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ISOM 2017 Colour Test

ISOM 2017 digital presss colours

ISOM 2017 colours for digital printISOM 2017 cover

In July 2017, OCAD Inc added their ISOM2017 orienteering map template. When you File > New and select an ISOM 2017  template, you can read in the displayed Map Notes;

ISOM 2017 – International Specification for Orienteering Maps
CMYK color values optimized for digital printing with Heaven Soft paper on Xerox Versant by frey-print & design, CH-Birr. Copyright OCAD AG 2018-01-18

With a continued move to digital print of orienteering maps, OCAD had decided that it was time to explore a CMYK colour range suited specifically to that medium. (Note that templates are still provided with the original colour table which is more suited to offset CMYK printing). In conjunction with leading Swiss O map printer, Frey Print, they  optimised the CMYK colours for Heaven Soft paper printed on a Xerox Versant digital press. Continue reading ISOM 2017 Colour Test

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Updating to ISOM 2017

ISOM 2017 cover

Having troubles with ISOM 2017 update?

Many mappers are updating archive maps to ISOM 2017 and using ISOM 2017 for 2017 events. Some mappers have experienced issues in converting so this post provides links to useful information. And in Aiming off below, check out Mesa2, a top device for OCAD mapping in the field. Continue reading Updating to ISOM 2017

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Working collaboratively on OCAD

Could be a great mtbo area

Three situations for working collaboratively on OCADCollaboration image

The primary reasons I see for using this facility are

  1. collaboration between mapper and course planner
  2. collaboration between multiple mappers of an area
  3. for a major event, monitoring by the mapping co-ordinator of mapper progress and compliance

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Office Digital Printer – OKI C321dn

Stochastic screening

Using Printech Project test 2006 sheet to test

OKI & Printech Project sheet
OKI & Printech Project sheet

Having just posted some new print and colour guides in the Resources section of this website, I was most interested in a print quality test experience on Swiss O-map blog O-Zeugs.

The author (presumably M Lerjën – I’m writing this under the shade of our plum tree and the combination of light colour text and myriad screen reflections makes it hard to be sure), has just bought an OKI C321dn colour laser printer and is now checking it out as to map print quality. Interesting to buy first and test later but as highest quality wasn’t a primary motive to buy, then I can understand that process.

The blogger then put the OKI through its paces via the Printech Project test sheet. While his conclusion is that

with my OKI I will never reach the high end.

the process he goes through and the explanation of the results he gets is definitely worth a view by anyone faced with checking out a digital press for O maps. This applies whether it is an office press like this OKI or a commercial press.

That particular blog post is OKI C321dn and the Printech Project Test Sheet.

Colour matching

Colour test prints
Colour test results

The  later print quality test blog post Mappers Blog: Color correction of the OKI c321dn for printing maps covers his attempts to colour match the OKI output to Swedish O colour specs. The result is the same as reported in my guides – yellow and pourple are very difficult to match.

Orienteering Australia has available a similar offset printed colour matching swatch. I included that with most Pretex despatches in December. They can also supply offset printed Printech Project test sheets for comparison testing.


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Re “… his conclusion …” in the 3rd paragraph above. Often I would put his/her but it struck me just a couple of weeks ago that I don’t know of any female orienteering mappers. I’m sure they are out there.

Wouldn’t you know it. Just a few hours after writing the above, via O-Zeugs I read of a female mapper.


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Get to Grips with Layout Layer: Six Tips

Layout Layer

Edit Layout Objects
Edit Layout Objects

Layout Layer Pros & Cons

In a few words, OCAD‘s Layout Layer is a bit klunky to use but it is worth having.

Condes course planners might think that the ability to stash raster (bit mapped) images is not required in OCAD. But for raster images that are permanent to the map, surely it is advantageous to store them with the map rather than fiddle around with Condes templates to effect the same?

I have found the legend creation a boon although displaying it in other than the default can be a task and a half.

Trim (crop) and bleed mark creation is great. And all my north arrows and scale bars are selected via the Layout Layer library now. The Mapping Resources page on this site has quick reference PDF downloads of those libraries. I haven’t yet had a use for the Name Index function but may do so on a forthcoming internet map.

While I haven’t tried to import layout objects from another map file, I can see that would be useful if you have fairly standardised border information such as during a multi-day event. Note that the objects are not imported into the same relative location.,

On the con side, the method of selecting objects is annoying. Especially when your logical folder system means that you are faced with a stack of path names and to view them in full you either hover on each one or  use the slider each and every time. Then you move an image slightly, find it is not enough and lo, you have to select it again before you can make the next move. Maybe I have been spoilt by all the great productivity enhancements in the last 2-3 years.

Update 3 August

New Layout Layer image path
New Layout Layer image path

OCAD AG listened and responded very quickly.  They have already devised a fix to the file path/name display issue. From the next release, the file path will display in shortened format so you see all or most of the file name.

You can still read the full path by hovering over the shortened path.

The 6 tips for Layout Layer

Images are not yet covered in the OCAD wiki on Layout Layer. 

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  • select a Layout Layer item by double clicking on it in the list.
  • images with transparency effects will not work.
  • copy images into the map folder to be able to pick them out easily in the Layout Layer list.
  • keep in mind that legend, north arrows, scale bars, trim (crop) and bleed marks are available.
  • images should be minimum 300 dpi for high quality printing.
  • if you have any raster image in Layout Layer, then Export EPS will not work.



Transparency indicated by checkerboard pattern
Transparency indicated by checkerboard pattern (Wikipedia)

Transparency means that a part of your image is clear or see-through. Image formats that support transparency include GIF, PNG, BMP and TIFF.

In logos and promo images, transparency is usually applied to the background so it doesn’t show up in print or web. It is not always easy to tell if an image has transparency.  Some raster graphics editors will display a checkerboard pattern for transparent parts of an image. Irfanview doesn’t. Snagit only for certain formats.

JPG supports a faked transparency whereby the background is changed to suit the colour where the image is going to be placed – typically white on maps. This is the method to use in Layout Layer as it should not be recognised as transparency. Some raster graphic softwares allow you to easily fake the transparent background to a specified or selected colour. Irfanview allows you to do that for GIF files during the Save As.

OCAD AG has not implemented transparency in raster as it creates difficulties in exporting EPS’ and PDFs that contain both CMYK and RGB colour spaces.