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  • Avenza Maps, an innovator and leader in the GPS digital mapping space with thousands of maps designed for use without cell signal, is pleased to announce their latest advanced mapping technology in Avenza Maps 3.3

    Skinny Moose

    December 6, 2017

  • Avenza allows you to load special maps onto your phone. All USGS quad maps are available free. There are also special maps from federal agencies and other sources that are available free or for a small fee. All these maps are available through the Avenza Store. Once on your phone, you can be far from any mobile phone service and still see your current position on the map.

    Global Creations EXPLORE!

    November 29, 2017

  • More recently, newlyweds Prince William and Kate Middleton stayed at a rustic Banff lodge with no electricity or running water as part of their 2011 Royal Tour. Do the same and head off the beaten track with Discover Banff Tours, which offers daytime treks or evening "safaris," or go at it alone with Avenza, an off-line map app that helps you navigate the national parks.

    Fairmont Magazine

    Fall 2017

  • Because of the fire damage to trail markers on the way to the yurts, Idaho Parks & Recreation strongly suggests using a free Avenza map for Apple and Android smartphones to help guide you. The app also will give details on which trails are open, which are groomed and which are marked and unmarked.

    Idaho Statesman

    November 27, 2017

  • Ted Florence, president of Avenza Systems and the International Map Industry Association (IMIA), shared some thoughts on GIS Day and the future of GIS. Florence is a well-regarded contributor to the advancement of technology in how maps are created and distributed digitally, and he currently leads Avenza Systems Inc., the developer of cartographic software such as MAPublisher for Adobe Illustrator, Geographic Imager for Adobe Photoshop, and Avenza Maps, its consumer and enterprise mobile mapping app.

    GIS Cafe

    November 15, 2017

  • Redesigned Measure Tool: This tool has been completely redesigned and renamed — now known as the Draw and Measure tool. It features an improved interface which lets you draw shapes and measure more easily. You can also now draw circles: Using only two points — an initial center point and a second point at any distance away — which means you can now draw circles that can act like buffers.

    Earth Imaging Journal

    October 17, 2017

  • The trails are only partially marked with gray diamond blazes. It's easy to get lost, especially when a side trail made by previous explorers lures you off the main path. So here's another reminder: Take a good map of the area or get an app for your smartphone (Avenza Maps app worked well on our trip).

    Springfield News-Leader

    October 12, 2017

  • Bartlow says the access at Rabbit Tail Recreation Area has a large sign like those traditionally placed at access points for Arkansas Water Trails, but it includes a link people can look up on their smartphone to download the proper software to experience the virtual trail. "There are a few mobile apps that are using geo-referenced maps like this, but we chose Avenza, a free app that is available on both Apple and Android phones," Bartlow said. "You have to download that app first, then upload the map of the water trail from our website."

    The Outdoor Wire

    August 31, 2017

  • ow hunters will be setting up camp in the Umpqua National Forest this weekend as hunting season officially begins today. The U.S. Forest Service reminds the public wildfires across the forest are restricting access to various roads, trails and campgrounds. Hunters can pick up motor vehicle use maps of specific ranger districts through the Forest Service offices or the Avenza application on smart devices.

    The News-Review

    August 26, 2017

  • Have you heard those stories about travelers taking wrong turns in their vehicles in national parks or the desert and getting lost for days on end before being rescued? Avenza Maps doesn't want that to happen to you. The app uploads high-quality maps to your phone, which rely on your phone's GPS signal instead of data or Wi-Fi, so you can access them wherever you are, regardless of signal strength. Some maps are free, while others are typically less than $5, and they're specialized for hiking, recreation, national parks, tourists, transit, and more. Once the map is on your phone, you can drop place markers, record GPS tracks, and find specific coordinates — like the nearest ranger station or hospital in an emergency.


    August 23, 2017

  • Where Google Maps takes a high-level approach designed to get you efficiently from A to B, Avenza Maps is for travelers seeking specialized, niche maps. It functions as a means to distribute digital versions of paper maps to mobile devices. The app features a massive catalog of more than 750,000 maps from map agencies, cartographers, and organizations like National Geographic.

    The Manual

    August 3, 2017

  • Lately, I've been taking the far simpler approach of building my maps in CalTopo, then exporting them as PDFs (all of CalTopo's PDFs contain geospatial data). You can—and should—print these out as a non-battery-based, unbreakable backup. But importing them into a simple navigation app like Avenza Maps (iOS and Android) gives you a dead simple user experience, combined with vastly powerful and in-depth maps.

    Outside Magazine

    July 26, 2017

  • You know that exciting moment when you clear customs in a new country, eager to wander the streets and get lost in exploration? Except…you don't want to literally get lost. But what do you do, with no data or wifi? Sure, you could try ducking into the next brasserie, café (or Starbucks, or McDonald's) you see for free wifi, but it's 2017–surely there's a better way. That's where Avenza Maps ( comes in, a free app (for Android and iOS) that puts reliable offline maps at your fingertips.

    July 13, 2017

  • Offline maps app improves efficiency, performance and safety in the field

    For emergency services personnel, timing and locational awareness are paramount when responding to any crisis or incident. Avenza Maps, an app that makes high-quality, offline PDF maps available on mobile devices and tablets, enables emergency response teams to speed up communication, improve safety and reduce time delays.

