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Using QR Codes to Deliver Maps Electronically

Updated: August 6, 2015 - New URL syntax for QR codes

Delivering mobile maps just became even easier for Avenza Maps vendors. This is a brief overview of how vendors can easily create QR codes (Quick Response Codes) to help promote, sell, and deliver their maps electronically.

A QR code is a two-dimensional barcode that can be easily scanned using any modern mobile device. When scanned, the mobile device automatically launches a web browser to direct the user to a website or other action. In our case, the map product page (free or purchase) in the Avenza Map Store.

These QR codes can be strategically placed on printed maps, signage, websites, advertising and anywhere else your maps are promoted.

This is an example of such a QR code:

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Georeference Any Map in MAPublisher 8.7 with the New Georeferencer Tool

The new MAPublisher 8.7 Georeferencer is a fast, easy, and accurate way to update your current unreferenced map collection or data to prepare it for PDF Maps or other digital formats.

The first step is to open your unreferenced document in Adobe Illustrator. If the document is a vector PDF it is often advantageous to rasterize the document and save it as a TIFF to avoid any conflicts with text.

Sell Your Maps Digitally to Mobile Devices

As we have all seen over the last decade, the distribution and consumption of music, videos and books has moved to a digital model and so, the question then becomes, why not maps? Similarly to the aforementioned media types, maps are also very conducive to both the distribution and use in a digital and mobile way. As we see organizations like Borders, Blockbuster and Kodak succumb to this digital revolution, we map-makers must adapt or suffer a similar fate.

PDF Maps on Daily Planet [VIDEO]

Watch Ted Florence give a demonstration of the PDF Maps app to Daily Planet host Dan Riskin.

Click the jump to watch the video.

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New Features in Avenza PDF Maps [VIDEO]

This video shows some of the great functionality in the Avenza PDF Maps for iOS. The app is currently available on the Apple App Store.

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.

Visit our YouTube channel for more videos about the app and other Avenza products.


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Import KML Placemarks Into PDF Maps Using Dropbox

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.

Toronto Map with KML Symbols

Geographic Imager 3.3 Panel Installation Issue on Mac OS 10.7

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.

Geospatial PDF in Adobe Acrobat: Examining latitude and longitude values

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.

How to Create a 3D Rendition of a DEM With a Draped Image

NOTE: Prior to performing these steps with your data you would want to ensure that the DEM and image have the same geographic extents.

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3D Terrain Model using Geographic Imager

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.

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