MAPublisher

by Avenza Systems

4.5 / 5 44 reviews
MAPublisher

Who Uses This Software?

MAPublisher has been around for over 20 years and is used in private and public companies, government organizations and educational institutions around the world.

Average Ratings

44 reviews
  • Overall 4.5 / 5
  • Ease of Use 4 / 5
  • Customer Service 4.5 / 5
  • Features 4.5 / 5
  • Value for Money 4 / 5

Product Details

  • Free Version No
  • Free Trial Yes
  • Deployment Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
  • Training In Person
    Live Online
    Webinars
    Documentation
  • Support Business Hours
    Online

Vendor Details

  • Avenza Systems
  • https://www.avenza.com
  • Founded 1995

About MAPublisher

Complete your cartographic production and workflow with greater ease and flexibility than ever before by transforming raw GIS data into a high-quality map products using the MAPublisher add-on for Adobe Creative Cloud. MAPublisher lets you quickly import a wide variety of data formats, create and refine maps with minimal effort using Adobe Illustrator design tools, and export maps to different file formats for print or digital publishing.

MAPublisher Features

  • 3D Imagery
  • Census Data Integration
  • Color Coding
  • Geocoding
  • Image Exporting
  • Image Management
  • Internet Mapping
  • Interoperability
  • Labeling
  • Map Creation
  • Map Sharing
  • Spatial Analysis

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MAPublisher Most Helpful Reviews

Great for importing all sorts of GIS map data into Illustrator, complete with attributes!

Translate with Google Reviewed on 6/11/2018
Robert Dahl
Cartographer
Map Resources
Design, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source 
Source: asdf
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: This is my work-horse software for making maps every day. It lets me import all sorts of map data, with attributes, and then process the features using those attributes. After years of using Arc and other software this meets my needs almost exactly.

Pros: Ability to read all sorts of GIS data formats, and match them together. Crop on import from GeoDatabase is a huge time saver - as is the crop function tool for other uses. Labeling options are fairly robust (using the optional LabelPro module). It is clear that this software is designed by and for real map makers, and they have added many very useful features over the years. When I first started using it (after years of using Arc products - and all sorts of in-house tricks to get decent productivity using it), it felt like someone had designed MAPublisher just for me!

Cons: Occasionally it freezes on me, so I have learned to save frequently and even quit Illustrator before doing big complex tasks such as joining features by attribute (for example road segments by road name), or big labeling tasks (I'm talking about placing 5,000+ street names!). I took their local 2 day training course, and would give that about 1 star... they just went through the product manual and exercises page by page. For example they never really explain why you might want to set up a layer for labels before running the labeling module (so that you can make those labels 'obstacles' to other label placement), or how many of the tools interact. But their tech support is very responsive, always getting back to me quickly and listening to suggestions.

I can quickly make a professional map for an array of applications in education.

Translate with Google Reviewed on 6/7/2018
Grant Hubert
Cartographer
Social Studies School Service
Education Management, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source 
Source: asdf
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Making beautiful maps without having to export from ArcGIS. Having everything georeferenced (including old files that were scanned in) is an incredible selling point.

Pros: Its compatibility with a wide array of geospatial files types is a huge plus. Most commonly .shp files, but I find that I will often quickly whip up an excel spreadsheet to plot various cities or other POIs just because the software makes it easy to import CSVs. Many of the tools I used in ArcGIS are available (spatial selection, attribute selection, etc) so it's nice that there isn't a learning curve there. Last but not least, I love how easy it is to theme and label maps with the built-in tools based on attributes or other metadata.

Cons: Discoverability and learning. Sometimes it's difficult to get a comprehensive answer from a Google search on how to perform a task (I remember specifically with the georeferencing tool). This might not be fair, but I am stiff baffled why MAPublisher cant work with image files like it does with vector data (in the same vein as Geographic Imager). I'd pay more for a more comprehensive product if it had this capability built-in (though maybe not any more what geographic imager costs). I suspect there might be technical limitations to this, even though MAPublisher recognizes image files.

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