New Map Wizard

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Choose this command from the File menu to create a new map.

This wizard helps you to set the geo-reference and import optionally Open Street Map data.

See also the Create a New Map Page if you do not want to import OSM data.

Choose Symbol Set Space.PNGThis function is available in OCAD Mapping Solution.This function is available in OCAD Orienteering.This function is available in OCAD Starter.

NewMapWizard SymbolSet.png

The New Map Wizard dialog shows only OCAD symbol sets. If the Load symbol set from field is empty, then change the Default Symbol Folder in the Preferences to the OCAD symbol folder.

  • Map Scale: Set the Map Scale.
  • File Name: Click the button to change the default temporary file name and the file location.
  • Language: Choose the language.

Click the Next button.

Choose Location

NewMapWizard Location.png

Choose the location of the map. Enter the location (e.g. Baar) in the search field and click Go. Choose the location in the list or move the Open Street Map to the map location. OCAD show the correct UTM coordiantes system for the map location (e.g. UTM/WGS 84 Zone 32 North). Click the Change button to change to another coordinate system.

OCAD also calculates the correct declination for your position and fills in the correct angle in the box Rotate map to magnetic north. Check this option to have considered the declination from start.

Click the Next button.

Import Data

NewMapWizard OsmImport.png

Import OSM Data

You can import Open Street Map data for this location. Check this option to import OSM data.
OSM are free and available all over the globe. However, in some places they are more accurate and in other places less accurate.

Choose Cross Reference Table

Choose the CRT file to change automatically the objects into the symbols. Note: OSM data consists of many layers and not all of them are listed in the CRT File. This data will appears in red color (Objects without Symbol). Select these layers and convert them manually.

  1. Click on one of these unsymbolised red object.
  2. Go to Select>Select by Symbol>All objects in layer. The layer with the red object you selected before should appear.
  3. Click OK. Now you have selected all objects of this layer.
  4. Click on a symbol in the Symbol Box and go to Objects>Change Symbol (Selected Objects)

Create DTM from Google Maps API

This option is only activated if a Google API key is entered in the OCAD Preferences. With this option you can create contour lines, based on a DEM from Google Maps data. You shouldn't trust these data too much, so we recommend to use this function only if no other precise DTM is available. Nevertheless, it can give you an impression how the terrain looks like.

Click the Next button.
This step will take some time, as all the data will be downloaded and proceeded.

Click the Close button.


The following maps have been created automatically with the New Map Wizard.

Map of Baar, Switzerland
Map of Baar, Switzerland

Map of Cruz Grande, Gran Canaria
Map of Cruz Grande, Gran Canaria

Hint.jpg Video: Start a New Map