OCAD Sketch Layer

With the latest update we launched the OCAD Sketch Layer as a Beta version.

The new Sketch Layer and it’s tools are designed for orienteering map field work with a tablet computer and a pen.

OCAD Sketch Layer

Mapping with a tablet in the terrain has some compelling advantages like real-time GPS positioning and the possibility to switch between different background maps. However, the drawing and editing tools were not yet designed for use with a tablet and pen.

This was the trigger for this latest development: The OCAD Sketch Layer makes drawing on the tablet very ergonomic. Even more: Numerous colors and different line widths are available and with the eraser tool you can very easily delete parts of the sketch without having to select the features before.

Learn more about it in our Video on YouTube and in the OCAD Wiki

… and give it a try!
The Sketch Layer can be used with the latest Update of the OCAD editions Mapping Solution, Orienteering and Starter and in our free Trial versions of these editions.

We look forward to your feedback and suggestions!

Note: The tools and functions around the OCAD Sketch Layer are a Beta version. We recommend to make regular backups.

Orienteering With Virtual Controls

The Corona Pandemic created the need to offer orienteering trainings which can be done individually and over a longer period of time.

In this blog we present 2 nice (and free) apps, which make orienteering courses available year round with no need for flags to mark the control points. Instead, the apps track your location via GPS from your smartphone and make a sound when you have found the control points.

The two apps we have tested are:

MapRunF, developed by a keen orienteer in Brisbane Australia.

UsynligO, developed by Trond Benum from Norway.

To set up a new event, both apps require a map file and a course setting file. These can be easily created and exported with OCAD. Due to the use of GPS, it is important that the files are georeferenced correctly.

For a new map we recommend to start it with the New Map Wizard. In addition to the correct georeferencing, geodata can be imported directly. But also old maps can be georeferenced afterwards.

The georeferenced map file can then be loaded as background map in the course setting project. Now the courses can be set.

MapRun

To upload maps and courses to MapRunF, you need to export…

BTW: The map above was created within 5′ by importing Open Data with New Map Wizard and processing LiDAR Data with the DEM Wizard.

UsynligO

To upload maps and courses to UsynligO, you need to export…

  • The course setting project itself as PDF via menu File > Export >PDF

For more information about the apps, please visit their websites.

The information above is also available in our Wiki.

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.