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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.x 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.x.

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

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

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Improving Adobe CC 2015 Performance with MAPublisher

If you're experiencing slower performance in Adobe Illustrator CC 2015 when working with MAPublisher and map data, it could be the cause of two settings in Illustrator Preferences:

  1. Automatically Save Recovery Data
  2. GPU Performance

Disabling these options will improve performance.

To turn off Automatically Save Recovery Data, go to Illustrator Preferences > File Handling & Clipboard. Under the Data Recovery section, uncheck the Automatically Save Recovery Data Every check box.

[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

Update: MAPublisher 9.6 is fully compatible with Adobe Illustrator CC 2015.

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

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