The current OCAD 12 Service Update contains a new feature to close gaps while renumbering Course Setting controls. Enable the Close gaps option to remove all gaps from the used control numbers.
We are pleased to announce the release of OCAD 12. OCAD 12 offers many new features and numerous improvements, which facilitate map-making and thus your work.
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We are pleased to announce the release of OCAD 12 Beta Test Version. OCAD 12 offers many new features and numerous improvements, which facilitate map-making and thus your work.
Several new smart editing tools have been added, including:
Several new generalization tools either for rectangular features (e.g. buildings) and for line features (e.g. contour lines) have been added.
Representing area symbols (e.g. forest or scree) with irregular patterns. Structure elements can be cut or displayed completely at the border line.
Several new tools for adjusting topology have been added:
LiDAR and DEM data are becoming more important for creating topographic maps. A step-by-step wizard helps you to analyze them and create hill shadings, contour lines, cliffs and vegetation height. Moreover you can lay profiles to analyze intermediate LiDAR impulses.
The symbol box and other tool boxes can be detached and placed anywhere.
Objects get a time stamp when created or edited which can be looked up.
OCAD 12 will also be available in a 64-bit version for better handling of background files and any other large files.
Multiple representation enables the creation and display of cartographic objects at different locations (e.g. text label displacements) and different map styles.
Mapping processes can be automated with easily created XML scripts. It is also possible to use XML scripts to create thematic maps.
The OCAD 12 Beta test version is available free of charge to all current users of OCAD 11 Orienteering Standard or Professional. OCAD 11 must be installed and activated on the same computer.
Download link: OCAD 12 Beta Test
We wish you a lot of fun exploring OCAD 12 Beta and look forward to your comments.
Those who buy OCAD 11 Orienteering Standard or Professional during the Beta testing stage receive an OCAD 12 update for the same edition for free upon its official release.
OCAD 11 offers a new function for importing complete OCAD map files into OCAD course setting projects. This function has great advantages for MTB Orienteering and Ski Orienteering course setting as it allows respecting the colour hierarchy. The lower purple (e.g. for control circles, lines between controls) appears in the course setting project and on printed maps below paths, tracks and streets. The upper purple (e.g. for focus points of controls, control number, forbidden routes) appears above the paths, tracks and streets.
The following example shows how to import a MTBO map into a course setting project.
General information about the new function
Copying complete maps into OCAD course setting projects has already been possible with earlier OCAD versions. But it required a manual copy-paste-procedure with limitations concerning the quantity of copied objects. With the OCAD 11 function importing is getting much more user friendly. Even though certain know-how about colour hierarchies is still needed in case the colours of the original OCAD templates for MTBO maps have been modified.
Importing map with modified colour hierarchies
Often, the colour hierarchies (= colour table) of your MTBO map and your OCAD course setting project are not identical. So we recommand the following procedure for the import:
Your OCAD course setting project should now contain the complete MTBO map. The colour layers should be correct so that the course setting elements are displayed correctly. You can test this by placing a control with focus point (symbol 840) on a path track or road. The focus point should be displayed above the path, track or road. The circle should be below it. The samples below show the difference between correct and wrong colour hierarchies.
Manual writted by Christian Gigon
OCAD will be present at Swiss Orienteering Week in Zermatt on Sunday 20 July.
The OCAD team will demonstrate you the new OCAD 11 features and answer your questions about the OCAD software.
Visit our booth on Sunday 20 July between 08.30-13.00 and 16.00-19.30 at SOW Centre Obere Matten.