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Convert an Orienteering Map to MTBO Map

The current OCAD 12 Service Update contains an interesting new feature for MTBO maps.

If you want to draw a MTBO map and if there exists already an orienteering map, you can easily create the MTBO map on base of the orienteering map.

Open the orienteering map and load the colors and the symbols from a MTBO map. Press the Shift key while you are clicking on Map -> Load Colors and the Symbols from…. Choose the Orienteering Map ISMTBOM2010 in the same scale as your orienteering map is.

The dialog Load Colors and Symbols From appears:


Press the Shift key and click on the Load button. Choose the CRT file ISOM2000_to_ISMTBOM2010.crt.

The foot orienteering symbols are changed to the mountain bike orienteering symbols.

Perhaps not all of the symbols are known in the MTBO map, because the mapper added new symbols in the orienteering map. These objects have to been assigned. To check if you have objects with unknown symbols click on Select -> Select Objects by Symbols -> Objects with Unknown Symbol.

Clean up the map from unused objects (e.g. slope lines of form lines) and check the classification of the path and track network in the terrain.

Shape Import in OCAD 12 Orienteering Edition

The newest OCAD 12 Orienteering Service Update 12.1.2  contains a new function to import geodata in Shape file format. Up to now this function was only available OCAD Professional and Mapping Solution.

Geodata are more and more freely accessible from government as Open Data. So use this geodata and import them in OCAD before starting drawing.

Example of geodata import (streets) from swisstopo :

File -> Import and choose the shp file. The Import Shape File appears.


After the import you have to assign the imported objects to existing symbols. So import also the classification from Shape file.
Chose Use layer information from field option and click on the View table button.

In the View Table dialog you can see all database fields with the values.


The classification (2_Klass, 3_Klass, 4_Klass,….) is in the OBJECTVAL field. Close this dialog and choose the OBJECTVAL field.

Click OK to import the data.

All imported objects are unsymbolized. Select one line object. The layer information 4_Klass for this object is visible on the left side of the status bar.


Assign these objects to symbols using the Convert Imported Layers to Symbols in the Map menu.

Click the Add all button to add all layers in the table. On the right side choose the corresponding symbols.


Click Execute to symbolize the objects.


Kartdagarna 26. – 28. April 2016 in Gävle SWE


OCAD AG at Kartdagarna 2016 in Gävle
Gavlerinken Arena, Gavlehovsvägen 13, Gävle, Schweden
Visit us at: Booth B:01

We are especially proud to present you our new product “OCAD 12 ThematicMapper”

New in OCAD 12

  • Generalization Tools
  • Irregular Pattern Symbols
  • Docking Panels
  • Step-by-Step-Wizard for DEM
  • Step-by-STep Wizard for LiDAR data
  • Smart Editing Tools
  • Time Stamp for Objects
  • more Buttons and Shortcuts


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The New Orienteering Map Specification ISOM 201X

The IOF Mapping Commission sent the ISOM 201x Final Draft to the national federations.

How to convert an ISOM 2000 map to ISOM 201x in OCAD?

Here is a first approach to convert the objects using a CRT file.
* Open your existing map drawn according to ISOM 2000
* Click Map -> Load Colors and Symbols From: Choose the ISOM 201x file in scale 1:15’000 or 10’000
* Choose Replace existing colors and symbols
* Activate Use CRT file and choose the ISOM2000 zu ISOM201x Final Draft.crt file

* ISOM 201x symbol set 1:15’000
* ISOM 201x symbol set 1:10’000
* ISOM2000 to ISOM201x Final Draft CRT (zipped file)

First ISOM 201x impressions from map Ils Aults, 2015:


OCAD 12 Showcase Olten am Samstag 12. Dezember 2015

09:15 – 11:00 Teil 1: Was ist neu in OCAD 12 Orienteering?

  • Allgemeines
  • Smarte Bearbeitungs-Tools
  • Schritt-für-Schritt-Assistent für Laserscanning-Daten
  • Multi-Repräsentation

11:00 – 11:20 Pause (inkl. Znüni)

11:20 – 12:20 Teil 2: Was ist neu in OCAD 12 Orienteering?

  • Lokale Transformation
  • Generalisierungs-Tools
  • Unregelmässige Flächenmuster
  • ThematicMapper (Thematische Karten)

Datum:   Samstag, 12. Dezember 2015
Ort:   FH Nordwestschweiz, Von Roll-Strasse 10, Olten, Gebäude OVR, Raum B147 (1. Stock)
Zielpublikum:   Aktive OL-Karten-Zeichner
Referent:   Gian-Reto Schaad und Thomas Gloor
Teilnehmer:    Max. 40 Teilnehmer
Organisator:    OCAD AG
Anmeldeschluss:    Montag 7. Dezember 2015
Ausrüstung:    Eigener Laptop mit installierter OCAD 12 oder Testversion (Trial Version) kann zum Nachvollziehen der vorgeführten Funktionen mitgebracht werden.

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