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- 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
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 contact:
Tel: 416-487-5116 ● Email: info@avenza.com ● Web: www.avenza.com

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This sounds interesting. Does the app have the ability to record tracks as well?

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I hope you call it "Jam Buddy 2"

This is in reference to Avenza's nascent geoPDF software from ~15 years ago, whose name was based on the developers favorite (plate-sized) pastry from the bakery around the corner. I think Adobe's format changes short-lived the software which never made it past version 1.0.

I've always loved that name (and the concept)!

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I hope you call it "Jam Buddy 2"


Now there's a blast from the past!

But yeah, I can't wait to get my hands on this stuff... and an iPad..
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As a PC user some of these Apple terms are quite foreign. The last Apple I used was if I remember was a old fashioned Macintosh.

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I hope you call it "Jam Buddy 2"


Heh, 'Jam Buddy' :) I haven't thought about that in years! I suppose it is a little like that, though half of what was Jam Buddy is now built into the PDF spec (the geospatial referencing and the attributes). Not having to write a plug-in for Acrobat is nice and it means any Acrobat after version 9 can read them. Ironically, there is an app called 'Jam Buddy' for the iOS, but its for musical accompaniment.

These iOS apps are more like specialized Acrobat readers for geo-spatial PDFs, with an eye to making them useful for people as maps (the measuring, etc.).
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These iOS apps are more like specialized Acrobat readers for geo-spatial PDFs, with an eye to making them useful for people as maps (the measuring, etc.).


I know of at least one market, adventure and expedition travel, that would benefit from having a little more GPS like functionality. Most importantly the ability to load a route, record tracks and export tracks. Any chance these features exist in the current release or may be added later?

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I am not an iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch user nor will ever be. However the fact that an app will exist to use pdf maps created with MapPublisher and Geographic Imager on these devices is good news. I do have two requests.

1. Please make your app MULTILINGUAL. Not all the world speaks English...not all maps are in English...
2. Please have a device emulator build for MP and GI.


Cheers.
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