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Avenza Announces MAPublisher 7.0 for Adobe Illustrator

– Powerful mapmaking software now enriched with even more powerful tools –

Toronto, ON, July 18, 2006 – Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager spatial tools for Adobe Photoshop announces the release of MAPublisher 7.0 for Adobe Illustrator. MAPublisher 7.0 is the latest version of this powerful mapmaking software used to produce high quality maps from GIS data.

Significant new functionality in MAPublisher 7.0 includes a new intelligent labeling engine, new grid, graticules and scalebar generators, new and improved MAP attributes engine with expression builder, advanced selection filters and support for double-byte character sets.

“This is a very exciting and impressive upgrade to an already powerful software suite”, said Hans van der Maarel of Red Geographics in The Netherlands. “Especially the new labeling function which will definitely make a large difference in productivity”, he added.

Features of MAPublisher 7.0 for Adobe Illustrator

  • Improved labeling engine with intelligent label placement
  • New grids and graticules generator – grids can now be created on any projected or geodetic map view
  • New scale bar generator offering more new options and customization
  • New MAP attributes palette and functions – new engine offers search/replace and expression based attributes
  • Introduction of art property attributes – edit map art from within the attributes palette
  • New Expression Builder for creating simple and complex selections and attribute assignments
  • Support for value ranges in MAP Stylesheets for legend creation and symbolization
  • New MAP Selections palette – selections may now be saved and more easily applied
  • New Import Table functionality
  • New North Arrow functionality – easily convert any Illustrator symbol to an auto-aligned north arrow
  • Import MAP View – easily transfer complete MAP Views and layers between documents
  • Support for double-byte and other international character sets
  • Single-click automatic centering and re-positioning of page anchors
  • Various user interface enhancements to improve usability

More About MAPublisher 7.0 For Adobe Illustrator
MAPublisher 7.0 for Illustrator is powerful map production software for creating cartographic-quality maps from GIS data. Developed as a suite of plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator, MAPublisher leverages the superior graphics capabilities of this graphics design software. Avenza also offers MAPublisher 5.0 for FreeHand – a suite of Xtras that adds mapmaking functionality to Macromedia Freehand 10 and MX.
MAPublisher 7.0 for Illustrator is available free of charge to all MAPublisher for Illustrator customers with a maintenance subscription and as an upgrade for US$499. New licenses are US$1149. Prices include 1 year of maintenance. Electronic versions are immediately available for purchase and download. Boxed copies will be available the week of July 24th. Full details 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.

For further information:
Avenza Systems ● 416-487-5116 ● ●

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