You're right, this software isn't open source or a full GIS, but that means it can conjure up some magic.
Import SHP file with MaPublisher
If you have two map views (eg: imported two SHPs with different projectinos) you can just use the “Same as” checkbox with the popup menu listing the available options.
TIP: To match an unknown Raster or Vector’s projection, guess then scale the raster to fit by using one of the Natural Earth layers (like coastline). Once you’ve got them fitting, move the “Non-Map Layers” in question in the VIEWS panel up into that green View area (move them like in the Illustrator Layers panel, click and drag). A dialog will popup asking if they are a Line, Area, Point, or Annotation. You can also base your data attributes schema on an existing file. Or you can just add column once you’ve moved it. But this way you can match the projection, and also use the Select by color attributes in Illustrator to sort your data into classes and formalize that in the MAP attributes before exporting back to SHP.
To make a custom projection:
Search for your base projection (eg Albers) in their big projection index dialog, and then select result in upper right pane, and then right click and “copy object” (otherwise known as duplicate). In the resulting dialogue box, rename to [base-map-projection_project-name] in the identification tab and enter the parameters in the second tab called “definition”. The parameters will come from Azimuth/VectorWorks document. Click “ok” when you’re done.
Now you need to activate that projection. To find it click on “recent” in the top left pane, and select your custom proj [base-map-projection_project-name]. click “ok” and accept adding it to the illustrator document.
TIP: If you’re Illustrator artboard document is sized near the size of your map, you’ll get better results.
Giving the features a Unique ID variable name to use in Flash:
For exporting back to SHP:
NOTE: When the machine is restarted, the IP address might change, and the license server might not have been relaunched. To check the IP address, go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Network. Read off the IP address from that window (the .25.47 part might change, but not the 10.140. part). To relaunch the server app, Open Terminal.app and type the following commands (read more about this in the manual, MP81_FloatingLicenseGuide_MacLinux.pdf). You might also need to update the license file with the new IP address, edit it in TextEdit.app.
chmod a+x /-MyGTprojects/MapPublisher_floating/MP81_FloatingLicense_RLM/Mac/launch_MP_license_server.command Add it to your login items:
Apple menu > System prefs > Accounts > Login Items > + icon > locate script.
To check out the license in Illustrator:
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