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Pluspunten:

It has streamlined my process and cut my production time in almost half. LabelPro is pretty amazing and fairly intuitive.

Minpunten:

Some of the LabelPro features (symbols for roads) are difficult to figure out.

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Gemiddelde score

Gebruiksgemak
4,0
Klantenservice
4,6
Functies
4,3
Prijs-kwaliteitverhouding
4,1

Waarschijnlijkheid van aanbeveling

8,9/10

MAPublisher heeft een totaalscore van 4,6 van 5 sterren op basis van 46 gebruikersreviews op Capterra.

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Stuart
Stuart
Freelance Cartographer in VK
Geverifieerde LinkedIn-gebruiker
Heeft de software gebruikt voor: 2+ jaar
Bron van de reviewer

I am very happy with the software, it works well.

5,0 6 jaar geleden

Opmerkingen: It allows for accurate mapping with the full design capabilities of Illustrator.

Pluspunten:

The ability to work with georeferenced data directly inside Illustrator is great. It has many useful tools and saves me a lot of time by giving me much more freedom than a standard GIS system for creating visually pleasing maps. It has basic data processing capabilities for selecting, editing and adding attributes including creating legends and map grids.

Minpunten:

Some aspects of the current system can be a bit clunky or limiting but they are improving with each version. Scalebars, map grids and map themes are missing things I would find useful. Map Themes have an export option but not an import option. Scalebars and grids may need to be expanded (breaking the spatial link) to change the placement of the labels to something not available in the options.

Robert
Cartographer in VS
Design en ontwerp, 2-10 werknemers
Heeft de software gebruikt voor: 2+ jaar
Bron van de reviewer

Great for importing all sorts of GIS map data into Illustrator, complete with attributes!

4,0 6 jaar geleden

Opmerkingen: This is my work-horse software for making maps every day. It lets me import all sorts of map data, with attributes, and then process the features using those attributes. After years of using Arc and other software this meets my needs almost exactly.

Pluspunten:

Ability to read all sorts of GIS data formats, and match them together. Crop on import from GeoDatabase is a huge time saver - as is the crop function tool for other uses. Labeling options are fairly robust (using the optional LabelPro module). It is clear that this software is designed by and for real map makers, and they have added many very useful features over the years. When I first started using it (after years of using Arc products - and all sorts of in-house tricks to get decent productivity using it), it felt like someone had designed MAPublisher just for me!

Minpunten:

Occasionally it freezes on me, so I have learned to save frequently and even quit Illustrator before doing big complex tasks such as joining features by attribute (for example road segments by road name), or big labeling tasks (I'm talking about placing 5,000+ street names!). I took their local 2 day training course, and would give that about 1 star... they just went through the product manual and exercises page by page. For example they never really explain why you might want to set up a layer for labels before running the labeling module (so that you can make those labels 'obstacles' to other label placement), or how many of the tools interact. But their tech support is very responsive, always getting back to me quickly and listening to suggestions.

Geverifieerde reviewer
Geverifieerde LinkedIn-gebruiker
Grafisch ontwerp, Zelfstandig ondernemer
Heeft de software gebruikt voor: 6-12 maanden
Bron van de reviewer
Bron: GetApp

Wish they had a tiered pricing structure for small biz / limited use

2,0 4 jaar geleden

Pluspunten:

Cool product that allows you to make really nice looking maps. Love the integration with Adobe.

Minpunten:

Hard to learn from a design-perspective. I'm using this for a single non-profit client as a consultant and the pricing structure does not work for me. The hefty up-front price plus yearly maintenance costs (which are hidden well before you buy and realize you need them) eat up way too much budget for my non-profit clients. Couldn't there be a tiered structure for someone who only needs to create/update 1-2 maps per year? A shame given how useful this could be for small operations.

Grant
Cartographer in VS
Schoolleiding, 51-200 werknemers
Heeft de software gebruikt voor: 2+ jaar
Bron van de reviewer

I can quickly make a professional map for an array of applications in education.

5,0 6 jaar geleden

Opmerkingen: Making beautiful maps without having to export from ArcGIS. Having everything georeferenced (including old files that were scanned in) is an incredible selling point.

Pluspunten:

Its compatibility with a wide array of geospatial files types is a huge plus. Most commonly .shp files, but I find that I will often quickly whip up an excel spreadsheet to plot various cities or other POIs just because the software makes it easy to import CSVs. Many of the tools I used in ArcGIS are available (spatial selection, attribute selection, etc) so it's nice that there isn't a learning curve there. Last but not least, I love how easy it is to theme and label maps with the built-in tools based on attributes or other metadata.

