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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/

Enlarge Your Cursor Again

The current OCAD 12 Service Update fixes a problem with the drawing and editing cursor introduced with the new Windows 10 Creators Update. After installing the Windows 10 Creators Update, the OCAD cursor was very small on computers with high-DPI monitors (often laptops).

 

Check the option Scale cursor size in the OCAD Preferences to enlarge the cursor to the default size.

 

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.

How to Check if the Map Is Correctly Georeferenced?

It exists different options, but the easiest way is to overlay the map in Google Earth.

Check first if the map is georeferenced. Click Map -> Set Scale and Coordinate System and check if the Real-world coordinates and the Coordinate system are set.

Export the map in KMZ Google Earth format.

Click File -> Open Recently Export Documents to open the kmz file in Google Earth. That works only if Google Earth is also installed.

The map matches which the Google Earth image. So, the OCAD map is correctly georeferenced.

OCAD Training Program in Somers New York, April 21, 2017