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OCAD help facilities are more extensive than you may realise. When you get stuck on an OCAD matter, chances are you can resolve it more quickly yourself than waiting for a response from the Euro time zone, another OCAD cartographer or even Ken’s extensive availability. Here’s how—

OCAD 11 quick start

The leaflet that came with your OCAD 11 CD has a summary of the primary help facilities on one side.

Getting Started

A 25 page PDF document available via menu Help | Getting Started with OCAD 11…

For ease of access, I include a printed version with OCAD sales.

87 Learning videos

Select from Help | OCAD Learn videos… or go direct to the Learn videos online. I use these short videos often as they are also great refreshers for functions you use only occasionally.

They are presented online via Flash. You can download the associated zip file to get the OCAD files used in the video so you can practice while following the video. The zip file may include a file that represents the final result.

Help wiki

The extensive OCAD online help is available from the first section of menu Help. Or you can go direct to the Help wiki

Sample mapsBezier Exercise English

File | Open sample map… provides you with a selection of map styles to experiment. There is an orienteering map, a city map, course setting normal and relay maps.

In a sub folder is the excellent Bezier training ‘map’. For an English translation of the Bezier Exercise, select the thumbnail image at right.

Some useful Help wiki links

PC minimum and recommended requirements. See also our post on OCAD performance.

Course setting

Layout, the great new way of getting raster logos onto a map plus other neat features like Adding a map legend

Real time GPS, Import GPX file, Laser distance meter

Other useful OCAD & orienteering mapping resources

Orienteering Australia mapping pages

Mappers Corner for OCAD Users (Australia). Also has other useful mapping related contributions.

BOF (British Orienteering Federation) mappers pages and Brian Mee’s Map Design: a guide to good looking orienteering maps (pdf)

IOF (International Orienteering Federation)  mapping specifications





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