Tag Archives: Course Setting

Do you already Upload Courses and Maps to Livelox?

Livelox is a very popular web-based application for viewing and analyzing routes and maps from orienteering events.

In OCAD, you can upload courses and maps directly from OCAD to Livelox to let spectators follow the competitors in real time, and to let participants analyze their route choices post-race.

Read in our OCAD Wiki how easily the Upload to Livelox works.

Course Setting Printing

In our OCAD Wiki we have summarized information and tips on the subject of printing orienteering courses.


Map file loaded as background map in course setting project, blend mode set for course setting objects, control circle cut.

Canvas – Demo Video Available

The Canvas function allows you to export PDF’s of the same course setting project in different scales and layouts.

What is it good for?

Well, you probably have a course setting project and need to export maps in different scales (e.g. 15’000, 10’000 and 7’500), different layouts (e.g. text control description and symbol control description) and paper size (e.g. A4 and A3). Not an easy task, especially when last minute changes come in and you have to re-export the course maps.

With the Canvas function, you can set up your layouts and settings in a quiet minute and only hit one button to export all course maps again in the correct way.

Demo video available

In this demo video (available in English or German), we give you an introduction to the Canvas function and show you how it can be used with practical examples such as…

  • Exporting course maps where some courses have a symbol control description and some courses have a text control description
  • Exporting course maps where some courses have a marked route
  • Exporting course maps at different scales and layouts, e.g. 1:15,000, 1:10,000 and 1:7,500

New Course Setting Features

In the last OCAD Update, small but useful changes were added to the Course Setting Module.

Show Preview
The shortcut CTRL+R has been added to show / hide the Preview mode. (1)

Highlight unused control in course object list
Controls that are not used in any courses will be highlighted with red color in the course object list. (2)

Cut out control circles and connection lines
Select a control circle or course line and use the shortcut CTRL+G to cut a gap.

To create a gap, click once on the control circle or course line. Also, you can click and drag the mouse from the beginning to the the end of the part that should be cut out.

To close a cut, click into the gap again.

Relays are now also supported in the Canvas function.

Course Setting Competition Swiss Orienteering

OCAD has been sponsoring prizes for the Swiss Orienteering course setting competition for many years.

The aim of the competition is to set good and level courses for certain categories and to comply with the required framework conditions.

The course set by former orienteering world champion Thomas Bührer impressed the jury the most.

Click here for the analysis (German language) and the winning courses.