Convert an Orienteering Map to MTBO Map

The current OCAD 12 Service Update contains an interesting new feature for MTBO maps.

If you want to draw a MTBO map and if there exists already an orienteering map, you can easily create the MTBO map on base of the orienteering map.

Open the orienteering map and load the colors and the symbols from a MTBO map. Press the Shift key while you are clicking on Map -> Load Colors and the Symbols from…. Choose the Orienteering Map ISMTBOM2010 in the same scale as your orienteering map is.

The dialog Load Colors and Symbols From appears:


Press the Shift key and click on the Load button. Choose the CRT file ISOM2000_to_ISMTBOM2010.crt.

The foot orienteering symbols are changed to the mountain bike orienteering symbols.

Perhaps not all of the symbols are known in the MTBO map, because the mapper added new symbols in the orienteering map. These objects have to been assigned. To check if you have objects with unknown symbols click on Select -> Select Objects by Symbols -> Objects with Unknown Symbol.

Clean up the map from unused objects (e.g. slope lines of form lines) and check the classification of the path and track network in the terrain.

Download your Background Maps via WMS

We developed a new function to download a defined extent with high resolution from a WMS and saving on your computer. The downloaded georeferenced images can be used as (offline) background maps which is faster than the access via (online) WMS.

After connecting a WMS server choose the new third option Add user defined extent of selected layers to background maps (offline). Choose the Offline folder , set the Resolution and the extent. Click Add.

Settings for WMS

OCAD starts to download the map, splitted in several tiles. The download can take some minutes.

Map with downloaded orthophoto

OCAD adds all downloaded tiles as background maps.

Background Manager with loaded image tiles

The WMS function is only available in OCAD 12 Mapping Solution and Professional edition.

More about WMS in our Wiki .


Specialization Course: Reviving Thematic Cartography into Digital

The University IUAV of Venice is organising an international intensive post-graduate specialisation course Reviving Thematic Cartography into Digital, Venice, Italy, 14-26 November 2016.

The course is supported by the ICA Commission Cartographic Heritage into the Digital and offers a top-edge dense and focused package of knowledge and implementation skills in Thematic Cartography. At the end of the Course the participants should be able to make decisions and construct their own project getting familiar with relevant professional software like OCAD 12 ThematicMapper (a free license is offered during the course).

Read more…
(The application dealine is 15 September 2016)

Blend Modes for PDF Export – Print your Maps with More Transparency

The current OCAD 12 Service Update contains a very interesting new feature for map printing.

The blend mode was developed to get better transparent colors on the digital CMYK printed training and competition maps for Junior World Orienteering Championships 2016 and Swiss O Week 2016.

The blend mode controls how the underlying color of an object interacts with the blend color of the overlaying object.

The new blend mode settings affect only the map export to a pdf file.  OCAD supports the blend modes Darken und Multiply.

In Color dialog click the Blend mode button.

Set the Darken mode for the color Purple, Green over brown and Brown.

No blend mode effect in OCAD

The effect in not visible in OCAD!

But it is visible when opening the exported pdf file in Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Exported pdf in Adobe Acrobat Reader

  • Purple control circle is transparent, underlying objects with color blue, green and brown are visible
  • Green tree is transparent, underlying contour line is visible
  • Brown contour lines are transparent, underying green area is visible

More about the Blend Mode in our Wiki.