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Royal School of Military Survey and Royal Engineers (Geographic) Regiment Choose MAPublisher

Toronto, ON, December 13, 2005 – Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher cartographic software and Geographic Imager spatial tools for Adobe Photoshop, and The XYZ Digital Map Company Ltd., specialists in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and cartography and resellers of Avenza products in the United Kingdom, announce that the Royal School of Military Survey (RSMS) and Royal Engineers (Geographic) Regiment (REGR) have chosen MAPublisher for their cartographic needs.

Multiple MAPublisher licenses have been purchased by the RSMS and REGR for use in both the educational and practical activities of the training and deployment of Royal Engineers for the British Military.

“We are thrilled at this advancement in MAPublisher use in the UK,” said Ted Florence, president of Avenza Systems Inc. “Through our success in the US military sectors we have come to know that MAPublisher is a very useful and desirable tool in military mapping and it is exciting to be making similar inroads overseas,” he added.

“We have been working with the Royal School of Military Survey for some years, providing training and the occasional guest lecture, so it is very pleasing to see things develop in this way,” said Tim Rideout, Director of The XYZ Digital Map Co. Ltd. “The School and the Royal Engineers have a major GIS capability, and have recognized that MAPublisher can work with their existing facilities to help the graphic designers make the best possible maps,” 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 Royal School of Military Survey and Royal Engineers (Geographic) Regiment

The role of the Royal Engineer Regiment (Geographic) is to provide field deployable geographic support to Defence. This support is provided by the use of specially trained geographic staff embedded within major Army Headquarters and by the deployment of specialist teams on operations. Geographic support is provided in 7 key areas. All Royal Engineer geographic specialists are trained at the Royal School of Military Survey. Officers attend the Army Survey Course and, if successful, are awarded a Master of Science degree in Defence Geographic Information.

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 XYZ Digital Map Company Limited

The XYZ Digital Map Company was established in 1998 to provide high quality affordable map data for use in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), such as MapInfo, ArcView and ArcInfo, and for use in Internet applications. The company has grown to become specialists in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), cartography and digital air photography, and have been the UK resellers of Avenza products since 1999. The company’s founders have many years experience in both cartography and geography: Visit for more details.

For further information:

Avenza Systems ● 416-487-5116 ● ●
The XYZ Digital Map Co. Ltd. ● +44-(0)131-454-0426 ● ●

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