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OCAD & ISOM 2017 update

Recent important OCAD updates

Amongst the continued OCAD improvements are two updates that stand out as being particularly useful.

Convertor for ISOM 2017 latest update

OCAD has just released a function to automatically convert your ISOM 2017 map file to ISOM 2017-2 which has just been announced by IOF.

The function Beta version is in the April service update. However, if you haven’t yet been offered that, (as was the case with me) and you need it now, then you can select Help > OCAD Service Update to download and install the Beta version.

Read more in OCAD’s blog post. Take note that if you have a non-compliant ISOM 2017 map file, then you will need to check carefully the symbols reported as being ‘added’. I tested an OCAD 9 file and due in part, at least, to different colour numbers, the prominent trees ended up as a black circle on an orange background. Mind you, their appearance on the map certainly accorded with the symbol name.

New Course Setting Project Wizard

Now this new function marks a significant improvement in setting up a course. If you missed it because it was buried in my World Orienteering Day post, then take a look now.

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Compose Course faster, easier | World Orienteering Day

Major Course Setting improvements

Compose course

First click adds a start object, each additional click adds a control point and double click adds a finish object to the map and the course.

New course setting wizard

This wizard guides you through the first steps, like choosing the right symbol set and loading a map file in the background layer.

Check out both new functions in this 3m 27s video

World Orienteering Day 2019 is Wed 23rd May

International Orienteering Federation reports…

With World Orienteering Day 2019 approaching, the orienteering community is stepping up its efforts in preparation for the event.

In the most recent WOD Newsletter, you can read about the approach of both British Orienteering and the Swedish Orienteering Federation. Why not see if any of their ideas might inspire your own activity?

Or perhaps you might be inspired by WOD Ambassador Daniel Hubmann? In this interview, he tells us about the event he organised for WOD 2018 and explains why he thinks WOD is a great opportunity to promote orienteering to people around the world.

Also, don’t miss out on applying for OCAD WOD Starter Licence!

So what is World Orienteering Day (WOD)?

OCAD WOD Starter licence image

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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.