Category Archives: OCAD 11

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.

Improved transfer of OCAD Team licenses

If OCAD Team licenses are transferred frequently, it can happen that a license gets “lost”. This can happen, for example, if a user does not correctly transfer or block the Team license.

Users of Team licenses can now select the option Deactivate this license automatically when closing OCAD in the License Manager. This will automatically release the Team license when OCAD is closed. The license must then be reactivated when OCAD is started again.

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

Multi-directional Hillshading

A hillshade is a shaded relief picture of the surface. Important for a hillshade is the position of the imaginary light source, which is taken into account for shading the image.

Normally, the direction of the light source is 315° (north-west). Since the Service Update 20.5.3, it’s also possible to choose the option Multi-directional. It is a composite image made up of four images in which the light source comes from different directions. Like this, the terrain is more realistically represented, and overexposed and nonilluminated areas of the map are more balanced.

In OCAD, Hill Shading can be created from the DEM menu or from the DEM Import Wizard.