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OCAD 2018 meets year 2019

Red-Green colour vision impairment image

Progress

The continuous rollout of improvements to OCAD is exactly as promised by OCAD Inc when the subscription method was announced. A very few of those are;

  • A raft of enhancements to Course Setting
  • Check Legibility also by a selected area of map.
  • Manage Background Maps: Option when opening, to transfer background map co-ordinate system.
  • Remove undershoots (use with caution on mtbo maps) and overshoots.
  • Magnetic north: Rotate Map to MN and also New Map Wizard option to orient to MN.

OCAD 2019 is just a name

Soon you will see OCAD 2019 as the branding. As the versioning process is now carried out continuously, the name does not represent a new major version. From 2020 the branding will likely revert to OCAD. I suggested OCAD 21st Century but maybe Fox would object.

OCAD version conversions

For my customers

For my my OCAD 11, 12, 2018/19 customers, conversions from OCAD 5 upwards are now available to your current version. Preferably upload to Dropbox, Google Drive or similar and email me the link and your request . Please provide your licence # with your request.

These will be processed most weeks, usually on a Tuesday. No charge but a donation to junior orienteering will be appreciated by them.

For other OCAD users

Having just converted a number of files from OCAD 5 to OCAD 7 (the latter can be opened by OCAD 9), I realised this facility might be useful for others. If so, zip them up, upload to Dropbox, Google Drive or similar and email me the link and your request. You don’t have to be a customer of mine.

Usually 1 to 3 weeks. No charge but a donation to junior orienteering will be appreciated by them.


Off course

Image of worldwide magnetic declination ca. 2017
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ISOM Conversions & IOF Mapping Conference

ICOM 2018 Presentation

Easily convert symbol sets

Convert an existing file

  1. open your source (e.g. ISOM 2010) map
  2. save as with new name
  3. Map > Symbol Set Conversion…
  4. enter the target symbol set
  5. select the relevant crt file (e.g. ISMTBOM 2010)
  6. displayed in left list are source symbols and in right are target symbols
  7. for any unticked source symbols, complete or leave the target symbol
  8. OK
  9. in new map, Select > Select Objects by Symbol > Objects with unknown symbol, to identify symbols that were not converted.
  10. further information http://www.ocad.com/wiki/ocad/en/index.php?title=Symbol_Set_Conversion

Conversions available

Two step conversions

Some conversions such as OSM to MTBO do not have ready made crt files. Using a plain text editor you could create your own crt file perhaps using one of the existing ones as a base.

OSM to MTBO

If using the New Map Wizard to create an MTBO base map, you need to use a 2 stage process as there is no OSM to MTBO crt file.

Create the base map with ISOM 2017 as the target. Then use the Symbol set conversion process to get the base map to ISMTBOM 2017 symbols.
See my post on using the New Map Wizard to create base maps.

International Conference on Orienteering Mapping 2018

Presentations by OCAD Inc Staff

There were two presentations by OCAD Inc staff.

Hubert Klauser’s presentation covered two topics;

  • generalising orienteering maps with TPI contours
  • using the Check Legibility tool

Gian-Reto Schaad’s presentation was on Semi-automatic Extraction of Near-ground Vegetation from Lidar Data

School map symbols

School map from Mapping Commission work group (nice design!)

The IOF Mapping Commission presented their proposals for school orienteering map symbols.

It is interesting to see the variety of symbols currently in use for typical school objects.

Colours for the colour vision impaired

Adrian Uppill was a co-developer of a presentation on Solutions for orienteers with colour vision defects. If the Eureka Orienteers’ permanent orienteering course in Daylesford, VIC completes its funding, Adrian’s work on this topic will be put into practice.

Other presentations

The full list or presentations is at https://orienteering.org/presentations-from-icom-2018/
Videos at https://www.facebook.com/groups/485564718218028/videos/
The videos’ sound quality is poor.

Off the map

Michael Kenna’s magical trees.

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OCAD tools to create base maps

Towering cumulus over Leanganook

New Map Wizard

2018

Use New Map Wizard to quickly create a georeferenced orienteering base map. Even correctly oriented to magnetic north if you like. The process uses Open Street Map (OSM) and converts to your selected OCAD symbol set. You can easily add more symbol translations to the CRT translation file.

