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New training course Digital Cartography with Illustrator and MAPublisher

Posted in MAPublisher, Software with tags on February 25, 2010 by hansvandermaarel

Training course Digital Cartography with Illustrator and MAPublisher.

On June 10th and 11th, Red Geographics will organise a training course on the subject of digital cartography with Adobe Illustrator and Avenza’s MAPublisher. The goal of the course is to teach participants how Illustrator and MAPublisher can be used jointly in the production of high quality maps.

Through the use of a number of sample projects, the entire cartographic production process is covered:

  • Document setup
  • GIS data preparation
  • Import GIS data
  • Projection / scale
  • Visualising GIS data through Stylesheets
  • Text placement with LabelPro
  • Combining raster and vector data
  • Producing an index
  • Export for print and web purposes

Aside from a full overview of MAPublisher’s capabilities there will be plenty of coverage of time-saving Illustrator tips and tricks. There will also be time to cover specific questions.

This is a hands-on course. Computers, data and required software will be provided.

Who Should Attend

  • Cartographers using GIS data
  • Existing MAPublisher users who want to experience the new features of MAPublisher 8 or who want to get the most out of their MAPublisher license
  • GIS professionals who want to produce better quality maps
  • Anyone making maps that wants to leverage the benefits of Illustrator and MAPublisher

Course leaders
This course will be led by Hans van der Maarel and Joke Rerink. Both have many years of experience working with Illustrator and MAPublisher. The course will be held in Dutch, but if you would like to get this course in English, please contact Red Geographics for more information.

The course will be held in the KaartUitVeghel Cartographic Instruction centre, Veghel, The Netherlands.

More about MAPublisher
MAPublisher for Illustrator is powerful map production software for creating cartographic-quality maps from GIS data. Developed as a suite of plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator and Macromedia FreeHand, MAPublisher leverages the superior graphics capabilities of these graphics design applications. Full details are available at

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Training course last week

Posted in FME with tags , , , on April 27, 2008 by hansvandermaarel

Been kinda ‘recovering’ from a 2-day training course last week. The subject was Digital Cartography with Illustrator and MAPublisher, me and one other trainer, 10 students in all. This was the first time I did a combination Illustrator/MAPublisher training (rather than a MAPublisher only), and the first one I did spread out over 2 days. Material-wise, I think we had it covered pretty nicely, but the logistics around the whole course (renting laptops, renting a training room) was not a pleasant affair. 3rd parties were stacking error upon error and on the first day of the training, I arrived to find the room we had booked was overbooked by the hotel and we had to make do with a smaller room. Quite stressful, but everything got sorted out in the end and the students were very pleased with what we had to offer them.

In other news, for anybody who’s keeping track of my Mac adventures, it turns out FlexLM, which I’m using to license my hardware-locked FME, isn’t supported on Vista (which I’m running through VMWare on my Mac). Funny enough, it did work for about 10 days… So I’m contemplating either upgrading my FME license to two node locked ones or downgrading my Windows-on-Mac to XP64.