Tag Archives: Orienteering

Check Legibility of Orienteering Maps

Nowadays, when mapping with high resolution and accurate base maps, the temptation is great to draw too many and too small objects. This may result in a poorly readable map.

The function Check Legibility veryfies minimum distances between objects, minimum length of line objects or minimum size of area objects according to ISOM 2017.

This will help map makers to find the right degree of generalisation and make the maps better readable. Furthremore, Event Advisers and Map Consultants have a tool to check the maps.


Short video about the function on YouTube.
More information on our OCAD Wiki.

OCAD Route Analyzer at Swiss Orienteering Week in Gstaad

Route Analyzer is the latest function for sprint maps in OCAD 2019. It analyses the shortest route and alternative routes of all legs. We have analysed and printed the shortest routes of the 1st SOW stage in Gstaad for all categories. 

Visit either our website www.ocad.com/sow2019 or pick up your printed sprint map with the shortest route and alternatives at the OCAD booth in the finish arena in Gstaad after the last start around 13:00.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the OCAD booth starting at 9:00. We will be happy to demonstrate how the Route Analyzer works or how OCAD has evolved in the 30 years since the very first OCAD O-map of Schneitwald was published in spring 1989.

Link to SOW 2019 in Gstaad

Course Setting: Difference between Courses and Classes

In OCAD you can either work with Courses only or you can use Courses and Classes. Different Classes may use the same Course, e.g. ‘Course A‘ -> Class ‘W18’, ‘W16’, ‘M16’; ‘Course B‘ -> ‘W14’, ‘M14’, ‘Open Short’.

If you have two Classes (e.g. ‘Women Elite’ and ‘Women 20’) and both have the same Course, it is a common mistake to name the Course ‘WE, W20‘ and not to create any Classes. You will get troubles with your timing software this way.
Instead you can still name the Course ‘WE, W20‘ (or simple name it ‘A‘), but you need to create two Classes (‘WE‘ and ‘W20‘) and allocate the same Course to both of them.

Create a new Course (Wiki)

Create a new Class (Wiki)

On your map, you can either display the Course title, the Course name or the Class name(s). Use symbol 721 Course title, edit the symbol and choose an item from the dropdown list.

Symbol Status Manager

The Status Symbol Manager allows you to save and load different status settings of your symbols in the same map.

We have a topographic map, which shall be used in summer and winter.

For that, we first create a summer edition of the map.

Now, we save the current Symbol Status of the summer map in the Symbol Status Manager.

Afterwards we change the summer map, e.g. we remove tracks and add ski slopes to get our winter edition.

It’s important to save the newly created winter edition in a new symbol status. Otherwise, we would overwrite the summer edition.

You can now choose between loading the summer or the winter edition of your map. When you change the map, e.g you add a new building, it will be taken over in both summer and winter edition.

See short video on YouTube.
More information on our OCAD Wiki.

Convert Area or Line Objects to Point Objects

You may have symbols on your map, which consist of many different line and/or area objects. Editing and moving around these Symbols can get tedious. In OCAD Mapping Solution, there’s a function to Convert Area and Line Objects to a Point Symbol (Wiki).

A typical example for this function would be the import of a PDF. Vector objects in PDF files are imported as Image Objects (grey objects) and can be converted to Point Symbols (green objects). Learn here, how to Create a Point Symbol out of Vector Data (Video).

Convert Line and Area Objects to Point Objects

Your map becomes more consistent and better structured.