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OCAD 11 Journal of Exploration

Ken’s foray into OCAD 11

This diary relates my experiences in exploring the features and functions listed by OCAD AG as new or revised in version 11. I expect to navigate to, and inspect, 1-2 features a week minimum.  While generally I will be heading through the Renewals List in sequence, I will bypass items that I don’t use and that I think few orienteering or trail mappers will use. Generally I will be comparing to OCAD 10 and often will display OCAD 10 and OCAD 11 screen snips side by side.Earth from space

When I find issues, as in the first post coming up, I report those to OCAD AG. When the solution is provided, whether my mis-understanding, a fix or their placement on the OCAD 11 to do list or wish list, then that will be reported.

Your comments

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Easy EPS Viewing

EPS viewing is easy after all. Missing from the digital print map Guides was a method of viewing a Condes course planning EPS file without having to buy Adobe Acrobat. Alister Metherell of NZ alerted me to IrfanView having that capability. As an IrfanView user for yonks I was very surprised but knowing Alister I didn’t doubt it. An email exchange later, Alister suggested a reason for EPS viewing throwing up an error for me.

Turned out that I hadn’t bothered reading notes for the IrfanView Postscript plugin and therefore had not installed GhostScript which the plugin needs. Now I can view an EPS even faster than using Acrobat. A $10 donation to IrfanView is certainly a significant saving over hundreds for Acrobat.

The Guides have been updated.

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OCAD for Mac or Linux

A qualified Yes

On the orienteering Attackpoint forum, search OCAD Mac Linux for the latest.


OCAD does run on Intel Macs with appropriate middleware such as Virtual PC or Parallels Desktop. For middleware discussion, read this Attackpoint forum article.


OCAD seems to run just acceptably for some users according to the Attackpoint forum contributors. It would pay to monitor this forum to see if anyone reports a trouble free operation with certain middleware.


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Breaking Up Seems Hard to Do

Get On Song with the Break

Breaking control circles and lines on our orienteering maps seems to be a dying practice judging by this year’s events (championships excluded). That some maps had no broken circles at all seems to indicate a lack of appreciation as to why it should be done. Other maps didn’t go far enough thus also contributing to unfairness on those courses. New course planners could be forgiven for such lapses. Is it that there is a trend to not having controllers and thus a lost opportunity to educate course planners? Continue reading Breaking Up Seems Hard to Do

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Magnetic Variation a No No?!*

Yes Yes, Magnetic Variation is a No No, so here’s the Real Angle

Drifting off course just might not be your fault on a long compass leg. This year I happened to notice a few orienteering and rogaining maps with the wrong correction angle applied or specified. There may well be a few more like that.

Intrigued, I did a bit of sleuthing and came up with a convenient culprit Continue reading Magnetic Variation a No No?!*