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ArcGIS 9.3 Supports Geospatial Information in Adobe Acrobat 9 and PDF

June 9, 2008
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Redlands, California-ESRI announces support for Adobe Acrobat 9 software and new geospatial capabilities available in PDF with the release of ArcGIS 9.3. ESRI has collaborated with Adobe Systems Incorporated over the past year to ensure a seamless workflow for geographic information system (GIS) professionals using ArcGIS who wish to widely distribute maps in PDF. Recipients of PDF map documents can find and display a location in the file using x,y coordinates as well as measure features directly on the map. This enabling capability enhances both existing customer workflows and creates new ones because recipients without ArcGIS can directly interact in new ways with maps using Acrobat 9.

ArcGIS 9.3 users can author a map document and export it in PDF for wide distribution while passing along the ability for increased end-user interaction with the document beyond simple viewing. "We are excited that our collaborative work with Adobe allows our users to distribute their GIS maps to a wider audience," said Damian Spangrud, senior ArcGIS product manager, ESRI. "The portability and pervasiveness of Acrobat and Adobe Reader software allows ArcGIS users to better share their geographic information with their end users. The advanced features in Acrobat 9 mean users can now do more with PDF maps than ever before."

"The ability to effectively extend the reach of GIS information is something of great interest to enterprise organizations and government agencies," said Michael Folkers, Acrobat group product manager, Business Productivity Business Unit, Adobe. "Our work with ESRI and the advancements we've made in Acrobat 9 will enable customers to leverage the richness of PDF and reach of Adobe Reader for GIS workflows."

The enhancements supporting PDF in ArcGIS 9.3 will be available as a free download for ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Server, and ArcGIS Engine at the release of ArcGIS 9.3. To learn more about what's new in ArcGIS 9.3, visit www.esri.com/whatscoming.

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