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What is the difference between Grid Bounds vs Grid Constraints?

In MAPublisher, the grid bound is the visual extent of the grid or graticule. The grid constraint is the geographic extent of the grid or graticule. It may be a little confusing since both grid bound and grid constraint are defined by coordinate values. In terms of hierarchy, think of the grid bound as the overall container of the grid and the constraint as being contained within the bound.

Data Collection: Getting Elevation Information with MAPublisher

Mountain Information with no Elevation Data

Have you ever had a point dataset where you wanted to obtain the elevation information for every point?

How to Obtain a New License After Upgrading MAPublisher

MAPublisher Welcome Screen

It's exciting when a new version of MAPublisher is released! However, after upgrading you might come across a license status indicated as "License version too low" in the MAPublisher Welcome screen (above) or the License Management dialog box (below). Why? This is most likely due to not obtaining a license for the latest version of MAPublisher yet.

[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.

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