Category Archives: OCAD 11

Shape Import in OCAD 12 Orienteering Edition

The newest OCAD 12 Orienteering Service Update 12.1.2  contains a new function to import geodata in Shape file format. Up to now this function was only available OCAD Professional and Mapping Solution.

Geodata are more and more freely accessible from government as Open Data. So use this geodata and import them in OCAD before starting drawing.

Example of geodata import (streets) from swisstopo :

File -> Import and choose the shp file. The Import Shape File appears.

ShapeImportDialog

After the import you have to assign the imported objects to existing symbols. So import also the classification from Shape file.
Chose Use layer information from field option and click on the View table button.

In the View Table dialog you can see all database fields with the values.

ShapeImportDialogViewTable

The classification (2_Klass, 3_Klass, 4_Klass,….) is in the OBJECTVAL field. Close this dialog and choose the OBJECTVAL field.

Click OK to import the data.

All imported objects are unsymbolized. Select one line object. The layer information 4_Klass for this object is visible on the left side of the status bar.

ShapeImportUnsymbolizedObjects

Assign these objects to symbols using the Convert Imported Layers to Symbols in the Map menu.

Click the Add all button to add all layers in the table. On the right side choose the corresponding symbols.

ShapeImportConvertLayer

Click Execute to symbolize the objects.

ShapeImportSymbolizedObjects

Check your Urban Orienteering Map with Google Street View

The current OCAD 12.1.1.0946 Service Update contains a new feature which really helps the mappers of urban Orienteering maps if Google Street View is available in this area.

Click to the Open Google Street View icon GooglStreetViewToolbarIcon in the toolbar. The cursor changes to an arrow.

Click into the drawing area and drag a direction.

GoogleStreetViewDrawingArea

OCAD opens the web browser with Google Street View at the chosen position and direction.

GoogleStreetView

Of course the function works only when the map is georeferenced.

OCAD 12 Wiki: Open Google Street View

Map: Swiss O Week training map “Zuoz”.

 

The New Orienteering Map Specification ISOM 201X

The IOF Mapping Commission sent the ISOM 201x Final Draft to the national federations.

How to convert an ISOM 2000 map to ISOM 201x in OCAD?

Here is a first approach to convert the objects using a CRT file.
* Open your existing map drawn according to ISOM 2000
* Click Map -> Load Colors and Symbols From: Choose the ISOM 201x file in scale 1:15’000 or 10’000
* Choose Replace existing colors and symbols
* Activate Use CRT file and choose the ISOM2000 zu ISOM201x Final Draft.crt file

Resources:
* ISOM 201x symbol set 1:15’000
* ISOM 201x symbol set 1:10’000
* ISOM2000 to ISOM201x Final Draft CRT (zipped file)

First ISOM 201x impressions from map Ils Aults, 2015:

ISOM201x_2

LAS File Import Improved in Newest OCAD 11.5.8 Service Update

OCAD AG has released a new Service Update for OCAD 11 which contains improved features and fixed bugs. The improved import of airborne Laser scanning data in LAS file format now needs 50% less memory during the import. This makes it possible to import bigger LAS files into OCAD.

We got from a customer brand new airborne Laser scanning data from a forest. This data was used to improve the LAS import in OCAD.

Technical data:
– File format: LAS
– File size: 1.3 GB
– Area: 1000x1000m
– Number of points: 49 millions

That means 49 points per square meter, still 19 points per square meter therefrom on ground! OCAD 11 imports this data successfully and calculates different derived products.

The calculated hill shading from the DTM shows not only the road, path and watercourse network but also the tracks of forestry vehicles are good recognizable in this flat area.
LAS_HillSjading

Visit our Wiki to see all derived products.