Category Archives: OCAD 12

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 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

Convert an Orienteering Map to MTBO Map

The current OCAD 12 Service Update contains an interesting new feature for MTBO maps.

If you want to draw a MTBO map and if there exists already an orienteering map, you can easily create the MTBO map on base of the orienteering map.

Open the orienteering map and load the colors and the symbols from a MTBO map. Press the Shift key while you are clicking on Map -> Load Colors and the Symbols from…. Choose the Orienteering Map ISMTBOM2010 in the same scale as your orienteering map is.

The dialog Load Colors and Symbols From appears:

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Press the Shift key and click on the Load button. Choose the CRT file ISOM2000_to_ISMTBOM2010.crt.

The foot orienteering symbols are changed to the mountain bike orienteering symbols.

Perhaps not all of the symbols are known in the MTBO map, because the mapper added new symbols in the orienteering map. These objects have to been assigned. To check if you have objects with unknown symbols click on Select -> Select Objects by Symbols -> Objects with Unknown Symbol.

Clean up the map from unused objects (e.g. slope lines of form lines) and check the classification of the path and track network in the terrain.

Download your Background Maps via WMS

We developed a new function to download a defined extent with high resolution from a WMS and saving on your computer. The downloaded georeferenced images can be used as (offline) background maps which is faster than the access via (online) WMS.

After connecting a WMS server choose the new third option Add user defined extent of selected layers to background maps (offline). Choose the Offline folder , set the Resolution and the extent. Click Add.

Settings for WMS

OCAD starts to download the map, splitted in several tiles. The download can take some minutes.

Map with downloaded orthophoto

OCAD adds all downloaded tiles as background maps.

Background Manager with loaded image tiles

The WMS function is only available in OCAD 12 Mapping Solution and Professional edition.

More about WMS in our Wiki .