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TerraGo Introduces Map2PDF Professional for Acrobat

TerraGo Technologies has released Map2PDF Professional for Acrobat designed to automatically create mapbooks in the GeoPDF format. Mapbooks created with the Map2PDF Professional for Acrobat software provide timely and easy access to intelligent, interactive sets of maps for field users, first responders and emergency management personnel across all levels of government.

TerraGo’s Map2PDF family of products allows customers to publish and collaborate on GeoPDF files. GeoPDF is the only geospatial data distribution and collaboration format that leverages the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) to give users powerful mapping functionality and capabilities via Adobe Reader, an application already installed on hundreds of millions of computers worldwide. Map2PDF Professional for Acrobat was designed to meet the specific needs of state and local government agency employees including public works managers, tax assessors and emergency management personnel who need immediate access to a variety of geospatially-enhanced maps – “digital hard copies” – to successfully execute their field work.

Mapbooks represent a cohesive collection of information that allows novice map users to locate and work with the data as opposed to focusing on the software. Many users find mapbooks more useful than individual map sheets as they present a broader view of the location and eliminate much of the frustration that occurs when an incident is located in the hard-to-read corner of a map. Additional features of Map2PDF Professional for Acrobat include:

  • Batch Georegistration – Allows users to automate georegistration of existing PDF map files and convert them to GeoPDF files. Existing PDF maps created from any application can now have the full power of georegistration and the geospatial tools associated with georegistration, such as import/export, measure, locate and GeoJavascript
  • Index Map Creation – Provides overview of a collection of GeoPDF files and adds hyperlinks, labels and bookmarks for each individual map sheet, enabling users to quickly and easily locate the appropriate detail map. Bookmarks and hyperlinks allow a simple mouse-click to locate and open the correct map.
  • Adjacency Hyperlinks – Generates adjacency hyperlinks to each individual map sheet –including corner maps, not just north-south, east-west – as part of the mapbook creation process. These provide ease of use and navigation, while automatic placement provides correct linkages with minimal work so that hyperlinked mapbooks are created in minutes as opposed to weeks.
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