OCAD for Cartography: Workflow

Use Existing Spatial Data

Use spatial data from governmental sources or Open Street Map (OSM) for your base map.

  • Set scale and choose a coordinate system, georeference non-referenced old digital maps or scanned paper maps.
  • Import spatial information data such as shapefiles, DXF files or OSM data.
  • Use the database manager to select data.
  • Build up connections to various WMS providers to use WMS as background maps.
  • Run XML scripts for faster and automated import.

Capture and Derive Your Own Spatial Data

Enrich your map by capturing map features yourself using GPS, laser range finder and analyzing digital elevation models (DEM) or LiDAR data. 

  • Run OCAD on a Windows tablet PC to update your map in the field.
  • Receive real time GPS signals to capture map features precisely on your map.
  • Capture map features on the spot with a laser range finder.
  • Use the step-by-step wizard for LiDAR data and DEM to derive easily – and within a single run – hill shadings, contour lines, vegetation height maps and much more.

Create Your Own Map Symbols

Assign your data to your own unique map symbols. Use the unique drawing, editing and generalization tools to produce maps for the most demanding requirements in cartography.

  • The sophisticated symbol editor enables you to create any map symbol you could imagine. Alternatively, simply use one of the predefined symbol sets.
  • OCAD attaches great importance to precise and efficient drawing. «Bézier curve mode», line tracing and snapping mode are just some among many other specific map drawing tools.
  • A huge number of editing functions makes updating maps most efficient, like reshape, crop objects, virtual gap or interpolate.
  • Use generalization tools to make your map most legible, like line smoothing or the generalization of area objects.
  • Benefit from the symbol status manager to derive different types of maps within the same map project.

Print and Export Your Map

Vervollständigen Sie Ihre Karte für den Ausdruck mit einem Layout, exportieren Sie sie für die weitere digitale Nutzung oder erstellen Sie eine interaktive Webkartenversion.

  • Fügen Sie automatisch generierte Kartenlegenden und Koordinatenraster hinzu.
  • Fügen Sie periphere Karteninformationen wie z.B. den Titel der Karte, Massstabsbalken oder Logos hinzu.
  • Exportieren Sie Ihre Karte in verschiedene (georeferenzierte) Raster- und Vektorformate, z.B. für die Weiterverwendung in einer GIS-Software.
  • Drucken Sie Ihre Karte entweder in Echtfarben oder Prozessfarben (CMYK) aus.
  • Erstellen Sie mit wenigen Klicks eine interaktive OCAD Internetkarte (OIM) auf Basis von Open Layers.
    – Legen Sie Ihre Karte als KML-Datei über WMS oder Earth Viewer, wie Google Maps und Bing Maps.
  • Führen Sie XML-Skripte für einen schnelleren und automatisierten Export aus.

Multiple Representation

Alter your map features in different representations without affecting your original map. However, if you change the original, the different representations will adopt these changes.

  • Add a representation to insert additional objects and/or remove others.
  • Add a representation to translate texts objects to a different language.
  • Add a representation to shift objects to fit them into a certain print extract (e.g. map edge cleaning).

Thematic Mapper

Visualize your statistical data with the Thematic Mapper. A step-by-step wizard assists you to get spatial overview of a specific theme or subject area.

  • Choose between different representations like proportional symbols, lines and arrows as well as choropleths or various types of charts such as bar charts, pie charts and wing charts.
  • Map objects can be individually placed, displayed or hidden.
  • Easily automated with XML scripts.
  • Combine thematic maps seamlessly with topographic maps.