Minpunten:

Discoverability and learning. Sometimes it's difficult to get a comprehensive answer from a Google search on how to perform a task (I remember specifically with the georeferencing tool). This might not be fair, but I am stiff baffled why MAPublisher cant work with image files like it does with vector data (in the same vein as Geographic Imager). I'd pay more for a more comprehensive product if it had this capability built-in (though maybe not any more what geographic imager costs). I suspect there might be technical limitations to this, even though MAPublisher recognizes image files.

Geverifieerde reviewer
Geverifieerde LinkedIn-gebruiker
Managementconsulting
Heeft de software gebruikt voor: 2+ jaar
Bron van de reviewer

I use MAPublisher to create clean, detailed maps for environmental documents.

5,0 6 jaar geleden

Opmerkingen: I'm able to create maps as detailed as those created by our GIS team, but they're cleaner and more user-friendly than what our GIS team can make. Project managers often come to me for their maps (made using MAPublisher) instead of the GIS team, because they know my maps will look better.

Pluspunten:

Overall, I enjoy using MAPublisher very much. It allows me to do mapping that I can hardly imagine being able to do otherwise. It's a wonderful tool! What I like most is being able to import and manipulate very detailed GIS data and then having the unlimited design freedom of Adobe Illustrator.

Minpunten:

A couple of minor quirks in the user interface I find annoying: 1) Layer Options Panel: When MAPublisher is installed, and when I create a new layer in Illustrator or modify the layer options (name, color) of an existing layer (MAP layer or not), I will click Okay to save the options, then the layer options panel appears a 2nd time and I have to click Okay again on the layer properties for the panel to go away. 2) Unwanted shift to Legend layer: When I have a legend layer in the file (typically for a scale bar), and when I'm working on some other part of the graphic (either on a MAP layer or a non-MAP layer), if I do something that causes an error, the selected layer will often shift to the legend layer, which is bothersome. That layer is usually locked once I have created the scale bar, but the active layer will occasionally move to the legend (scale bar) layer without my telling it to do so.

Rosalyn
Digital Publisher in VK
Heeft de software gebruikt voor: 2+ jaar
Bron van de reviewer

The only decent GIS mapping software I know of that can be run on a Mac. Masses of functionality.

5,0 6 jaar geleden

Pluspunten:

It's an Illustrator plugin, which can pull GIS mapping data along with attributes straight into Illustrator (a major vector artwork program) without having to use a convoluted workflow such as with exporting from QGIS into Illustrator. There are highly advanced features for manipulating projections and a host of other specialist mapping requirements, including a separate map labelling program called LabelPro, which has been very useful once I'd finally grasped how best to use it. There are still many features I have not really explored. It has transformed my mapping workflow, and I don't know what I'd do without MaPublisher now. Well I would probably have to buy a PC - ugh - and run a rival program like Arc in order to make a complex map. Customer support from Avenza has been good so far on a few queries.

Minpunten:

It is quite expensive software, especially when buying the annual updates & support - more costly than Illustrator. And obviously when you compare with QGIS which is free, but of course without any support or the convenience of being able to manipulate data within a proper vector artwork program used by graphics industry professionals. It's quite a learning curve (though not as big a learning curve as QGIS, much of which is for GIS techies, not designers). It wasn't able to handle as much data at once as QGIS. Importing an OS buildings layer, for example, was crashing my Mac. However, once I'd upgraded my Mac with a lot more RAM, I could open a massive map artwork file with millions of anchor points and paths, and work reasonably fast without Illustrator freezing.

AJ
Cartographer in VS
Overheidsadministratie, 1.001-5.000 werknemers
Heeft de software gebruikt voor: 2+ jaar
Bron van de reviewer

Occasionally quirky but overall AMAZING!

5,0 6 jaar geleden

Opmerkingen: Overall, this is a great product with AMAZING customer service. Mostly intuitive and works well with no crashes to Illustrator.

Pluspunten:

I like that everything is georeferenced and changes are super easy each year. Just export a new file and style. It has streamlined my process and cut my production time in almost half. LabelPro is pretty amazing and fairly intuitive. LOVE that we can export in GeoPDF or GeoTiff, amongst other file types. Love that I can export changed data BACK out in shapefile format.

Minpunten:

It is quirky at times. When exporting as an image, some of the features turned into symbols disappear, even though they are all the same type of file coming from the same source. Some of the LabelPro features (symbols for roads) are difficult to figure out.