Simply want to georeference a new blank base map or any existing map? The process is much the same but use the resultant georeferenced map as a background map to georeference. Generally OSM major road junctions are best and they don’t have to be on the orienteering area.

OSM to OCAD via OCAD New Map Wizard
OSM data converted to OCAD – Daylesford, Wombat Hill and Railway Station

Check out the  2.5 minute video on screencast. Download an example OCAD map that also shows 5m contours derived from the time glutton DEM option.

WMS Server

2018, 12, 11

WMS Server (under Background Maps in menu) is a fast and efficient way of obtaining base map data in the form of background maps or map data.

A 12 minute mp4 video of the process using LandTasmania Spatial Web Services as an example, can be downloaded from Google Drive. (Unfortunately an audio issue with online Screencast prevents easy online viewing).

Topo map displayed via OCAD WMS Server function
Topo map displayed in WMS server

Page 23 of the LandTasmania LIST Spatial Web Services User Guide contains the URLs used in the video along with context. 

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OCAD & Mapping Snippets

1915 Vic Geo Survey Dunolly map extract

OCAD reminders

Some tips that tend to be overlooked.lightbulb

40%, 20% discounts ending

And another tip – the big discounts for updating OCAD 12 or 11 to 2018 finish at the end of next month. If you have been thinking about it, I suggest you either do it or diary it.

Team OCAD edition image4 clubs benefit from Team licences

Four clubs have taken advantage of the opportunity to acquire Team licences. In three of those clubs, some club members transferred their licences to the club. Then the club traded each licence in for two Team licences.

Massive savings, significant flexibility. Check out my recent post Hidden Value in OCAD Team Editions for more info.

GIS file conversions

A conversation that crops up more frequently in the lidar era is how to convert a file from one format to another. The FME Integrations Gallery may have the answer for you.

Conversion categories include CAD, GIS & Mapping, Lidar & Point Clouds. The Cloud version appears reasonably priced for say a state orienteering organisation. There is also possibilities for free versions.

Open source PDFsamDocument

Frustrated at the limitations of Adobe Reader and can’t justify Adobe Acrobat? Then take a look at the open source PDFsam.

PDFsam Basic is free and enables split, merge, extract pages, rotate and mix PDF files.  PDFsam Enhanced comes in 3 flavours giving you even more options at a reasonable price.

QuestaBird

Your kids looking for something more to do while waiting for you to finish the course? Or vice versa? QuestaBird is a mobile based adventure game with a purpose. Use your phone to photograph birds, butterflies and moths,  competing with others to collect the most species and the greatest number of animals in your area.

“Players are not only learning about their environment, they’re collecting data that helps protect it.  In effect they have become citizen scientists without even knowing it.”

Andrew Robinson, co-founder of QuestaGame

Downunder geospatial awareness ratingsgeospatial

Australia is ranked 14th and New Zealand 25th in terms of geospatial industry awareness according to Geospatial Media & Communications.

Criteria are data infrastructure, policy framework, institutional capacity, user adoption levels, industry fabric (whatever that means).

The top 10 starts with USA, and apart from Singapore, China and Canada, comprises European countries.

Your dream mapping career?

If you ski you might have seen his work. Jim Niehues, The Man Behind The Map.


The featured image is a very small segment of the 1915 Victorian Geological Survey County of Gladstone map. The detail, drawing and printing is of the highest quality but unfortunately does not show up on this image.

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Hidden value in OCAD 2018 Team editions

Team OCAD edition image

An even closer look at OCAD 2018 valueOCAD Orienteering edition image

Before  the release of OCAD 2018 in March, I wrote a warts and all post on the features and value of OCAD 2018.

Since then I have become aware of a significant value that may not be readily apparent to current personal users and their clubs.

Achieve lower cost & greater flexibilityOCAD 2018 Starter edition image

Clubs could approach their members who hold OCAD licences with a view to transferring their licence to the club. Continue reading Hidden value in OCAD 2018 Team editions