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Why TerraGo


  • Geospatial digital files (Satellite Image, Terrain Data, Vector data) are too large to pass around to the end users.

  • Valuable geospatial information are locked inside complex GIS applications and only a small number of professionals can possibly understand how to use them effectively.

  • Special application software /viewers are usually needed to interact with geospatial data

  • Info-rich output files carrying valuable GIS information are eventually flattened and become less interactive as they finally reach the destination.

  • Transfer of geospatial information to less skilled end users is difficult.

  • Time, training and resources are required to translate information into actionable information.

  • Geospatial data are needed to combine in a standalone file along with text reports, field photographs and other multimedia files.

  • A “round trip” mapping platform is required to publish maps or reports that would provide a platform to transfer data from a complex GIS system to end users and from end users back to the GIS system at the Organization Headquarters.

  • The interactive GIS maps and imagery are required for every officers in the field that could also be used in off-line mode when all the network connections would be shut down during disasters or no network connection would be available because of remote distances.

Solutions/Key Benefits

  • Provides a standard format for use and exchange of GIS documents with non-GIS users and allows them to leverage valuable geospatial assets.

  • Allows organizations to consume and optimize data from any source and create a geo-enabled PDF for rapid, mass distribution of digital geospatial assets.

  • Provides free Toolbar for Adobe Reader plug-in to view GeoPDF.

  • Contains significantly smaller data files in contrast to traditional files in GIS formats.

  • Complies with Adobe’s PDF specification.

  • Is identified as “Best Practice” by Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).

  • TerraGo’s GeoPDF is especially powerful in its application primarily due to the following functionalities:


GeoPDF can be used without GIS applications and special skills for GIS. One can see PDF-type digital map with geospatial data on Adobe Reader/Acrobat with a free toolbar for GeoPDF. After import GeoPDF map into Adobe reader user can use the map in a variety of ways

• Find map coordinates (X, Y and Z)

• Find a particular location on a map

• Customize view by turning layers on and off

• Switch to Google Maps™ Bing MapsTM view

• Measure distance, area and bearing on a map

• Track location via GPS

• View associated attribute data, meta data

• Search levels and features


GeoPDF is suitable for use outside the office since the data size is very small compared to the original satellite imagery and geospatial datasets. Below is an example of a vastly reduced file size (5.0 MB) in a GeoPDF format in contrast to other GIS file formats

Topographic Map 1:50,000 Scale –300 dpi

312.0 MB GeoTIFF

10.0 MB SHP



5.0 MB GeoPDF

Easy-to-share updated information

Point, line, polyline, polygon, notes and comments can be added as GeoMarks on GeoPDF. All GeoMarks have geospatial information and can be exported to KML/SHP files. This feature enables to import other GeoPDF files or GIS applications and share updated information among lots of other users