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New Nairobi, Kenya City Map Project

Toronto, ON, May 25, 2005 – Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher cartographic software and MAPdataUSA and MAPdataWorld GIS data products, is pleased to announce that it will support HarrysMaps of Switzerland and the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) project to remap the city of Nairobi, Kenya.

Along with other supporters such as P’Auer Printing Inc, Adobe Systems Inc. and Yupo Europe GmbH, Avenza will provide software and services free of charge to this not-for-profit project whose ultimate goal is to provide local decision makers, authorities, investors and tourists with handy, high quality paper maps for daily use.

“MAPublisher will play an important role in the creation of the high-quality maps, set as our ultimate goal for this project” said Harry Keller of HarrysMaps, the chief cartographer and project supervisor. “We are all well aware of MAPublisher’s ability to easily and effortlessly create great maps and we are very pleased and thankful for Avenza’s support for this project”, he added.

MAPublisher will be used in the cartographic design and production work using data derived from the RCMRD’s processing of satellite imagery to create the most up-to-date GIS database possible.

“Avenza is always willing to support worthwhile projects in the developing world such as this one in Nairobi” said Ted Florence, President of Avenza. “We are pleased that MAPublisher will be used in this important project and we applaud the RCMRD’s endeavour to generate this new database and HarrysMaps’ initiative to produce the map for the city”, he added.

More about MAPublisher

MAPublisher is powerful map production software for creating cartographic-quality maps from GIS data. Developed as a suite of plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator and Xtras for Macromedia Freehand, MAPublisher leverages the superior graphics editing capabilities of these applications with the strength and power of GIS data.  Full details and downloadable demo versions are available at

More about Avenza Systems Inc.

Avenza Systems Inc. is an award-winning, privately held corporation that provides cartographers and GIS professionals with powerful software tools for making better maps. In addition to software offerings for Mac and Windows users, Avenza offers value-added data sets, product training and consulting services. Visit for more details.

More about the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development

The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development was established in Nairobi, Kenya in 1975 under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the then Organization of African Unity (OAU). It is a non-profit intergovernmental organization that currently has 14 member states in southern and eastern Africa. The centre’s main objectives are: to provide services in the fields of surveying, and mapping; to provide training for nationals of member states in surveying, mapping and remote sensing; and to provide advisory services on matters relating to surveying and mapping. More information can be found on the organization’s website at

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