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This Week in PDF: A pair of geospatial PDF-related tools announced

July 14, 2010

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This week in PDF has seen Avenza Systems announce both a new geospatial PDF app for Apple iOS and an update to a product that adds geospatial PDF export functionality to Adobe Photoshop.

First up, Avenza Systems has also announced that it will launch a geospatial PDF application for Apple iOS devices including the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch platforms. According to the company, the new app will be the first of its kind designed specifically for non-GIS savvy users. This will allow field personnel to interact with geo-registered PDF maps and images directly from their iOS device.

"Our MAPublisher and Geographic Imager applications for Adobe Creative Suite offer the only available methods for authoring geospatial PDF documents within the Adobe environment and we are now delighted to extended the power of geospatial PDF viewing and interaction to Apple iOS devices." said Ted Florence, President of Avenza. "For the first time, publishers and users of geospatial PDF documents will now have complete access to them on their iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches which is an exciting proposition for anyone working with these types of documents in field work or navigation."

In other news, Avenza Systems Inc. has announced that the pending release of Geographic Imager, its spatial tool for Adobe Photoshop, will allow users to export geospatial PDF documents from any supported spatial image source or scanned map document. Geographic Imager 3.2 will also support the Adobe geospatial PDF specification which was released with Adobe Acrobat 9.

"Following the introduction of geospatial PDF authoring capabilities for Adobe Illustrator late last year with our MAPublisher 8.2 release, we are delighted to announce that geospatial PDF authoring will now be possible from within Adobe Photoshop with the upcoming Geographic Imager 3.2 release," said Ted Florence, President of Avenza. "For the first time, users will be able to easily convert a wide variety of spatial image formats, including GeoTIFF and MrSID, to spatially-aware PDF files without the aid of specialized GIS software. These geospatial PDFs can be shared with anyone using Adobe Acrobat Reader 9 or better and can retrieve location data, measure distances and generally interact with the image in a geospatial manner."

To find out more about either of these releases, check out the official Avenza website.

That's it for this week. Watch this space!

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