Tag Archives: Course Setting

Course Setting Printing

In our OCAD Wiki we have summarized information and tips on the subject of printing orienteering courses.


Map file loaded as background map in course setting project, blend mode set for course setting objects, control circle cut.

Canvas – Demo Video Available

The Canvas function allows you to export PDF’s of the same course setting project in different scales and layouts.

What is it good for?

Well, you probably have a course setting project and need to export maps in different scales (e.g. 15’000, 10’000 and 7’500), different layouts (e.g. text control description and symbol control description) and paper size (e.g. A4 and A3). Not an easy task, especially when last minute changes come in and you have to re-export the course maps.

With the Canvas function, you can set up your layouts and settings in a quiet minute and only hit one button to export all course maps again in the correct way.

Demo video available

In this demo video (available in English or German), we give you an introduction to the Canvas function and show you how it can be used with practical examples such as…

  • Exporting course maps where some courses have a symbol control description and some courses have a text control description
  • Exporting course maps where some courses have a marked route
  • Exporting course maps at different scales and layouts, e.g. 1:15,000, 1:10,000 and 1:7,500

New Course Setting Features

In the last OCAD Update, small but useful changes were added to the Course Setting Module.

Show Preview
The shortcut CTRL+R has been added to show / hide the Preview mode. (1)

Highlight unused control in course object list
Controls that are not used in any courses will be highlighted with red color in the course object list. (2)

Cut out control circles and connection lines
Select a control circle or course line and use the shortcut CTRL+G to cut a gap.

To create a gap, click once on the control circle or course line. Also, you can click and drag the mouse from the beginning to the the end of the part that should be cut out.

To close a cut, click into the gap again.

Relays are now also supported in the Canvas function.

Course Setting Competition Swiss Orienteering

OCAD has been sponsoring prizes for the Swiss Orienteering course setting competition for many years.

The aim of the competition is to set good and level courses for certain categories and to comply with the required framework conditions.

The course set by former orienteering world champion Thomas Bührer impressed the jury the most.

Click here for the analysis (German language) and the winning courses.

Review of OCAD Development 2023

We hope you all had a good start to the new year and wish you all the best for 2024.

In this blog post, we take a look at what has been added to OCAD over the last year in terms of functionality and learning aids.

OCAD Route Analyzer 2.0

The Route Analyzer 2.0 now also takes into account the relief and the runnability. With it, the fastest routes can be calculated in urban as well as in classic forest terrain.

Optimized DEM for Course Setting Available

To ensures that the climbing and slope gradient are included in the route calculation of Route Analyzer 2.0, an optimized elevation model can be embedded directly into the map or course setting file. This significantly reduces the file size of the DEM and makes it easier to exchange.

OCAD Sketch App Improvements

Improvements have also been made to the OCAD Sketch App:
– A scale bar to improve the distance feeling within the app
– Additional colors for sketching
– Improved position display of the internal GPS on Android devices

Learning Aids

  • OCAD Basics
    An exercise, that teaches both basic and advanced drawing and editing functions in an interactive way. Available in different languages.
  • Recordings on YouTube
    Webinar on creating and using base data for orienteering maps.
    Video on how to create a digital elevation model.
  • Symbol Sets

The following symbol sets have been updated in 2023:
ISCD 2024