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If I send a AICS5 file that is created using MAPublisher to another user of AI but not MAPUblisher is the integrity of the file intact?
Or does the opening and editing (text, georeferenced lines, polygons etc) and then subsequent saving destroy that when it is returned to me and opened again at my end?
I can appreciate objects not on map layers could cause fun if I rescale etc at my end.
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If I send a AICS5 file that is created using MAPublisher to another user of AI but not MAPUblisher is the integrity of the file intact?
Or does the opening and editing (text, georeferenced lines, polygons etc) and then subsequent saving destroy that when it is returned to me and opened again at my end?
I can appreciate objects not on map layers could cause fun if I rescale etc at my end.


If the file is saved by a version of Illustrator without MAPublisher you're almost certainly losing the MAPublisher attributes (eh... I say almost certainly, because I can't check it, don't have a version of AI without MAPublisher around).

Depending on what these edits are, this may not be the end of the world. If the artboard size (and position of the map on the artboard) doesn't change you can open both files and use the copy - paste in front technique to get the edited layers across. You'd still lose the attributes, but with some careful workflow planning that does not have to be a problem.
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thanks Hans.
I'd thought of just seeing what happened, but am concerned there may be things go on 'undercover' so to speak that one doesn't find out until it's way down the track.

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I'm not so sure. I was always under the impression that MAPublisher was simply using the comments field of AI to store attribute data about objects. So once the attributes are put into the AI file, that file can be opened and resaved by any version of AI—even one without the MAPublisher add-ins—and the attributes data will stay unchanged in the file. So obviously it would be a problem to move an object or combine them, because the attributes would not get revised, but otherwise the data should survive unchanged until the file is back on a machine that has MAPublisher and can look for the data.
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