applications.

“Our MAPublisher and Geographic Imager applications for Adobe Creative Suite offer the only available methods for authoring geospatial PDF documents within the Adobe environment and we are now delighted to extended the power of geospatial PDF viewing and interaction to Apple iOS devices.” said Ted Florence, President of Avenza. “For the first time, publishers and users of geospatial PDF documents will now have complete access to them on their iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches which is an exciting proposition for anyone working with these types of documents in field work or navigation”, he added.

The Avenza geospatial PDF app for Apple iOS will offer the following capabilities

  • Access and load maps through iTunes File Sharing and over a Wi-Fi or cellular network
  • View your current location on the PDF map using the built-in GPS (iPad and iPhone only)
  • Display the location of any point on the map in world units (latitude and longitude)
  • Quickly view, zoom and pan maps using gestures (pinch, drag and flick, double tap)
  • Optimized for fast loading and refreshing of large maps and spatial documents
  • Record and export way-points and notes
  • Measure distances

 

Visit http://www.avenza.com/geospatial-pdf-app for more information.

More about MAPublisher and Geographic Imager

MAPublisher for Illustrator 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 design capabilities of this leading graphic design software.

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. For more information on these products and the Avenza geospatial PDF app visit the Avenza website at www.avenza.com

More about Geospatial PDF

With the release of Adobe Acrobat 9 and Adobe Reader 9 a new geospatial feature set was introduced to the Adobe PDF specification. Geospatial PDF files are PDF documents that contain geospatial information such as real world location and/or GIS attributes. Geospatial PDF documents can be created in some GIS applications such as ArcGIS and Mapinfo and from within Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop with the aid of the MAPublisher and Geographic Imager plugins, respectively. The geospatial data contained in a geospatial PDF document may be accessed and used (for example to locate a specific point or measure distances) without the aid of any additional plugins, using tools found natively within Adobe Reader 9 and Acrobat 9.

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.

Avenza Announces Terrain Shader Functionality for Adobe Photoshop

– New Geographic Imager® version to include ability to colourize and shade DEM files –

Toronto, ON, July 12, 2010 – 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 upcoming release of Geographic Imager, version 3.2, will include the ability to dynamically apply terrain shading and colourization to digital elevation models within Adobe Photoshop.

The Geographic Imager Terrain Shader functionality will be included as a standard feature in the upcoming release.

“The addition of a terrain shading function to Geographic Imager is a natural extension to our Adobe Photoshop spatial imaging toolset” said Ted Florence, President of Avenza. “For the first time, users will be able to easily and quickly import a DEM, apply colours and shades based on elevation and even apply a specific light source position and intensity to achieve a specific shading effect, all within Adobe Photoshop. This is a very powerful proposition for all geospatial image and DEM users and further extends the value of Adobe Photoshop as a bona fide spatial image processing platform.” he added.

Features of the Geographic Imager Terrain Shader

  • Easily generate custom colour maps or use predefined ones
  • Use Photoshop gradients to colorize DEM images specifying elevation intervals
  • Create shaded relief easily with intuitive controls
  • Adjust light source position and intensity
  • Import existing Photoshop gradients to use as colour maps
  • Assign elevations to gradients and save them for reuse

 

A sneak preview of this new functionality is available on the Avenza YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/AvenzaTutorials

More about Geographic Imager for Adobe Photoshop

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 and transforms it into a powerful spatial imagery editing tool. Work with satellite imagery, aerial photography, orthophotos, and DEMs in geotiff and other major GIS image formats using Adobe Photoshop features such as transparencies, filters, and image adjustments while maintaining georeferencing and support for hundreds of coordinate systems and projections.

Geographic Imager 3.2 will be available to both Mac and Windows users in Q3, 2010.

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.

 

Avenza Announces Geospatial PDF Export from Adobe Photoshop

– New Geographic Imager® version to support creation of spatially accurate PDF files –

Toronto, ON, July 12, 2010 – 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 upcoming release of Geographic Imager, version 3.2, will include the ability to export geospatial PDF documents from any supported spatial image source or scanned map document.

Geospatial PDF export functionality will be included as a standard feature with the upcoming Geographic Imager 3.2 release and will offer complete support for the Adobe geospatial PDF specification which was released with Adobe Acrobat 9.

