Avenza Systems — producers of the PDF Maps app for iOS and geospatial plugins for Adobe Creative Suite, including Geographic Imager for Adobe Photoshop — has released MAPublisher 8.5 for Adobe Illustrator. This release is now fully compatible with Adobe Illustrator CS5.1, part of the new Creative Suite 5.5 family.

Avenza President Ted Florence says that major features and new functionality are already being planned and developed for the next release of MAPublisher. It’s map production software for creating cartographic-quality maps from GIS data.
Developed as a suite of plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator, MAPublisher leverages the graphics capabilities of this graphics design software for working with GIS data and producing high-quality maps.

MAPublisher 8.5 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 $1,399. Academic, floating and volume pricing is also available. Prices include one year of full maintenance. Go to http://www.avenza.com/mapublisher for more details .