Tag Archives: Course Setting

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/

New Course Setting Symbol Sets in OCAD

The International Orienteering Federation (IOF) Rules Commission released the updated IOF Control Descriptions (ISCD 2018) last week. The International Specification for Control Descriptions will come into force on 1st of January 2018. The new OCAD 12 Service Update 12.3.0 contains new course setting symbol sets which are fully compatible with the new ISCD 2018 specification.

Major Changes to the 2004 version

– Optional extra line showing the distance to the start triangle from the timed start.

– New symbols introduced for Trench and Out of Bounds Area.

– Bend moved from Column G to Column F.

– Removal of symbol for Radio or TV control.

New Symbol Sets in OCAD

After installing the new OCAD 12 Service Update, the ISCD 2018 symbol sets for the different scales are available when starting a new Course Setting project.
In a course setting project for forest orienteering (scale 1:15’000 and 1:10’000) the course setting symbols refers to ISOM 2017, for sprint orienteering (scale 1:4’000 and 1:5’000) the course setting symbols refers to ISSOM 2007.

Map Issue Point

The International Specification for Orienteering Maps (ISOM 2017) has a new symbol for the map issue point (symbol number 702). How that works in OCAD? Choose a new ISCD 2018 course setting project and draw a marked route to the start triangle. Add a Corner Vertex into the dashed line. The crossbar for the map issue point appears.

Compatibility
Please note that the new symbol sets are not compatible with OCAD 11 and earlier versions.

Links:
OCAD Website: http://www.ocad.com/en/
IOF: http://orienteering.org/new-control-descriptions-published/
IOF ISOM 2017: http://orienteering.org/international-specification-for-orienteering-maps-isom-2017-has-been-published/

OCAD 12 Beta Released

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.

Smart Editing Tools

Several new smart editing tools have been added, including:

  • Move object segments
  • Move building corners keeping rectangular angles
  • Remove multiple vertices with a brushing action
  • Show draft line when moving/stretching/rotating an object
  • Move single line or area vertex with arrow keys

Generalization Tools

Several new generalization tools either for rectangular features (e.g. buildings) and for line features (e.g. contour lines) have been added.

Irregular Pattern

Representing area symbols (e.g. forest or scree) with irregular patterns. Structure elements can be cut or displayed completely at the border line.

Topology

Several new tools for adjusting topology have been added:

  • Remove duplicate vertices
  • Cut lines at intersections and/or insert point objects

Step-by-Step Wizard for DEM

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.

Docking Panels

The symbol box and other tool boxes can be detached and placed anywhere. 

Time Stamp for Objects

Objects get a time stamp when created or edited which can be looked up.

64-bit Version

OCAD 12 will also be available in a 64-bit version for better handling of background files and any other large files.

Multiple Representation

Multiple representation enables the creation and display of cartographic objects at different locations (e.g. text label displacements) and different map styles.

Automation with XML Scripts

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.