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Adobe Acrobat 9 How-To #109: Commenting and Measuring on a PDF Map

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Acrobat 9 Pro Extended (Windows) allows you to mark geographic locations, search for a map location, and add measurement markups on maps with embedded georeference data. Donna L. Baker discusses this powerful new feature.

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Acrobat 9 Pro Extended (Windows) offers two new features for dealing with georeferenced maps (maps that have longitude/latitude, coordinate systems, and other mapping data embedded in them). As you'll see in this technique, you can mark geographic locations, search for a map location, and add georeferenced measurement markups. You can open a PDF map in Acrobat 9 Pro Extended and add geospatial referencing data to it—read how in the sidebar "Building a PDF Map."

Marking a Map

To add a point of interest on a georeferenced map, follow these steps:

  1. Select the Geospatial Location tool on the Analysis toolbar. The mouse pointer changes to display crosshairs.
  2. Move the cursor over the map, using the Latitude and Longitude values shown in the Info widget at the bottom of the document window to help pinpoint a location.
  3. Right-click the tool at the point of interest to open the shortcut menu. Choose Mark Location. A Sticky Note comment is added at the map location you click, and the latitude and longitude values are automatically added to the comment, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1

Figure 1 Latitude and longitude values are automatically added to the comment.

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