Category Archives: OCAD 2018

Make Graphic Modifications to Orienteering Courses

Often it is necessary to make graphic modifications to orienteering courses, e.g. because a course object covers important map information.

We have updated our OCAD Wiki page Make Graphic Modifications. The page describes in detail how to make and undo modifications and includes examples.

Cut out control circles.
Moving control numbers.
Make other modifications by exporting course maps.

OCAD Sketch App – Official Release

The OCAD Sketch App is officially released!

We would like to thank you for the many feedbacks and improvement requests. These motivate us to further develop the Sketch App and make it even better.

All information about the OCAD Sketch App is available at www.ocad.com/app.

What’s new with the release?

– The app is now available in Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Search for OCAD Sketch.

– When uploading data from OCAD Desktop to OCAD Cloud Transfer, a link will be generated in addition to a QR Code. This link can easily be sent to the mobile device, e.g. via email, SMS or WhatApp. On your mobile device, just click on the link to download the data into OCAD Sketch App.

– The OCAD Sketch App Data Exchange tool is now available in different languages.

– Thanks to some bug fixes, the app runs more stable.

Have you already installed the app?

Then update the app in Google Play Store or Apple App Store. All your previous projects will still be available in the official version.

Haven’t you installed the app yet?

Then get going! The OCAD Sketch App provides a great mapping experience in the field- both for new mapping and for revisions, feedback from course planners or map reviewers.

What’s next after the installation of the app?

To work with the app, you must first load a map project onto the app. You can do so in several ways:

– Learn how to transfer a project from OCAD Desktop to the app in our OCAD Wiki or in this video. Please install the latest OCAD Update first. Request a free OCAD Trial if you have no OCAD Subscription license.

– Request a link or a QR code for a project from another person, e.g. a club member.

– You can also download our Demo Project.

Still looking for a suitable tablet?

We have put together a few recommendations on our OCAD Wiki page.

Map Issue Point: Correct Placement

Often, an orienteering competition starts with a marked route to the start point. Nowadays, you also mark the Map Issue Point. It’s the place where you get the map and it is marked with a horizontal line.

There is a symbol 702.000 for the Map Issue Point. If your course setting project contains just one start, that’s all right. However, it get’s annoying if there are more than one start and Map Issue Points, as all of them will be show in Course Preview.

Course setting project with two courses. Each course has its own start.
Course Preview of one of the courses. Both Map Issue Points are displayed, as Symbol 702.000 was used.

It’s better to include the Map Issue Point into the marked route, that leads to the start point. For that, you need to insert a Corner Vertex into the marked route.

Insert a Corner Vertex into the marked route to mark the Map Issue Point…
…as now only one Map Issue Point will be displayed in Course Preview.

Now, the Map Issue Points will only be displayed if the corresponding course is previewed/ exported.

How it works.

Script Error: New component required for correct display

In some cases, Open Street Map integration with OCAD no longer works properly and you receive a Script Error message like the following:

How to solve this issue ?

Functions that may be affected by this error message includes New Map Wizard, Rotate Map to Magnetic North, Magnetic Declination and Online Map Services.

This bug will not be not fixed in OCAD 12.

How did this error happen?

Open Street Map no longer supports Internet Explorer, which was previously used in OCAD to display web content. That’s why OCAD uses now Microsoft Edge WebView2. Microsoft Edge WebView2 is already installed on computers running Windows 11, but not on older versions of Windows. Therefore, the Microsoft Edge WebView2 must be installed manually on these devices.

Canvases – A Way to Export Courses in Different Scales

Given the following example:

For a long distance orienteering race, the following courses and classes are offered.

– Long Course, Class WE, Scale 15’000
– Medium Course, Class W18, Scale 10’000
– Medium Course, Class M60, Scale 7’500
– Short Course, Class M80, Scale 7’500

Thanks to the Canvases function, all courses and/or classes can be automatically exported as PDF from a single course setting project in the specified scale and layout. Especially for larger events, this reduces the time required and potential sources of error.

In the OCAD Wiki, the Canvases function is described in detail and an example with demofiles is available.