Geverifieerde reviewer
Geverifieerde LinkedIn-gebruiker
Heeft de software gebruikt voor: 2+ jaar
Bron van de reviewer

MaPublisher has been my go-to mapping program for years: it enables me to make the maps I envision.

5,0 6 jaar geleden

Opmerkingen: The ability to create the maps I visualize.

Pluspunten:

Ease of editing vector data. Ease of label placement and editing. Ability to apply a variety of blending options to layers. Ease of color selection and tweaking. Really appreciate how the program integrates with Photoshop/Geographic Imager.

Minpunten:

My least favorite quality has to do with Adobe Illustrator, not MaPublisher. By only being able to use one-core of the now-common, multi-core processors, Illustrator is vastly underpowered. In complex documents, it bogs down with simple label repositioning, is unable to maintain large numbers of vertices which results in abbreviated coastlines and generally odd shapes, and can be very slow. I wish I could bill Adobe for the time lost.

Geverifieerde reviewer
Geverifieerde LinkedIn-gebruiker
Heeft de software gebruikt voor: 2+ jaar
Bron van de reviewer

I use it daily in my work. It's powerful and mostly intuitive to use.

5,0 6 jaar geleden

Opmerkingen: It allows me to do cartographic production work quickly and efficiently, paying for itself with in a couple weeks of license renewal.

Pluspunten:

Power and ability to process data quickly and easily. There are some cases where I use it instead of QGIS for basic geoprocessing. It's interface with Illustrator, which is my workhorse for cartographic illustration. It's a central, essential part of my workflow.

Minpunten:

Cost. Expense of floating license, places where the interface does not make simple intuititve leaps or remember previous actions, adding to the number of keyclicks, especially where data processing is repeated multiple times

Geverifieerde reviewer
Geverifieerde LinkedIn-gebruiker
Heeft de software gebruikt voor: 2+ jaar
Bron van de reviewer

Easily allows me to work with various GIS formats and produce useful products for team members to fo

5,0 6 jaar geleden

Pluspunten:

Very easy interface, simple process to transform one or more files into new projection. Works well with both raster and vector data. Exports data to many formats.

Minpunten:

Inability to show Measurements as a CAD-like item. It will do a measurement in whatever format you want, but will not leave it as a permanent feature. The export feature, while allowing lots of formats, is somewhat clunky to use.

Julie
Owner in VS
Recreatieve faciliteiten en diensten, Zelfstandig ondernemer
Heeft de software gebruikt voor: 2+ jaar
Bron van de reviewer

We have had a good experience with MaPublisher for the last 7 years.

4,0 6 jaar geleden

Opmerkingen: Our entire business is to generate high-quality trail maps for Colorado. We couldn't have done this in a costly and efficient manner without MaPublisher.

Pluspunten:

1. The layers 2. The ability to import from a variety of files types (.shp, .gpx, etc) 3. The good tech support when encountering a problem. 4. The contour labeling and knock-outs. 5. The ability to easily rescale a map to our specifications.

Minpunten:

1. We would like a feature that allows you to calculate elevation gain/loss and trail lengths based on topography 2. We are just learning more about the graticules features. It seems a bit complex and was difficult to figure out at first, and we are still trying to figure some things out. 3. When you rescale a map the symbols (in the symbol tool box), etc are no longer the correct size. 4. Would like the ability to generate contour lines based on USGS DEM files.

Andy
GIS & Cartography Manager in VS
Heeft de software gebruikt voor: 2+ jaar
Bron van de reviewer

If you are going to make high quality maps, particularly for print (or PDF), MAPublisher is vital.

4,0 6 jaar geleden

Opmerkingen: I'm able to make maps at a level not previously possible with standard GIS software.

Pluspunten:

It allows fine-tuning of maps that is currently simply not available in ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Pro. Simple effects like shadows and gradients are much easier to accomplish using Illustrator tools in MAPublisher, and it allows so much more text and layout options, particularly when combined with Adobe InDesign. If you are doing cartographic quality work, there's really nothing better out there.

Minpunten:

Out of the box, I'd like to see most of Esri's standard color swatches and symbols already in place and preferably available in an Illustrator template that is ready to use. Some tools, like halo and knockouts are quite complex for what they do. Finally, there are strange limitations on some of the Esri import options. I have had to use the 32-bit version of Illustrator instead of 64-bit because some importers were not available (SDE GDB I believe), and some of the import options are not compatible with the new feature that automatically retrieves changes to those layers when edited elsewhere, like in ArcMap.

