Avenza Announces Support for FME Desktop

Newest MAPublisher® release connects with Safe Software’s FME

Toronto, ON, January 3, 2012 – Avenza Systems Inc., producers of the PDF Maps app for iOS and geospatial plugins for Adobe Creative Suite, including Geographic Imager for Adobe Photoshop, is pleased to announce that with the release of MAPublisher 8.6 for Adobe Illustrator, support for FME Desktop by Safe Software is now available.
"We’re delighted to have worked with Safe Software to create the MAPublisher FME Auto add-on to bring support for both FME and the FFS file format into the MAPublisher and Illustrator environment,” said Ted Florence, President of Avenza. “The fact that FME users can now easily and effortlessly move their data into the MAPublisher design environment is an extremely powerful innovation and will greatly improve workflow efficiencies for our mutual users,” he added.
With the new MAPublisher® FME Auto™ add-on, users of MAPublisher and FME Desktop can automatically transfer the results of an FME workflow directly to the MAPublisher and Adobe Illustrator environment complete with styling and layout. In addition MAPublisher users can now import the FME FFS file format. The bridge between the data processing environment of FME and the design and publishing environment of Adobe Illustrator and MAPublisher has finally been built.
"We are very pleased to have worked with Avenza to integrate FME support for their powerful and widely used MAPublisher product and to build the bridge between our two very important parts of the mapping and GIS workflow,” said Dale Lutz, Co-Founder and Vice-President of Development, Safe Software. “We look forward to seeing the efficiencies and enhanced workflow capabilities that our mutual users will undoubtedly enjoy," he added.
More about MAPublisher FME Auto
MAPublisher FME Auto is a new add-on that connects the GIS data processing environment of FME Desktop to the cartographic design and publishing environment MAPublisher and Adobe Illustrator. MAPublisher FME Auto provides FME Desktop with an Adobe Illustrator – MAPublisher writer. In FME Desktop, the writer may be used to translate GIS data formats for use with MAPublisher. It is now possible to create workflows in FME and then use pre-designed Adobe Illustrator templates, auto-assigned layers, and prepared MAP Themes to generate maps with much improved efficiency and ease. MAPublisher FME Auto is available as an add-on to MAPublisher 8.6 at prices starting at US$399 per license. Academic, floating and volume pricing is also available. Prices include one year of full maintenance. Visit http://www.avenza.com/mapublisher/fme-auto for more details.
More about MAPublisher 8.6 for Adobe Illustrator
MAPublisher 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 for working with GIS data and producing high-quality maps with efficiency. MAPublisher 8.6 for Illustrator is available free of charge to all MAPublisher customers with an active maintenance subscription and as an upgrade for non-maintenance users at US$599. New licenses are US$1399. Visit www.avenza.com/mapublisher for more details.
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 as well as the PDF Maps app for purchasing and using maps on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices, including GeoPDF and geospatial PDF files. Visit www.avenza.com for more details.
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