Category Archives: OCAD 12

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.

Requirements

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.

Link: http://www.mapant.fi/

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.

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

Links:
OCAD Website: http://www.ocad.com/en/
IOF: http://orienteering.org/new-control-descriptions-published/
IOF ISOM 2017: http://orienteering.org/international-specification-for-orienteering-maps-isom-2017-has-been-published/

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

OCAD 12 Symbol Set Conversion: The Easiest Way to Update your Orienteering Map with ISOM 2017 Symbol Set

The International Orienteering Federation (IOF) published the new International Specification for Orienteering Maps (ISOM) in April 2017.  The OCAD AG has created a new ISOM 2017 symbol set and released it in the OCAD 12 Service Update 12.2.1.

Thousands of existing Orienteering maps need to be updated in the next years with the new symbol set. The latest Service Update of OCAD 12 contains the new function Symbol Set Conversion to update the map content of old Orienteering maps according ISOM 2000 to ISOM 2017 automatically. However, the new function keeps its old layout (title, logos and other map elements).

Choose this Symbol Set Conversion command from the Map menu.

The ISOM 2017 symbol set with the correct map scale and the crt file is already loaded. Choose your preferred language for the description of symbols and color names.

The old ISOM 2000 symbols are already assigned to a new ISOM 2017 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 ISOM 2017 symbol set.

Click OK to replace the symbol set.

The new ISOM 2017 symbol set is loaded and the chosen layout symbols from the old map are at the top of the symbol box.

For more information please read our Wiki.

Open Street Map to ISOM 2017

There is a new features available in the current version of OCAD. You can create a new orienteering map based on open street map data.

Click on File -> New Map Wizard. A dialog appears. Choose ISOM 2017, set the scale and click on the button with the three dots to choose a filename.Click Next.

Enter a name of a town in the search field and click on Go. Move the map to the center to choose the right area. Change the coordinate system in the bottom.Click on Next.

Change the .crt file to ‘OSM to ISOM 2017.crt’. 

Wait a few minutes and you will get shown the imported OpenStreetMap data with ISOM 2017 symbols. Perhaps you have to delete some huge areas that cover the entire map.