“Following the introduction of geospatial PDF authoring capabilities for Adobe Illustrator late last year with our MAPublisher 8.2 release, we are delighted to announce that geospatial PDF authoring will now be possible from within Adobe Photoshop with the upcoming Geographic Imager 3.2 release,” said Ted Florence, President of Avenza. “For the first time, users will be able to easily convert a wide variety of spatial image formats, including GeoTIFF and MrSID, to spatially-aware PDF files without the aid of specialized GIS software. These geospatial PDFs can be shared with anyone using Adobe Acrobat Reader 9 or better and can retrieve location data, measure distances and generally interact with the image in a geospatial manner.” he added.

Features of the Geographic Imager Geospatial PDF Exporter

The Geographic Imager geospatial PDF exporter offers the ability to generate Adobe Acrobat PDF files that contain all the cosmetic and geospatial characteristics of the original image, such that within Adobe Acrobat the following functionality can be performed without the aid of any special tools, plugins or other special extensions:

  • View map locations in various coordinate systems including decimal degrees, DMS, Military Grid and more.
  • Find a location in a map and mark it with a comment.
  • Measure distances on a map using real-world units (miles, kilometers, feet, etc.).

More about Geographic Imager for Adobe Photoshop

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 and transforms it into a powerful spatial imagery editing tool. Work with satellite imagery, aerial photography, orthophotos, and DEMs in geotiff and other major GIS image formats using Adobe Photoshop features such as transparencies, filters, and image adjustments while maintaining georeferencing and support for hundreds of coordinate systems and projections.

Geographic Imager 3.2 containing the new geospatial PDF authoring functionality will be available to both Mac and Windows users in Q3, 2010.

More about Geospatial PDF

With the release of Adobe Acrobat 9 and Adobe Reader 9 a new geospatial feature set was introduced to the Adobe PDF specification. Geospatial PDF files are PDF documents that contain geospatial information such as real world location and/or GIS attributes. Geospatial PDF documents can be created in some GIS applications such as ArcGIS and Mapinfo and from within Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop with the aid of the MAPublisher and Geographic Imager plugins, respectively. The geospatial data contained in a geospatial PDF document may be accessed and used (for example to locate a specific point or measure distances) without the aid of any additional plugins, using tools found natively within Adobe Reader 9 and Acrobat 9.

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.

Avenza Releases Geographic Imager 3.1 for Adobe Photoshop

– Powerful geospatial plug-in suite now supports Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Windows –

Toronto, ON, May 19, 2010 — Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher® and MAPublisher LabelPro® cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator as well as MAPdataUSA, MAPdataCanada and MAPdataWorld royalty-free GIS data sets, announces the release of Geographic Imager® 3.1 for Windows, the latest in powerful software that adds geospatial functionality to Adobe Photoshop. The Mac OS version of Geographic Imager offering Adobe Photoshop CS5 support will follow shortly.

“This release of Geographic Imager takes spatial imaging to a new level with the added support for the new Adobe Photoshop CS5,” said Doug Smith, Avenza’s Director of Sales. “Our rapid response to Adobe’s newest release is a testament to our commitment to consumer needs and demands and ensures a seamless upgrade transition for Photoshop users,” he added.

Geographic Imager 3.1 for Windows also includes new functionality for creating MAPublisher MAP Views from Adobe Photoshop paths. A MAPublisher 8.3 license is required for this functionality.

Geographic Imager enhances the already commanding Adobe Photoshop imaging environment by adding all the tools and technology necessary to support geospatial images such as aerial and satellite imagery. In addition to allowing the use of Adobe Photoshop and its powerful native imaging functions such as cropping, transparencies and layer adjustments, Geographic Imager adds the ability to import and recognize common industry raster image formats, automatically mosaic and tile images, reproject and transform images, georeference images based on ground control points and export images with all spatial information intact.

New Features in Geographic Imager version 3.1 for Windows

  • Added support for Adobe Photoshop CS5 (both 32 and 64 bit) (Windows only).
  • Added support for transferring Adobe Photoshop paths to MAPublisher for Adobe Illustrator (MAPublisher 8.3 required)

General 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 a variety of commonly used spatial raster data formats along with all georeferencing
  • Georeference non-referenced imagery
  • Reproject spatial imagery
  • Automatic mosaicking and tiling of spatial imagery
  • Crop spatial imagery based on geographic coordinates
  • Automated scripting for using of Geographic Imager in conjunction with Adobe Photoshop automation tools

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.

