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I'm looking for a cheap software to generate Geospatial PDF (GeoPDF, ISO 32000 Adobe extensions or OGC recomendation).

Currently, as far as I know, there are very expensive propietary solutions. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geospatial_PDF for details.

Adobe has retired Geospatial PDF support from Adobe Acrobat, and they propose to use expensive solutions form ESRI or TerraGo.

Do you know any cheaper way to generate Geospatial PDF files?

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Does it have to be PDF? There are free and open source tools for producing GeoTiffs, for instance. –  MBraedley Nov 15 '10 at 12:12
I know that, but the problem is that it is required by my client. It will cost me more to generate the PDF than to do the job :( –  Ansar Nov 15 '10 at 12:33
GDAL support reads but not yet writes, but could be a good place to start. –  Matthew Snape May 5 '11 at 20:56
What desktop GIS are you using? –  Paul May 9 '11 at 20:38
These answers aren't all correct which is why im bumping this. the Terrago GEOPDF function works a hundred times faster at exporting the Geopdf's and has more functionality, however it crashes quite often. –  user10688 Oct 3 '12 at 14:51

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Global Mapper can import and export GeoPDFs. A single license costs $350, which is quite a bit less than many of the alternatives.


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If you are already using ArcMap 9.3 or above, the "Export to PDF" will create a GeoPDF.

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In ArcMap v10, it is named File, "Export Map ..." Choose the .pdf format for geopdf. –  klewis Nov 7 '11 at 22:37

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