Tag Archives: Orienteering Map Making

Enlarge Your Cursor Again

The current OCAD 12 Service Update fixes a problem with the drawing and editing cursor introduced with the new Windows 10 Creators Update. After installing the Windows 10 Creators Update, the OCAD cursor was very small on computers with high-DPI monitors (often laptops).

 

Check the option Scale cursor size in the OCAD Preferences to enlarge the cursor to the default size.

 

OCAD 12 Symbol Set Conversion: The Easiest Way to Update your Orienteering Map with ISOM 2017 Symbol Set

The International Orienteering Federation (IOF) published the new International Specification for Orienteering Maps (ISOM) in April 2017.  The OCAD AG has created a new ISOM 2017 symbol set and released it in the OCAD 12 Service Update 12.2.1.

Thousands of existing Orienteering maps need to be updated in the next years with the new symbol set. The latest Service Update of OCAD 12 contains the new function Symbol Set Conversion to update the map content of old Orienteering maps according ISOM 2000 to ISOM 2017 automatically. However, the new function keeps its old layout (title, logos and other map elements).

Choose this Symbol Set Conversion command from the Map menu.

The ISOM 2017 symbol set with the correct map scale and the crt file is already loaded. Choose your preferred language for the description of symbols and color names.

The old ISOM 2000 symbols are already assigned to a new ISOM 2017 symbol according to the crt file. Or you can assign each symbol to another one.

Choose the symbols from the old layout which you want to keep in the new ISOM 2017 symbol set.

Click OK to replace the symbol set.

The new ISOM 2017 symbol set is loaded and the chosen layout symbols from the old map are at the top of the symbol box.

For more information please read our Wiki.

How to Check if the Map Is Correctly Georeferenced?

It exists different options, but the easiest way is to overlay the map in Google Earth.

Check first if the map is georeferenced. Click Map -> Set Scale and Coordinate System and check if the Real-world coordinates and the Coordinate system are set.

Export the map in KMZ Google Earth format.

Click File -> Open Recently Export Documents to open the kmz file in Google Earth. That works only if Google Earth is also installed.

The map matches which the Google Earth image. So, the OCAD map is correctly georeferenced.

Open Street Map to ISOM 2017

There is a new features available in the current version of OCAD. You can create a new orienteering map based on open street map data.

Click on File -> New Map Wizard. A dialog appears. Choose ISOM 2017, set the scale and click on the button with the three dots to choose a filename.Click Next.

Enter a name of a town in the search field and click on Go. Move the map to the center to choose the right area. Change the coordinate system in the bottom.Click on Next.

Change the .crt file to ‘OSM to ISOM 2017.crt’. 

Wait a few minutes and you will get shown the imported OpenStreetMap data with ISOM 2017 symbols. Perhaps you have to delete some huge areas that cover the entire map.

OCAD 12 Opens PDF Background Maps with Help of Ghostscript

OCAD cannot load pdf files as background maps. But with help of the software Ghostscript the pdf will be converted to jpg and OCAD loads this jpg file.

How to do it?
Install Ghostscript first.

After the installation go to the OCAD Preferences in the Options menu.

Then choose the Ghostsript file path (for example: C:\Program Files\gs\gs9.20\bin\gswin64.exe) under File.

After that you only need to open your PDF-Background map and Ghostscript converts the file to a not georeferenced jpg. Therefore you need to adjust this background map. The loaded jpg images is in the list of the background maps.

Very simple and easy, more details can be found in OCAD Wiki