Geographic Imager 3.1 for Adobe Photoshop on Windows is available now as a free upgrade for all Geographic Imager customers using Microsoft Windows with a valid maintenance subscription and as an upgrade for non-maintenance members at US$319. New licenses are US$699 for a single-user fixed commercial license. Prices include 1 year of maintenance. Educational and floating licenses as well as discounted MAPublisher/Geographic Imager bundles are also available. Full details are available at www.avenza.com/geographic-imager.

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 Releases MAPublisher 8.3 for Adobe Illustrator

– Powerful cartographic suite now supports the new Adobe Illustrator CS5 –

Toronto, ON, May 18, 2010 – Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager spatial tools for Adobe Photoshop, is pleased to announce the release of MAPublisher 8.3 for Adobe Illustrator. MAPublisher 8.3 is the latest version of this powerful mapmaking software used to produce high quality maps from GIS data for both print and electronic distribution which now offers support for the new version of Adobe Illustrator, CS5.

MAPublisher 8.3 for Adobe Illustrator is a full product upgrade that is free of charge to all current MAPublisher Maintenance Program subscribers and replaces the current shipping version of MAPublisher, version 8.2, for all new customers using Adobe Illustrator CS3, CS4 and CS5.

“We have once again listened to the requests of our users and implemented a host of new features with MAPublisher 8.3,” said Ted Florence, President of Avenza, “In addition to support for Illustrator CS5, this new and exciting MAPublisher version now offers the ability to transfer map objects between documents, automatically create knockouts for text objects, and contains an enhanced MAP Web Author JavaScript API and dozens of other features which together significantly advance this powerful and widely used cartographic and map-design platform.” he added.

MAPublisher 8.3 includes all the significant functionality introduced in earlier releases of MAPublisher as well as the following new features and enhancements.

New Features of MAPublisher 8.3 for Adobe Illustrator

  • Compatibility with Adobe Illustrator CS5 for both Mac and Windows
  • New Line Plotter function to create polylines by entering coordinates or the distance and bearing values between points
  • Import MAP Objects to copy MAP objects between documents, including Stylesheets and MAP Selections
  • Enhanced MAP Selection functionality offering additional selection options including spatial, art and attribute
  • New knockout function for easily creating knockouts for text objects
  • Buffer Art function to create area objects around points and lines
  • MAP Attribute Panel enhancements and optimizations
  • New Layer Notes functionality to record information including original dataset path, format, co-ordinate system, object count and date
  • Enhanced export to Geospatial PDF functionality now offers control over exported layers with attributes, ability to easily assign attribute values to be used as object names, item sort order and round-trip data control
  • MAPublisher Spatial Database import system for ESRI geodatabases now included (Windows only)
  • New MAPublisher Web Author JavaScript API functionality including various runtime operations
  • New functionality to create MAP Views from Adobe Photoshop paths (Geographic Imager license required)
  • Various other user interface improvements and performance enhancements to improve usability

More about MAPublisher for Illustrator

MAPublisher for Illustrator 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 for working with GIS data and producing high-quality maps with efficiency.

MAPublisher 8.3 for Illustrator is 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$599. New licenses are US$1399. Academic, floating and volume pricing is available. 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

Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation of the University of Twente (ITC) Chooses Avenza MAPublisher

Toronto, ON, March 26, 2010 – Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager spatial tools for Adobe Photoshop, is pleased to announce that one of the world’s foremost international professional education establishments in the field of geo-information science and earth observation, the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) – formerly known as the International Institute of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation – of the University of Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands, has extended multiple floating licenses of its MAPublisher software to be used in combination with Adobe Illustrator CS4.

