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.
Clubs could approach their members who hold OCAD licences with a view to transferring their licence to the club.
Win-win on cost
The individual is freed of the cost. The club enjoys the volume discount of up to 20% when traded in with other licences.
Win-win on flexibility
The individual still has access to OCAD with the benefit of the version being always up to date. There is an extra licence within the club which may be available to another mapper and all those Team licence mappers are on the same version.
If the club chooses to use the OCAD in the cloud facility, then not only are OCAD versions consistent, so are map file versions. Multi version control simplified.
Some clubs and state associations in recent years have moved to funding volume purchases of OCAD. This is a trend that now has even more benefits.
Many individual mappers already benefit the club hugely by bearing some or all of not inconsiderable expense in mapping. So relieving those mappers of any outlay for OCAD updates can be a very practical and meaningful thank you to those mappers. In some circumstances it may be the difference between a person taking up or continuing mapping, and not.
Those clubs or state associations that are sufficiently funded can consider a volume purchase of OCAD Team licences including Orienteering, Starter and Course Setting. Even Mapping Solutions if some advanced features are required.
New and not so well funded clubs could apply for grants for this purpose. Some state associations can provide information on current grant opportunities. Else check with your local council and state government sports department.
If individual licence holders are willing to transfer their licence to the club, then the club gets 2 Team licences for that single-user licence. Using the new Team licence management facility, the club then allocates one of those licences back to the individual. The other can be allocated to a new club mapper, a mapper who is ready to advance from Starter or a project mapper.
If that individual normally uses OCAD on a desktop and a laptop, then both licences are allocated to the individual. While the club doesn’t gain a licence in this case, it has reciprocated the individual’s mapping effort and has reduced the licence cost due to the volume purchase.
Download a s/sheet template, complete it with club and individual licencee details, send it to me and I will confirm to you the likely result and cost.Download
Up to 3 weeks prior to a club meeting, I can provide a quote that is valid for up to 3 business days after the meeting. At time of order, the lowest of the quote or that day’s exchange rates will apply.