Category Archives: OCAD 2018

Load Georeferenced Google Maps Aerial Images

Would you like to quickly and easily load a georeferenced aerial image as background map?

Then this is best done with the function Online Map Services. The function loads a Google Maps image directly at the right place.

This is how easy it works (Video you YouTube):

– Open the Online Map Services in the OCAD Background Map menu.
– Move and zoom in Google Maps to the desired extent.
– Load the image correctly geo-referenced as background map.

If the map is not geo-referenced, you need to adjust the Background Map afterwards.

Updating Orienteering Maps in OCAD

Not every map project covers unmapped terrain. Actually, it is quite likely that an older orienteering map of the same area already exists.

As our environment is constantly changing, sooner or later orienteering maps have to be updated. But how is this best done?

We have created a Wiki page about Updating Orienteering Maps in OCAD. It contains a possible workflow, as well as numerous tips and suitable functions.

Have fun reading it.

Updating_Orienteering_Maps

Upload to SPORTident Center

SPORTident has launched a major update in June 2020 of its Orienteering App.

Thanks to a cooperation between OCAD and SPORTident, the latest OCAD Update includes the function Upload to SPORTident Center.

SPORTident Center is the results platform for orienteering events. Maps and courses created with OCAD can be imported directly into a new or existing event in SPORTident Center and are immediately available in the Orienteering App afterwards.

Have a look at the example of a small event yourself.

More about the Upload fom OCAD to SPORTident Center:

More about the SPORTident Orienteering App:

Upload To SPORTident Center

Download Georeferenced Satellite Images

SAS.Planet is a free application used to view and download satellite images submitted by such services as Google Maps, Bing Maps, Yandex.maps, Yahoo! Maps and many more.

The satellite images can be downloaded and then loaded into OCAD as georeferenced background maps.

We can recommend the following workaround:

1. Download SAS.Planet from the web and run the application.

2. Zoom to your desired location and select an extend.

3. Open the Selection Manager and edit the tab Stitch. Don’t forget to create a file for georeferencing. We’ve chosen the settings as follows.

4. Start the download.

5. Open a map project in OCAD. Your map needs to be georeferenced. To georeference a new map, you can use the New Map Wizard.

6. Go to Menu Background>Manage>Open.

7. Choose your downloaded satellite images. As they most probably do not have the same coordinate system as your map project, you need to transform the satellite images. Choose Google Mercator as coordinate system.

8. Click OK and the satellite images appear as georeferenced background maps.

Update your Old Maps

Orienteering maps should been drawn according to the International Specification for Orienteering Maps (ISOM). This ensures that different types of terrain around the world are mapped with the same symbols that every orienteer understands.

These specifications are updated from time to time. For example, the specifications for Forest Maps (ISOM 2017) and Sprint Maps (ISSprOM 2019) have recently been revised. Orienteering maps, which were still drawn with symbols of an old specification, can be easily updated to the current specifications in OCAD.

Sometimes it’s tricky to find out which symbol set is the current one or with which symbol set a map was drawn. The wiki page Symbol Set Overview was created for this purpose.

A demonstration how to update a Sprint Map from ISSOM 2007 to ISSprOM 2019 can be seen here.