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.
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.
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 orienteeringwill be appreciated by them.
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.
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.
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).