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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chooses MAPublisher

Toronto, ON, August 11, 2005 – Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher cartographic software, announces that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has chosen MAPublisher software for use in the Department of Urban & Regional Planning computer laboratory.

“We are very pleased that MAPublisher is now available for our students to use” said Varkki George Pallathucheril, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “We tested MAPublisher in a course and found that students learned to use it without difficulty to produce high-quality maps using digital spatial data. By providing access to MAPublisher we expect to realize significant benefits in the classroom and when our students become professional planners“, he added.

MAPublisher will be primarily used in the department’s state-of-the-art instructional computer laboratory.

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 a privately held, award-winning supplier of powerful map-making software and affordable geodata products. Led by its flagship MAPublisher product for Adobe Illustrator and Macromedia Freehand and new Geographic Imager suite for Adobe Photoshop, Avenza has brought GIS and geographic workflows to the mainstream graphics and imaging environments. The Company also offers product training and consulting services. Visit for more details.

More about the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

With a long history and tradition in planning education focused on land use and the physical development of communities to achieve social and environmental goals, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( responds to these needs. Emphasizing the analysis and interpretation of data to devise and implement plans, the programs of study integrate a natural science component with a strong social science component. The Department’s programs are designed to educate persons who can plan effectively in a variety of institutions—public planning agencies, private development corporations, or neighborhood organizations. The Department is one of only two departments in the United States to offer accredited professional degrees in planning at the bachelor and master levels and a PhD.

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