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How Come I See A Windows SmartScreen When Launching MAPublisher Installer?

Some users may see a Windows SmartScreen warning when launching the MAPublisher installer downloaded from our website. This is due to a new and more secure certificate used by Microsoft to sign the MAPublisher app. The warning can be ignored and any future warnings should not appear as the certificate and the app gain reputation according to Microsoft, however, it may be seen for the next little while.

To continue to install MAPublisher, click More info then click Run anyway.

What To Do Before Updating MAPublisher And Adobe Illustrator

What should you do before updating either MAPublisher or Adobe Illustrator? The main answer is: check compatibility. However, we often receive common questions in Avenza Support as to why MAPubliser does not work after updating to the latest version of Adobe Illustrator CC. Here are a few notes that may help you out:

What Is The .pdfmaps File And How Does It Work?

What is the .pdfmaps file?

In addition to having access to more than 350,000 maps in the PDF Maps Store, you can also import your own geospatial PDF and GeoTIFF files into the PDF Maps app. If you have a large collection of maps and data, you may already know that loading all these files can be cumbersome and time consuming. Luckily, there's a better solution to do this. The .pdfmaps file was devised as a solution for people or organizations who wish to load large collections of maps and data without having to import them one at a time. Here's how it works.

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Mac OS X Hidden Dialog Box Issue Fix

A usability issue was confirmed with MAPublisher 9.6.1 and Mac OS X. It happens at the operating system level. Fortunately, a solution is available.

Affected platforms

  • Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
  • Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)



When multiple MAPublisher dialog boxes are open, the active dialog box may appear behind other inactive dialog boxes. As a result, the actual active dialog box is partially or fully hidden and no options can be selected or adjusted. Eventually, you may have to restart Adobe Illustrator.

Partially hidden dialog box issue confirmed with Mac OS X 10.11.1 and 10.10.4
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Importing Esri Geodatabase with Adobe Illustrator CC 2015


Do you have Adobe CC 2015 and would like to import Esri Geodatabase feature classes but the option is not available in the import dialog box?

You most likely have Adobe Illustrator CC2015 64-bit on Windows.

Illustrator GPU Performance Beta invite

Are you using Adobe Creative Cloud 2015? Would you like to improve the performance of Adobe Illustrator? If so, participate in the Adobe Illustrator GPU performance beta program by registering here. Your participation will significantly help to improve the performance of Adobe Illustrator in the future.

Adobe CC 2015 introduced a new feature in Illustrator Preferences and depending on the combination of the environment components, you might have already experienced that the performance can be really slow especially when making maps. We all know that many Illustrator files with cartographic projects can be very complex in terms of file size, layer/object structure, number of features, geometry, effects and tasks to every object applied. As a result, even if a supported GPU card is installed, the performance of Adobe Illustrator can be very slow.

We would like to introduce this beta program to you and our customers so that we can assist the Adobe Illustrator team to receive the customer feedback directly to help the development of the future version of Adobe Illustrator. If you could participate in this beta program, your voice will directly reach to the Adobe Illustrator team so that they can closely investigate to enhance the feature.

Adobe Illustrator CC 2015 Preferences: GPU Performance
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Working With Avenza Floating Licenses Outside of Your Work Network

If you or your organization have a floating license for MAPublisher or Geographic Imager, this blog post is for you. Having a floating license provides you with a lot of flexibility when you want to bring your laptop computer outside your work network and use MAPublisher and Georaphic Imager at home or in the field.

Known compatibility issues with MAPublisher 9.6.1 and Adobe Illustrator CC2015.2

Adobe Illustrator CC 2015.2 was released on December 1, 2015. There are some compatibility issues with MAPublisher 9.6.1.

Summary of issues:

  1. Adobe Illustrator crashes when trying to import data if there are any files listed in "Recent Files" in the Welcome workspace
  2. The Adobe Illustrator Initialization process is interrupted by the MAPublisher Welcome dialog window when Adobe Illustrator is launched.
  3. Objects created with theShaper Tool is not recognized by MAPublisher


Known compatibility issues with Geographic Imager 5.0 and Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.1

Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.1 was released on December 1, 2015. There are some compatibility issues with Geographic Imager 5.0.

[VIDEO] PDF Maps App on KRCR-TV ABC Chico

Coverage of the PDF Maps app on KRCR-TV ABC Chico.

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