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In this tutorial, learn how to use the geospatial feature set in Adobe PDF and in Acrobat and Reader 9.
With version 9 of Acrobat or Reader, if a PDF file is geospatially aware, you can consume the coordinates using the Geospatial Location Tool via the Analysis toolbar (Tools > Analysis).
The Geospatial Location Tool and Measure Tool are available in Acrobat Standard (Windows), Acrobat Pro (Macintosh and Windows) and Acrobat Pro Extended (Windows). Reader contains the Geospatial Location Tool and PDF authors can Reader-Enable a PDF file to turn on the Measuring and Commenting tools.
In Acrobat Pro Extended you can actually author PDF Map files. You can do this in a few ways.
Third-Party applications will soon begin to produce PDF Map files. ESRI’s AcrGiS 9.3 already does this.
The new geospatial information in PDF will be proposed to the ISO Standards group. Leonard Rosenthol owns this work for Adobe Systems. ISO 32000-1 is PDF 1.7 and has already been ratified by the ISO. The geospatial information will be submitted as Adobe Extension Level 3 for PDF 1.7 (or 1.7-ADBE-3 for short). So if you create a PDF with Acrobat Pro Extended 9 and it contains geospatial information, it will show up in the Document Info dialog with that designation.
So we put coordinate information into PDF and allowed you a way to view and consume this information. Why is this important? By allowing PDF to now work with geospatial information, Adobe has provided a document platform for GIS customers to use. No special tools and no special extensions to PDF are needed. Suddenly all the Acrobat document features are now available to customers working with geospatial documents.
Many industries interact with geospatial information: Architectural, Engineering, CAD users, Mining, real-estate, government and military industries. These are large industries with many potential customers. Now their traditional document work flows that could only include flat image maps now can include fully functioning PDF Maps.
Traditionally the pain points have been:
Now PDF files and PDF Portfolios can contain geospatial information, which makes document presentations more valuable. Anyone with Adobe Reader 9 can view the file.
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