Loading an Existing Map into OCAD



  • You've been asked to set a park-street course
  • Someone has sent you a park-street map in OCAD format or as a graphic
  • The rest is up to you (Not really - just ask for help...lots of people are willing to teach/mentor new course setters)

Overview of the Process

  • We have produced a blank OCAD map (we've called it "a framework") that you can start with - we've removed all the seldom-used stuff to make it as simple as possible. 
  • OCAD lets you use an OCAD or graphic (JPG, BMP, GIF etc) as a template. You load the template into the framework as a background to your map and then just drop the start triangle, control circles/numbers and controls descriptions over the top.
  • When you're happy with your map - you save it and print it out. If you plan to photocopy your map, please be sure to test that the copy coming out of your printer photocopies well - the main issue here is that the background is clear - that there is a clear contrast between what is runnable and what is not.

Here's How...

Download the sample OCAD Framework

This can be obtained from the OCAD pages on the street-O website - just click here

Open OCAD and load the Framework

  • Start up OCAD (the instructions assume OCAD 8 - but should be reasonably applicable to other versions)
  • Load the sample framework
  • Select File > Open   -   the normal Windows a file open dialogue box appears; locate the framework and open it (the file will be called StreetO Course Setting Framework.ocd - look in the directory you saved it to).
  • Press Open - the dialogue box disappears and the framework is loaded.
  • A brief tour of the framework:
    • This is little more than a 1:10,000 map with many of the bush-orienteering symbols removed
    • We've left:
      • Start triangle (with colour changed to BLACK for good contrast on black and white map)
      • Control Circle (coloured black + dot in the centre)
      • Control Numbers (also black)
      • A couple of Line Types - useful for drawing boxes, dividing lines etc
      • A couple of area fills - to mark areas of your map that you don't want people to go into (e.g. out of bounds or dangerous ground).
      • A selection of text types - of various sizes

Open the supplied StreetO Map as a template

If you want to make map changes, you could open the supplied OCAD file directly; it is, however, much safer to open it as a template. Doing this protects you from inadvertently changing map content/scale in a way that might cause issues when your event is run.

  • Select Template > Open from the menu

Opening a JPEG

  • If the map is in a format other than OCAD (e.g. Corel, Illustrator, Photoshop), then this is the way to go.
  • When opening a bitmap file, OCAD has no information about resolution or orientation of the map.
  • The dialogue box below appears to obtain this information

  • If you know the resolution, enter it. If not, enter 300 and press OK.
  • The imported template will be displayed on the screen

Opening an OCAD File

  • If your streetO coordinator/mapper has provided an OCAD file, things are even easier...just find/select the file provided to you.
  • OCAD files contain all of the above information and the file will be displayed immediately.

Viewing the Template File

  • Use the toolbar or View > Entire Map to see the complete file that has been loaded
  • To place controls with more accuracy use the magnifying glass with the plus sign on it to zoom into the area required

Related Functions

  • Placing Controls on the Map
  • Moving a Control
  • Deleting a Control
  • Placing Control Numbers on the Map
  • Putting Control Descriptions or Text on the Map
  • Deleting unwanted stuff from the map
  • Printing the map
  • Checking the Scale
  • Course Setting Hints









We hope you enjoyed reading this material.

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