You may have symbols on your map, which consist of many different line and/or area objects. Editing and moving around these Symbols can get tedious. In OCAD Mapping Solution, there’s a function to Convert Area and Line Objects to a Point Symbol (Wiki).
A typical example for this function would be the import of a PDF. Vector objects in PDF files are imported as Image Objects (grey objects) and can be converted to Point Symbols (green objects). Learn here, how to Create a Point Symbol out of Vector Data (Video).
Your map becomes more consistent and better structured.
In OCAD, you can create objects with pair of coordinates. Copy coordinates e.g. from Google Maps to clipboard. When you press Paste in the OCAD window (Ctrl + V or in the Menu Object> Paste), a dialogue window appears.
Now you have three options: You can move the view to this coordinates, create point objects at the coordinates or create line or area objects (only available if more than one pair of coordinates exists).
To use this function properly, a coordinate system has to be defined and the pasted coordinates need to fit to this coordinate system.
This function makes it easier to combine curves and straight lines. Furthermore, this drawing mode might be more intuitive for people new to OCAD.
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.
OCAD 2018 runs as app on clouds like DropBox or OneDrive. Install your Team or Single User Licenses in the Cloud.
Especially the installation of OCAD Team User Licenses in the Cloud, has many advantages.
– You have only one installation and it’s therefore also much easier to update
– It’s becoming easier to transfer a Team license from one member to another one
– When a Team member starts OCAD, he can choose an available license.