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[VIDEO] Exporting an ArcGIS Map for Use in the PDF Maps App

Here's a short and simple video on how to export an ArcGIS map for use in the PDF Maps app. It was put together by the Smith College Spatial Analysis Lab. It uses a live USGS topo basemap streaming from Esri and the geospatial PDF export feature of ArcGIS.

Split Layer using Unique Values in Attribute in MAPublisher

MAPView with One MAP Layer

Do you have some data you would like to divide into multiple layers using unique values in an attribute? If so, you might want to try using the Split Layer feature in MAPublisher.

Creating Grids in MAPublisher with an Alternative Coordinate System

In a previous blog about Grids and Graticules, we quickly introduced one of the major features of the new Grid and Graticule tool. We'd like to share another major feature when creating grids: creating grids with an alternative coordinate system.

For example, the MAP View has a coordinate system "NAD 83 / UTM zone 17N" (in metres). You might want to make grid lines with the same coordinate system but in different units. You can do so by creating a custom coordinate system and then specifying the desired unit (US Foot, for this example), then creating a grid based on custom coordinate system. In this example, a grid with NAD83/UTM zone 17N (metres) coordinate system is created in the blue colour. Another grid with a NAD83/UTM zone 17N (USFoot) custom coordinate system is created with the orange colour.

Specifying alternative coordinate system for grids

MAP Attribute Panel: Attribute Tear-Off Panel (CS6 or higher versions only)

MAPublisher Attribute Panel

A little known (but very useful) feature is the Attribute Tear-Off Panel which is located in the upper-right corner of the MAP Attribute panel (available in MAPublisher that's compatible with Adobe Illustrator CS6 or higher). Use it to help you edit and view attributes even when they are deselected. It is very handy when used to compare attributes of different datasets.

Export an Adobe Illustrator Document as a Georeferenced Image

Would you like to export your Adobe Illustrator document to an image? Here is a good tool available through MAPublisher (available in version 9.2 and higher).

MAPublisher Manuals and Tutorial Locations for Windows 8 Users

Are you a Windows 8 user and looking for MAPublisher manuals and tutorials?

Windows 8 introduced a new file navigation system which is completely different from Windows 7 or earlier versions. With Windows 8, you cannot simply navigate to... Start > All Programs > Avenza > MAPublisher

For those who are looking for MAPublisher Tutorials and Manuals, files are located in....

C:\Users\Public\Documents\Avenza\MAPublisher 9

 

You can navigate it to the folder using with one of the followings:

Labeling Trick for MAPublisher

This blog post was written by Avenza reseller in The Netherlands, Hans van der Maarel of Red Geographics.

When you're labeling point features (let's say cities) in MAPublisher, using either Label Pro or Label Features, and you're not placing a label for every single point, you're left with the task of removing the points you haven't labeled. This trick will have the text inherit the attribute structure of the points including a lat/long and guarantee that there are no orphan points.

Creating a Super Overlay in Google Earth Pro

Our friends in the map library at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario have put together a very nice how-to on creating super overlays for Google Earth using Geographic Imager and Adobe Photoshop.

These instructions describe the process of georeferencing a high-resolution image, creating a geotiff file, using Google Earth Pro to make a super overlay and how to provide access to others. The full process is outlined here https://www.brocku.ca/maplibrary/Instruction/Creating_a_super_overlay.pdf

The Brock University Map Library can be contacted at maplib@brocku.ca

Create HTML5 Maps with MAP Web Author in Adobe Illustrator and How to Embed Them on your Website

 

What is HTML5?

HTML5 is the current major revision of HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), the core markup language of the Internet. One of its major development goals was to reduce the need for proprietary, plug-ins such as Adobe Flash and to provide new graphics drawing abilities to the canvas element of HTML5. Scripting (e.g. JavaScript) is used to draw graphics, animations, and display other types of content. The potential of applications in online mapping with HTML5 technology varies widely including uses in fields such as cartography, GIS, demographics, and statistics.

How to convert OziExplorer map files to GeoTIFF for use in PDF Maps

Users of the OziExplorer application who wish to make use of their maps within Avenza PDF Maps app on their iOS devices can download a conversion utility available from http://www.oziexplorer.com.

The image conversion utility ImageConvertOzi.exe allows for the conversion of various map image formats to GeoTIFF which are supported by the Avenza PDF Maps app.

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