    Emergency Services Times

    July 7, 2017

  • Planning a multi-day trip into the wilds this summer? Whether you'll be backpacking in the mountains, fishing a remote stream, rafting a might river, or something else, you're likely to encounter at least occasional data-connection problems. To stay on-track and know exactly where you are even off the grid, you need an offline map app like the award-winning Avenza Maps.

    The Press Democrat

    July 6, 2017

  • Article written by Svensk Jakt about hunting maps (in Swedish)

    Svensk Jakt Magazine

    July 5, 2017

  • And while great adventures are guaranteed along the way, access to cell service is not and as such, discovering new territory can come with the risk of getting lost. Or does it? Enter Avenza Maps.

    Canadian Traveller Magazine

    June 28, 2017

  • At some point, you will get lost in the woods. On our adventure, the hashtag #dontfollowtom gained popularity after one speedy runner led us off-course multiple times. To find our bearings, we whipped out our iPhones and the Avenza app (a new discovery for me). The app displays PDF maps—one for our area cost a mere $3.99.

    Runner's World

    June 22, 2017

  • Before you've packed your bags, before you've gassed up the wagon, there's the little issue of figuring out where you're actually going to go and the type of terrain that's there. It used to be that you'd have to go to an outdoors store or a well-stocked library to look at and copy multiple pages of a topographical map; trails would stretch across pages and it was a time-consuming process. Now, there are a few great apps that Martindell uses as his primary topographical sources: Avenza Maps: Delivers a 1:24,000 scale USGS map for the entire USA.

    The Manual

    June 22, 2017

  • Many National Forest System roads remain closed this time of year due to mud or snow. Make sure to check the latest road information at before heading out. The Motor Vehicle Use Map is a good resource, available at or at our visitor centers. These maps are also available as a cell phone app from Avenza at Also note that following spring rains, roads on the Pawnee National Grassland can get slick and occasionally impassible.


    May 24, 2017

  • The Avenza Map store contains high-quality professional maps created by cartographers, map agencies and organizations, and they all work 100 per cent offline. We have maps suited to hiking, camping and outdoor recreation along with related points of interest, including parking, lookouts and potentially hazardous areas to avoid. The best part? Hikers and campers can always see their location on the map using their device's GPS, even if wireless service is unavailable.


    May 24, 2017

  • Ready to start exploring? Avenza Maps partners with map publishers who bring excellent design, diversity and value-added content to the platform.

    RV Lifestyle Magazine

    May 24, 2017

  • The Avenza Maps app (originally known as PDF Maps) allows you to download and store all kinds of maps, including the classic 1:24,000 USGS topographical (aka the 7.5-minute quad series) maps as well as National Geographic Trails Illustrated maps, U.S. Forest Service maps, and more.

    National Geographic

    May 12, 2017

  • Avenza Maps (free for Android and iOS) is a cool app to download. Gone are the days of fumbling with paper maps that get lost or torn--Avenza Maps enables users to access PDF maps on their smartphones, utilizing their devices' built-in GPS receivers to mark their positions, routes, points of interest and more—all without data or Wi-Fi.

    Modern Mississauga

    May 12, 2017

  • And mapping tools: Avenza has made scalable versions of tens of thousands of maps from all over the world, downloadable to your phone. They're the topo maps you find at camping stores, but they're searchable and GPS coordinated. I get the map for wherever I'm going to be to see what cool stuff is around.

    Competitor Running

    May 4, 2017

  • Avenza is a new mobile application that enables users to access PDF maps on smartphones or tablets. Without using data or wi-fi, Avenza utilizes devices' built-in GPS receivers to mark positions, routes and points of interest.

    Firefighting in Canada

    April 17, 2017

  • We lost the trail entirely on our approach to Horton Cemetery, forcing us to backtrack for more than a mile before we found the path. Yes, we had maps, and a free phone app called Avenza Maps that eventually got us back on course. But it was a common theme over the next couple of hours when trail markers seemed to disappear as often as the trail did, buried in thick leaf litter.

    Springfield News-Leader

    April 12, 2017

  • Navigating Alaska's backcountry became a bit easier last month — or at least, more digital. The Bureau of Land Management Alaska has started unveiling free digital maps that users can download to their smartphones and open in a third-party mobile app. The app can use GPS technology to show the user's location on the map, even if that person is without cellphone service, said Lisa Gleason, a BLM Alaska spokeswoman.

    Alaska Dispatch News

    April 3, 2017

  • Having a map in your pocket is awesome but when you're outside of any place that gets cell coverage you may find yourself really, really lost, unless you have a physical, paper map that is. Avena Maps is the app that gives you a paper map, right on your digital device. This app is geared for people who like to go off the beaten path, in some cases quite literally. Even with the prevalence of GPS and cellular technology, there are still places where you simply don't get service and with no internet, that means no maps. Avenza solves giving you the option to download a full map, to use offline.

    The Red Ferret

    March 28, 2017

  • To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, the Government of Canada invites Canadians, including youth and newcomers to experience nature and learn more about our natural and cultural heritage. Trusted by organizations including National Parks Canada and National Geographic, Avenza's catalogue of maps has Canadian explorers covered from coast to coast with a multitude of maps and map bundles for the country's national parks.