Alison
Cartographer in Trinidad en Tobago
Informatietechnologie en -diensten, Zelfstandig ondernemer
Heeft de software gebruikt voor: 2+ jaar
Bron van de reviewer

MAPublisher is an incredible tool that powerfully bridges geospatial and cartographic software.

5,0 6 jaar geleden

Opmerkingen: Big time and stress savings, I would have such a hard time going back to not having MAPublisher enhancing my Illustrator!

Pluspunten:

I love that this software allows me to georeference my Illustrator map files and continue to add and work with my data long after it's been moved out of the geospatial software. It adds a capacity to AI that I didn't even know that I needed. I rarely have to even start my map files in geospatial software anymore, preferring to simply use the powerful combination of AI and MAPublisher for much of my cartographic work that doesn't require complicated geospatial analysis.

Minpunten:

Any time I have found an imperfection with the software it has been speedily addressed by the Avenza team, so I have no cons!

Michael
cartographer/editor in Duitsland
Publiceren, 1.001-5.000 werknemers
Heeft de software gebruikt voor: 2+ jaar
Bron van de reviewer

i use mapublisher and also geographic imager for importing gis data to produce maps for course books

5,0 6 jaar geleden

Opmerkingen: ability to use gis data to be included in maps for books.

Pluspunten:

i can combine a whole range of gis data with my digital maps to produce maps to be printed in books. i can update my maps with new gis data. in many cases i use mapublisher to add geographic information to traditional digitilized maps, for example to correct the scale or the grid lines.

Minpunten:

the updating process is still tricky: please realize this: to update mapublisher and also geographic imager i have to save and re-import my projections every update time. this is stil frustrating and keeps me from updating. as a customer i want all my own map projections automatically been there in the updated version. the thematic map tools could be easier to use. buidling up value classes is sometimes difficult. i have a great wish to avenza: in global projections theresult of the projection always generates a transparent globe with the hidden geographic data on the backside of the globe showing up. how about a function that eliminates the hidden parts of the map?

Chase
Owner/Manager in VS
Defensie en ruimtevaart, 51-200 werknemers
Heeft de software gebruikt voor: 2+ jaar
Bron van de reviewer

We use this software to make interactive maps for our customers. Very easy to use and looks great!

5,0 6 jaar geleden

Opmerkingen: We use this software in one of our information service products for Government customers. Our service contract required to produce an interactive map that shows geo located incidents. This software has made this process very easy for us and has probably saved us at least an hour per day of labor in producing these reports.

Pluspunten:

Good value, low cost, for the end product ! Our team has never had an issue using the product and it has produced great material for us.

Minpunten:

Honestly we haven't had any issues with the software. It's worked as advertised and there have not been any cons to my knowledge.

David
President - Chief IFP Designer in Canada
Heeft de software gebruikt voor: 2+ jaar
Bron van de reviewer

I've been using MAPublisher for my business for 10 years - and couldn't do my job without it.

5,0 6 jaar geleden

Opmerkingen: Using this product is part of my job.

Pluspunten:

MAPublisher's extensive import and export capability have enabled me to develop GML/XML tools to draw WGS84 georeferenced airspace segments that easily import into Adobe Illustrator. MAPublisher transforms these WGS84 layers to the underlying UTM map layers with a simple drag of the mouse.

Minpunten:

The program can be a little complicated, but that goes hand in hand with extensive capability. I would love to see the ability to import CDED/DTED data and some shape file analytical tools.

ALAIN
founder and chief science officer in Frankrijk
Research, Zelfstandig ondernemer
Heeft de software gebruikt voor: 2+ jaar
Bron van de reviewer

Drafting maps, going back and forth between GIS databases and Illustrator.

5,0 6 jaar geleden

Opmerkingen: A lot of time saved, and no more worries about how precisely located my data are on the map.

Pluspunten:

* efficient use of AI features AND GIS features in the same workflow * import/modify/add/use of attributes to rapidly enhance the information on the maps * stylesheets, selection of data, cropping, etc ... * availability of coordinate systems and the possibility to easily create your own * import and export georeferenced data

Minpunten:

* still impossible to import or export styles with the data * nothing more really that I can think of

Craig
Leader, Visualisation Solutions in Australië
Heeft de software gebruikt voor: 2+ jaar
Bron van de reviewer

MAPublisher takes the drudgery out of map making with its sophisticated set of tools.