Jeroen van den Worm, Lecturer Thematic Mapping and Inter-active (web) Map Design at ITC’s department of Geo-information Processing explains: “ITC has already been deploying MAPublisher since its 3.0 release in combination with former Macromedia Freehand graphic software. By extending the MAPublisher licenses to Adobe Illustrator, we can continue with offering our students a GIS based low-cost map design and production platform. It is an excellent complimentary solution to the other standard GIS software that is extensively applied by our faculty. Furthermore, the combination of Adobe Illustrator CS4 and MAPublisher 8.2 enables our cartography students to produce innovative and creative GIS based maps without having to worry about graphic output limitations. These maps can also be used in combination with other CS4 software such as Photoshop and Flash to create inter-active (web) map applications”.

“As many organizations in countries under development are facing limited financial budgets, we also apply the same mixture of GIS and graphic software in our joint education diploma courses in geoinformatics at the Ardhi University in Tanzania and the Ghana School of Survey and Mapping in Ghana”, he added.

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, MAPublisher leverages the superior graphics capabilities of this graphics design software for working with GIS data and producing high-quality maps with efficiency. 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.

More about Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation of the University of Twente

The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente provides international postgraduate education, research and project services in the field of geo-information science and earth observation using remote sensing and GIS. The aim of ITC’s activities is the international exchange of knowledge, focusing on capacity building and institutional development in developing countries and emerging economies.

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

Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation of the University of Twente
Tel: 31-(0)53-487-4444
Email: info@itc.nl
Web: www.itc.nl

Avenza Releases Geographic Imager 3.0 for Adobe Photoshop

– Powerful geospatial plug-in suite now supports Adobe Photoshop CS4 x64 –

Toronto, ON, February 10, 2010 — Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher® and MAPublisher LabelPro® cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator as well as MAPdataUSA, MAPdataCanada and MAPdataWorld royalty-free GIS data sets, announces the release of Geographic Imager® 3.0, the latest in powerful software that adds geospatial functionality to Adobe Photoshop.

“This release of Geographic Imager takes Adobe Photoshop CS4 to a new level with the added support for 64-bit operating systems, improved DEM import support, and an enhanced user interface and tools,” said Doug Smith, Avenza’s Director of Sales. “Responding to our customers is of great importance to us. We have heard our users and have implemented the functionality that they want. We are pleased that our support for so many dedicated spatial image formats has helped Geographic Imager and Adobe Photoshop become a viable solution for spatial analysis and imaging,” he added.

Geographic Imager enhances the already commanding Adobe Photoshop imaging environment by adding all the tools and technology necessary to support geospatial images such as aerial and satellite imagery. In addition to allowing the use of Adobe Photoshop and its powerful native imaging functions such as cropping, transparencies and layer adjustments, Geographic Imager adds the ability to import and recognize common industry raster image formats, automatically mosaic and tile images, reproject and transform images, georeference images based on ground control points and export images with all spatial information intact.

New Features in Geographic Imager version 3.0

  • Added support for Adobe Photoshop CS4 x64 (Windows only).
  • Added import support for new image formats, including: ESRI BIL, NITF and BigTIFF.
  • Improved DEM support allowing schema selection during import, mosaicking and elevation value display.
  • Improved Georeference tool – Georeference images using an improved user interface with the ability to specify a different coordinate system when referencing or to remove georeferencing entirely.
  • New and improved GeoCrop and GeoCrop Import – new user interface with a crop image preview. Draw a crop marquee or specify pixel, geodetic or projected coordinates to define a crop area quickly.
  • All Geographic Imager functions are now fully compatible with scripts and actions to easily automate repetitive tasks.
  • New licensing management system for easy management of all licensing options.

General 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 a variety of commonly used spatial raster data formats along with all georeferencing
  • Georeference non-referenced imagery with Ground Control Point (GCP) transformation
  • Reproject spatial imagery
  • Automatic mosaicking and tiling of spatial imagery
  • Export reference points as a csv or log file
  • Automated scripting allows for use of Geographic Imager tasks in conjunction with Adobe Photoshop automation tools
  • Mac, Windows and floating licenses available

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.

Geographic Imager 3.0 for Adobe Photoshop is available now as a free upgrade for all Geographic Imager customers with a valid maintenance subscription and as an upgrade for non-maintenance members at US$319. New licenses are US$699 for a single-user fixed commercial license. Prices include 1 year of maintenance. Educational and floating licenses as well as discounted MAPublisher/Geographic Imager bundles are also available. Full details are available at www.avenza.com/geographic-imager.

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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