- Help! I need somebody…
- Issue: Displacement in rotated georeferenced map
- Issue: OCAD Offline Help is Offline
- Issue: OCAD 11 Move/Centre Map using Paper Co-ordinates
- Issue: Map Notes Lost when Saving as Earlier Version
- Can I convert OCAD 11 files to prior versions?
- What’s easier than the rotate tool to angle text, crossing points etc?
Help! I need somebody…
OCAD 11 quick startThe leaflet that came with your OCAD 11 CD has a summary of the primary help facilities on one side.
Getting StartedA 25 page PDF document available via menu Help | Getting Started with OCAD 11... For ease of access, I include a printed version with OCAD sales.
87 Learning videosSelect from Help | OCAD Learn videos... or go direct to the Learn videos online. I use these short videos often as they are also great refreshers for functions you use only occasionally. They are presented online via Flash. You can download the associated zip file to get the OCAD files used in the video so you can practice while following the video. The zip file may include a file that represents the final result.
Help wikiThe extensive OCAD online help is available from the first section of menu Help. Or you can go direct to the Help wiki
Some useful Help wiki linksPC minimum and recommended requirements. See also our post on OCAD performance. Course setting Layout, the great new way of getting raster logos onto a map plus other neat features like Adding a map legend Real time GPS, Import GPX file, Laser distance meter
Other useful OCAD & orienteering mapping resourcesOrienteering Australia mapping pages Mappers Corner for OCAD Users (Australia). Also has other useful mapping related contributions. BOF (British Orienteering Federation) mappers pages and Brian Mee's Map Design: a guide to good looking orienteering maps (pdf) IOF (International Orienteering Federation) mapping specifications
Issue: Displacement in rotated georeferenced map
Issue15 Aug 2012. On a recent A3 size map I had issues that I thought might be related to rotating a map to magnetic north. On a subsequent A3 map, I discovered definite signs of such an issue when I imported GPX files that showed as being displaced. I created a test and it confirmed my suspicions. The rotation is not working correctly. The centre of the map is fine but as distance increases from the centre, displacement increases and in a direction opposite to the MN rotation.
Solution25 Oct 2012. OCAD advised We found the bug now: the difference angle between the map and background map was rounded and therefore the rotation not accurate for large maps. The bug will be fixed with the next service update.
StatusWill be fixed in a forthcoming release (current release is 126.96.36.1995).
Issue: OCAD Offline Help is Offline
Issue (resolved)An OCAD user wanted access to an offline version of Help. None is offered within OCAD 11. The Book production function in the OCAD Help Wiki looked promising but a combination of a broken link and unintuitive process brought me to a stop.
Solution[caption id="attachment_984" align="alignright" width="295"] Selecting Help Wiki PDF[/caption]
- OCAD has now activated the Download as PDF option (see image at right) in the online Wiki to produce the OCAD 11 Offline Wiki, a PDF containing Wiki content. Note you can also use the Create a Book option to select topics for a custom PDF.
- Further, the offline Help Wiki PDF is opened if you are not online when you click a help button in OCAD. The PDF will reside in the OCAD program directory in the sub folder 'Wiki'.
StatusSolution 1 above has been activated. Solution 2 above has been activated. OCAD has also made the current offline Help Wiki PDF available to download at http://ocad.com/downloads/ocad11/misc/OCAD_11_Offline_Wiki.pdf
Issue: OCAD 11 Move/Centre Map using Paper Co-ordinates
Issue (resolved)On 16 Nov, Michael Wood reported to OCAD Support; I have found something strange with "move map" and "centre map" when using a background map. I am using OCAD Professional 188.8.131.525. When real-world coordinates are in effect I can rescale, rotate, move and centre the map. The background map stays fitted, and the real world coordinates of a test point stay the same. When paper coordinates are in effect rescaling and rotating seem to work fine too. But moving and centering cause the fit of the background to be upset, and the real-world coordinates of my test point change. The change in coordinates from a move appears to be the move distance times the sin/cos of the real-world angle. The change in coordinates from a centering is not obvious to me since OCAD decides how much the move should be.
SolutionOn the same day, OCAD Support confirmed there is a bug.
ResultFixed version 11.3.0 (1502 ) of 26Nov 12
Issue: Map Notes Lost when Saving as Earlier Version
Issue (no resolution likely)Michael Wood reported to OCAD Support that when saving an OCAD file from v11 to an earlier version, all text in the Map | Map Information | Notes panel is lost.
SolutionSave v11 Map Notes to a text file and afetr saving as an earlier version copy into Map Notes. Alternatively, if frequently editing earlier version files in v11 and saving back as earlier version, then keep Map Notes off line.
ResultWorkaround as above because OCAD AG advise this is a known issue and is due to limitations in Map Notes in OCAD 9/10.
Can I convert OCAD 11 files to prior versions?
Yes versions as far back as OCAD 8 can be saved from OCAD 11 map files.
For Course Setting files, you can save as far back as OCAD 9.
What’s easier than the rotate tool to angle text, crossing points etc?
Ken you have been unobservant. Immediately left of the Rotation icon on the toolbar is the Direction icon as highlighted below. Select the symbol instance then select the Direction tool and stroke the symbol instance in your preferred direction. In the menu it is Object | Indicate direction of area pattern, point or text object. Below are examples of the Direction tool applied. OCAD Help.