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Computer / System Requirements

  • OCAD 11 requires Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 (32 or 64 bit). OCAD 11 is a 32 bit software.
  • To avoid unnecessary screen redraws we strongly recommend for Windows Vista und Windows 7 to use the default Aero Theme
  • 50 MB of free disk space for the installation
  • at least 1 GB RAM (depends on the size of open maps and background maps). The OCAD program without any open map needs only 70 MB RAM.
  • OCAD 11 is a 32 bit software and can allocate up to approx. 3.5 GB RAM
  • Screen resolution: 1280 x 1024 or higher recommended
  • OCAD 11 Professional Edition: We recommend to install the Borland Database Engine (Shape import, dBase files) and the Microsoft Access Database Engine 32-bit (Access and Excel files).

Hint.jpg It is not possible to install the Access Database Engine 2010 32-bit edition if the Microsoft Office 2010 64-bit edition is installed on the same computer. The solution is to install the Access Database Engine 2007 32-bit edition.

OCAD on Mac OS X

Read the OCAD on Mac OS X article for more information.

OCAD Limits

  • Maximal map size: 4 x 4 meters (Orienteering Standard edition), 80 x 80 meters (Professional edition)
  • Resolution (accuracy of coordinates) 0.01 mm
  • 10000 objects (Starter edition), 16 million objects (Professional, Orienteering Standard, Course Setting and Viewer edition)
  • 4 million vertices for each object
  • Unlimited number of symbols (number range 0.001 to 999'999.999)
  • 32'000 colors (number range from 0 to 32'000)
  • Unlimited file size (limited by Windows)

OCAD File Format

This description of the OCAD file format is intended for programmers who want to directly access the information in OCAD files.


OCAD runs on all Windows XP / Vista / 7 or 8 computers except Windows 8 RT (ARM tablets).

Mapping on TabletPC


  • Tablet PC with Windows
  • Long battery life (8 hours or longer)
  • Outdoor screen
  • GPS with USB or Bluetooth connection


  • OCAD Orienteering Standard Edition

Draw Orienteering Maps and Course Setting


  • Desktop or Laptop with Windows
  • 2 GB or more RAM


  • OCAD Orienteering Standard Edition or OCAD Course Setting Edition

Map Publishing Companies


  • Desktop PC with Windows one or two screens
  • 4 or more GB RAM


  • OCAD Professional Edition

Special OCAD Settings:

  • Switch on the Faster text rendering in OCAD Preferences -> View tab in Options menu.
  • Switch off the Anti-Aliasing mode in View menu. If Anti-Aliasing is switched off then OCAD draws the screen color by color. Otherwise OCAD draws the screen once after a short time.