5,0 6 jaar geleden

Opmerkingen: Increased productivity, quality outputs

Pluspunten:

Having GIS-like tools within the Adobe Illustrator application ensures I can create quality print-ready and digital files for publishing. Integration with apps live Avenza Maps provides a seamless publishing platform.

Minpunten:

There's not much I dislike about the product. There's a few features that I don't use very often like MAP Web Author, which seems a bit irrelevant in today's digital landscape.

Andrew
Cartography / GIS Manager in Canada
Heeft de software gebruikt voor: 2+ jaar
Bron van de reviewer

Being a early adopter to Mapublisher (2002) I have had the opportunity to grow my skills with it.

5,0 6 jaar geleden

Pluspunten:

Mapublisher has always had streamlined functionality to help me get the best cartographic representation from my spatial data. The connection to my spatial data warehouse provides me seamless access to generate top quality maps with in tight timelines.

Minpunten:

Automated indexing, we had to develop our own method to bulk index map features, but overall its about not having enough time to use all these great tools!

Paul
Lead Cartographer in VS
Design en ontwerp, 5.001-10.000 werknemers
Heeft de software gebruikt voor: 2+ jaar
Bron van de reviewer

I have been a MAPublisher user for about 15 years. It's an integral part of our workflow.

5,0 6 jaar geleden

Opmerkingen: It does great things and does them well.

Pluspunten:

The GIS to Illustrator workflow is not a one way street. The illustrator files become a lot more flexible and multi-purpose, and much simpler to update.

Minpunten:

I suppose the cost. That's all I can think of. I don't have to pay for it myself so it's not a concern to me, but I know that it is for some. Besides that I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this software. I absolutely love it.

Austen
Procedure Designer in Canada
Heeft de software gebruikt voor: 2+ jaar
Bron van de reviewer

Good quality product - excellent for GIS work within Illustrator

4,0 6 jaar geleden

Pluspunten:

Functionality for GIS work: map selections works fantastic! Point plotter is used extensively for my line of work along with projection of shapes onto large 50K scale maps

Minpunten:

Hefty maintenance costs... the value for the cost of maintenance renewal is pretty high for the change in the product observed - the features currently in use are sufficient for our business and line of work.

Roger
IFR Procedure Designer in Canada
Heeft de software gebruikt voor: 2+ jaar
Bron van de reviewer

Mostly positive. Good customer service.

5,0 6 jaar geleden

Pluspunten:

Geo referencing on digital maps is great. Pins work awesome. Ease of selecting contour lines, sorting obstacle data. Very flexible in what you can do.

Minpunten:

No google maps for georefeferencing. Can be a complicated process to georeference a photo flipping back and forth between image and software. Would be nice to be able to make this process simpler.

Gavin
Owner/Cartographer in Australië
Design en ontwerp, 2-10 werknemers
Heeft de software gebruikt voor: 2+ jaar
Bron van de reviewer

awesome addition to Illustrator and geographic imager.

5,0 6 jaar geleden

Opmerkingen: added great flexibility to my workflow.

Pluspunten:

provides me with all the tools I need and support from Avenza is great - powerful software that works really well with Adobe CC.

Minpunten:

would be nice if I could easily use it on both home computer and laptop without getting a second license or a floating license as Adobe do with CC.

Riccardo
Head of Cartography department in Frankrijk
Heeft de software gebruikt voor: 2+ jaar
Bron van de reviewer

I could not do without MApublisher now that I have been using it for the last five or six years

4,0 6 jaar geleden

Pluspunten:

The bridge it provides with GIS related files, and the fact that if set me free MS Windows emulators on Mac and Esri products

Minpunten:

The non-compatibility between different versions of the software. If I produce a map in MP 10 a user with MP 9 won't be able to work on it

Geverifieerde reviewer
Geverifieerde LinkedIn-gebruiker
Heeft de software gebruikt voor: 1+ jaar
Bron van de reviewer

I use MapPublisher as way to bridge the gap between ArcGIS and Illustrator and I find it fantastic.

4,0 6 jaar geleden

Opmerkingen: I found that ability to bring static PDFs in, give them a spatial reference and extract a specific layer to be extremely useful.

Pluspunten:

I like the fact that I am able to import shapefiles and then easily edit them to produce a slick final product.

Minpunten:

I feel that the map view interface is somewhat clunky and could be improved. I also feel that rather than georeferencing through the map view interface that a stand alone georeferencing tool might be useful.