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Nearmap | PC warranties | OCAD 12 updates

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Nearmap now in NZ

Image of Nearmap NZ coverage (grey) as at Mar 17. Click to zoom.
Nearmap NZ coverage (grey) as at Mar 17

Nearmap recently started operation in NZ. Initial flying has been over metropolitan and adjacent areas. The image at right from the Nearmap website shows the coverage in grey. Nearmap images can be acquired at various zoom levels and the highest zoom level provides a clarity of detail I have not seen elsewhere. The images are georeferenced so can be used as background images in OCAD provided you select an appropriate co-ordinate system. WMS can be used to  access Nearmap directly from OCAD.

When Nearmap was first introduced to Australia, free access was provided for a time. When this was pulled, a personal licence was available for a year or so. That was pulled and only business licences are available. It is unlikely an individual would have sufficient use of Nearmap to justify the cost of even the basic business licence (250MB p.m.) but a regional organisation might. Another option is to locate a contact in a company that uses Nearmap and obtain imagery from them if their licence permits.

Note that in Australia, issues were experienced with the transformation into the Australian grid of Nearmap’s Popular Visualisation CRS/Mercator projection. I don’t know if this is still the case.

ACCC hits PC warranty exclusion

This might seem a strange item for this blog but if you are using OCAD then you are using a PC and could easily fall victim to shonky warranty exclusions. (OK it isn’t PC to call an Apple one such but it is convenient).

In essence, the ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) told Apple that upgrading the software on a computer is not a valid warranty exclusion. I currently have a warranty claim on my new PC and was told by one customer service person that upgrading from WIN8 to WIN10 voided the warranty. The warranty claim seemed to stall until I mentioned the ACCC finding and shortly after received acceptance of the claim. Coincidence?

The ACCC’s decision covers more than just the software upgrade as this excerpt shows;

…having a component of the Apple device serviced, repaired, or replaced by someone other than Apple cannot, by itself, extinguish the consumer’s right to a remedy for non-compliance with the consumer guarantees.

If you have a similar situation then quote this article to your retailer or manufacturer  Maybe it applies in NZ as well.

Recent OCAD updates

Image of some ISOM 2017 symbols
Some ISOM2017 symbols

For the benefit of those not yet on OCAD v12, here are some recent key updates;

  • Orienteering edition > v12.1.2 now has Shape file import  While, unlike Pro edition, this does not import the database and has only one key field for layer identification, the attributes of your selected key field can be examined during import selection.
  • Starter & Orienteering editions now have OSM (Open Street Map) import. OCAD already includes an OSM symbol set and a .crt file for translation to orienteering symbols.
  • ISOM 2017 symbol sets for 1:10k and 1:15k in v12.2.1 plus ISOM2000 to ISOM2017 .crt file for conversions. Also available for OCAD 11  – link then scroll down.
  • Please note it is not possible to convert an ISOM 2017 OCAD 12 course setting project to OCAD 11, because the preview objects have other symbol numbers.

ISMTBO 2010 proposed changes

This MTBO Commission project had suffered delays. Ursula Haeusermann of Switzerland is the new chair. She has advised;

Re the ISMTBOM you may know that they are being reviewed at the moment. A working group is preparing the material to start a testing phase which is based on a proposal. Actually it was planned to launch this testing phase in May 2017, but the preparations take more time than expected so it might become June until everything is ready. When this is the case, all IOF federations, organisers of major events and – if we know about them – other interested people… will be informed.

I would think that it will be possible to give feedback at all levels, from individuals to federations. There will be a questionnaire referring to the proposal, but I guess feedback of a more general nature will also be welcome. We, the MTBO Commission, want to develop our sport further in collaboration with the MTBO community, and we appreciate all the knowledge and experience which different parties and people have. It would therefore be a pity and not in our sense if we restricted submissions or inputs in any way.

You can keep up to date via the MTBO Commission web page. Ursula intends that a subscription facility for ongoing news will become available on those pages.

ISMTBO 2010 rideable areas image
ISMTBO 2010 rideable areas

Here in VIC there are four persons who have concerns about ISMTBO 2010. A call will go out shortly on the AUS MTBO Facebook page to see if others in Australia are interested in exchanging views and/or making submissions via OA. If you are not on Facebook, you are welcome to use this website’s contact form or email me to register your interest in contributing to our federation’s submissions via the proposed testing phase. If there is sufficient interest a limited life e- forum could be set up to enable an Australia wide focused conversation.

A common concern so far is with the four proposed ‘rideable area’ symbols. I evaluated these when preparing the map for the VIC MTBO Champs at Barkstead. Later I formalised my evaluation and you can peruse the text and samples on this Dropbox page. What is best for Barkstead’s rideable area may not be best for other maps and rideable areas. So maybe we need more than one rideable area symbol.

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