Category Archives: OCAD 12

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 ourĀ OCAD Wiki.

OCAD and World Orienteering Championships 2021

The World Orienteering Championships (WOC) start this weekend in beautiful terrain around Doksy in the Czech Republic. The competitions will take place from 3 to 9 July.

OCAD is partner of WOC 2021 and played an essential role in creating the WOC maps, arena planning, data preparation and course setting.

We are very much looking forward to great maps, exciting courses and lots of action.