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The PDF Maps app allows users to download and view thousands of maps from the Avenza Map Store. The app allows your location to be shown on any map of your area. There are a number a great tools available like measure distance and areas, add waypoints, find places (using Google), and import/export of points.
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Avenza PDF Maps 1.4 has more new features for you to explore. One new feature is the ability to import your own KML points for use on a map. These points can represent anything from your favorite restaurants to GPS waypoints of your weekend hike. If you have MAPublisher, you can take full advantage of this feature by creating your own points with your own attributes. In this example, we'll be exporting points of interest to a KML/KMZ file from a Toronto map that we created in MAPublisher.
The Adobe Creative Suite SDK Team confirmed that there is a bug in Adobe Extension Manager CS5 and CS5.5 that prevented extensions from being installed on Mac OS 10.7. (Adobe: Creative Suite SDK Team Web page). This affects the installation of Geographic Imager for Adobe Photoshop CS5 and CS5.5 on Mac 10.7. This does not affect Windows users.
After the Geographic Imager installer is complete, start Adobe Photoshop. The extension "Geographic Imager" is not available from Window > Extensions. As a result, Geographic Imager Main panel will not be available.
Currently, our development team is working on this issue. Also, Adobe announced that the fix for this issue will ne available in the next two weeks through Adobe Update Manager. Meanwhile, below is a temporary solution provided by Adobe team for developers and end users.
After creating a map with MAPublisher or Geographic Imager, you might want to export it as a geospatial PDF file. You want to ensure that the georeference information of your Geospatial PDF files are correct before bringing them into the field for use. A great way to use geospatial PDF maps (and GeoTIFFs) is to load them onto an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with PDF Maps installed.
NOTE: Prior to performing these steps with your data you would want to ensure that the DEM and image have the same geographic extents.
We created a video to show that it is possible to use geospatial data and the 3D capabilities of Adobe Photoshop. It performs very well with a decent computer and video card.
In this video, a combination of Geographic Imager and Adobe Photoshop functions are used to open a DEM file using a script. The script also transforms a DEM into a 3D model and allows for an overlay of a colour model based on the data or a custom image (e.g. ortho image). Video after the jump.
Edit: Updated with a new QGIS workflow (November 21, 2014)
The following tip is courtesy of Hans van der Maarel of Red Geographics.
For many areas on Earth, OpenStreetMap is a viable alternative to commercially offered data sources. However, it is not always easy to process. This blog tutorial explains the steps needed to load OpenStreetMap data into MAPublisher.
Adobe Illustrator documents with GIS data can be exported to georeferenced PDF files thanks to the MAPublisher Export Geospatial PDF feature. A geospatial PDF is an Adobe Acrobat file that contains geospatial coordinates. With coordinates, users can view and interact with the PDF to find and mark location data. MAPublisher exports all the MAP Attributes data in an Adobe Illustrator document into the geospatial PDF. Attribute values can subsequently be accessed and searched in Acrobat 9 (and 8 with limitations).
Dot density themes are sometimes called dot distribution maps because they show where particular data characteristics occur. It uses dots or other symbols to represent the number of occurrences of a given data characteristic in a particular location. Starting at MAPublisher 8.4, the ability to create dot density maps is available through the provision of Dot Density Themes.
When creating a new MAP Theme simply choose "Dot Density" from the available theme types. The creation of a dot density theme is facilitated through the MAP Themes panel. The dot density theme is an Adobe Illustrator effect applied to an area layer.