Avenza Systems has released MAPublisher 8.6 for Adobe Illustrator. In addition to a large number of new features and enhancements to existing ones, this release is purportedly the first version of MAPublisher to offer support for Safe Software FME Desktop product.

With the new MAPublisher FME Auto add-on, users of MAPublisher and FME Desktop can automatically transfer the results of an FME workflow directly to the MAPublisher and Adobe Illustrator environment complete with styling and layout. In addition MAPublisher users can now import the FME FFS file format.

MAPublisher 8.6 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. MAPublisher FME Auto is available as an add-on to MAPublisher 8.6 at prices starting at $399 per license. Academic, floating and volume pricing is also available. Prices include one year of full maintenance. Visit http://www.avenza.com/mapublisher for more details.