    The Montrealer

    March 25, 2017

  • As Canada's parks system celebrates the country's 150th birthday with free admission to all parks in 2017, seasoned outdoor adventurers, weekend warriors and day-trippers alike are venturing into Canada's wilderness. And as travellers prepare for upcoming excursions, Toronto-based Avenza Maps (free for Android and iOS) is an essential app to download.

    Travel Press

    March 14, 2017

  • GPS Smartphone navigation just got easier using Geospatial PDF, an extension to Adobe's Portable Document Format that let's you encode GPS features with PDF documents. Imagine being able to download a PDF map to your phone for a state park or ski resort and having the ability to find your location or map a track on it using your phone's built-in GPS capability. This is easier to do today than you probably realize.


    February 22, 2017

  • The U.S. Forest Service just completed — and is ready to sell — a new winter recreation map for the snowy playground east of Salem. The map uses the most current data to break down the trails and routes beginning at each of the Sno-parks in the Santiam Pass area of the Cascade Range.

    Statesman Journal

    February 6, 2017

  • Narrow canyon walls, lush vegetation, a hint of fall coloring and views over the canyon at the upper end of the trail: who could want more in a hike? The map is geo-referenced, meaning that once loaded into your iOS or Android phones you can use an app such as Avenza's PDF Maps to track your progress on the trail.


    February 3, 2017

  • Today, technologies allow agribusinesses and agencies of all sizes to more efficiently manage forests and farmland. Avenza Maps has developed a cost-effective platform that enables you to align your mapping and field data collection needs with your existing enterprise business needs.

    Timber West

    January 31, 2017

  • In day-to-day use, it's tough to beat Google Maps or even Apple Maps at this point. But, if you're going to be backpacking in a remote area, or visiting a foreign city where a data connection can be a costly option, Avenza Maps can be a viable alternative, provided you are adept at reading maps.

    Yahoo! Tech

    January 26, 2017

  • Modern maps apps on our mobile devices are incredibly useful, helping us to navigate from one place to the next, keeping us informed on shifting traffic patterns, and recommending places to eat, drink, and shop too. But, take away our device's Internet connection and suddenly those same apps aren't quite so handy. Without their ability to download information about our current surroundings they become all but useless. That is not the case with Avenza Maps which was built to function offline, offering high-quality maps even when traveling off the grid.

    Digital Trends

    January 26, 2017

  • Software company Avenza has evolved its map products into an app that lets people upload their own map—or download a map of their choice—to their mobile devices, and customize it. Whether for fighting a wildland fire, delivering packages, or exploring tourist sites, using a map should be easy and quick. Well, especially when you're fighting a fire that's moving at seven miles an hour!


    December 9, 2016

  • Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher® cartographic software for Adobe® Illustrator® and Geographic Imager® geospatial tools for Adobe Photoshop®, has announced that its market-leading, award-winning mobile mapping app, Avenza Maps, will now have a Pro version available immediately. Avenza Maps Pro is a cost-effective annual subscription designed to meet the needs of professionals of businesses, government agencies, and educational institutions.

    November 15, 2016

  • Tip: Download the Avenza PDF Map app so you can access interactive maps when you need them. The app allows you to download National Parks SA maps and uses your device's built-in GPS to plot your real-time location within the park onto a map. You can also download your Cleland Conservation Park map here, and keep up to date with latest park alerts.

    IN Daily

    October 14, 2016

  • National Wildlife Refuge Week begins Saturday and continues through Oct. 15. Celebrated each year during the second full week of October, the event offers the perfect opportunity to visit a national wildlife refuge to hike, fish, paddle or just enjoy the outdoors.

    Northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota have an abundance of national wildlife refuges within a couple hours' drive of Grand Forks. Included on that list are Kellys Slough National Wildlife Refuge northwest of Grand Forks, Sullys Hill National Game Preserve south of Devils Lake, Rydell and Glacial Ridge national wildlife refuges in Polk County and Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Thief River Falls.

    Grand Forks Herald

    October 2, 2016

  • Ted Florence radio interview on the Doug Pike Show - KBME-AM with host Doug Pike about the Avenza Maps mobile app and National Parks Month.

    Doug Pike Show Sportstalk 790 KBME-AM

    August 27, 2016

  • Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher® cartographic software for Adobe® Illustrator® and Geographic Imager® geospatial tools for Adobe Photoshop®, has announced that it has officially changed the name of the PDF Maps app, its market-leading, award-winning mobile mapping app, to Avenza Maps, effective immediately. The rename increases the company's popular brand into a more recognizable global presence and better reflects the functionality and use-cases for the application. Along with the rebrand, the Avenza Maps app features a refreshed app icon and website that aims to cater to various users-both consumer and commercial-that currently use the app for personal and business use.

    The Canadian Business Journal

    August 10, 2016

  • Mapping apps – Some rural areas where you find the best scenery and experiences don't have cell phone reception, which is good or bad depending on your needs. If you're trying to hike in one of these areas, a National Park perhaps, downloading maps ahead of time can be useful. For example, Avenza Maps app (iOS/Android) lets you store the map of choice on your device via the app and your phone's GPS will work with the app to reference your location on the downloaded map even when cell reception is unavailable. It's perfect for exploring your national parks without getting lost because you can even drop pins at waypoints such as where you parked your car or a trail head. You can also search available maps in categories such as historical, hunting and fishing, parks, forests and grasslands, recreation, tourist, and more.

