Thematic maps are used in many fields for the visualization of the different spatial distribution and characteristics of various phenomena. Therefore the cartography software OCAD has been extended under a supported by the CTI cooperation of OCAD Inc. with the Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation ETH Zurich by a special module for creating thematic maps. This opens up an efficient and inexpensive way to create expressive maps.

OCAD 12 ThematicMapper has been awarded with Prix Carto of the Swiss Society of Cartography.

The step-by-step wizard guides you through the process by following established cartographic rules.

 Statistical Data        Geometry Data       Join Data
1 Statistical Data 2 Geometry Data 3 Join Data
 Visualization Method  Chart Properties  Additional Map Features
4 Visualization Method 5 Chart Properties 6 Additional Map Features


OCAD 12 ThematicMapper supports many visualization methods for point-like, linear and area-based 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. These can be divided into groups for example, to make comparable the consumption of different energy sources of two years.

OCAD 12 ThematicMapper creates the map legend and the scale bar automatically. The map objects can be individually placed, displayed or hidden. Various export formats (among others PDF, JPG, TIFF) are available as well as the obligatory printing function. In addition, the map creating process can be automated easily with XML scripts.

Combine your thematic maps seamlessly with topographic maps with the OCAD 12 Mapping Solution - the software solution for topographic and thematic maps from one source .


Videos about creating thematic maps with OCAD ThematicMapper:

Tutorials (in german):




Thematic Map Examples

Choropleth map about a TV law vote in Switzerland Wing charts with the animals per district in the Canton of Berne
Graduated arrows about migration in Europe Pie charts about land use in Switzerland