Avenza Systems has announced updated support for Esri ArcGIS 10 geodatabases and ArcMap document (MXD) files in MAPublisher 8.4.1 for Adobe Illustrator.

The latest version of this mapmaking software used to produce high quality maps from GIS data for both print and electronic distribution can use its import tools to connect to Personal, File and ArcSDE geodatabases as well as MXD files. MAPublisher can make use of a geodatabase’s spatial and non-spatial relationships, subtypes and attribute domain information during the import process.

To fully import Esri geodatabases or to fully access an ArcSDE server using MAPublisher import tools, valid Esri software must be installed and licensed; at minimum, ArcGIS Engine Runtime. More commonly, an ArcView, ArcEditor or ArcInfo license may be used. Mac and Windows users without an ArcGIS license can still import data using the Basic Personal Geodatabase Reader in MAPublisher.

MAPublisher for Illustrator is l map production software for creating cartographic-quality maps from GIS data. It was developed as a suite of plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator. MAPublisher 8.4.1 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$1,399. Academic, floating and volume pricing are also available. Prices include one year of full maintenance. Go to http://www.avenza.com/mapublisher for more details.