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Map Issue Point: Correct Placement

Often, an orienteering competition starts with a marked route to the start point. Nowadays, you also mark the Map Issue Point. It’s the place where you get the map and it is marked with a horizontal line.

There is a symbol 702.000 for the Map Issue Point. If your course setting project contains just one start, that’s all right. However, it get’s annoying if there are more than one start and Map Issue Points, as all of them will be show in Course Preview.

Course setting project with two courses. Each course has its own start.
Course Preview of one of the courses. Both Map Issue Points are displayed, as Symbol 702.000 was used.

It’s better to include the Map Issue Point into the marked route, that leads to the start point. For that, you need to insert a Corner Vertex into the marked route.

Insert a Corner Vertex into the marked route to mark the Map Issue Point…
…as now only one Map Issue Point will be displayed in Course Preview.

Now, the Map Issue Points will only be displayed if the corresponding course is previewed/ exported.

How it works.

Script Error: New component required for correct display

In some cases, Open Street Map integration with OCAD no longer works properly and you receive a Script Error message like the following:

How to solve this issue ?

Functions that may be affected by this error message includes New Map Wizard, Rotate Map to Magnetic North, Magnetic Declination and Online Map Services.

This bug will not be not fixed in OCAD 12.

How did this error happen?

Open Street Map no longer supports Internet Explorer, which was previously used in OCAD to display web content. That’s why OCAD uses now Microsoft Edge WebView2. Microsoft Edge WebView2 is already installed on computers running Windows 11, but not on older versions of Windows. Therefore, the Microsoft Edge WebView2 must be installed manually on these devices.

Canvases – A Way to Export Courses in Different Scales

Given the following example:

For a long distance orienteering race, the following courses and classes are offered.

– Long Course, Class WE, Scale 15’000
– Medium Course, Class W18, Scale 10’000
– Medium Course, Class M60, Scale 7’500
– Short Course, Class M80, Scale 7’500

Thanks to the Canvases function, all courses and/or classes can be automatically exported as PDF from a single course setting project in the specified scale and layout. Especially for larger events, this reduces the time required and potential sources of error.

In the OCAD Wiki, the Canvases function is described in detail and an example with demofiles is available.

The OCAD Sketch App Beta version is released!

We are very pleased to announce that the OCAD Sketch App is available as a beta release!

The OCAD Sketch App was specifically designed for ergonomic and efficient mapping in the field. It is now available for free download and use.

We are convinced that the OCAD Sketch App makes mobile field mapping easier, more accurate and more user-friendly than ever before.

Our test users were enthusiastic about the app. Now it’s your turn. Try it out yourself! You can either…

– Follow detailed instructions in our explanation video or in our OCAD Wiki.
– Start with a small demo project.

All information about the OCAD Sketch App is available at www.ocad.com/app.