Export to Avenza Maps Package

Use Export to Avenza Maps Package to generate map packages that can be directly uploaded to the Avenza Map Store, an in-app map store for the Avenza Maps app on iOS, Android, and Windows. You can also generate map packages and load them on your own devices through iTunes File Sharing or the Android file system, Dropbox, or specify a URL to your own location. When maps are uploaded using the Upload to Avenza Map Store feature, it is put into the Prepare for Review state on the Avenza Map Store.

All maps submitted to the Avenza Map Store are reviewed to ensure they are referenced accurately, perform as expected, and contain appropriate content. As you plan and create your maps, be sure to keep our review and design guidelines in mind so that you can get through the map review stage.

Requirements

While any document with a specified coordinate system can be exported as a map package using Export to Avenza Maps, you must have a Avenza Map Store vendor account to use Upload to Avenza Maps. Visit www.avenzamaps.com for more information on how to be an Avenza Map Store vendor.

Using Export to Avenza Maps Package

Getting your maps ready for the Avenza Maps app is a two part process depending on how you send or load the map package. See the scenarios below:

Scenario

Description

Scenario #1

1.Use Export to Avenza Maps to create map packages.

2.Use Upload to Avenza Maps to prepare map packages and upload for submission review.

 

The advantage of using Upload to Avenza Maps is the ability to easily populate details of your maps within Adobe Illustrator without having to go to the Avenza Maps vendor site.

Scenario #2

1.Use Export to Avenza Maps to create map packages.

2.Go to the Avenza Maps Vendor website to upload and prepare map packages for submission review.

Scenario #3

1.Use Export to Avenza Maps to create map packages.

2.Use iTunes File Sharing or the Android file system, Dropbox, or specify a URL to transfer your map packages to your device.

 

This scenario doesn't upload map packages to the Avenza Map Store. It only loads map packages to your mobile device. It is a good way to quickly test your maps without having to go through the review process of the Avenza Map Store.

 

With an open document, go to the MAPublisher tool bar and expand Avenza Maps > Export to Avenza Maps Package or go to Object menu > MAPublisher > Export to Avenza Maps Package.

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In the Source section, choose to export all art on a specific artboard or the entire document. If multiple artboards are present, click the drop-down list and choose the appropriate artboard. Choose the appropriate MAP View to be the source for referencing. Choose a level of map quality from the Quality drop-down list (High, Good, Medium, Low). A higher quality setting will produce more tiles in the map package. The map package file size will be larger, but the image quality will be better.

In the Destination section, choose a folder to export map packages to and specify any of the available options.

In the Map Package Options section, by default, the Convert to indexed color mode check box is enabled. Note that this will not retain the full spectrum of RGB color space. It is recommended to have this option enabled. Enabling the Optimize tile size option may result in longer processing times.

In the Post Export Actions section, optionally enable the options after creating the map package. Enable the Launch Upload to Avenza Map Store check box to open the Upload to Avenza Map Store dialog box immediately after exporting a Avenza Maps package (see Upload to Avenza Map Store). Enable the Open destination folder check box to open the file browser to the location of the destination folder.

Map Package Contents

A map package contains all of the content required to allow it to work on the Avenza Maps app. When uploading a map package to the Avenza Map Store, the ZIP file must be accompanied by all four associated files. For example, if you have an exported map called MtOlympus, the ZIP would be called MtOlympus.zip and its four associated files would be called MtOlympus_preview.jpg, MtOlympus_95px.jpg, MtOlympus_233px.jpg, and MtOlympus.csv. These files must have the same name as the ZIP file and should not be renamed independently. A map package will not get uploaded if any of the associated files are missing.

When loading a map onto your device through iTunes File Sharing or the Android file system, Dropbox, or a URL, only the ZIP file is required.

When viewing a map package folder, it will look like the following:

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Map Package Contents

Description

*.csv

A comma separated value file with coordinates that define spatial extent.

*.zip

ZIP file contains a tiles folder containing the images required to render the map in the Avenza Maps app. The ZIP also contains a thumbnail file and reference file, both of these are required in the zip package. The zip package structure should not be altered.

*_95.jpg        

Small preview image; can be customized and used on vendor site.

*_233.jpg

Large preview image; can be customized and used on vendor site.

*_preview.jpg

Main preview image; can be customized, however the image size, color mode and name should not be modified. You can create custom preview images to branding purposes.

information A map package will not upload if any of the map package files are missing.

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Last updated: 4/12/2019