- Geospatial PDF reader updated with new features and tools -
Toronto, ON, December 21, 2012 - Avenza Systems Inc., the leading developer of cartographic software –including MAPublisher® for Adobe® Illustrator® and Geographic Imager® geospatial tools for Adobe Photoshop®– is pleased to announce the release of PDF Maps 1.6, the latest version of the popular map and navigation app on the Apple iOS platform. The PDF Maps app allows users to explore and navigate maps offline without having to worry about cellular data connectivity or incur data roaming charges compared to other streaming map apps.
"The focus of this release is about enhancing existing features and tools to allow our users to experience, navigate, and view maps on Apple iOS devices even better" said Ted Florence, President of Avenza. "Many of the optimizations and improvements have stemmed from user feedback. We're listening to our users and creating tools that suit their needs. In the end, we're making a much better product than even we anticipated," he added.
This release of PDF Maps offers many features including:
The PDF Maps app takes advantage of geospatial technology that allows travelers to view and measure real world locations and attributes. Paired together with mobile devices that utilize GPS, such as an iPhone or iPad, the PDF Maps app provides constant access to geographic locations and even points of interest without the risk of losing reception due to cell tower proximity – making it the ultimate traveling accessory for those that are enthusiastic about travel or anywhere internet bandwidth is not available or is cost-prohibitive when roaming internationally. In combination with the embedded map store PDF Maps takes map use commerce into the iTunes-like digital age previously reserved for music, books and videos.
PDF Maps is available now on the iTunes App Store free of charge for personal use. For more information about the app and Avenza Map Store , visit the PDF Maps website at www.pdf-maps.com. Pricing of each map is set by the publisher and free maps remain free to users through the PDF Maps in-app map store.
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. For more information visit the Avenza website at www.avenza.com.
Quite a few interesting news in this batch mode edition.
From the open source front:
From the Google front:
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Bloggage update: I'm a big fan of the British Library (London UK), whose an amazing array of old maps they just finished georeferencing via crowd-sourcing. These maps are now linked to Old Maps Online, and being an amateur medievalist myself, I found a 1610 map of "Cambridgshire : described with the deuision of the hundreds, the townes situation, with the armes of the colleges of that famous vniuersiti and also the armes of all such princes and noblemen as haue heertofore borne the honorable tytles & dignities of the Earldome of Cambridge [sic]" - read on for little map R&R (restoration and reading) around my in-laws' home village.
Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.
From the Esri front:
On the web maps front:
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I hope that my message finds you well .
We work for Saffronart, India’s largest auction house. We have currently launched The Story by Saffronart which brings together curated collections of hard-to-find, beautiful and significant objects. Essentially the idea behind this is that now one doesn’t have to wait for an auction to acquire these objects as they will be available for immediate sale every day. The collections include art, jewelry, maps, early-edition books, unique home accessories, rare watches & pens, unusual designed objects and memorabilia.
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Via James I learned that earlier this month was released Natural Earth v2.0.0. A quick reminder: "Natural Earth is a public domain map dataset available at 1:10m, 1:50m, and 1:110 million scales. Featuring tightly integrated vector and raster data, with Natural Earth you can make a variety of visually pleasing, well-crafted maps with cartography or GIS software." We mentioned this dataset in the past quite a few times.
From the 2.0.0 release notes: "The 2.0.0 release focuses on 7 major areas and is available to download today à la carte at NaturalEarthData. ZIP combo downloads of all vectors: SHP (279 mb) or SQLite (222 mb) or QuickStart kit for ArcMap and QGIS (165 mb). [What's new:]
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy on one side of the world is the gradual disappearance from maps of Sandy Island (Sable Isle in French, apparently) on the other side of the world. Richard Chirgwin notes that amateur radio "DXers" had concluded a decade ago that there was no good evidence for the island's existence.
Seeing that navigation charts claimed depths of 1400 m at the location of the supposed island, Dr. Maria Seton of the University of Sydney directed the research ship she was on to travel right over the coordinates of the island, and the popular press has taken this as proof that there never was or will be a Sandy Island.
A tumblr.com site excerpts maps which cover the area in question. While popular accounts state that even modern navigational charts include this island, no examples seem to be readily apparent.
I came across the Sound Around You website which asks users to contribute sound-bites of the everyday world around them to create a "sound map". The website explains it better than I do...
"The Audio and Acoustic Engineering Research Centre at the University of Salford is building a sound map of the world to investigate how sounds in our everyday environment make us feel.
We’re calling people across the world to use their iphone (or any other audio recorder) to record clips of around 30 seconds in length from different sound environments, or ‘soundscapes’ from a family car journey to a busy shopping centre, and to upload them to our virtual map, along with their opinions of them and why they chose to record it."
The project aims to raise awareness of the soundscape around us and its influence - the project indicates that it may have implications for groups such as home buyers and planners. I could see something like this being quite useful when doing an initial search for a house. Streetview may give you a visual impression of a location but not the whole picture?
That's the name of a story discussed over Slashdot, Geomapping Racism With Twitter.
Their summary: "Megan Garber writes that in the age of the quantified self, biases are just one more thing that can be measured, analyzed, and publicized. The day after Barack Obama won a second term as president of the United States, a group of geography academics took advantage of the fact that many tweets are geocoded to search Twitter for racism-revealing terms that appeared in the context of tweets that mentioned 'Obama,' 're-elected,' or 'won,' sorting the tweets according to the state they were sent from and comparing the racist tweets to the total number of geocoded tweets coming from that state during the same time period. Their findings? Alabama and Mississippi have the highest measures followed closely by Georgia, Louisiana, and Tennessee forming a fairly distinctive cluster in the southeast. Beyond that cluster North Dakota and Utah both had relatively high scores (3.5 each), as did Missouri, Oregon, and Minnesota. 'These findings support the idea that there are some fairly strong clustering of hate tweets centered in southeastern U.S. which has a much higher rate than the national average,' writes Matthew Zook. 'But lest anyone elsewhere become too complacent, the unfortunate fact is that most states are not immune from this kind of activity. Racist behavior, particularly directed at African Americans in the U.S., is all too easy to find both offline and in information space.'"
Interactive U.S. election 2012 maps were unsurprisingly everywhere. Here's some of them and related content.