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International Conference on Orienteering Mapping

The International Conference on Orienteering Mapping (ICOM) is a traditional event where mapmakers, and those with an interest in orienteering maps, from around the world discuss and share information about the latest mapping standards, techniques and developments.

This year’s ICOM was held at the end of June during the World Orienteering Championships in Denmak.

From OCAD Inc., Thomas Gloor presented the OCAD Sketch App and Gian-Reto Schaad showed how sprint maps can best be updated to the new standards ISSprOM 2019-2.

All presentations can be found here.

The meeting has been recorded and is available here. Log in Facebook first.

OCAD Sketch App – Official Release

The OCAD Sketch App is officially released!

We would like to thank you for the many feedbacks and improvement requests. These motivate us to further develop the Sketch App and make it even better.

All information about the OCAD Sketch App is available at www.ocad.com/app.

What’s new with the release?

– The app is now available in Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Search for OCAD Sketch.

– When uploading data from OCAD Desktop to OCAD Cloud Transfer, a link will be generated in addition to a QR Code. This link can easily be sent to the mobile device, e.g. via email, SMS or WhatApp. On your mobile device, just click on the link to download the data into OCAD Sketch App.

– The OCAD Sketch App Data Exchange tool is now available in different languages.

– Thanks to some bug fixes, the app runs more stable.

Have you already installed the app?

Then update the app in Google Play Store or Apple App Store. All your previous projects will still be available in the official version.

Haven’t you installed the app yet?

Then get going! The OCAD Sketch App provides a great mapping experience in the field- both for new mapping and for revisions, feedback from course planners or map reviewers.

What’s next after the installation of the app?

To work with the app, you must first load a map project onto the app. You can do so in several ways:

– Learn how to transfer a project from OCAD Desktop to the app in our OCAD Wiki or in this video. Please install the latest OCAD Update first. Request a free OCAD Trial if you have no OCAD Subscription license.

– Request a link or a QR code for a project from another person, e.g. a club member.

– You can also download our Demo Project.

Still looking for a suitable tablet?

We have put together a few recommendations on our OCAD Wiki page.

The OCAD Sketch App Beta version is released!

We are very pleased to announce that the OCAD Sketch App is available as a beta release!

The OCAD Sketch App was specifically designed for ergonomic and efficient mapping in the field. It is now available for free download and use.

We are convinced that the OCAD Sketch App makes mobile field mapping easier, more accurate and more user-friendly than ever before.

Our test users were enthusiastic about the app. Now it’s your turn. Try it out yourself! You can either…

– Follow detailed instructions in our explanation video or in our OCAD Wiki.
– Start with a small demo project.

All information about the OCAD Sketch App is available at www.ocad.com/app.

Review of OCAD Development in 2021

Let’s take a look back at the three most important developments of the past year. Did you get them all?

#01: Sketch Layer

The Sketch Layer and it’s tools are designed for orienteering map field work with a tablet computer and a pen. The main approach is to make field work drawing as ergonomic as possible.

Learn more about it in our Video on YouTube and in the OCAD Wiki and and give it a try!

#02: Fill Bounded Area mode

Thanks to the Fill Bounded Area mode you can draw your map even more efficiently. This function fills empty areas that are bounded by various objects from line or area symbols.

#03: Improved Live Preview

The Live Preview of objects makes their dimension visible already during drawing. Live preview is no longer limited to line objects, but is now also available for point objects.

In addition, a so-called Legibility Halo can be displayed for point objects. The distance of this legibility halo is based on the IOF specifications for orienteering maps and supports the cartographer to draw objects with enough distance to each other.

These were the biggest milestones last year, but stay tuned: We have great innovations in the pipeline this year as well!

Freehand Mode for Tablets

The OCAD Sketch Layer is designed for sketching objects on a tablet.

Of course, objects can also be drawn directly with a drawing mode such as Curve, Straigth line or Freehand mode.

However, the Freehand mode was not very intuitive until now. Fortunately this has improved since the last OCAD update.

The Freehand mode for tablets now feels as intuitive and natural as drawing with the Sketch Layer, as you can see in this video.

For that, you need to select the option  Freehand mode: Adapted for tablet with pen in the OCAD preferences.