Recall that recently, with the release of Adobe Acrobat 9 and Adobe Reader 9 a new geospatial feature set was introduced. Over at the shredding the document blog a nice intro to all the geospatial functionality is given. Read on to learn how to find locations and coordinates, markup, and measure within Reader. The author goes on to list this added detail of functionality:
In Acrobat Pro Extended for Windows you can actually author PDF Map files. You can do this in a few ways.
- Open a Tiff or Jpeg 2000 file that contains geospatial information in Acrobat Pro Extended. The resulting PDF file that is saved will retain this information.
- From a Map image file (scanned or already in PDF/image format) if you know the map projection and some coordinate information you can use Acrobat’s Geospatial Registration tool to add coordinate information to the PDF.
- Add Shape (SHP) files to a PDF file using the Import Layer functionality. This allows the PDF document author a way to create viewable layers on a map that can be turned on and off in the Layers Panel.