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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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File | Import | Shape, PDF, OCAD


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File | Send file by email : OCAD 11 Journal #2

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Club mappers rejoice

Without exiting OCAD 11, you can in this single dialogue, package up your map along with these optional items;

  • background maps
  • layout layer (great new feature in OCAD 11)
  • databases (professional version)
  • Digital Elevation Model (professional version).

Screen snip: dialogue for Send file by email

When you send, the package is zipped up to reduce bandwidth and transmission time. So if you are co-operating on a map then it becomes so much easier and more error proof.

Connection to your email

The connection to your email system relies on some standards and some conventions.

I found that connecting to my web based email did not work despite having a SendMail file association in place which works with other apps. OCAD AG is investigating.

The OCAD wiki on the topic.

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File |New : OCAD 11 Journal #1

A lot to like

Check out the screen snip (click it for a larger view in a separate tab) and I rather think you will agree. OCAD 11 has this process much clearer with less clicks.

Display File | New dialogues 10 and 11
File | New dialogues

There is an enlarged choice of map types. The corresponding choice of symbol sets is shown in the same dialogue. The Map notes: panel name now corresponds to the naming of that tab in Map | Map Information. The default symbol set location saves looking that up on the odd occasion.

Enhanced usability

So seemingly nothing major. A related set of information presented in one dialogue. And its a double whammy because we are saved a click or three. But the portent is good because if this is typical of enhanced usability then using OCAD 11 is definitely going to be faster, easier and smoother. We will find out for sure in the next weeks.

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File | Send file by email.