The latest OCAD blog announced that OCAD subscription editions now provide a straightforward process to get your maps and courses onto MapRunF.
Starter edition is your low cost route to this simplified process. Plus OCAD Australian and New Zealand buyers can take advantage of a lower price for 3 year subscriptions. Head to ocad.com.au/shop for pricing.
From the blog
To upload maps and courses to MapRunF, you need to export…
Export PDF: Support Geospatial PDF (WGS84) for georeferenced OCAD maps. Note, as yet these are not suitable for Avenza publication so continue to use world TIFFs.
Load symbols & colours, option ‘Add’: Uses added colour’s number if the number doesn’t exist in target colour table.
plus improvements to Legibility checks, Symbol sets, ISM conversions.
more to come including sketch layer for mobile.
1 year or 3 year subscription?
If you are teetering on the choice then here is a heads up. On 1st April 2020, the discount for 3 year subscription will reduce from 15% to 10%. ocad.com.au/shop.
OCAD subscription users
OCAD recently published a reminder re the availability of a temporary backup of your session. That setting is in Options>Preferences>File.
While you are there, select Help and check out the other useful options. Then take a look at Options > Back up and Restore Options. This allows you to save your Preferences and Shortcuts – very useful if you need to reinstall your OCAD or move to a new PC.
Do read the change list when updating
You load OCAD to work on a map and perhaps take an offered update right then. I suggest you don’t decide to read the list later. You are likely to forget and may overlook something important such as this change in the March update;
CHANGE Symbol Sets, Orienteering: Order of colors for ISOM 2017-2 and ISSprOM 2019 symbol sets improved.
Don’t get caught out.
OCAD 11 users
If you make use of your 2nd activation, or any activation after a reinstall, then please use the website activation method.
Has the move to ISOM being expressed in CMYK rather than Pantone, been successful? Not entirely.
Some users are finding colours such as blue (lighter) and purple (magenta) to be inadequate in some situations. This is more likely to be true of MTBO where we are unable to bring the map closer to our eyes.
Provided you aren’t creating maps for an international event, you could consider the Swiss Frey colour palette. This is an update of a palette brought out 3 or 4 years ago to provide a more accurate colour rendition for digital print. The first palette was developed on a Xerox Versant, the latest on a current model production level Konica Minolta. Another colour of relevance to MTBO is line brown for contours. The Frey swatch has a dark brown which is very close to the brown Jim Russell and I developed for MTBO digital print some years ago.
The palette has colour numbers consistent with the ISOM 20187-2 palette. Thus using Map > Colours > Select colour swatch > Load colour swatch > ISOM 2017 Color Swatch Frey Digital Print makes it easy to change your ISOM palette to the Frey palette in whole or by moving specific colours. View an English translation of the German.
ISMTBO blues are close to the Frey blues. However you might like to use the Frey brown for lines (15 Braun 100% – Linienobjekt’ 30,70,100,0) to provide more legible contours. If using Load colour swatch to make the change, ensure you untick the 3 options at lower left of the swatches.
You might like to first print, on your intended digital press, this sample pdf of the Frey palette. The German/French sub-titles at left on the pdf translate as ‘Print Resolution’.
Thank Gladys West for your GPS capability
In A Mathematician Idolised, Cosmos magazine gave a brief account of Gladys West’s significant contribution to the Global Positioning System (GPS) that mappers are increasingly using. Gladys was a key developer of the first highly accurate geodetic earth model (geoid), that was the basis of the GPS.
If you watched the film or read the book Hidden Figures, Gladys West is a contemporary of those women. While they worked for NASA, she worked for the US Naval Weapons Laboratory. However, she was equally embraced by Air Force Space Command with her induction into the Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers Hall of Fame.
OCAD 11 & 12 users, help on ISSprOM2019 is a click away
Helpful ISSprOM2019 update documents and crt files have been prepared by Michael Wood with the help of other kiwi mappers. These include symbol sets for OCAD 11 which can also be used for OCAD 12.
The Orienteering NZ Mapping Bulletin dealing with ISSprOM2019 comes in two versions – one for clubs and the other for experienced mappers. Disseminating the sometimes complex ISM information in this way is a great idea as it enables non-mapper club experts to more easily get to grips with the issues and thus make better decisions on club mapping.
OCAD 11 & 12 users can get a symbol template for the new ISSprOM2019 standard. The file is for OCAD 11 but is readily usable by OCAD 12. OCAD current version users get that file during updates or via the means outlined in our recent Springtime 2019 Downunder eNews.
And there is even a pdf of the ISSprOM2019 legend (at right) especially for field work. Plus some other tools that OCAD 11 users might welcome.