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Export Courses to KMZ

In the OCAD Course Setting module, you can export your courses as KMZ files and watch them later in Google Earth. KMZ files can contain both vector and raster objects.

Originally, this tool was developed for Trac Trac and their application O-Track. O-Track is a service which makes tracking, viewing and sharing orienteering easy and fun for both beginners and professionals.

This is how it works:

– Be sure your map is georeferenced and a coordinate system is set.

– Choose the Courses (KMZ) command from the Export submenu of the Course Setting menu.
– Select the desired extent and click on Export.

– Select which courses/classes shall be exported. Select multiple courses/classes by holding the
Ctrl key or click the Select all button to select all courses/classes. All courses/classes will be saved in the same KMZ file.

– Click on the exported KMZ file. Google Earth will start automatically. You will find a folder for each course in your Temporary Places with the course maps and all controls. A PNG file will be created for each course. The controls will be displayed by placemarks.

See also or Wiki for more information.

Run OCAD on Linux

OCAD is a Windows software. However, OCAD runs on Ubuntu using Wine.

We installed Wine on Ubuntu and run OCAD afterwards without any problems.

Wine is a free software and enables Linux users to run Windows applications without a copy of Microsoft Windows. Install Wine from the Ubuntu Software Center.

Create Smoothed Contours Using TPI

TPI stands for Topographic Position Index, which is defined as the difference between a central pixel and the mean of its surrounding cells. Choosing this option, OCAD first creates a smoothed DEM using TPI and calculates contours afterwards.

Some details may get lost, but results are very satisfying in constant slopes. Use these contours, if you want to adopt the calculated contour lines directly to your map.

In the DEM Wizard you can create “normal” custom contours (no smoothing) and/ or smoothed contours using TPI in one single step:

  • Choose the desired amount of contour and the interval.
  • Assign a line symbol for each type appears. By default, the first three line symbols in the settings are pre-selected.
  • Click on “Load symbols from template…” to get 12 line symbols at the bottom of your symbol box, which can be used for the settings.
  • Use different symbols for depression to distinguish depressions from hills.

As mentioned in the beginning, TPI contours were derived from a smoothed DEM, means some details will get lost. The following recommendations can be made:

  • For mapping in the terrain, use the custom contour lines as background, where you have all details on it.
  •  To draw contour lines on the PC, first calculate and load the TPI contours and adapt them afterwards where needed. Use the Reshape function for that.
    Especially in steep and constant slops, the biggest part of the TPI contours can be adopted to your map without redrawing. You gain much time like that.

For further information, please visit our Wiki.

OCAD 2018 IS HERE! Efficient and Carefree Team Work

OCAD 2018 has been released. Despite new functions we have used this opportunity to introduce some major changes:

Efficient and Carefree Team Work
Thanks to the subscription option OCAD 2018 for Teams you can transfer your license to others immediately and in an easy way. Everybody involved in your team works with the same and most current version.

Change to the Subscription Model
By introducing the Subscription Model, you can purchase OCAD 2018 for one or three years. During this time, OCAD will constantly be updated with new functions and adapted to the latest standards and developments.

Introductory Offer
As an OCAD 11 or OCAD 12 users, you can profit from an attractive Introductory Offer. Updates of OCAD 11 or OCAD 12 licenses to OCAD 2018 will benefit from 20% or 40% discount until 31.10.2018.

New Homepage
Last but not least: Our homepage www.ocad.com has been renewed from scratch. There you can also download a 21-Day-Trial or the OCAD Viewer for free. Take a look!

All you need to know about OCAD 2018, details on terms and the pricing can be found on our Homepage or in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Coming soon: OCAD 2018!

OCAD 2018 will be released soon. The Beta version is available for testing to all OCAD 12 users free of charge. Please visit our new OCAD 2018 Wiki how to download and install it.

Two of many new features available in the OCAD 2018 Beta version:

Stronger smoothing of contour lines in flat areas using the topographic position index (TPI).

Checking the legibility of orienteering maps according ISOM 2017 (minimum distance between objects, minimum line length, minimum area size).

Despite new features, two major changes will be introduced with OCAD 2018:

1. Change to the Subscription Model
As the innovations and technological developments are having faster release processes it is no longer appropriate to release a new version of OCAD with many new features every three years. With regular updates, OCAD 2018 shall be updated with new functions, technological developments and new standards as soon as possible. By introducing the subscription model, you can purchase OCAD for one or three years.

2. Efficient and Carefree Team Work
Thanks to the subscription option “OCAD for Teams” you can transfer your license to others immediately. If you synchronize your OCAD file and installation with a cloud service (e. g. Dropbox, OneDrive etc.) you avoid compatibility problems between different OCAD versions, files and functionality. Everybody involved works with the same and most current version.

All you need to know about OCAD 2018, details on terms and the pricing can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

For anyone who buys an OCAD 12 license during the Beta period you may choose an update to OCAD 2018 free of charge. The subscription will have a term of 3 years. After its expiration you decide to continue with an OCAD subscription or remain with OCAD 12.