OCAD Workshop in Japan

Jörg Vetter (Reseller for Japan) and Thomas Gloor (Managing Director of OCAD AG) held an OCAD workshop in Japan in mid-October. Topics like New Map Wizard, Use of Real Time GPS, LiDAR Data Analysis, Check Legibility and more were discussed extensively.

Free data as a basis for map making are improving in Japan. All over Japan vector data can be downloaded on a scale of 1:25’000, in urban areas on a scale of 1:2’500. Additionally a DEM with a resolution of 10m can be obtained, in urban areas with a resolution of 5m.

We thank all participants for their interest and the valuable feedback, which we try to implement as good as possible.

Use the Alt Key while Drawing or Selecting Objects

Using the Alt key while drawing or selecting objects is useful in the following situations:

Select an object behind an object already selected

To select an object behind an already selected object, keep the Alt or Alt Gr key pressed and click on the already selected object.
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Select next object for editing

Select a line object and choose e.g. the Cut function. If you press the Alt key, the cursor changes to the Select Object and Edit Vertex mode. Keep the Alt key pressed and click the next object you want to cut. Release the Alt key and continue with the cutting.
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Draw horizontal lines

To draw horizontal or vertical lines, press and hold the Alt button. The line snaps in a vertical or horizontal direction.
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Move and duplicate objects parallel

The latest OCAD Service Update brought improvments to the function Move Parallel, with which you can move a line parallel to the original line.

  • Hold the ALT key down to select the next object to move.
  • Press Shift+Ctrl key to duplicate object while moving parallel.

The new features are explaint in a short video on our YouTube Channel.

Route Analyzer in use

The Swiss Sprint Champs 2019 were held last Sunday in Stans. Course setter Peter Tschümperlin offered challenging courses with many interesting route choises.

The Elite Courses with the shortest routes and alternatives can be found on https://www.ocad.com/en/route-analyzer/

Swiss Sprint Champs 2019

The Route Analyzer helped Peter Tschümperlin to find interesting route choises and optimise them.

Furthermore, the calculation of the shortest possible length for each course was considered to be very useful. Measuring them manually would have been a huge extra effort.

Last but not least, a map with the routes of all courses helped to support the planning of the road safety and also for agreements with the authorities.



Check Legibility of Orienteering Maps

Nowadays, when mapping with high resolution and accurate base maps, the temptation is great to draw too many and too small objects. This may result in a poorly readable map.

The function Check Legibility veryfies minimum distances between objects, minimum length of line objects or minimum size of area objects according to ISOM 2017.

This will help map makers to find the right degree of generalisation and make the maps better readable. Furthremore, Event Advisers and Map Consultants have a tool to check the maps.

CheckLegibility

Short video about the function on YouTube.
More information on our OCAD Wiki.