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OCAD 11 File | Print : Journal #3

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OCAD 11 improved dialogue

At first sight it looks like new functionality has been added. But closer inspection shows the OCAD 11 layout design has again been improved and is certainly clearer.File Print screen snip

Entire Map now has the option to move an oversize map in relation to the print boundary in order to select what part you wish to print. And the Options are now displayed in the dialogue thus obviating a click.

Rescaling can be dangerous

Referring to the Help file for this function I noticed a welcome addition. Scaling now explicitly states that the map and all symbols will be scaled if you choose a print scale different to the map scale. I have seen one glaring example of this wrongly applied and the producer was unaware how it occurred.

A rule is that a 1:10,000 scale map is a strict enlargement of a 1:15,000 scale. So using File | Print rescaling to get there seems OK. But on the Orienteering Australia list of recent map deviations was North lines not at the correct spacing on a 1:10,000 scale map – often results when a 1:15,000 scale map is printed at 1:10,000; lines should lie between 20 mm and 40 mm on the map.

Rule of thumb

Map printing often appears to be last minute and therefore rushed (as the organisers of a recent event admitted when advising of 3 corrections to marked courses). Therefore, I suggest that unless you are one of those rare persons who is absolutely punctilious and totally aware of what is required, then you consider this practice.

For the event print, do not rescale in the print or PDF export functions.

The safest way to rescale for printing is to rescale the OCAD map (or a copy of it) using Map | Change scale in both OCAD 10 and OCAD 11. That prompts you to rescale symbols, or not,  in accordance with IOF rules. And having the map on screen in front of you might just prompt you to consider whether north line separation needs changed. Better still, use a check list — you will find one soon on our Resources page.

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