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64bit vs 32bit OCAD version

The latest OCAD update no longer creates a 32-bit version for most users.

What version of OCAD is installed?

For OCAD Orienteering, OCAD Starter, OCAD Course Setting and OCAD Viewer, OCAD Setup will only install the 64-bit version.

Note: In the past, certain features were only available in the 32-bit version (e.g. real-time GPS). These features now also work in the 64-bit version.

For OCAD Mapping Solution, OCAD Setup still installs both the 64-bit and 32-bit versions.
The reason for this is that some database features are not available in both versions:
– Microsoft Access database files depend on the installed version of the Access Database Engine.
– dbf database file cannot be used in OCAD 64-bit version

What does this mean for you?

You may have to recreate some OCAD shortcuts.
Go to C:\Program Files\OCAD\OCAD 2018 Orienteering. There you will find the ‘OCAD 2018 Orienteering.exe’. Right-click on it and Create Shortcut.

Otherwise you will not notice any effect.

What’s the difference between the 64-bit and 32-bit versions of OCAD?

The 64-bit version of OCAD isn’t faster than the 32-bit version, but it can allocate more RAM. This is important when loading large raster background maps or DEM files.

Other things to note

Almost all computers today run a 64-bit version of Windows. However, if the installed Windows version is 32-bit, OCAD will only install a 32-bit version of OCAD.

Did you know? Free licenses for OCAD training courses!

We regularly receive requests from orienteering clubs who are planning a course setting or mapping course for their members and need OCAD licenses.

We are happy to provide a free OCAD training license for this purpose. The license can be installed and used by the members on their own devices for the duration of the training course.

– Training license for a 2 week course setting course with 5 participants.
– Training license for a 5 week map making course with 20 participants.

Unlike the OCAD Trial version, the training license does not contain any restrictions and can also be used by users who have already installed an OCAD Trial version.

How do I get a license?
Send an email to with the following information:
– Club name
– Which edition you want (OCAD Course Setting, OCAD Starter, OCAD Orienteering)
– Course start date
– Course end date
– Number of expected participants

We look forward to hearing from you!