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OCAD tools to create base maps

Towering cumulus over Leanganook

New Map Wizard

2018

Use New Map Wizard to quickly create a georeferenced orienteering base map. Even correctly oriented to magnetic north if you like. The process uses Open Street Map (OSM) and converts to your selected OCAD symbol set. You can easily add more symbol translations to the CRT translation file.

Simply want to georeference a new blank base map or any existing map? The process is much the same but use the resultant georeferenced map as a background map to georeference. Generally OSM major road junctions are best and they don’t have to be on the orienteering area.

OSM to OCAD via OCAD New Map Wizard
OSM data converted to OCAD – Daylesford, Wombat Hill and Railway Station

Check out the  2.5 minute video on screencast. Download an example OCAD map that also shows 5m contours derived from the time glutton DEM option.

WMS Server

2018, 12, 11

WMS Server (under Background Maps in menu) is a fast and efficient way of obtaining base map data in the form of background maps or map data.

A 12 minute mp4 video of the process using LandTasmania Spatial Web Services as an example, can be downloaded from Google Drive. (Unfortunately an audio issue with online Screencast prevents easy online viewing).

Topo map displayed via OCAD WMS Server function
Topo map displayed in WMS server

Page 23 of the LandTasmania LIST Spatial Web Services User Guide contains the URLs used in the video along with context. 

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Getting Starting with OCAD Cartography

Tutorial

The OCAD 11 Getting Started Guide

With a flurry of OCAD Starter editions sold in recent months this should be a useful guide. It is included with each

Bezier curve drawings
Bezier curve drawings

installation of OCAD 11 and you can easily access it via the Help menu in OCAD. It contains links to the OCAD wiki for fuller treatment of various items.

Or here it is. Getting Started in OCAD 11

Drawing Bezier curves

While the Guide covers the basics of drawing those wonderfully useful and professional looking Bezier curves, there is also a sheet of exercises (image at right) that I find very useful.  This Bezier exercises OCAD file is found in OCAD at File | Open Sample Map by selecting Samples / Bezier / BezierExercise.ocd

You will also notice a BezierExerciseResult.ocd file to check your attempt against. The image at right can also be used as a drawing template by loading it as a background image via Background Map | Open and navigating your way to the Samples / Bezier folder within the OCAD 11 program folder. Or if you want a version with English translation then download it here – Bezier exercise with English translation