Tag Archives: Orienteering Map Making

Check Legibility of Orienteering Maps

Nowadays, when mapping with high resolution and accurate base maps, the temptation is great to draw too many and too small objects. This may result in a poorly readable map.

The function Check Legibility veryfies minimum distances between objects, minimum length of line objects or minimum size of area objects according to ISOM 2017.

This will help map makers to find the right degree of generalisation and make the maps better readable. Furthremore, Event Advisers and Map Consultants have a tool to check the maps.

CheckLegibility

Short video about the function on YouTube.
More information on our OCAD Wiki.

Symbol Status Manager

The Status Symbol Manager allows you to save and load different status settings of your symbols in the same map.

Example:
We have a topographic map, which shall be used in summer and winter.

For that, we first create a summer edition of the map.

Now, we save the current Symbol Status of the summer map in the Symbol Status Manager.

Afterwards we change the summer map, e.g. we remove tracks and add ski slopes to get our winter edition.

It’s important to save the newly created winter edition in a new symbol status. Otherwise, we would overwrite the summer edition.

You can now choose between loading the summer or the winter edition of your map. When you change the map, e.g you add a new building, it will be taken over in both summer and winter edition.

See short video on YouTube.
More information on our OCAD Wiki.


ISSprOM 2019

The latest mapping standard for sprint orienteering maps, called ISSprOM 2019, has been published by the International Orienteering Federation (IOF). The document can be downloaded from the IOF website.

OCAD has implemented the new standard in their symbol sets, which you get with the latest Service Update. The ISSprOM 2019 is valid from 1 January 2020. Until then, the current ISSOM 2007 is still in use.

In order to keep track of all the different symbol sets that have been released lately, we created the Wiki page Symbol Set Overview. There you’ll also learn how to convert your maps to the new standards.

Comparison ISSOM 2007 and SSprOM 2019

Major changes:

  • Impassable vegetation (410) is forbidden to cross. Previous ISSOM 2007 Impassable vegetation symbol (421) using green 100% and black 50% has been removed.
  • Paved area with little (Brown 30%) and heavy traffic (Brown 50%).
  • New symbol for paved area in multilevel structures.
  • New symbols for passable walls, fountains and trees.

Updated ISOM 2017-2

The updated International Specification for Orienteering Maps (ISOM 2017-2) has been published by the IOF Map Commission recently.

OCAD has implemented a new function Update Symbol Set to update maps drawn according to ISOM 2017 to the new ISOM 2017-2 standard. There will be approximately 15 changes to your symbol set.

ISOM 2017 Comparison
Dialog box after updating a 1:10’000 map from ISOM 2017 to ISOM 2017-2

The changes have also been adopted to the OCAD symbol sets “Orienteering Map ISOM 2017 10’000” and “Orienteering Map ISOM 2017 15’000”. So, if you start a new map, you work automatically with the latest ISOM 2017-2 version.

Change between Drawing Modes

This function makes it easier to combine curves and straight lines. Furthermore, this drawing mode might be more intuitive for people new to OCAD.

Change between Drawing Modes

First activate the option Curve mode: Change to straight line mode when clicking in drawing area in the Preferences -> Drawing and Editing tab.

Start drawing the curve as usual. To draw a straight line, just click in the drawing area. This way, you can easy switch between straight line mode and curve mode. Double click the left mouse button to finish drawing.

Animation and more information.