ESRI, the world’s leading developer of geographic information system (GIS) software, and The Associated Press (AP), the world’s oldest and largest news organization, announced the latest release of MapShop software, version 1.5. MapShop is a robust, easy-to-use tool for creating custom maps for the news media.
The system provides access to timely and accurate geographic map data and content, from global events to local street-level detail, assisting the user in the creation of all types of news and map graphics.
MapShop is a Web application for creating and customizing maps for output to editable EPS, GIF, shapefile, and other formats. The MapShop 1.5 release enhances the functionality and data offering in MapShop. MapShop 1.5 includes the U.S. shaded relief imagery and a more detailed world basemap, including hot spots such as Afghanistan, as well as the ability to locate U.S. addresses and define cartographic style preferences. MapShop subscribers also have access to powerful desktop GIS tools (ArcView) and all the GIS data available through the Web application. Built using the Geography Network infrastructure from ESRI, MapShop is an affordable way for media outlets of all sizes to create quality map content and to make geographic information much more readily available to the public.
The latest release of MapShop includes several new features such as
- U.S. Address Matching-ability to create a map of specific U.S. street addresses
- Preferences-ability to set design preferences including the map color palettes for individual subscriber organizations
- Markers-enhanced marker placement functionality
- Census 2000-new census demographic content and enhanced search tools
- Higher resolution images of terrain-from 72 dpi to 200 dpi
- More detailed data of some parts of the world from government data sources
A MapShop 1.5 subscription includes a one-year service period as well as GIS software and training, and can be used by anyone at the newspaper for creating as many maps as they like during the year. The software includes ArcView, the world’s most popular desktop mapping and GIS software.