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Getting Started with OCAD Course Setting

OCAD Course Setting (Planning) learner guides

While the term Course Planning is more common down under, Course Setting (CS) is used in this item because that is the name of the OCAD product.

Neil Crickmore’s PDF guide

Still the best guide for the basics

Way back, Neil Crickmore of Southdown Orienteers UK, created an excellent illustrated guide to Course Setting using OCAD 9. I checked this out against OCAD 11 Course Setting and with a few exceptions detailed below, Neil’s guide is still valuable for learning the basics of OCAD 11 Course Setting.

Changes since the OCAD 9 version

There are no page numbers so the sub-titles below refer to the page title in the guide.

This illustration from the OCAD wiki on Course Setting would be a useful addition to the front of the guide.

OCAD 11 Course Setting panel
OCAD 11 Course Setting panel

If you need to move a control

Right click and hold to drag the handle…”. That should be ‘Left click…’.

If you need to renumber a control

The change code box has changed from textual ‘Change code’ to the graphic ’31 -> 32′.

Similarly ‘Text block…’ has changed to ‘T’. A padlock symbol is added for locking/unlocking all course setting objects.

Image of change from OCAD 9 text to OCAD 11 graphic
From OCAD 9 text to OCAD 11 graphic

Creating courses

“Course > Courses” should be “Course Setting > Courses” as the menu item is now ‘Course Setting”.

In OCAD 11, climb is entered in the Height climb used field.

Entering course climb
Entering course climb in the Course panel

Adding control descriptions

The heavy lining in the guide around the description placement symbol could lead you to think it is a square and thus be confused with two other square symbols in the set. It is the purple corner symbol.

Control Description symbol
Control Description symbol

The last action on the page is better described as ‘draw’ rather than ‘create’, because after selecting the symbol you need to draw a rectangle of white.

See also OCAD video Course Setting basics.

Improving print clarity

Here is the missing instruction on how to break a control circle.

Make sure you are not in Preview mode. Select the control circle with either of the Edit arrows. Select the cutting tool and drag it along the part of the control circle that you wish to erase.  To restore a cut in a circle, with the cutting tool click in the circle gap and the gap will close.

See also OCAD video Making modifications

A note here re MTBO courses. Because an MTBO map is read at a fixed distance, simply using overprint to show symbols under a control circle or line is not sufficient in my opinion. I recommend you always break the circle or line wherever there is important information, such as a track, under the circle or line.

Exporting course information

There are now changed, and more, Export options.

See also OCAD video Exporting courses to results software

OCAD’s online video set

A comprehensive set of Course Setting video instruction is available amongst the OCAD Inc. Learn Videos. There are 22 videos in this set. They are available for viewing online as a Flash video. Or download a zip file containing OCAD instructional files.

For those that strongly prefer visual training, this is the way to go although Neil’s guide is faster to assimilate.

The videos explore more esoteric aspects as well as the basics. See the full list below.

Score & Rogaining events

OCAD CS has limited capability for score events.

  • You can allocate  the same points to each control (scatter event)
  •  Or you can use the control number or control code as the point value for each control.

If the latter, you select to show either the number or the code for each control.

See also OCAD wiki Score Orienteering and OCAD video Score Orienteering

For rogaining and variable point value orienteering score events, use Condes or Purple Pen.

For any of the above you can program SportIdent to allocate points per control.

Course Setting videos
Course Setting video list
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