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In OCAD you can either work with Courses only or you can use Courses and Classes. Different Classes may use the same Course, e.g. ‘Course A‘ -> Class ‘W18’, ‘W16’, ‘M16’; ‘Course B‘ -> ‘W14’, ‘M14’, ‘Open Short’.

If you have two Classes (e.g. ‘Women Elite’ and ‘Women 20’) and both have the same Course, it is a common mistake to name the Course ‘WE, W20‘ and not to create any Classes. You will get troubles with your timing software this way.
Instead you can still name the Course ‘WE, W20‘ (or simple name it ‘A‘), but you need to create two Classes (‘WE‘ and ‘W20‘) and allocate the same Course to both of them.

Create a new Course (Wiki)

Create a new Class (Wiki)

On your map, you can either display the Course title, the Course name or the Class name(s). Use symbol 721 Course title, edit the symbol and choose an item from the dropdown list.

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The Status Symbol Manager allows you to save and load different status settings of your symbols in the same map.

Example:
We have a topographic map, which shall be used in summer and winter.

For that, we first create a summer edition of the map.

Now, we save the current Symbol Status of the summer map in the Symbol Status Manager.

Afterwards we change the summer map, e.g. we remove tracks and add ski slopes to get our winter edition.

It’s important to save the newly created winter edition in a new symbol status. Otherwise, we would overwrite the summer edition.

You can now choose between loading the summer or the winter edition of your map. When you change the map, e.g you add a new building, it will be taken over in both summer and winter edition.

See short video on YouTube.
More information on our OCAD Wiki.


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You may have symbols on your map, which consist of many different line and/or area objects. Editing and moving around these Symbols can get tedious. In OCAD Mapping Solution, there’s a function to Convert Area and Line Objects to a Point Symbol (Wiki).

A typical example for this function would be the import of a PDF. Vector objects in PDF files are imported as Image Objects (grey objects) and can be converted to Point Symbols (green objects). Learn here, how to Create a Point Symbol out of Vector Data (Video).

Your map becomes more consistent and better structured.

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The latest mapping standard for sprint orienteering maps, called ISSprOM 2019, has been published by the International Orienteering Federation (IOF). The document can be downloaded from the IOF website.

OCAD has implemented the new standard in their symbol sets, which you get with the latest Service Update. The ISSprOM 2019 is valid from 1 January 2020. Until then, the current ISSOM 2007 is still in use.

In order to keep track of all the different symbol sets that have been released lately, we created the Wiki page Symbol Set Overview. There you’ll also learn how to convert your maps to the new standards.

Major changes:

  • Impassable vegetation (410) is forbidden to cross. Previous ISSOM 2007 Impassable vegetation symbol (421) using green 100% and black 50% has been removed.
  • Paved area with little (Brown 30%) and heavy traffic (Brown 50%).
  • New symbol for paved area in multilevel structures.
  • New symbols for passable walls, fountains and trees.
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The updated International Specification for Orienteering Maps (ISOM 2017-2) has been published by the IOF Map Commission recently.

OCAD has implemented a new function Update Symbol Set to update maps drawn according to ISOM 2017 to the new ISOM 2017-2 standard. There will be approximately 15 changes to your symbol set.

Dialog box after updating a 1:10’000 map from ISOM 2017 to ISOM 2017-2

The changes have also been adopted to the OCAD symbol sets “Orienteering Map ISOM 2017 10’000” and “Orienteering Map ISOM 2017 15’000”. So, if you start a new map, you work automatically with the latest ISOM 2017-2 version.

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In OCAD, you can create objects with pair of coordinates. Copy coordinates e.g. from Google Maps to clipboard. When you press Paste in the OCAD window (Ctrl + V or in the Menu Object> Paste), a dialogue window appears.

Now you have three options:
You can move the view to this coordinates, create point objects at the coordinates or create line or area objects (only available if more than one pair of coordinates exists).

To use this function properly, a coordinate system has to be defined and the pasted coordinates need to fit to this coordinate system.

Link to HowTo-Video
More information on our Wiki

Supported formats so far:
– Google: 47.4563036,7.6405326
– Google: -24.8512749,-59.8029067
– OpenStreetMap: 47.45295/7.64673
– OpenStreetMap: -37.762/-62.183
– OpenStreetMap: 46.3103041, 4.8142705
– geo.admin.ch: 615’582.01, 256’284.55
– geo.admin.ch: 47.45648, 7.64039
– geo.admin.ch: 47°27′23.313″N 7°38′25.401″E

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In the beginning of March, the Swiss National Team was training in Portugal for 9 days to prepare the new season. OCAD is a long-time partner of the Swiss Orienteering Team and was of course widely used to set courses and prepare maps before the camp: 8 different course setters prepared 19 trainings with a total of over 400 controls.

To guarantee highest quality of the trainings, lot of work had to be done behind the scene. An internal document lists the key points:
– Always check if the scale is correct.
Cut the control circles and connection lines where needed.
– Check the control description.
– Are the North lines on the map?
– On the map with all controls, the control numbers should not cover the control location.

Furthermore, the course setters always use the same course setting template. For every scale, there’s a template, which contains additional symbols, like frames for printing, text symbols or a special North Arrow. This results in a uniform appearance and underlines the common spirit. Also, it guarantees the same color settings for all trainings.

All final courses were exported as GIF’s and double-checked. When everything was in order, PDF’s for printing were created. The printed maps were controlled once again. The result of this effort: Perfect trainings!

Facts and figures: 36 Athletes, 9 Staff, 1100 printed maps (+250 maps from competitions), more than 15h of total work alone for the relay training (setting the course, putting out 50 controls and SI-units and collecting the afterwards).

Links:
– Compose Course tool for fast and easy Course Setting
– O-training with OCAD
– Facebook page of the Swiss Orienteering Team

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OCAD 2019 is just a new name to underline that you are using a software that is constantly evolving and which contains new features and standards. It’s not a new version. If you are on a subscription model, you will automatically receive OCAD 2019 with the latest Service Update and do not need to purchase any new licenses.

For technical reasons, OCAD installation folders, etc., will continue to be marked as OCAD 2018. However, the general strategy is to omit the year in the name of each OCAD edition in the future.

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There is a Wiki page, which summarises Tipps and Tricks with Keyboard and Mouse to optimize your drawing and editing skills in OCAD. It’s really worth to have a look there! For each function there is a link for an animation and further information.

Go to Wiki page.

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New functions for the OCAD Course Setting module have been added with the latest Service Update 18.2.2.

    • With the Compose Course tool, course setting has become faster and easier. First click adds a start object, each additional click adds a control point and double click adds a finish object to the map and the course.

  • To start successfully with a Course Setting project, we added the New Course Setting Project Wizard. This wizard guides you through the first steps, like choosing the right symbol set and loading a map file in the background layer.

The new functions will be explained briefly in this video.

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