    Arkansas State Tourism

    August 9, 2016

  • Know where you are, where you're going, and how you plan to get there. You don't know the true meaning of the word "lost" until you're in the middle of the woods, with no streets, no houses, no familiar landmarks to give you a clue about where you are. Being lost is not an adventure; it's frightening and dangerous. Plan your ride well before setting out. If you are a beginner, stick to marked trails in a local park or greenway. Use a map to chart your progress at frequent intervals throughout the ride. Don't have a map handy? Check out Avenza PDF Maps (, a cool app for Apple and Android devices. It provides geospatial maps, with the ability to add place marks along the way and track your progress via the smartphone's built-in GPS.

    Endurance Magazine

    July 22, 2016

  • Knowing your precise location is key in a wildfire, especially if you're trying to work with air resources or if there's an emergency and you need to be evacuated. Mecham carries a Garmin GPSMap64s, but also uses the Avenza PDF Maps app on his iPhone, which works in airplane mode, uses USGS topo maps, and allows him to see overlays of current fire locations.

    Outside Online

    July 22, 2016

  • Outdoorsmen not only love maps, but they need them. You can download thousands free and paid maps in the Avenza map store and use your current location to placemark maps. Easily download, browse and interact with maps including National Geographic maps, transit maps, and national and state park maps.

    About Travel

    June 21, 2016

  • "Are we there yet?" It's the most commonly asked question from the back seat on long trips. Usually it comes from kids and adolescents who have unglued themselves from the latest portable movie or videogame imported from home. So how do you get technology focused kids to focus on the latest travel excursion? Combine their love of tech with the latest map tools.

    About Travel

    June 9, 2016

  • Really want to head off the grid? Avenza PDF Maps is the king of single-purpose maps. This database has thousands of specialty maps for download, including maps from the National Park Service, nautical maps from the NOAA and maps for special events, all of which are available for offline use.


    June 6, 2016

  • Avenza says that unlike other map apps that provide one view of a location using GPS coordinates, Avenza's PDF maps app provides a meaningful interface to measure distances, drop placemarks, and share personal recorded data in various formats for use on land, sea, or air. PDF maps is an award-winning, all encompassing solution for the use, distribution, and sale of digital versions of paper maps to mobile devices.


    May 29, 2016

  • I can't stress enough how much GIS can save lives and help fight fire. The applications are wide including figuring out areas most at-risk for burns, identifying roads that could be used to hold a fire, or locating the safest places for a firefighter to stop a blaze or start a backburn. Every fire unit uses GIS in their work and many breakthroughs in GIS technology come from the fire community. Many of my students are involved in fire programs or managing fire and they all use Avenza to quickly upload current data from the ground for fire applications. We have an online tutorial which you can learn in an hour on the GSTC website.

    U.S. Forest Service

    May 16, 2016

  • An Arizona biking group hosts a sponsored bike ride with different spots along the route hosting a free breakfast to engage the community to ride. A route map is provided for free through the Avenza PDF Maps app.

    Flagstaff Biking Online

    May, 2016

  • Turns out we had driven right through the parking lot without realizing that you couldn't see the lake from the parking lot. We returned to the parking lot and this time, I busted out my Avenza smartphone hiking map app which used my phone's GPS to mark my location in relation to the lake. This time we noticed the nondescript dirt path leading to the lake. The path is loosely chained off and marked by a little brown sign featuring a symbol, an arrow and nothing else.

    Day Hiking Trails

    May 12, 2016

  • A dozen new Adobe PDF maps will help visitors explore BLM lands throughout the state, with more planned for release throughout the year. Maps will be available for download on and starting in mid-May through the Avenza PDF Maps mobile app.

    Each map is geo-referenced to display the visitor's current location in real time. To utilize this feature, users will need a geospatial PDF, GeoPDF®, or GeoTIFF reader for Apple iOS or Android smartphones and tablets to view the maps. Visitors can use the maps to navigate without cellular reception.

    Sun Advocate

    May 12, 2016

  • Avenza Systems Inc., the leading developer of cartographic software—such as MAPublisher for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager geospatial tools for Adobe Photoshop— is excited to announce that its PDF Maps app recently surpassed the one million downloads milestone. The market-leading consumer and enterprise mobile map app is free to download from the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store. It caters to international travelers and outdoor enthusiasts who often are confronted with high data roaming charges, international plans, and cellular coverage issues when leaving their coverage areas, as well as industry professionals and field workers who require and use mobile maps as part of their jobs.

    May 4, 2016

  • For this choose-your-own-adventure-style of hiking (and all hiking, really), a map is a necessity. The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, the nonprofit I work for, will be releasing a completely revised, 10th edition of our Shawangunk Trails map set later this spring. For my recent hike, I used both the current Shawangunk print map and the digital version, downloaded via Avenza's PDF Maps app on my iPhone, to track my route.

    Poughkeepsie Journal

    Apr 7, 2016

  • The Sawtooth forest's Winter Travel Map is available for free at forest offices and online: The map is also geo-referenced and available for download through the Avenza Map Store for free. This enables visitors to download the map onto a smartphone or tablet and then use GPS to track their location and navigate while outdoors. This tool also helps visitors to locate the areas that are open for over-snow use and other winter uses.

    Apr 7, 2016

  • Avenza PDF Maps allows you to download geospatial PDF files, know as GeoPDFs, and then navigate using those GeoPDFs out on the trail. Some of the available maps cost money, while others are free. Some local mountain bike clubs are looking to PDF Maps as an easy way to distribute their trail maps and allow users to navigate their trail systems with their smartphones, without those clubs having to create their own standalone app.


