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[VIDEO] PDF Maps App on Good Morning Vail

Dan Bryant of thehandymap.com discussing the PDF Maps app on Good Morning Vail (TV8).

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Placing Text with an Offset Value Using MAP LabelPro

Having introduced some background information about text insertion point coordinate values in a previous post, it would be good to explore if this method works when trying to place text objects (annotations/labels) with a specific offset value. For example, if you have a point layer and there is an attribute for the offset value so that every object has a different offset value.

An Attribute table with the offset value for every object

Important announcement about Adobe CC 2015

This is an extremely important announcement concerning the release of Adobe CC 2015 and compatibility with MAPublisher and Geographic Imager.

Sorting MAPublisher Layers with FME Auto

In this blog post we'll look at how you can control the order of layers in MAPublisher when using FME Auto.

FME Auto to MAPublisher

Adding the same layer to multiple MAPublisher templates using FME Auto

Drawing inspiration from this Safe software blog post we have developed an FME workflow that allows the user to update multiple MAPublisher templates with additional layers using two workspaces and a workspacerunner transformer.

WordPressing Maps into Service [via Cartagram Blog]

Our friends at Cartagram published a blog about adding MAPublisher Web Author maps into Wordpress. Using this workflow, anybody can add custom maps to their Wordpress blog.

Follow this link to read more.

Placing Updated Labels at the Same Position as Existing Labels

After a text placement engine places labels (e.g. annotations or labels) some manual adjustment is usually required. The major reason for this task is to avoid text colliding with other objects and to improve map aesthetics and composition. Here is an example map with the position of labels manually placed and adjusted. What do you usually do when updating your map and you have to update those labels?

PDF Maps for Windows Phone Beta Available

You have all been vocal in your support for a Windows Phone version of PDF Maps so we're excited to tell you that the Beta is now available to the public. As a tester, you get to have a direct influence over how PDF Maps looks and feels. Be sure to submit any feedback and issues of your experience with as much detail as possible so that we can make improvements to the app. We highly recommend sending screen shots, crash logs and detailed workflows for any issues you come across.


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Adobe Illustrator CC 2014.1 Known Labeling Issue and Workaround

Compatibility issue with Adobe Illustrator CC 2014.1

On October 6, 2014, Adobe released Adobe Illustrator CC 2014.1, a point release with some new features and updates.  It was confirmed that as a result of this update, an issue with Actions was introduced by Adobe.

This issue affects all Actions relating to text on a path, not just those within MAPublisher. When applying a recorded action to text on a path, the result is incorrect. Several MAPublisher labeling tools rel y on Actions and that is the reason some users are experiencing this labeling issue.

After reviewing the issue, a message was sent to Adobe and they are currently working on fixing it. While Adobe has acknowledged the issue and has indicated that a fix is coming, it is not expected to become public until the next major release of Adobe Illustrator.

We have developed the following explanation and work around to help you.

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FME - MAPublisher Compatibility

There are several interactions between FME, Adobe Illustrator, and MAPublisher that are important for the MAPublisher FME Auto plugin to function correctly. When multiple versions of FME and Adobe Illustrator are installed on a single machine, you should be aware of compatibility issues.

Compatibility 1: FME version vs FME Auto plugin version

Compatibility 1
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The FME version that the FME Auto plugin is built against needs to be the same or older than the FME version it is installed for. FME ships with the FME Auto plugin that is compatible with that version. If MAPublisher is installed afterwards, the plugin will be overwritten. MAPublisher comes with plugins built against all supported versions of FME.

Troubleshoot issue:

If the FME Auto plugin is built against a newer FME version than the FME version installed, it won’t load and won’t be available in the list of writers. If the FME Auto plugin is built against an older version of FME, it will work, however, a warning will be issued to the FME log. This should not be an issue unless the FME plugin is manually copied into the FME folder.

 

 
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