Category Archives: OCAD 11

New MTBO Symbol Sets

With the latest OCAD Update, we added new symbol sets for mountain bike orienteering (MTBO). The symbol sets are based on the final draft of the ISMTBOM 202x, released by the Internation Orienteering Map Commission, in cooperation with the MTBO Commission. Please find more information here.

In OCAD, you can use the symbol sets for testing in different ways:

  • To start a new MTBO Map
  • To update an old MTBO Map
  • To change an Foot Orienteering map into a MTBO map

Start a new MTBO map

We recommend you to start a new map with the New Map Wizard. There you have the possiblity to directly georeference the map and import OSM data and convert these data into OCAD symbols.

Start the New Map Wizard (menu File > New Map Wizard). Choose optionally to Import OSM data.
Load the ISMTBOM 202x symbol set and the OSM to ISMTBOM 202x.ocdCrt. In this example, we create a map for 15’000 scale. If you like another scale, you can go to menu Map > Change Scale after you run the Wizard. Enlarge/reduce the symbols, when you change the scale.
Choose a map extract and set the coordinate system. The map extent you see in the window will be imported into OCAD. Alternatively, specify coordinate values. Click on Create when you are done.
You will get a georeferenced map with the MTBO symbol set and OSM objects.

To start with a new map, you can also go to menu File > New and open the ISMTBOM 202x Final Draft symbol set.

New 15’000 map: Choose the ISMTBOM 202x Final Draft 15’000.ocd. No symbol scaling needed.

New 12’500 / 10’000: Choose the ISMTBOM 202x Final Draft 15’000.ocd. Choose 12’500 / 10’000 as map scale. Scale symbols.

New 7’500 / 5’000 map: Choose the ISMTBOM 202x Final Draft 5’000.ocd. This symbol set contains additional sprint symbols. Choose 7’500 / 5’000 as map scale. No symbol scaling needed.

Update an old MTBO Map

In OCAD, you can use the function Symbol Set Conversion to easily update a MTBO map with an old symbol set to the new symbol set.

Open an old MTBO map. Apart from ISMTBO2010 symbols, this map example contains additional (own) symbols.
Start the Symbol Set Conversion (menu Map > Symbol Set Conversion). Choose the same Symbol Set and CRT file as you see in the image above. Activate the Scale Symbols option if the map scale of both files is different, e.g. you convert an old MTBO map in scale 10’000 to the new ISMTBOM 15’000 symbol set. Have a look at our Wiki page to understand the functionality of the Symbol Set Conversion.
Updated map with new MTBO symbol set and some additional symbols on top.

Change an Foot Orienteering map into a MTBO map

Use also the Symbol Set Conversion for that purpose.

OCAD Sample Map Bürenflue (File > Open Sample Map).
Start the Symbol Set Conversion (menu Map > Symbol Set Conversion). Choose the same Symbol Set and CRT file as you see in the image above. Activate the Scale Symbols option if the map scale of both files is different. In our example we convert an old ISOM 2017 map in scale 10’000 and use the ISMTBOM 15’000 symbol set for conversion. But the map scale should still be 10’000 after conversion. That’s why we scale the symbols. Have a look at our Wiki page to understand the functionality of the Symbol Set Conversion.
Converted map from ISOM 2017 symbol set to new MTBO symbol set.

MapAnt Switzerland

After the release of a pilot project for a Swiss MapAnt last summer, we are happy to present our final MapAnt Switzerland, which covers the whole of Switzerland.

The creation of this map became possible after the Federal Office of Topography swisstopo made many of its data available online free of charge as Open Government Data (OGD) this March.

MapAnt can animate to discover new areas. However, please note, that the possession of this map does not entitle to any orienteering activities in the terrain. Before using this map in the terrain, it is mandatory to contact the local orienteering club or the regional orienteering association to clarify forest use, private property, nature reserves, wildlife reserves, protected areas and other restrictions.

You can find more information about the development of MapAnt in our OCAD Wiki.

Have fun exploring Switzerland digitally!

Freehand Mode for Tablets

The OCAD Sketch Layer is designed for sketching objects on a tablet.

Of course, objects can also be drawn directly with a drawing mode such as Curve, Straigth line or Freehand mode.

However, the Freehand mode was not very intuitive until now. Fortunately this has improved since the last OCAD update.

The Freehand mode for tablets now feels as intuitive and natural as drawing with the Sketch Layer, as you can see in this video.

For that, you need to select the option  Freehand mode: Adapted for tablet with pen in the OCAD preferences.

Improved Live Preview

Thanks to the live preview of objects, their dimension is already visible during drawing.

Since the latest OCAD Update 2020.5.12, the live preview is no more only limited to line objects, but is also available for point objects.

In addition, a so-called legibility halo can be displayed for point objects. The distance of this legibility halo is based on the IOF specifications for orienteering maps and supports the cartographer to draw objects with enough distance to each other.

More information can be found in our OCAD Wiki.