    Apr 5, 2016

  • As the season transitions from winter into spring we want to remind visitors that there are areas on the Sawtooth National Forest where over-snow vehicle and motor vehicle travel is not allowed. Some of these areas are not new and were identified to help protect and restore important habitat, reduce user conflicts and protect water quality; however, others are as the Hemingway –Boulders and White Clouds Wildernesses which was designated in 2015.

    1310 KLIX

    Mar 31, 2016

  • It's a grand winter for snow enthusiasts on the Boise National Forest! The Forest Service encourages people to #Get Outdoors and enjoy their time - whether skiing, snow-shoeing, and snowmobiling or other winter sports. We also want to remind visitors that there are areas on the Boise National Forest where over-snow vehicle travel is not allowed. These areas are not new and were identified to help protect and restore important habitat, reduce user conflicts and protect water quality.


    Feb 19, 2016

  • The City of Arcata has a new free map and parking app. The new app is available using Avenza Systems PDF Maps Mobile Phone Application. It shows locations for Arcata's 2 and 4 hour parking zones, red zones, parking meters, and permit only parking. It's available on Apple and Android devices and allows users to navigate with GPS, record their tracks, add placemarks and photos to share with friends. You can also download the Arcata Community Forest's 20 miles of trails, the Arcata Marsh and Arcata city streets.


    Jan 15, 2016

  • In a world that is rapidly becoming less paper based and more dependent upon digital products, the introduction of a map app that copies the model of iTunes and Kindle is an appealing commodity. Avenza's PDF Maps does just this: makes PDF maps downloadable on mobile devices to be available anywhere – while abroad, in remote areas and in the back country.


    Jan 15, 2016

  • "Become familiar with your location via the Marine Park Zoning Map, know and understand fishing rules for the area and ensure you hold a valid fishing licence." The Marine Park Zoning Map identifies the rules and regulations that apply in the area intended to fish.

    South Coast Register

    Jan 14, 2016

  • It may be too cold for some to brave the outdoors, but for the hardy souls who can't stand to be inside, the town's open space areas are available. Hiking throughout the areas will be made a lot easier with the town's enhanced Open Space Trails Story Maps feature.

    The Berlin Citizen

    Jan 6, 2016

  • "With this map, snowshoers and cross-country skiers will have a better sense of the trails and options for winter recreation Summer has so much to offer, too, including some of the state's best ORV (off-road vehicle) trails."

    The Dispatch

    Dec 4, 2015

  • The PDF Maps App is available by searching for Avenza PDF Maps or PDF Maps an app or play store. This app has access to free and for purchase worldwide maps. In a nutshell the PDF Maps App has the ability to view various types of maps, research areas, create tracks, placemarks, take photos, determine map area distance, and much more.

    4 All Outdoors

    Dec 3, 2015

  • Every year thousands of acres of forests are engulfed in fires. Recognizing the benefits of geospatial technology, the USFS GMO has included Avenza System Inc.'s award-winning PDF Maps mobile app in order to deliver interactive digital maps to fire fighters and emergency response teams situated in forests across the United States and its territories.

    9-1-1 MAGAZINE

    Nov 1, 2015

  • Mobile App PDF Maps is a mobile map application that enables you to download geo-referenced maps for offline use on your Apple iOS or Android smartphone or tablet. Download City of Arcata's geo-referenced maps to your mobile device.

    Mad River Union

    October 30, 2015

  • Anglers have been quick to take their bearings since NSW Marine Park Zoning Maps were made available for smart phones and tablets via the Avenza PDF Maps app, with more than 1400 downloads recorded.

    Newcastle Herald

    Oct 22, 2015

  • Free marine park zoning maps are now available for smart phones and tablets, to allow fishos to figure where they are in a marine park and whether they can fish there.

    Byron Shire News

    October 23, 2015

  • Afraid of getting lost? Download the Avenza smartphone app at It works on GPS satellites and doesn't need Wi-Fi after the maps are loaded. Order ($8.95) a five-map set (it's waterproof, tear-resistant and digitally produced!) of the Hudson Palisades Trails at 201-512-9348 or Hiking boots/shoes are recommended.

    October 12, 2015

  • Experienced hikers know a map and compass are two essential items to pack on any trek. But, what about electronic navigation: using GPS or the new digital navigation apps that can be downloaded into a mobile device such as a smartphone?


    Sept 29, 2015

  • There's no question that at the heart of any good information system, land or asset management tool, or a Government GIS is data. Data is indeed king, and in order to support "good", efficient, decision making, analysis, and modelling it is necessary to have access to efficient data capture technology and tools.


    Sept 21, 2015

  • Providing science for a changing world, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) continues to support the delivery of its digital maps through Avenza Systems Inc.'s popular, award-winning PDF Maps app. The wider selection of more than 120,000 US Topo maps on a popular digital mapping platform provides digital users access to USGS' rich map content, and extends its reach with a growing base of mobile consumers.

    Hunting Life

    Sept 2, 2015

  • Install the app on your GPS-enabled phone or tablet and then download maps of college campuses (great for first-time students), cities (perfect for travelers), and hiking trails (ideal for backpackers, skiers, and other outdoor enthusiasts), for instance. Your device uses satellites to track your route and locate your position, so you don't need to pay exorbitant data or roaming fees while traveling or worry about losing cell access.

