To all MAPublisher for FreeHand users:
In light of the recent acquisition of Macromedia by Adobe, Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher cartographic software, and MAPdata USA, MAPdata World and MajorCities USA royalty-free GIS/cartographic data files, wishes to inform you that future development of Macromedia Freehand compatible versions of MAPublisher will be suspended until further notice.
MAPublisher is a suite of cartographic and GIS plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator and Xtras for Macromedia FreeHand that has supported both these graphics environments equally since 1995. While we have always striven to ensure that users of both graphics programs are equally supported by MAPublisher and are on the most up to date and compatible versions of its software it is often necessary that the base graphics host application be updated to conform to MAPublisher’s evolution and of course, vice-versa.
As such,due to the now uncertain future of FreeHand, Avenza will suspend any future development of the Macromedia Freehand compatible versions of MAPublisher. The MAPublisher 4.0 and 5.0 versions will continue to be offered and supported for users of FreeHand 9, 10 and MX and will not be affected by this decision. FreeHand customers who have active maintenance and/or continue their maintenance by renewing will continue to receive all the other benefits of maintenance including support and savings on data and training and can always cross-upgrade to MAPublisher for Illustrator at any time.
MAPublisher for FreeHand users who have an active maintenance subscription may cross-upgrade to MAPublisher 6 for Illustrator for the reduced price of US$200. MAPublisher for FreeHand users who do not currently have maintenance may cross over to MAPublisher 6 for Illustrator for only US$400 (US$199 off the normal cross-grade price). To take advantage of these offers, contact the Avenza sales department at 1-800-884-2555 or email@example.com or your local MAPublisher reseller. Reduced-priced competitive upgrade versions of Adobe Illustrator may be purchased directly from Adobe at www.adobe.com or 888-724-4508 for those of you who also require a copy of Adobe Illustrator.
We would like to re-iterate that this is by no means a permanent position, as depending upon what Adobe decides to do with FreeHand we may very well find that ongoing FreeHand support for MAPublisher is possible and worthwhile. We simply regret that due to the obvious uncertainties we cannot speculate and invest further resources at this time.
Please direct your questions on this matter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Avenza Systems Inc.
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