Tag Archives: Professional Map Making

Timesavers in OCAD

In the last OCAD Blog the different drawing modes were introduced. As you have probably already experienced, drawing objects requires practice and takes time. It becomes tedious if you have to draw an object apparently twice, for example a border line with a fill area.

Fortunately, you can duplicate objects so that you don’t have to draw them twice.

To only duplicate an object, you can use the Duplicate or Move and Duplicate function. Or simply select an object in the drawing window, press CTRL+C and CTRL+V.

Now let’s take the Fill or Make Border or Duplicate Identically function. As its name indicates and as you can see in the picture below, you can fill areas, make borders or duplicate object identically. Select e.g. a water area and add a border line with just one click.

To duplicate (or only move) a line, line text or area object parallel with a certain distance, there’ s the Move/Duplicate Parallel by Specified Distance function.

Last but not least, there’s the Move Parallel function, with which you also have the possibility to duplicate objects by holding the CTRL+SHIFT keys.

In the example below we have only drawn the main street and added the labelling and the watercourse with the function Move Parallel. Besides the time saving, the absolutely parallel course of the objects should be mentioned.

Drawing modes in OCAD

To draw an object in OCAD, you need to select a drawing mode. Since the last Service Update, there is a tutorial file to familiarize beginners with the different drawing modes. But also advanced OCAD users will make one or the other discovery.

Therefore it is definitely worth a look!

The Drawing modes.ocd file can be opened in the folder OCAD menu File > Open Sample Maps.

Export of Geospatial PDF

When exporting a PDF from georeferenced OCAD maps, a Geospatial PDF (WGS84) according to ISO32000 is created automatically.

The Geospatial PDF can be loaded e.g. on a mobile phone in the app Avenza Maps as a map or it is possible to measure distances and request coordinates in Acrobat Reader.

Geospatial PDF

OCAD at INTERGEO Digital

The next three days (13-15.10.2020), OCAD is present at INTERGEO, which is held completly digital this year.

Visit our digital booth or join us in our video room. Write an email to info@ocad.com if you need a free ticket. We would be happy to get in touch with you.

Especially for Intergeo, we have created a video presenting our company, products and services:

Link: https://youtu.be/KZemO2jJ7uY

Enjoy!

Use the Alt Key while Drawing or Selecting Objects

Using the Alt key while drawing or selecting objects is useful in the following situations:

Select an object behind an object already selected

To select an object behind an already selected object, keep the Alt or Alt Gr key pressed and click on the already selected object.
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Select next object for editing

Select a line object and choose e.g. the Cut function. If you press the Alt key, the cursor changes to the Select Object and Edit Vertex mode. Keep the Alt key pressed and click the next object you want to cut. Release the Alt key and continue with the cutting.
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Draw horizontal lines

To draw horizontal or vertical lines, press and hold the Alt button. The line snaps in a vertical or horizontal direction.
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