    Boston Globe

    Aug 22, 2015

  • Activating the map means first downloading the Avenza PDF maps app on a smartphone. Helena's trail map can then be found by visiting the store and pressing "Find Maps." The app will then zero in on the location and offer maps for the areas. The map can also be found by using the app's search function and typing "Helena South Hills Trail Map."

    Independent Record

    Aug 20, 2015

  • Northern California is being ravaged with wildfires and firefighters are gathering to control a number of large wildland fires in what some have terms the West's "worst wildfire season ever." According to a release, ground and air crews are now adding the Avenza PDF Maps app to their arsenal.

    Fire Engineering

    Aug 7, 2015

  • Hunters in Alaska have a new tool to keep them on track. Geo-referenced PDF maps for Alaska's Game Management Units can be downloaded to a smartphone or mobile device with GPS capabilities, and the phone's GPS will let you know where you are, even if you are not on a wireless or cellular network.

    Alaska Fish & Wildlife News

    Aug 2015

  • View Colorado Parks and Wildlife Trail Maps on the go by viewing the maps on the Avenza PDF Maps App on IOS and Android smartphones. PDF Maps is a mobile map application that enables you to access Colorado Parks and Wildlife Trail maps online using Apple's IOS or Google's Android smartphones or tablet. The device's built-in GPS is used to track your location on the map.

    Aspen Times

    May 29, 2015

  • After some gentle (and not-so-gentle) goading, I finally downloaded the free Avenza map app and the new free New Jersey State Park and Forest Maps. And you know what? It's an incredible tool with some exceedingly useful, practical applications.

    New York-New Jersey Trail Conference

    May 7, 2015

  • National Geographic Maps, celebrating 100 years as one of the most trusted names in cartography, will make available hundreds of maps from its Trails Illustrated line through Avenza Systems Inc.'s popular, award-winning PDF Maps app. The addition of these maps, the most popular outdoor recreation maps in North America, augments the PDF Maps app digital map database by incorporating trail maps from a world-renowned source. It also increases National Geographic Maps' reach within the mobile consumer market, giving more consumers than ever access to the Trails Illustrated line. Trail maps from many of America's most popular national parks have already been uploaded to the app, including Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Zion and Great Smoky Mountains.

    National Geographic

    March 17, 2015

  • "With the technology today, there's no reason to get lost. Paper maps and data are always helpful, but with the combination of apps like Avenza's PDF Maps app, the chances of finding a herd during any given time of the year as well as understanding public and private property boundaries can make the experience worthwhile."

    Feb 25, 2015

  • "Proper planning is the best thing to do to make sure you don't get in that situation," Joyner said, reflecting on his own risky situation of recent. "But once you're in it, remain calm and take your actions more slowly and deliberately, as opposed to rushing. Avenza Systems Inc. (company of mobile mapping and geographic software), in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Northwest District, recommends the following as ways to stay avoid altitude sickness

    Snowshoe Magazine

    Jan 26, 2015

  • It's easy enough to get a map or directions to your favorite ski resort, but what about finding routes from there? What if you'd like to head out on a backcountry tour or a snowshoe excursion and you won't have cell service? Avenza's PDF Maps app has you covered. You can download topographical or street maps from anywhere in the U.S., and reference them for navigation even if you are not in range of service.

    Women's Adventure Magazine

    Nov 18, 2014

  • "This tool is a great use of technology and the perfect customer service enhancement," said state parks commissioner, Rose Harvey, in a released statement. "More and more of our 58 million visitors each year are utilizing smart phones, and this new app will provide accurate, up to date data to explore the outdoors."

    Poughkeepsie Journal

    Nov 2, 2014

  • Check out Avenza PDF Maps, an app that balloonists are using to help them navigate the skys!

    Oct 7, 2014

  • "I like the idea of a large format map that you can see, and it keeps track of where you are as you're flying," said Albuquerque pilot Neal Smith. The app has the ability to record each flight, including details about the balloon's altitude throughout its journey. Weather stations are also identified on the map so pilots will know the precise conditions in an area when they get ready to land. The map covers more than 500 square miles of the metropolitan area and includes a detailed layout of balloon fiesta park. It's also available to fiesta-goers staying on the ground via the Avenza PDF Maps app for iOS and Android.

    Associated Press

    Oct 4, 2014

  • Are you in-bounds, or over the line? With the help of a GeoPDF mobile-device app and free maps provided on the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website, hunters can check their location in the field regardless of whether you have a phone or wifi connection.

    Statesman Journal

    Sept 22, 2014

  • Today we interview Avenza about their PDF Maps mobile GIS app.

    Anatum Field Solutions

    Sept 17, 2014

  • If you're planning on visiting a New York state park anytime soon, you now have the technology to guarantee you'll never get lost. Avenza Systems Inc. — a Canadian company which specializes in developing computer and mobile software products and royalty-free map data — has teamed with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation to give its 60 million annual state park visitors free mobile access to over 50 state park trail maps featuring more than 1,500 miles of trails.

    Real World Survivor

    Aug 18, 2014

  • For those who would feel more comfortable with a digital rendering, Easterbrook said trail maps are available as part of a free iPhone and Android application called Avenza PDF Maps. "People find them very helpful. It's easier than purchasing the maps when they go out," Easterbrook said of the maps on the app. "In this day and age with electronics, a compass is nice but this app will put you on the maps and track you with GPS so you can follow your steps exactly back to your location."

