Tag Archives: Professional Map Making

Fill Bounded Area Mode

Use the newly added Fill Bounded Area Mode to automatically fill empty areas that are bounded by various objects from line or area symbols.

The area, that is entirely surrounded by objects will be filled with the selected symbol. If the area is not surrounded entirely by objects, the current view of the drawing window will be filled.

If you work with orienteering symbol sets (ISSprOM 2019, ISOM 2017), the function will ignore certain symbols like contours and north lines.

How it works

Toggle Between Vertices and Segements

There are 3 types of vertices: Normal-, Dash- and Corner Vertices.

Depending on wich Vertex Type you use, it will influence segments and line objects.

If you hold CTRL+SPACE key and click on a vertex, you can toggle through the different vertex types.

To toggle between straight and bezier curve segments, press CTRL+SPACE key and click on a segment.

View an animation here.

Copy and Paste Objects Between Maps

It is now possible to copy/paste objects forth and back between two maps. A coordinate system needs to be set in both maps, but not necessarily the same one. Also, the map scales can be different. The pasted objects appear automatically at the right spot.

How it works.

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Create Cleaner Contours

One of the strengths of OCAD is the generation of smoothed contour lines.

With the latest Service Update, a combined method of TPI and 3D smoothing is used for the calculation, which leads to improved results. The file size also shrinks, because at the same time irrelevant contour vertices are removed and the contours are converted into B├ęzier curves.

In our example, the not smoothed contours appear brown. The smoothed contours according to the new method (blue) are cleaner and show the terrain more precisely than according to the old smoothing method (green).

How contour lines can be generated is described in detail in our Wiki.

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.