The following provides compatibility information with legacy MAPublisher and Adobe Illustrator documents, third-party plug-ins, and other compatibility issues.
All MAPublisher documents are not backward compatible with previous versions of MAPublisher.
Saving an Adobe Illustrator document to a legacy format (e.g. saving a CC document as CS5) may have unexpected results, such as loss of data attributes. It is recommended to save a copy of the file in the current Adobe Illustrator version before attempting to save it to a legacy format.
MAPublisher 5 (or earlier) Documents
MAPublisher introduced new standards on dealing with point data in MAPublisher 6. Pre-MAPublisher 6 documents will have font based points converted to symbols on the opening of the document.
MAPublisher 6 (or earlier) Documents
Grids and Graticules
Please note that grids created in MAPublisher 6.x and earlier will need to be recreated with the new tool if the generation of an index is required.
Legend to Stylesheet Conversion
Legend functionality (Assign Legend Info, Draw Legend, etc) was ported into MAP Stylesheets in MAPublisher 7. Legend information held in legacy MAPublisher documents (6.x and earlier) will be converted into stylesheets on the document open. Subsequently, Graphic Styles (for line and area legends), Character Styles (for text legends), and Symbols (for point legends) will automatically be generated and added to the respective Adobe Illustrator panels.
To qualify for legend conversion, legend art in legacy documents must contain the following properties:
- Be of a valid art type: i.e. polygon, path, symbol, or text
- Have a legend expression assigned (via Assign Legend Info or Auto Assign Legend Info)
- Have a target MAP Layer
During the conversion process you will be asked to set additional conversion preferences:
- Determine if the target MAP Layers should be immediately assigned to the applicable stylesheet. Checking this option will immediately apply the new stylesheets to map art on target layers, whereas unchecking this option means the new stylesheets will not be applied on document open, allowing you to manually drag target layers into the applicable stylesheet later. Note auto-assignment conversions are slower.
- Determine if you wish to merge similarly converted stylesheets (i.e. stylesheets with a matching feature type and original map layer) into a single stylesheet. Note: The option will be disabled if it is not applicable.
Table information held on table layers (i.e. MPTables layers) will be removed on the document open. Therefore ensure that all tables have been joined to the vector art prior to opening the document in MAPublisher.
All MAPublisher Documents In Adobe Illustrator 10 (or earlier) Format
Legacy Text Conversion
Adobe introduced new methods for dealing with text art in Adobe Illustrator CS. Therefore files containing MAPublisher text objects must be converted using Adobe Illustrator and MAPublisher text conversion utilities.
If the Adobe Illustrator legacy text conversion message appears when opening a legacy document, click OK. This will allow MAPublisher to use its own conversion utility to update text items while maintaining the text attributes. If you click Update, the document will be opened, however, all attributes associated with this text will be lost.
At the MAPublisher Legacy Text Conversion dialog box, choose one of the following:
Task or Operation
All text art
To convert both MAPublisher text and regular Adobe Illustrator text to the new Adobe Illustrator text format
MAPublisher text art only
To convert only MAPublisher text to the new Adobe Illustrator text format
To open the file but lose attribute information associated with MAPublisher text elements
Compatibility with Third-party Plug-ins
All efforts have been made to develop MAPublisher in accordance with the Adobe Illustrator SDK and third-party development schema. However, Avenza cannot verify and validate compliance and compatibility with other third-party plug-ins that may be installed on your system and cannot guarantee that MAPublisher will perform as expected in such configurations. If you believe that a third-party plug-in is conflicting with MAPublisher, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compatibility with Adobe Illustrator CC 2015 Data Recovery
Adobe Illustrator CC 2015 introduced the Data Recovery feature which takes a snapshot of the working file at specified intervals. A confirmed issue is that recovered files will have incorrect georeferencing. This issue has been reported to Adobe for further investigation. It is not recommended to use any auto-recovered Adobe Illustrator files. We suggest saving your working files frequently.