    New Jersey Herald

    July 24, 2014

  • While many travelers think Google Maps is the last word in personal cartography, the truth is that there are more refined or purpose-specific maps that don't rely on an Internet connection. Avenza gives you access to a library of free or pay maps—including National Park Service hiking and camping documents, marine navigation maps, or city-specific tour guides—that you download to your smartphone for quick access, even without Wi-Fi.

    Condé Nast Traveler

    July 15, 2014

  • Bighorn National Forest Public Affairs Specialist Susan Douglas recently announced that forest maps can now be downloaded onto mobile devices for treks into the Bighorn Mountains. Yes, getting into the mountains is a way to get away from it all, but recreationists who tuck that smartphone into their backpack on their next excursion can declare a no texting or Facebook rule and rejoice in the fact that their mobile map doesn't have to be "folded" into a crumpled mess.

    The Sheridan Press

    July 14, 2014

  • This Saturday June 7th is National Trails Day and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, in conjunction with map app maker Avenza Systems, is helping us celebrate with the following guide to the "ABCs of Hiking."

    June 5, 2014

  • Elevation Outdoors

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    Elevation Outdoors

    June, 2014

  • Traveling to a national park this summer? Avenza's Apple- and Android-friendly PDF Maps app allows users to download maps that can be used at any time, even without Internet access. Maps for family-friendly national parks include Yosemite in California; Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina; Rocky Mountain in Colorado, Bryce Canyon in Utah (above), and more.

    Boston Globe

    May 24, 2014

  • It's true that getting outside is often prompted by a desire to get away from the incessant buzzing and ringing of the cellphone and all that it represents, so the idea of bringing it along for a trip may sound off-putting. But you may actually want to have it handy to try out a few fun and useful apps designed to enhance the greatness of the outdoors. Many of these apps were designed to use offline when in the wilderness where no reception can be found. And there are solar options available for charging gadgets in the field.

    The Bulletin

    May 12 , 2014

  • Interview by Geospatial Stream conducted at the April 2014 GeoINT Symposium conference in Tampa, Florida. During this interview Doug and Todd Danielson discuss what's new with MAPublisher, Geographic Imager, PDF Maps and Avenza in general.

    Avenza Systems

    May 2, 2014

  • The 2014 Bahamas VFR Chart and the 2014 Caribbean VFR Chart are now available on the iPad and Android tablets. The Bahamas and the Caribbean VFR Charts include both VFR and IFR data, creating hybrid charts that have the information you need for flying the islands. The charts are geo-referenced.

    General Aviation News

    April 26, 2014

  • Easily explore the United State's national parks using the Avenza app. Avenza PDF Maps allows users to access downloaded maps without internet access, which is important for when you're out hiking and not near a cell tower.

    iPhone Life Magazine

    April 22, 2014

  • It would be great if we could never get lost. Whilst we might aimlessly wander off the beaten track we always want to find our way back. Now, I've found a way of doing that.

    Flights and Frustration

    April 4, 2014

  • Roaming data charges can be downright criminal when traveling abroad. Ensure you can still navigate the city and subways without the need for a data connection with this pdf reader. Using your phone's GPS together with geospacial PDF maps, you can navigate almost anywhere, while your phone remains safely stuck in Airplane Mode. Not even a WiFi connection is required. You can plot placemarks and record your tracks for the day, and even estimate the distance or travel time between different landmarks on the map.

    Everyday Voyager

    April 3, 2014

  • Whether you are camping and hiking, heading out to the open seas, or seeking out historic landmarks, you will not only have a reliable map, you will also have a map that estimates travel time. You can even add points of interest or record your journey with photos.

    Travel Pulse

    March 16, 2014

  • Have map will travel: Sometimes, the best part of traveling is discovering new places on your own, and what better way to roam than with a map app that doesn't keep you tethered a cell tower to transmit map images.

    Ocean Magazine

    March 12, 2014

  • Ever get lost in your favorite national forest? Now there is an app to help you find your way. The U.S. Forest Service now offers a variety of maps for your Android devices and iPhone. The forest service partnered with Avenza Systems to offer the Avenza PDF maps app.

    ABC FOX Montana

    Nov 20, 2013

  • The regular topo maps can be used by the usual audiences that buy them — hunters, hikers, campers. Only now the map can live on your smartphone or tablet, and you won't need an internet connection to get to it — it's in the memory. That means they can be used in wilderness and offshore areas away from cell coverage — and can be used for navigation and location finding, because a blue dot on the map shows the user's location, based on GPS data.

    CBS Detroit

    Oct 27, 2013

  • PDF Maps as a mobile phone/device application made by Avenza. It allows you to use your phone to pull up and navigate different maps when in the woods. Now, I know that this is nothing new. You can certainly pull up maps on your phone, or even get a satellite view of your location. What makes PDF Maps different, and I think worth mentioning, is that you can load up familiar trail or backwoods maps that many of us already use, and then pinpoint your exact location on them even without internet or phone service.

    Wood Trekker

    Oct 22, 2013

  • The La Crosse, WI area is the first of a new series of bike route maps that I am developing for your phone or mobile devices. La Crosse is in the southwest corner of Wisconsin on the Mississippi River and in the heart of Wisconsin's Driftless area.


