Category Archives: OCAD 12

Coming soon: OCAD 2018!

OCAD 2018 will be released soon. The Beta version is available for testing to all OCAD 12 users free of charge. Please visit our new OCAD 2018 Wiki how to download and install it.

Two of many new features available in the OCAD 2018 Beta version:

Stronger smoothing of contour lines in flat areas using the topographic position index (TPI).

Checking the legibility of orienteering maps according ISOM 2017 (minimum distance between objects, minimum line length, minimum area size).

Despite new features, two major changes will be introduced with OCAD 2018:

1. Change to the Subscription Model
As the innovations and technological developments are having faster release processes it is no longer appropriate to release a new version of OCAD with many new features every three years. With regular updates, OCAD 2018 shall be updated with new functions, technological developments and new standards as soon as possible. By introducing the subscription model, you can purchase OCAD for one or three years.

2. Efficient and Carefree Team Work
Thanks to the subscription option “OCAD for Teams” you can transfer your license to others immediately. If you synchronize your OCAD file and installation with a cloud service (e. g. Dropbox, OneDrive etc.) you avoid compatibility problems between different OCAD versions, files and functionality. Everybody involved works with the same and most current version.

All you need to know about OCAD 2018, details on terms and the pricing can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

For anyone who buys an OCAD 12 license during the Beta period you may choose an update to OCAD 2018 free of charge. The subscription will have a term of 3 years. After its expiration you decide to continue with an OCAD subscription or remain with OCAD 12.

IOF ISSOM 20XX Final Draft for Sprint Orienteering Maps Released

The international Orienteering Federation (IOF) published a final draft of the new International Specification for Sprint Orienteering Maps (ISSOM) in February 2018. OCAD has created a new ISSOM 20XX Final Draft symbol set and released a Service Update for OCAD 12.

OCAD 12 users can download this Service Update via Help menu -> OCAD Service Update. Please close OCAD before installing the Service Update.

The function Symbol Set Conversion updates the map content of old sprint orienteering maps according ISSOM 2007 to ISSOM 20XX Final Draft automatically. This function keeps its old layout (title, logos and other map elements).

Choose Symbol Set Conversion command from the Map menu.

Choose the Symbol Set Orienteering Map ISSOM 20XX Final Draft 4000 and the CRT file ISSOM 2007 to ISSOM 20XX Final Draft if not already chosen by default.

The old ISSOM 2007 symbols are already assigned to a new ISSOM 20XX Final Draft symbol according to the CRT file. Or you can assign each symbol to another one.

Choose the symbols from the old layout which you want to keep in the new ISSOM 20XX Final Draft symbol set.

Click OK to replace the symbol set.

The new ISSOM 20XX Final Draft symbol set is loaded and the chosen layout symbols from the old map are at the top of the symbol box.

Choose the symbols from the old layout which you want to keep in the new ISSOM 20XX Final Draft symbol set.

For more information please read our Wiki.

Access MapAnt WMS in OCAD

One year ago, MapAnt elated the orienteering community by releasing a gigantic automatically generated orienteering map, covering almost every part of Finland. From December 2017 onwards the MapAnt-map can be accessed via WMTS and WMS. OCAD pre-configured the MapAnt WMS in its latest service update. Like this it’s very easy to extend an existing orienteering map.


Your OCAD map needs to be georeferenced in the Finnish coordinate system TM35FIN.

Access WMS

Open WMS Web Map Service in the Background Map menu. Choose the pre-configured FI-MapAnt WMS and click on Connect.

The map tiles can be downloaded in png format to your local machine. Change the offline folder as needed and set the resolution to 1m.

Define the desired extend by inserting coordinates or simply zoom to the desired area and the click on Set extend to current view.

Click on Add. OCAD downloads the map tiles to your folder and load them directly as background maps.

Overlapping parts

Depending on the chosen extend, the background maps may overlap with your existing map. To avoid overlapping, following suggestions may help you:

  • Fit the extend you want to download to the edges of your existing map
  • Cover your entire orienteering map with white background. Add a new white color at the end of your color table which you use as fill color for a new area symbol. Set your View to Normal Mode.

Orienteering map Luotosenjärvi Hamina by Janne Weckmann.


New Course Setting Symbol Sets in OCAD

The International Orienteering Federation (IOF) Rules Commission released the updated IOF Control Descriptions (ISCD 2018) last week. The International Specification for Control Descriptions will come into force on 1st of January 2018. The new OCAD 12 Service Update 12.3.0 contains new course setting symbol sets which are fully compatible with the new ISCD 2018 specification.

Major Changes to the 2004 version

– Optional extra line showing the distance to the start triangle from the timed start.

– New symbols introduced for Trench and Out of Bounds Area.

– Bend moved from Column G to Column F.

– Removal of symbol for Radio or TV control.

New Symbol Sets in OCAD

After installing the new OCAD 12 Service Update, the ISCD 2018 symbol sets for the different scales are available when starting a new Course Setting project.
In a course setting project for forest orienteering (scale 1:15’000 and 1:10’000) the course setting symbols refers to ISOM 2017, for sprint orienteering (scale 1:4’000 and 1:5’000) the course setting symbols refers to ISSOM 2007.

Map Issue Point

The International Specification for Orienteering Maps (ISOM 2017) has a new symbol for the map issue point (symbol number 702). How that works in OCAD? Choose a new ISCD 2018 course setting project and draw a marked route to the start triangle. Add a Corner Vertex into the dashed line. The crossbar for the map issue point appears.

Please note that the new symbol sets are not compatible with OCAD 11 and earlier versions.

OCAD Website:
IOF ISOM 2017:

OCAD as Cloudable App

OCAD 12 runs as app on clouds like DropBox or OneDrive. For example you can install your  OCAD license once in the cloud of your desktop computer and synchronize the app on your laptop.
During the OCAD installation change the default installation folder to a folder from your cloud storage.

Start OCAD on your desktop and activate it. The activation information is saved local on your desktop computer. After the files in your cloud folder are synchronized on your laptop start OCAD from your laptop’s File Explorer.

Note that you have to activate the software also on the laptop.
One advantage is that you need to install the Service Updates only on one computer. The synchronizing updates the new files also on the other computer.
Or do you have your orienteering maps of the club in the cloud? Why not installing there the free OCAD 12 Viewer too. Thereby all members of the shared folder can open and print OCAD maps without an additional installation and registration.

Download OCAD Viewer

Working collaboratively on OCAD, MapSport Cartographic