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ESRI, AP Announce Release of MapShop 1.8

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Redlands, California, July 5, 2002 - ESRI, the world's leading developer of geographic information system (GIS) software, and The Associated Press (AP), the world's oldest and largest news-gathering organization, have released MapShop version 1.8. MapShop is an online tool for creating news maps customized to a newspaper's style. The system provides access to timely and accurate geographic map data from global to street-level detail.

With the latest release, MapShop now offers U.S. weather data, U.S. demographic data, and urban aerial imagery.

· Weather data from Meteorlogix is updated continually.
o U.S. clouds updated hourly
o One-hour rain estimates
o 24-hour rain estimates
o Current precipitation intensity (rain, snow, and mix) updated every 15 minutes
o Average temperature for the last hour and last 24 hours

· Urban digital imagery from OrbImage contains aerial images of 25 cities up to a scale of 1:3,000.

· U.S. demographical information from ESRI Business Information Solutions (formerly CACI Marketing Systems) includes the following:
o ACORN lifestyle segmentation data
o Average annual expenditures for many products and services
o Projected growth areas

MapShop is an easy-to-use mapmaking tool creating simple GIF maps or Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) files, which can be edited in Adobe Illustrator or Macromedia FreeHand. Users can download shapefiles and, using ArcView software, integrate MapShop data with locally acquired data such as crime statistics. MapShop subscribers have access to U.S. and Canadian street maps, census data, U.S. shaded relief imagery, and a detailed world basemap. They can locate U.S. addresses and define cartographic style preferences.

Built using ESRI's Geography Network infrastructure, MapShop is an affordable way for media outlets of all sizes to create quality maps and to make geographic information much more readily available to the public. The MapShop 1.8 subscription fee, based on the circulation size of a newspaper, includes one-year access to the service, which can be used by anyone at the newspaper for creating as many maps as they like during the year; ESRI's ArcView software; software training; and access to several hundred thousand dollars' worth of commercial and government data.

For more information, visit ESRI on the Web; contact your ESRI regional office; or call ESRI directly at 909-793-2853, extension 2755. AP member newspapers should contact their local bureau chief for more information and pricing.

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About The Associated Press

Founded in 1848, The Associated Press is the world's oldest and largest news-gathering organization, providing content to more than 15,000 news outlets with a daily reach of one billion people around the world. Its multimedia services are distributed by satellite and the Internet to more than 120 nations. For more information about The Associated Press, vist the website.

About ESRI

For more than 30 years, ESRI has been the leading developer of GIS software with more than 300,000 clients worldwide. ESRI also provides consulting, implementation, and technical support services. In addition to its headquarters in California, ESRI has regional offices throughout the United States, international distributors in more than 90 countries, and more than 1,400 business partners. ESRI's goal is to provide users with comprehensive tools to help them quickly and efficiently manage and use geographic information to make a real difference in the world around them. ESRI can be found on the Web.

ESRI, the ESRI globe logo, GIS by ESRI, Geography Network, ArcView,, and are trademarks, registered trademarks, or service marks of ESRI in the United States, the European Community, or certain other jurisdictions. Other companies and products mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective trademark owners.

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