    Oct 20, 2013

  • At the conference in Massachusetts, the Upjohn Center was recognized for its Authoritative U.S. Topos map initiative, which includes a Topographic Maps series and a hybrid sub-series called GeoChange maps. The geo-referenced maps in the two series can be used with GPS-enabled mobile devices and software based on Apple's iOS and Google's Android.


    Oct 16, 2013

  • Google Earth, as well as many other online map services, all suffer from one simple flaw: they're online. But wherever you are, now you can have a map service that doesn't require online connection. PDF Maps, an immensely popular app, jumped over from iOS to Android, and is available at Google Play Store.

    Android Rundown

    Oct 3, 2013

  • Many apps are available nowadays that offer offline maps. Some of these are completely free, others are riddled with ads while again others insist you pay for these maps. Avenza PDF Maps by Avenza Systems Inc. is one of the latter app types, and includes a map store that is very easy to use and that offers paid as well as free maps.


    Oct 1, 2013

  • An update from our friends at Avenza Systems in Ontario as the crew have just today released PDF Maps 2.0 for iOS. In this latest major update, the company that has changed the way digital maps are used, especially for people that work in the wilderness (firefighters, surveyors, field workers) or those that engage in outdoor activities (off-road vehicles, hikers, mountain-bikers) and have incorporated suggestions made by its users to enhance tracking features such as real-time tracking and notes on elevation.


    Sept 11, 2013

  • Tristan Lyttle, Applications Manager App for Avenza Systems, discussed the launch of PDF Maps app 2.0 for iOS, a popular free app that has incorporated suggestions made by its users to further enhance tracking features such as real-time tracking and notes on elevation. It is the only geospatial PDF and GeoTIFF reader on Apple iOS for travel, outdoor activities or business purposes out in the field.


    Sept 11, 2013

  • Avenza officially announced the availability of PDF Maps app 2.0 for iOS which has been made possible with the feedback of avid users who use the current app in locations where internet service is not available, such as navigating in air, water or mountainous areas.


    Sept 10, 2013

  • Avenza's President speaks with Sanjay Gangal of GIS Cafe during the 2013 ESRI User Conference in San Diego. Topics include the latest news on the exciting PDF Maps mobile mapping platform and embedded digital map store as well as the MAPublisher and Geographic Imager geospatial tools for Adobe Creative Suite and Creative Cloud.

    Avenza Systems

    July 15, 2013

  • Digital map publishers are breaking new ground in a mobile world. (PDF article)

    The Berlin Citizen

    July 2, 2013

  • While we're observing Independence Day, our friends up north will be celebrating, too. Canada Day, July 1, marks the country's confederation and is a chance to highlight its great vacation spots, says Ted Florence, president of Toronto-based Avenza, owner of, which offers an iTunes-like library of 100,000 downloadable smartphone-friendly maps from around the world. He shares some of Canada's top sites with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY.

    USA Today

    July 1, 2013

  • The fine folks over at Avenza have made an iPhone app that will allow you to not only view high resolution maps on your phone but will also take advantage of your phone's location sensors to show you exactly where you are on those maps. We have added our maps to their online store with several for free so you can give them a try.


    May 17, 2013

  • Article by Ted Florence, President of Avenza Systems Inc. (PDF article)

    May 2, 2013

  • The VVCC is excited to release a digital trail map of the Verde Valley and the trails through out. The map is available currently within the App Store through a App called Avenza PDF Maps.

    The Verde Cyclist

    April 29, 2013

  • National Geographic Maps has joined with Avenza Systems to offer a new channel to access its map content. The alliance enhances Avenza's digital map database by adding more than 500 maps from National Geographic and furthers National Geographic Maps' established reach with mobile consumers.


    Feb 20, 2013

  • Great news for Android fanatics and developers as Avenza Systems has rolled out their PDF Maps for Android (Beta). From the company… Avenza is pleased to announce that the PDF Maps beta for Android is now available.


    Feb 11, 2013

  • The U.S. Forest Service deploys a mobile map application for firefighters and emergency responders to use in the field and for tactical planning.


    Jan 30, 2013

  • "When we began to get serious about mapping we chose Avenza because of their Apple computer compatibility and unique idea of working as plug-ins to the Adobe products - Illustrator and Photoshop. Another selling point to Avenza was the promise of an app, PDF Maps."

    Metro to Mountain Journal

    Jan 9, 2013

  • An iPhone map is great if you're lost in the loops of the Hollywood Hills. If you want to get more adventurous (or more obscure), PDF Maps offers access to topographic, transit, nautical, historical and other kinds of maps from around the world.

    The Wall Street Journal

    Dec 10, 2011

  • These offline maps, which can be downloaded via the free PDF app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, will be appreciated by hikers on trails, bicyclists on new routes, backpackers in the wilderness and just plain tourists visiting new cities.

    About Travel

    Nov 28, 2012

  • My other map app pick is PDF Maps from Avenza Systems. PDF Maps can best be described as a map rendering applications for all iOS devices. It also has the ability to download maps from iTunes, from the Web or from Avenza's own map store.


    Nov 22, 2011

  • New Technology in Digital Mapping Delivers Immediate Interactive Features That Are Mobile and Accessible Anytime and Anyplace

    Yahoo Finance

    Oct 25, 2011

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