Transfer your OCAD 12 License Easier from One Computer to Another One

OCAD 12.2 has a new function to transfer easier your license from one computer to another one: The License Transfer Utility .

This function deactivates the license on your computer and allows you to install this license on another one. The computer has to be online to deactivate OCAD. After the deactivation, you can open OCAD files in the OCAD 12 Viewer but not edit maps.

Start OCAD 12 and close all open files. Click on License Transfer Utility in the Help menu

Fill out the form and click Transfer to send the request to OCAD AG and deactivate the license. OCAD sends a confirmation email to the entered email addresses. We will proceed your request as soon as possible at the latest within 2 working days.

Click the Close button to close OCAD.

When restarting OCAD the License Activation dialog appears.

You have two options: Click Open OCAD Viewer to open the OCAD Viewer. It is possible to view and print map, but not to edit. Click Reactivate this License to start the Activation Wizard if the license isn’t activated on another computer.

This new License Transfer Utility replaces the License Transfer Form from the website.

International Specification for Orienteering Maps (ISOM) 2017 Symbol Sets for OCAD 12

The International Orienteering Federation (IOF) published the new ISOM 2017 last week which replaces the ISOM 2000. For IOF events between 1 May and 31 December 2017, both ISOM 2000 and ISOM 2017 could be accepted (see also IOF News).

Symbol Sets
We have created the new symbol set and released it in the OCAD 12 Service Update 12.2.1.
This Service Update contains the following new symbol sets:

– Orienteering Map ISOM 2017 15 000.ocd
– Orienteering Map ISOM 2017 10 000.ocd (150% enlarged)
– Course setting ISOM 2017 15 000.ocd
– Course setting ISOM 2017 10 000.ocd (150% enlarged)

These symbol sets are in English language. We are working on the translations. We have tested the new symbol sets carefully but they still can contain errors. If you detect an error please report it as soon as possible to support@ocad.com . Thanks for your collaboration!

We have also created a conversion table between ISOM 2000 and ISOM 2017. This table file ISOM 2000 to ISOM 2017.crt is in the OCAD program subfolder \crt\ (e.g. C:\Program Files\OCAD\OCAD 12 Edition\Crt). Use the function Map -> Load Colors and Symbols From to load the new ISOM 2017 symbol and using the conversion table.

So download and install the latest OCAD 12 Service Update or register for OCAD 12 Trial version.

OCAD 11
You can download the OCAD 11 symbol sets from this link. Please unzip the file and copy the 6 files to the OCAD program subfolder \Symbol\ (e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\OCAD\OCAD 11 EDITION\Symbol/ ).

Please note that it is not possible to convert an ISOM 2017 OCAD 12 course setting project to OCAD 11, because the preview objects have other symbol numbers.

OCAD 12 Service Update from 2017-04-12
Many thanks for reporting errors. We did the following changes in the Service Update 12.2.1.1341:
– 110 Small Elongated Knoll: Symbol is not oriented to north.
– 203.001 Cave: Symbol added. Symbol is not oriented to north.
– 312 Spring: Symbol is not oriented to north.
– 501 Paved Area: Border line added.
– Color ‘Green 50% – Area Feature’: Number changed.
– 307.001 Uncrossable Marsh (Minimum): Symbol number changed to 307.002.
– 307.001 Uncrossable Marsh (Area): New symbol without border line added.
– 201.005 Impassable Cliff, Pit (Minimum): Symbol number changed to 201.006.
– 201.005 Impassable Cliff (Minimum): New symbol without tags added.
– 202.003 Cliff (Minimum): New symbol without tags added.

OCAD 12 Service Update from 2017-04-18
Many thanks for reporting errors. We did the following changes in the Service Update 12.2.1.1348:
– 508.005 Narrow Ride or Linear Trace (Short Line): New symbol added for short lines without a gap.

We recommend you to download the Service Update 12.2.1.1348 from Help menu -> OCAD Service Update and install it.

Link:

OCAD Training Program in Somers New York, April 21, 2017

 

OCAD 12 Opens PDF Background Maps with Help of Ghostscript

OCAD cannot load pdf files as background maps. But with help of the software Ghostscript the pdf will be converted to jpg and OCAD loads this jpg file.

How to do it?
Install Ghostscript first.

After the installation go to the OCAD Preferences in the Options menu.

Then choose the Ghostsript file path (for example: C:\Program Files\gs\gs9.20\bin\gswin64.exe) under File.

After that you only need to open your PDF-Background map and Ghostscript converts the file to a not georeferenced jpg. Therefore you need to adjust this background map. The loaded jpg images is in the list of the background maps.

Very simple and easy, more details can be found in OCAD Wiki

swisstopo Luftbild als Hintergrundkarte in OCAD Orienteering

OCAD unterstützt nun auch in der Orienteering Edition den Geodatendienst “Web Map Service” (WMS). Damit kann das aktuelle Luftbild zur Nachführung oder Neuerstellung einer OL-Karte direkt als Hintergrundkarte eingeblendet werden. Dieser WMS der swisstopo ist kostenlos, er muss jedoch im Toposhop von swisstopo bestellt werden.

Bestellung

Link: https://shop.swisstopo.admin.ch/de/products/geoservice/swisstopo_geoservices/swisstopoWMS

Scrolle nach unten und wähle das kostenlose Angebot 5000 Megapixel. Durch ein Klick aufs Pluszeichen wird das Produkt in den Warenkorb gelegt.

Anschliessend auf den Warenkorb klicken und den Bestellprozess abschliessen. 

Per Email erhält man nun einen Username und ein Password. Dies müssen später in OCAD eingegeben werden.

WMS in OCAD einbinden

In OCAD 12 Orienteering öffnet man via Hintergrundkarte -> WMS (Web Map Service) den entsprechenden Dialog. Mit Hinzufügen wird ein neuer WMS hinzugefügt. Der Name und die URL sind wie folgt einzugeben:

Gib beim Login und Password deinen von der swisstopo erhaltenen Username und Password ein. Klicke OK.

Klicke Verbinden.

OCAD listet alle vorhanden Dienste wie Luftbild oder Landeskarte. Für das Luftbild wähle Dienst Nummer 34 SWISSIMAGE. Als Bildformat empfehlen wir für Luftbilder jpeg. Die dritte Option (offline) lädt das Luftbild für den gewünschten Bereich herunter. Dieser kann durch die Eingabe der Koordinaten geändert werden. Für SWISSIMAGE ist die Auflösung von 0.25m empfehlenswert. Klicke auf Hinzufügen. Nun lädt OCAD das Luftbild (allenfalls auf mehrere Kacheln verteilt) herunter und lädt es als Hintergrundkarten. Dieser Vorgang kann einige Minuten dauern.

Die OL-Karte mit dem Luftbild ist nun bereit für die Nachführung.

Einzelne Kantone bieten ebenfalls WMS mit Luftbildern oder Vermessungsplänen an.